Eggs In Hell (Whole 30)

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I don’t have much to say today.  I have been working dumb hours and not sleeping well.  I wanted to post this today, however, because it is too good not to.  The recipe was inspired by a recipe in Michelle Tam’s cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo Food For Humans.  Michelle’s recipe called for a jar of marinara sauce.  I decided to make a homemade tomato sauce.  You can make the sauce and the sausage ahead of time and throw a serving together and bake it when your ready to eat or make the whole thing ahead of time, bake it and just reheat it when you are ready to eat.

Eggs In Hell

Tomato sauce:

1 TBS olive oil

1 cup onion, chopped

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

1 14.5 oz can diced tomato

1 1/2 tsp honey or three chopped, pitted date, if Whole 30

3 TBS tomato paste

salt and pepper, to taste

Sausage:

1/2 lb ground beef

1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp basil

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp  crush red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp fennel see, optional

For the sauce, Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan or skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, herbs and salt. Sauté over medium heat until the onion is very soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and black pepper. Use a spoon to break up the tomatoes into bite sized pieces. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.

For the sausge, in a medium bowl, combine the chicken and all the spices.  Using your hands, mix the chicken and spices well.  In a medium frying pan,  melt a teaspoon of olive oil and  cook the sausage, breaking it up as you go, until no longer pink.

At this point, I like to make individual casseroles but you could just mix everything together put it in 1 1/2 quart casserole, crack a couple of eggs over it, I use 2 per person, and then bake it at 350 degrees until the eggs are done to your liking.  I like my eggs cooked well done so it takes about 20 minutes to bake.  Experiment until you find the exact time to cook the perfect eggs for you.  

 

 

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Whole30 Day 16 — Breakfast Sausage

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I spend a lot of time reading about other peoples’ Whole30 journey, both the positive and the negative.  I love to hear about other people’s  successes and try to learn from other people’s less then positive experiences.  At one point, though, reading the positive success stories of others made me think I was doing something wrong.  I wasn’t experiencing the same things as they were.  The first few days of my Whole30 I was a little achey and tired, like you are when you are getting sick but I didn’t get the hungover feeling or  headaches from hell that alot of people described.  I never got to the kill all things point but I did spend two days crying at absolutely everything.  It made for some interesting experiences at work, I must say.  Am I saying that I wanted all that crap to occur?  No, I am really glad it didn’t but at the time it made me wonder what I was doing all this for.  Why am I giving up all this stuff if I am not seeing results?

I rememebered a conversation I had with Christina Lane on Instagram when she said she had heard that if you are already eating well you may not get the same results.  But not getting the same results is not the same as getting no results.  My results just took a little longer to see because I started from such a different place then most people. I was already almost processed food free and had been for years.  We all start our Whole30 at different places food and  healthwise so if you don’t see evey step of the Whole30 timeline doesn’t mean it isn’t working.  It just means working differently for you.  Keep with it and you will eventually start to see results.

Whole30 Breakfast Sausage

1 lb ground meat, the recipe called for ground pork but I used ground chicken

1 tsp fennel

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp ground sage

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 TBS olive oil, divided

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Mix throughly with your hands.  Shape into 8 2 oz patties.  In a medium frying pan, heat 1 1/2 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot add 4 of the patties and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the patties are done.  Serve or completely cool and freeze.

Whole30 Day 5 — Chicken Apple Sausage I

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I had my first Whole30 food dream today.  In my dream I had a whole bottle of pink decorating sugar in my mouth before I remembered I was doing a Whole30.  I tried to spit it out but, of course, it didn’t work.  I woke up pissed as hell I ruined my Whole30 over something sooooo stupid.  It took me quite a while to realize I was still in bed at home and not at work where I have access to big bottles of pink decorating sugar.  It was just a dream.

The literature says dreaming about eating non compliant food is your brain’s last-ditch attempt to get you to go back to eating the way you did before your Whole30.  All I know is my food dream was the start of the hardest day of my Whole30 yet.  I spent the whole day battling the desire to get in the kitchen and bake and the desire to eat all things. I watched movies, took a hot bath with a good book, dug through the Whole30 blog, crocheted, absolutely anything I could think of to distract me from the thoughts going through my head about baking and eating.  I am proud to say I won this round of Julie’s brain fights back but it was a close thing several times.

I have a hard time finding some of the compliant premade foods that the people doing Whole30 talk or when I do find it is so expensive I can’t afford it on my budget.  I am constantly looking for ways to make homemade versions of those things.  This one version of chicken apple sausage I found.

Chicken Apple Sausage I

1 TBS coconut oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 medium apple, peeled and chopped

1 lb ground chicken

1 tsp ground sage

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

In a medium size bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the coconut oil.  Mix well.  Form into equal size patties.  In a medium frying pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.  Add the patties and cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes per side. You could also cook it without forming it into patties and use it in salads, omelettes and breakfast bakes.  Keep covered in the fridge for a few days or freeze for a few months.

 

Whole30 Day 1 — Breakfast Sausage Bake

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Today is the first day of my first Whole30 and my second day of vacation.  I can’t even begin to tell you which one excites me more.  I slept in and then made this really delicious breakfast bake.  I wasn’t expecting to like it because I usually drown my eggs in cheese and ketchup but I really do.   I am working on a homemade chicken apple sausage recipe because I can’t find the compliant ones that everybody are talking about and used it here.  However, it you didn’t want to make sausage, you could use any meat and combination of vegetables here.  The original recipe called for me to saute the vegetables and sausage before adding them to the eggs. I am on vacation. I have movies to watch and relaxing to do. I don’t have time to saute things separately so I just dumped in the raw vegetables and already cooked sausage in with the eggs and it turned out just fine.

Breakfast Sausage Bake

3 cups diced vegetables, like  bell pepper, zucchini,  and broccoli

1/2 cup chopped chicken apple sausage

6 eggs

2 TBS ghee or coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon of ghee, set aside.  Meanwhile, cut the sausage and vegetables into bite sized pieces.  In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk until a uniform yellow.  Add the vegetable mixture and stir to combine.  Pour the mixture into the prepared 8 x 8 greased baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees until baked through, about 20 – 30 minutes.

 

Spicy Breakfast Sausage

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This morning I wanted something unique for breakfast and I wanted it to use things I already had on hand.   So I foraged my freezer and pantry and found half a pound of ground pork, some rye flour and some eggs. So with some simple seasoning I turned the ground pork into a spicy sausage patty, the rye flour into biscuits and fried the eggs.  It was a totally satisfying breakfast.  If you wanted you could just fry the sausage in a pan and turn it into sausage gravy if you wanted to.

Spicy Breakfast Sausage

Ingredients

8 oz ground pork

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 thyme

1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp fennel seeds, optional

1/8 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients. Mix well.  Form into 3 equal size patties.  Place patties in a pan heated over medium high heat.  Cook about 3-4 minutes per side, or until no longer  pink inside.