We know how easy it is to just grab some takeout on a busy weeknight, but with the right ingredients in the refrigerator, we can get a meal on the table for way less than it would cost us to buy something for everyone at a fast-food restaurant. The key to doing this, and in a short period of time, is preparing ingredients in a way that makes them cook quickly, so that dinner is out of the oven and on the table in 30 minutes. One of our favorite ways to do this is with sheet pan baking; toss all of the ingredients on a baking pan and pop into the oven. Dinner comes out perfectly cooked, with only one dish used to prepare the entire meal.
That’s why we love this kielbasa and veggie bake; there’s great protein and vegetables, all cut down to equal sizes for even and timely roasting. Seasonings are really easy too; simple olive oil, salt and pepper are go-tos, but adding other herbs and spices will also contribute a little more flavor. Pretty much any vegetable combination will do; we love using potatoes for sure, and sometimes we’ll toss in carrots, asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, even parsnips or sweet potatoes. We just grab a package of our favorite kielbasa and dice it up; toss everything together and throw it (gently) on a sheet pan. The oven does the rest of the work, and we’ve got a few minutes to help with homework, fold some laundry, or answer a few more emails before we settle down to a meal.
Getting dinner ready at the end of a long day is the last thing we want to worry about. That’s when a meal like this comes in handy, especially if we set ourselves up with a super important short cut…we take a few minutes after getting back from weekend grocery shopping to do a little meal prep. The ingredients for this meal are easily cut up then stored in an airtight container or resealable plastic bags. All we have to do is preheat the oven and toss everything onto a baking sheet…bada-bing-bada-boom, dinner’s on the table and we give ourselves a little congratulatory pat on the back. It’s homemade “fast food” that is actually good for us!
Sausage Potato Garlic Pan
40 minutes to prepare serves 4
- 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved or quartered
- 2 cups petite baby carrots
- Asparagus, 1 bunch
- 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 package (13 ounces) pork kielbasa, sliced into rounds
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil separated (2 tablespoons; 1 tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and cracked pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or silicone baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix basil, thyme, oregano, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Place potatoes and carrots on baking sheet and drizzle over 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle half of dry herbs over top and toss until evenly coated. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove potatoes and carrots from oven and slide to one side of tray. Add asparagus, onion, and kielbasa slices to baking sheet.
- Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, remaining dry herbs and garlic and toss to coat. Spread all evenly around baking sheet.
- Return sheet pan to oven to make for additional 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are softened and roasted.
- Serve warm, directly from sheet pan.
Recipe adapted from Chelsea's Messy Apron