This healthy dinner of Smoked Sausage and Roasted Vegetables gets tossed together on a sheet pan before roasting in the oven. Loaded with chicken or turkey sausage, baby potatoes, asparagus, and brussel sprouts. You will not only adore how amazing it tastes, but how quickly it all comes together as well!
On a busy weeknight, a sheet pan dinner couldn’t be more simple. Just a few minutes of prep, tossed together on a large sheet pan, then roasted in the oven until the veggies are tender. Feel free to use this recipe as a formula for your own version of a sheet pan dinner. Trade out the type of sausage, veggies, or seasonings for your family’s favorites.
What is a sheet pan dinner?
Simply, it is any complete dinner that can be made in the oven on one large, rimmed cookie sheet. Generally, it includes a single form of protein, a starch, and a variety of vegetables.
For this recipe, I prefer the half sheet pan size, which is 13″ x 18″. That large of a sheet pan allows the ingredients to spread out enough so they actually roast instead of steam.
When the ingredients are too close together on the pan, the water being released from the veggies as they cook gets trapped. If you truly want roasted vegetables that get golden brown, keep enough space between your ingredients. You can always use two pans instead of one as well.
Is a Smoked Sausage and Roasted Vegetable sheet pan dinner truly healthy?
Yes! It includes a perfect balance of a lean protein, healthy starch, and a lot of yummy vegetables. There is just enough oil added to create a perfect roast on the ingredients and if extremely filling. One large serving is only 221 calories and 11 grams net carbs.
If you are doing a keto or low carb diet, feel free to substitute the baby potatoes for another vegetable that fits into your nutritional plan. Butternut squash would work really well in this sheet pan dinner. You could also do sweet potatoes, but honestly, there isn’t much of a nutritional difference between a sweet potato and a regular potato.
Can I use different vegetables in this sheet pan dinner?
Absolutely! I know brussel spouts and asparagus can be a bit of a sensitive topic for pickier eaters so if my version of a sheet pan dinner with smoked sausage and roasted vegetables doesn’t quite vibe with you, use it as a formula instead. Here is my basic sheet pan dinner formula:
- 1 pound lean protein
- 2 cups starchy vegetable
- 1 cup sweet vegetable
- 2 cups green vegetables
- 2 tablespoons oil
That is the basic sheet pan formula I use when creating new recipes so play around with it and find one you love! Since this version uses smoked sausage, the protein is already pre-cooked, but if you use a different protein, be sure it is raw or it will get completely dried out in the oven.
We also love a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top as the perfect finish to an amazing meal.
What do I serve with a sheet pan dinner?
Usually, a grain of some type makes a great side dish. Even a simple pan of steamed brown rice, quinoa, or barley would be a perfect pairing with these flavorful proteins and vegetables.
That being said, most times I make this recipe for dinner, we eat it all on it’s own. It is plenty satisfying because it is so well balanced with the protein, starch, and vegetables.
If my kids are being extra good, I will sometimes mix up a batch of my famous Homemade French Bread to go along side but I have to be careful. I could easily eat a whole loaf on my own 🙂
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