Three cheers for breakfast am I right? I could literally eat eggs, bacon and veggies for every meal, every day and sometimes I do just that. I also have a delicious sweet casserole here so check that out if you are looking for something closer to french toast and pancakes.
Growing up I actually despised breakfast. I used to tell my mom I ate breakfast even when I didn’t because little did I know the foods were making me sick. I used to get stomach aches and heartburn all the time from bagels, english muffins, pancakes, french toast, etc. and it was always attributed to me just eating too fast. I’d find myself curled up on the couch pretty much every Sunday morning after brunch. I actually thought I hated eggs and bacon because I thought that there was no way french toast and pancakes could make me sick. When I changed my diet over 5 years ago now I realized I LOVED breakfast and brunch minus all the gluten. Now we easily eat breakfast one time for dinner each week because it’s easy, delicious and nutritious.
Yes, that’s right eggs are nutritious. I still hear that many people only eat the egg whites and throw out their yolks. It makes me so incredibly sad because we are all misinformed. All the nutrition is in the egg YOLK and it tastes better than the white. If the egg is of high quality (aka pasture raised, organic, cage-free, etc.) then it is brightly colored and even has omega-3 fatty aids in it. Yes, you heard right an egg is actually ANTI-inflammatory and can protect your heart. The trouble comes when we eat poor quality eggs with a poor diet and lifestyle. Need a suggestion for an awesome egg company for those of you who don’t have access to chickens? Check out Handsome Brook Farm, they are rapidly growing and are doing amazing things with the egg industry. We will have Betsy on the podcast soon from Handsome Brook Farm to tell us all about pasture raised eggs
We are in the process of moving (just a few miles down the road) to our first house, hooray! This has meant that everything has been a little chaotic not to mention we decided to go on two trips around the time we bought said house. Our lives are in boxes and I could not be more excited to move, however, when you rely on home cooked meals on the regular it gets tricky. Most people laughed and said “just order takeout”. As great as that sounds I think moving is a vulnerable time and my gut would prefer as many home cooked meals as possible. SO I have made it my task to use as much of the food up as we have in our apartment and make simple (and not too messy) meals to last us during the move.
This savory breakfast casserole came to mind when our friends invited us to their camp up on Lake Bonaparte (trip #2) and we all decided to take turns making meals. I got nominated for brunch and while I easily could have brought eggs and bacon and made it all there, I wanted to enjoy myself while on the lake so I made this delicious casserole ahead of time and we rewarmed it for breakfast for about 30 minutes at 350°F.
I loved it so much I made it again this week for dinner for my hubby and I while we move, it was that good 🙂
- 1 package fully-cooked chicken sausage, diced
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 white potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 3 cups spinach, chopped
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 large eggs
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Toss potatoes in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, spread on greased and lined cookie sheet. Roast in oven for 30-40 minutes until start to turn golden brown.
- Remove potatoes from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 400°F.
- Whisk together eggs, coconut milk and salt and pepper.
- Place sausage, onion, spinach, carrots and garlic in a large, greased baking dish, add potatoes and mix well.
- Pour egg mixture over ingredients in baking dish and stir to combine.
- Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until egg is baked through.
So let me hear it!
How do you take your eggs?
What has been your favorite event this summer?