My husband and I are in the middle of packing for our move to Bolivia. We have less than a month before our departure date. Anxiety and anticipation are taking over my thoughts. Even now, I sit wanting to give you something witty and funny to read and all I can think about is, “What am I forgetting to take with us?” Despite the stress, I still need to eat and I need to make sure I eat quality foods. Otherwise, Bolivia authorities might turn me away at the doors because they will see my crazy coming once I step off of the plane.
When I am stressed out, I eat. But I, also, don’t like making food for myself. At one time, I would have run out and picked-up the worse thing to eat to comfort myself in. Those days are over and I have to find nutritious food for myself. However, my feelings of not liking to cook for myself are still alive and kicking.
My laziness leads to my staring in the fridge, walking away for five minutes and then coming back into the kitchen to stare into the refrigerator some more. I’ll whine to my husband about how hungry I am. He’ll ask me, “What do you want to eat?”, without looking up from his computer. I’ll say, “I don’t know” and all gets quiet. A few minutes later, the cycle begins again.
Nowadays, I try to make sure we always have smoked sausage in the fridge. So, when I start whining, my husband can just say, “I’ll make some cabbage and sausage.” It is a very simple meal, but satisfying. The sweetness of the cabbage and onion balance out the sausage well. It doesn’t need anything else to complete the meal, but if you’re feeling especially ravenous, go ahead and add some brown rice to your plate or a sweet potato with butter.
This is a meal that cannot be messed up easily. The measurements are estimates, add more or less according to your taste.
Cabbage and Smoked Sausage
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 head of cabbage, cut into strips
1 pound smoked sausage or kielbasa sausage, sliced
salt and pepper to taste.
In skillet, heat pan over medium high heat. Add two tablespoons of oil to pan. Add sausage and cook until brown. Add onions and sauté for a couple of minutes and then add cabbage to pan and sauté until soft, about 15 – 20 min. Season to taste. Serve immediately