Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet (One Pan Recipe)
This is such an easy, flavorful one pan meal you'll want on repeat! It includes a whole grain, lots of veggies, and lean protein so you just can't go wrong here. The perfect busy day recipe!
Ready in: 22minutes
1 1/2Tbspolive oil
3/4cupfinely chopped yellow onion
2cupshalved and sliced zucchini
1cupchopped green bell pepper
8oz. smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1 1/2cupsinstant brown rice(such as Minute brown rice)
1(14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2cupslow-sodium chicken broth
1/8tsptsp cayenne pepper(optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1(14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1Tbspchopped fresh parsley
3/4cupshredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese(optional)
Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet (that's at least 2-inches deep) over medium-high heat. Add in yellow onion and saute, stirring frequently, 4 minutes. Add in zucchini, bell pepper and garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Push veggies to one side (and preferably pull that side of the pan off the burner heat slightly while cooking the sausage) then add sausage to the now empty side and cook until it's starting to brown, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes.
Pour in rice, tomatoes and chicken broth. Season with chili powder, cumin, thyme, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste. Stir then pour in black beans, bring mixture to a boil. Cover pan with lid and reduce temperature to medium. Allow to boil gently 5 - 6 minutes then remove from heat, toss and let rest 8 - 10 minutes until rice is tender. Drain off excess liquid if desired. Toss in parsley and serve warm with cheese.