Food & Drink

Easy recipe to the rescue for an after-work meal

I didn’t have to look very far for this weeknight rescue recipe, and I am thankful that it found me.

As I was strolling through the cheese section of my local grocery store, picking out toppings for a pizza party, I struck up a conversation with an older gentleman restocking the shelf. What started out as a chat turned into a full-blown discussion, and one of the things he mentioned was his family’s latest favorite dish:

“I just brown some andouille in a wok, toss in a bag of vegetables from the freezer, add tomato sauce and pasta and call it a day.” Sounded easy enough.

Normally, this conversation would have evaporated within minutes of leaving the store (not because I am rude, but because I have the memory of a very tiny goldfish) but for some reason, it stuck with me.

Days later, I desperately needed something to eat, and I decided to give it a try. Andouille? Check. Frozen vegetables? Check. Whole wheat penne? Check. I took a few extra liberties, adding Creole mustard and a splash of cream instead of tomato sauce, and it worked out quite well, I must say.

Nealey Dozier is a writer for, a website for food and home cooking.