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Breakfast Skillet

The breakfast skillet is similar to the Buddha Bowl in the sense that it’s completely adjustable to your taste or the contents of your fridge at any given time.   Having only two pans to wash at the end of a delicious meal is a bonus… (It’s mainly a bonus for the teenagers in my house, since they are on dish duty when they are home!)

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Breakfast Skillet
A quick and easy meal that is both delicious and satisfying!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Put ground meat into large skillet and begin cooking on medium heat.
  2. Once meat has been cooking for about 5 minutes, add all chopped broccoli to skillet and continue cooking with the meat.
  3. Add basil and oregano to meat and broccoli mixture.
  4. Heat some butter on low-medium in a small skillet and add the eggs.
  5. Once eggs are cooking, add halved cherry tomatoes to meat and broccoli skillet.
  6. When eggs are ready, divide the meat mixture evenly between 4 plates. Sprinkle each with cheese.
  7. Place egg on top, sprinkle with chives and serve immediately. NOTE: I was so excited to eat this today that I forgot to put the chives on for the photo... but they do add some depth of flavor so I recommend using them!

Cauliflower Scalloped N’otatoes

You just can’t have ham without thinking of scalloped potatoes….  or at least I can’t.  So when I was making ham, I decided to throw together a low carb version of scalloped potatoes and see how it turned out.  It.  Was.  Delicious.

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Cauliflower Scalloped N'otatoes
This creamy, cheesy side dish for ham does not disappoint. You won't miss the potatoes. I promise.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Dinner, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice head of cauliflower into small chunks.
  3. Chop onion and into small pieces, and crush the garlic.
  4. Add butter to a small skillet and heat on medium.
  5. When butter is melted and starting to bubble, add onions and garlic and cook on medium-low until onions are translucent.
  6. Pour cream into skillet and turn heat down to low. Add salt to this mixture.
  7. In a buttered casserole dish put half of your cauliflower to cover the bottom and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the cheese. Sprinkle with coarse ground black pepper and then add the other half of the cauliflower.
  8. Add the remaining cheese evenly on the top of the cauliflower, and add more pepper.
  9. As the cream mixture heats up, stir frequently. Once it is heated through and bubbling a bit at the edges, remove from heat and pour over cauliflower and cheese in casserole dish.
  10. Put the casserole dish in the oven for about 25 minutes until top is bubbling and the cheese is browning.
  11. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes so the sauce can thicken up a bit. Serve alongside ham and a salad and try not to lick your plate.

Salted Chocolate Pecans

Christmas is coming and I was thinking about the bowls of peanut brittle and other sugary snacks that usually abound at this time of year. That got me to thinking about how I could make something that my sugar-free boy could enjoy, along with the rest of the family, on a holiday that centers so much around food, and especially treats.

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Salted Chocolate Pecans
Salty sweet snack that everyone will love but that won't put you into a sugar coma!
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
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Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread pecan halves on a cookie sheet in one layer and put in oven to roast.
  3. It takes about 10 minutes to roast the pecans but you need to watch them quite closely as they can burn and be ruined if you turn your back. I usually set my timer for about 7 minutes and then pay attention closely for the last 3. If you open the oven to check them you can see that they are ready when they are just starting to brown. They also begin to have that delicious, rich, toasted nut smell when they are just about done.
  4. While the pecans are in the oven, put the chocolate chips, cinnamon and butter into a double boiler or just place a heat safe bowl over top of a saucepan filled with water, and bring the water to a low boil.
  5. As the chocolate chips and butter begin to melt, stir occasionally. Once chips are mostly melted, stir in the whipping cream until blended and keep stirring until the chocolate is smooth and silky.
  6. For convenience and ability to create the 'drizzle' effect with chocolate that is not super runny, I put it into an icing decorator bag. My daughter taught me this trick of using a water glass to hold the icing bag open while you spoon in the chocolate. It works like a charm.
  7. Snip a small hole into the end of the icing bag and then 'drizzle' the chocolate back and forth across the pecans making sure that every pecan has chocolate on it.
  8. Sprinkle all pecans with coarse ground pink himalayan sea salt. Don't be too skimpy as you definitely want to taste the salty sweetness in every bite.
  9. Throw in the freezer for about 30 minutes and voila! Good luck only eating one serving.

