Make Ahead Egg Bites (Healthy Breakfast On the GO!)

One of my sweet little employees came to me about a month ago and told me that she was taking charge of her diet and wanting to start a healthy lifestyle!!  And then she began to tell me about these cute little egg cups she was making that helped her start her day off right.  I had seen them on Pinterest but never tried them.  However, as she continued to go on and on for several days about just how yummy they are…I decided heck…I gotta try.  Especially since I have a VERY hard time getting myself to eat breakfast!  I am prone to choose 10 extra minutes of sleep over making breakfast.  Which is dumb because 10 minutes of sleep won’t help much…but eating breakfast will haha!  However, now if I take the time to make a batch of these at the beginning of the week, I don’t have to choose!  Cause all I  have to do is warm a couple of these guys up and I can down them in 60 seconds flat…and have healthy energy for my day!  PERFEEEECT!

Adapted from fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody!!

So, here is what you need for just 6 Bites (I was running low on eggs, so feel free to double it or more!)

  • 6 pieces turkey bacon, (Optional.  I made half of mine with, half without…and both were gloriously wonderful.  The bacon ones had the added salt and smoky flavor…but the non-bacon ones had a delightful flakey brown crust of sorts.)
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1-2 Tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt (For a creamy factor, and to stretch it if you are low on eggs like I was!)
  • 2 Tbsp Cubes Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Grated would work too.  I just like the cute little cubes)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • A sprinkle of your favorite herb or seasoning (Optional.  I think I may have added just a sprinkling of Mrs. Dash or something similar)
  • Dash of Sriracha…..also optional, but come on, Sriracha is wonderful!
  • 1 Tbsp(ish) of butter
  • Mini Muffin Pan

And here’s how you do it (easy peasy):

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*
  2. Put your bacon in a pan just for a couple of minutes until it is starting to brown and crisp but is still bendy.  This step is optional but a lot of the commenters recommended it 🙂
  3. Whisk together your eggs, yogurt, cheese, salt, pepper, sriracha, and seasonings of choice until nice and creamy.
  4. Smear butter on the inside of all the little muffin cups you will be using.
  5. Wrap bacon around the inside of your cups if you are using it.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the cups until about 3/4 full.
  7. Slide into your oven and bake until golden brown and not jiggly.  Check around 20 minutes, but may take up to 30.  🙂
  8. Enjoy the ease and deliciousness of healthy breakfast habits!!

 

Peectures!

Preheat your oven to 350, and get your bacon started!  Toss it in a pan for a few minutes until just starting to brown and crisp up but still pliable.  You can also crank some fresh pepper on it as you do so.  Peppered bacon is my new favorite!!

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Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the butter) in a bowl…

Photo (3)And whisk until smooth…

Photo (4)Smear butter around in the every muffin cup you will be using.  Wrap bacon inside the cups if you are going that route (again, with and without are both fantastic, I don’t think I could pick a favorite!)  Fill each cup 3/4 full with the egg mixture.

Photo (5)Slide into preheated oven and bake until browned and no longer jiggly.  Start checking it at 20 minutes, but it could take up to 30.

Photo (6)Yum!

Photo (8)See what I mean about the lightly browned, flakey crust on those guys?

Photo (7)But then, who can really resist bacon….?

Photo (9)Without?

Photo (11)With????
Photo (10)WITHOUT?!?!?

I have an idea…how bout you make some, and let me know what YOU like better?  🙂

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Berry Good Breakfast!

Cheesy title?  Quite possibly.  But all you mother’s of small children caught what just happened there.  Perhaps I have been spending too much time in Berry Bitty City 😉

Anywho!  This is a very, very good breakfast…and very full of berries!  Usually when I eat this sort of thing to start my morning, I just do a bowl of yogurt with fruit.  It’s pretty good…but nothing too special.  Especially since…because of this whole health journey I am on…I don’t get to eat my favorite, creamy, nearly-neon yogurt that comes with big chunks of cherries in it.  Cause along with the big chunks of cherries always comes sugar or corn syrup up the wazoo.  See…here is my confession.  I’m a food blogger so I should have super fancy, uppity, refined tastes right?  Well.  I…I….I’m just going to say it….I don’t really like Greek yogurt.  ESPECIALLY plain.  Sigh.  Don’t judge me.  It’s just SO tart it almost hurts my tongue.  But if  I’m to be healthy, that’s my only option!  So I usually just chunk up enough of a sweet fruit that the juices counteract the tart and distract me.  Ha.  Silly me.  Never again.  Why did I not think of this sooner?  Look at what I did!!

