Who is Sick of Eggs for Breakfast?

6 Feb

Cauliflower Grits Breakfast Casserole

I threw in red bell pepper with this one.

Okay.  I have had more than one person ask me what I eat for breakfast.  I have to admit…like Heather, I eat pretty much the same thing everyday.  However, we need variety to keep everyone else interested and happy.  My go-tos are usually the omelet muffins, or this delicious sausage hash.  But those are even starting to seem mundane.

I came up with this one after considering all the cauliflower-grits’ potential.  I love breakfast casseroles:  total comfort food, they last a few days, and you can take them to people who are in need of a meal.  (Some have gone the extra mile when bringing us meals, by including breakfast for the next morning…I have loved paying that forward!)  Also, this is a great way to squeeze in your veggies first thing.

I promise you, even your father-in-law will eat this and like it.  Provided you do NOT tell them what it is, what is in it, or use the words “paleo” or “primal” in any sentences.

Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole

1 head of cauliflower
3/4 c chicken stock or water

1 lb sausage
5 cups raw spinach
6 ounces full-fat coconut milk (I prefer Taste of Thai brand)
4 eggs lightly beaten
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9X13 baking dish by greasing it with coconut oil.

Wash, remove leaves, quarter, and core the head of cauliflower.  Pulse it in a food processor until it looks like grits.  Put all the cauliflower-grits in a pot, add 3/4 c chicken stock or water.  Simmer on low until tender, about 10-15 min.  Drain off excess liquid, set aside.  The grits can also be sauteed or toasted under the broiler (see below).**

Brown and crumble the sausage.  Leave the sausage oil in the pan and add in the fresh spinach.  Stir until it wilts.

In a large mixing bowl,  add the coconut milk, eggs, and spinach mixture, stir well.  Add in the salt, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice and stir.  Add the cooled cauliflower-grits and stir well.

Pour into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 45 minutes or until center is set.

Enjoy your vegetables!

**UPDATE:  I have recently been sauteéing the cauliflower “grits” in a frying pan instead of boiling them.  They retain the same texture, but have a toasted taste and appearance.  I like it much better, but they are more brown in color.  Heat 2-3 tbsp of the oil of your choice (reserved bacon is best!!), and sauté the “grits” until they are done.  Let them sit, then toss/flip them every few minutes.

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More Breakfast Ideas:

Baked N’Oatmeal

Cold Paleo Cereal

Banana Sweetened Coconut Flour Muffins


39 Responses to “Who is Sick of Eggs for Breakfast?”

  1. Fran February 6, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    My FIL doesn’t even get up in time for breakfast… But I’ll bet MLK will dig it. He bought unsolicited cauliflower yesterday!


    • the PRIME pursuit February 6, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Eric loves this recipe. He almost ate the whole pan. Really tasty. I used breakfast sausage, but you can use whatever you have on hand, and I am sure it will be great.


  2. the PRIME pursuit February 6, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I just saw that you said M bought “unsolicited” cauliflower!! HA! That is awesome. We are going to be posting a few cauliflower recipes this week…stay tuned.


  3. Teresa February 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I am gonna test your theory: 1. Because it looks delicious & 2. It would be interesting to see if our FIL would eat it! =} I love this site Leigh! I am very proud!


    • the PRIME pursuit February 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      awesome Teresa! Thanks for the compliments! Let me know what he says!!


  4. Fran February 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Thought I posted on this last night…so I made this and it was delish, however I used a little too much ‘better than bouillion’ in my broth so it ended up a bit more salty than I would like. Definitely will make it again!


  5. Katie May 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Another success, everyone had seconds! This is an especially big deal for the girl who usually won’t eat any vegetables! The toasted “grits” are definitely the way to go 🙂


    • the PRIME pursuit May 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Awesome!! Thanks for the feedback!! I like how the veggies are hidden, but its not in the form of a “sweet” or a bread, etc.


  6. Deb Batchelor January 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    It’s funny that I came across this because I was JUST thinking how I don’t want to eat egg muffins again next week every day although they are very convenient for after PT in the mornings (I’m sure you can understand!) I am very happy to find your blog. I am in the Army, finishing up this year after 6.5 years and I am ready to be home and concentrate on being a mom! One last thing…I looked up the Military Athlete Certification and you must be a beast to have completed that thing! Very impressive. Thanks again for your blog and I look forward to continuing to follow!


    • the PRIME pursuit January 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

      Thanks for reading! I feel you on breakfast, I’m pretty sure I had hardboiled eggs for breakfast all week. I also eat leftovers for breakfast too. It didn’t take me long to get over the need for breakfast type foods in the morning!
      The military athlete certification was awesome. The physical and written tests were no joke but I learned so much and continue to utilize different aspects of their programming!


