Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fellowship: Hash brown breakfast casserole

I volunteered to do fellowship at church every few months.  Well, today was my day and I wanted to make something that was tasty and relatively healthy, primal style.  I went with breakfast casserole, of course MOST people wouldn't consider it healthy due to the amount of fat, but *we* know better right?  Now, because it was being made for a large group not all of the ingredients were as 'clean' as I normally would like, but still a good choice.  So I made two types of breakfast casserole, one with bacon and one with sausage.  I got about 3-4 requests for the recipe, sweet!  Of course I did also provide cereal and milk, because well...the kids like it a lot and it is fairly cheap.  I feel a slight amount of guilt for that.  Most people also bring cake, doughnuts and I did good...right?!?!

So, here is the super simple recipe.

pre-heat oven to 350F
hash browns (I used frozen, feel free the shred your own taters for a healthier version)- if frozen thaw them!
8-15 eggs, scrambled- depending on the size of your crowd
1/2-3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 medium onion diced
about 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used Mexican 4 cheese blend)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I suppose you could use milk, but why would you want to?)
1 pound bacon or sausage, your choice

brown sausage or cook bacon until crispy
sauté onion in bacon grease (I *suppose you could use something else, like butter or um....that other stuff, but it won't taste as good!)
grease bottom of casserole or baking dish* with....bacon grease of course...well, unless you use that other stuff
layer hash browns in pan
layer meat of your choice
combine eggs, cheese, onions and chili powder, pour over meat and potatoes
bake for about 45 minutes at 350F

*I used the 'half size' disposable aluminum pans from Sam's Club.  They are about 9 x 11, but I am not sure of the exact size.  If your pan is bigger then you may need more egg mixture to fully cover the meat and potatoes, adjust accordingly.

All four pans were gone in about 10-15 minutes!  Yeah, next time I better make six.  I think I will make one each of sausage and bacon more 'adult friendly' a.k.a SPICY!  I suppose adding some salsa to the top as an indicator of spiciness might be a good idea. ;-)

Unfortunately, no food porn because I didn't think to blog this recipe until after it was so well accepted by the group.  The next time I make it I will add pictures for ya.


Now for some good family news.  My hubby SavageDave has been grain free for about two weeks now and already seeing big improvements!  His gas, if not totally gone is at least not deadly anymore.  He has lost some weight AND his psoriasis on his knee is healing.  I am very hopeful that this will also help his arthritis pain even more than it already has.

Some REALLY great news,  Savage_Boyo  has realized that he too feels better grain free and has agreed to at a minimum be gluten free.  This is going to be our first goal with him being that he is 12 and has some autonomy in his food choices outside of the home.  He is starting tomorrow.  He wants to continue to improve his health and get fit after he worked so hard during football this year.  He has decided he wants to try wrestling this year at school, so that will help him stay on track.  He totally has a 'wheat belly' and is understanding what it means.  He is really ready for this now, so it should be easier to get him  to comply.  Of course, it means packing lunches and getting up early to feed him breakfast, but it is worth it to help his health.  I am pretty sure he will have a huge benefit not only in his body composition, but also his behavior and emotional well being.

We will all be doing some 'before' pictures tonight for our 'challenge' I know the "big" 30 Day Challenge on began last week, but I still think we can see enough change over the next three weeks to make it worth it.  Savage_Boyo is excited by the idea of being one of the first kiddos to add his success story to Mark's sight.  Anything to help motivate him, right?  I wanted to say too, that although he could have had AY type of cereal today, he went with Corn Pops. not a great choice, but he read the label and they are gluten free so he picked those over Fruit Loops.  Not a bad choice for a 12 year old :D

My picture of course will show a growing belly, but hopefully just the belly.  I would really love to keep the weight gain in my face, arms and legs to a minimum this time.  I had become totally lazy and was just walking for a few weeks for my exercise.  About two weeks ago I got back to lifting.  Of course not nearly as much as I was doing before, but hopefully enough to maintain my lean mass as much as possible while I am pregnant.  Good strong muscles can only help when it is time to labor!


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