Turkey Sausage Brown Rice

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Turkey Sausage Brown Rice is a lean and filling dish, combining lean turkey sausage, brown rice, and a hefty amount of veggies. Perfect meal or side dish for days you are cutting back!

For more delicious rice dishes, try my Spanish Rice and Beans, Cilantro Lime Rice, and Weeknight Spicy Fried Rice.

Side shot of a square serving bowl of turkey sausage brown rice, with a fork inside.

Sausage Brown Rice

I’ve been on the go SO much over the last couple of months. Trips to Hawaii (for our 50th) in January, Iowa (to see my parents) in March, Mom’s weekend in Lubbock in April, and the Smoky Mountains in May with Mike’s dad and his wife. I’m not complaining because we’ve had a lot of fun, but I’m tired. And feeling puffy and squishy around the middle. Peri-menopause doesn’t help, but neither does the wine, beer, pasta, ice cream, and cookies. When I travel, I seem to indulge just a little bit too much. And it’s catching up to me.

So this is one dish I almost always make upon returning from any trip. I’ve made it a bunch of different ways, and you can play with the ingredients, depending on what you like.

  • Use any protein you like. I’ve used chicken, turkey bacon, or left the protein out altogether.
  • Sub out veggies. I’ve used celery instead of the pepper, and also added sweet potatoes or butternut squash.
  • You could also use white rice instead of brown, although long-grain brown rice is all I buy now.
Overhead shot of all the ingredients for this recipe.

I also tend to whip up salads of all types after vacationing. But this one is great for the family because it’s..

  1. lean
  2. filling
  3. and it tastes REALLY good

Overhead shot of a round white bowl of turkey brown rice sausage.

I’ve categorized this Turkey Sausage Brown Rice dish under main dishes AND side dishes, because we eat it as both. When my boys are all around, it’s usually a side dish along with some other protein and maybe some fruit. But when I’m eating it for lunch (because I often times eat the majority of it!), it’s definitely a main dish. It’s really a complete meal, with protein, grains, and veggies.

Some other lean-and-mean main dish recipes I make after over-indulging are the following.

  1. Poached Egg Avocado Muffins
  2. Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls
  3. Shrimp Pesto Rice Bowls
  4. Easy Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema
  5. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas
  6. Roasted Vegetable Pesto Panini
  7. Broccoli Pasta with Bacon

And then there are some of my favorite salad recipes. And the all-time lean Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes.

Time to shed a few pounds before I travel again in about two months. All of my siblings and families are gathering in Iowa to celebrate Mom’s 80th birthday and Mom and Dad’s 60th wedding anniversary. Let the cupcakes party begin!

Side shot of the casserole, on a gray napkin.

xoxo ~Sue


  1. Hi , can this be done in an instant pot?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You can cook the rice in the instant pot and then add everything else in afterward.

  2. Perfect, easy meal prep for the work week!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! It really is, Josh. Enjoy!

  3. Katelynn Hernandez says:

    LOVED this recipe!!! A great quick and easy week night meal! Already decided to have it again next week right before the holiday and all the super unhealthy eating begins!!! Got to be good while we can! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’re welcome, Katelynn! So glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t made it in awhile so thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  4. I love it when healthy and tasty intersect! I also love this recipe because it is something different!

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