September 5, 2011 in Features

Dinner in Minutes: Hot dogs again? Try grilled turkey sausage


Are you tired of serving hot dogs and hamburgers after a long summer of grilling? Try turkey sausages dressed up with a tomato, onion and pepper topping.

Several types of turkey sausages are available with various seasonings added. They come hot and spicy or mild; some are smoked. Pick whichever one suits your taste.

The sausages can be grilled outside or inside on a stovetop grill. Be sure to heat the grill before adding the sausages. For easy cleanup, spray the grill with a vegetable oil spray first.

Grilled Turkey Sausage With Tomato Onion Pepper Topping

Vegetable oil spray

4 low-fat turkey sausages (about 3/4 pound)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 cup sliced sweet or red onion

1 cup sliced green bell pepper

1 cup diced tomato

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 whole-wheat hot dog buns

Preheat grill or use stovetop grill. Spray grill with vegetable oil spray. Grill sausages 6 to 7 minutes, turning to make sure all sides are cooked.

While sausages cook, heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, green pepper, tomato and garlic. Cover with a lid and cook 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Open hot dog buns and toast on grill for 2 minutes. Serve sausages on buns and spoon vegetables on top.

Yield: 2 servings.

Nutrition per serving: 563 calories (33 percent from fat), 20.6 grams fat (4.6 grams saturated, 8.6 grams monounsaturated), 126 milligrams cholesterol, 45.1 grams protein, 49.2 grams carbohydrates, 9.2 grams fiber, 1,416 milligrams sodium.

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