Chorizo & Veggie Egg Bake (THM S)

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I love when I can make a large, family-style breakfast without a whole bunch of effort. This chorizo-egg bake is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner (BBLD) and it’s a crowd pleaser.

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Chorizo is my husband’s favorite, and sometimes I like for breakfast to have a little kick. It’s a spiced Mexican sausage you can find in bulk, or in casing. I like buying my sausage in bulk, so I have more choices as to its use. If you like something more mild, regular breakfast sausage will do just fine.

This is a great make ahead meal – I actually browned the sausage and veggies the night before, so the next morning all I had to do was heat up the oven and plop some eggs on top.

Usually I’ll make something like this as a frittata or casserole, but I enjoyed doing the baked whole eggs because it cooked a lot of eggs at once, and I still got to have runny yolks (which are my FAVORITE). You could also do this in individual ramekins using the same method.

Brown the sausage, zucchini, radishes, and bell pepper together in a big skillet until the sausage is cooked through. Stir in the black beans, then transfer to a baking dish and cool slightly.

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Make valleys in the meat mixture with the back of a spoon, so the eggs have a place to sit.

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Place the eggs on top and season with a little salt and pepper.

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Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes, or until the egg whites are set.

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Nom!

I served this over some chopped rainbow tomatoes and sliced avocados, but there are many more possibilities. Top with fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, or any other S-friendly topper your mind can dream up.

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Top with some fresh chopped cilantro, and you’re ready to serve!

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My favorite part about this whole meal…

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That beautiful, runny yolk coating the sausage and veggies, making its own little sauce.

The sausage lends a little spice, while you get some crunch with the veggies, and the fresh avocado cools it all down.

This egg bake will please the whole family!

Chorizo and Veggie Egg Bake (THM S)

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: Hands on 7-10 minutes, bake time 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1lb bulk chorizo sausage (or other breakfast sausage)
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 bunch radishes, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 c black beans, drained and rinsed (sub cubed sweet potatoes for paleo, or additional vegetable)
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • few dashes of hot sauce
  • 6 eggs (or one egg per person)
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • Toppings of choice: pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, avocado, etc.
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Brown the sausage and veggies with the paprika and coriander in a large skillet until sausage is cooked through and veggies are tender.
  3. Add the meat to one large, or several individual, baking dishes and make valleys in the meat mixture with the back of a spoon. Add the eggs in the valleys, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes, or until egg whites are set.
  5. Top with fresh cilantro and serve immediately with toppings of choice.

Paleo Sausage and Veggie Omelette Bites (THM S)

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If you’re looking for a make-ahead breakfast that’s both tasty and healthy, then look no further! These omelette bites are super easy to prep and delicious fresh or re-heated.

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I am about to blow your mind with how easy breakfast can be! These omelette bites take maybe 45 minutes total, and will save you hours in slaving over breakfast during the week. You can reinvent them daily by adding cheese, salsa, avocado, or any other fixin’s you enjoy.

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Start off by browning your breakfast sausage. I used Johnsonville mild breakfast sausage, but any variety you like will do.

The low carb veggie mix I used was frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed out), a few strips of red bell pepper, zucchini, seeded and chopped tomatoes, grated radishes (they’re SO good sautéd in a little butter, almost like slightly sweet hashbrowns), and sliced scallions. I softened the zucchini, bell pepper, and radishes together with the thawed and squeezed spinach in a little butter until the radishes started to soften. I let all of that cool while I chopped the tomatoes.

Personally, I seed tomatoes before throwing them into a dish like this for 2 reasons: 1. the seeds add a lot of water and moisture, and 2. they’re mushy. I would mush rather have the firm flesh than the seeds. Usually the seeds kind of fall away naturally as I’m chopping, and it isn’t a whole lot of extra work.

Also slice the scallions thinly, then toss with the spinach mixture with salt and pepper.

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Toss the sausage with the veggies, then let’s get to the filling.

I chose paper liners for my muffin pan, which had some drawbacks. On one hand, I wasn’t scrubbing egg out of every hole in my pan. On the other hand, I had to peel the liners off each one which was a bit of a pain. All of that to say, if you have silicone liners – use them, or spray the pan REALLY well.

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So, I’m madly in love with this 24-ct muffin pan. It makes a world of difference filling just one BIG pan instead of a few tiny ones. Also, for my limited-space kitchen I just don’t have room for a ton of small pans, so one large pan is just the ticket.

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Pile in a heaping spoonful of the sausage and veggie mixture into the bottom of each cup, then scramble the eggs.

