Monster Meat Pile

Okay, so…let’s just be honest here.   The hardest part about eating healthy?  At least for me?  Those days when you have so much to do, you have no time, you’re crazy hungry, and the drive through is RIGHT THERE.  Especially when you get home and it seems like there is nothing to eat!!  Well.  Here is one of our solutions.  Not saying that I am perfect and never cave.  To my shame I do that more often than Mr. Rodgers.  But this Protein Plate has saved me from stumbling so many times, because I have these items on hand at all times!!

Like a few of my other posts, this is a little less “recipe,” and a little more just me sharing an idea with you that has worked for me.  Obviously you can make your own version of this, as long as you keep a go-to for weak, hectic moments.

 

So here’s what I use:

  • Frozen Burger Patties
  • 2 Slices Bacon (Optional, I happened to have some the night I took these pics)
  • 1/2 Small onion
  • 1-2 Eggs

 

I think you can pretty much figure out the rest by checking out my pictures (sorry the lighting was bad, I was so hungry I didn’t have it in me to take the time to take really pretty pictures.  I am known for getting “hangry.”  You don’t want to mess with me when the hanger is upon me.

Basically, you just….

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Heat up a cast iron skillet and toss in a frozen burger patty or two.  Slice your onions into strips, rub a little butter on the bottom half of the skillet and sauté the onions while your burgers cook.  I season both sides of my burger patties with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little chipotle chili powder.

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Toss some bacon in the pan too if you are using that.

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A couple minutes before it is done, create an open space and crack an egg in there.

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When it is all done, assemble your monster meat pile.  You will not be lacking in the protein area after this!  I always find it so satisfying!

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Yay Yay Yay Yay!  What do you think of my idea?  And what do you do when you have no time but need some protein fast?

Teryaki Chicken Burgers

Paleo.  It has been the most rewarding lifestyle we have tried.  Not to mention, it is quite satisfying since you get to eat so much protein.   The only issue I have run into is figuring out enough interesting ways to cook meat.  One fail-proof option is burger patties!  You just have to be constantly thinking of creative new ways to prepare them to keep it interesting!

Lucky for me, I found this book at my favorite store for cook book shopping, Five Below:

 

Grill It

(Feel free to check it out here)

 

Since it is a book of grilling recipes, most of them are protein-based.  And there are plenty of burger recipes, just waiting to be adapted to clean-eating standards.  Now I would like to share one of those with you!!  I love how there is a great flavor…but also veggies snuck in there!  And another thing I just adore about burger patties is that, even though we are transitioning to cooler days, you can still rock these puppies!  Be it an outdoor grill, grill pan, or a good old fashioned cast iron skillet…burgers will satisfy your tummy and your taste buds!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 1 Carrot, Peeled and Grated
  • 2 Green Onions, Minced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Ginger Paste (or fresh grated)
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • A few shakes Red Pepper Flakes
  • Toppings of choice

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Combine all the burger ingredients in a large bowl.  Divide mixture into 4 even portions, and form into patties.  If needed, you can form them right on your plate over some foil or wax paper, because the mixture WILL be more moist than regular burgers.  Place them in the freezer just a few minutes until you are ready to grill.  This helps them stay formed.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill, or a cast iron grill pan or skillet with a small amount of grass-fed butter in the bottom.  Place burgers on your cooking surface and cook for 6-7 minutes per side, until juices run clear and the temperature is at 170*.  I’m sure you know this, but these are not beef burgers so they MUST be cooked all the way through!
  3. Top with whatever you please and eat away!!

 

Peectures!

 

Mix everything together and form your patties:

 

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Cook 6-7 minutes per side, or until done!

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And devour!!  Pretty easy, right?!

 

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Simple Cauliflower Rice

I know I have posted a version of cauliflower rice before.  It was an extremely delicious, Asian, “fried rice,” only cauliflower style.  😉   It was amazing.  One of my favorite things ever!  But sometimes you just need a simple, quick rice substitute, not packed with too much flavor…since rice is usually the base for something more rich.  So here is a little treat for you in those times!  A healthier alternative to rice, a great way to sneak in veggies…and literally takes just a few minutes!  I am so thankful to Abel James for opening my eyes to just how easy this can be!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 Head Cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Place cauliflower (in batches if needed) into a food processor, and pulse until it is about the size of rice.  Alternately, if you have a grater attachment to a KitchenAid, that works well too!
  2. Dump into a large microwave safe bowl.  (I know…its crazy right?!  I am usually not a believer in using the microwave for anything other than warming up left overs or melting butter…but this works so well!)  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Carefully remove, stir, and season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  If needed, return to microwave in minute increments until “rice” is softened and a nice texture for your purposes.  I usually have to cook an extra minute or two over the suggested 5.  🙂
  3. Serve hot under your favorite dishes!  My serving suggestion will be up soon!  I used it for…drum roll please…Grain Free Fish Taco Bowls!  Soooooo good!!

 

 

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Bacon Bit Egg Bites!

I’ve posted some egg bite recipes before.  I love them because you can whip out a dozen when you have a few minutes to spare, and you have healthy breakfasts for the rest of the week!  Ones with protein to keep your body happy!  Because I love the idea so much, I decided it was far time to create a new adaptation to keep it exciting!  So here is my  new flavor!!  Bacon Egg Bites!

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1-2 Tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk (Or Greek Yogurt.  Almond Milk makes it more light and airy, yogurt is fluffy but more dense if that makes sense.)
  • 2 Tbsp Cooked Turkey bacon, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp Red Onion, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Chives
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Butter for pan

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crack all the eggs into a bowl.  Add the other ingredients and whisk together until combined and fluffy.
  3. Grease the bottom a mini muffin tin with your butter.
  4. Fill all the cups 3/4 full with the egg mixture.
  5. Slide into your heated oven and cook until starting to brown, and the middles are solid.  This should take between 20 and 30 minutes!!

 

Yay healthy easy breakfast!!  Enjoy guys!!

 

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