When you need a quick vegetarian meal, this healthy Vegan Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan recipe is for you. Quick, easy, and packed with veggies. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
Fall is here and nothing says fall to me like apples. Okay maybe also pumpkins. And cooler weather...football...soups...you get the idea. So when I think of "comfort food" my mind automatically goes to recipes associated with all those fall feelings. Adding an extra layer of clothing or a light jacket, sit back, and enjoying a nice, warm, filling, feel-good food.
Such was the picture I had in my head when I created this Apple Sage Vegan Sausage with Vegetables recipe. Once you make it, I think you'll find that you will be coming back to it again and again. The base is a bed of vegetables and then we used vegan sausages to add some healthy protein. You can also use regular sausages in this recipe, but the vegan apple sage sausage is really delicious, nutty, and filling.
Now, before you get too worried about having to figure out how on Earth you're going to make vegan sausage, the good news is, you don't have to! You can buy it already made in the health food section of your grocery store. If you cannot find this particular sausage, don't fret. Just about any vegan sausage will do.
Ideas for Customizing Apple Sage Vegan Sausage with Vegetables
The easiest way to customize this dish is to swap out the vegan sausage for any vegan sausage you can find, or use a vegetarian sausage, a chicken sausage, pork, beef — you get the idea. Other ways you might try mixing up this recipe include:
- Swapping out one (or more) veggie for another. Don't like squash? No problem! Try a sweet potato. No way to cauliflower? Try roasting some carrots or parsnips.
- If you don't want to try Italian seasoning, you could try a real fall blend on your veggies like allspice. It's not just for pumpkin pies!
- For a simple flavor infusion, sprinkle your veggies with olive oil, garlic salt, and some balsamic vinegar before roasting.
- Purchase sausage out of the casing if you can find it (this might be difficult with vegetarian or vegan sausages, but fairly easy with the meat varieties). Brown it up separately and add it to the vegetables when they are finished roasting.
- Top your completed meal with a sprinkling of pumpkin or pomegranate seeds — or both!
Ways to Serve Apple Sage Vegan Sausage with Vegetables
One of the most fun ways to cook is to figure out new ways to work with the same recipes. To mix this dish up a little, try:
- Adding the veggies and sausage to some angel hair pasta or on top of rice.
- Eat the sausage whole, on a bun on the side of your roasted vegetables.
- Put the entire thing on top of a bed of mixed lettuces. You can add it to lettuce warm or cold.
- Grill it up over a grill pan outside or inside.
- Crack a few eggs on top of the veggies when it's just about done baking and stick it back into the oven until the whites are done. Yum!
What Makes This Apple Sage Vegan Sausage with Vegetables Healthy?
Don't let just the word "vegan" fool you into thinking that's all you need to read to know this is a healthy dish. Sure, vegan foods can be healthy but you have to watch what they're made from. A lot of white breads and pastas can be vegan but you can't eat them all day and night, know what I mean? Here's what makes this meal healthy:
- Butternut squash contains a ton of vitamin A, and is a great source of potassium, magnesium, and fiber, and it's void of all fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
- Cauliflower contains fiber to help keep you fuller, longer, is a great replacement for rice, and is low in calories, carbs, and sugars.
- Broccoli is chock full of vitamins C, B, iron, beta-carotene, zinc, and potassium. It's also low calorie and fiber-full.
- Not only do onions make a great base for just about any recipe, they are also great for you. They contain vitamins B6, C, iron, potassium, and folate. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
- Garlic can ward off werewolves, mix amazingly with onions for recipe bases, and it's also low in calories and delicious! In addition, garlic contains vitamins C and B6, selenium, fiber, and manganese.
- Although growing up, I think I saw my mom use olive oil maybe two times ever, now olive oil seems to be a necessary component in cooking just about everything. Olive oil is considered to have a healthy fat, like avocados or salmon, and it contains lots of antioxidants and other great nutrients.
- Italian Seasoning adds healthy flavor and that's about it — no extra calories or fat.
- Vegan Apple Sage Sausage will be free of nitrates, animal proteins, and other processed ingredients. Vegan sausage is a good meat alternative if you're looking for protein without any animal ingredients.
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- 1 U butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 U sweet onion, chopped
- 1 U head garlic, broken into cloves with skin on
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 4 U vegan apple sage sausage, cut into thirds
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Toss the squash, cauliflower, broccoli, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, and salt in a large glass baking dish.
Pierce the sausage with a fork and place on top of the veggies.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until vegetables are tender and sausages are cooked through.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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