I like my eggs with a little hot sauce, but if you don’t you can leave it out. Just make sure you season liberally with salt and pepper. I also used unsweetened, plain almond milk to scramble the eggs. You can also use cream or half and half, if that’s your thing. I have to watch the dairy, because my husband can’t handle too much of it and I want him to enjoy these also. I scrambled the eggs, milk, and hot sauce together in my big 8-cup measuring cup. It has a pour spout, making it easy to fill each cup without making additional dirty dishes.

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Fill each cup about 3/4 of the way full. You want a little space, because the eggs will puff as they bake.

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When all the cups are filled, pop them into a pre-heated 375 degree oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden.

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Delicious! The eggs are perfectly fluffy with bright, fresh veggies and a little spice from the sausage. They are the perfect morning pairing with some buttery avocado and fresh berries.

Sausage & Veggie Omelette Bites (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 24
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 14 eggs
  • 1/3 c unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • few dashes hot sauce
  • 1lb bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of its water
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 c grated radishes
  • 1/4 c diced red bell pepper
  • 1-2 vine tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Brown the sausage and set aside to cool.
  3. Sauté the zucchini, bell pepper, radishes, and spinach together for about 5-7 minutes or until the radishes begin to soften. Turn off the heat, cool slightly, then add the tomatoes, scallions, and a touch of salt and pepper. Toss the sausage into the veggie mixture and set aside.
  4. Line your muffin pan with either paper liners or silicone liners. Add one big spoonful of the sausage/veggie mixture to each cup.
  5. Scramble the eggs with the almond milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the egg mixture a little at a time into each cup, filling it 3/4 of the way.
  7. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firmly set.
  8. Enjoy right away or refrigerate in zip-top bags for mornings during the week. Reheat gently in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.

One Pot New Orleans-Style Gumbo (THM S/E)

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I’m a spicy gal and although I wasn’t born in Louisiana, creole cuisine of New Orleans speaks to me on a spiritual level.

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Gumbo is one of my favorite, warming meals because it’s spicy, hearty, and still packs a veggie punch. Also, this is one of those meals that you can cook (a bunch of) one night, and when you’re eating its leftovers a few nights later the flavor is even deeper – it only gets better with time! However, my favorite part of this meal is definitely that it only takes one (big) pot. Because I still hate doing dishes ^_^.

Start by heating a large Dutch oven over medium low heat, and add the sliced smoked sausage. I used andouille, which is a creole spicy sausage. If you’re not into the spice, any smoked sausage will do. Since it’s already cooked, you just want to sauté it enough to get some color and crispness on the outside.

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Take the sausage out, add some coconut oil if needed, and begin sautéing the cubed chicken. It doesn’t have to cook all the way through since it will simmer in the gumbo later. Just make sure it has some good color on it, and season with salt and pepper or a touch of Cajun seasoning.

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Take the chicken out, then start on the shrimp. I bought easy-peel shrimp from my fish counter at Sprouts, which are already deveined. You can keep the tails, or whole shell, on if you wish. I find it easier to remove the whole shell, tail included, prior to cooking. Add more coconut oil to the pan, if needed before adding the shrimp. Again, season with salt and pepper and sauté away. Cook them about 1 minute on each side, just to get good color. They won’t be fully cooked yet, but once you add them back to the gumbo they’ll finish cooking without becoming overcooked.

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Remove the shrimp. Next comes the vegetables! Don’t worry about the brown bits on the bottom of your Dutch oven – that’s flavor, and the stock we add later will pick it all up.

Chop some mirepoix – celery (leafy green parts included!), onion, green bell pepper, and garlic.

Add a touch more coconut oil, turn the heat down just a touch and add the vegetables. Sauté until onions just start to caramelize, about 5-7 minutes.

And, I’ll go ahead and tell you, I’m a bad Southerner – I greatly dislike okra. Unless it’s pureed, in a cookie, or otherwise hidden beyond recognition I cannot stomach it. HOWEVER. You are welcome to add okra to this lovely gumbo if it is your thing. If you do add it, go ahead and do so at this step.

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De-glaze the pan with one 15-oz can of fire roasted tomatoes. I like the smoky flavor of fire roasted tomatoes, but you’re welcome to use any kind you prefer. Mine also were seasoned with garlic and onion. Add in the chicken (or vegetable/seafood) stock, a bay leaf, sausage, chicken, Worcestershire sauce, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Place the lid on your pot and let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes.

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Once it’s finished simmering, turn off the heat, add the shrimp back to the pot, cover again and let stand for about 5-7 minutes. This will allow the shrimp to continue cooking through slowly.

Serve the gumbo as is or over a big pile of cauliflower rice. For my cauliflower rice, I pulsed half a large head of cauliflower in a food processor until it was in small pearls. Then I served it raw underneath the hot gumbo – easy peasy! I liked it raw because it didn’t become mushy from cooking and retained a nice textural contrast like rice.

