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Ham and Egg Bake

“Egg bake” (as my family calls it) is a traditional Christmas morning breakfast in my family. My parents layered buttered white bread, sliced cheese, and diced ham in a large baking dish. Then, they poured whisked eggs over the layers, refrigerated the whole thing for a few hours, and finally popped it in the oven just before we went to midnight mass. I can remember coming home from church, exhausted but exhilarated that it was Christmas Day, and the savory smell of the egg bake engulfed me. We’d have breakfast and be allowed to open one of our presents before going to bed.

With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve been craving egg bake. But given our preference to avoid gluten and Otto’s and my need for me to avoid dairy, I knew the dish I grew up with wouldn’t be feasible. I considered replacing the buttered white bread with ghee and gluten-free bread. I also considered replacing the sliced cheese with something as well. Ultimately, however, I decided it might be better to simplify the recipe rather than complicate it. Somehow, this incredibly easy egg bake came out so similar in taste to “egg bake” from my childhood, I almost couldn’t believe it. For so few ingredients, it packs a lot of flavor!

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Roasted Ranch Cauliflower

We have been on a cauliflower “kick” lately. Truth be told, I didn’t actually realize it until I sat down to write this post, but this is the third cauliflower-featuring recipe in a row. Whoops! I hope you’re finding it as versatile and delicious as we are. I promise the next recipe will be completely different.

This recipe takes a childhood favorite of mine—ranch dressing (I wouldn’t eat vegetables without either ranch dressing or melted cheese!)—and dresses it up a bit, while removing the dairy. The flavors are subtle, but work perfectly with the sweet roast-y goodness of the cauliflower. Serve it as a side with any chicken, pork, beef or even game meat, and enjoy!

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Simple Cauliflower Curry Soup

Cauliflower is an extremely versatile vegetable, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. We’ve roasted it, steamed it, and pan sautéed it. We’ve served as a substitute for rice, orzo, and potatoes in recipes like Lobster Cauliflower Risotto and Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower Mash.

Lately, we’ve been experimenting with using cauliflower as a thickening/cream-like agent. (If you missed last week’s Bacon and Cauliflower Creamed Spinach, go check it out.) We get really excited when we’re able to “sneak more vegetables in” like this. Plus, the spicy curry flavors of this particular soup are perfect for warming up on these ever colder late-fall days. Better yet, there’s nearly no work involved in making this recipe! We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

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Bacon and Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

The past five months have flown by with a newborn, and it has hit us that next week we will be flying out to Wisconsin to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Turkey Day is the first of many opportunities to over-indulge (in food and drink) with friends and family on a regular basis through the end of the year. There’s nothing wrong with making a conscious choice to treat yourself. However, we’ve learned that going off the rails has its consequences and is less and less appealing each holiday season.

As a result, we are always trying to create more options for our holiday tables, and this time we think we’ve really struck gold. This creamed cauliflower, spinach, and bacon medley has the heartiness of mashed potatoes, plenty of spinach, and bacon for days. It’s a great option for anyone looking to stay low-carb during the holiday feast, but it won’t leave anyone else feeling deprived. We hope it makes its way to your table as well, no matter the season.

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Instant Pot Spicy Beef Soup

Now that we’re experiencing colder weather, it seems that people are getting sick left and right. We weren’t immune to whichever bug was floating around last week. Otto and I caught our first colds of the season (and his first ever). We dutifully suctioned his passageways and tried to make him as comfortable as possible, while I found solace in menthol, tea, and plenty of rest.

To help clear the congestion, I wanted to make an easy, spicy soup that would help open me up. This soup did the trick. Plus, it’s a one-pot meal and was done within an hour. We know you’ll enjoy this soup in cold weather and hope you don’t need to break it out to fight a cold.

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