Kitchen Adventures || Keepin’ it easy – One pan veggies & sausage
Happy Hump Day! I hope you guys had an awesome Labor Day weekend! We spent most of the day traveling home from Arkansas (in the rain), but we got to enjoy some relaxing time at my grandmother’s ranch, fishing, doing some yard work, and chatting with her. She is going to be 98 years old next month! She still lives on her own and does a great job taking care of herself. I’m 100% certain that she’s doing so well at her age because for most of her life, she’s eaten from her own (or her neighbor’s) garden/farm and she STILL gets up every morning and moves her body. She stretches and “takes exercises” and keeps herself active physically and mentally every day. Her movements have adapted over the years, but she listens to her body and makes it a priority. She’s walking proof that longevity is achievable!
Y’all she’d kill me if she knew I was posting a picture of her in her robe, but I had to share!
Anyway, on to the recipe. This is one that’s so easy and FULL of good veggies. Because we were driving, I didn’t have my normal meal prep day, but this takes like 30 minutes to throw together and it tastes great. Even better if you can pull from your own veggie garden 😉 Enjoy!
***FOR THOSE OF YOU DOING WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE – This is one that is SO easy to make compliant for all nutrition levels – just check the ingredients on your sausage or substitute chicken (or steak, shrimp, etc!!) if you can’t find compliant sausage.
- 1 lb Smoked Turkey or Chicken Sausage (You can also pre-cook raw sausage of your choice to add to this)
- 2 cups sweet potatoes diced into 1/2” cubes
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups fresh green beans (ends trimmed)
- 1 cup bell pepper chopped (any colors you like)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or your favorite spice blend!)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
(Other options for veggies that I’ve tried – asparagus, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onions, carrots…. you can really choose anything you like!)
Pre-heat oven to 400F.
Slice the smoked sausage into 1” rounds. Dice the sweet potatoes into small 1/2” cubes. Chop/prep the rest of your veggies to your liking/as needed.
Add the sausage, veggies and minced garlic to a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the Italian spices or your favorite spice blend. Seasoning with salt and pepper. Toss veggies with your hands until they are fully combined and coated with olive oil and spices.
Bake for appx. 20 minutes, flipping halfway. You can portion this out on it’s own or if you want to serve it over brown rice, or quinoa, even on top of a salad, it’s extremely versatile!
And…. just because I still can’t stop watching it – Here’s the friend we made this weekend 😆