Thursday, December 26, 2013

Paleo Sausage and Apple Stuffed Breakfast Bell Peppers

As someone with a teething six month old, I spend a lot more time awake between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am then I would prefer. If you've been there, you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, you probably will someday. These extra hours spent awake with my baby do give my brain a little time to wander to the subject of yummy breakfast ideas, however, so I guess that is the silver lining. 

Kevin has been requesting stuffed peppers for breakfast for a couple of weeks, after stalking my Pinterest page and seeing a recipe I had pinned for eggs baked inside of a bell pepper. Well I guess I don't follow directions very well because I took his request and put my own spin on it and came up with a brand new recipe to share with you!

I halved and de-seeded a few green bell peppers and filled them to the top with a sweet and savory mixture of sauteed spinach, apples and breakfast sausage and then baked the peppers until they were soft and just beginning to brown. You can even go primal style with these and top them with a bit of gooey, melty raw cheddar cheese, like we did! I served these with a fried egg on the side for a perfectly portioned breakfast!

Paleo Sausage and Apple Stuffed Breakfast Bell Peppers
Serves: 4
Time: 50 Minutes

4 Green Bell Peppers, halved lengthwise and de-seeded
1 lb ground breakfast sausage (I used salt and pepper flavor)
2 apples, diced
2 big handfuls of spinach, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup shredded raw cheddar (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Roast the bell peppers, hollow side up, on a baking sheet while you prepare the other ingredients.

While the peppers are roasting, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking up the sausage into small pieces as it cooks.

Once the sausage is browned, drain the grease and return the sausage to the pan. Add apples spinach and spices. Cook an additional 5 minutes, until spinach is wilted and apples are softened.

Remove the bell peppers from the oven and scoop sausage and apple mixture evenly between bell pepper halves. Return to the oven and roast for an additional 30 minutes, until peppers are softened and beginning to brown.  Optional: If you plan to add cheese, sprinkle cheese on peppers and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and serve warm, preferably with a fried egg on the side!