For my Dad’s entire career, he brought the same lunch to work with him. In fact, I watched him each night make his lunch to take with him in the morning. One of the easiest ways to plan a meal is to keep that meal the same each day.
My Dad figured this out and it became a normal routine. Laurie from 6pm has found a similar pattern with her breakfast meal. She can plan her meal, shop for her food, and prep it with ease because she has done it so many times. What can you do to make one of your meals easier? It might not be the entire meal on repeat every time, but what about always planning on a salad at dinner? Would that make your meal time easier?
Laurie’s Keep It Simple Breakfast
Mix everything in a bowl to combine. It’s that simple.
This is a hit at my house with my kids and it’s also a hit for me as it’s so quick to prepare. In fact, I prepare it the night before, and then pull the crockpot out of the refrigerator at 4:30am. Its ready to eat when I am. It’s a great medley of sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, veggies, and bacon – all in one.
Healthy Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
by Coach Nancy
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, mustard, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Lightly grease the bottom of the crockpot. Place half the potatoes on the bottom. Layer with half the bacon, onion, bell peppers, and broccoli. Add the other half of the potatoes, then top with the rest of the veggies. Pour the egg mixture on top. Cover and cook for 4 hours on low. Serve it hot!
Quick tip: Riced sweet potatoes and broccoli can be used. Frozen pepper and onion make for a faster prep time as well.
Rock star Jennifer from Epsom sent this recipe along to me and I love it! Its a great, healthier spin on regular hash browns and you still get the same crisp and crunch. Here is the recipe from Jennifer...
Heat a dollop of butter or ghee in a skillet on medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add as much grated jicama as you want, spreading it out into a thin layer. Let the jicama fry uncovered so the moisture can escape. Fry for several minutes, flipping once in a while. As the jicama loses its moisture, it will start to get brown. When your jash browns have enough of a sear for your liking, season them liberally with salt and pepper and set them aside to keep warm.
Fry two eggs in some butter in your skillet, season them with salt & pepper, and serve them over the jashbrowns.
*Jennifer's notes: Very easy, I modified it from a cookbook called “Necessary Food”. Since the amount of jicama differs depending on the size, it’s hard to make an exact recipe. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to doing it. Like I said, very easy! I was surprised at how easily jicama shredded and how much there is in one small one! I shredded the whole jicama. Since I didn’t want to eat it all today, I froze the rest. I also added garlic salt to the jicama along with the salt and pepper before freezing. Jashbrowns are very interesting, with a crunchy texture and just a little hint of sweetness. I can’t wait to serve this again.
Breakfast for most of us is a rush rush occasion. Often grabbing just a few bites of food if at all. I'm fortunate enough to have time to eat with my kids each morning, but that doesn't mean I have all the time in the world to cook breakfast. Kathy, Ski Erg World Champion, taught me this quick tip. She makes her own eggbeaters. What a great idea to get those veggies and protein in one dish quickly.
Make Your Own Eggbeaters
by Coach Nancy
Blend until thoroughly mixed in a blender. Store in glass mason jar for 2-3 days. Shake before using.
Any vegetable will work instead of the onion and peppers. Try adding these options in the blender: 2-3 stalks asparagus, ½ cup broccoli, or mushrooms. After blending, you can add: ½ cup salsa, ¼ cup green onions, and also experiment with different spices.
With a busy holiday weekend coming up, a special breakfast might be already in the works with family visiting. This is a great recipe to spruce up a holiday brunch. Not having family or friends visiting? I wouldn't let that stop you from making a meal that makes you feel like you are on vacation.
Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms with Fried Eggs
by Coach Nancy
In a saute pan over medium heat, add coconut oil, onion, and Brussels sprouts and cook for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt, and pepper and cook for 12 more minutes, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat on another burner for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir frequently, until golden and fragrant. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, coarsely chop, then set aside.
Add the minced garlic to the Brussels sprouts and mushroom mixture. Cook for 30 seconds longer, then add the vegetable stock. Cook for 3 minutes or until the stock has evaporated.
Form four spaces between the vegetables. Add an egg to each space. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle walnuts over the dish and serve. Enjoy!
High in protein and packed with your favorite veggies, these healthy muffins are easy to make, easy to freeze and save for later, and easy for you take with you to work or on the go!