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Recipes

Brunch Worthy Egg Casserole

A Nutritious Breakfast for Hectic Mornings

This is a go to recipe for us for either easy make ahead weekday breakfasts or a dish to share at a breakfast event. In fact, a variation of this recipe appeared at Dr. Jamie’s recent baby shower brunch! The ingredients are basic and versatile depending on what you hSummer 15 croppedFreeze individual portions for a quick grab and go breakfast!ave and what you like. It also reheats beautifully for great leftovers and can be frozen in slices for future use (see picture).

 

Simple Egg Casserole

 Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

12 Eggs (preferable organic and free range)

*2-4 vegetables of choice (greens, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, sweet potato, or any other vegetable)

Breakfast meat -bacon, ham, or sausage (Optional)

Seasonings of choice

Salt and Pepper to taste

*tip- Use a lot of vegetables and Meat! The layer in your 9x13 dish should be at least an inch thick. Remember, this is feeding 6-8 servings of people. The higher your ratio of yummy toppings to eggs, the less likely the casserole is to have that "bouncy" egg consistency. 

For example, the picture contains one 5 oz package of kale, 1 large sweet potato, 2 onions.  Another combination we enjoy is 1 medium sized zucchini, 2 bell peppers, and an 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms.

 

Directions

If using meat, cook and remove from pan. Sauté vegetables together until soft. In a large bowl mix meat, vegetables, and a dozen cracked eggs. Add in desired seasonings. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 glass baking dish.   Cook at 350 for 40 minutes. Remove when eggs are cooked through.

 

Italian Stuffed Peppers

You know those nights when you are staring into your fridge looking at the hodge podge of food trying to figure out how to puSummer 15 002t them all together to make dinner? This recipe was inspired by one of those nights. You can substitute or add almost any vegetable depending on what you have and what’s in season – shredded carrots, zucchini, mushrooms would be great! My husband commented that this was one of the best things he’d ever had, so I had to share! The peppers reheat really well and make great leftovers. Enjoy!

 

Yield: 8 half pepper servings

Serves:4

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers – seeded and sliced in half

1 lb ground beef (sustainably raised and grass fed is best)

1 head cauliflower shredded or “riced” in food processor

2 cups tomato sauce

1-2 tbsp of coconut oil, lard, bacon grease or other good cooking fat

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

Italian seasonings (Basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme)

Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions

 

Sautee onion and garlic in the fat until soft. Add ground beef and brown with the onions and garlic. Add cauliflower, tomato sauce, and spices to mixture. Let simmer together for 10-15 minutes. While that is cooking is a great time to prep the peppers. Lay your peppers out on in glass dish (9x13 works great) and fill generously with filling. You can top with cheese or extra tomato sauce if desired.

 

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

How To Pack a Lunch That Will Keep Your Kids Full and Focused All Afternoon

Summer 15 276My lunch today consisting of chicken vegetable stew in a thermos with plain, full fat yogurt topped with blueberries, pecans and cinnamon.  Yum!It’s that time of year again folks!  I cannot believe it, but Facebook does not lie.  I saw all of the pictures the last few days of everyone’s very cute kids in their first day of school outfits. You know what that means…It’s time to get back into the fall routine of packing healthy lunches for the kids (and grown up kids)!

Focus on nutrient dense, REAL foods!

Fill lunch boxes with quality fats and proteins to maintain energy and focus throughout the afternoon. Resist the temptation to send typical lunch foods that are refined and processed (i.e. bread, crackers, chips, cookies, pop, juice boxes, candy, etc). These convenient foods might be easy to grab and stick in the lunch box, but the high sugar and carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar to spike after lunch and soon come crashing down. This can cause your student to lose energy and focus and be ready for a nap before the afternoon is over  On the other hand, a lunch with more fat and protein keeps blood sugar even, keeping your student satisfied and engaged all afternoon.

Some of our favorite nourishing lunches include:

     Chicken salad, celery with nut butter, and a few slices of high quality cheese

     Two Hard boiled eggs, cornbread muffins smeared with real butter, and a mashed avocado (guacamole) with bell pepper slices

     Homemade soup in a thermos, plain yogurt topped with blueberries, nuts, and cinnamon (See picture)

     Lettuce wraps with ham, cheese and avocado slices, handful of nuts with unsweetened dried fruit (easy trail mix), and applesauce

Below are lunch box friendly ideas to nourish your family and keep everyone satiated and satisfied until dinner time!

  • Wrap a nitrate/nitrite free lunch meat (Applegate Farms) around slices of avocado
  • Breadless sandwiches! Check out these ideas for 15 breadless sandwiches: no bread sandwich ideas
  • Homemade soup or leftovers in a thermos
  • Chicken, tuna, or egg salad made with homemade mayo
  • Salad with homemade oil and vinegar or ranch dressing (easy to make from homemade mayo)
  • Guacamole with veggies
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Handful of nuts
  • Unsweetened dried fruit
  • Homemade fruit and nut bars
  • Homemade muffins (Freeze well) – These are a few favorites: cornbread muffins and banana muffins
  • Good quality cheese, preferably from pastured cows
  • Unsweetened, Plain, Full Fat Yogurt or kefir
  • Apple or celery w/ nut butter
  • Unsweetened applesauce - This is easy to make in a crockpot: crockpot applesauce
  • Beef Jerky (make your own if you have a dehydrator!)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Homemade fruit snacks
  • Coconut bombs

Remember that transitioning to a real food diet may not happen overnight.

If you aren’t at the point of making your own mayo and ranch dressing that is okay.  Do what you can do and keep moving in the direction of eating real foods!  The important thing that I want everyone to realize is that many of the “modern convenience foods” aren’t that difficult to make on your own.  The real ingredients that you will add will be much better for you than the ingredients used in the processed foods in the middle aisles of the grocery stores! 

 

A couple of tips to help:

 

     Set aside a couple hours each week to prep lunch items (i.e. cut veggies, make a big batch of soup or chicken salad, make and freeze muffins, etc) will make it easy when trying to get everyone out the door in the morning!

 

     Involve your kids in the process by encouraging them to help make, choose, and pack their lunch with you!

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