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One Pan Perfection: Trader Joe's Smoked Sausage + Cinnamon Apples & Veggies

One Pan Perfection: Trader Joe's Smoked Sausage + Cinnamon Apples & Veggies

Let's all just take a moment to stop, pause, and praise the foodie trend that we all know and love: one pan meals. You take all of your prepped ingredients, throw them on ONE pan and roast. Sign me up. 

Per usual, I did my troll around TJs for some inspiration. Protein, yes, that's a good base. I decided to start there and build out my meal plan accordingly. 

Now, I eat chicken breast all the time. I'm practically clucking around town. So, I decided to shake things up with some sausage... chicken sausage... but nonetheless, different than my usual crockpot chicky.

 I must say Trader Joe's offers a nice selection of unique sausage flavors. After much deliberation, I decided upon smoked, apple chardonnary - which sounded bomb.com. While this flavor is not Whole30 compliant, your Trader Joe's should also sell Applegate Farms, which is W30 compliant. Also, I'd suggest looking into the brand Bilinski's. Trader Joe's does not carry this brand (to my knowledge), but Whole Foods offers a great variety of flavors! Do double check the flava-flavs, I know some are compliant, while others are not. I believe I tried a mild Italian variation at one point and I was digging it. 

Okay, now with the protein selected, I was off to decided which produce to incorporate. I was vibin' on this apple theme so I decided to go a tad sweet. I grabbed a couple granny smith apples and red bell peppers. Then I moved onto my 'mean-greens' and grabbed a bag of brussels sprouts and a bag of broccoli florets. BOOM. done. Let's get to cooking.

Chop it. Drop it. Roast it . --> it is that simple! 

1. Chop the produce. While I didn't necessarily use all of it for this recipe (depends on your pan size), it was now prepped for future meals, which is a bonus! In total, I purchased and prepped: 

  • 1 bag of broccoli florets 
  • 1 bag of brussels sprouts 
  • 3 small granny smith apples 
  • 2-3 medium red bell peppers 

2. Drop it like it's hot! Cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and add the chopped sausage and produce. No specific organization is necessary, just get it groovin' on the pan. 

3.) Time to roast 'n toast! Spray the sausage + produce with coconut oil. Add the spices. I used pink sea salt, ground black pepper and cinnamon. I know, the cinnamon might sound kooky, but just add a little dusting. Trust me. It honestly compliments the sweetness of the granny smith apples and the sausage. 

Place pan in a preheated oven (450). Roast for about 25-30 minutes. 

4.) ENJOY! The vegetables and sausage cook to achieve this crunchy caramelization, while the apples become soft and super sweet. It's a really nice balance with that lil kick of cinnamon too!  

I ate this as is, but if you'd like a little jazz,  it would pair nicely with some roasted cauliflower rice or even with an over-easy egg for brekki!  

Complete list of ingredients (I keep it simple!):

Protein: Trader Joe's Smoked, Apple Chardonnay sausage  

Produce

  • 1 bag of broccoli florets 
  • 1 bag of brussels sprouts 
  • 3 small granny smith apples 
  • 2- 3 medium red bell peppers 

Fats/Seasonings:

  • Coconut oil
  • Pink sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Cinnamon (just a dusting!) 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees 
  2. Chop produce + sausage into bite-sized pieces
  3. Drop all ingredients on a baking pan lined with parchment paper 
  4. Spray with coconut oil and add seasonings 
  5. Roast for 25-30 minutes 
  6. Enjoy! 
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