Don’t you just love taking a random day off from work? Especially when you bump it up against a three day weekend, and you accomplish all of your life responsibilities on the first three days? So, on this day you actually have nothing planned and there’s no specific timeline you have to follow. You can just hang out on the couch, catching up on your favorite DVR’ed TV shows while surfing the internet for topics of no particular substance. (Like for example, googling “90s trends and fads” and then spending the next hour purusing the results. Beanie babies, furbies, and pogs… why can’t toys still be this cool?) And, don’t forget to laugh at all of those other suckers who didn’t take the day off and are stuck at work. Probably picking up the slack in your absence.
It’s days like these when you should really take the time to make yourself a healthy and satisfying lunch. I mean, you don’t have anything else important going on, right? It’s the perfect type of day to treat yourself to a homemade meal. One that’s not eaten at your desk or during a meeting. One that isn’t pulled out of a tupperware container or picked up from a drive-thru window. Make something you actually care to eat, even if it takes just a little extra effort.
Ok, fine. Even if you are stuck eating at your desk while answering the phone, you could still make this one-skillet meal for dinner. It comes together pretty quickly, and is a great way to use up some ingredient “odds and ends”. Only have a few potatoes left in the bag? Or a couple of sausage links leftover from dinner the other night? Great! Because that’s the perfect amount of these ingredients needed to make this dish. Pick up a head of swiss chard on your way home (or use some leafy greens that you already have on hand) and you’ve got yourself a meal! Lunch or dinner, it’s perfect for either.
The sauce gets its tangy and sweet flavors from the combination of brown sugar and spicy mustard. Adding a little dried thyme and rosemary balances this sweet sauce with savory herb flavor. Save yourself some cooking time by microwaving the potatoes before adding to the skillet. While they’re cooking, you can whisk the sauce together and you’re almost there! The longest part of the process is waiting for the potatoes and sausage to crisp up. But, trust me, it’s worth the wait. No one likes to eat a soggy potato. And, by cooking this dish a bit longer, the potatoes and sausage will really soak up the sauce. It’s such a hearty and healthy way to enjoy lunch, dinner, or a day off from work.
And if you’re looking to jazz this meal up to a two-skillet meal, add a sunny side up egg on top. Mmmm… nothing like a runny yolk to saturate your potato, sausage, and swiss chard mixture. Then, it’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or breakfast!
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