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Fall Butternut Squash Frittata

I can’t tell you how frequently I walk through the produce section of the grocery store at this time of year, and I day dream of a table full of sweet and savory selections made with the various squash and gourds on display. I will admit, though, that I’m not very brave when it comes to cooking with gourds and squashes.

This dish may be a bit safe (in that butternut squash isn’t a difficult food with which to work), but it’s layers of flavor are complex and delicious. There’s the sweetness from the squash, the tang from the balsamic, and the earthy savoriness from the spinach. I’m so excited to share this creation with you, and I hope you enjoy it for a weekend brunch or make-ahead for weekly breakfasts!

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Easy Pesto Egg Bake

If you’re like us, you’ll have a full house this Thanksgiving for the holidays. This means you need more food for each meal of the day—breakfast, lunch, dinner (and snacks). Most days I don’t eat breakfast, so Heather makes something for herself. With at least two more people in the house, we love having options for bigger and easier breakfast meals.

This pesto egg bake is one of the easiest things we’ve ever put together, and it’s awesomely tasty. Regardless of whether you use a pre-made pesto, or make one of your own (we have a few!), you’ll be ready to go in no time.

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Paleo Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast—every college student’s dream (and nightmare). My college years, and pre-paleo days, often consisted of pizza for breakfast, or whatever takeout was leftover. An adage of mine that survived this period of life is, “if it isn’t good cold, it isn’t good,” and I still use this for food and recipes today. We don’t often splurge for pizza these days, paleo or otherwise; but when Heather asked for breakfast this Sunday morning, I had an urge to be creative. About 30 minutes later, we were full and this recipe was born.

We made this paleo breakfast pizza fairly plain, with a topping of pepperoni and fresh basil, but don’t let that stop you from making it your own. We’ll likely update this post as we move forward with additional ideas, but feel free to add veggies, additional meats (…bacon?!), or cheese, if you tolerate it. Let us know in the comments how you personalize this paleo pizza, and enjoy!

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Hazelnut Pancakes

As a little girl, Sunday morning was a special time to cook waffles or pancakes with my dad before my older sister and mom would wake up and come into the kitchen for breakfast. I was the designated pancake flipper. As an adult, I didn’t often indulge in making pancakes for myself and since choosing to be grain-free with Brent, we have only attempted “paleo” pancakes a few times.

I don’t remember why we bought hazelnut flour; but lately it’s been calling to me. Sweet breads and baked goods have floated through my imagination. I settled on hazelnut pancakes because making pancakes takes me back to a simpler time, a time when it seemed like my sole purpose in life was to explore the world and smile. I hope these little hazelnut pancakes give you something to smile about, too.  Continue reading

Bacon Egg Salad

Egg salad is another one of those dishes that I grew up uncertain about. I liked the idea of egg salad, but the ingredients–specifically, the mayo–always made me shiver. Store-bought mayo just grosses me out. Always has. Probably always will. This egg salad skips mayo (homemade or otherwise) all together and add bacon. Bacon makes everything better. We hope you enjoy it!
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Fluffy Coconut Omelette

It’s the day before Thanksgiving! Are you hosting guests? We won’t have as many family members as last year, but we are hosting again and we’re been planning what to cook for breakfasts, lunches and dinners around the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. This recipe requires more time and effort than most omelette recipes, but it’s a perfect way to impress your special holiday guests the Friday or Saturday after turkey day.
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Eggs with Saute of Baby Portobellos, Roasted Bell Pepper and Red Onion

This morning for breakfast, I threw together a few items found in our fridge and it turned out great! Sadly, I was in such a rush, I didn’t take any photos during the process. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about posting this recipe at all! But, a request for details came in via Twitter, after I posted a picture of the final product; how could I deny their curiosity?

So, here it is…!

Eggs with Saute of Baby Portobellos, Roasted Bell Pepper and Red Onion

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil, separated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, sliced* 
  • 2 slices, quartered, from one large red onion
  • 6 baby portobello mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • seasonings to taste: freshly cracked black pepper, sea salt, and fresh thyme
*I used a roasted red bell pepper from a jar (see below for a photo with the brand name); but you could certainly roast your own bell pepper, any color, prior to whipping this up. In fact, it would be best to roast your own because then you know exactly what’s in it–simply a bell pepper. If you buy, like I did, just be mindful (as you probably already are) of the ingredients. It’s amazing what companies sneak into what otherwise ought to be very simple jars of food!

Yield: 2 servings

Method:

1. With 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, sauté the onion pieces and mushroom slices for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat.
2. Toss in the sliced roasted red bell pepper and sprinkle with black pepper, sea salt and thyme.
3. Continue sautéing for 1 to 2 minutes, until bell pepper is heated through and the onion is just about translucent.
4. Plate, cover with tin foil to keep warm (optional), and set aside.
5. Next, cook the eggs. To make them over-hard: Pour the last teaspoon of olive oil into the same skillet in which you sautéed the veggies. Crack the eggs into the skillet. (Optional: sprinkle seasons over the eggs.) Turn down the heat to medium-low and cover the pan. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes, flip the eggs, and let them cook another 1 to 2 minutes, or until yolk is firm.
6. Plate over your veggies and enjoy!

This jar is as free from sugars, additives and other nasties as we have found. Ingredients include Red Peppers, water, citric acid and salt. We buy it at Costco for a good price and once opened it’ll last at least a month (we’ve pushed it to two before) in the fridge.

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