Berry Good BreakfastOh.  My.  Dear.  Goodness.  Heavenly!  You can’t even see the yogurt any more, haha!!  Now, another confession…I didn’t really measure, but I don’t think that is an issue with this recipe, cause it just depends on how much you want of each thing.  So here is what you see there:

 

This is what you need:

  • Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/2 C – 1 C
  • Raspberries, a handful
  • Blackberries, a handful
  • Old Fashioned, or Stone Ground Oats, and handful
  • Thinly Sliced Almonds
  • Agave, a good drizzle!

 

Doesn’t that sound fantastic?  It had a granola feel to it, without the bad stuff they usually put in granola!  I have found the Naked brand of granola to be so delicious, but the kinds I have found always have craisins with sugar in them, or banana chips with sugar in them, etc…  Stink.  But I’m sure you can find purely healthy granola if you want to use that instead.  But what I loved about this is that I wasn’t even planning on making it, but found all these things just hanging out on my shelves, begging to be used.  The almonds added a nice crunch, the oats added a fantastic flavor that was almost sweet…and of course the agave stirred in gave it that sweetness I craved to mask the tart Greek yogurt taste.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Put the desired amount of yogurt in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle the top with agave, depending on much sweetness you desire.
  3. Sprinkle with oats, almonds, and berries.
  4. Stir it all up, or eat it in layers like a parfait!  Whichever you prefer 🙂  For additional pleasure, take this outside into the morning sunshine and soak in some well deserved Vitamin D while you delight your taste buds and love your body.

 

Remember when choosing between a donut, sausage Mcmuffin, and artificially flavored smoothie and something like this recipe….

YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE, NOT A TRASH CAN!

And you are a treasure that deserves only the best!!  Happy eating friends!

 

Raspberry Peach Hunger Suppressing Smoothie

This is for y’all that got excited about my Green Apple Smoothie post!!  Apparently smoothies are all the rage!!!  I guess it makes sense in the “health” circle…cause since my decision to turn around my eating habits (I type this as I shove a handful of Cheez-Its into my mouth.  I’m not perfect, okay?  I’m sick.  I gave in 😦 ) I have had smoothies almost daily.  They fill up my tummy, fight my cravings, and are so delish!  This one was pretty good, so I figured I must share!  Yummy.  It is a base that you can feel free to play with…smoothies are one of those foods that you can use as a canvas!  Be inspired and go create your own 🙂

Raspberry Peach Hunger Supressing Smoothie

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1-2 ripe peaches, seeded and sliced
  • 1 handful raspberries
  • 1 handful ice (I can’t stand lukewarm smoothies!)
  • 4 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk, start with 1/2 C and keep going till you get desired consistency
  • 1 Scoop Creamy Vanilla Perfect Meal powder*
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave, optional

For other fun options, you can add:

  • A glug of vanilla
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • A Tbsp of Almond Butter

 

*Did you miss my notes about Perfect Meal Powder from my Green Apple Smoothie?  In a nutshell, it is a product from the author of The Maker’s Diet, Dr. Jordan Rubin.  It is a protein packed powder that you can use as a healthy snack (unlike most protein powders, it has none of the crap ingredients that strip away the nutritional value) or even a meal replacement.  With smoothies, it adds a nice creamy texture.  And my favorite, it expands in your tummy and makes you feel SO full!  It can be found at most health food stores, but if you go that route you are going to be paying almost $50 for a big jug.  We purchase ours at this website, where we can get it for almost half price!  Also, if you leave me some love in a comment and give me an email, we can send you an invite, which in turn will get both of us a small discount!  Yeah baby!

 

Here’s how you do it!

  1. Do I even need to put directions here?  I feel like it would be insulting your intelligence 😉  Toss in blender.  Blend.  Enjoy 🙂  

 

Good bye tummy grumblies!!!

