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Month: February 2015

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy breakfast)



Spicy and healthy eggs a diavolo

Oh.my.word. this is good. The original recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, which is by far my favorite Paleo cookbook. Really imaginative and out-of-my-comfort-zone recipes. Worth it! 

So, I already had breakfast when I decided to make this because I was binge photo taking for my blog. But, I ate it all–and wanted more. :) 

If you are in a breakfast rut, MAKE THIS NOW! You could modify it to make it even easier, but it was over and done with in under 20  minutes and most of the time wasn’t active, so you can sip your coffee and pet your menagerie like I did while it’s in the oven. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Even the dog was jealous of this meal. He’s intense. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

For your mise en place, gather some chopped onions. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Then just add some ghee to a skillet. Start those onions sizzling! 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)When the onions are soft, add in a protein. I used a local gluten-free sausage (Dino’s). Right about now, the smell will kill you with hunger pangs. The kitchen was heavenly.

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Add in some pasta sauce. We had some Newman’s Own in the larder that needed using, so I did that, but if you want a sugar-free, Paleo-fied one, you can always just mix some tomato paste, tomato sauce and spices in a little bowl and pour that in. 

If you’re like me and like things hot, this is where you add in the red pepper flakes. Lots and lots! Any other spices you want to add in can go in here. I know a lot of people enjoy nutmeg in saucy items–or nutmeg in everything. I’m a big fan of smoked paprika, but this dish doesn’t need any of that. Its simplicity is beauty.

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Once it’s good and cooked down, put it in an oven-safe bowl and create a little bowl in the meat mixture. If you add a lot of sauce, this could be difficult, but delicious. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a pocket, but it looks cute. Just plop an egg on top if you need to. 

Pop it into the oven for a bit. 10-15 minutes. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

It comes out looking like this. Oooh yeah. A little runny center. Ahhhh, as I type this, I’m ready to make it again. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

You can eat it like a purist and not scramble it all up, but that delicious yolk demands some spreading.

Then chow down and try not to make everyone else in the house jealous. Or you can make them some, too, I guess. Sharing is caring.

But if you wake up 3 hours before a husband–and don’t have children–breakfast doesn’t need to be shared. :) Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy breakfast)
Serves 4
A quick and healthy breakfast that you can make for yourself or for the whole family. This recipe feeds 4, but you can modify it to only feed yourself! :)
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs. ghee (or any fat)
  2. 1 onion (diced)
  3. 1 pound sausage (or any protein)
  4. 2 cups pasta or marinara sauce
  5. 1 tbs. red pepper flakes
  6. 4 large free-range eggs
  7. pepper and salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Melt the ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  4. Add the sausage, breaking it up. Cook until no pink is left.
  5. Season with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.
  6. Add the sauce. Cook until simmers.
  7. Divide the mixture into oven-safe bowls or ramekins.
  8. Make a well in the center of each. Crack an egg into them. Sprinkle more salt and pepper on top.
  9. Place in the oven and bake until the yoke is cooked to your liking. Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
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5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

 

These were a huge hit at work! And with me. I devoured this. Like little magic balls of bitter chocolate. 

The original recipe came from The Smoothie Lover, but I took out the egg. Why? Because I ran out.  So, if you have the egg, I suggest you follow their recipe and add in that one egg. :) More protein! But, then it makes it 6 ingredients. The first time I made this recipe I used the egg, so I was really nervous to make them without. But still delicious!

Monsieur Cupidon celebrates his birthdayThis little guy recommends eating this with a tall glass of Cabernet. I agree.  He knows what he’s talking about – as his name is Monsieur Cupidon and he’s a wine and chocolate expert. 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Here it is. The full ingredients. Not much to it, is there? Two avocados, coconut sugar, dark cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips and baking soda. And the egg if you want it. I didn’t taste a difference, really, so pop that egg in!

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Blend the avocado and coconut sugar. I used the food processor bowl of the Ninja. After you do this, blend in the egg if using. 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Mix in the dark cocoa powder and the chips. Use a mini cookie scoop to portion them out. 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Eat, drink and take a nap! Lucky cats just sleep all day. :) 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies
Serves 18
A healthful and rich cookie dream!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. the flesh of 2 small ripe avocados (3/4 cup)
  2. 1/2 cup coconut sugar (low glycemic index!)
  3. 1 egg (optional)
  4. 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (local co-op has high quality and low price)
  5. 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used 90%, but anything above 75% will work.)
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using any kid of mixer you have, process the avocado and the sugar. (Optional egg would be added here.)
  3. Mix in the cocoa and baking soda.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, place a small amount on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (I did 10.) or until cookies aren't so darn gooey.
  7. Cool before eating.
Notes
  1. You can use banana instead of avocado, but the avocado adds healthy fat!
Adapted from The Smoothie Lover
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Nutrition-packed Breakfast Smoothie

Nutrition-packed Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve been drinking these daily. I know, I know: it’s cold outside and a hot breakfast–especially eggs–would be a delight. But, I hate taking vitamins, so this is my solution. 

