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Mama’s Breakfast Casserole Recipe

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This is a busy mom’s best friend. Make 2 – 3 of these and freeze them, or make one on the weekend for the week and it makes breakfast a breeze in the morning!

Serves: 4 – 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 Sausage Patties
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • Olive Oil for drizzle
  • 2 pinches of mealfit Anything Goes Seasoning
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream or Milk
  • 1 ½ cup Cheddar Cheese (divided)
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:

  • Set your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray your sheet pan with cooking spray and place the sausage patties on one side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

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  • While the sausage is is in the oven, take a mandoline and slice your sweet potatoes very thin.
  • Put the sweet potato slices in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Then season with one pinch of Mealfit Anything Goes Seasoning and toss to coat the slices.

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  • Beat the eggs, cream, and seasoning well.
  • Add the 1 cup of cheddar cheese and whisk again.

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  • When the timer goes off, add the sweet potato slices to the other half of the sheet pan and put it back in the over for 5 minutes.
  • While it’s cooking, spray a 9″ x 11″ baking dish or disposable half pan with cooking spray.
  • Take out the sausage, place in the dish or pan, and mash with a fork.
  • Place half of the sweet potatoes on top of the sausage, pour in your egg mixture, and shake the pan a little to settle it.

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  • Place the other sweet potatoes on top, then layer the other ½ cup of cheddar cheese on top.
  • Cover in foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, take it out, remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy!!

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You can also get this breakfast casserole at Mealfit in Cookeville, TN – so come by and pick one up!

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7 Layer Salad Recipe

 

This 7 layer Salad is a spin off of the 7 layer dip that so many people take to parties.

We did this for our MealFit READY clients one week and they loved it.

Contents of salad
• 1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded or sliced
• 16 ounce bag of small sweet peas, frozen
• ½ purple onion, diced
• 3 hardboiled eggs, chopped
• 4 slices of bacon, cooked and cut into pieces.
• ½ C Cheddar Cheese
chopped IB lettuce

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5 chopped onion

eggs

chopped bacon

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Dressing
• ½ cup mayonnaise (Combine the rest to make the dressing)
• 2 tbsp White wine Vinegar
• ½ tsp Garlic Salt
• ½ tsp salt

Salad
• Layer each of the following into dish in the following order:
o 1/2 of the lettuce,
o peas,
o onion,
o egg,
o bacon,
o remaining lettuce,
o mayonnaise dressing,
o and top with cheddar cheese

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• Wrap really well with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 24 hours. Refrigeration for 24 hours is not necessary. But it helps.

Gives an awesome appearance when you serve it in a glass dish.

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Is Shredded Cheese Healthy?

I made a recipe last week from a renowned chef and it called for shredded cheese. In the instructions, it was very specific about grating the cheese on a cheese grater and not using shredded cheese from a bag. Someone asked me why I did that, and I didn’t really know. So I started doing some research and this is what I came up with.

 

What is the difference in shredded cheese and block cheese?

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The main difference is the ingredients.

There are 2 added ingredients in shredded cheese that are not in block cheese.

 

#1 Cellulose Powder.

Cellulose is a product that comes from cotton and wood pulp….wood pulp… really?

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It has become popular in recent years because it has no calorie content and is used in some foods to thicken like ice cream. Companies also add it to diet foods to reduce the volume of food that is packaged. Cellulose adds volume to foods, which gives the appearance of there being more food in a package than there actually is.

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The main reason it is in cheese is to prevent it from sticking together. Cellulose is an anti-caking agent. Cellulose has the ability to absorb moisture and coat ingredients in a fine powder making it the ingredient of choice for anti-caking applications. Shredded and grated cheeses, spice mixes, and powdered drink mixes are just a few of the many food items that take advantage of cellulose as an anti-caking agent.

 

So why do companies love Cellulose (AKA wood pulp) in food products?

  1. It stabilizes food
  2. Decreases fat
  3. Adds fake fiber
  4. It’s cheap

 

#2 Potato Starch

This is the other additive that is found in shredded cheese that is not in block cheese. Potato starch is a starch that is extracted from potatoes. The potatoes are crushed and then the starch grains are released from the destroyed cells. The starch is then washed out and dried to powder. Source

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Potato starch is used in wallpaper adhesive and in the process of making paper bags. It is used in shredded cheese to prevent caking and reduce sweating. Wall paper, paper bags, cheese that my family eats…Good deal.

 

If you are watching your carb intake you may want to shy away from some of these products that are infused with potato starch, seeing that is has 10 grams of carbs per table spoon.

 

 

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Why we buy shredded cheese?

  1. Convenience: It is a touch easier to buy a bag of shredded cheese and just pull it out and use what you need than it is to shred a block of cheese and use it. I get it because I do it too. But it is worth a little bit more trouble to avoid the extra additives and fillers that go into the processing of shredded cheese.

 

  1. Advantages over block cheese:
  • No extra utensil to wash. (You have a dishwasher, correct?)
  • No extra time taken to grate it. (About 90 seconds: I know how valuable those 90 seconds are, but I believe you can spare 90 seconds out of your day to keep your 3 year old from eating wood chips.)
  • No sticking together. (Grate it when you need it instead of all at the same time to keep it from sticking as much when stored.)

 

Hope this sheds some light on why its better to buy block cheese over bagged cheese.

Here are 2 more sources for my info
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QUESTION:

Does knowing this make you want to buy block cheese from now on?