I still cook "normal" foods for my family even though I'm on a strict diet. (February, 22, 2015) Hopefully they will never get to the point where I am and can just continue to enjoy REAL food (food without fillers, additives, preservatives and colors).
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, but since I don't use pre-packed meats often and we only eat out about once per month - I figured it was OK to bend the rules a bit for convenience). 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.
- 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, grater 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)
- 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)
- Shred potatoes using food processor and add to mixing bowl.
- Cook breakfast sausage and add to mixing bowl.
- 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.
- 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.