My husband and I have been taking a little break from eggs. Now don’t get me wrong… we love eggs! But we had gotten to a point where we were having them every single morning. It is so convenient to pre-boil eggs, or to scramble some up quickly. BUT, there are two problems with over-doing the eggs:
You will quickly get tired of them. When you start thinking “I could probably go the rest of my life without seeing another egg,” you know you’re at a place where you need to take a break. HAHA!
You can give yourself an egg allergy. Did you know this? I didn’t either, but I’ve heard it’s true.
(Note: This was just confirmed by Diane of Balanced Bites: “You can become sensitive to any food if you overdo it and your body is prone to it. It may not be a frank allergy, but an intolerance or sensitivity, sure.” Thanks Diane!)
Our little break from eggs has been quite nice! It’s been about a month since we’ve had eggs in our house, and we’re getting to the point where our egg appetites are returning. For now, I think we’ll just keep enjoying some of our favorite non-egg breakfasts mentioned below.
1. Diced Chicken and a Smoothie – We love dicing chicken, sautéing it in coconut oil with a little salt and pepper, and just finger-fooding it. Pair it with a coconut milk smoothie, and it’s a perfect, filling breakfast.
Make ahead: you can definitely do this the night before and pop it in the fridge. Just re-heat the chicken in the morning, grab your smoothie from the fridge, and you’re good to go!
2. Breakfast Sausage and Sweet Potato – I love picking up some local, pastured pork sausage from my Farmer’s Market. It is already spiced with sage, and several other ingredients. I form them into patties, and cook them in coconut oil until they are no longer pink inside. Pair with some buttered (grass-fed!) sweet potato, and you have an amazing combination!
Make ahead: I like to cook my sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker, and them mash them with a potato masher (imagine that!). Add a little salt and lots of grass-fed butter, and then refrigerate. In the morning, I like to cut up the sausages and heat them with the sweet potatoes. SO good!
3. Bacon and….. Anything! We love bacon. Our favorite brand is Applegate Organics Sunday Bacon. And guess what? It goes with more than just eggs. We usually pair it with some leftover veggies that have been hiding in the fridge from a recent dinner.
Make ahead: I have definitely cooked bacon the night before, and it is still almost as yummy re-heated the next morning. However, my favorite way to enjoy bacon is to set my alarm 20 minutes early, run to the kitchen to toss the bacon in the oven, and then hop back in bed until it’s ready. There is nothing like waking up to the smell (and taste!) of fresh-cooked bacon.
4. Leftovers! Breakfast food does not have to be breakfast food. Do yourself a favor and get over the notion that you can’t have Paleo Spaghetti, steaks, or beef stew for breakfast. This morning I had leftover “secret liver burgers,” leftover swiss chard/onion saute, sauerkraut, homemade ketchup, and decaf coffee (with full-fat coconut milk and cinnamon). It was delicious and very filling! Now I will admit… I’m not a big fan of super-spicy leftovers first thing in the morning, but other than that, I’m cool with leftovers!
Make ahead: No instructions needed here!
Make ahead: This can also be made the night before! Just pop it in the microwave with some extra coconut milk or almond milk, stir, and top with a little cinnamon. It’s a nice, warm breakfast for cool, cozy mornings.
6. Garden Meatballs – These are perfect little breakfast packages. They are made with grass-fed beef, and packed with veggies. Pair with some sauerkraut, and you have a fantastic combination!
Make ahead: These are great pre-made, and even frozen ahead of time. Pop them in a toaster oven for a quick re-heat. YUM!
7. “Cereal” – This is a yummy little breakfast, but I definitely recommend making it with coconut milk rather than almond milk. You will get some good fat from the coconut milk, and it will be much more filling than a nut milk.
Make ahead: You can definitely chop your fruit and nuts the night before. Then just pour the coconut milk in the morning, and enjoy!
Sauerkraut: This is a great way to consume some fermented food on a regular basis. And in my opinion, it goes with just about everything.
Decaf Coffee: Brew your favorite blend, and then stir in a generous amount of full-fat coconut milk. Top with cinnamon. This is a wonderful, creamy, filling addition to any breakfast.
Bacon: Enough said.