Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sausage & Snuggling

Last week at the Farmer's Market I scored a mixed assortment of baby squash (little yellow crookneck, zucchini and the cutest little patty pans) here's what I ended up doing with them...

Shelly's Squash and Sausage Bake

1 link of Mild Italian Sausage, casing removed, browned (You can use beef or turkey too just add a dash more seasonings)
1 Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
2 cloves Garlic, diced
3 cups Squash (I used a variety of summer, zucchini, patty pan), chopped
1/2 cup Bruschetta Sauce (near the fresh pasta)
1 teaspoon Greek Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/2 cup Alfredo Sauce (I used jarred)
1/2 cup Fage Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Shredded Cheese
Olive Oil

Brown sausage. Drain any liquid, set aside.

Saute onions till golden. Add squash, garlic, seasonings and Bruschetta Sauce and cook covered for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Mix in Alfredo sauce and yogurt. Mix the browned sausage in.

Spoon into a Pyrex casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

It's getting chilly at night (well by SoCal standards... lows in the upper 40's) so I'm always looking for warm casserole type meals I can make ahead and just heat up when we are ready to eat. This was perfect.

Other Eggface dishes like this one...

Shelly's Cauliflower and Sausage Bake
Shelly's Chicken Sausage Stir Fry
Shelly's Grilled Veggie Lasagna
Shelly's Zucchini Roll-ups (aka Pasta-less Manicotti)

Highlights of the day:

* I'm so happy it's Fall... it is my favorite season. Fall makes me feel alive. I have way more energy and I find myself in a more cheerful mood. Sweaters, crisp night air, crunchy leaves, longer walks, steamy coffee, cinnamon, apples, pumpkin, snuggling. Currently taking apps ;) for the snuggler.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

Sooooo can relate.

* I had a really neat dream last night about my Grandpa (RIP). I remembered/dreamt walking in his garden and him showing me vegetables. It was one of those really vivid dreams I could actually smell his pipe. Nice.

* The goofy junior high school sexual innuendo blog title that I just gave this entry. It sent me into giggles which I know seriously puts my maturity level in question. No worries. I question it everyday.

Listening to: "Photograph" Nickleback


somechileanwoman said...

I know what you mean about the snuggling. I could use some serious spoonage right now. My man is far away, won't be back for another 12!

Blueberry Muffin Queen (Jenn) said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!!! :D

Melting Mama said...

I LMFAO at my Google Reader just now. That tells you aout my maturity level. Oh dear.

shari said...

Hey-- is that a Blue Heaven pattern casserole dish? (It's my favorite pattern)

kay said...

yummy yummy, i made this tonight i didnt have onions so i used onion powder and just all zucchini it was sooooooo good. I love all your recipes!

Carmen said...

OMG Shelly- that dream about your Grandfather!!! Did we have the same Grandpa??!!! My fondest memories of my Grandfather were of his garden. My Grandparents lived 4 houses down the street from us when my sister and I were kids, so naturally we visited them almost every day. We would walk in the house and Grandpa would go outside and bring us in a snack- the most beautiful peach, plum, pear, apricot, or cherries from the trees. Sometimes it would be the ripest sweetest tomato and Grandma would make us a toasted tomato sandwich- with mayo, salt and pepper-YUMM-O!!!! Then Grandpa would pick some lettuce,cucumbers, squash, beans, corn, etc. for us to bring home to Mom. It was a great time.
...........and my Grandpa smoked a pipe too!!!
Thanks for the fond memories- if only I could re-live them all over again with the wisdom of an adult. I really miss my Grandparents.
HUGS- Carmen