Apple Chicken Sausage Butternut Squash Casserole

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It’s kind of hard to believe a casserole could be a quick dinner, but it’s true! This one takes an hour in the oven, so in that regard, it isn’t quick.  But as far as the amount of hands-on work, it only takes about 10 minutes.  I like dinners like this because I can put it in the oven and go on a run while I wait for it to cook, and when I get back, it’s ready.  This is very fall-flavored dish, is balanced, full of nutrients and tastes great reheated for work lunches 🙂

I found the apple-gouda chicken sausages I used at Costco, but I’ve bought apple sausage at Hy-Vee and Target before too.  My Hy-Vee store sells bags of fresh pre-washed and torn kale.  The butternut squash also came pre-peeled and chopped for $5 at Costco.  You can also buy fresh or frozen chopped butternut squash at most grocery stores.  For this ingredient, just use whatever amount you can get your hands on pre-peeled and chopped.  I got a big tub of it at Costco, so I used it all.  If you get 2 cups at the grocery store, use 2 cups.  If you can’t find it anywhere, and don’t want to buy a whole squash and cut it up yourself, which takes forever, I don’t blame you.  I’d honestly just skip the squash altogether in that case.  There are plenty of other goodies in this casserole without it.

Apple Chicken Sausage Butternut Squash Casserole

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • peeled, chopped butternut squash
  • 2 cups fresh kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large shallot or 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1/2 T dried sage
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 6 apple chicken sausages, sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread quinoa in bottom of casserole dish.  Pour 2 cups chicken broth evenly over quinoa.  Spread squash, kale and onion over quinoa.  In separate bowl, mix 1 cup chicken broth, apple cider, rice vinegar, sage and pepper and pour evenly over vegetable mixture.  Spread chicken sausage slices evenly over entire casserole.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until quinoa is fully cooked.

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