Chicken Sausage, Cauliflower, & Kale Casserole


This recipe is very healthy and very tasty. I wanted to incorporate more fresh produce into our diets and vegetables that we don't normally eat. Kale and cauliflower are two veggies I rarely snag.. so here is nice simple recipe for dinner tonight!

Recipe Borrowed from:
http://realhealthyrecipes.com/2012/10/19/chicken-sausage-cauliflower-and-kale-casserole/

(the one I made- pictured above)

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • Pinch of each, dried: thyme, rosemary, tarragon, and parsley
  • 4 links nitrate-free, chicken sausage, sliced into half moons
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup fat free ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil. Place a large pot of water to boil with a pinch of salt.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the olive oil, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, dried herbs and chicken sausage. Mix well, then add kale. Cover for about 3 minutes, until kale gets bright green and wilted, then remove cover. Saute for an additional 3 minutes until everything is tender. Set aside.
  3. Place the cauliflower florets in the pot of boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat, drain, and return cauliflower to pot.
  4. Add the kale mixture to the pot as well as the chicken broth, lemon juice, ricotta cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese. Mix will over medium heat until all has been incorporated.
  5. Transfer to prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and serve.
(can also be found under the 'healthy approach' tab)

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