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As is, the gumbo is a great S. However, if you want to have the rice and make it an E – that’s completely achievable. You can either choose a smoked turkey/chicken sausage with less fat, or leave it out completely and make this a chicken and shrimp gumbo – your call. Just make sure any time you’re adding coconut oil that you do so with a spray to keep the fat in check.

Either way you make it, this gumbo is a spicy, hearty, and delicious shake-up to your weekly routine. The leftovers just get better with time – this is a meal you can make on Monday and still enjoy on Friday.

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New Orleans Style Gumbo (THM S/E)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1-lb andouille sausage, sliced (or any smoked sausage – For E choose a chicken or turkey sawusage, or omit)
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 stalks celery, leafy greens included, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 c cut okra (optional)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz can fire roasted tomatoes seasoned with garlic and onion
  • 1 1/2 c chicken/vegetable/seafood stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cajun seasoning to taste
  • 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-10 dashes hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • cauliflower rice (for S) or cooked brown rice (for E), for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat and sauté the sliced sausage until browned and crispy. Remove to a plate.
  2. Add coconut oil, if needed, toss the chicken with a touch of Cajun seasoning and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate (with the sausage is fine).
  3. Toss the shrimp with salt and pepper, then brown for about 1 minute on each side. Remove to a plate with the chicken and sausage.
  4. Add more coconut oil, if needed, then begin sautéing the onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and okra (if using). Cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize.
  5. Add the tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire, bay leaf, hot sauce, chicken, and sausage back to the pot. Cover and simmer on medium-low for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp back to the pot, cover, and let stand for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Serve over cauliflower rice, brown rice (for an E), or as is.

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Low Carb Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents

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My mother-in-love has made these lovely sausage and cream cheese crescent rolls for years during the holidays. It’s honestly one of my favorite things about the holidays!

Since we are both Trim Healthy Mamas, I wanted to figure out a way we could still have our favored holiday treat.

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Enter: magic fathead pizza dough.

This dough is so versatile! I even added a little “crescent” flavor to it by putting in a touch of butter extract. I kept the filling the same, just breakfast sausage and cream cheese. I’ve used hot sausage before, which is very tasty. Get creative and use your favorite – there are numerous good blends!

I mean, don’t they look EXACTLY like crescent rolls?

I even fooled my husband with these – and he’s a hard one to get “low  carb” things  past.

Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls (THM S)

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb sausage
  • 6oz cream cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 c almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Begin by browning the sausage in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the fat and cool slightly. Add 4oz of cream cheese and stir to combine.
  3. Make the dough by melting the mozzarella cheese and 2 Tbsp of cream cheese in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. Stir and add in the almond flour, 1 egg, butter extract, and salt.
  4. Stir until well combined, and place between 2 sheets of parchment. Roll out to about a 10in round and slice into long triangles.
  5. Add about 1 Tbsp of the sausage filling and roll like a crescent. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Whisk the remaining egg, and brush the tops of the crescents lightly. This helps ensure that you get golden brown tops of your crescents.
  6. Bake at 375 for about 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

One Pan Wonder

I have to be brutally honest – I am not a sausage person. It’s always presented a textural issue for me as being unpleasant.

HOWEVER.

Sausage with other things…not so strange.

This was my first attempt at gumbo, and it certainly was not a bad one. I’m not sure why I was hesitant to try it, maybe it seemed to labor-intensive, but this quickie version is certain to satisfy.

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One-Pan Gumbo (THM S)

  • 1 package fully cooked andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cubed
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp (I used some  leftover from the grill the night before; they added a wonderful “smoke” flavor)
  • 1 can seasoned diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery, with leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Start by browning the sausage in a large, deep skillet with a pat of butter. When the sausage has good color, remove it into a bowl. Add 1 Tsp butter or coconut oil and cook the chicken through. Once it’s cooked, remove it into a bowl (the same one with the sausage is fine).

Add more butter or coconut oil if needed, and begin to cook the celery, bell pepper, and onion with salt, pepper, and the bay leaf.

Once the veggies have become tender, add the tomatoes and cooked meats (not shrimp yet) back into the pan. Add hot sauce, Old Bay, and salt and pepper if needed. Simmer everything together for about 5 minutes, then add the shrimp and cook another 1-2 minutes.

You can serve this over cauliflower rice to give it more of a gumbo feel. I loved it just piled up in a big bowl.

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Make and Take: Breakfast on the Go!