Cauliflower ‘Bun’ Grilled Cheese

There is nothing I like better than a buttery grilled cheese sandwich – crispy on the outside and all kinds of melted cheese oozing from within. If you’re grain or gluten free, or just a little adventurous, I highly recommend this grilled cheese using Cauliflower Buns.

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Cauliflower 'Bun' Grilled Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium and add butter.
  2. When butter is melted, place one cauliflower bun into skillet, top with cheese of choice, and place second cauliflower bun on top.
  3. Cook just as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Flip once and remove from heat when cheese is melted and starting to ooze.
  4. Serve with tomato soup, ketchup, side salad or just a couple dill pickles and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The key to this grilled cheese is the Cauliflower Buns.  This recipe is the easiest one to use and has been failsafe in my experience.  My recommendation is to make them relatively thin, as they are quite rich and filling when using two of them at a time!  If you're looking for the tin rings I used to make the perfect sized Cauliflower Buns, you can find them here: Fox Run Set of Four English Muffin Rings

 

 

 

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This sauce is so versatile and so delicious that I sometimes just eat it by the spoonful on its own.  It’s great with fish and all types of meat, it can be a fabulous spread for crackers or bread on a charcuterie board, and if made slightly thicker is also delicious as a dip for veggies.  If you thin it out a bit it’s also a perfect salad dressing.  I use it in my Buddha Bowl recipe as well.

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut red peppers into quarters and remove seeds.
  3. Remove skins of shallots and chop into quarters.
  4. Peel the garlic cloves.
  5. Using a pastry brush, brush peppers, shallots and garlic with some avocado oil and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Roast peppers, shallots and garlic in oven for about 45 minutes, until pepper skins begin to turn black.
  7. When the roasting is complete, peel the charred skin from the peppers and discard.
  8. Add peppers, shallots, garlic and remaining ingredients to a food processor and pulse repeatedly until sauce is desired consistency. I like it to be slightly chunky, but it will become very smooth is processed longer. If you want the sauce to be thicker, leave out the olive oil and add 1 tsp at a time until it's the consistency you are looking for... if you want to use as a thinner salad dressing, add a bit more olive oil a tsp at a time.
  9. This keeps in the fridge for several days in a sealed container, so don't be afraid to double or triple the recipe and eat it on EVERYTHING!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and Eggs

This is a little twist on traditional bacon and eggs, and while simple to make, looks and tastes impressive.  I recommend making enough proscuitto-wrapped asparagus for leftovers as they are delicious chopped into an omelette the following day!

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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and Eggs
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 25
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Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 25
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and remove the woody ends from the asparagus.
  3. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each asparagus stalk in a spiral so that 2/3 or more of the asparagus is covered.
  4. Place the asparagus on a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure the asparagus are not touching.
  5. Using a pastry brush, brush the ends of the asparagus with avocado oil.
  6. Put into the oven for about 20-25 minutes until proscuitto appears crispy.
  7. When asparagus are about 10 minutes from being done, heat up some avocado oil or butter in a small skillet.
  8. Crack both eggs into the skillet and keep heat on low-medium until whites are fully cooked but yolks are still soft. For nice sunny side up eggs, the key is low heat over a longer period of time. If appearances aren't super important or you prefer your yolk fully cooked, feel free to flip the egg easy-over.
  9. Arrange 1/2 of the asparagus on each of two plates, place egg on top and serve immediately.

‘Nacho’ Brussels Sprouts

Sometimes you just want to eat something quick, easy, and comforting.  This particular time I wanted comfort food but I also wanted to use up my leftover Brussels sprouts.  I think you could do this with pretty much any leftover roasted vegetable with delicious and healthy results.

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'Nacho' Brussels Sprouts
Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. When I make this it is usually with leftover roasted veggies, but if you're making it from scratch, chop the Brussels sprouts into thirds, toss with avocado oil, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. If the veggies are already cooked, pan fry them with a small amount of avocado oil until heated.
  2. Toss Brussels sprouts with taco seasoning until evenly distributed.
  3. Place Brussels sprouts on an oven safe platter and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Broil in the oven until cheese is melted through and starting to bubble.
  5. Slice avocado and add sour cream and salsa to a plate.
  6. Slide Brussels sprout 'nachos' onto the plate and enjoy!