Other than baking projects, breakfast meals are my favorite to make/photograph. Also eat.
Breakfast is just so goooood. Can you name a bad breakfast food? I can’t! Pancakes. Waffles. Oatmeal. Parfaits. Eggs. Sausage. Bacon. Crepes. French Toast. Burritos. Quiche. Bagels! Actually…I don’t love bagels. But everything else from that list is something that I could happily eat forever. And breakfast always just looks so. damn. satisfying.
Whenever I do a whole30 (hell30, lol) I’m reminded about just how important breakfast is, too. It really sets the tone for my whole day. If I roll out of bed and don’t have a good breakfast, I’m pretty much ruined. My moods are off all day, I crave junk a lot more, and it’s just harder to make healthy decisions in general. When I actually manage to prep something for the morning I feel a helluva lot better because my blood sugar levels are so much more stable. Of course this is only true for breakfasts that have healthy fats, protein, some veggies, and good carbs. While waffles/doughnuts/muffins are some of my favorite treats for special occasion mornings, the sugar content doesn’t exactly scream “balanced meal”, ya know?
Anyway, this breakfast recipe is my own creation. It’s whole30 approved, has veggies and lots of protein, plus some good healthy fats. It’s also delicious! So I thought I’d share.
What exactly am I looking at, you ask? You’re looking at butter lettuce “boats” that have been filled with apple chicken sausage & scrambled eggs, then topped with fresh salsa, avocado slices, and parsley.
I ate these while I relaxed in bed watching the winter premier of This is Us. That might be confusing. I have Hulu so I watch TV shows the morning after they air on cable. I actually really like this ritual. There’s something that feels so luxurious about waking up on your day off and sitting in bed with coffee/breakfast watching a new episode of TV first thing. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t make a habit of it. You probably shouldn’t log screen time as the first thing you regularly do in the morning. But on your day off…you should indulge a little.
Okay, so recipe details.
Scrambled Sausage Breakfast Boats
to make the sausage //
2 aidells chicken & apple sausages
1 tbsp olive oil
In a non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil. slice and dice the sausages until they’re in small pieces. Cook over medium heat until browned, maybe 5 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside in a bowl.
to make the eggs //
4 large eggs
1/2 tbsp ghee (I love 4th & Heart!)
In the same non-stick skillet that you cooked the sausage (don’t wash it!) add the ghee. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork so they’re perfect for scrambling. Over medium heat, add the eggs to the skillet and immediately start moving them around with a spatula so they scramble and don’t fry. Do this constantly until they’re not runny…but not too dry! Remove from heat and set aside in another bowl.
to make the salsa //
1 cup of baby tomatoes
1/2 white onion
1 jalapeño, seeds and stem removed
juice of 1 lime
pinch of salt
1 tbsp fresh parsley (it’s all I had)
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and use the “chop” setting. Don’t make a puree. Just get it so that there’s no big pieces and it’s of regular salsa consistency.
to assemble the boats:
Take 4 or 5 leaves of butter lettuce. Rinse and pat dry. Fill each piece of lettuce with some sausage, some eggs, and then top with salsa. Add 2 slices of avocado to each “boat”, then sprinkle some chopped parsley on top. Done!