Sunday Supper Bakes: Easy Comfort Food #SundaySupper

HealthfulMama Sunday Supper Bake Two Ways

There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a home-cooked meal, served warm and fragrant, on the chill of a lazy Sunday, is there? My husband suggested recently that we get back to the tradition of Sunday Suppers, when traditional meals are a catalyst for bringing families together before the start of another busy week. I’m a bit of a lazy cook, so if I can turn out a traditional-style meal without spending hours in the kitchen, I’m happy. That’s what I love about these Sunday Supper Bakes. Chop some veggies, brown some meat, throw it all into a pan, bake it. It’s simple, delicious, and healthy (of course!).

This recipe is hard to mess up, and you can really add any flavors you’d like. I’ve prepared this two separate ways: Savory Sausage and Chicken Cranberry, a riff on a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

HealthfulMama Sunday Supper

Chop those beautiful veggies and season ‘em!



HealthfulMama Sunday Supper Bake sausage

Brown that meat!



HealthfulMama Sunday Supper Bake sausage oven

Put it all together and whattya got?



HealthfulMama Sunday Supper Bakes

Savory Sausage Sunday Supper



Healthful Mama Sunday Supper Bake

Chicken Cranberry Sunday Supper


Basic Sunday Supper Bake

Basic Sunday Supper Bake
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4
Use this basic Sunday Supper Bake recipe as the base for any number of flavors
  • 5-6 cup vegetables, chopped (Root vegetables work best in this–any veggie that can hold in high heat. I use: red potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, fennel, and carrots. You can also add bell peppers or dried cranberries, for example, for a different flavor and to add color.)
  • 1.5-2 lb chicken or sausage (You can use bone-in chicken legs or thighs and any type of sausage. I’ve used: bratwurst, sweet Italian sausage, and green chile sausage.)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup broth, any type
  • 1.5-2 tsp seasoning (This is where you can change up the flavor a bit. You can use Italian seasoning, Herbs de Provence, traditional herbs like sage and oregano, Cajun seasoning, etc.)
  • ¼-1/3 c. balsamic vinegar, red wine, or a mixture
  • Salt, pepper
  • Olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Grease a 13×9 pan with a thin layer of oil or butter.
  3. Wash and peel vegetables as necessary. Chop all vegetables in a rough chop.
  4. Lay vegetables in the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Whisk together 2T of olive oil, the broth, and seasonings. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  6. Cover with foil and place pan in the oven. Cook vegetables for 45 min, or until fork-tender.
  7. Meanwhile, brown the meat. Heat a skillet on med-high and brown sausage or chicken on all sides. (You do not need to cook it through.)
  8. Once the vegetables are fork-tender, top with browned meat. Pour balsamic vinegar/wine mixture over the top and return to the oven, uncovered. Continue to bake for another 25-30 min, turning meat halfway through cooking.
  9. To serve: spoon vegetables onto a plate or bowl, top with cooked chicken or sliced sausage. Garnish with fresh herbs.



What flavors would you add?




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5 Responses to Sunday Supper Bakes: Easy Comfort Food #SundaySupper

  1. Isabel Foodie (@familyfoodie) September 6, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    You should Join the Sunday Supper Movement. Great group of bloggers. Our mission is to Bring Back Sunday Supper around the family table in every home.

    • HealthfulMama September 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Isabel–awesome! I will check it out :) I think I may already be following you on Facebook.

  2. Brittney Minor September 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Those veggies look delicious! I don’t cook meat but I bet I could make them into a soup with beans!

  3. ecokaren September 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I love Sunday Suppers. Except, it’s never quick and easy. We go all out. But now that it’s just the two of us, we may just have pizza. Homemade, of course!

  4. Shannon@Mishmash Mama September 15, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Yum. Your photos made me hungry. I live the idea of Sunday Supper, too. And you’re right, you cannot beat a one dish meal!

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