Kielbasa and Pepper Hash

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Who doesn’t love a one pan meal? Right? Well, technically this is a two pan meal, but it is so super simple and really fast to put together! And completely delicious!

One of the hardest things about eating a whole-foods diet is the amount of time it takes to cook and prep everything. I love to cook, so I like doing it-most of the time. But whether or not I have the time is another story. Planning ahead is key for me, so I always have a few super fast, super healthy meals up my sleeve for crazy days. I last made this a couple of weekends ago when we needed quick meals. We had eight soccer tournament games between two girls, a middle school play and choir practice for two of the kids. Whew! But this was easy to throw together in between activities.

Now, you may have recently read the news that the World Health Organization has declared that all processed meat causes cancer and that red meat in general probably does, too.  I think this is very misleading, for several reasons. One of the main reasons I disagree is because of the way they present the statistics. This article talks more in depth about the statistical risks of eating meat. They also lumped all processed meat into one big category, not taking into account how the meat is processed, or the ingredients in these foods.

For example, the ingredients in Jennie-O Turkey Kielbasa are as follows (I have bolded questionable ingredients): “Turkey, Mechanically Separated Turkey, Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Contains 2% or Less Salt, Corn Syrup Solids, Dextrose, Seasoning (Sugar, Dextrose, Garlic Powder, Spices, Spice Extract), Natural Flavoring, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite. Made with Collagen Casing. CONTAINS SOY, NO GLUTEN.” Why is there sugar in a meat product? Why? And did you know that literally anything can be hiding under the term “natural flavoring” or “spices”? This product actually states that it IS gluten-free. If it weren’t labeled gluten-free, this is not something someone with a gluten sensitivity should be eating, because gluten hides behind “natural flavoring” and “spices.”

On the other hand, we like to look for products like Wellshire Farms, because the ingredients are real foods we recognize: “turkey, water, sea salt, paprika, dried garlic in a collagen casing.” Six recognizable ingredients! I usually use the pork version of Wellshire Farms Kielbasa, but they were out of it when I went to the store this time. So, we tried the turkey, and it was still just as amazing.

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I use two pans to make this, because I can brown the kielbasa and then cook the peppers and onion in one pan while the potatoes are browning in another and it takes less time. If you truly wanted to use only one pan, you could brown the potatoes, set them aside, and then proceed with the rest of the recipe. This is such a simple recipe, but it is seriously SO delicious, and it’s done in under 30 minutes (when you do it my way 🙂 ).

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Kielbasa and Pepper Hash

1 package Kielbasa (turkey or pork, your choice), sliced

3 bell peppers, in three different colors, diced

1 large onion, diced

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

Olive oil

Sea salt and pepper, to taste

**Sometimes, depending on how hungry we are, I’ll throw in more peppers and potato. Just use what matches how hungry your family is.

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes to the skillet and season liberally with salt and pepper. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, around 8-10 minutes, turning a few times to ensure even browning.
  2. In a separate skillet, while the potatoes are cooking, brown the sliced kielbasa for around 5 minutes in 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. If you are using pork kielbasa, you might want to start with half the oil, because the pork will render more fat than the turkey. Also, the pork kielbasa will brown slightly more than the turkey. Remove the kielbasa from the pan and set aside. Add the peppers and onions to the skillet and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the onions, peppers  and kielbasa to the skillet with the potatoes and mix everything together. Enjoy!
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