Twenty Five Delicious and Healthy Sausage Recipes that are quick, easy, and will make you rethink using sausage to make a healthy dinner.
These tasty and healthy sausage recipes are the perfect solution for an easy weeknight dinner. They are quick, packed with veggies, and versatile.
I often get asked if there are things that I always have on hand for quick and healthy dinners. And while this is a terribly hard question for me to answer since my pantry and freezer are often overflowing with ingredients.
After much thought, I realized that one of my favorite ingredients is lean chicken and turkey sausage. Not only does it cook quickly and have tons of flavor, but it's also surprisingly versatile. Seriously, it can be used in so many dishes.
Plus with under 200 calories (sometimes as little as 100 calories per link depending on the brand) per serving, it's an ingredient that can work with almost any diet.
Tips for Making Healthy Sausage Recipes:
- There are a ton of different types of sausage on the market and they come in all different flavors and styles. The first thing you will need to think about is whether you want ground sausage or sausage links. For ground sausage, it is usually easier to find lean ground turkey sausage in either a sweet or spicy Italian flavor. This is available in most grocery stores. I have found it difficult to find lean ground chicken sausage, but sometimes it's available in more specialty stores. For sausage links, there are way more options. I can find about 8 different flavors of lean chicken sausage in my local store and another 3 to 4 flavors of lean turkey sausage. For some reason, the turkey sausage usually comes raw and the chicken sausage is usually precooked. Honestly, they are all pretty interchangeable, just make sure to pay attention to the calorie counts if you are watching your diet.
- When it comes to choosing a flavor of chicken sausage, try to choose something that complements the other flavors in the dish. Spinach and feta sausages are delicious with Italian flavored dishes and spicy jalapeno sausages work great with Asian dishes.
- If you want to pump up the flavor in any dishes made with ground turkey or ground chicken, consider substituting sausage instead. It comes built-in with tons of flavors and can take a bland recipe to a whole new place.
- Since sausage is such a versatile ingredient, I always have some on hand in my freezer. Usually, I stock up when there are sales and keep it around for quick and easy meals.
1. One Pan Mustard Roasted Sausages, Potatoes, and Brussel Sprouts, 346 calories
2. Pineapple Chicken Sausages, 175 calories
3. Slow Cooker Sausage and Gnocchi Soup, 297 calories
4. One Pan Roasted Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Green Beans, 305 calories
5. One Pan Roasted Italian Sausage, Zucchini, and Tomatoes, 308 calories
6. Butternut Squash Breakfast Casserole with Sausage, 331 calories
7. Low Carb Caprese Sausage Bake, 314 calories
8. One Pan Sausage and Acorn Squash, 301 calories
9. Sausage, Pepper, and Spinach Soup, 291 calories
10. Sausage, Spinach, and Tomato Lentils, 412 calories
11. Grilled Chicken Sausages and Summer Vegetables, 285 calories
12. Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Sausage, 317 calories
13. Sausage, Potato, and Veggie Bake, 344 calories
14. Chickpea Stew with Sausage and Butternut Squash, 301 calories
15. Sausage and Pepper Pasta Shells, 379 calories
16. Roasted Italian Sausages with Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions, 314 calories
17. Whole30 Breakfast Salad with Sausage, 413 calories (awesome recipe for dinner as well!)
18. Sausage, Spinach, and Cherry Tomato Pasta Arrabiata, 353 calories
19. Spinach and Sausage Spaghetti Sauce, 202 calories (slow cooker or stovetop)
20. Chicken Sausage Pasta with Broccoli, 422 calories
21. Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Pasta, 364 calories
22. Italian Sausage Meatballs, 231 calories
23. Low Carb Creamy Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Pasta with Sausage, 347 calories
24. Sausage Lentil Soup, 345 calories
25. Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers in Tomato Sauce, 450 calories
Meal Plan Members! Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Consider saving some of these recipes in your Favorites or Recipe Queue for times when you need a quick weeknight meal.