Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Paleo Camping! Plus a recipe for Sweet Sausage Frittata

Sorry for the recent lack of posts. Last week, I was all ready to post about camping and what to bring, but then I actually went camping and forgot to take photos. Everyone once in a while I choose to enjoy the moment rather than capture a blog-worthy picture. Here's a quick recap of what I took on last weekend's camping and rafting trip:
Breakfast: Hard-boiled eggs & bananas.
Lunch: Homemade chicken salad, fresh salami slices, nuts, and dried fruit.
(our co-rafters brought the dried fruit and we indulged!)
Dinner: Butternut Squash & Bacon Smoked Chili (I will post this recipe next week) & salad

This weekend we are leaving for another camping trip with some of my boyfriend's old high school friends. It should be a fun time. With this trip, we have dinners covered by the rest of the crew. I am just packing us breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, I made a Sweet Sausage Frittata! This is packed with protein and some good carbs. It is perfect for a camping weekend when you are going to be hiking, playing games, and running around in the great outdoors. The protein from the eggs and sausage in the frittata will keep you full, and the sweet potato will give you a burst of fast-burning energy for all the activity. It is pretty tasty cold, or you can wrap it in foil and reheat it over a campfire or stove.

 Sweet Sausage Frittata

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Serves: 8

1 pound breakfast sausage (casing removed)
1 large sweet potato
¾ yellow onion
¾ red bell pepper
7 eggs
sea salt and pepper
coconut oil in a misto sprayer

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the sweet potato and slice it into thin rounds, Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with coconut oil cooking spray. Arrange the sweet potato in a single layer on the sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and slightly golden.
2. While the potatoes cook, prepare the other ingredients. Finely slice the onion and red bell pepper. Add the breakfast sausage, onion, and bell pepper to a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, constantly breaking apart the sausage into crumbles. Once the sausage is fully cooked, transfer that mixture to a large bowl.
3. Add the cooked sweet potatoes to the sausage mixture. Crack the eggs into the bowl with the sausage and sweet potatoes. Gently stir the mixture until the ingredients are combined. Take a large non-stick frying pan. Coat it in the coconut oil cooking spray. Put the frittata in the pan and cook it on the stove over high heat for 5 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven for 10 - 15 minutes or until the fritatta is firm. Remove from stove and allow to cool. Carefully remove the frittata from the pan.
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