sun dried tomato and artichoke frittata

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As Stephen has been out to sea for 2 months now, I finally feel myself settling in a routine.  Staying busy and having a routine makes each day a little easier, although I constantly miss him.  Mornings usually mean being awoken at 6:15 by a joyful, tail-wagging golden puppy, long walks before it becomes unbearably hot,  coffee with rich cream, and always a big egg scramble.  Breakfast is my favorite meal and always consists of eggs, vegetables, and cheese combined in some creation.  This morning, I found a jar of artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes and decided to put them to good use.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it jumpstarts your metabolism and will keep your energy high throughout the day.  Eating quality protein and fresh vegetables instead of sugary breakfast cereals will leave you satisfied until lunch! Frittatas or baked egg dishes are an easy way to have quick morning leftovers ready to eat.  Enjoy this combination of rich, creamy feta cheese and tart sun dried tomatoes to flavor your morning start.

Rise and shine!

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Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 10 sun dried tomatoes
  • 8 artichoke hearts (canned or fresh works fine)
  • Large handful of fresh spinach
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use coconut oil or ghee to coat the baking dish.*
  • Finely chop sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk and salt and pepper.
  • Place chopped vegetables and spinach at the bottom of the baking dish and pour eggs to cover.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese crumbles.
  • Cover pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil covering and continue baking for 10-12 more minutes or until middle of egg dish is fully cooked.
  • The edges of the frittata should be golden brown and slightly crispy.

Bon appetite!

*I used a 9 1/2 inch oval baking dish.

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Brussels Sprout, Bacon Hash

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I always had a fear of these petite cabbage like vegetables until I went to Bo-Beau in Ocean Beach, California.  Not only is this French restaurant romantic and totally scrumptious, but they are famous for their fig, balsamic glazed brussels sprouts.  With a little love and seasoning, these brussels sprouts will leave you craving for more!

Attempting to eat up left overs and clean out the kitchen, I came across some brussels sprouts this morning and decided to give them a second chance.

Frying with bacon grease is a great way not to waste and get delicious flavor, but at the same time the grease has a high heat point so the fat is not damaged during frying.  Cook your bacon ahead of time and save the grease in a mug to use when needed!

Ingredients

  • 6 brussels sprouts
  • handful of red onion slices
  • 2 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 1 egg
  • bacon grease
  • salt and pepper to season

Directions

  • Begin warming frying pan to medium heat.
  • Slice brussels sprouts in quarters.
  • Add 2 tablespoons bacon grease to fry pan and sauté vegetables for about 3 minutes on high until the outsides are slightly crispy.
  • Add bacon crumbles.
  • *The key is to have your pan hot before adding grease and veggies.
  • Plate the brussels sprout, bacon hash.
  • Fry one egg and place on top of the hash.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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US Wellness Meats has fabulous pasture raised, grass-fed pork and beef bacon.  It is not only delicious but contains no preservatives or nitrates.  Bacon adds so much flavor to any dish and is full of protein.  Grass-fed animal meat contains many nutrients and the correct ratio of essential omega oils.  For more on the importance of grass fed meat see my Rosemary Bacon Eggs.

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Rosemary Bacon Eggs and Grass-fed Meat

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Its springtime, so cooking with herbs is always a must! This simple egg dish was inspired by the famous Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, Austria.  The hotel first opened in 1876 in Vienna and has been the rendez-vous location for foreign dignitaries and artisans throughout the years.  My mom and I toured Europe this past summer and fell in love with the Austria’s rich history, beautiful gardens, majestic mountains, and scrumptious food!  We enjoyed a late morning brunch at the classic hotel famous for their chocolate “Sacher torte.” They even have a boutique that just sells and ships the fancy chocolate cake!

Breakfast in Austria is bountiful and filled with hard cheeses, meats, muesli, fresh fruit and hot coffee.  Their coffee always comes in the cutest mini teapots with steamed milk!  On the menu was rosemary infused bacon, which we ordered and turned out to be a crispy, salty perfection!  This is my Austrian inspired creation for a delicious and satisfying breakfast.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices cooked grass-fed bacon, beef or pork
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • mixed spring greens to garnish

Directions

  • Melt a pad of butter in a heated pan.
  • Chop the pre-cooked bacon and sauté with fresh rosemary.
  • Divide the bacon mix into 2 small groupings.
  • Crack an egg over the bacon and rosemary.
  • Flip the eggs and serve over medium.  Garnish with a fresh, spring greens simple salad.

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Grass-fed Meat and Your Health! 

Meat from pasture raised, grass-fed animals is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting and muscle building nutrients.  Cattle and other grazing animals were designed to feed off fresh grasses and shrubs that grow in the wild, rather than be confined to slaughter houses and feed pens.  Cows and ruminants have multiple stomachs designed to digest insoluble fiber in the form of grass, and leafy green plants.

Beef and pork from pasture raised animals contains the proper ratio of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.  The ratio of 3:6 is necessary for our body to inflame and anti-inflame to keep our heart healthy, muscles flexible, and immune system responsive.

Conventional, cheep, and poorly raised meat is full of toxins from pesticide sprayed grains to synthetic growth hormones.  Toxins naturally accumulate in the fatty tissue, thus quality of meat is vital!

At the end of the day, you are what you eat—choose quality over quantity!

US Wellness Meats is a great source to purchase quality grass-fed, pastured meat.  They even ship for free! Their bacon, beef and pork is thick and delicious.