Raspberry Peach Hunger Supressing Smoothie 2

For When I Want a Donut

This is going to be a quick little post…to help you get through the days when you get to work and they have a whole box of Dunkin Donuts available for the taking.  Sigh.  Oh…am I the only one that that happened to?  Haha.  I just wanted to give you an idea for a little treat that is sweet, satisfying, and will not taste fake and make you feel like crap.  If you have been eating healthy for a stretch of time, and then had a donut…you will know exactly what I mean 😉

So, here’s what you need:

  • Spelt bread, or something similar
  • 1/2 a banana
  • Almond butter
  • Honey, preferably organic and raw.  But either way it’s going to be better than a donut.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. You are probably guessing where this is going.  Pretty self explanatory.  Toast the bread.  Spread the almond butter, slice the bananas on top.  Drizzle with honey.  Enjoy the sweet taste, the hearty feel, and the fact that you aren’t poisoning yourself!  Yay!

It may not look like much, but it is exactly what I needed to get me through the temptation…and honestly I didn’t feel like I was missing out!!  You should try ittttttt!

When I want a donut 2

Turkey Sausage Fritatta

This is an “omg” meal!  Remember the Two Pepper Fritatta?  That was really good.  This one…is even better!!  I’m usually not passionate about breakfast…but when I made this, I fell in love.  And I rarely repeat recipes because I am so excited to try new ones that I don’t have time to do both.  Not so with this one.  Definitely have already made it twice.  Definitely can’t wait to make it again.  There is just something about turkey sausage…that makes me really happy!  🙂  As some of you may remember, I have realized that there is a certain way to make these…and if you get it just right…you are going to have a crispy, golden brown “crust” with a super fluffy wonderful inside!  And of course…what could make it better than to top it with a little melty cheese? Have I peaked your interest?  Read on, my friends….

Tweaked from perfectweightamerica.com.

Here’s what you need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 oz Cheddar Cheese (I use raw milk cheddar from Aldi)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 C Sour Cream
  • 4 oz Turkey Sausage, not the links…the ground stuff in a roll 😉  (Try to find some without sugar!)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (The sausage does most of the flavoring)

And here’s how you do it!!!

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a CAST IRON SKILLET, or closest oven safe pan you have (but really…you should use the cast iron one), brown your turkey sausage.  Remove and set aside.
  3. Whisk your eggs, sour cream, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Go light on the salt, cause sausage is salty.  You can add salt later, you cannot take it away!!  Make sure this part gets nice and fluffy looking 🙂
  4. Add your browned sausage to the egg mixture and mix it up.
  5. Melt the butter in your same cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Let it get nice and warm!
  6. Pour in your egg mixture and let cook for 5-7 minutes…so that the edges are getting nice and set, but you aren’t burning its butt.
  7. Top with shredded cheese and plop in your 400 degree oven.  Cook until the eggs are nice and fluffy but set, the cheese is melted, and the edges are getting brown.  Probably another 5-7 minutes.
  8. Serve!!  We ate it just as is and it was perfect!  But feel free to top with what you like, ie some fresh herbs, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado, etc… Let your imagination have its way 🙂

Brown your turkey sausage in a cast iron skillet.  CAST IRON SKILLET I SAY!  Set aside 🙂

Turkey Sausage Fritatta

Eggs, sour cream, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Whisk it till its smooth!

Turkey Sausage Fritatta 2

Add sausage to the fluffy mixture and stir in 🙂

Turkey Sausage Fritatta 3Melt butter in the same cast iron skillet and let it get decently hot (medium heat.)  Pour in the egg/sausage mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes.

Turkey Sausage Fritatta 4

Top with shredded cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese.  Tabby love cheese!

Turkey Sausage Fritatta 6

Plop into your oven for another 5-7 minutes, or until the middle isn’t runny any more, the sides are getting golden brown and crispy, and your cheese is melty!

Turkey Sausage Fritatta 8

Yeah baby!!!  Don’t you just want to dive in to that beauty?!  Mmmm!!

Turkey Sausage Fritatta 9

Sausaaaaaaage!  Thank you Jesus!! 🙂

SO delicious!  I seriously love sausage.  And the mixture of the fluffy and crispy…I can barely stand it!!!   In a good way of course.  This is FANTASTIC with a nice refreshing fruit smoothie!!  Perfect breakfast 🙂  Enjoy!!  Let me know if anyone tries it 🙂