Featured Recipe: Budget Bites with sausage, peppers and polenta


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp salt (can reduce, don’t go below 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • black pepper or other seasoning to taste
  • 3 sweet Italian turkey sausage links (4 oz each)
  • 1 pkg (12oz) frozen peppers and onions, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings

Takes , serves 4.

Instructions for polenta

    1. Put water, cornmeal and salt into microwave safe dish. Cook on high for 6 minutes. Stir well. Cook for additional 4 minutes
    2. Serve immediately, or If desired, spread onto greased cookie sheet and chill. When solidified, cut into triangles and brown the pieces in a skillet before servings.

Instructions for sausage and sautéed vegetables

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet and add pepper and onion mix.
  2. Once onions begin to soften, add sausages cut into medallions.
  3. Once sausage is cooked through, add tomatoes.
  4. Cook until all is heated and bubbling.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings with pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings, if desired.
  6. Serve over polenta.

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