Butternut Squash and Apple Hash with Sausage

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You may be wondering, what is a hash anyway? A hash is a dish of diced, ground or chopped meat, and often vegetables, sautéed in a frying pan. We think it’s the perfect way to start the day when you’re in search of something savory, warm, satisfying and hearty. Thanks to the well-balanced nature of this dish, it will keep your blood sugars stable all morning long, leaving you satisfied and ready to tackle the day.

Making a hash is also the perfect opportunity to ‘clean out the fridge’ and use up what you have on hand.Butternut Squash and Apple Hash with Sausage -

Imagine your breakfast plate filled with tender butternut squash cubes, sweet apples and savory homemade sausage. While this Butternut Squash and Apple Hash with Sausage makes for a satisfyingly scrumptious egg-free breakfast, a fried egg or two makes a nice addition for extra protein and staying power. Whatever you choose, we know you’re going to love this recipe!

Butternut Squash and Apple Hash with Sausage

Serves 4


  • 1½ tablespoon coconut oil, divided (or cooking fat of choice such as avocado oil or ghee)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small butternut squash (1½ pounds), peeled and cut into ¼-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium apple, cored and diced
  • 12 ounces ground turkey or chicken or pork
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups kale, chard or spinach, washed and torn


Combine ground turkey, sage, thyme, garlic powder, salt and nutmeg or red pepper flakes (if using) in a small bowl. Stir with large spoon or use your hands to combine. Set aside.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil and heat just until oil starts to shimmer. Add onion and butternut squash. Sauté for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add 3 tablespoons of water and diced apple. Cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Move vegetable mixture to one side of the pan. Add remaining coconut oil and turkey mixture. Allow turkey to cook a few minutes before breaking it up with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Continue to cook 5 to 6 minutes or until turkey is cooked through. Stir to combine vegetables and sausage.

Place kale/chard/spinach on top of hash and cover with a lid. Allow greens to wilt, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir, season with additional salt and pepper and serve.

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Stacie Hassing, RDN, LD & Jessica Beacom, RDN, are the co-founders of The Real Food Dietitians, a website featuring delicious, approachable gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes.