When my husband first moved in, one of my favorite things to do for breakfast was a bake a big ol’ dish of hashbrowns, sausage or ham, and eggs for the week. I’d carve it up into serving sizes, freeze half, and serve each up with a green smoothie or maybe some salsa and guacamole. This was before I started the autoimmune protocol, of course, and before he had to get choosier about the carbs he ate. For the past several years, we’ve been either forgoing breakfast altogether or sticking to a simple green smoothie for convenience’s sake. But of course, the holidays always put me in the mood for more elaborate breakfasts and what better time than the new year to figure out healthier habits for “the most important meal of the day”? This, this Baked Sweet Potato Casserole was born. With white sweet potatoes (aka the Hannah variety of sweet potatoes) instead of traditional white potatoes, it’s a lower-starch, higher-nutrient option. And, oh yeah, it’s nightshade-free! While not autoimmune protocol-friendly due to the inclusion of eggs, you could adapt it by subbing the eggs for another 1/4 cup or so of coconut milk. The dish’s consistency will be thinner, but the flavor should be about the same. You can also throw in whatever kinds of vegetables you might happen to have on hand. Bell peppers, carrots, celery, and greens can get sauteed with the onion; diced tomatoes can get mixed in with the potato; you can even use yellow squash or zucchini spirals instead of the sweet potato! It’s a truly versatile dish and the perfect compromise for someone who wants a big, hearty, healthy breakfast without having to make one every day.
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