SETTING: early evening - and you've just come in the door. PROBLEM: Your hungry family already is asking, "What's for dinner?" SOLUTION: This homey, great-tasting main dish that cooks in your microwave oven in less than 15 minutes.
Pennsylvania sausage and cabbage5 cups coleslaw mix or coarsely shredded cabbage
1 apple, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup apple cider or juice
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 to 1 teaspoon caraway seed
1/2 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pound fully cooked link smoked turkey sausage, sliced
Prepared mustard (optional) In a 2-quart microwave-safe casserole combine the coleslaw mix, apple and 1-3rd cup of the apple juice. Cook, covered, on 100 percent power (high) for 8 minutes or until the cabbage is almost tender, stirring once.
In a small mixing bowl combine the remaining apple juice, mustard, cornstarch, caraway seed, bouillon granules and pepper. Stir into cabbage mixture along with sausage. Cook, uncovered, on high 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring twice. Pass additional mustard, if desired.
Nutrition information per serving: 214 cal., 23 g pro., 19 g carb., 5 g fat, 50 mg chol., 1,392 mg sodium. U.S. RDA: 157 percent vit. A, 63 percent vit. C, 11 percent riboflavin, 40 percent niacin.