Even though it is still reaching the 90’s where I am, we are in back to school mode. My baby went back to school today (wah!!) and even though I am sad he is back at it, something about back to school mode really gets me in the mood to get in the kitchen and cook and bake!
The end of summer-beginning of fall transition is a tough one. The days are still warm but you feel that bit of crisp in the air signaling the cooler weather to come. On those days when I want a cosy casserole but it’s just not time for the stick to the ribs food, I turn to this very simple and very tasty Kielbasa and Rice Bake.
This is a great meal as it is hearty and filling but at the same time, still takes advantage of end of season bell peppers, fresh onions and tomatoes bursting with flavor (to prepare fresh tomatoes to use in this recipe, check out my Food Foundations on how to freeze tomatoes). Canned tomatoes work just as well if you are in a hurry and the ones with peppers and onions included give it a nice extra pinch of flavor. This meal can be made when you have no time or lots of time and can be easily doubled or tripled to freeze for later when time is not on your side!
Top this meal off with some rolls or bread and you have a winner that gets those veggies in, gets on the table in a flash and helps you move smoothy form the swan songs of summer to the first winds of fall. Enjoy!
Kielbasa and Rice Bake
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Makes: 4-6 servings
- 1 package Polska Kielbasa, cut into coins and halved (any original variety will do-flavored kielbasa will alter flavor slightly)
- 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 large bell pepper, finely diced (any color bell pepper is fine
- 1 cup rice, cooked
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained (if fresh, skinless tomatoes are used, use about 2 cups and add 1 tablespoon salt)
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large casserole dish, add rice, onion, peppers, tomatoes and all juice, salt to taste and kielbasa.
- Stir all ingredients until just combined and smooth out casserole.
- Bake 20-25 minutes until hot.
- Serve immediately.
There you have it! Something, hot, tasty, filling and fast. These are all winners in my book! Now if you will excuse me, I ‘m going to enjoy my coffee fresh for the first time since school let out!