Butternut Squash, Kale And Sausage

How do you get someone to eat something that they don’t like?  Combine that item with food that they DO like.

I think you’re either from the school of “I live for kale” or “I can’t stand the stuff.”  My husband blows that theory by being somewhere in the middle.  He’ll eat it, but he definitely won’t seek it out on purpose.  He does however love butternut squash and sausage (even turkey sausage, like I used here).  Was I being sneaky by throwing some kale into the combo?  Not especially.  Frankly it’s a pretty bright green which makes it hard to hide in anything but other green things.

I wish I could claim that I knew my husband would like this meal.  In fact, I figured that he’d take one bite and I would eat the rest (since I do like kale).  Hey, more for me, right?  But guess what?  He loved it!  I mean to the point where he raved about it for a couple of days and plowed through the leftovers before I even really got any.

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The flavor combo is unreal here.  You’ve got the savory turkey sausage, which is an awesome compliment to the lightly sweetened butternut squash.  You might not think to add cinnamon to a savory dish, but it totally works here.  (Think baked sweet potato with brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of cinnamon.)  A tiny bit of it will go a long way and it certainly takes this dish to another level (a yummy one).

Now let’s not forget about our healthy green leafed friend.  While the kale is definitely present here (and tastes delicious with the other components), it’s not a predominant flavor.  That’s not meant to be a bad thing, by the way.  I’m just trying to paint you a picture with words.     🙂

02Butternut Squash, Kale, and Sausage

Speaking of healthy, this is a super duper healthy meal.  Plus, I made it in under 30 minutes.  Oh and it’s gluten-free.  Can you stand it?  I will admit  to one negative aspect about this meal… Peeling and chopping a butternut squash is a pain in the butt.  I’d do it again so I guess it can’t be that bad, but it’s amazing how much work that is, even with a good knife.

If you are not a fan of kale, don’t give up and give this dish a try.  If you like kale, then get ready to have your socks knocked off.

03Butternut Squash, Kale, and Sausage

Butternut Squash, Kale and Sausage Recipe
(About 2 to 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 turkey sausage links  (I used a Sweet Italian flavor, but any kind will work)
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with tin foil and set it aside.
  3. Peel and chop 2 cups of butternut squash.  (Simply Recipes has an awesome tutorial on this step if you need assistance and you can also use frozen but you may need to adjust how long you bake it.)
  4. Place the chopped butternut squash on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Pour the olive over the squash and then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon on top.  Mix everything together and make sure all of the squash pieces are coated.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  7. Meanwhile, in a skillet, over Medium heat, cook the turkey sausage (I removed the skin, but you can also just cook it and slice it).
  8. Add the chopped kale to the skillet and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until the kale is tender.
  9. Once all of the ingredients are done cooking, gently mix everything together.

Inspired by:  Cooking For Keeps

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Here’s another kickin’ kale recipe.

Pasta with Kale Sauce

02Pasta With Kale Sauce

Comments

  1. Haha, oh you’re so sneaky 😉 Looks so delicious though. No wonder he loved it!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe…thanks Josefine. 🙂

  2. Ashley says:

    Oh my. This sounds delicious!! And so my kind of meal! Butternut squash? Check. Kale? Check. And sausage?? Yum!

    1. Tina says:

      I like the way you think. 🙂

  3. This looks delicious! I love the use of kale in this recipe and the butternut squash. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Jodee! 🙂

  4. I love the butternut squash in this recipe!! I am good with kale as well, but I don’t normally jump for joy over it.

    1. Tina says:

      I made this again for dinner last night because I felt like I didn’t get my share when I made it over the weekend. I still can’t believe how good it tastes! This one is definitely going on our dinner rotation. Who knew healthy could taste so good. 🙂

  5. Your first line is on point. I’ve developed a new appreciation for foods I thought I hated once I paired them right. I love butternut squash, this looks awesome!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m so glad you feel the same. 🙂

  6. I am not a kale fan but I’m all for the combing a food I don’t like with one that I do. Nice little mind game! 🙂 Love this!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  7. What a great idea – add an ingredient that they like to a dish that they don’t! Hahaha! Very clever Tina – well, it worked on me, because I love turkey sausage! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Sweet! 🙂

  8. Yep! Sign me up for the *love kale* & don’t care if it’s in every meal & your right, it’s one of those super colourful greens that you can never disguise. Liking this nifty little recipe too…. looks yummy.

  9. I love sneaking kale into recipes like this, and this one looks so, so good! I agree with the downside though of having to chop through butternut squash (chopping tough things is one of my least favorite kitchen tasks), but with how delicious this meal looks, I’d gladly do it!

  10. Summer says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and thought it would be good but wasn’t expecting greatness. WOW I LOVED it!!! Easy, healthy, and seriously flavorful! Thanks for sharing! (Next time I plan on adding nuts to give a little crunch…this might become a family staple!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this meal! This has become a favorite in our home too. I’m always trying to find healthy ways to add protein to my meals, especially since I’m not always in the mood for meat, so I love the idea of adding nuts. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  11. Sarah says:

    Delish!! I added onions. I didn’t have cinnamon so I used nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon sticks when roasting. I will absolutely make again. Thank you!!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! I’m so glad to hear that! 🙂

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