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Another “use up what’s left in the fridge/freezer” success story right here. This is a paleo dinner that is very easy, minimal ingredients and so much flavor all in a tiny bowl. It’s is a crockpot soup which makes it even easier! Italian sausage paired with tomatoes and peppers are a dream combo! Very Italian tasting…yum 🙂

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1⃣Slice 1.5lbs Italian sausage (mild/medium/hot or a combo) into 1/3″ pieces and place in a frying pan to brown on both sides. When both sides are browned, transfer meat to crock pot
2⃣Place 1T butter (cooking fat of choice) to melt then add in 1 small diced onion. Cook until beginning to turn translucent then add in 2 bell peppers (colors of choice (I used red and orange) that have been thinly sliced. Also add in 1T chopped garlic.
3⃣Cook for about 5 minutes until just turning tender then add in 1 can diced tomatoes. Season with Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Stir until heated thru then pour into crockpot with meat.
4⃣Top with 2c chicken bone broth or store bought stock
5⃣Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2

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This dinner was amazing! The flavor combination was so delicious. Italian herb meatballs with the garlic-y, herb-y goodness of the couscous… A clean, healthy balanced meal that was super easy to make!

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Meatballs
1⃣I didn’t measure but this is what I mixed with about 2lbs of ground beef:
🔹Italian dressing (1/4c?)
🔹Worcestershire (1/8c?)
🔹S&P
🔹Garlic
🔹Chopped onion
🔹2 eggs
🔹2 slices of whole wheat bread soaked in milk, then tore into small pieces
🔹Garlic powder
🔹Italian herb seasoning
🔹Hot sauce
🔹Crushed red pepper
2⃣Mix with hands then form into balls and place on greased baking sheet
3⃣Bake covered at 375F for 20min. Remove and uncover then bake an additional 20min

Couscous
1⃣Bring to boil
🔹1c water
🔹1T olive oil
2⃣Add in the following, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 min:
🔹2/3c couscous
🔹1T Italian herb seasoning
🔹S&P
🔹1/2t crushed red pepper
🔹1T garlic
🔹1t garlic powder
🔹Couple handfuls of spinach
🔹2 triangles of laughing cow garlic and herb cheese (optional)
3⃣Mix again after 5min and spinach has wilted