Apologies for the ridiculously delayed blog post! Joseph’s work schedule has been particularly busy at work these past two weeks, and I started teaching a brand new novel study that I’ve never taught before, so that usually means me attempting to stay ahead of my kids each night by studying up on the content that I’m about to teach… #procastination. Sigh. Plus, we’ve both just been too lazy to blog. We have tons of recipes to share, but we just can’t seem to find the time to just sit down and type away. Professional blogging is no joke!
Most of the recipes that I like to use the most in my kitchen are the ones that are most convenient, i.e great for meal prep and easy to make. I like recipes that are easy to cook in bulk! This is not only for meal prep but also because Joseph tends to eat a massive amount of whatever I make (he loves me? or he loves food? who knows…).
This recipe is for breakfast egg muffins. This recipe is not only extremely easy, but it’s also flexible as well! If you don’t like the ingredients that I put in, you can change it up to meet your needs and wants! The breakfast egg muffins store very easily for meal prep, and you can eat them as an on-the-go breakfast or even eat them for lunch. I do both!
First up, gather the ingredients:
- 5 links of Applegate pork breakfast sausage
- 10-12 eggs (Grade A, cage-free, and organic is preferable)
- ghee, coconut oil, or other fat of choice
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced into small pieces
- 1/2 green bell pepper diced into small pieces
- 1/2 onion diced into small pieces
- shredded cheese of choice (I use mexican blend)
- salt and pepper to taste
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and also washing your hands!
Take the breakfast sausage and dice them into small pieces. Sausage is typically a no-no when it comes to paleo-friendly foods, however the Applegate brand is one of the better brands that have pre-made/cooked meats that are paleo-friendly. You will of course still have to check the ingredients listed on the back of any Applegate product to double-check if it’s pale-friendly, but the pork sausage has been verified by us!
In a medium/large bowl, scramble your eggs and season with salt and pepper. I also sometimes throw in FlavorGod seasoning just because! Add the green bell peppers, red bell peppers, onions, as well as shredded cheese (as much as you desire). Honestly, this is where you have fun. You can add diced cook mushrooms, diced tomatoes, chopped broccoli, bacon, basically anything that floats your boat! There IS such a thing as putting too many different ingredients because it will overflow your muffin tins. My recommendation is to vary it up each time you make it. Bell peppers and sausage one day and maybe mushrooms and bacon the next day!
Grease the cups of a muffin tin with your ghee/coconut oil/lard of choice. This is where it can get tricky. If you grease it TOO much then your muffins will turn out… well, greasy! Grease it too little and your muffins end up sticking to the pan. My recommendation is to use silicone baking cups (to purchase click here). There’s no need to grease, and the muffins slide out perfectly.
Place equal amounts of sausage in the bottoms of the muffin tins. Don’t worry, the sausages will rise up throughout your muffins. AMAZING.
Pour your egg mixture evenly on top of the sausage. You will want to pour it about 5/6th of the way full (a little more than 3/4 but less than the brim of the muffin tin). Don’t pour to the brim or else you will have a colossal crazy mass of muffin, but pour too little and you have dinky little muffins. 10 eggs will make about 10 muffins, and 12 eggs will make about 12 muffins.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and try to allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before digging in! Use a knife to loosen the egg muffin from the sides of the pan.
You can store in an an airtight container and refrigerate to eat later. You can eat these as is or serve these with salsa, bacon, paleo-friendly wraps (to purchase wraps, click here), or if you are not strictly paleo, you can even crumble it up and throw it in a tortilla for an easy breakfast wrap!
Again, feel free to be creative and add whatever breakfast ingredient you would like! The options are endless!
Did you add any additional ingredients when you made yours? If so, please share! We’d love to know all of the different combinations you can do with this dish! Remember to hashtag #jenjoandpaleo!
