This is time of year when the thought of spending an hour in the kitchen making dinner sounds less and less appealing than it already does (just being honest!) It’s also the time of year when the craving for healthy meals begins to take over, as evidenced by the 20 minute Chicken Sausage, Kale and White Bean Sweet Potato Noodle Skillet that’s graced my table three times over the past two weeks.
We are loving this simple, healthy dish that is TODDLER APPROVED, people. Beans, greens, and all!
Sweet potatoes are spiralized into “noodles” then sauteed with kale, white beans, and chicken sausage. Simple, healthy, and incredibly satisfying.
Now I mentioned this dish is toddler friendly and, like I always say, if a toddler likes a dish, it’s got to be good. Lincoln loves to watch vegetables zip through my spiralizer, transforming before his eyes, and hello – I don’t care if you’re 3 or 83 – orange noodles are just FUN to eat. The fact that they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients is icing on the cake.
So what say you? Will you try this quick and healthy, spring-ready recipe? I’ll show you how!
Start by peeling and trimming 1 large sweet potato then spiralize it using the smallest noodle blade. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I have a Paderno Spiralizer and love it! Honestly, I have so many semi-useless kitchen gadgets taking up space in my cupboards but the spiralizer is one that’s earned it’s spot. We use it all.the.time. Such an easy way to eat healthier.
Set the sweet potato noodles aside then add 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to a large, 12″ skillet over heat that’s just a touch above medium. Add 2, 3oz chicken sausage links that have sliced then saute until browned on both sides. I used Aidells Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese sausage and it might be the best chicken sausage I’ve ever had. The cheese creates a crispy crust on the outside of each slice as it browns in the skillet. AMAZING!
Scoop the browned sausage onto a plate then heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in the skillet. Add the sweet potato noodles plus 4 cups chopped curly kale, season with salt and pepper, then saute until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth then continue to saute until the vegetables are crisp tender, another 2-4 minutes.
Last step is to add the browned sausage back into the skillet plus 1 cup canned cannellini beans that have been drained and rinsed. Toss to combine and heat everything up, then taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
A sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan cheese on top would be divine but if you’re trying to keep things clean, this dish could not be more gobble-worthy as is. I hope you love it – enjoy, enjoy!
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Chicken Sausage, Kale and White Bean Sweet Potato Noodle Skillet
Chicken Sausage, Kale and White Bean Sweet Potato Noodle Skillet is a quick and healthy gluten-free dinner recipe. Ready in 20 minutes or less and full of protein, fiber, and vitamins!
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2, 3oz pre-cooked chicken sausage links, sliced (I used Aidells Roasted Garlic & Gruyere Cheese Sausages)
- 1 large sweet potato (1lb,) peeled then spiralized using thinnest noodle blade
- 4 cups packed chopped curly kale
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- Heat 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a large, 12” skillet over heat that’s just a touch above medium. Add sausages then saute until browned on both sides, and then remove to a plate.
- Add remaining 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to the skillet. Once hot, add sweet potato noodles and kale, season with salt and pepper, then saute for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth then saute until noodles are al dente, another 2-4 minutes (if you like a softer sweet potato continue cooking but know that the noodles will break up a bit.)
- Add beans and cooked sausages back into the skillet then toss until heated through. Taste then add more salt and pepper if necessary, and then serve.
- I have a Paderno Spiralizer >
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.
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