Tex-Mex Casserole

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Wowzers this was a hit! I love easy dinners and this was pretty easy to make.  I adapted the recipe from Popular Paleo with few alterations. My version below.

Ingredients:
1lb grass fed ground beef
•2 large handfuls baby spinach
•1Cup carrots, diced
•1Cup parsnip, diced
•1-1/2Cups zucchini, diced
•1-1/2Cups green bell pepper, diced
•4 mushrooms, sliced
•1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
•3 cloves garlic, minced
•14oz can organic diced tomatoes
•1Tbsp bacon fat
•1/4Cup homemade taco seasoning
•5Cups shredded sweet potatoes/yams
•1/3Cup coconut oil, melted
•1/2tsp onion powder
•1/2tsp chili powder 
•1/2tsp ground coriander
•Salt and pepper
Garnish: Cilantro, avocado, hot sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Chop all veggies, melt fat in large saucepan over medium heat and add all veggies except spinach. Sauté until just tender then add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted. Remove veggies from pan and set aside.
3. In same pan cook ground beef with taco seasoning until well done.
4. While ground beef is cooking peel and grate sweet potatoes (I used my handy food processor with the grating disk). Immediately pour melted coconut oil over potatoes and toss with hands. Sprinkle the onion powder, chili powder, ground coriander and S&P over potatoes and toss until well combined. Set aside.
5. Once beef is done add the vegetable mixture and diced tomatoes to pan and cook for few more minutes to let flavors develop.
6. Transfer the veggie/meat mixture to a large baking dish (I used my dutch oven-you will need a pan at least 9×13″ big). Top with seasoned sweet potatoes.
7. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 30min. Remove cover and broil for 5min. Let stand 10min.
8. Serve and garnish.
Serves 6-8
Enjoy✌

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Mashed Yam, Sausage and Egg Bake / Sausage recipe

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So I’m on day 17 of whole30 and am thinking about different ways to eat eggs as I have them every day. Last night I was planning today’s meals and came up with this idea spreading mashed yam on the bottom of a dish then adding a sausage patty in the centre then adding two eggs on top and bake. I originally thought of doing in muffin cups but knew the eggs wouldn’t fit so thought of using large size ramekins. I decided to do both ways and to leave the eggs out in muffin cups. There were a few steps to get this done but it is definately worth the wait! See below for the details.

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Ingredients:

Bottom:
•2 medium Yams, peeled and cubed
•1Tbsp coconut oil

Pork sausage:
•1lb ground pork
•1tsp Dried Sage
•1tsp Dried Thyme
•1tsp Dried Oregano
•1/2tsp Onion powder
•1/2tsp Garlic powder
•1/2tsp red pepper flakes
•1/4tsp paprika
•1/4tsp pink Himalayan salt
•1/2tsp fresh ground pepper

Topping:
•5 thin slices Zucchini, chopped
•1/3 Bell pepper, chopped
•4 Eggs

Directions:
1. Boil cubed yams until just tender about 10 minutes once done mash with coconut oil.
2. While yams are boiling combine pork and all seasonings together in bowl until well combined. Preheat frying pan to medium heat and make sausage patties the size round of your dish you are using (I used 2 – 4″ ramekins and 9 square muffin cups). Fry few minutes per side, it’s ok if still pink you will be baking.
3.Chop your zucchini and pepper into little pieces and set aside. Preheat oven too 400°F. Grease your dishes and place on baking sheet, I used coconut oil. Now you can assemble it.
4. First place dollop of Yam in dish, using a spoon spread yam up sides and creating a well in center, repeat with remaining dishes. Take sausage patty and place in centre of each dish then bake in oven for 15 minutes.
5. Remove from oven, sprinkle chopped bell pepper and zucchini over each dish.  Crack two eggs in your ramekin size dishes and bake again 10-15 more minutes until eggs are cooked to your liking.
6. Remove from oven, let stand 5-10 minutes. Enjoy.

○Serves 2 plus mini muffin size bakes can be used for snacks or other meals for the week.

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