Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sausage Pilaf and Roasted Root

This meal just evolved out of combining whatever was on hand...  but it turned out to be a super-tasty way to use some seasonal veggies from my Papa Spuds (see TIP below) box this week!  My roommate came back from his Grandma's house this Christmas with enough pork products from her farm to fill our freezer.  This week, he had thawed out a package of seasoned pork sausage, and I made use of it in the dish below.  Not to mention the Matson maple syrup mmmm....
-5 c chopped winter root vegetables (sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabegas, carrots, etc.)
-1 large onion, chopped
-1-inch piece ginger, minced
-1/4 c (Matson) maple syrup
-olive oil
-1/4 lb seasoned sausage
-2-3 cups of cooked mixed whole grains (like the mix below, whole wheat berries, barley, steel-cut oats, brown rice, millet or whatever you have on hand)
-1 large bunch kale, rinsed and chopped

->Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Mix chopped veggies and onions with ginger, syrup, oil, and ginger and season with salt and pepper.  Spread in a single layer on a roasting pan.  Roast for about 20-30 minutes until fork tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally.  
Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a pan over medium heat.  
Saute the mixed whole grains.  Add chopped kale turn off heat, cover and set aside to let wilt.  Stir before serving.  
~*TIP:  If getting to the farmer's market doesn't always fit into your schedule each week or if you just don't have one close by, consider signing up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  It's like the vegetable version of Christmas each week.  You can find more information and a great nation-wide map of markets and CSAs here.  Or, in the triangle area, another option, especially if you're just getting started with trying to purchase locally, is Papa Spuds, which will deliver local and organic produce, dairy, meat, and other treats to your door.  The only drawback is there's also a lot of non-local products on there (sometimes even when they're in season here), so shop carefully.*~

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