  7. dana March 13, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Just want to tell you that during and since my Whole 30 last month, this has become my breakfast staple. I vary it every time and every time it is great. I even discovered last time that it is fine without coconut milk (i was out) and also great WITH mashed acorn squash. there are so many ways to mix it up! THANK YOU!


    • the PRIME pursuit March 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

      I am so glad to hear you liked have enjoyed this. I got this idea from the southern breakfast staple of baked grits casserole…and I just really loved how it turned out, and that it is comfort food yet all veggies!!

      I have to tell you that I have made this into an Enchilada Casserole of sorts. I sauteed onion and diced green chilies and ground beef; seasoned with cumin/chilipowder/salt; added a drained can of tomatoes; 3 eggs and a 14 oz can of red enchilada sauce. Mix all that with 1 head of ground/sauteed cauliflower, Bake at 350 into a 9×13.

      It bakes into a Mexican casserole so savory, you can’t believe it is cauliflower!! Also a great potluck dish. 🙂 Thanks for your reply!


  8. Max April 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Great recipe, I had recently purchased an excess amount of cauliflower at the farmer’s market and your recipe provided me with a delicious solution. Thank You


  9. Clare April 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    excellent! i should have made a better effort to more finely grind the cauliflower (do not have a food processor), but really excellent. definitely can see the resemblance to a grits-breakfast bake. it would be EXCELLENT with cheese added in there, but will definitely be making again. thanks!


  10. wholefoodhalfass May 24, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Can I just say that this recipe is by far the best Paleo breakfast recipe I’ve followed to date? I love it and completely pimp it out on my blog when I make it. And that’s pretty cool considering I’m not much of a cauliflower lover. Anyway, thank you so much for this awesome recipe! Take a look at my most recent handiwork: http://wholefoodhalfass.com/post/50336934347/may-10-breakfast-sausage-and-spinach-breakfast


    • the PRIME pursuit May 24, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks for the Fabulous Feedback!!! I am super glad you tried it, I think doing the work of grinding and roasting the cauliflower is worth it… it’s so versatile, too. You can stir pretty much anything into the ground cauliflower, add a few eggs, and you have instant casserole. 🙂


  11. Janell June 2, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then
    that, great blog!


    • the PRIME pursuit June 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you, we’ll definitely look into that!


    • the PRIME pursuit June 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      Hi Janell,

      We are working with our WordPress helpers to alleviate this issue, but they need to see a screen shot of the overlapping in Internet Explorer. If possible, could you email a screenshot of the overlapping to theprimepursuit {at} gmail {dot} com next time it happens to you?

      Thank you,

      Heather and Leigh


  12. Adam October 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    this is an amazing recipe. i made it this morning and have already eaten half the pan. love the addition of the lemon flavor, and the coconut milk combined with the sauteed cauliflower hash gives the dish a unique and wonderful consistency. i used swiss chard instead of spinach, and chicken sausage from whole foods… turned out great. thanks for sharing!


  13. Kattie April 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  14. Anna Baty January 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    This is a great dish. I roasted the cauliflower grits spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet until they were nicely browned. I had to flip them a few times to expose the unbrowned areas and to release steam. Somewhat time consuming, but worth the trouble.
    Next time I will omit the 2 tsps of salt since I suspect the salt in the sausage will be enough.


  15. Angela Ledgerwood (@angledge) March 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    I just made this after realizing what a breakfast rut I was stuck in. It is DELICIOUS! A bit of a production to make, but this will provide a ton of cruciferous & leafy green vegetables at breakfast for several days. Thanks for posting this recipe!


  16. Anne April 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    This is so exciting! I really dislike cooking eggs for breakfast so it’ll be nice to try something new!


  17. Revival Designs & Decor January 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    I’ll be honest… I only made a half batch because I was scared it would be a flop and didn’t want to waste my $5 head of cauliflower. Well, I wish I would have made a double batch!! This recipe is seriously amazing. It really tastes like grits and not like cauliflower at all! I did the sauteed grits method and omitted the stock (wasn’t sure if I was suppose to or not). It was perfect. I sauteed up some fresh shrimp and enjoyed a Whole30 Shrimp ‘n Grits feast last night! Made this southern girl verrrrrry happy. Thank you for sharing this killer recipe! Excited now to try all of your others!


  18. midlifemeg January 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    OMG, this is a fantastic one. This is my second time doing the Whole30 and this is my favorite recipe I’ve come across so far. It was supposed to be my make ahead breakfast this week but I’m now scarfing it down for dinner and hoping there will be some left for breakfasts. YUM.


  19. Ericka Lewis February 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    Any suggestions for replacing the coconut milk. I recently discovered I’m allergic.



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