For many people, I know breakfast can be one of the hardest meals of the day. If you’re like me, you wake, get yourself ready, get your significant other up and ready, fix your lunch, take care of your pets, and usually by the time you’ve done all this you’re already 5 minutes late getting out the door with no time for breakfast. Sometimes you end up getting fast food or, the  considerably less desirable outcome, not eating at all.

Well to help fix BOTH of those options (and save you some money/hunger) I’ve got two take-and-go recipes that you can prep ahead of time for a fast, healthy breakfast.

First, it’s one of my favorite breakfast items – sausage and cream cheese crescent rolls. I have to admit, I didn’t make this one up. My mother-in-law makes these EVERY Christmas and like clockwork they disappear almost faster than she can make them. So, I decided to try out the recipe for myself so that I don’t have to wait a year to gorge on these yummy treats. The best part about them is that they’re delicious at ANY point – fresh out of the oven, warmed up, or even room temp! You could do these as a lunch item with a little sweet grainy mustard (that’s how my MIL serves them).

You won’t believe how easy and tasty these are! Oh, and they’re man-approved ^_~

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents

  • 1 package of bulk mild breakfast sausage (whatever brand you like – you could even go light with turkey sausage!)
  • 1 8oz package of light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cans of crescent rolls

Start by browning your sausage in a medium skillet on medium-high heat, breaking it into pieces as it browns. I used regular pork sausage, so to save myself all the fat that comes off the sausage I put it in a colander after I browned it and rinsed it off for a few seconds. If you’re using a sausage with a lower fat content you probably won’t have to do that – just a tip! Then add the sausage over top of the softened cream cheese in a small bowl and mix the two together. The heat from the sausage will help soften the cream cheese as you mix it in.

Preheat your oven to 350. Open the crescents and lay each one out on a baking sheet (you don’t have to spray it, the crescents have plenty of butter in them and won’t stick). You can choose any way you’d like to wrap and roll these puppies, but I find the easiest way (so there’s no reshaping involved) is to lay a tablespoon of the filling onto the fattest part of the crescent then wrap it over the filling and roll it up.

 

 

There is another way besides this, and that’s the way my MIL does it. She shapes each one into an almost-square, puts the filling in the middle, and wraps two sides over the filling (kind of like a danish). Whichever way you decide to do it, that’s your call.

When all your crescents are wrapped and rolled, pop them into your 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. You want to watch the bottoms of the crescents because they get dark brown before the tops do. Just don’t wait for the top to be dark brown otherwise your bottoms will be burnt (yuck!).

Keep them in the fridge in an air-tight container or bag and take as many as you want to reheat! To reheat in the microwave, one will cook for about 15-20 seconds on high (depending on your microwave) usually any more than that and it’ll make the crescent chewy.

And onto round two of breakfast on the go – oatmeal!

I love oatmeal, it’s hearty, warm, and super quick-cooking.

I know the packets are convenient, but once you get the basic recipe for instant oatmeal at home you’ll for sure ditch the expensive packets. The best part about oatmeal at home is that you can control the quality and quantity of ingredients! I find that many store brands of oatmeal are too sugary for my taste and don’t have enough substantial protein so I usually have to jazz up any packet of oatmeal I buy anyway. So, why not make the whole bowl myself to begin with?!

Berries and Cream Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • Pinch of salt (I’m talking tiny. I know, “Salt? In my oatmeal? WHY?!” Salt brings out flavor! Don’t worry, you’ll never taste it.)
  • 1 Tsp instant nonfat dry milk (if you don’t have it, you could use plain powdered coffee creamer instead)
  • 1-2 Tsp vanilla protein powder (it’s optional – I just always have it and look for places to hide it to get extra protein ^_^)
  • 1 Tsp of sugar (or more/less to your taste. You could also make it sugar-free with a substitute like Splenda or Stevia)
  • about 1/2 cup boiling water (if you like your oatmeal on the stiff side, use less. I like mine a little loose.)
  • 2 Tsp dried berries (I used a mix of dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries)

Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl (or packet for later!) and pour in the boiling water. I like to let mine steep with a towel over it for a few minutes so that the oats have a chance to cook. If yours is still too loose after that, pop it in the microwave for 30-second intervals until you get the desired consistency.

Easy, right?! Your basic recipe for oatmeal is everything but the berries so you can get creative with the flavors. Maybe a teaspoon of maple syrup and a little brown sugar, some dried apple pieces with apple pie spice, dried chopped peaches or other fruit, Nutella (YUM!), almond butter, pumpkin pie spice (Fall favorite!) – you get the point. Anything your belly desires, my dear!

I’ve read that if you’re planning a big batch of oatmeal packets that you won’t use right away, then you should use powdered coffee creamer instead of the dry milk because the milk can mold.