Paleo Breakfast Casserole

I have Helen to thank for this delicious breakfast.  I never would have thought to sub sweet potatoes into a breakfast casserole.  And I have to admit.  I was a tad bit nervous.  I am new to liking sweet potato.  In like, I only tried sweet potatoes about 3 1/2 years ago.

And while Helen adapted her recipe to what she had on hand/liked.  I did the same as well.  My store had reduced fat Jimmy Dean sausage for $5.99 – wtf?!  So I went with the store brand breakfast sausage ($1.99 thank you very much!) so I reduced the amount to 8 ounces instead of the full pound in her dish.

I also added . . . chopped pickled jalapenos.  If you are not a hard core fan of sweet potatoes, I suggest you add the pickled jalapenos because it’s a nice balance to the sweetness of the potatoes.  And I also cheated by adding 2 ounces of sharp cheddar, which kinda makes it not so Paleo – so leave it out if you follow it to a T.

Best part?  One casserole – breakfast for a week done.  I know I won’t get sick of it the rest of the week.

Paleo Breakfast Casserole

  • 6 servings:  295 calories, 15 fat, 17 carbs, 2.7 fiber and 21 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes (what I got from 1 large one)
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 3 cups egg beaters
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 baby peppers, sliced thin for the top

Cook sausage in a skillet until no longer pink.  Microwave the sweet potato for 4 minutes.  I drained any fat off the sausage and then tossed in the sweet potatoes and cooked for another couple minutes (no onions in mine!).  Then just mixed it all together in my baking dish – and topped it with the cheese and the sliced peppers.  Mine took about 50 minutes to bake (my oven may be slow) so check yours after 30-40 minutes.

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That one sweet potato gave me all this!

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On the side I sautéed a whole apple with a teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar.

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I brought a slice of this to one of my co-workers who is doing Cross-Fit and Paleo.  She emailed me:  “this casserole is ah-maz-ing!”  I could not agree more. Open-mouthed smile

Before work I did Level 1 of 30 day shred.  For the record, I never do level 2 – I just hate it for some reason!  25 minutes exercise before work?  Done.

My blood sugar was only 140 before my lunch workout.  I ended up eating a banana for more fuel, and could only walk so my blood sugar wouldn’t drop too much.  It was a gorgeous day!  I ended up walking for 55 minutes.

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I got back to work and had left over beef stew and salad in a Solo cup.  Um, doesn’t everyone eat their salad in a Solo cup?

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Over the weekend Tony asked if I had ever had white bean soup with bacon.  I actually never had, but he had a jones for it.  When I was cleaning out my deep freeze I saw that I had a ham bone (probably from last Easter!).  I’ll post the recipe tomorrow because I haven’t worked out the exact calories yet.  And now that I am looking at the recipe I realize I forgot to add the half and half, so it’s only chicken broth – no wonder it doesn’t look like the recipe photo!

But this is delicious.  You get the flavor of the ham, I ended up picking off just a cup of ham that I shredded and put back in.  Topped each bowl with 1 slice of cooked bacon.

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It was good the day I made it, but after sitting in the fridge for a couple days, the flavors just melded so well.

On the side I had a buffalo turkey open face sandwich.  2 ounces of my homemade bread, spread with laughing cow blue cheese, topped with romaine, 2 ounces oven roasted turkey breast, cucumbers and buffalo sauce.

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This sandwich was so good – I toasted the bread so it was crunchy, the cheese made it so creamy and of course, how can you go wrong with buffalo sauce?

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I forgot to mention the prize for BSI – Flour this week.  Simply leave your recipe link on this blog post, or if you don’t have a blog, just email me your recipe and I’ll post it on recap day.

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Stats for Day #2 of 30 of Operation Bad Ass:

  • 25 minutes 30 day shred
  • 55 minutes walking (10 minutes short of my 90 minute goal)
  • 1424 calories
  • 50 fat
  • 163 carbs (still over by 38 grams)
  • 25 fiber Open-mouthed smile
  • 81 protein
  • 46% of calories from carbs, 32% from fat and 22% from protein
  • NO WINE Martini glass

Alright, off to do workout #1 of the day.  Hannah is actually meeting me for lunch today.  She has a babysitting gig after school and otherwise I won’t see her much.  I am hoping she’ll want to bring her walking shoes! Be right back

Make it a great day!

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42 thoughts on “Paleo Breakfast Casserole

  1. What a great idea to have casserole ready for a week. Love it and going to try this soon. I made a breakfast hash once using sweet potatoes and it was delicious. Rachael Ray recipe. Oh and that is one funky looking tater! Lol!!!

  2. I could eat a breakfast casserole for several days in a row…great idea, and nice way to give yourself some more time in the morning!

  3. The way that casserole browned up?? Awesome! I love white bean soup. I like to blend up some of it to make it creamy like

  4. How fun to put sweet potatoes into that breakfast casserole, love the idea! All the peppers in there too, hello tasty!

