Submitted by Jeanne Larson
About the cook: I am a wife, mom of two boys, and a part-time middle school teacher who teaches a Farm to Table cooking class/Health and PE. My side business is called Endurance Fit For Life and my goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. I have written three cookbooks, which focus on simple, healthy recipes and easy to make. My website and social media has a link for hiking/biking trails in Orange County that give details on where to park, sights you will see on the trails, and other info. Overall, my goal to to help simplify healthy cooking in the kitchen with giving others recipe ideas that will keep them and their families healthy!
About the dish: This meal is a go-to, healthy, family-friendly meal!
National Origin: American
Estimated Time: 30 to 60 Minutes
1 package of nitrate-free chicken sausage
1 package gluten-free pasta
1 cup chopped green beans (about 1-inch long)
1 cup chopped asparagus (about 1-inch long)
2 Tbs. basil
1 Tbs. oregano
1 Tbs. thyme
½ Tbs. garlic powder
Sprinkle of sea salt
2-3 Tbs. olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Next, lay foil on bottom of your baking sheet. Cut the sausage into 1-inch-thick slices and spread them on the baking sheet, along with the chopped veggies. Drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning over everything. Bake at 400 degrees. Take the tray out after 15 minutes, flip the veggies and sausage, and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve with gluten-free noodles or as-is.
My family loves when I use chicken sausage in my recipes. The key is to look for certain words on the packages to keep the preservatives and sodium low for health benefits. Words to look for are: nitrate free, low sodium, no hormones, minimally processed, and USDA Organic. Trader Joe’s sells a great variety at a good price point, including a Trader Joe’s brand. Aidelle’s sausage is another great brand found at Costco, Sprouts, and many grocery stores. Other brands include Colemans Natural, Applegate, and True Story. Look for those keywords on the packages and you are set!