The super simple and customizable Healthy Sheet Pan Dinner with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies is a weeknight dinner staple, with loads of veggies the whole family will love, on the table in about 30 minutes!JUMP TO RECIPE
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The Easiest Sheet Pan Dinner
Literally in rotation basically every week of my life, this Healthy Sheet Pan Dinner with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies is a real go-to. Great for busy weeknights, "I don't feel like cooking nights," and clean out the fridge nights this sheet pan dinner is almost not even a recipe- it's that damn easy.
Looking for more great dinner recipes?
Why not try my 5 Cheese Sausage and Spinach Lasagna, Sunday Sauce with Bracciole, Meatballs and Sausage, Red Pepper Cream Sauce, One Pot Sausage Artichoke Pasta Bake, or Cheese Tortellini with Roasted Tomato and Sausage Cream Sauce!
What constitutes a healthy sheet pan dinner?
The beauty of this sheet pan is its customizability. You can use a variety of veggies, and any sausage you like. The key is to use veggies that will cook evenly and at the same time, so you don't end up with somebody that's burnt, and somebody that is raw.
Veggies for the sheet pan dinner
Stick with veggies that cook quickly and easily, and cut them into bite sized pieces. I always love to add fresh broccoli, bell peppers and red onions for their flavor, but you can mix and match as you like.
Veggies to use for the sheet pan dinner recipe
- Bell Peppers
- Yellow Squash
- Snow Peas
- Carrot Chips, or carrots cut into smaller, bite-sized pieces
Veggies to avoid or par-cook before adding to the sheet pan
- Raw potatoes
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet potatoes
Assembling and baking the sheet pan dinner
To prep the sheet pan, simple chop and prep your veggies, slice the sausage, and toss everything in your favorite Italian salad dressing. I love Olive Garden Dressing (because I'm a basic b**ch).
Once everything is coated and ready to go, transfer the veggies and sausage to a sheet pan (or 2 half sheet pans) that are prepped with cooing spray. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, then roast for 30 minutes in a hot 425 degree oven on the top rack. THAT'S IT.
What kind of sausage should you use?
As far as sausage, you can you smoked or cooked sausages, or raw Italian sausage. Both will cook in the time the sheet pan is in the oven. I LOVE the smoked gouda and apple chicken sausages from Imperfect Foods, but I have used so many different kinds from week to week, with great results.
It is obviously "healthier" with chicken sausage, but pork sausage works in a pinch if that's what you have on hand.
Prep ahead for an even easier dinner!
Since this IS one of my lazy day/I don't feel like cooking dinners, I sometimes even prep it ahead. You can definitely prep the sausage and veggies and stick them in a bag with the dressing in the fridge overnight. Then when it's time for dinner, all you need to do is dump that bad boy on a sheet pan and call it a day. And that my friends, is a beautiful thing.
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Healthy Sheet Pan Dinner with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies
- 12 oz smoked or fully cooked chicken sausage, cut into small rounds
- 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
- 2 small heads broccoli, cut into small florets (reserve stems for another use), alternatively, use pre-cut fresh broccoli florets)
- 1 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
- 8 mini fresh sweet peppers, cut into small rounds (seeds removed)
- ½ cup your favorite Italian dressing
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Prepare veggies and sausage, and add to a large mixing bowl. 3. Add Italian dressing, and toss to coat. Alternatively, add to a gallon ziplock bag and shake well. 4. Spray a large sheet pan or 2 half sheet pans with cooking spray, 5. Layer veggies and sausage evenly onto the sheet pan(s). 6. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. 7. Roast on top rack of oven for 30-35 minutes, until veggies are tender, and broccoli and sausage are well browned.
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