Zucchini + Sausage Skillet with Toasted Pine Nuts + Hemp Recipe

Sometimes simple combines in a way that tastes, well … delightfully complex. 

Often, all you need to whip up an easy, delicious meal is an all-star veggie (in this case, fresh zucchini), a high-quality protein, healthy fats, a dash of spices, and voila! Dinner is served.

Sliced zucchini pairs with our 100% Pasture-Raised Turkey Sticks to make this recipe quick and easy, with a rich smokiness reminiscent of meat fresh off the grill. 

We’ve also added a dash of maple and chili-seasoned pine nuts for a crunchy texture with a buttery finish, plus hemp seeds for added minerals and amino acids. 

This one-skillet dish also makes for an easy cleanup - a perfect round out for a speedy weeknight dish that’s still filled with nutrient-dense goodness.

Zucchini + Sausage Skillet with Toasted Pine Nuts + Hemp

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 



  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowl


  1. Add pine nuts and hemp seeds to your mixing bowl with your ½ tsp olive oil, chili powder, and maple syrup. 
  2. Heat your skillet over medium-high heat, then add the nuts and seeds. Lightly toast until golden brown, about 3 minutes (keep stirring them so they don’t burn!) then remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil to the pan over medium-high heat, then follow with your sliced zucchini and sliced sausage. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sides of the zucchini are soft and a nice golden brown.
  4. Remove from the skillet and place in a serving bowl (or serve directly from your skillet) and top with your pine nuts and hemp seeds. Garnish with fresh herbs like rosemary or parsley, and serve!


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