This easy one-pot meal is not only healthy but it is delicious and can be pulled together in less than 30 minutes, how great is that? Trust me this recipe is one to try!
Healthy Low-Carb Skillet Meal!
Skillet recipes not only help you get supper on the table quickly, but they make for easy cleanup, too! What’s better than meals that are healthy and easy to clean up?
Nothing, right? I agree!
Some of my all-time favorite recipes can be cooked in one pot from start to finish. These days life if busy and none of us have extra time to stand around all evening loading the dishwasher or hand washing all those dishes.
That’s why, in this stage of my life of having a busy teenager needing to be driven here and there to his extracurriculars, I’m all about easy and delicious meals that I can make fast.
This Italian Sausage Skille Meal recipe is a low-carb and Trim Healthy Mama “S” dish that comes together fast and easily.
Even if you don’t eat those diets, this is just a great healthy meal for you and your family that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes.
I hope you give this one a try and that it makes your dinner preparations as easy for you as it does for me!
How To Make Your Own Italian Sausage
If you can’t find mild Italian Sausage at your local stores or if you just like to know exactly what’s in your recipes you can totally make your own Italian Sausage for this recipe.
Making your own is super easy to do and when I do it I like to double the recipe so I can freeze some for another time when I can’t make it to the grocery store.
To make your own sausage you’ll just need some ground pork, or if you don’t eat pork, grab some ground turkey, chicken, or even ground beef if necessary.
Once you have your protein of choice the rest is as simple as choosing the right herbs and spices to flavor your sausage mixture.
Here is my recipe for Italian Sausage:
- 2 pounds of ground pork
- 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
- 2 1/5 teaspoons of fennel
- 2 teaspoons of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of oregano and thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon of sage1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or more for heat
- salt and pepper to taste
To mix up the sausage simply add all the ingredients into a large bowl and stir until all the spices are incorporated.
Once it is mixed allow it to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour so all the flavors will come together for the best taste.
I like to portion my sausage out into one-pound bags for the freezer that way they are easy to pull out and thaw when I need them for recipes like this low-carb Easy Italian Sausage Skillet.
My Italian Sausage would also be delicious in my Cheesy Baked Spaghetti recipe here on the blog. It will totally be a hit the next time your need a low-carb pasta dish.
What is the Best Low Carb Rice Substitute?
Rice is a grain that is loved by many cultures and people throughout the world. I grew up eating a lot of white rice as my mom cooked it often and my dad loved it.
So naturally, I grew up enjoying it as well. Unfortunately, for a low-carb diet, rice has too many carbs and can prevent weight loss or even cause blood sugar spikes, which we try to avoid.
And while rice is hard to replace texture and flavor-wise, there are a few options on the market that make a close replacement for it. I’ll never tell you they taste exactly like rice because that would be a total lie.
They don’t and never will taste exactly like white or brown rice because they are not grains at all. Over the years I’ve tried many rice substitutes so I’ve found a few that are better than others.
Here’s a little about some of the low-carb rice substitutes that I’ve tried. You can choose your favorite.
Cauliflower Rice: Cauliflower rice is one of the most popular rice alternatives that are out there, especially in the keto and low-carb communities.
It has a small number of carbs that can easily fit into most people’s macros for the day.
It can be found in most grocery stores these days in two forms. You can find the bags of fresh cauliflower in the produce section or in the frozen foods section in twelve-ounce bags.
Cauliflower rice is easy to cook and usually is cooked in less than 10 minutes. If you do not like cauliflower then you may want to give another one of the options try for this recipe, but this is my go-to for most of my recipes.
Heart of Palm Rice: This rice is made from the heart of the palm and can be used in any recipe that calls for rice. It does have a crisper texture than cauliflower rice and will take a little longer to cook to soften.
I always parboil mine before adding it to any recipe to make sure it has a nice soft texture.
This is a product that is harder to find in local stores, but the heart of palm noodles is slowly making their ways onto grocery store shelves so hopefully, the rice varieties will soon follow.
For now, you can shop for the heart of palm rice on Amazon.
Shirataki Rice: Shirataki rice, also known to a lot of us as miracle rice and konjac rice is from the konjac plant. Konjac rice is commonly used as rice substitution in the keto and low-carb communities because of its low nutritional value especially net carbs.
If you are familiar with shirataki noodles, it is basically the same thing, but cut into small rice-sized pieces to form rice.
I’ll be honest to say these are my least favorite when it comes to rice alternatives, but my husband enjoys them.
So shirataki products have a very distinct smell from the water that they are stored in. They need to be rinsed thoroughly and I find that if you steam or sautee the recipe a bit this helps with the smell and the overall texture of this type of rice option.
The Shirataki Rice will also have a very different texture than the other two options. It is chewy and has a very “bouncy” texture that some might not enough.
Have you tried one or more of these rice alternatives? Which one is your favorite and which one have you tried and did not like?
Let me know in the comments on this blog post or shoot me a message on my Instagram page. You can find me there at @MyTableofThree.
HERE ARE SOME GREAT SWAP-OUT IDEAS!
- Rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken works great if you don’t want to use sausage.
- Ground beef or lean ground turkey can be used also, basically use what you have on hand and make it easy on yourself.
- Leave the meat out for a vegetarian dinner and add some beans like a cannellini bean or some chickpeas with the Italian seasoning.
- Add broccoli, cabbage, or any vegetables instead of or in addition to the zucchini and onions.
- If you don’t mind adding the carbs you can replace the cauliflower rice with brown rice. If you follow THM this would carry you over into a “crossover” meal with the fat from the steak and carbs from the rice.
- If you don’t like cauliflower, but still want to avoid carbs? Replace it with any “riced” veggie or low-carb noodles. Some spiral zucchini noodles would be excellent too.
This Italian Sausage Skillet is a filling meal all cooked in one pan. It is loaded with low-carb veggies and comes together in under 30 minutes!
- 24 ounces of cauliflower rice
- 16 ounces of Mild Italian Sausage, ground
- 1 large zucchini, diced into small cubes
- 1 cup shredded Italian Style Cheese
- 1//2 a red onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to your taste
- Add the ground sausage and chopped onion to a large skillet and cook it thoroughly until the sausage is fully cooked.
- Remove it from the skillet leaving the sausage drippings in the pan. Add in the Zucchini and sauté until they are slightly tender. If your sausage didn't leave behind much fat you can add a little water or broth to the pan to deglaze the pan and help the zucchini cook without adding more fat to the skillet.
- Once the zucchini is tender add in the priced cauliflower, seasoning, and sausage mixture. Combine everything and let it cook for about 8 to 10 minutes until your cauliflower rice is tender and everything is heated through.
- Taste and adjust any salt and pepper if needed for your taste preference.
- Lastly, add in the cheese and heavy whipping cream and stir well. Serve hot.
Serving Size1 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 367Total Fat 27gCholesterol 78mgSodium 740mgCarbohydrates 11.5gNet Carbohydrates 8gFiber 3.5gSugar 3.8gProtein 18.4g
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!