Prep 4 Thai Peanut Chicken dinners all at once and have them ready to go…
If you enjoy ham and pineapple pizza, you’re going to love this farmer sausage dish! It’s a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and smoky.
I held my very first hands-on freezer meal workshop last week! And I’m just getting around to blogging about it now because….. was I ever exhausted! It was a ton of fun but also a ton of work. I had full intentions of taking photos but in the busyness of the whole event, I completely forgot!
People keep asking me when the next one will be….. and I don’t have an answer yet. I know I DO want to host more but I need a bit of time first 🙂 To be the first to hear when I’m hosting another one, sign up to be notified by filling out this form:
In the meanwhile, I’ll keep rolling out the recipes for those of you who can’t make it to Winnipeg for an in-person workshop.
With this recipe, you’ll be prepping 6 meals all at once! Then your freezer will be stocked with meals that are ready to go in a snap! Or you could give some away to a family that’s welcoming a new baby or that’s suffering from a broken heart from having recently lost a family member.
hawaiian farmer sausage
This meal was adapted from The Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. And by adapt I mean I essentially tweaked their list of ingredients and provided instructions for how to turn it into a freezer meal. If you want to just make a single pot, I highly recommend checking out the link and giving it a go.
If you enjoy ham and pineapple pizza, you’re going to love this dish! It’s a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and smoky.
why it’s a smart choice
In the Mennonite world farmer sausage is often served with cottage cheese perogies (vereneke) and a cream sauce (schmauntfat). While extremely delicious and well warranted on occasion (And when I say “on occasion” I mean like once a year at Christmas time), it’s quite a rich dish! And there aren’t really any veggies to speak of. Well, there might be a dish of peas that gets passed around but who has room for peas when there’s cream sauce??
This is more of an “everyday” farmer sausage recipe. And when I say “everyday” I really mean that I recommend following the Mediterranean way of living where meat such as pork is eaten maybe once a month. So, to be accurate, this is a “monthly” farmer sausage recipe.
With this recipe, you get….. a whopping 3 servings of fruits and veggies! That’s miles better than a few peas!
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations!
freezer meal: hawaiian farmer sausage
- 6 lbs farmer sausage
- 12 bell peppers
- 18 stalks celery
- 12 carrots
- 6 cans diced pineapple
- 6 cans 798 ml or 27 oz diced tomatoes
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- 6 tbsp brown sugar
- 6 tbsp soy sauce
- 6 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- cooked rice
- Using a permanent marker label 6 large freezer plastic zip bags with the recipe title.
- Slice the farmer sausages into coins and place 1 lb in each bag.
- Core and cut 12 bell peppers into large chunks. Place 2 chunked peppers in each bag.
- Slice 18 stalks of celery and place 3 sliced stalks in each bag.
- Shred 12 carrots and place 2 shredded carrots in each bag.
- Open and dump 1 can of pineapple chunks into each bag.
- Open and dump 1 can of diced tomatoes into each bag.
Measure the following into each bag:
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Seal the bags well. Lay flat to freeze.
- Place bag in fridge to thaw for 24 hours before cooking.
- Slow Cooker: Dump contents of bag into slow cooker. Cook for 5-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
- Instant Pot: Cook for 7 minutes on high.
- Stovetop: Heat on medium heat, stirring occasionally until boiled. Remove from heat.
- Serve over cooked rice.
Calories: 313 | Fat: 17g | Carbs: 26g | Fibre: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Protein: 16.5g
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