Sardine and Egg Breakfast Dish

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Ready for me to step on my soapbox about why we should all be eating sardines again?  Well, in case you missed the gazillion other times that I’ve mentioned it, sardines are an absolutely fabulous food, that we should all try to include in our diet.  Why are they so great?

  • They are a very small fish, so you get all the benefits of eating fish without so much mercury (sardines have the least amount of mercury of all the fish that we eat).
  • Awesome source of vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium, and iron.
  • Bring on the Omega-3 fatty acids – these guys are packed with them!
  • Great for naturally reducing depression symptoms.
  • Because of their selenium content, they encourage the body to increase endogenous glutathione, which is essential for detoxification.

Guys, I could go on and on!  But if you won’t take my word for it, then here is a pin that links to a great site explaining these and more benefits of including sardines in your diet.

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Of course, I’m going to give you a really great recipe that can help you get these guys into your diet.  This sardine and egg breakfast dish is really tasty, and it is packed with health thanks to the eggs and sardines!  It’s really quite easy to pull together too, which is great if, like me, you’re not much of a morning person.  Let’s get to it!

SARDINE AND EGG BREAKFAST DISH

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of sardines
  • 2 sliced shallots
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 6 eggs
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Begin by preheating the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Afterwards, bring together the sardines, the parsley, the shallot, and the minced garlic, and stir.

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2.) Place this mixture at the bottom of a baking pan and put the pan in the oven for about six minutes.

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3.) Remove the baking pan from the oven and break six eggs into the pan.

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4.) Place the pan back in the oven and allow it to cook for an additional 7-10 minutes until the eggs are set, but the yolks are still runny.

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5.) Remove the pan and allow it to sit for about five minutes, then serve.

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Seriously, so yummy!  This dish makes it a pleasure to add sardines to your diet!  Enjoy! 🙂

Veggie and Egg Breakfast Bowl

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Breakfast bowls are the best!  They are healthy and easy to throw together, and they are tasty and filling, so they make for a perfect meal to start your day!  To create a breakfast bowl, you basically cook some veggies of your choice in a way that you choose, add another ingredient like cheese, plain yogurt, or lentils, and top it with an egg.  Easy peasy and delicious!

Like I said, you can choose whatever veggies you want to create your breakfast bowl.  This one consists of roasted sweet potato, spaghetti squash, and broccoli.  I then added in some shredded goat cheese and topped it with a soft yolked fried egg.  Delish, and it’s got some great health benefits thanks to all those healthy veggies!

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Uh, yeah, I’d say that all those health benefits make for a pretty great start to your day!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH, BROCCOLI, AND SWEET POTATO BREAKFAST BOWL

Ingredients (makes two servings):

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 small spaghetti squash, seeds taken out
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • Olive oil
  • garlic granules
  • 2 eggs
  • shredded cheese of your choice (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Toss the sweet potato with a bit of olive oil and garlic granules.  Lightly spray the spaghetti squash with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic granules.  Place the prepared sweet potato and spaghetti squash on the prepared baking sheet leaving room for the broccoli, but don’t add the broccoli yet.  Bake the sweet potato and squash for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

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2.) While the sweet potato and squash are baking, toss the broccoli florets in a bowl with a bit of olive oil and garlic granules.

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3.) After the sweet potato and squash have baked for 15 minutes, take the baking sheet out of the oven and add the prepared broccoli to it.  Put back in the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

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4.) While the veggies are baking, shred your cheese and set aside.  Heat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan.  Add the eggs and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes.  For a hard yolk, break the yolk.  For a soft yolk, take care not to break the yolk (ps…soft yolk = easier on digestion and more nutrients absorbed). Place on a plate until the veggies are done baking.

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5.) When the veggies are done, arrange them in a bowl along with the cheese, and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and pepper.

