Simple Sheet Pan Supper

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I decided last night was fend for yourself night….and then I decided at almost 7 o’clock that I should probably make supper, even though I didn’t want to.

The problem with this scenario…..I hadn’t taken anything out of the freezer to thaw. That being the case, it left chicken and smokies as the protein options for supper – those were the two in there that would require very little, if any, actual hands on cooking. We had just had chicken, so smokies it was.

Feeling super, super unmotivated, I dragged out a baking sheet, loaded the smokies on one end and a mixture of vegetables on the other.

This is a ridiculously simple way to make supper.

Ingredients:

  • a package of smokies or sausages
  • varied vegetables
  • olive oil
  • spices

I used carrots, zucchini and radishes (kind of strange, I know, but it’s a keto thing). I put them into a bowl, added a couple tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkled on a spice rub I made a while ago for ribs.

I think cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder – any (or all) of these would make an amazing little batch of tasty vegetables. Taco or ranch would work, also. Even a southwest ranch would work, or ranch mixed with salsa mixed onto the vegetables. Or keep it simple, salt and pepper, bake, then pour ranch mixed with salsa over top.

Bake at 350F until the vegetables are done to your liking. If either your vegetables or sausage are done before the other, just scoop whatever is done baking and put into a bowl. Set the bowl on the stove top to stay somewhat warm and when your other items are nearly done, put the contents of the bowl back on the sheet to heat back up.

Take out, yell for your hungry people to come get it (after you got yours) and step out of their way. 5 minutes hands on, probably half an hour baking time and supper is done.

Look at those roasted vegetables. Still a little crisp, but definitely have some colour on them.

Can’t get much simpler and easier than that and it didn’t require buying fast food – that’s a win.

The smokies – perfectly roasted. For the curious, the one on the far right is the one that was stolen.

A somewhat funny story about this dinner – everyone got theirs and retreated to their corners to eat. There were vegetables and one sausage left. I went into the kitchen later, after my son had been in there and the last sausage was gone. I assumed he had taken it. About half an hour later, our younger cat (not quite a year old), Tali, was mumbling to herself in the living room – a couple of feet from me (you can see where this is going). I look over and she has dragged a floatie for a kiddy pool into the living room and in the middle of it is Tali, very pleased with her successful hunt. The little brat had gotten up on the counter and stolen the whole sausage and squirrelled it away until the heat was off. There she was, gnawing on one end of it, mumbling away to herself – probably congratulating herself on her excellent stealthy theft – complete unashamed! Our previous cat, the black and white one, was six & very, very overweight when we got him, so jumping on the counter, on the fridge, on the very tops of the upper cabinets in the kitchen….didn’t happen. He had no interest in athletic adventures. Having two cats now, one not quite a year old and the other just barely two, has been a real eye opener. I will from now on only adopt seniors. These two are like toddlers on speed. Loki yowls because I’m not sure why and I’m fairly certain he has no idea, either. Tali is always on things, if it’s way up there, she’s been there, knocked things down from it. And how do you discipline two cats that are completely unrepentant – they sincerely don’t understand why I get angry…..although, I freely admit, I giggle, which completely undermines any authority I may have. I hope someone out there understands my pain – they are rotten and they don’t care that they drive me crazy. :S

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