Butternut Squash Noodles with Chicken Sausage & Kale

Every time I make something outside of the box, my husband gives me a snarl. Then, he tries it and 9 out of 10 times goes back for seconds and thirds. This was one of those. We literally ate the entire pot and my 1-year-old ate the chicken sausage like it was Apple Flavored Puffs (her favorite).

I wanted to venture away from zucchini with my Vegetti and when I saw butternut squash at our local produce stand, I knew I had to experiment! Thus, this new little dish was created and will be duplicated!

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Butternut Squash Noodles with Chicken Sausage & Kale

1 Tbsp coconut oil
1lb chicken sausage (could use pork or turkey)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 chopped sweet onion
8 oz. of baby kale
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup chicken broth
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground fennel
2 dashes of nutmeg
2 tsp ground sage

Remove the sausage casings if using links – I just squish it out of the ends. Heat a large wide and deep pan over medium heat. Add the oil, then brown and crumble the sausage, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Add the chopped onion and cook until the onions soften and become translucent.

Add the kale, and stir until it is wilted. It will look like it won’t fit in the pan, but it will shrink!

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, and spices. Stir and cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes to reduce a bit of the liquid.

Add the “noodles” to the pan and toss until will mixed.Enjoy!

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Sauteed Kale

Kale is one of nature’s most nutritious foods. It is packed with iron, Vitamins K, A, and C and powerful antioxidants to help fight against cancer and disease! Also, did you know that it has more calcium than milk? Crazy, huh? My favorite thing about Kale is that is is an anti-inflammatory food filled with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help fight against arthritis, asthma, autoimmune disorders, and inflammation within our bodies. Kale is also a great detox food because it is filled with fiber and sulfur, which aid in keeping your liver healthy. Now, get your Kale on!

You can add kale to your smoothies and protein shakes, and salads. I love making sauteed kale as a side dish because we cannot have enough greens!kale

Sauteed Kale
4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea salt & pepper

Wash kale with water in a colander and pat dry.

In a medium saute pan, heat about 2 tablespoons EVOO on medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 2 minutes. Add kale, stir, and cover. Cook until the kale begins to wilt, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for about 2 more minutes until the liquid evaporates.