This recipe has been a staple in our house for YEARS, we eat it at least every other week and for some reason I never seem to get tired of it.
It’s easy to prepare, a complete meal cooked exclusively in the oven, relatively healthy, paleo, and solidly fits in the toss-it-in-the-oven-and-go-running category. AND you don’t have to wash one. single. pot. My kind of dinner!
It even reheats well and is equally delicious as leftovers the next day.
I love eating it for breakfast with a couple of fried eggs on top. Seriously, yum!
You’ll need a large sweet potato, 4 large carrots, a small head of cauliflower, a pound of raw Italian sausage and two apples (I use Gala, they’re my favorite apple). It makes enough to serve approximately 4 adults.
(If you can only find the Italian sausage in links, you can remove the casing with a knife or scissors.)
Chop the sweet potato, carrots and cauliflower in 1/2 inch chunks and place them in one layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste and toss everything in oil so that the vegetables are coated. You can use any kind of vegetable oil, melted coconut oil, or melted butter but I use leftover bacon grease.
Yes, bacon grease. I cook everything in it. Because it’s bacon and bacon is delicious.
Crumble the raw Italian sausage on top of the vegetables so that the chunks of sausage are about the same size as the veggie chunks and put the whole thing in the oven (do not combine!).
Let it bake for an hour at 350 degrees F.
While its baking chop up the apples in the same 1/2 inch sized chunks and toss in a little oil so they don’t brown.
After an hour, remove the tray from the oven, put the apples on top, and toss everything together, making sure the apples are well coated in oil (if they don’t get coated in the residual oil/grease/Italian sausage drippings they’ll dry out during baking) and return the sheet tray to the oven for another 15 minutes.
Done! Serve it with a small salad, fruit, or if you’re feeling festive sliced cheddar cheese, pretzels and ranch dressing to dip it all in.
You can switch up this recipe any way you want. If you want to bulk it up add another sweet potato or more carrots. The most important thing is that everything be chopped the same size.
If you’d prefer crunchier sausage, up your oven to 375 and reduce total cooking time to 1 hour (still adding the apples in the last 15 minutes).