Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage and pepper; cook 4 minutes or until sausage is browned, stirring to crumble. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add spinach; cook 30 seconds or until spinach begins to wilt, tossing constantly. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute or until heated. Sprinkle with cheese.
Although I made a few changes (brown basmati rice, hot chicken sausage, chopped tomatoes) I feel like that's the strength of the dish. You can make changes based on your preference to make it perfect for you. I only added the chicken sausage because my store was out of turkey, but as i prefer turkey I'll be adding that back next time. And there will be a next time. Loved having a dish that felt homemade but was as easy as picking up fast food, or making something from a frozen box. I added a bit of salt, because I tend to like salty foods, and I like chopped tomatoes on my rice, bean & sausage dish so I knew I wanted to explore it here. I will probably also add a few chopped green onions to give it some crunch.It was more filling than I thought it would be, and great to have leftovers the next day!
So I love this recipe because it is easy and tasty but wouldn't make it for guests. My 3 year old loves it, my husband loves it and I love it! I use hot chicken Italian sausage (for me) or regular if for the rest of the family. If I use regular, I add some red pepper flakes when serving. So I give 4 stars because people get mad when you use 5 stars and alter the receipe. So, I cook up regular rice in 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 water. I don't add garlic (I love it but it doesn't love me!) and the cheese is a must. I am being a bit of a snob here but please dont use the cheese in a green bottle, yuck! Use the fresh grated stuff - it doesn't have to be the freshest thing, pre-grated is ok but make just not the fake stuff from a jar. The deli usually has some pre-grated or pre-shredded which is still good and not over the top expensive. It DOES make a difference.
I added chopped tomato as a topping that added a nice touch and another vegetable (es, I know a tomato is not really a vegetable...you get my drift). Reduced the amount of garlic cloves from 5 to 3. Quick recipe.