I keep a variety of things in the freezer and fridge for emergency meals. That can be when we are completely out of fresh produce or I forgot to thaw out meat, but I always have something on hand to throw together a healthy, balanced dinner when I don’t feel like cooking.
Insert sheet pan dinners.
I try to always keep some kind of sausage in the fridge. Usually, it is an apple chicken sausage I get from Walmart, but lately I’ve been getting an apple gouda sausage from Natural Grocers. Both are delicious and serve the purpose I need, which is get dinner ready quickly.
The reason I love sheet pan dinners is because you can use whatever you have in the fridge, and it always turns out delicious.
I encourage you to make one for yourself. Experiment with different veggies and spices. This one was fairly simple, but I did have one secret ingredient that I can guarantee you will make your sheet pan dinner a success.
What you need:
- 2 sausages (your favorite brand and flavor), sliced into rounds
- 1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
- 1 onion, diced into large chunks
- 1 delicata squash, seeds removed and chopped
- A drizzle of avocado oil
- Seasoning of choice: I used salt, pepper and garlic powder in this one
- Secret ingredient: 6 small dollops of bacon grease scattered around the pan
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep the veggies and sausage, and place on a parchment lined baking dish. Drizzle with oil and seasonings. Go easy on the salt since the bacon grease will add a nice amount of saltiness.
Bake for 12 minutes and stir around. Bake for 12 more minutes.
Serve hot with a side of Bubbie’s Kraut and your favorite mustard. We used Dijon, but also like spicy brown mustard.
The beautiful thing about sheet pan dinners is the ability to use whatever you have on hand. I make these at least once a week, but it is hardly ever the same one twice. Get creative and enjoy yourself. It’s so easy and turns out perfect every time.