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Old 11-05-2013, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Visiting son has requested his favorite meal- smoked sausage with potatoes, onions and celery in a rich sauce. I plan on a wilted spinach salad and Red Lobster biscuits too. Only thing is when I serve it for the 4 of us usually at the table, we eat up the entire sausage dish with rarely any left overs. So I need something extra to add to this meal to stretch things out. Son is 32 and exercise buff who eats enough for 3 people. No sugar so dessert is out except fresh fruit but even then he doesn't eat much fruit.

I was thinking of a carrot soup as another course to this meal. But carrots are pretty high in sugar. Any suggestions? Many thanks.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:10 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I don't see much wrong with carrot soup....maybe red lentil soup instead? Or black bean soup or salad? So you add legumes to the mix.

Can you share the sausage recipe? That sounds really good!
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Central Midwest
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I think I would maybe add a nice vegetable medley with maybe roasted yellow squash, zucchini, green onion, mushrooms, red pepper strips made with some butter, parsley, chives, garlic, salt and pepper and maybe a dash of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce or both. Could be grilled or roasted (perhaps on George Foreman grill).

Perhaps to extend the entrée, could you add more potatoes, celery, smoked sausage just to make a bit more? (Especially since this is his favorite meal). I do this a lot with recipes to give us more when company is expected. Of course I don't follow recipes exactly much anyway. LOL

I also would like that smoke sausage recipe with the rich sauce.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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It's so simple it is embarrassing.

I saute celery, garlic, onions ( start up about 90% of my recipes with the trio) in a bit of oil, then add sliced up sausage (polish kielbasa works fine)
then some sliced potatoes, then add a can of mushroom or celery (cream of) soup mixed with about half a can or more of milk and couple tablespoons of prepared mustard. I don't think I salt cause of the soup ( maybe I do- can't remember) but I do add pepper and sometimes I add mushrooms.

I cover and bring it to a hot enough temp to cook the potatoes. Sometimes it gets a bit dry if I don't cover it but that makes the potatoes crusty which we all like.

I hate to admit to using canned soup but the whole family loves this so much and since he lives in Singapore and doesn't get home too often I am tickled to death to make it for him. He told me he has been dreaming about this one guilty pleasure for months. BTW this freezes very well. Oh- and if I have it sometimes I swirll a bit of sour cream into the mixture at the end or top with cheddar cheese. Believe me this is a hard dish to mess up. Let me know if you try it. Best part is it is a one (but big) skillet dish so little mess in the kitchen.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Last edited by no kudzu; 11-05-2013 at 05:52 AM.. Reason: remembered about the sour cream and cheddar.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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How about Broccoli and Cheese Soup instead of the Carrot Soup? Easy, delicious, healthy, can use low fat cheese, is filling. Also, your main course recipe sounds delicious and I will definitely give it a try - why not consider doubling it if he loves it so much - that way everybody has plenty? Enjoy your boy - so glad he's home and you have him with you for a while!!!!
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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How about a shrimp or lobster bisque?
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I like the roasted vegetable medley idea, or else how about halved acorn squash, baked with butter a little brown sugar and some raisins in each cavity? To me, this goes well with the savory sausage.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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Carrot soup, butternut squash soup, something like that would be a good addition. Light enough to counteract the richness of the sausage dish and the biscuits.

Since he gets home so rarely, might I also suggest simply making more of the sausage dish that you all love so well?

I live a good distance from my hometown, though nowhere near as far as your son from you -- and when I get home, I have certain dishes I request from my mom, and she always makes extra...and since it's a treat, I always eat extra!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Central Midwest
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@ No kudzu...I think that sounds wonderful and I am going to make it for my DH...I think he will really like that. Thanks for sharing that recipe.

I hope your son enjoys his home visit and eats a lot while visiting. I know those visiting kids can really put away a lot of food. But it is so worth it just to have them home among us, eating with us, and enjoying their favorite foods.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:48 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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mac and cheese side?
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