Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche (Whole 30)

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Today I am celebrating posting my 400th post in almost 4 years.  Not too bad for a blog that was never intended to have pictures or any writing  When I started A Solitary Feast it was just going to be a place to put recipes so I didn’t have to keep writing them down when my friends asked for them.  I never ever thought anyone, outside my small circle of friends, would interested in my small batch recipes.  However, I quickly started getting likes, follows and comments saying small batch recipes are a good thing so I kept on going.

I thought that blogging would just be me and my computer sitting on the couch or cooking in the kitchen.  I never, ever, expected the connections I would make with people all over the world.  Sometimes those connections would be just a comment or two between blogs.  Sometimes those connections have resulted in a real life friendship that seen through one of the darkest times in my life.  Thank you for your wit, humor and just being my friend, Audrey.   You are an awesome person and an even better friend.  I am still not sharing Jeffery Dean Morgan with you though.  He is mine.  LOL!

Then there is you, my readers,  thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my recipes and try my recipes.  You will never know how much it means to me when you make me a part of your busy day.

Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche

Adapted From Maria Makes

1 Tbsp ghee, melted

8 oz potato, grated on the large holes of a box grater

7 eggs

1/2  red bell pepper

8 oz homemade Italian sausage, cooked and drained

1 tsp ground mustard

salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush olive oil or melted  ghee over the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan.  Place the grated potatoes on serveral paper towels and squeeze as much liquid as you can out of them.  In a large bowl, combine the thawed/drained hash browns, 1 Tbsp of melted ghee, 1 beaten egg, and salt/pepper.  Press the hash brown mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan..  Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is set and the edges have started to crisp up  .  Meanwhile whisk the 6 remaining eggs with salt, pepper, and ground mustard.   Brown the sausage and chop the pepper.  Remove  the crust from the oven and add peppers and sausage.  Top with the beaten eggs and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the center is set.

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Italian Sausage (Whole 30)

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So tomorrow I have a Whole 30 breakfast you are going to love.  The original recipe called for bulk pork sausage but I couldn’t find any without added sugar so I made my own.  it only takes a minute.  I made half into patties for breakfast yesterday and used the rest for today’s breakfast.  It could also be cooked and frozen for use at a later date.

Italian Sausage

1 lb ground pork

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp fennel seed

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

In a medium bowl,  Add the ground pork and all the spices.  Using your hands, mix the meat and spices until well blended.  Don’t over blend the meat or it will make the meat tough when you cook it.  Either form it into patties and cook it 6-8 minutes per side or cook without forming into patties and use it anywhere you need Italian sausage.

Bacon Lover’s Quiche (Whole 30)

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Happy new year!!!  Did you go out and celebrate or stay home and kick back and relax?  I was so kicked back and relaxed, I was asleep by 830 pm.  Good gravy, I am getting old, lol.  Today is actually the big day for me.  I started my second round of Whole 30 this morning.  Why put myself through a second round?  I wanted to do another round because I feel better when I eat the Whole 30/ Paleo way.  After my Whole 30 last April, I fell back into some bad habits, like drinking soda, and went totally off the rails at the end of August and beginning of September when some incredibly stressful shit went down in my personal life.  Now that everything is better,  I want  to  get back some of the things I lost when I stopped being fully committed to the Whole 30/ Paleo lifestyle.  So for the next 30 days I am soy, dairy, grain, bean, added sugar, processed food free and my recipes will be too.  Don’t worry though,  I am going to include the non – Whole 30 ingredients so everyone can make the recipes whether they are Whole 30 or not.

First up, is a recipe I found in a Keto cookbook when I was home for Christmas.  The recipe is for a very basic Quiche.  Because it is a low carb Keto recipe, there are no onions in the recipe.  Next time I would add some.  You could also vary this with other vegetables or sausage instead of the bacon.  Nutritional yeast is not the same as Brewer’s yeast and is a necessary part of this dish.  Don’t leave it out.

Bacon Lover's Quiche (Whole30)

Adapted From A Keto Cookbook My Mom Had

3-5 strips bacon, about 3 oz

1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut milk

2 eggs

3 TBS nutritional yeast

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

dash ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Grease 2 5 inch pie pans with olive oil or ghee; set aside. In a frying pan, cook the bacon until crisp.  Remove from  the pan, crumble and set aside.  Crack eggs into a small bowl.  Gently whisk until scrambled.  Add the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Mix well.  Divide the egg mixture between the pie plates.  The pans will be almost full.  Bake for 30 minutes or untill the egg is set.  Let sit 30 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

 

Steel Cut Oats, 2 Ways

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The weather around here is crazy.  It’s to cold for air conditioning but too warm to turn on the heat.  Seriously, it is  in the 60’s during the day but anywhere from the low 50’s to high 30’s at night.  I deal with it  by leaving the windows open durning the day and adding an extra blanket to the bed at night.  I also make sure I get a hot breakfast on those morning the temperatures are on the low side of the thermometer.

My favorite hot breakfast is oatmeal because I can make it in the pressure cooker and leave it on the warm mode while I get ready for my day.  You could also make this in the crockpot, if you have one small enough.  If you are old school, you could even make this on the stove to.  You just have to watch it a little closer.

Pumpkin and Apple Steel Cut Oats

From Breakfast Drama Queen

1 cup almond milk

1 cup water

½ cup steel-cut oats

Pinch of salt

⅔ cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon blackstrap molasses

1 apple, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pressure Cooker:  In a small  bowl,  combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker.  Add enough water to the bottom of the pressure cooker to bring to pressure.  Set the bowl on the trivet.  Lock the lid and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.  Naturally release the pressure.

Stovetop:  In a small saucepan, add water and milk.  Bring the liquid to a boil.  Add the remaining ingredients, cover and reduce heat to medium.  Cook 20-30 minutes. Enjoy.

Chai Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal

Adapted From Dahlia Kitchen

1/2  cup steel cut oats

1 cup milk

1 cup water

1/2  teaspoon vanilla

1/8  teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 easpoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Pressure Cooker:  In a small  bowl,  combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker.  Add enough water to the bottom of the pressure cooker to bring to pressure.  Set the bowl on the trivet.  Lock the lid and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.  Naturally release the pressure.

Stovetop:  In a small saucepan, add water and milk.  Bring the liquid to a boil.  Add the remaining ingredients, cover and reduce heat to medium.  Cook 20-30 minutes. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Breakfast Sausage (Whole 30)

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I think my mom is trying to kill me.  I got a text from her at 11 am on Saturday saying she sent me a package. It should be there Monday and I should watch for it.  That was it, no idea what she sent or why.  You would think after 47 years of knowing me she would know I am very curious about stuff and it drives me absolutely crazy not knowing what is coming in this box!!!!! And it is still a day away!! UGGHHHH!!!

While I am waiting for this box to show up, I made these really yummy pumpkin breakfast sausages.   I know it sounds weird but it is really, really good.  You know what eslse is really weird?  In the last month I have posted 3 savory pumpkin recipes and only 1 cranberry recipe of any kind.  What the heck is going on with me this year?

I am sending you directly to the blog this recipe came from because I made absolutely no changes of any kind to this recipe.  Even if you don’t want to make the sausages you should still visit Physical Kitchness.  She is funny, informative and has really good recipes whether you are on a Whole 30 or not.

Pumpkin Breakfast Sausage