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6.) Top with the eggs, and sprinkle a bit more sea salt and pepper on top of the egg (only a teensy tiny bit so as not to overwhelm)

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Ta-da!  A beautiful breakfast bowl that makes for a PERFECTLY DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY breakfast!  Enjoy! 🙂

Veggie Packed Autumn Oatmeal

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If you are looking for a breakfast that screams “AUTUMN”, then this is it!  I took some of the “sweeter” autumn veggies (butternut squash, pumpkin, and carrots), and made a oatmeal breakfast that is surprisingly similar to pumpkin pie!  The only difference is that this stuff is SO good for you!  Check out the following pins explaining some of the health benefits that the veggies in this dish provide!

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On top of that, the other ingredients (oatmeal, almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) are all great for you as well!  Trust me, you will love this stuff!  It makes for a perfect breakfast to start off your day!

AUTUMN OATMEAL

Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup almond milk, plus a little extra for topping
  • 1-2 cups butternut squash chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, plus a little extra
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, plus a little exttra
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • stevia, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 380 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a small bowl, toss the butternut squash and olive oil with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia.  Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven at 380 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the squash is tender.

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2.) Heat 2/3 almond milk over medium high heat.  When it begins to bubble, add the oats and carrots.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the oatmeal is at its desired consistency.  Add the pumpkin puree and the almond butter.  Stir to combine. Remove from heat, and then add the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add stevia, to taste.

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3.) Add the roasted butternut squash and stir in.

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4.) Transfer to a bowl, and top with a bit of almond milk.

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Now get ready to have an explosion of autumn flavors in your mouth!  Enjoy! 🙂

Simple Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Aren’t carrots the best!  I love how they can lend themselves to both sweet and savory dishes.  Any vegetable that can serve as a fruit in this way is awesome in my book!  Not only that, but check out all of the health benefits, vitamins, and minerals carrots provide!

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The news just keeps getting better, because I’m going to share a super yummy, and SUPER simple, healthy recipe for preparing oatmeal in such a way that it tastes a lot like a delicious carrot cake, but with only healthy ingredients!

I used a full cup of shredded carrots in this recipe (for one serving), giving it an extremely carroty taste.  If you want that to be brought down a bit, feel free to use just 1/4 – 1/2 cup of shredded carrots.

Another nice thing about this recipe is that it’s really simple to make!  It’s basically the same process as just making regular oatmeal, so you can get a nice healthy and tasty twist on regular oatmeal without any extra effort!

SIMPLE AND HEALTHY CARROT CAKE OATMEAL

Ingredients (makes one serving):

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned gluten free oats
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey or a pinch of stevia
  • chopped pecans for topping (optional)

Directions:

1.) Add the carrots, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey (or stevia) to a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil.  Add the oats and cook for 5-10 minutes depending on soft you like your oats.

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2.) Transfer to a bowl, top with pecans (if desired), and serve.

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Delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂

Rutabaga Dill Breakfast Casserole

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Oh my gosh!  I made this casserole for breakfast this morning, and I am still thinking about it now because of how good it was!  I LOVE dill and I LOVE rutabaga, so putting those two things together in this casserole made for taste and nutrition royalty!

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Ah!  I love knowing that I’m starting my day with something SUPER healthy!  So many nutrients from all the healthy ingredients, and a nice punch of protein from the eggs in there to get you through till lunchtime without feeling hungry.

Another thing that’s fun about this casserole is that I beat the egg whites to make them nice and fluffy and folded them in right before putting in the oven.  This makes for a light, fluffy, and delicious texture!  You’re gonna love this stuff!

FLUFFY RUTABAGA AND DILL CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 2.5-3lbs of rutabaga, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray a 1.5 qt. casserole dish with olive oil.  Place the rutabaga in a sauce pan, cover with water, and bring to a boil.  Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the rutabaga is fork tender.  Drain in a strainer.

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2.) Place the rutabaga and coconut oil back in the pan, and use a masher to mash the rutabaga.

