Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Paleo Breakfast Recipes - Italian Sausage Skillet

Who isn't a fan of breakfast?  Anyone??  Yeah, I thought so.  We all love breakfast and the heartier the better.  That's especially true if you train in the morning.  Before I'm off to work if I haven't had a substantial breakfast then I'm snacking from 9AM - lunch.

We've sponsored the WNY Winter Challenge this year with events held at CrossFit Rochester, CrossFit Buffalo and CrossFit DeWitt and we met a really amazing company called Effortlessly Healthy.  They run a Paleo Food Truck business.  And when I saw them out in the parking lot I had to give their food a try.  Awesome.

We asked Shaina Sidoti, the owner, if she would share a breakfast recipe with us since I'm always in the mood for morning food.  And she's delivered one of her most popular recipes that all of her customers can't get enough of.  I tried it this morning [I substituted breakfast sausage for Italian] and it was simple to make, tasted great and will keep me going all morning.

Cooking paleo style for breakfast could be a bit intimidating. The average paleo-eaters go-to meal is typically eggs, bacon, and sweet potato. Well, what if we told you that you can make a meal for dinner that is equally delicious, if not better, as a breakfast? I bet you’d want to eat it. We came up with this recipe because it was around Thanksgiving time and we wanted to create something that would act as a stuffing. Turns out, this dish was a meal in itself. We call it our Italian Sausage Skillet, and it is by far one of the most popular items on our Individual Meal Delivery Service menu. People just love it, and when we throw it in the refrigerator as a la carte meals at local boxes, the athletes can’t get enough. Here is the base recipe, and since you will get about six servings out of it, go ahead and add two over-easy eggs on the top for your breakfast meal! If you want to really get wild, sauté up some onions with a little bit of EVOO or even add some bacon on top!Here is the link to us making the dish live on Winging It! Buffalo Style on March 20th, 2014!  


Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS
• 1 Large Onion, diced
• 2 Pounds Italian Sausage
• 5 Stalks Celery , chopped
• 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
• 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
• 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
• 4 Apples, diced
• 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
• 3 Sweet Potatoes, diced
• ½ Teaspoon Paprika

DIRECTIONS
1). Dice Sweet Potatoes, should be about 3 cups
2). Dice Onions, should be about 1 cup
3). Dice Apples, you can peel if you’d like, but we like the skin on. Should be about 1 cup
4). Dice Celery, should be about 1 cup
5). Cook Italian Sausage in Skillet on medium heat for 10 minutes or until golden brown; set aside
6). Bake sweet potatoes for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
7). Add sweet potatoes to Italian Sausage
8). Add spices, celery, onion, apples, and cranberries to the skillet; cook on medium for 5 mins while stirring occasionally
9). Pour food into a baking pan and bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes
10). Enjoy!

Effortlessly Healthy provides Food Truck Services for CrossFit Competitions in Upstate NY and also provides a meal delivery service to many of the local CrossFit gyms.