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Do You Miss Cold Cereal?

28 Aug

I came across this idea and recipe  last night on the CrossFit BelAir website, and I was so excited that I ran to the kitchen and threw it together as fast as I could!

My hubby is a HUGE fan of cereal, it was one of the hardest things for him to give up.  He has been eating mixed nuts with raisins and almond milk for years now, and it just feels–wrong!  Yeah, so this is basically the same thing, but it seems better.  🙂

Also, I really love having cereal-like foods for the kids because they love the variety!  And because it has a high caloric density, I know it will keep them fueled all morning.

This is fast, sweet, savory, nutty, crunchy and comforting.  It’s like a muesli, or a granola, and it was absolutely divine smothered in creamy, coconutty, milky goodness.

Here is what I did–no measuring!

one-half apple cored and roughly diced

handful of sliced almonds

handful of pitted, chopped dates

handful of unsweetened coconut 

generous dose of cinnamon; 1 pinch of salt

Pulse in the food processor to desired consistency–smaller is better for the little ones!  Serve with almond milk, or creamy coconut milk.  (Taste of Thai brand, preferably!)

Thanks to Don & Mel, and CFBA!
Leigh

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Who is Sick of Eggs for Breakfast?

6 Feb

Cauliflower Grits Breakfast Casserole

I threw in red bell pepper with this one.


Okay.  I have had more than one person ask me what I eat for breakfast.  I have to admit…like Heather, I eat pretty much the same thing everyday.  However, we need variety to keep everyone else interested and happy.  My go-tos are usually the omelet muffins, or this delicious sausage hash.  But those are even starting to seem mundane.

I came up with this one after considering all the cauliflower-grits’ potential.  I love breakfast casseroles:  total comfort food, they last a few days, and you can take them to people who are in need of a meal.  (Some have gone the extra mile when bringing us meals, by including breakfast for the next morning…I have loved paying that forward!)  Also, this is a great way to squeeze in your veggies first thing.

I promise you, even your father-in-law will eat this and like it.  Provided you do NOT tell them what it is, what is in it, or use the words “paleo” or “primal” in any sentences.


Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole

1 head of cauliflower
3/4 c chicken stock or water

1 lb sausage
5 cups raw spinach
6 ounces full-fat coconut milk (I prefer Taste of Thai brand)
4 eggs lightly beaten
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9X13 baking dish by greasing it with coconut oil.

Wash, remove leaves, quarter, and core the head of cauliflower.  Pulse it in a food processor until it looks like grits.  Put all the cauliflower-grits in a pot, add 3/4 c chicken stock or water.  Simmer on low until tender, about 10-15 min.  Drain off excess liquid, set aside.  The grits can also be sauteed or toasted under the broiler (see below).**

Brown and crumble the sausage.  Leave the sausage oil in the pan and add in the fresh spinach.  Stir until it wilts.

In a large mixing bowl,  add the coconut milk, eggs, and spinach mixture, stir well.  Add in the salt, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice and stir.  Add the cooled cauliflower-grits and stir well.

Pour into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 45 minutes or until center is set.

Enjoy your vegetables!
Leigh

**UPDATE:  I have recently been sauteéing the cauliflower “grits” in a frying pan instead of boiling them.  They retain the same texture, but have a toasted taste and appearance.  I like it much better, but they are more brown in color.  Heat 2-3 tbsp of the oil of your choice (reserved bacon is best!!), and sauté the “grits” until they are done.  Let them sit, then toss/flip them every few minutes.

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More Breakfast Ideas:

Baked N’Oatmeal

Cold Paleo Cereal

Banana Sweetened Coconut Flour Muffins

 

What in the world is for breakfast (Part 1)

24 Jan

Egg "bowl" of collard greens and salsa verde

Egg, kale and tomato scramble

One of the biggest questions I seem to get lately is about breakfast. Dinner can be easy….pick a meat, pick some veggies and you’re done, but for some reason breakfast remains puzzling to many.  I have a stash of great primal breakfast options for weekends or special occasions when there is more time (primal pancakes, waffles, quiches, veggie-loaded omelets, frittatas, and so on–stay tuned for future posts!) but every day during the school/work week I have the same thing:

3 eggs

WITH

-4 cups of raw kale or collard greens lightly sautéed in olive oil, coconut oil, or butter
-two chopped tomatoes lightly sautéed
or,  1/2 cup of a good salsa

I pair that with a half an apple and a bit of almond butter and I’m set until lunch. Try it. Take a giant leap away from cereal and toast.  I promise it is fast, easy and you will feel great knowing you front loaded so many super foods into your morning!

Best,

Heather

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