Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Good morning, sunshine! I love you dearly. Let’s eat breakfast.

Breakfast nachos are the perfect platform for some Sunday brunch realness. Mix up a pitcher of outrageously spicy Bloody Marys. Have it all.

Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re gonna thinly slice some potatoes, season the, and roast them in a hot oven. We’re going to top it with tasty sausage, and some smooth and spicy cheese sauce. From there, you can throw on all your favorite nacho toppings. I like to keep it simple with sour cream and some chopped green onions. But I know and you know that we’re really just here for that runny egg. Make one for each person who’s getting in on this action.

Breakfast Nachos | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast is life. Make it nacho!

Breakfast Nachos
Serves 2
Layers of roasted potatoes, cheese, sausage, and fried egg make for a super awesome breakfast.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  2. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. Approximately 1 pound russet potatoes, thinly sliced (enough to cover a baking sheet)
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. 8 ounces of your favorite sausage, casings removed
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  10. 1 tablespoon butter
  11. 1/2 tablespoon flour
  12. 1 cup milk
  13. 1 cup shredded white cheddar
  14. 2 eggs
  15. Toppings such as sour cream, salsa, chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet foil.
  2. In a small dish, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  3. Arrange your potato slices in a single layer on your baking sheet. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle about half of your seasoning mix evenly over the potatoes. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes until soft and slightly crispy around the edges.
  4. In the meantime, heat a skillet over medium heat, and cook the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Once your sausage is cooked through. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for another two minutes or so, then remove the sausage to a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Put the pan back on the stove and turn the heat down to medium low. Melt the butter, then sprinkle in the flour and whisk to form a paste. If your sausage gave off a lot of fat, you may need to add a bit more flour until all the fat is absorbed. Keep whisking while adding in the milk a little bit at a time to make sure you don't get any lumps. Add the remaining seasoning mix and keep whisking until the sauce starts to bubble and becomes thick. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cheese until smooth.
  6. Once all the elements are ready, grab a clean skillet and fry up your eggs just the way you like them.
  7. Arrange your potatoes on a plate or platter, scatter the sausage, then spoon the cheese sauce over your potatoes. Add whatever toppings you like, plus an egg for each person.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
http://awesomeon20.com/
Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spaghetti and Sausage Meatballs

Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Are you one of those people who does stuff on week nights? Like you leave the house and do activities after work, talk to people and accomplish things. I don’t understand those people. Where do you get the energy from?

I’m one of those people who comes home from work and almost instantly puts on pajamas. I’m one of those people who goes on Facebook and reads food blogs and watches Netflix until I can come up with an excuse to go to bed and read three different books until I fall asleep. 

Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Those kinds of people need a dinner that comes together with minimal effort and tastes so amazing that you’ll eat until you can’t move and then be happy because you know you don’t have anywhere to go anyway. Those are the kinds of people who need Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs.

The trick is that we’re just hot Italian sausages, slipping them out of their skins, and breaking them up into cute little spicy meatballs. No eggs or bread crumbs or squishing or mixing. Each sausage makes about five meatballs. If you like a chunkier sauce, you can used diced tomatoes and some tomato puree to create your sauce. I like it smooth, so I used pasata. Jazzed up canned tomato sauce would work just as well. 

Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Dinner on the table in 20 to 30 minutes means more time to be lusciously lazy. Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs is what all the cool kids are eating.

Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs
Serves 2
Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs comes together quickly so you can spend more time eating.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces spaghetti
  2. 4 hot Italian sausages
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1 clove garlic, peeled
  5. 2 green onions
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  7. 1/8 cup white wine
  8. 1 can pasata or tomato sauce
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. When the water is bubbling away, add a fat pinch of salt and cook your spaghetti according to the package instructions, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Drain your pasta when it's cooked through.
  2. While your pasta is cooking, use a small sharp knife to cut through the casing on your sausages and gently pull the casing off and discard. Break up each sausage into about five pieces and roll them into meatballs.
  3. Put your olive oil and clove of garlic into a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the sausage meatballs and brown them on all sides.
  4. Use scissors to snip your green onions into thin slices. You can do this right over the pan. Add the Italian seasoning and give a quick stir.
  5. Add in the wine and pasata or tomato sauce and bay leaf. Allow everything to simmer for about 20 minutes. The sauce will thicken a bit as it simmers.
  6. Remove your pan from the heat and fish out the garlic clove and bay leaf. You can toss your pasta and sauce together in the pan, or spoon the sauce over your pasta on the plate. Whichever floats your boat.
  7. Eat and be lazy.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The middle of the week is my favorite time to dream about the weekend. Staring off into space imagining the cocktails, the long walks, and best of all, breakfast. Not a granola bar at my desk, but something luxuriant. Something doused in maple syrup or a dish featuring an oozing egg yolk. If there’s a mimosa along with it, all the better. Breakfast is what weekends are for.

So far, our weekends in Scotland have been relatively frantic. We’ve been wandering the city collecting things for our apartment. And without a car, that’s quite a workout. I think my arms might be dead. But the hard part is nearly over. If I could just get Ikea to deliver my damn dishes. Does it really count as an attempted delivery if nobody ever gets out of the van to press the buzzer? Le sigh!

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Get excited about your weekend and put all your breakfast foods in one dish by making a Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding. You could throw some other stuff into this dish as well. Veggies, bacon, whatever. As long as you have stale bread, eggs, and milk, you’re all set. When you bake it in the oven, it gets all golden and puffy and smells exactly like a lazy weekend morning should smell.

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee (or a mimosa), eat some Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding, and take it easy. Weekends are everything.

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding
Serves 4
Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding has all your breakfast favorites in one dish. Sausage, cheese, eggs, and carbs, and all the awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 small baguette or other crusty bread
  2. 8 ounces of your favorite sausage
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 5 eggs
  5. 2 cups milk
  6. 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  9. 10 grinds of pepper
Instructions
  1. If your bread is already stale, all you need to do is tear it or cut it into cubes. If it's still fresh, tear it up into bite-size chunks and spread it in your small casserole dish to let it dry out. The night before is perfect, but a couple of hours would cut it.
  2. Preheat your oven to 325.
  3. If your sausage is in casings, remove the casing and crumble the meat into a skillet over medium heat. Break up the sausage as it cooks. When it's ready, sprinkle it over your stale bread. Sprinkle the cheese over that.
  4. While the sausage is cooking, whisk together the eggs, milk, and seasonings. Finally pour this mixture over your bread, sausage, and cheese. Press the bread down a bit to make sure it's submerged if you need to. Allow this mixture to sit for at least 10 minutes, but a few hours in the fridge would be fine, too, or even over night.
  5. Bake your bread pudding for 50 minutes to an hour. It should be puffy and golden brown. Serve with a healthy dose of relaxation.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
Adapted from Simply Recipes
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