One of my favorite things about food blogging is when I come up with a recipe idea in my head and get to see it come to life in the kitchen. While I don’t always take the time to sit back and think “hey! that’s pretty cool that I made that!” I definitely did with this recipe.
This Butternut Squash, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Quinoa Skillet was one of those recipe ideas that I just wasn’t quite sure it was going to work out. It was either going to be ‘pretty good’ but not blog-worthy, or ‘REALLY FREAKING GOOD.’ Lucky for all of us, it was the latter!
The thing about a dish like this is that the flavors are so simple and uncomplicated, but work together perfectly. From the sweet butternut squash and dried cherries to the smoky chicken sausage and tangy goat cheese – every bite is pure heaven! Of course I couldn’t help myself and added some kale, too. I just love the stuff and my garden is still producing it, so I figured why not. If you prefer spinach, chard, or another type of green, feel free to substitute!
I had this Butternut Squash, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Quinoa Skillet for lunch and was completely satisfied by a big bowl. Quinoa always surprises me because of how filling it is, but I’m sure the sausage and squash didn’t hurt with more protein and fiber, either! I think it would also be really tasty with a handful of toasted pecans sprinkled on top.
If you’re looking for a delicious autumn dinner, folks – this is it! I become completely obsessed with squash this time of year and this dish reminded me of why. It’s just so tasty, good for you, and versatile! I hope you make this and if you do, be sure to tag me on social media!
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Butternut Squash, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Quinoa Skillet
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 medium butternut squash peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 12 ounces chicken sausage links I used apple chicken sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4 cups chopped Tuscan kale about 6 stems
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic about 2 cloves
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- additional chopped sage for topping
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place butternut squash on baking sheet (I lined mine with aluminum foil for easier clean up) and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until squash is soft.
- Meanwhile, place quinoa and 2 cups of water in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water.
- While quinoa and squash are cooking, add remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion and chicken sausage and cook until onion begins to soften, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the kale, garlic and sage and cook until kale is wilted, about 4-5 minutes.
- Once squash and quinoa have cooked, add them both to the skillet with the sausage and kale, and stir to combine. If your skillet isn't big enough, just add it all to a bowl.
- Mix together olive oil, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar and drizzle over quinoa mixture, stirring to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to preference.
- Top with cherries, goat cheese, and garnish with sage.
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