Paleo One-Pan Sausage "Skillet" Dinner

I am about to share what might be my best-kept secret.

This is my stand-by meal.
The one I make when I forgot to thaw out meat and don't have a plan for dinner. (which happens a lot...)
The one I ALWAYS keep the ingredients for stocked in the fridge.
This meal and taco salad are probably the only dishes I can say I make "frequently".


The prep for this is seriously so easy - chop, and roast. The chopping is really the only labor intensive part, but the best part is throwing it into the oven and forgetting it for 40 minutes while you go do something else other than fix dinner (hallelujah!).
photo cred: 4kowboys
Paleo One-Pan Sausage Skillet Dinner

Ingredients:
1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 
(or white potatoes, or cubed butternut squash)
2 cups brussel sprouts, washed and cut in half lengthwise
1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets
3-5 "clean" sausages*

Other ingredients I have added in the past - chopped apples, cauliflower florets, sliced carrots, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, etc. 

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Garlic Powder to taste
Black pepper to taste

 *We buy the kielbasa sausages from Costco that don't have any preservatives or weird ingredients in them. There are other brands like Aidells or Gilbert's that have clean ingredients and lots of yummy flavors!

So first you chop all your vegetables into bite-size smallish chunks. This is the most time consuming, but you don't want to try to roast huge chunks so smallish is best. 
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees while you chop. 

Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray or rub with olive oil. 

Side note: I highly recommend getting one of these Olive Oil Misters because they make my life 100x easier in the kitchen. I spray all my pans with olive oil instead of sketchy PAM or cooking spray with weird ingredients in it. If you've never looked at the back of your bottle of cooking spray....go do it right now and then throw it in the trash and get one of those olive oil sprayers. Seriously. Ok back to recipe. 

Arrange all the veggies onto the cookie sheet in a single layer as much as possible. It's ok if there's a little overlap. Sprinkle generously with salt. 

Slice the sausages into 1/2 inch thick slices, then arrange on top of the veggies on your cookie sheet. This will allow the juices from the sausages to cook into the veggies. yum. Spray the entire pan again with the olive oil to coat the veggies and sausage pieces in oil. Sprinkle generously with garlic powder and some black pepper (if you like spice - cayenne!). 

Pop into the oven and leave for at least 30 minutes. Let everything get soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Keep an eye on it and if it needs to be stirred around half way through, go ahead and do that. Otherwise, let the roasting do its magic. It's ready when the sweet potatoes are soft and the broccoli is a little bit crispy. 

The best part about this whole meal is that you only dirtied the following things: a cutting board, your chopping knife, and the bowls and forks you eat it with. Not even the cookie sheet! Remember the aluminum foil? Toss it in the trash and your cookie sheet is still clean. 

I know. You don't even have a reason to run the dishwasher tonight because you basically still have a clean kitchen. You can hug me later!