Sheet Pan Dinner – Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables
Sheet Pan Dinner – Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables is the perfect weeknight (or any night!) easy dinner. One pan. Limited dishes. Lots of healthy veggies.
A blogger’s job is to sell you on what we are are making, doing, or crafting. At some point, the audience catches on that, not everything is “the best x they’ve ever eaten”, “the best chocolate cake in the world”, or “the most comfortable overpriced leggings that I want to earn a commission on” ever. There is fatigue in that kind of writing for the writer and the reader. It is a bit like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If I try to sell you that everything I do is amazing, or tastes like baby angels are flying out of your mouth…well eventually you’re going to call BS on that person. One would hope.
So today I tell you that this Sheet Pan Dinner – Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables is good. Really good. Is it the best meal I’ve ever made? No. Is it a fast dinner that doesn’t cause my oldest picky child to whine excessively? Yes. Is it packed full of healthy roasted veggies and lean organic chicken sausage? Sure is! Did it go from start to finish in 30 minutes and only dirty one pan? You know it, friend.
The beauty of this Sheet Pan Dinner – Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables is that it is so easy to personalize to your taste and needs. Need low carb options for Paleo/Keto/Primal? Take out the potatoes and this dish is for you! Want to use up all the vegetables in your veggie drawer? This dish is for you. Want to replace the chicken sausage with tofu or veggie sausage? This dish is for you. Want a complicated meal that takes forever to prep? Um, well…sorry.
And we need to talk about these fingerling potatoes. Have you ever tried them? They’re so tender and delicious and taste like new baby potatoes. Smashed fingerling potatoes are amazing, but take a bit of boiling and coddling. This recipe? We microwave them. We sure do!
While you can put whatever you want in this sheet pan dinner, I highly recommend not skipping the halved cloves of garlic. Don’t do it. You’ll be sorry. When garlic is roasted, it loses the bitter overwhelming flavor that turns many people off from using fresh garlic. These gems carmelize into little-roasted flavor bombs. They become sweet and delicious.
I was inspired to make Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables based on a seasoning that I kept seeing on Instagram. Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel seasoning is huge. People love it for eggs, cottage cheese, and avocado. I’m a die-hard fan of Montreal Steak Seasoning for our roasted veggies, but I was excited to branch out and try something new. The Trader Joe’s seasoning is delicious and a fun change from our normal routine. No Trader Joes around you? Never fear friends. I’m also teaching you how to make your own on the cheap. If you are trying your hand at DIY, walk really quickly past the spice aisle in your grocery store and head to the bulk section. You can buy a bottle of minced garlic for $5, or…you can get a scoop from the bulk section for $.15.
Let’s recap: This recipe is a sheet pan/one pan dinner that is loaded with flavor and delicious veggies and appropriate for a weeknight. It’s packed with healthy protein and versatile veggies and little magical garlic goobers of goodness. Plus, it uses an easy homemade seasoning mix that is super tasty on almost anything.
Life is about to get awesome in your house.
Sheet Pan Dinner - Healthy Sausage and Roasted Vegetables is the perfect weeknight (or any night!) easy dinner. One pan. Limited dishes. Lots of healthy veggies.
- 1 part sesame seeds
- 1 part dried diced onion
- 1 part dried diced garlic
- 1 part poppy seeds
- 1/2 part kosher salt
- 1/2 part black sesame seeds
- 8 links chicken sausage I used Aidell's organic chicken and apple
- 5 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 1 onion cut in half and then in thick slices
- 8 cloves garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
- 12 fingerling potatoes
- 1 bunch beets
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 3 tbsp Everything But the Bagel seasoning, divided
- 2 tbsp water
- kosher salt
Mix equal parts sesame seeds, diced onion, diced garlic, and poppy seeds. Ex: if you're using 1 tbsp of sesame seeds, you'll use 1 tbsp of diced onion, garlic, and poppy seeds. Then add 1/2 of whatever measurement you used of black sesame seeds and kosher salt. Ex: 1 tbsp sesame seeds, diced onion, diced garlic, and poppy seeds. Then 1 1/2 tsp black poppy seeds and kosher salt. Mix, and set aside 3 tbsp. Store any extras in a small air-tight jar.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cover a large sheet pan with foil, making sure it goes up and over the sides.
Take a medium microwave-safe bowl and place a very wet dishtowel in the bottom. Put the fingerling potatoes in the bowl, and sprinkle with 2 tbsp of water. Cover with the edges of the towel and microwave for 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, slice the top and bottom off of the beets. Using a sharp knife, slice the sides to remove the skin. Cut into quarters and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the veggies, onion, and garlic. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp of Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Mix to combine.
Take the microwaved potatoes and place them on the sheet pan. Use a potato masher or a large spoon, and smash the potatoes down keeping them a bit intact. Drizzle each potato with a little olive oil and a tiny pinch of kosher salt.
Add the mixed veggies to the sheet pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
Add the sliced sausage, drizzle with a bit more olive oil, and top with more of the Everything seasoning. Bake for another 10-20 minutes, depending on how crispy you would like the veg.
If you want another awesome easy meal, check out One Pan Teriyaki Chicken Dinner.
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