After a long day at work I do not want to spend a lot of time pulling dinner together. Healthy, quick and easy is my goal during the week. My tomatoes, cabbage and sausage dish accomplishes just that. Plus, there are not many dishes to clean up with this one pot dish. All it takes are a few veggies and your favorite sausage to make this a healthy and hearty meal that everyone will enjoy.
As with a lot of dishes, cabbage is even better the next day after the seasonings have time to settle in. Make sure to pick a cabbage head that has a few dark green leaves to help brighten up the dish and add rich color. Luckily, cabbage is available year round so I can fix this dish anytime I am low on time to get a healthy meal on the table. I like to use beef kielbasa for this particular recipe but turkey or chicken kielbasa works well if you are not into beef. If you want to spice it up a bit, you can mix in andouille sausage too.
Even picky eaters like my grandson are drawn to this dish because of the vibrant colors and wonderful smell. If a dish smells good and looks good, you are half way to delicious. Tasting it will take you all the way there.
So…… What’s for dinner?
Cabbage and Tomatoes with Sausage
2 slices of smoked bacon cut in half
6-8 links of beef kielbasa cut into ½ inch pieces
1 small to medium head of cabbage sliced thinly
1 medium onion peeled and sliced
1 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 14oz can spicy red diced tomatoes
1 ½ cup chicken stock or broth
½ cup water
2 tbsp frying olive oil or vegetable oil
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ tsp red pepper flakes(optional)
1 tsp Goya Adobo all purpose seasoning
1 bay leaf
Turkey or Chicken Kielbasa
In a large pot cook bacon over medium heat until bacon fat is rendered. Add onions and stir to coat with bacon fat. Cook onions until they begin to turn soft. Add tomatoes, cabbage, chicken stock, water, bay leaf and seasonings then stir to mix together. Allow cabbage to simmer over medium low heat. Add additional broth if necessary.
While cabbage is simmering add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large frying pan and brown kielbasa. Drain on several paper towels then add to cabbage mixture. Continue cooking until cabbage is done. Approximately 25 minutes.
Serves: 4 – 6