Maple Garlic Sausage

If you have followed me for any amount of time you know I am huge fan of sheet dinners. I mean throw everything on one pan and put in the oven... who wouldn't be? In mom world this translates to no dishes and no hands on cooking time (aka no baby hanging on your leg while you stand at the stove top). 

This dinner is full of so many yummy and complex flavors. We have sausage and vegetables in our house a lot because it is such a simple dinner, and it typically tastes simple. So, I went on a mission to find a way to make it not taste simple and still be totally simple to make.  All the flavors blend together so nicely, and you will leave the dinner table feeling full! 

The recipe is: Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sheet pan dinner, and one pan dinner. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package beef sausage

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

  • 2 T olive oil

  • 2 cups packed kale

  • 1 bag butternut squash

How to Make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Cut up sausage into bite sized pieces (see note below on serving to young children). Tear kale into bite sized pieces.

  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir.

  4. Put everything from the bowl on a large cookie sheet. The maple syrup can make a mess on your pan so to help with clean up just line with parchment paper.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve.

Notes:

  • The sausage I use is smoked which adds a layer to the flavor. Additionally, whatever sausage you do buy be sure that it is nitrate free.

  • If you do not have access to already cut butternut squash you can sub for two or three sweet potatoes. You can also cut up a small butternut squash.

Plating for Children

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Sausage can be a choking hazard for children. There is a few ways I like to address this. I pull the casing off the sausage.  This can be hard to chew and it also has no health benefits. I then cut the sausage in half length wise before I cut into smaller pieces.

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