So, I’ve been wanting to make something healthy and delicious lately. Too much in the way of carbs; not enough in the way of veggies.
The thing is, I also wanted something with meat. I’d been seriously craving sausage lately, so that was my springboard.
I first found some recipes for baked ziti with sausage and broccoli rabe, but the bechamel sauce… well, let’s just say I was too lazy.
And I wanted something more vegetable-y.
I searched again, this time specifically for a sausage and veggie bake. One of the search results turned up with this.
I would have been happy with it, but the boyfriend is not a fan of bell peppers. (The only time I got him to have anything with bell pepper in it was when it was so cooked into spaghetti sauce that the flavor and texture just weren’t there.)
Instead, what I wound up with was this:
- a 4-pack of aidelle’s aundouille cajun sausage
- a small yellow squash
- a small zucchini
- a small red onion
- about 3-4 cups of pre-cut broccoli/cauliflower florets
- 3 red potatoes and one large yukon gold potato
- 2 medium carrots
- varying amounts of salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, basil, sage, oregano, parsley and rosemary
- the barest hint of crushed red pepper
- olive oil
I washed the veggies as needed (a little bit hindered by a small gouge I somehow managed to put in my thumb with my other thumbnail and was trying to keep bandaged and dry) and cut all of them into less-than-bitesize chunks. The onion, I went so far as to dice. I cut the sausages into halves length-wize, and then 1/4-inch wide chunks after that.
I split that between two casserole dishes, and sprinkled on the olive oil and spices/herbs/whatever they are and tossed them in the dishes. The oven had been pre-heating to 400F during this time.
I wound up baking the dishes for about 50 minutes instead of 25, the last 15 of which were done at 375F.
And then I ate it, as you do. Except not all of it, because that would be a hell of a lot of food. Like I said, there was enough for a small army. A very small army. Of maybe 6-8 people.
It was delicious.