quick & healthy dinner recipe in 60-minutes

Okay, I am never a big cooker. Contrarily, I love cooking because the food is tailored to MY taste, but the only turn-off for me is cleaning my mess and doing dishes afterwards. I never follow a recipe to the tee because I tend to remove a certain spice or ingredient and add something else. It may take some time to familiarize yourself with the different tastes from certain ingredients in the kitchen, but do not get discourage because learning the taste and texture of ingredients is very beneficial in the long-run. Frankly, it only took me about 24 years of my life to learn to cook for myself. Yes, college happened. Being the baby of six girls, I never had to do much in the kitchen, so I took advantage the chronological order God endowed me with.

Being the baby of a family of six girls, made me pretty darn spoiled.

Enough about me and my silly thoughts. This recipe requires no prior experience in the kitchen. Super simple, healthy and delicious for chefs of all ages. The best part of this recipe is the myriad of vegetable options. I typically purchase whatever is on-sale that day, like manager’s specials of pre-cleaned and pre-packaged vegetables with a near ‘used by date’. Additionally, I pretty much like every vegetable, so whatever is on-sale is whatever I’m eating for the night. However, if you’re short on time and can’t run to the grocery store, just use the vegetables you have on hand! Think of it like this way, recipe contains only suggestive ingredients, but all ingredients are interchangeable to cater to your taste! Be creative and have fun. 🙂

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Serving size: 4


  • 5 Chicken Sausages
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • One Big Bell Pepper [I used a red one, but green, yellow or orange will work!]
  • One Small Yellow Onion [or whichever color you’d prefer – white, red?]
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli florets
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil


  • Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Chicken broth

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Ah, the fun part! Lots of pictures and very little steps. I love telling stories with pictures because reading is dull and just looking at photos with all the minor details make blogging posts more appealing [personal preference 🙂 ]. 

I am making the dinner recipe with pineapple & bacon smoke chicken sausages. However, you can use any type of sausages like spicy Italian sausages or turkey sausages. Oh, please share your favorite type of sausages below! I would love to explore more flavors and tastes.

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Step 1On medium heat, cook sausages on saucepan until brown, then slice sausages into round pieces. [I like cooking my sausages whole to achieve the burnt and crispy casing.] While the sausages are browning on the saucepan, begin to chop the onions and bell pepper into cubes and coarsely mince the garlic.

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Step 2 – Prepare the vegetables by cleaning and cutting them accordingly.

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Step 3 In the same saucepan as the one used to cook the sausages, add a tablespoon of olive oil to saucepan. Sauté garlic until brown and onions until slightly translucent. Then add mushrooms, bell peppers, and sliced sausages. Cook vegetables for about 10 minutes or until the desired texture is achieved. Add broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes. **Add more oil when necessary, depending how much vegetables used**

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Step 4 – Turn off the heat and toss the spinach in. Add salt and pepper for taste. [Save the spinach for last because you do not want them to be overcooked, causing a film-like texture on your teeth while consuming them. This is also a reason why I prefer organic spinach over bagged baby spinach because the spinach holds its structure better and less likely to cause that film-like texture.]

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy! I added enough vegetables so I do not need to eat the sausages over quinoa. However, this step is optional and refer to the packaging for instructions on how to cook it. I prefer using chicken broth to cook the grains to create a more hearty and savory taste versus cooking in water.

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

What is your favorite type of sausages?
Enjoy, xoxo!

Cook a quick & healthy dinner in 60-minutes with chicken sausages and plentiful of vegetables.

dearly yours,
the food enthusiast


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  1. Louise x (@withlovefromlou)

    April 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    This looks so delicious. I’m suddenly very hungry 🙂

    1. thi

      April 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

      The chicken sausages are so yummy! You must try it!

  2. helenvella

    February 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Looks like a great recipe, however I would have to skip the sausage as I am a veggy, looks yummy though.

  3. Ance

    February 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Yummy this looks so beautiful and I am sure that it is very delicious! Great recipe i will try this out i love healthy meals!

  4. The Trophy WifeStyle

    February 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Omg deliciousness!!!! I’m always looking for new dinner ideas. I will have to give this a try

  5. Gennifer Rose

    February 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Last night I made broccoli and wild rice stir fry and it came out super delicious 🙂

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

  6. Wanderlust Vegans

    February 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    We always make quick stirfrys for dinner. Usually just lot of vegetables. Sometimes we add tofu though.

  7. Adriana Gil

    February 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    This looks so delicious! I want to try and cook this some day 🙂 Amazing! xoxo

  8. Cynthia Nicoletti

    February 10, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Love quick and easy. Everything looks delicious. Your pictures are fabulous

  9. Jazz

    February 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I love an easy meal any day of the week. I will have to try chicken sausages. Never had them. By the way, what a beautiful group of ladies!!

  10. Sondra Barker

    February 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    These look so yummy. I might use some of these recipes for my own dinners. Thank you for sharing!

  11. colleen wool

    February 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This recipe looks so delicious. And it looks so healthy.

  12. Josselyn Radillo

    February 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

    i’m curious about the sausage those it really taste like bacon and pineapple?

