Meat Lovers Breakfast

I love new breakfast recipes, even if they don't blow my mind in their creativity.  Sometimes the basic eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese combination is too delicious to pass up, and pairing them together in a bell pepper turns out to be a real winner in the kitchen.  The great thing about this recipe, as with many others I've published, is how versatile it can be to suit your tastes.  You could make these vegetarian or add more veggies to the meat (mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, etc.), give them a Mexican twist with salsa and sour cream or just enjoy them as-is, which is wonderful, too.  The breakfast sausage has such a distinct, zingy flavor that really brings the dish together. I started by gathering my ingredients and first pre-heating the oven to 275°F.  You'll also want to pull out your olive oil, salt and pepper for this recipe. Next I sliced the peppers in half, removed the seeds and ribs, drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled them with salt and pepper before [Continue reading...]

Caramelized Chorizo Dip

Now that my beloved Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, my sports focus is once again on the NFL and waiting for the Bears season (and Fantasy Football) to start.  Something about football reminds me of appetizers and snacks that are filling for the duration of the game.  While there are still a few months until the Monsters of the Midway take the field again, I thought I'd bring you an idea for an easy, delicious dip that will score a touchdown with all of your family and friends. I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. First I sliced the yellow onion in half lengthwise and then made thin half-moon slices from each half.  Although this looks like a giant pile of onions, they will shrink significantly during the caramelization process. Next I thinly sliced the tops of green onions while I softened the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I added the green onions, shredded mozzarella and mayonnaise to the cream cheese, [Continue reading...]

Jalapeño Sausage Casserole

Breakfast casseroles that allow for leftovers that easily double for lunch at work are some of my favorite dishes to create, as seen in my previous recipe for a spinach and mozzarella egg bake.  Today I decided to give readers a hearty and spicy sausage-filled casserole.  This egg bake has the perfect amount of zip from the jalapeño, bite from the green onions as well as a plethora of cheesy goodness in addition to the breakfast sausage and eggs.  It is a great Sunday morning treat for your family (especially for those of you who celebrate Easter) or would even be a wonderful dish to bring to a potluck brunch gathering.  As with my other recipes, this requires very little prep work before baking begins yet is full of flavor and really delicious. I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. Next I finely diced some green onions, both the tops and a few slices of the white ends.  If your preference is the tops only, feel free to omit the white [Continue reading...]

Spicy Kielbasa Dip

With the Superbowl coming up, I wanted to create an easy, keto-friendly dip you can bring to a party without anyone suspecting it's low carb, high fat.  This kielbasa dip is wonderful with cucumbers, bell pepper slices and celery but you could also bring crackers or crostini slices for your non-low carb friends and it would be equally delicious.  If you are like me and already waiting for next season to start, this dip will bring some comfort and satisfaction to your Superbowl celebration.  The best part is that it takes about 5 minutes to put together and has minimal ingredients, making this a touchdown of a recipe. I gathered my ingredients and pre-heated my oven to 375°F.  It is important to purchase fully cooked smoked kielbasa for this recipe.  Alternatively, you could use fully cooked Italian sausage links, too, but I prefer the flavor of Polish kielbasa in this recipe. I started by dicing the kielbasa into bite-sized pieces.  Easiest way to do this is to cut a few [Continue reading...]

Slow Cooker Sausage Soup

One of the most comforting meals in autumn and winter is a hearty soup.  I've grown to love my slow cooker especially when it comes to soup recipes.  Learning to make soup from scratch, without any carby fillers, has been a fun process, and today I present my favorite creation to date.  As with most slow cooker recipes, this soup only takes a few minutes to prep and throw together and then cooks on low for several hours - low maintenance, my favorite.  The key is using already smoked sausage; I don't have to worry about checking the sausage is fully cooked, only that it is heated through.  In this recipe I use linguica sausage which is a smoked cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika that comes from Portuguese-speaking countries.  You could easily substitute kielbasa (Polish sausage) or any other smoked sausage you may prefer. To start I plugged in my crock pot and set it to low.  My slow cooker is very small compared to standard size crock pots; I am not the original [Continue reading...]

Easy Zero Carb Egg Muffins

The words "zero carb" are music to my ears when looking up keto recipes online.  I was determined to make some zero carb egg muffins for breakfast that I can bring with me all week for lunch at work, too.  These muffins are extremely easy to put together and have the perfect low carb, high fat, moderate protein macro ratio.  I absolutely plan to create other egg muffin recipes in the future with different filling combinations; for now, this is a simple recipe that can be easily built upon by adding veggies or other cheeses that suit your taste. I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and spraying my 6 cup jumbo muffin tin with non-stick spray.   I sliced the Italian sausage into small bite-sized pieces and sauteed them in butter.  Although the Niman Ranch uncured sausage links are fully cooked in the package, I do want to brown them and heat them thoroughly before baking. After cooking I spooned the sausage evenly into the muffin cups and set aside. A quick note [Continue reading...]

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Bake

If you are in the hunt for a delicious low carb Sunday morning breakfast or brunch casserole, this may be the dish for you.  Growing up it was a tradition for my family to always make "Oklahoma Brunch Eggs" on Christmas and Easter.  The heavily-used recipe card comes from a little binder of recipes by the players and wives of some late 1970s, early 1980s Chicago Bears team.  Neill Armstrong, the head coach at the time, submitted the recipe for the book - thanks Neill!  I don't think we ever made a single recipe from the rest of the booklet, but those Oklahoma Brunch Eggs became a staple at the holidays.   Since going ultra low carb, I've been interested in trying to recreate or find keto-friendly substitutions for some foods I love.  The original recipe calls for two bags of croutons as the base, which just doesn't fly when eating less than 18g of carbs a day.  This egg bake is my new go-to for a late brunch on Sundays. I pre-heated my oven to 350°F and began by prepping my onion [Continue reading...]