I’m thrilled to be guest posting on Wicked Spatula today, especially because I’ve been a fan of Lauren’s innovative recipes and beautiful photographs for a long time. We’re swapping guest posts today, so I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for chicken apple sausage with kale and roasted grapes right here, and Lauren is sharing an amazing recipe for paleo chocolate chip pumpkin muffins over on my site, A Calculated Whisk.
This fall, I’m extremely busy because I’m working full time at a new job in addition to working on my blog. Because of that, I am all about quick recipes that are still flavorful, beautiful, and healthy. This chicken apple sausage with kale, spring onions and roasted grapes delivers on all counts and is packed with in-season produce.Chicken apple sausage is one of my favorite quick proteins, and I always try to have it on hand, especially during autumn. If you’re doing a Whole30 or another strict diet, be sure to read the ingredients carefully. I usually buy Applegate Farms Organic Chicken Apple Sausage or Bilinski’s Organic Sweet Apple Chicken sausage, which are both sweetened only with apples.
Roasted grapes are new to me, and I was excited to find out how delicious and easy they are because I’m notorious for buying a lot of grapes and not being able to eat all of them before they start to get a tiny bit wrinkled. When you’re roasting grapes, it doesn’t matter! The ones that are a little past their prime for eating out of hand will be just as delicious as the others once they’re roasted.
To make this recipe fast, use seedless grapes, which only need to be washed and dried to get ready for roasting. While the grapes roast, the sausage and spring onions are quickly pan-fried, and once they’re done the kale is sauteed even more quickly in the very same pan. If you don’t see spring onions at the market, don’t worry (although I spotted them at the farmers market here in Chattanooga even though it’s fall!). Scallions will work just as well, or you can just leave out the spring onions for a simpler and even easier dish. If you’re looking for easy and healthy seasonal recipes like I am, I really hope you give this one a try!
Chicken and Apple Sausage with Kale
For the roasted grapes
- 1 pound seedless red grapes or red globe grapes
- 1 shallot
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- A generous pinch of sea salt, or more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
For the chicken apple sausage with kale and spring onions
- 4 large leaves of curly green kale (or 6 smaller leaves)
- 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 fully cooked chicken apple sausage links
- 6 spring onions (or scallions in a pinch)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
by Becky Winkler