Veggie-loaded Breakfast Bake!
You will need:
Enough eggs to feed your family
A few avocados, diced
Bell pepper, diced (I used red and green)
Chopped cilantro, to taste
½ onion, diced
Cheese of your choice, I used pepperjack
Breakfast sausages (we used sausages from a local, organic farm)
This breakfast was inspired by the beautiful state of New Mexico. We went there three years ago, when our son was 9 months old. Some of the best food I’ve eaten was on that trip!
I wanted to spare as many dirty dishes as I could, so I decided to bake my eggs in a glass pan. If you’ve never tried eggs cooked in coconut oil, this would be a good chance to do so! Add a bit to your glass pan to avoid stuck eggs. If I was out of coconut oil, I’d reach for my lard from a pastured pig. Pastured lard is full of omega fatty acids and vitamin D. Use what you have and prefer. Put your thawed sausages in the pan, and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
I saw a picture online of hash browns being made in a waffle iron, and decided to try it. Plug it in to let it preheat, than shred the potatoes while your sausages cook. You could also use a food processor, but I figured the cheese grater would save a few pieces of washing later! I prefer skin on, so I didn’t peel mine. After shredding, rinse with cool water until it runs clear. You want to wash away the excess starches. Squeeze the water out with your hands. Put the potato shreds in the greased waffle iron, add salt and pepper, and cook on high until crunchy, about 7 minutes. I did two rounds of hash browns. The second round had some chopped onion thrown in. That caramelized up well!
Let’s get back to the oven and check on those sausages. If they aren’t totally done, it’s okay. They can finish cooking with the eggs. I love my eggs with a creamy yolk, so I don’t scramble them. Just crack them in and cover them with all of those veggies. Put the shredded cheese and cilantro on top, and pop it back in the oven. I gave it about 6 minutes, and then turned the broiler on for a minute to melt the cheese a bit more.
The finished product is pretty, tasty, and healthy! Enjoy!