January 8, 2014

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • handful cilantro
  • hot sauce
-Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
-In an oven safe skillet, we used cast iron, crumble and brown the sausage over medium heat.
-Once it’s brown, use a slotted spoon to remove the sausage and let it hang out while we cook the sweet potatoes. Try to reserve as much of the grease as possible.
-Toss the sweet potatoes into the sausage grease and let them get crispy and cooked through.
Add the sausage back into the pan.
-Make a few wells in the pan–one well for each egg. Crack your eggs into the wells.
-Place the skillet in the oven. We’re just baking the skillet long enough for the eggs to set, about 5 minutes.
-Now, turn the oven to broil and hit up the top side of the eggs for a few minutes, but don’t let the yolk cook all the way through–unless you don’t like runny yolks.
-Remove the pan from the oven and douse the whole thing with avocado, cilantro and hot sauce. (I did not have cilantro or hot sauce and it still tasted good.  Though these would make it MUCH better)
-Serve by scooping out an egg, along with its neighboring goodies, with a large spoon.

original recipe found here
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Whole30 Day 6: breakfast casserole leftover, banana, Cherry Pie Larabar, cilantro lime chicken salad leftover, baked sweet potato fries, mixed nuts, dried pineapple, beanless chili, banana
Whole30 Day 7: eggs w/spinach and Italian turkey sausage, banana, apple w/ almond butter, beanless chili leftover, 2 cuties, mixed nuts, dried pineapple, beanless chili leftover, sweet potato casserole (I used 2 sweet potatoes instead of one)
Whole30 Day 8: eggs w/spinach and Italian turkey sausage, banana, apple w/ almond butter, beanless chili leftover, sweet potato casserole leftover, mixed nuts, dried pineapple, egg whites w/ spinach, bacon, baked carrot fries

Overview: I am much less hungry than I was in the beginning and I managed to get through the first full week without any headaches and without punching anyone!  Yay for me!  I have definitely pinpointed the periods when I have a craving for chocolate or when I want to dive into a Papa Murphy's pizza face first.  I am able to recognize the difference now between hunger, boredom, and emotional cravings.  For example...

Yesterday I came home from a stressful day of snow-covered roads, traffic out the yang, and new information at work that was enough to make my eye start twitching again.  When I got home, I didn't want yet another bowl of chili.   I didn't feel like making sweet potato casserole unless I could cover it with a stick of butter.  But then I pulled my mail out of my purse and read a letter from my old cello teacher.  I had written to her after hearing that she recently lost her son and despite the pain she was feeling, she still wanted to hear from me.  She wanted to know all about what I'd been up to the past several years.  I read about her son and how much his family would miss him.  It put my stressful day in perspective and you know what? I found the motivation to make my stupid casserole.  I am realizing now that that urge to just order a freaking pizza was due to how I was feeling, not because my body needed crispy pizza dough covered in melted cheese.  When I was able to step back and identify my emotions, and put them in perspective I was able to think clearly.

This may all seem very trivial to someone who doesn't have issues with food.  But for me, this is a milestone.  I have had an issue with emotional eating for as long as I can remember.  The idea that I could one day not be a slave to it?  Praise the Great Lion of Judah!

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