School is almost back in session (sniff, sniff). So let’s talk about what we’re putting in the kids lunchboxes this year. One new idea I have are these Easy Sausage Stuffed Pepper Rings.
I was tinkering with ideas for school lunches and came up with these awesome Easy Sausage Stuffed Pepper Rings. I grabbed some chicken sausage, which is something both of my kids enjoy. I had a couple of bags of Pero Family Farms® Pre-sliced Mini Sweet Peppers, so I figured I would stuff them. My kids, their friends and my husband were crazy for them! It was a free-for all once I put them out, lol!
Initially my daughters friends (all 12) were giving these babies the stink eye, however after they each tried one, they went back for more again and again and again…so did my son and his buddy (14)…Much to the dismay of my “starving” husband who was patiently awaiting dinner and saving himself from certain death by popping a half dozen of these in his mouth.
You seriously don’t want to be stranded on a lifeboat with my man! The term “hangry” may have been coined with him in mind, lol! Can anyone relate??
This little bites of veggie and lean protein are perfect for my kids lunchboxes either as a side or as the main meal, same goes for my husband.
They were easy to cook up as well, I simply removed the casing from some kale & cheese stuffed chicken sausage, pressed the right amount into each pepper slice and cooked them through. Easy! I cooked up an army of them. These are good hot or at room temperature, which makes them perfect for a lunchbox.
These Easy Sausage Stuffed Pepper Rings make a perfect recipe for little hands to cook. Just remind them when touching raw chicken to always be careful of what they touch and to wash their hands thoroughly with warm soapy water immediately following every touch of the chicken.
Getting your kids into the kitchen as often as possible, builds confidence AND makes them healthier eaters. They will always at least try what they help make or make independently. Plus, people who can cook make healthier choices. Give your kids the gift of one of life’s most important skills and let them, spread their wings in the kitchen early and often.
Once again, I teamed up with Produce For Kids and their Power You Lunchbox initiative which focuses on encouraging families nationwide to kick off the school year right by pledging to eat healthier lunches.
I love Produce For Kids vibrant messaging about kids and parents making healthier food choices. And I respect the Brands that help out with the mission enormously!
- Chicken Sausage
- Prepackaged Mini pepper Slices from Pero Family Farms or small whole peppers for you to slice down
- Grapeseed or olive oil
- Remove casings from chicken sausage and break sausage apart.
- If not using pre-slices pepper rings, slice down your peppers into ¼ inch thick rings in bite sized pieces.
- Stuff peppers with the chicken. Press firmly to mold the chicken sausage into each ring.
- Heat a small amount of oil (about 1 TBS) in your nonstick pan, add the stuffed peppers and saute until cooked through, flipping once. Remember...chicken sausage cooks through quicker than pork sausage, be careful to not dry it out.
- Serve or cool, refrigerate and pack in your kids lunches.