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19Jun, 22
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Quick Broccoli + Sausage Sheet Pan ๐Ÿฅฆ

This year I’ve made it a HUGE focus of mine to keep our family food budget in check. We’re making simpler meals and ALWAYS shopping the sales.

What does shopping the sales mean?

For me it means that I have a few ideas for recipes I’d like to make that week BUT I’m VERY flexible. When I’m making a sheet pan meal like this, I choose whatever veggie is on sale at the store (OR farmers market… or possibly ready in the garden). The same goes for protein. As I’m walking through the store, when I see something is discounted that week…well that then becomes our protein of choice. It’s always a balance between making GOOD choices while also not overspending on items that aren’t as affordable at the time.

This week, I walked into the produce aisle and broccoli was what was on sale… so I grabbed 2 heads for the week.

Then I noticed a high-quality nitrate-free sausage was on SALE by A LOT. I had no intention of adding sausage to my cart when I walked into the store… but the sale price dictates the direction of my weekly plans. Especially when it’s a REALLY good sale.

So here we are with a 20-minute, EASY, satisfying meal idea. Just a few ingredients and very little clean-up. Even after a long stressful day, I can still muster the effort to throw together something like this.

This combo is SUPER TASTY, simple, and protein-packed! You can throw whatever veggies you have on hand in there to roast; I had broccoli – SO GOOD with the Italian seasoning & sausage!

Consider doubling up the recipe for future lunches throughout the week. Stays good in a sealed container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

โžก๏ธ So is Sausage Healthy?!

Can sausages be included as part of a healthy lifestyle? Absolutely! Especially if you know what to look for:

A very easy rule to follow is to choose sausage with the fewest ingredients, those are usually the healthiest choices.

I always read the ingredients carefully and choose based on that combined with what’s on SALE.

It’s a good idea to always check the packaging and look at the sodium content. Ideally, choose the sausage with the lowest amount.

I try to buy chicken or turkey sausages that are mostly the actual chicken or turkey meat, gluten-free, nitrate-free, no added sugar, and no weird stuff in general. There are actually quite a few good options these days! If you need help be sure to ask your butcher for a recommendation.

๐Ÿง€Cheese please:

Instead of buying pre-shredded cheese, I like to find a block of grass-fed cheese ON SALE and shred it myself….or better yet enlist one of the kids for this duty.

Many pre-shredded varieties are coated in very strange things (anti-caking & clumping garbage) that actually interfere with the natural texture and melting quality.

4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 16 oz nitrate-free sausage, sliced
  • 2 Tbsps avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning (or any of your favorite seasoning blends)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees f. and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.

Add the broccoli florets and sausage to your prepared pan.

Drizzle with avocado oil spray and sprinkle with all of the seasonings.

Use your clean hands to combine everything really well.

Roast for 15-18 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender-crisp to your liking.

Sprinkle with shredded cheese then roast for 2 additional minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

โค๏ธRachel

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