Saturday, August 13, 2011

Super-Simple Sausage Bites

Looking for something quick and easy for breakfast?  Look no further than these super-simple sausage bites (you could form them into patties - but I'm too lazy for that!).  They take very little time in the morning - I promise!  I can't tell you how often I've been having these for breakfast... 

The recipe easily doubles or halves. Since everyone has a difference spice level preference, start with less and add more later.  It's easier to add than to subtract...  This spice level consistent with our taste profiles -- yours is likely to be different.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbs red pepper flakes (if you can't take much heat start with a little and add more later)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  1. Heat skillet over medium heat.  Add ground beef. 
  2. Break your beef into small bits with the spatula. 
  3. Add seasonings and stir to combine.
  4. Cook until done to your desired temperature (I like my pretty browned when I'm having "sausage").
  5. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cure for the Common Egg: Curried Eggs

This is something I eat for breakfast.  Yes, I'm weird...but my family has known that for a long time:)  But, hey, breakfast is just another meal where I try to get quality protein, a little fat, and my veggies.  If you can't stomach this much spice for breakfast, it's good any time of the day.

  • 1 dozen (12) hard-boiled eggs, halved or quartered
  • 1 can no-salt added fire-roasted tomatoes (sub fresh if you want)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2-3 Tbs curry* (start with less and add more)
  • 2 small heads cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, cut roughly
  1. If you don't already have hard-boiled eggs, begin by boiling eggs.
  2. Prep veggies (cauliflower and spinach).
  3. Combine together tomatoes (including liquid), coconut milk, curry, and cauliflower in a stock pot.
  4. Heat until boiling, then reduce heat and let simmer until cauliflower is almost cooked.
  5. Add eggs and spinach; cook until spinach is wilted and eggs are heated through [I leave the eggs for the end because I don't want them to get too cooked, but you could add them earlier if that's easier].
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  7. Serve and enjoy, although it is even better the next day.

*  Curry
  • 2 parts turmeric powder
  • 2 parts paprika powder
  • 1 part salt
  • 1 part chili powder (adjust up or down for more or less heat)
  • 1 part cayenne powder (adjust up or down for more or less heat)
  • 1 part coriander powder