  5. You are right- that casserole is killer. Will have to steal that one!! Have a great day!

  6. That breakfast casserole sounds delicious! I’m ALL about sweet potatoes, so it’ll be right up my alley! 😀

  7. The minute I saw the photo of your version, I knew you’d put cheese in it. You’re correct, that makes it NOT Paleo. I ended up putting hot sauce on mine after it was made – no way can I put the hot stuff inside when Mr. Helen is eating it too. BTW, this casserole freezes well. I had a couple of pieces left over so I froze them and have pulled one out and it reheated nicely in the microwave!

    • Hee hee – I knew when you saw it that you would know I added my beloved CHEESE! Thanks for the tip on freezing it – I might do that with the remainder just so it stays fresher. 😀

  8. It worked-using a different e-mail.

  9. I love how white beans get all creamy, that soup looks good. Yay you on the 30 day shred! I never have done level 2 either hahaha.. maybe I’ll try again after my bootcamp. I just remember that made me SORE! I’ve been doing good too! Yeah for bad asses!

  10. Yum, this casserole looks awesome. I never really think to make casseroles for the week, but good idea!

    Also, you’re doing good with your wine intake!! 🙂

  11. That breakfast casserole looks delicious! 🙂 YUM!

  12. Great job! I think that casserole looks awesome.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever done level 2 of the shred either. I’m trying to figure out if any of my exercise DVDs can be modified for next week when my husband is traveling. Probably not. Maybe just walk at lunch and work from home in the evening to make up for it.

    And good job on the wine. When I had to get serious last year, I had to make a “rule” where I could open a bottle on Fri or Sat ONLY, and when it was gone (whether I shared it or not), it was gone until the next weekend. Saved me money too.

    • Thanks Marcia. I knew if I said “no wine” for the whole month the first thing I wanted to want is a glass of wine! “Knowing” I can have up to six glasses a week is nice, whether or not I use them or not.

      Although Hannah came to walk with me today and wanted to know if I don’t use those glasses of wine this week do they carry over to next week – nope! 😀

  13. I was just checking out your buffalo chili recipe (which looks great) and now I see your white bean soup with bacon. Can’t decide which one I should make…lol!

  14. That casserole looks delish!

    My MIL used to bring salads in a gallon ziplock bag, pour her salad dressing right into the bag, then eat the salad from the bag. Can you tell she hates to do dishes???

  15. Tha breakfast casserole looks awesome – great flavors!!

  16. Yes, love the addition of sweet potato! That casserole looks just amazing!

  17. Mmmmmmmmmmm………I LOVE breakfast casseroles!!
    Sounds like you’re doing well on Operation Badass – keep it up!

  18. Great idea on the casserole! Yum 🙂

  19. Good job! I’m making the breakfast casserole today, can’t wait to try it. 🙂
    White bean soup sounds good too……….. I always leave your blog super hungry!
    I have cut my wine consumption way back too, only on the weekends now. Now I only buy the good stuff and savor it! 🙂

  20. Roz@weightingfor50

    Yum! And you will soooo kill the badass challenge my blog friend!!! Go forth…and be BADDD!!!

  21. Bizzy – that casserole looks awesome! Question: Do you use egg beaters to keep the dish budget friendly, or to keep the dish waistline friendly? (Or both?)

    • We can actually buy 36 eggs at Sam’s Club for $3.99, which I think is a pretty good deal. But my regular grocery store sells the 32 ounce containers of Egg Beaters for $3.99, so I’ll toggle between using one or the other, or a combination of both.

      But my waistline I think would prefer the egg beaters. That way I can eat more cheese. 😀

  22. I actually emailed that sweet potato casserole to my sister as well, we are both going to try it. My store doesn’t carry laughing cow blue cheese, I have never seen it. I might need to go store hopping this weekend.

  23. Lol – salad in a solo cup! I love it. Hey, it worked! And I completely believe that soup is better leftover after it has had time to meld, even when it is good the day of. That’s why soup is the gift that keeps on giving…
    Great job on operation bad ass so far, you are inspiring 🙂

  24. WOOT WOOT!!!! What a great day you had Biz!!!!!

  25. Good job on the no wine for two days in a row! Love the sound of the breakfast casserole with sweet potatoes and sausage. mmm

  26. Looks good Biz. I never had a sweet potato till about 2 years ago. It’s not very popular here and difficult to buy but I do love it.

    Somehow I don’t like level 2 of the Shred very much either, I wouldn’t know what level 3 is like: never been there 🙂

    Great day!

  27. brandi / branappetit

    I LOVE breakfast casseroles – that one looks delicious!

    i don’t know why blogs won’t let me comment with my blog email, but at least i have a way around it 🙂

  28. Not paleo though. 😦

  29. You can’t call it paleo when there’s cheese and egg beaters.

  30. Eggs are paleo, at least from the books I have. But cheese and beans (legumes) are not at all. Sad. I wish I could have tried it.

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  32. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!!!! I still eat cheese here and there so I would definitely love to make this!

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