It’s that crazy hectic time yet again! Though It isn’t for me (yet) I sure remember them as a kid. Home from school, homework, quick dinner, softball practice, or for me, dance, dinner then homework. Mom brings you there, Dad brings your brother/sister there, crazy busy nights with it getting lighter out earlier, let’s admit it, it’s a tiring time!! Not everyone has a SAHM like I did to provide great meals every night, even with a SAHM, it still got hectic!!

This weeks theme for #SundaySupper is Back to School Meals. Our Hostess for this weeks Sunday’s dinner is a great friend of mine, Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes. She is one busy Momma so this theme is so perfect for her, thank you for hosting Nicole!!

I chose to make a casserole because I think they are easy to whip up a day ahead or even that night. This dish took me no longer than 40 min to make, while I was 10 minutes into making it my husband asked when dinner was going to be ready, I said 5:30. We sat down at 5:33. He said wow right on time! Ha!

Turkey Italian Brown Rice Casserole

Adapted By: Kalyn’s Kitchen
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and finely chopped
olive oil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning (a blend of dried oregano, marjoram, thyme, and rosemary)
3 to 4 links turkey Italian sausage
1 pd of ground turkey
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (One Bag)
3/4 cup low-fat cheese (I used a low fat six cheese blend)
2-3 Celery Ribs (leafs included)
1/2 Cup of chopped Carrot sticks
1 Can (14 oz) of diced tomatoes (seasoned)
1 Can (8 oz) of mushrooms (or use fresh)
Salt & Pepper
Half a bag of crushed croutons (italian flavored)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375F/190C.  Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large heavy stock pan.  Add the chopped onion and green bell pepper and saute until the vegetables are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.  Add the Italian seasoning and saute 1-2 minutes more.

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Add 2 tsp. more oil to the pot(or less if you’re using a non-stick pan.)  Squeeze the turkey Italian sausage out of the casing and saute until it’s fully cooked and nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks.  This will take about 5-6 minutes, but don’t rush the browning. Meanwhile cook the brown rice according to package directions.

Add the brown rice, diced tomatoes and mushrooms into the pan and mix with the sausage and remaining veggies together.  Cook this mixture with the lid on for about 10 min.

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Put the mixture into a casserole dish that you’ve sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray.  (I used a dish that was 7″ x 9″ but a slightly larger size will work.)

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Crush the croutons with a can by rolling it over and over again in the bag. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

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Put the casserole into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and lightly browned and the whole thing is piping hot, about 20-25 minutes.  Serve hot.

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This kept well in the fridge and reheated well in the microwave. I kept it right inside my casserole dish!!  It has awesome taste and I’ve had it for leftovers on two different occasions now!

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How yummy does that look?? So simple! If you don’t want to serve it again that same week, simple solution? Make enchilada’s or Taco’s with the filling!

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This list of great recipes will be a cinch for you to add to your busy routine as you get back into the groove of going Back To School!!

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day on Sunday. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about Back to School Meals and ways to make meal time easier!

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us throughTweetChat! We’ll be sharing great recipes and tips all afternoon, and we’ll be talking all things Back to School Meals during our chat!

We’d also love to feature your Back to School Recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!