Kale Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Chicken Sausage
Beezy’s back in the kitchen, cookin’ up a storm! What’s on the menu tonight?! Kale quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes and andouille chicken sausage. Mmm hmm.
For this recipe, I’m using a quinoa & kale side dish from a brand called Path of Life. In all transparency the brand reached out and asked if I wanted to try their product. As always - like I say! - I dug in and did my research. First and foremost, I wanted to ensure that this was something … 1.) I’d want to eat, and 2.) I could incorporate into a beezy blog recipe! Check and check. As you will see, this product is a perfect compliment to a lil one-sheet pan roast n' toast. It could not be more beezy-B!
But first, my super beezy sleuthing skills lead to me discover that Path of Life is a family owned, natural and organic food company located in Chicago, IL. Claps and snaps for hometown pride! They have an awesome array of simple and wholesome frozen veggie side dish blends. 100% pure deliciousness. I would eat [scratch that, devour!] each and every one of those products.
I was MOST excited to try the frozen quinoa side dish blends. They offer 6 different varieties [southwest quinoa + quinoa and kale + asian style quinoa + quinoa and brown rice + Mediterranean quinoa + superfood pilaf], which all come in easy, steamable bags. Heyo. All of the flavors sound bomb.com and, to me, they SCREAM easy meal prep. Just pop the bag right into the microwave. You can pair it with your fave protein, add it to greens for an easy-peasy, quick salad, OR mix it into a chicken or vegetable broth for the base of a soup. How simple, how delicious. So up my alley! This is honestly something I would reach for to cook for dinner all the time.
The quinoa kale blend was calling my name. It is a blend of cooked white quinoa, cooked red quinoa, organic kale, organic garlic, organic evoo, sea salt, black pepper. That's it.
You see, I was keen on roasting some coconut pumpkin spice sweet pots and I figured that this quinoa side dish would be a nice compliment, providing ample flava-flav, but still not too overpowering! Then, for the protein, I decided on Andouille chicken sausage. I love the brand Sausages by Amylu. Always a crowd pleaser.
Per usual, I resorted to my one sheet pan method of cooking. You know, the good ole roast n' toast! I added the peeled and chopped sweet potatoes to a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Then, I mixed in some coconut oil, sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice. It’s Fall after all, so of course I’m shimmy shakin’ that spice everywhere. But, in the event you are PS averse [or don’t have it on hand], cinnamon will do the trick!
After you have the sweet pots prepped, pop them into the oven for about 10-15 min to start groovin'. They take a little bit longer to cook than the sausage so I like to give them a head start. After the sweet pots have had their initial roast, cut the sausage links into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan. Then pop both the sweet pots + the sausage into the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes. Things should be looking crispy and delicious.
Right before you’re ready to remove the sweet pots + sausage from the oven, take your quinoa kale packet and microwave it for 4 minutes. [beep beep]. Remove from the microwave, let sit for a quick minute, then add a portion of it to a bowl.
Add the sweet pots and sausage on top of the quinoa & kale.
Stir it up! Option to add a shimmy shake of coconut aminos as well for extra flava-flav. Enjoy!
Ingredients [this recipe is easily scaleable; add more, or reduce sweet pots + sausage links, pending the amount you’d like to make. I made a lil too much, but it's easy to keep for leftovers the next day.]
- 1 pack of Path of Life quinoa & kale
- 3 sweet potatoes (peeled, cubed)
- 2 andouille sausage links
- Coconut oil spray [I like the kind from Trader Joe's]
- Shimmy shake of sea salt
- Shimmy shake of pumpkin pie spice
- Dash of coconut aminos (optional)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Peel and chop sweet potatoes into small chunks (the smaller, the faster and crispier they’ll cook!)
- Place sweet pots on the lined sheet pan, add coconut oil, sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Cook for 10-15 min.
- While the sweet pots are cooking, chop sausage links into bite-sized pieces. When sweet pots are done with their initial roast, remove the pan from the oven and add bite-sized sausage links. Pop back into the oven for an additional 10-15 mins, or until everything is looking nice and crispy!
- Microwave Path of Life quinoa & kale packet, per the side panel cooking directions (4 min).
- Add quinoa & kale mixture to a bowl as your base and top with roasted sweet pots and sausage. Stir. Add a couple dashes of coconut aminos.
Path of Life products are available on Amazon Fresh in Chicago, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, and Northern Virginia. They can also be found at select grocery stores such as Meijer, Costco, Sam’s Club Jewel, Standard Market, and Woodman’s.