Going to make this delicious treat tonight, will try to post pictures first thing tomorrow. It has been a while since I have posted my eats on the blog so I am long overdue to share what has been going on in my kitchen!
Breakfast for dinner is always a great experience for me. There is nothing like the indulgent ingredients of the morning. Spicy sausage, velvety eggs, silky cheeses, fried potatoes, mmmmmm! When I decided that BFD was the mission I did have to consider the fact that any meal I cook in the evening needs to provide at least one serving the next day; so traditional scrambled or fried eggs were out (re-heating creates a rubber nightmare). Another element is my need to use these flavor burst peppers, I went to the Chesterfield Berry Farm Market and for them for FREE! Then I needed it to be easy to prepare because I am lazy after work. Finally I wanted to try and use as many “healthy” alternatives as I could to kind of cut out some of the guilt factor.
1 ½ lbs red potatoes
1 lb sausage (I used bratwurst)
1/2 medium vidalia onion, chopped
1 flavor burst pepper (regular bell pepper is fine, red or orange), chopped
3 eggs, beaten
Handful sunburst tomatoes, halved
2 tsp. homemade ranch seasoning
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup whipped feta
The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, since I am using raw potatoes, I am going to let the pie pan heat up in the oven as well. This way when you put the potatoes in you can get a nice crust on them.
I thoroughly rinsed my potatoes, but opted not to peel them. If you do not want to use red potatoes/don’t have them handy, regular russets are fine. I shredded them in my food processor and used tea towels to push out the extra moisture. You are going to want to squeeze as much water out of the potatoes as you can in order to avoid a soggy pie.
I then mix my ranch seasoning, salt and coconut oil into my shredded potatoes. I would not use more than a teaspoon of salt since the ranch mix has so much flavor, but it is necessary to help push moisture out of the potatoes. However, if you are on a low sodium diet feel free to omit salting here.
Tip: put the coconut oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it a liquid and easy to mix into the potatoes.
Pack the potatoes into the pie pan and line them nicely over the rim of the dish. Put it in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the edges start to get a little crisp.
Remove your sausage from the casing and add it to a screaming hot cast iron, once some of the liquid cooks out add the onions and peppers. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink. It is important not to overcook here as you will be putting this mixture into the oven to cook more and unless you like your meat rubber textured you don’t want it SUPER DONE going in.
Combine the meat mixture, eggs, and feta. Once well mixed add it to your potato pan. Top with the cherry tomatoes and slide it into the oven for another 35 minutes or until eggs have set.
Look at that. DAMN. One nice thing about the super sweet tomatoes is they impart a ketchup like quality when you get one in a bite without having to slather your meal with Americas favorite red high fructose corn syrup.
It has been a while since I have posted a real recipe, but here are some of the things I have been munching on lately!
Congratulations to me! I have once again started on a fitness journey. Now before you go and pop bottles in honor of my victory let me give you a quick recap on my previous fitness jouneys. They all end. No sugar coating on that one. There are as many reasons for not finishing a program as there are attempts at starting one. Usually I just get bored, or sad, or lonely in the fitness world. I am not a teetotaler so that excludes me from social circles at the gym. I struggle with patience, so the yoga cliques are not my comfort zone. Now you might be mad at me for what I am about to say next but it must be said. Runners look stupid. I just can’t. Watching people run in my city is just seeing a cacophony of limbs, haphazardly flapping about, and knowing that they are ruining their knees for life. There. I said it.
I am not knocking anyone that has found a fitness lifestyle that works for them, but I am jealous, obvi. Whatever. I do have hope for this new journey, because I am walking into it with no delusions of grandeur. I have been trying to find my exercise niche for so long that I have come to the conclusion that I just don’t like it, and maybe never will? But, I do know I feel better when I am done, my energy spikes, and I like how my clothes lay against my frame. So just like my morning vitamin/supplement regimen, consuming 64oz of water daily, or eating a metric fuck ton of fiber exercise is something that I do not like. However, I will continue to do it because the benefits far outweigh the costs.
Keep me in check, if you see me slipping, remind me about this post!
If ever anyone wants to know more details about a product, recipe, or a process, just let me know in the comments and I will gladly oblige. Cheers!
If you are starting out in the world of cooking then this list may be a great help to you. I have been putting it together for quite a while now and wanted to share it once I felt like it had really come together. With this list to end all pantry lists I believe you have the base to prepare more meals than one can count. Now everything on my list may not work for you, but you can tweak and fix as needed.
- Herbs and spices: The temptation to buy everything they sell can be real but there is not a need for that, especially since you do not want to keep them for longer than a year. Just make note of what you end up replacing the most often. Sea salt, kosher salt, black pepper, whole black peppercorns, thyme, oregano, basil, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, Goya Sazon are some that I keep on hand and use frequently.
- Flours: all purpose, whole wheat
- Sugars: granulated and brown sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Evaporated Milk: you never know when you will not want to run out to the store to pick up the milk that you forgot the other 3473984 previous times you were there.
- Dry Pastas: buy your favorite sizes and shapes
- Grains: quinoa, rice
- Baking soda, baking powder, corn starch
- Oils: olive oil, some sort of inexpensive vegetable oil, and sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Chicken stock/Veggie Stock/Bouillon
- Hot Sauce: I love Sriracha but I also keep a bottle of Texas Pete or Franks hot sauce on hand just in case
- Dijon mustard: never underestimate the power that this condiment has to transform a bland dish into something gourmet, keep it on hand and once opened it lasts for months in the fridge.
- Vinegars: balsamic, apple cider, white, and red wine are the ones I get the most use out of but if you do not have a strong affinity for vinegar then you can keep it to the basics of just white and apple cider.
- Tomatoes: diced, crushed, tomato sauce, and tomato paste are all good things to keep on hand for a last minute sauce or soup base.
- Beans: canned and dry (black, pinto, white, garbanzo)
- Jars of your favorite pasta sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Nuts: whatever your favorites are, they are great for snacking and baking
- Oatmeal: great for a cold weather breakfast, as a binder in your meatloaf, or for baking
- Maple syrup: A little on the expensive side to buy the real deal, but the flavor is worth it
For this posting I am coming with salmon cakes from Artisan Cuts which I ordered from Relay Foods, they were so fresh and wonderful smelling I wanted to eat them raw. I opted to cook them in the cast iron with some coconut oil and got them nice and crispy on the outsides. For the salad I chopped up cucumber and yellow squash, threw in a few halved cherry tomatoes and some red onion and salted. I ccovered that and let it set in the fridge so the flavors could marry up. For the dressing I mixed 1 mashed clove of garlic with red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and EVOO. The corn was simple, I brought a large pot of water to a boil, shucked the corn (those little silks are a pain), and dropped them in the water for five minutes.