I feel that I’ve tried just about every diet under the sun, but most of them ask you to give up just about every possible food that you love. That’s what makes it hard to stick to some of these diets, but one that I’ve fallen in love with is the Paleo Diet. This diet calls for eating a lot of meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. There’s also no dairy in this diet, which is fine by me as someone that’s lactose intolerant.
Following this diet, I’m always looking for new recipes to try since the foods that you can eat are fairly restricted. Thankfully, sweet potatoes are on the list of foods you can eat on the Paleo Diet, and that happens to be one of my favorites. Combined with sausage, you can make a terrific casserole that follows your diet while also giving you something new and tasty.
This sweet potato and sausage casserole takes under 90 minutes, and can serve up to six people. Thankfully, each serving is under 400 calories and has just 40 grams of carbohydrates, making sure that you hit all of those important macros. When I get tired of gnawing on bags of beef jerky and handfuls of almonds, this is the recipe that I always come back to.
If you’re ready to break away from the norm and try something that’s both hearty and doesn’t add in a lot of unnecessary calories and the sugar that those of us on the diet try to avoid like the plague, this is just what you needed. Even if the rest of your family isn’t on the Paleo Diet (and I know I can’t get mine to follow it), this is still a perfect meal. I’ve found that everyone is satisfied when I make this recipe, so I’m not making multiple dinners at once.
This is also a good dish to keep in mind if you’re a meal prepper that’s living on your own or with just one other person. Just whip up a batch of this casserole on Sunday, and you’ll have a few lunches or dinners throughout the week. That’s not too bad for just 90 minutes of preparation and cooking combined! For a little more taste, you can also throw in some slices of tart apples when you’re eating this dish fresh.
How you eat this sweet potato and sausage casserole is all up to you, and it’s sure to become a staple of your Paleo Diet after the first time you try it. Plus, it gets you away from the grill for once, which can be hard to avoid on the Paleo Diet! Here is what you’ll need to get started and the simple instructions that will give you plenty of sweet potato and sausage casserole that you’re sure to love!
Preparation Time: 80-90 Minutes
Serves: Four to Six People
Nutrition (Per Serving):
Fat: 16 g
Protein: 20 g
Carbohydrates: 40 g
Sodium: 750 mg
Cholesterol: 135 mg
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Pound of Ground Italian Sausage
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, Diced
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of Oil
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
- ½ Cup of Almond Meal
- ½ Cup of Yellow Onion, Diced
- ½ Teaspoon of Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon of Black Pepper
- ¼ Teaspoon of Rosemary
- 1 Teaspoon of Sage
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
- To get started, we need to begin with our sweet potatoes. Taking two of those potatoes, dice them into small cubes. Then, preheat the oven to 425 degrees (220 celsius) so that it’s ready for later.
- From there, place some parchment paper onto a baking sheet, and then put the sweet potatoes on the sheet. Drizzle a tablespoon of oil onto the potatoes and make sure that they’re evenly coated by tossing them with your hands.
- Put the sheet of potatoes into the oven for 20 minutes, and then remove it from the oven. Once you’ve done that, lower the oven’s temperature to 350 degrees.
- Meanwhile, we’ll set the stovetop to a medium-high heat, placing a large skillet on the stovetop. Add in your two minced cloves of garlic and 1/2 cup of diced yellow onions to the skillet, allowing it to cook for about three minutes.
- Once the onions are translucent, add in the pound of ground Italian sausage, stirring it thoroughly until it’s browned all the way through with no pink spots visible.
- After that, we’ll throw in a 1/4 teaspoon of rosemary and pepper, as well as a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a full teaspoon of sage. Mix all of the ingredients together until there’s a thorough mixture and remove the skillet from heat.
- Place all of the contents of the skillet into a large bowl, allowing it to cool for a few minutes. While it’s cooling off, beat your three eggs so that they can be added into this bowl, along with 1/2 cups of almond meal. Stir all of these ingredients together.
- Take an 8×8 inch baking dish, and use your tablespoon of butter to lightly grease the dish. Spread the sweet potatoes out evenly in the dish, then adding the layer of sausage mixture on top.
- At 350 degrees, it should take at least 45 minutes in the oven for the dish to cook. You’ll know when it’s ready once the eggs are cooked all the way through. At most, this could take up to 60 minutes.
- After the eggs are cooked, your meal is now finished! Just allow it to cool off for up to 10 minutes, and you’ll be ready to cut the dish into smaller servings, making enough for up to six people. Leftovers are a snap to reheat, so enjoy this simple great tasting dish!