People always ask me how I decide what to make. And to be honest, it really depends.
Sometimes I get inspired in the grocery store or market, buy a whole bunch of stuff and then make up combinations on the fly depending on what I bought and what's left in my kitchen as the week goes on.
Other times, I read a book or see a recipe and that inspires me to go shop for specific ingredients (and of course, during that trip, I usually pick up lots of other stuff which I will find ways to use throughout the week).
There are times when I might just start to crave a specific taste or texture, often some form of comfort food, and try to replicate that nostalgic feeling.
And there are times when I just get stuck in a rut and keep making the same thing over and over and over.
Add another drizzle of oil to the same pan and add the garlic, pepper, zucchini and onion. Cook, stirring until the vegetables start to soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper.
Add the sausage pieces back into the pan. Stir in the brown rice and water. Bring up to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes until the rice is cooked and there is no excess liquid in the pot. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for about 5 minutes.