    1. thi

      February 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Hmm, not exactly! It has the savory essence of the bacon and the sweet flavors of the pineapple. Combined together is perfect, let alone with chicken and in a pork casing! FLAVOR BLAST! 🙂


  13. xo beverlyBev

    February 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

    This recipe looks delicious. I always eat the Aidell’s sausages for breakfast. Never thought to incorporate them into a dinner meal. Pinning this one for next week’s meal plan.

  14. MyYellowApron

    February 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

    We definitely want clean and healthy and quick. My life is so busy that, I will have to really struggle for time to make something elaborate. Loved your recipe idea. Thanks!

  15. Jennifer L Johnson

    February 10, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I hate the dirty dishes after making a good meal!! This looks like a delicious dinner that my family would love to eat.

  16. Elizabeth O.

    February 10, 2017 at 4:14 am

    This looks like one healthy and flavorful dish! It’s definitely a must try! I like how the ingredients come together. I’m keeping the recipe!

  17. Aliza Hale Biorn

    February 10, 2017 at 2:40 am

    It looks so good! I haven’t tried the tri color quinoa before. What I like about this is you can easily switch out a veggie or two. My family isn’t a big fan of broccoli, but would like green beans and I bet it would taste delicious.

    1. thi

      February 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Yes, the only reason why I cook is to have everything I like and nothing I dislike. I’m sure green beans will be a great addition to this dish! 🙂


  18. Sarah Bailey

    February 10, 2017 at 1:27 am

    looks nutritiously delicious. I can find all the ingredients around my kitchen. Big thanks for the idea.

  19. deesignplay

    February 10, 2017 at 1:09 am

    This looks too too delishhhh!

  20. Barb

    February 10, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Aide’s Chicken Sausages are THE BEST!! I’ve never cooked them up like this before though so I’m definitely going to try it. It’s a great way to incorporate veggies into my meal.

  21. ghastlyvongore

    February 9, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Yum I think this combines nearly all of my favorite foods! I am definitely pinning this one. I love meals like this!

  22. hal bloss

    February 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    love quick & easy recipes – my faves – thank you!

  23. Anmaria Djong I Onelazychic

    February 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    it looks so good and healthy. I better make one soon as I am always in a hurry to make lunch or dinner.

  24. Robin Rue

    February 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t get in the kitchen quite as much as I would like but this looks delicious. I am going to have to make this soon!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      I don’t blame you because the kitchen can be intimidating at times, well for me at least! It’s definitely worth a try though and hardly take much time.

      thanks for reading, xoxo

  25. Claudette P. Esterine

    February 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    That really looks yummy and fairly easy to make! Will have to try it one of these days when I need a meal such as this!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Yes! Plus, no spices are really required because the sausages are encased with such robust flavors already!

      Thank you for reading, xoxo

  26. Amber

    February 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Ooo this does look tasty! I’ll need to try this out. I’m pretty sure everyone in my family would eat it.

  27. Author Brandi Kennedy

    February 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    This looks delicious and I love how versatile it is – my favorite meals are the interchangeable ones too, because my family is very picky so I’m always leaving things off or adding things into recipes.

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Yes, meals that do NOT need a particular ingredient to make or break the recipe! To much of a commitment there for me 🙂

      Thanks for reading, xoxo

  28. Heidi

    February 9, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Your stir fry looks amazing. I’d never know that you aren’t a cook! Thanks for the tip on the spinach. I hate that film on my teeth!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      EW, the film always leave me running my tongue back and forth on my front teeth, making sure everything is off! It’s the darn texture it leaves your teeth with.

  29. Kim & Kalee Sorey (@SoreyFitness)

    February 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    This looks so good! You had me sold at the pineapple and bacon sausage! Yum! I also love something simple like this you can just throw together!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      You will not regret the sausages! They are AMAZING! I’ve tried apple and chicken sausages, but they’re not comparable to these! The sweet and savory flavors complement each other so well!

      Thank you for reading, xoxo

  30. Ruth Earley

    February 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    This looks incredible. Thanks for the great ideas. Love your photos too 🙂

  31. Sarah Althouse

    February 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Loved this recipe so I even pinned it. My husband and I have had so many meals with sausage lately I think I am going to try to make it with chicken!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Yes! There is an array of different sausages to try! I like apple and chicken sausages, as well, but these babies are better! 🙂

      Thank you for reading and sharing, xoxo

  32. Alicia

    February 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    This looks delicious, and so easy to throw together too! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  33. Krysten

    February 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This is like a Hawaiian stir fry! So good! I want to have this for dinner tonight!

  34. Alexa Brooks

    February 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Those sausages look amazing! Such a great idea!

  35. kage2015

    February 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

    We love all the ingredients you have listed so this would be a great meal for my family.

  36. Richard

    February 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Wow… that looks very good. I’ll have to check around my grocery stores to find that pineapple bacon chicken sausage. I probably could get by with that alone.

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      I’ll let you in a secret of mine… I hate reheating vegetables the next day because it’ll ruin their textures. So whatever was left, I picked out only the sausages and saved them; and obviously, I devoured them without hesitation the following day. 🙂

      I got mine from Costco, btw. xoxo

  37. Cameron

    February 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I do something very similar – my “dump” meal! For those lazier days when I’m not up to cooking a crazy meal, this is easy to throw together with things you have on hand!

    1. thi

      February 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Yes!! Whatever is edible will be added to the list of ingredients! 🙂


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