I just typed out a whole post about how this recipe was accidentally Paleo, even though I’m not on the Paleo diet and have no interest in being on the Paleo diet.
Then I Google’d the Paleo diet, and realized that I was wrong about what exactly qualifies as Paleo. This is what happens when my patients don’t show up for appointments.
It might not be Paleo but it is DELICIOUS and healthy. Really it’s just a nugget of everything I was wanting to eat right at that moment.
This weekend there was much talk of healthy eating. I went home to hang out with my two younger siblings, the famous Kevin and the less-famous Morgan. Morgan is all into the BeachBody stuff now- she did one of those Insanity challenges and drinks Shakeology like it’s going out of style. She’s 6 feet tall and slender to begin with, but more power to her. If you want to join her team and do challenges, leave a comment and I’ll hook you up.
She was showing Kevin and I her “before and after” photos from her Insanity challenge. As previously mentioned, she was already thin to begin with, but it’s still fun to see that you’ve toned up a bit after all that hard work.
Kevin looked hard at the side by side photos and remarked “It looks like you got taller!”
Not exactly what she was looking for. But given that this kid thinks anyone taller than 7 feet should be put into some kind of hall of fame, she should probably take this as a compliment. Unfortunately, the photo where he thought she looked taller was the ‘before’ picture. Oh well.
Sweet Potato Sausage Egg Stack (serves 4)
1 cup brown rice
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 onion, chopped (I used a red onion for color but any would work)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
4 Hot Italian turkey sausage patties
15-20 asparagus stalks
First, cook the rice. While the rice is cooking, saute the onion and sweet potato in a little olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and whatever other flavors you like. I added some garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Sometimes it helps to add a little bit of water (like 1/4 cup) to help the sweet potato steam and cook through, while still getting a good sear on it. Once both are soft, add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Move into a mixing bowl, and combine with the brown rice and the cheese. It doesn’t hold together all that well, so you have to be gentle when flipping your “cakes.” If it falls apart though, who really cares. I browned mine for 1-2 minutes on each side. This is layer 1!
In the same pan, cook your sausage patty until browned on both sides. Layer 2!
Use the same pan AGAIN! We hate doing dishes. Fry your egg. Layer 3!
While all this is going on, I was roasting some asparagus at 425 with just some olive oil, salt and pepper. Once they turn bright green, they’re all done. Pretty garnish- plus I could eat pounds and pounds of asparagus. My pee would smell weird for weeks.
TMI? Anyway, I loved everything about this- not just the asparagus. You could also serve it for breakfast if you’re fancy.
I’m thinking about cleansing again next week before we go to Kiawah (excitement!!!) I’m considering taking before and after photos for the sole purpose of Kevin’s commentary.
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I think what people often forget about Paleo is that it’s not only a great way of dieting(personally, I don’t think it feels like dieting at all). The motivation that people use to eat better also means they eat more varied in general.
there are great books around, and I’ve now actually taken an interest in cooking paleo meals, which I can guarentee is 100% better than throwing some ready meals in the oven like I used to.
I am currently writing reviews for paleo cookbooks. I would love to here everyone’s views on them: http://cookbook-reviews.net/
Katie, I think of all the “diets” out there, Paleo is probably the most sensible one (aside from Weight Watchers- I’m all about the everything in moderation vibe). I don’t have anything against Paleo, I was just poking fun at my own ignorance of what was considered to be caveman food. I’m sure I have some Paleo readers who would love to read your reviews! Thanks!