Until the next meal,
Joseph and Jennifer
It’s been an incredibly crazy week for me and Joseph. It was my school’s Homecoming week, and I’ve been so busy with the Homecoming Coronation and Dance festivities. I can honestly say I literally spent almost 80 hours this week at school: monitoring my kids while they painted, decorated, and set-up for the dance; communicating with vendors for the dance; handling ticket sales and unsuccessfully trying to count/add/divide/multiply monetary amounts (my number skills are horrendous), and worrying about the weather raining out our Homecoming Coronation Ceremony which was outdoors. My poor kiddos got the full dose of crazy me this entire week, and poor Joseph, who is always ever-so-supportive, was stuck with the “assistant babysitter/food delivery/emotional support man” throughout the entire process. So I haven’t been able to even think about properly blogging until now. I’d hate to skip a week of not posting anything, so I’ll provide a recipe for a very easy side dish, baked sweet potatoes!
Sweet potatoes are not only paleo-approved but that are also absolutely delicious and can be cooked in so many ways. Sweet potatoes are GREAT for athletes, and they are a wonderful source for carbs.
Joseph and I like to cook our sweet potatoes in a variety of ways, and we’ll share those recipes in the next few posts! However, there is one very simple, tried-and-true sweet potato recipe that ANYBODY can do. Baked sweet potatoes!
Now, gather your ingredients:
- Sweet potatoes (your preference to how many you would like and which kind of sweet potato you’d like to use)
- Ghee (or coconut oil)
- Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Flavor God seasoning (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is warming up, wash the sweet potatoes well. After drying the sweet potatoes, take a fork or small knife and carefully prick small holes all over the sweet potatoes.
Melt the ghee, and with a cooking brush coat each potato with your ghee/coconut oil. Place in the oven for about 40-50 minutes.
And voila! That is it! When you are ready to eat your sweet potato you have the option of mixing ghee and salt/pepper to the potato. Joseph likes to add Flavor God seasoning to his sweet potato. I just eat it plain-jane because I love the taste of sweet potato alone.
We’ve been using baked sweet potatoes as part of our meal prep. We bake the potatoes, cut them in half, and couple them with some kind of protein and maybe a small veggie side. Absolutely perfect and easy for meal prep!
Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet post! Remember to hashtag #jenjoandpaleo!
Until the next meal,
Joseph and Jennifer
Ok, so I was somewhat coerced into writing this post by my loving gf, but here it is! Do you want GAINS? “Of course, Joseph. What kind of question is that?” Then you’ll want to add chicken to your arsenal of protein.
Chicken breasts/thighs are a great source of lean protein. They’re easy to make and a lot cheaper than other meat sources. They go a long way when it comes to meal prepping, unless you just eat them all with no remorse, which I sometimes do (ask Jennifer or any of my previous roommates). You’ll want to stick with white meat as it is less fatty.
Enough of the intro, this recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare, more or less.
- 3 chicken breasts or thighs, about 6-8 oz. each (make sure it’s defrosted)
- ½ cup of blanched almond flour/meal (you can purchase here)
- 3 tbs. of FlavorGod Seasonings, trust me you’ll want THIS seasoning and not some crap from stores (buy here: http://flavorgod.com/)
- 1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and grab 2 bowls. Set aside your chicken breasts for now (cut them if needed).
Put raw egg in one bowl. In the other bowl, place your ½ cup of almond flour and 3 tbs. of FlavorGod seasoning (my favorite is EVERYTHING SEASONING SPICY, sorry future digestive system).
Mix the flour and seasoning, and be sure to break apart at clumps.
Place the chicken into the egg bowl to coat it. You’ll then place the egg-coated chicken into the bowl with the almond flour and seasoning mix to give it a thin almond coating.
Put the chicken on a baking sheet (with or without parchment paper) and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
THAT’S IT! It’s fast and easy. If you want to double the amount of chicken you make, just double the ingredients.
Be sure to hashtag #jenjoandpaleo when you cook with a recipe inspired by our blog! We thank everyone for their support!
Until the next meal,
Joseph and Jennifer