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I’m a huge fan of Pinch of Yum! In honor of their Everyday Healthy release, I wanted to take one of their recipes and adapt it so it’s a little healthier (it was under their healthy category because of its superfood, kale, but I wouldn’t necessarily call a cheese sauce healthy)…but still indulgent at the same time!
I have staples that I use when shopping. For example, if a recipe calls for sausage, I know that I’m going to automatically swap it with Applegate sausage because they’re casein free, dairy free and gluten-free. If I’m making any kind of white sauce, I know I’m going to cut the amount of cheese and substitute with homemade Greek yogurt. I promise you, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a recipe healthier!
- 4 teaspoons coconut oil
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 16 ounces organic andouille sausage, or chicken & apple sausage, cut into small rounds
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup flour
- 1/4 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 4 cups finely chopped kale (or if you’re like me, you just pinch off tiny pieces!)
- pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- pinch of pepper
- Heat coconut oil in a sauté pan on high heat until just melted. Add sweet potatoes and sausage, shaking to coat in oil. Let sit for a few minutes until browned on one side. Add minced garlic. Shake again every few minutes until all sides are a golden brown. Add kale, tossing until coated. Transfer to 9″ square baking dish.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the same sauté pan you used to cook the sweet potatoes and sausage, bring the broth and 1/2 cup milk to a low boil. Add salt and pepper. Once boiling, turn to low to simmer. In a bowl, whisk remaining milk and flour. You may need to add a bit more flour–the consistency you’re looking for is a thick paste. Add this to the broth, whisking to keep smooth. Add Greek yogurt and 1/8 cup Gruyere or Swiss cheese. Stir until melted.
- Pour sauce over the sweet potatoes, kale and sausage in baking dish. Toss to coat, then sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 40 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and cheese has browned.
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This recipe for Healthy Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage Bake with High Protein Cheese Sauce is adapted from Lindsay’s Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage Bake with White Cheese Sauce at Pinch of Yum.