The new job is going well and I might be starting to get into a groove, although I’m always early going in and late leaving. But, the job is never finished! 

I might even feel like exercising in the morning one of these days…Weird thing is: I have been waking up at 5:30 a.m. but I don’t need to leave until 8 at the earliest to get to work on time. 

If I could take pictures of what I do with that time that wouldn’t come out all blurry I would. :) It goes like this. 

  • I make a cup of coffee with coconut oil.
  • I check my email.
  • I make a cup of nettles tea with a lemon and a dash of cinnamon. 
  • I play with the dog and feed him breakfast. 
  • I watch the news and check Facebook.
  • The dog hops on my lap.
  • We look at Pinterest until 6:30 a.m.
  • I make the smoothie.
  • We go back to cuddling and looking at the interwebs until 7 a.m.
  • Then I get ready. 

The Hobo and Christy cuddle times is the highlight of my day. But clearly I could fit exercise in there. But I haven’t. :( Maybe only 3 times in the past month. Which means I have been shoving it in at the end of the day after I get home between 6:30 and 7 p.m. I fall asleep between 9 and 10 p.m. 

The week flies by! 

I make this smoothie, in part, because I can’t seem to find time to eat during the day or at night. I need all the help I can get with vitamins and goodies. 

As you can see below, there are a bunch of ingredients thrown in, but you can modify them to your liking (and to your cupboard!) as needed.Nutrition-packed Breakfast Smoothie

The Green Superfood tub has been a lifesaver for helping me avoid taking vitamins in pill form. I did heavy research on which one was the best. The flavor is imperceptibly healthy. :) 

The Aloe Vera Juice  pictured in my photo is not the best brand for quality, but I needed it fast and didn’t want to wait for an Amazon shipment. I linked to an ideal choice. 

The Sunsweet Naturals Suprafiber I hunted for as well. My tummy doesn’t do well with aggressive fibers, so I found one that was psyllium and grain free. It’s fruit-based! 

Everything else is “standard” smoothie fair. Flax milk, ground flax seed, almond butter (that’s only almonds, nothing else), frozen berries, and spinach. 

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

The liquids go in. I don’t measure. I just pour in a approximately 1/4 cup each of the Aloe Vera Juice and the Flax Seed Milk. 

Oh, I recently switched from Hemp milk to Flax Seed milk because it had fewer ingredients and seemed more natural. I bought the one that said it had added protein. The protein is from peas! :) This product is great for getting those omegas in!

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

Sprinkle in some delicious fiber powder. Then add in the Green Superfood! 

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

Sprinkle in the ground flax seed. (I grind my own to save money.)

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

Pop in some beautiful frozen raspberries. Actually, I usually use blueberries but I was all out, so I dipped into the hubby’s raspberries.

Adding-in-the-almond-butter

Spinach! Then the quintessential almond butter. Adds creaminess and deliciousness. 

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

Blend in whatever you have! This is a really old mini blender that could use some handscrubbing TLC. 

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothieAnd voila! Perfection. Well, I lied. I made this yesterday and was out of bananas. So I thought I could make it without a banana for once and it would be extra, extra healthy and good. 

It was extra, extra healthy, but not good. So, this sat in my fridge until today–when I bought groceries. :) 

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

This big guy is important. Oh so very important to the overall texture and enjoyability of a smoothie. Don’t forget it or try to do without! You’ll regret it!

You can always cut out the raspberries or do half of a banana if you want to cut back on the fruit sugars. 

Nutrition-packed breakfast smoothie

Now, drink up for your health! 

The dog is staring at me as I type. He looks really needy, so I’ll finish this up! :)

I’ll be experimenting with more flavors in smoothies as the months go on: 

  • pineapple + banana + coconut milk

So check back for more!

Do you have any favorite combinations? 

Nutrition-packed Breakfast Smoothie
Serves 1
All of the vitamins and minerals you need to start your day off right!
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Aloe Vera juice
  2. 1/4 cup Flax seed milk (or hemp, almond, or coconut milk)
  3. 1 tbs. Vitamin powder (I use Green Superfood)
  4. 1 tbs. Fiber powder (I use Sunsweet Suprafiber)
  5. 1 tbs. Ground flax seed
  6. 1/4 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries or blackberries)
  7. 1/4 cup baby spinach (or kale!)
  8. 2 tbs. almond butter (just almonds--no other ingredients)
  9. 1 banana (or 1/2)
Instructions
  1. You can blend all of these in waves since they might not all fit in un-blended form. I usually stick with liquids first, so nothing sticky gets stuck where the blades can't reach. That's it!
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