Eggs, Zucchini and Salsa Breakfast

I love breakfast. It’s probably my favorite meal of the day. A lot of times my husband ends up making breakfast but occasionally he will let me make breakfast too. 🙂 I love trying new ways to incorporate vegetables in to my day. For breakfast I shredded some zucchini the day before and used some salsa I had made earlier in the week as well to top it off. But any salsa will do!

Ingredients:
Eggs
Fat (Butter/bacon fat/coconut oil)
Shredded zucchini
Dried onion flakes, salt, pepper
Salsa

Instructions:
Drop a little fat into the pan, let it melt and add in the zucchini. Let it get soft, add dried onion flakes and cook for about 2-4 minutes on a low heat. Set aside once it is cooked. Add in an egg or two to fry. Cover with a lid for about 2 minutes on low heat. Add salt and serve over zucchini. Top with salsa and enjoy! 

egg-zucchini-breakfasat

Butternut Squash Soup

butternut-squash-soupFor this recipe I used the following of things I had on hand:
1/2 Butternut squash
1 carrot
1 green apple
2/3 chopped onion
Dash of cinnamon
1 tsp of sea salt
Dash of red pepper
1 quart of homemade chicken broth/stalk

I used the pressure cooker for this recipe – please note I had already cooked through/steamed the butternut squash/carrots/apple prior to using the pressure cooker. You don’t need to, just cook for a longer duration if you were to do it in one sweep.

Add all ingredients into pot, turn to “soup” setting on high pressure for 10 minutes. I let the natural release happen for 10 minutes before opening. I transferred to with two batches into the blender on soup mode for a minute and saved into two jars for eating. But of course I had to eat a bowl with my daughter who stole most of it before we saved it for later. 🙂

It would be great with some sautéed onions on top, possibly some canned coconut milk added for thickness but it was great alone as well. You could even add some sausage or chicken if you wanted it to be hearty.

You could also do this in a crock pot for 4-5 hours on low then transfer to blender.

butternut-soup

Meatloaf Update

I have started using my food processor to blend the meats together because it was seeming like I’d get a bite of beef and then later a bite of chicken and I wanted a more consistent tasting meatloaf. This has really solved my problem!

1 lb grass-fed beef (or ground pork)
1 lb ground chicken (or ground turkey)
1 egg (optional if you use a food processor to mix together, not really needed)
Dash of sea salt
2 finely chopped celery stalks
3 shredded carrots
1 zucchini shredded
1/2 chopped onion (I use a yellow or sweet onion)
1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp of cumin
Few shakes of parsley flakes
Few shakes of oregano
A squirt or two of organic ketchup
A squirt of mustard

For the vegetables: carrots, zucchini, onion and even the celery you can just use your food processor to do the shredding/chopping for you to make the veggies nice and fine. This saves a little time. Shred and or cut up veggies and set aside.

Take half of each meat add to the food processor and mix together. Pull out and do the same with the second half of the remaining meats. Add the shredded vegetables, blended meat together in the food processor. I just pulsed it a few times until things were starting to look even. At that point add in all the spices, ketchup and mustard. Again pulse a few times until blended. Pull out the meat and add it to your meatloaf pan. Cook for 45-50 minutes at 350. Enjoy!

 

Other things that can be quite tasty to mix in include:
cilantro
spinach
shredded sweet potato

Green Beans with Bacon & Dried Onion

Another tasty fresh garden treat this summer – green beans! I have never loved them but I think I realized that I have been used to canned green beans. There is a HUGE difference. Fresh green beans are the bomb!

The ingredient line up:
2-3 cups fresh green beans (I cut the ends off of mine, but you don’t have to)
1 tablespoon olive oil (or you can use butter/coconut oil/bacon fat)
2 pieces of nitrate free bacon
1 Tablespoon of dried onions

Wash or cut ends of green beans. In a pan that you have a lid for, take 1/4 cup of water and steam the beans for about 4 minutes. Add the olive oil and let them sauté on low for about 5 minutes. Add in finely chopped bacon, cook for another 5 minutes, add in dried onions for final few minutes.

Enjoy!

**I ate them before I got a picture of my yummy green beans! Post yours in the comments!