Meg Makes: Last-minute freezer perusal produces comfort food

Sometimes, an easy dinner that tastes really good can make my whole day better.

That was the case when I created this dish, whose title isn't very original. We were going to order a pizza for dinner, and then I remembered these ingredients in our freezer. The dinner was way tastier and probably at least a little healthier than the alternative.

I've also made it without apples, and it was still good.

A slightly gross bonus: I've found it's not too hard to slice through frozen smoked sausage, so it doesn't even have to be defrosted first. Not sure what that means healthwise, but it sure is easy. This dish also tastes fine if you substitute turkey sausage.

Sprouts, Sausage and Apples

1 14-ounce package smoked sausage

2 12-ounce packages frozen Brussels sprouts

2 apples, cored and diced

1 onion, diced

1/2 tablespoon olive oil, optional

2 cloves garlic, minced

pepper to taste

If your sausage is frozen, put it in a deep skillet or dutch oven with olive oil, apple and onions. Saute until cooked through and onions are transparent.

If your sausage is thawed, I'm guessing you won't need the extra oil. Add garlic and cook about one minute or until garlic softens.

Add frozen Brussels sprouts, cover and cook until they're thawed and hot all the way through, but not soggy.

You'll need to stir them a few times. Ours took about 10 minutes.

Season with pepper or other spices to taste.

Meg Dickinson is a local communications professional who spends many of her waking hours daydreaming about food. To submit a recipe for her consideration, email her at megmakes1@gmail.com.

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