Egg, Cheese, Breakfast Sausage and Potato Casserole

I still cook "normal" foods for my family even though I'm on a strict diet. Hopefully they will never get to the point where I am and can continue to enjoy REAL food that isn't loaded with fillers, additives, preservatives and colors. (If I can just get them to take some digestive enzymes with heavy meals and a daily probiotic - still working on it. I do have one that does pretty well with taking the supplements.)



I used a "natural" breakfast sausage in this recipe - it contained meat, sea salt, spices, cane sugar and natural flavorings (which is the "iffy" part). Usually I prefer to buy breakfast sausage from Whole Foods that contains only salt, garlic, pepper, onion and meat. But yes, sometimes we do have to cut corners. Yet, I shredded my own potatoes and purchased the cheese in a block to avoid the "stuff" they have to add to prevent it from sticking together.
NOTE: If you omit the cheese, this could be a Yeast-Free Breakfast.


Ingredients:
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups shredded potatoes (red potatoes work well, or you can buy freshly shredded potatoes/hash browns)
  • ½ pound breakfast sausage (can use ½ roll of natural breakfast sausage without MSG, etc)
  • ¼ cup milk or milk substitute (unsweetened nut milk, yogurt, sour cream)
  • 4 ounces shredded or block cheese (Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar)
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 - 2 tbsp red bell pepper
  • ¼ - ½ tsp salt (optional)
  • black pepper, to taste
  • dried parsley (optional, to sprinkle on top)


Kitchen Tools/Equipment Used:
  • Food Processor with shredding disc and/or Blender
  • 8x8 baking dish, preferably glass or ceramic
  • Mixing Bowl (optional, but I like to mix all ingredients together before adding to baking dish)


Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Celsius and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper on the bottom (grease both sides of parchment paper and sides of baking dish)
  2. Shred potatoes using food processor and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Cook breakfast sausage and add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add milk, green onion, red bell pepper, eggs, seasonings and cheese to blender. (I like to add cheese to blender and not bother shredding beforehand - keeps the sticky mess out of my food processor.) Once blended smooth add to mixing bowl.
  5. Pour all ingredients into prepared baking dish, sprinkle with parsley and bake for 45 minutes or until done.

After Thought: You can sprinkle additional cheese on top if you desire - even after baking along with dried parsley will make a pretty presentation.