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Sausage, Spinach and Brown Rice with Toasted Cumin

Contributed by: NAPSA

Warm Up With The Comfort Of One-Dish Meals (NAPSA) - One-dish meals such as hearty soups, stews, pasta and rice bowls are becoming popular dinnertime favorites for timecrunched Americans seeking satisfying and easy-to-prepare meal solutions.

Sausage, Spinach and Brown Rice with Toasted Cumin
Busy home cooks don't always have time to make traditional meals complete with a main course, side dish, vegetable and salad. By combining the best of all ingredients, one-dish meals are a terrific alternative because of the minimal prep time and variety of dishes that can result. These tasty meals also offer an excellent way to incorporate minimally processed, healthful ingredients-whole grains, fiber-rich vegetables and protein from meats and cheeses-into the diet.

"Americans are seeking a new style of comfort food with recipes that are hearty, wholesome and full of fresh ingredients," said Philip Jones, a professionally trained chef and president of Jones Dairy Farm. "One-dish meals have appeal because they're easy, fresh-from-scratch dishes the entire family can enjoy."

A number of one-dish meal recipes, such as this one, are at www.jonesdairyfarm.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 (7 oz.) package Jones All Natural Golden Brown sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/3 cup salsa of choice
  • 2 tablespoons light vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1 (5 oz.) package fresh baby spinach (5 cups packed)
  • 1 (8.8 ounce) package fully cooked brown rice (2 cups)
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or thinly sliced green onions

Directions:

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until seeds are fragrant and toasted.

Transfer seeds to large bowl; set aside. Add sausage slices to same skillet; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is heated through.

Meanwhile, add salsa and salad dressing to cumin seeds in bowl; mix well. Add spinach; toss until spinach is coated. Heat rice in microwave oven according to package directions. Add hot rice to bowl; toss with spinach until spinach is slightly wilted. Add sausage; toss well. Stir in tomatoes and cheese; transfer to serving plates.

Top with avocado slices and cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serving Size: Makes 5 (1 1/4 cup) Servings


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