Sausage and Egg Casserole in the Slow Cooker

  
Just wanted to share with you all an awesome and easy breakfast casserole recipe. I used the Just Jessie B: Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake (Paleo) recipe, and it was honestly flawless and spot on… with one exception: the time to cook it in the slow cooker. Maybe our slow cooker cooks on “high” at all times because the recipe was ready in about 3.5 hours on low. It calls for about 7-8 hours on low, and I was prepared to leave it in the crock pot overnight. I’m really glad that we checked it before going to bed!  

 It was really easy to put together in the crock pot. The recipe calls for you to sprinkle onions on top of the other items, but I just mixed it all together. It worked out perfectly.

  
As always, I served a piece of the casserole with a mandarin orange for breakfast. Try it out for yourself!

Once you’re on, don’t go off

This may be TMI for some people, but it’s the truth. 

My husband and I did a 5K run this morning to benefit a high school cross country team in his hometown. We traveled there last night and knew we needed to eat some carbs then to prepare our bodies for the race. We decided to stop at Carrabba’s, and since they didn’t really have many healthy and higher carb foods, I used it as a cheat meal. Bad decision. 
Not even 5 minutes after I took my last bite, I was in the bathroom with stomach cramps from you know where. My body was not happy with me, and it definitely showed it. This lasted for about 20 minutes, and luckily, they subsided after then. 

Sure, there were other places we could have stopped at, but I thought there would be some good healthier options there. I guess I should have searched the menu better. 

Moral of the story: it’s not worth it to cheat, even if you have a race the next morning. The initial satisfaction of eating something that “tastes good” on the way down doesn’t overshadow the stomach distress afterwards. So, just beware and think twice before cheating!

Spicy Hawaiian Pulled Pork

This weekend, I attempted to make this tasty-sounding recipe. The original attempt did not go so well. After talking with my Grandmama and Mom, their suggestions ultimately fixed my issues. 

  
The recipe I used is from the Not So Desperate Housewife website. I used about 4.5 lbs of pork loin instead of what was recommended (I think this was the culprit), and I only added two jalapeños. After cooking this concoction on low for 6.5 hours, the meat was not soft enough to pull apart. It was fully cooked, so I thought maybe that was the best it was going to get. It was spiiiiiiiiiiiicy. Like, holy cow spicy. It wasn’t the best lunch, but I could deal with it for a week. 

My Grandmama and Mom suggested, however, to cook it in the oven for 1.5 hours. I added another can of crushed pineapple with the juice, sprinkled a little bit of brown sugar on the top, and wrapped it up in foil. Fast forward 1.5 hours, and it was perfect! The super spicy taste had been toned down a bit, and the pork pulled apart very easily. It’s low in fat, carbs, and sodium and is high in protein and potassium. 

Overall, I’m glad I messed up the recipe the first time – otherwise I’d be sweating while eating my lunch! 

I’d definitely recommend this recipe… But add another can of crushed pineapples and some brown sugar. I know the brown sugar isn’t exactly Primal, but about a pinch of it wont be too bad for you. It’ll be worth it – just ask all of my coworkers who tried it at lunch (Mom and Grandmama liked it too)! 🙂
Nutrition Information

I split this up into 6 servings, but it could have easily made 8 servings. The below nutrition information is for 6 servings:

  

The Struggle is Real

I’ve really been having a difficult time choosing my foods wisely. I will admit that I had a few slips on our mini-vacation, and they were completely deliberate. I knew what I was doing, and I did it anyway. It’s natural to have these slips, and even though I semi gave myself permission to do it, I still feel like it was counterproductive.  I guess what’s important, though, is that I’m fully on-track again, thanks to school starting back. Even though this signifies that the summer is over, it’s refreshing to be back on a routine. Routines are the key to success, especially with nutrition. As we say in the teaching world, unstructured time creates discipline problems. This can easily be applied to nutrition, as well. Here’s to a great school year… and even better choices!