Loaded Sausage Breakfast (Introducing Pasturebird)

by Fresh Planet Flavor
Loaded breakfast sausage: pastured chicken apple sausage plus potatoes, eggs, avocado, and all the fixin's... yum.

I first met Pasturebird on Instagram, where I ogled their photos of glossy chickens basking in the sunlight, ranch dogs frolicking in the pasture, and weathered cowboy hats propped on pick-up truck dashboards. Were these stock photos? I wondered. In this cynical age of constant misleading marketing claims made by food brands, this glimpse of a pastoral idyll seemed too good to be true. Later, when I spoke with founder Paul Greive in preparation for this post, he confided that this is a common misconception. But no, the farm-fresh photos are all of actual Pasturebird animals and 100% authentic (Paul was gracious enough to allow me to share my favorites here). Pasturebird is one of the few true completely pastured poultry operations in the United States (the only one that ships nationwide!) and I’m delighted to introduce it to you today:

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[bctt tweet=”So what are the reasons to be very, very excited about true pastured poultry?” username=”freshplanetflavor”]

Farmer Paul and I discussed the benefits of Pasturebird’s product from every angle:

  • Truly pastured. The “free range” and “cage free” claims commonly used to advertise poultry often mean something other that you might expect. The definition of cage free leaves room for overcrowding in inhumane indoor conditions in which the chicken never experience sunlight or grass for the duration of their lives. In contrast, Pasturebird birds live outside, on green pasture, every hour of every day. 
  • A natural diet and cruelty-free. Pasturebird animals eat their naturally omnivorous diet of seeds and insects, and are rotated to fresh pasture every day. They are never de-beaked (a common practice of conventional poultry operations to prevent the birds from damaging each other in over-crowded, stressful, “grow-house” conditions) so that they can forage for themselves in the grass.
  • Antibiotic-free.  In the cramped, unsanitary confines of conventional poultry, disease can spread rampantly.  With as much as 70% of United States antibiotics administered to livestock1, with much of that administered to poultry, the rise of antibiotic-resistant “super-bugs” is a reality2, with some possibly transmittable to humans. Pasturebird is a truly antibiotic-free farm, rather than merely “antibiotic-free” by the misleading definition that other unscrupulous producers exploit3
  • Nutritionally superior. Humane treatment of animals and  environmental considerations often motivate consumers to seek out pastured poultry, but increasingly, the practice is supported by nutritional studies. Pastured animal protein is now found to be higher in omega-3, cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid and vitamins4
  • Regenerative, sustainable. As previously discussed, Pasturebird chickens are rotated to fresh pasture every day where they forage for seeds and insects and fertilize the soil. The land left behind rests for 90 days before the flock returns. By mimicking this eons-old grazing pattern, the quality of the soil is actually increased. Paul (pictured below) takes issue with the concept of “sustainability”, in the sense that sustainability implies no negative impact, yes, but also no positive impact. The result of regenerative agriculture tactics—such as rotating the birds—is soil improvement each year, and healthy, flavorful chicken available for purchase by conscious customers.

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I became a Pasturebird affiliate (I’m proud to be an affiliate of a handful of brands that I fully support), so visit their online store to shop! I recommend the Farmer’s Stash… it’s a variety pack of whatever Paul is excited to offer at the moment, and a hassle-free way to sample an assortment of Pasturebird products.

Also, if you purchase with discount code FRESHFLAVOR sometime in the month of July you’ll get 15% off… this means if you purchase a subscription you’ll lock in this 15% off forever! Go do it. I’ll wait.

Loaded breakfast sausage: pastured chicken apple sausage plus potatoes, eggs, avocado, and all the fixin's... yum.

Now that you’re back, let me tell you I received some tasty chicken apple sausage, and loaded them up with my favorite toppings for a flavor bonanza to kick-start the day. Ingredients of the chicken apple sausage? Chicken, salt, apple granules, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, parsley, celery seed, onion powder, mace.

[bctt tweet=”This loaded sausage breakfast concept is endlessly versatile and customizable.” username=”freshplanetflavor”]

It can also easily be converted to a loaded sausage dinner by changing the toppings… Perhaps to be explored in a future blog post? 😉 In any case, if you’re in the DIY mood you can create this exactly with this recipe home-made sriracha without refined sugar, potassium sorbate, sodium bisulfite, and xantham gum. Or simply drizzle the loaded sausage breakfast with Huy Fong chili garlic sauce and have a great (pastured) day. 

Loaded breakfast sausage: pastured chicken apple sausage plus potatoes, eggs, avocado, and all the fixin's... yum.

Loaded Sausage Breakfast
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Cook time:
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Serves: 2
  • 1 pack [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/chicken-apple-sausage” target=”_blank”]Pasturebird chicken apple sausage[/url]
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, separated
  • 2 medium red potatoes, boiled until soft
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro
  • Chili flakes
  • [url href=”http://nomnompaleo.com/post/36060636540/paleo-sriracha-homemade-20-minute-sriracha” target=”_blank”]Home-made sugar-free sriracha[/url]
  1. Melt one tablespoon of coconut oil in a medium cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook the sausage, turning frequently to avoid singeing until the sausages are firm and cooked through (approximately 20 minutes but your cook time may vary). Transfer to a plate, and allow to rest while you brown the potatoes.
  2. Cut the cooked potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Melt the second tablespoon of coconut oil in the skillet, and transition the cubed potatoes to the hot oil. Brown the potatoes, turning frequently and scraping up any crispy bits leftover from cooking the sausage.
  3. While the potatoes brown, scramble an egg in the last of the coconut oil. Set aside.
  4. Transfer the sausages to a serving plate, and slice them lengthwise. Fill with the browned potatoes, and scrambled egg. Top with sliced avocado, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, and chili flakes. Serve warm.