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3.) Add the egg yolks, dill, and paprika.  Stir to combine.

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4.) Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

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5.) Fold the beaten egg whites into the rutabaga mixture.

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6.) Lightly pile into the prepared 1.5 qt. casserole dish, and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned.

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Allow to cool in the dish for 5 minutes, then use a knife to cut into slices.  Season with sea salt and pepper and serve.

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Eggs in a Veggie Nest

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Oh my goodness!!!  I made this breakfast for Easter morning (eggs in a nest – see what I did there?), and it turned out SO yummy!  I was thrilled, because it is so so healthy!  I love theme breakfasts that are good for you – they feel like a treat because they’re special, but you’re not filling yourself with garbage in order to have a treat!  Perfect!

So, let’s talk health benefits!  This thing is FULL of a great variety of veggies!  We’re talking arugula, rutabaga, onions, garlic, shallots, AND leeks!  So much goodness!

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Told you it was good for you!  What a great way to start your day! 🙂

Of course the eggs give you a great punch of protein making it a complete breakfast…seriously, I may just start having this every morning…forget about just on Easter!

EGGS IN A VEGGIE NEST

Ingredients – this can make 2 nests with one egg each or a large nest with two eggs

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 leek (white part only), chopped
  • 2-3 cups of arugula, chopped
  • 1 medium rutabaga, shredded
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Optional topping – greek yogurt, pinch of garlic granules, pinch of dried basil, sea salt, apple cider vinegar

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.  Heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, shallot, leek, and garlic.  Cook for about 3 minutes.  Add the rutabaga and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.  Add the arugula and cook until wilted (about 1-2 minutes).

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2.) Transfer the veggie mixture to a baking dish, and form a nest.  Fill the hole in the nest with the eggs, and bake in the oven at 360 degrees for 20-23 minutes until the yolks are to your desired consistency (runnier yolk = shorter time, firmer yolk = longer time).

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3.) While the nests are baking, make your yogurt topping if you’re using it.  In a bowl, stir together some plain greek yogurt, a bit of garlic granules and dried basil, some sea salt, and some apple cider vinegar.

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4.) When the nests are done in the oven, take out, transfer to plates, season with sea salt and pepper, and top with a dollop of yogurt topping.

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Ta-da!  Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Quinoa

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Guys!  I recently realized that I haven’t made anything containing quinoa in it in quite a while!  How could I have neglected this power packed superfood???  I mean, seriously, this stuff is so good for you…it’s gluten free…it’s packed with nutrition…and it lends itself in so many ways to both savory and sweet dishes!

 

 

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Don’t worry (I know you were, don’t deny it!), I remedied the situation quickly with breakfast this morning by making this super easy and super nutritious, tasty apple cinnamon raisin breakfast quinoa!  Er-mer-gerd, this stuff is amazing.  It felt like it was just pure apple cinnamony goodness melting in my mouth!  Seriously, so yummy!

Because of the add-ins, this makes for a great complete breakfast with plenty of protein, healthy fats, carbs, and of course, NUTRITION!!!  I also love this breakfast, because it kept me feeling satisfied right up until lunchtime, which is sometimes a feat in my case just because I love food so much!  Plus, the cinnamon gave me a little pep in my step to start my day!  I love this stuff!  It also makes a great substitute for oatmeal, so if you have sensitivities to oats, then this stuff is perfect for you.  However, even if you don’t have a sensitivity to oats, you will LOVE this stuff!

APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN BREAKFAST QUINOA

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 apple, cored and peeled (I used honey crisp, but you can use any kind)
  • 1/4 dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey

Directions

1.) Place the prepared apple, quinoa, and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed the water, and the apples are tender.

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2.) Remove from heat, and add the cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts to the pan.

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3.) Stir to combine, and transfer to a bowl.  Drizzle with the honey and serve.

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Dig in!  You know you want to!  Enjoy! 🙂