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Renee Kohley July 25, 2016 - 6:16 pm

Oh gosh my girls would devour this! Love this farm – they really take the time to raise their chickens in a sustainable way. Thank you for introducing them to us!

Fresh Planet Flavor July 25, 2016 - 7:56 pm

You’re welcome, it’s a wonderful operation! 🙂

Candy July 25, 2016 - 6:58 pm

Now this is good eating, love fresh ingredients.

Vincent July 25, 2016 - 8:28 pm

Yummm! This makes me so hungry. Love the ingredients you selected for this piece.

Diana Johnson July 25, 2016 - 8:51 pm

This sounds delicious! Great to know the story behind the sausage!

Fresh Planet Flavor July 25, 2016 - 10:00 pm

Isn’t it? I’ve fallen in love with Pasturebird.

Leah July 25, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Oh my goodness! This sounds like an amazing product! So great to know the people behind it, isn’t it?

Fresh Planet Flavor July 25, 2016 - 11:10 pm

Yes, and the fact that they ship nationwide is the best!

Emily Summerhays July 26, 2016 - 2:30 am

I love what I learn from your posts, and I am excited to subscribe to pasturebird. My mom’s butcher in my home state does spatchcock chicken for her, but I have been unable to find a source here in Idaho with the quality and sustainability standards I require. When I attempted to use the discount code you provided, I got an error message: Unable to find a valid discount matching the code entered. Thoughts on how to correct this?

Emily Summerhays July 26, 2016 - 2:36 am

(I followed the link in your blog post to shop the site).

Fresh Planet Flavor July 26, 2016 - 3:49 am

How odd! It is working for me… you tried FRESHFLAVOR?

Emily Summerhays July 26, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Right, it’s not working. I’ll see if I can find a customer service number and call them.

Fresh Planet Flavor July 26, 2016 - 9:15 pm

Email me at rachel@freshplanetflavor.com and I’ll walk you through it!

Debs July 26, 2016 - 2:54 pm

So great for a Sunday morning breakfast!

Aileen (Aileen Cooks Blog) July 26, 2016 - 3:30 pm

This looks so yummy and the pictures of the cowboy are definitely inviting! 😉

Fresh Planet Flavor July 26, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Ha! Behave.

Jessica Bradshaw July 26, 2016 - 5:40 pm

1- your photos are beautiful
2- I cannot wait to try this recipe
3- Thank you for all the information. I have heard “cage free” doesn’t always mean cage free and have started researching where meat comes from before purchasing.

Fresh Planet Flavor July 26, 2016 - 9:22 pm

Thank you, thank you! And there are many misleading claims being made out there, so research is very necessary.

Anosa July 26, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Fresh ingredients into such a fresh breakfast is awesome, I am loving how delicious it looks.

Krysten July 27, 2016 - 6:02 am

I love the idea of Pasturebird!
It helps you to know where your food came from and not be worried about what is in them.
Thank you so much for this post and the suggestion, I will definitely start ordering from them!
Also, um, yumm! This looks amazing!
I can’t wait to make it!

Fresh Planet Flavor July 27, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Aw, yay! Thanks for the love. <3 and definitely tell me what you think of Pasturebird.

Candace July 27, 2016 - 11:33 am

You’ve gotten me interested. Here near Austin we have access to organic, pasture raised chickens but I love the idea that you can order this trough the mail. I might send this out to some people on my gift list.

Fresh Planet Flavor July 27, 2016 - 3:21 pm

You buy your meat form Whole Foods, though, right? All may not be as it seems, there.

Stacy July 27, 2016 - 12:35 pm

This sounds amazing! I like the idea of trying the Farmers Stash. Thanks for sharing!

Fresh Planet Flavor July 27, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Farmer’s Stash is THE way to go.

linda spiker July 27, 2016 - 2:06 pm

What a gorgeous breakfast! Pinned to several boards and shared on my Whole 30 FB page!

Fresh Planet Flavor July 27, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Yay! Spread the word.

Lauren July 27, 2016 - 3:11 pm

Looks like a great recipe for weekend breakfast! I love the addition of jalapenos!

Ruthie Ridley July 27, 2016 - 9:13 pm

Oh my goodness! That looks AMAZING!!!

Fresh Planet Flavor July 28, 2016 - 12:25 am

Sooooo good. I love “loaded” meal concepts.

Brittany Putman July 27, 2016 - 9:16 pm

I am so excited to hear that a company like this exists! I am going to check out the pricing and will definitely buy from them if I can.

Fresh Planet Flavor July 28, 2016 - 12:23 am

Keep in mind that their pricing reflects that they’re a 100% pastured operation, rather than using conventional poultry farming to fund their pastured “line” (as may be the practice of other farms that offer both conventional and pastured meat).

Patricia @ Grab a Plate July 28, 2016 - 4:11 am

What a wonderful dish, and when you know it’s made with quality products, you know it’s even better! Nice & thanks for sharing this info!

Rachelle Rosenblit July 28, 2016 - 12:09 pm

That looks so flavorful, I love cooking with so many colors!

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Emily Summerhays August 9, 2016 - 3:05 am

I got my first “farmer’s stash” earlier this week, and tonight I grilled my first spatchcock chicken. I followed the marinade recipe that pasturebird posted on instragram (subbed agave nectar for the brown sugar) and waited in anticipation all day as I marinated my bird for 7 hours. It was hands down the best chicken I have ever had. Thank you for bringing pasturebird to my attention!

Fresh Planet Flavor August 9, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Wow! So glad you enjoyed. That spatchcock sounds delish.


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