Eggs with Sausage-Mushroom “Salsa”

Another tasty creation with my Sofrito sauce for breakfast today.  The hubs and I loved this one!  Man, I love that Sofrito on everything I’ve tried it on! I know everyone doesn’t like mushrooms, so I would suggest perhaps red bell pepper instead.  That is sweet enough as to not mask the Sofrito, but rather complement it.  Other veggies might not do so well here.   This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto plans and primal/paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 eggs, beaten (I used extra large)

1 T. unsalted butter

3 oz. sliced smoked sausage

4 large mushrooms sliced

1 T. my Sofrito sauce

Dash onion powder

VARIATION:  Substitute red bell pepper for the mushrooms

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium skillet lightly brown the sausage slices over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms and saute until they are no longer opaque.  Add the Sofrito sauce, stir well and remove from heat.  In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the onion powder.  Melt the butter in a separate skillet and scrambled the beaten eggs until done to your liking.  Spoon onto platter and spoon the sausage-mushroom “salsa” down the center of the eggs.  Serve at once and delight your taste buds.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

407 cals, 32.3 g fat, 3.85 g carbs, 0.60 g fiber, 3.25 g NET CARBS, 26 g protein, 808 mg sodium

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Berry Bites

Strawberry Breakfast Bites
      

These tasty 2-bite morsels are a slight variation of my Strawberry Egg Puffs recipe.  Make a batch of these for your honey for Valentine’s Day!  If you don’t have the Nordicware pan I used, you can use any mini-muffin pan you have.  These were a cinch to make and so good my husband just couldn’t stop.  They are delightful with morning coffee.  Sprinkle with powdered sweetener and serve them as a dessert with afternoon tea.   These are suitable once you get to the berries rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL ladder. They are also OK for Keto diets.  Primal and Paleo followers will want to use only almond flour or coconut flour and change the sweetener, but are do-able I think.

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NOTE: If you are gluten free, use all gluten-free mix, as my Einkorn mix is not gluten free.

INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, beaten

¼ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

¼ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (or more Jennifer’s mix for gluten-free)

1 c. frozen strawberries, drained and chopped (or other berries if you like)

2 T. erythritol

2 T. Splenda, granulated

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. + 1 tsp. coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Melt coconut oil in your mini muffin baking pan and brush 24 slots well with oil.

Beat the eggs in a small mixing bowl.  Add the bake mix.  You can use any low-carb bake mix you prefer.  Add sweeteners, vanilla and chopped berries.  Fold all together until smooth.   Using a 2 T. measuring cup, spoon batter into mini pan slots.  They will be nearly full to the brim.  Don’t worry, Mine didn’t overflow in the pans, although they do temporarily rise above the top like a souffle…..and then fall a bit when done and cooled.

Pop into oven and bake for 16-18 minutes or until risen and firm in the center.  Remove, cool a couple minutes and with knife tip, lift them out and serve while warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 Berry Bites or “mini muffins”, each contains:

32.3 calories, 2.4 g  fat, 1.55 g  carbs, .37 g  fiber, 1.18 g  NET CARBS, 1.67 g protein, 16 mg sodium

Upside-Down Spinach Omelet

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One of my favorite  inverted omelets.   This one is simple, and uses bacon, ham and a bit of healthy  spinach.  Try it also without spinach for variety.   This one is very tasty and the hubs loved it! He isn’t usually vociferous about what he eats so I really take note when he is.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Paleo and Primal as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 slices bacon, chopped

2 small slices cured ham, chopped (I used Cure 81)

¼ tsp. onion powder

½ T. unsalted butter

½ c. cooked spinach, drained

1 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about ¼ c.)

3 extra large eggs, beaten (or 4 smaller ones)

Pinch homemade Cavender’s Greek Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a 7″ non-stick skillet over high heat, fry the bacon and ham until nearly done.  Add the onion powder and stir.  Add butter and melt.  Using your spatula, distribute the meat mixture evenly on bottom of skillet.  Evenly dot the surface with the spinach.   Sprinkle the top with the cheese.  Beat the eggs in a bowl with the pinch of Cavender’s spice and pour them slowly over the top disturbing the spinach-meat mixture as little as possible (for the prettiest final result).  Pop into 350º oven for about 15-17 minutes or until set but not actually browning.  Remove, loosen edges by running a spatula around the omelet rim.  With one hand, invert a plate (centered) over the skillet.  With both hands, pick up the skillet and flip the pan to allow the omelet to drop onto the serving plate, hopefully in the center.  If your skillet handle prevents centering (like mine), push the omelet on the plate with your spatula to try centering.  Cut into 4 wedges.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Depends on how you cut/consume this, but assuming this is for 2 adults, each serving will contain:

402 calories, 31.9 g fat, 3.45 g carbs, 1.05 g fiber, 2.40 g NET CARBS, 26.55 g protein, 1013 sodium (from the meats)

 

Smoked Sausage Breakfast Pizza

This was a very tasty treat this morning!  I remembered I had Joseph’s Oat Fiber-Flax Pita Bread in the fridge and decided to do my scrambled eggs a little differently today.  Didn’t want too many busy flavors competing, so I only added green onion to the meat and cheese, and limited the cheese at that!  These got a thumbs up from both of us and I’ll be making them again!  They are suitable once you get to the grains level of Atkins (close to Maintenance).  If you use a low-carb bread like cloud bread, even those in Phase 1 can enjoy these “pizzas”.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 Joseph’s Oat Fiber-Flax Pita Bread rounds

½ c shredded Mozzarella (or other cheese if you prefer)

3 large eggs, beaten with the onion below

1 large green onion, chopped fine

6 oz (3 links) smoked sausage, sliced thin

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place the pita breads on a broiler pan with holes, a pizza pan with holes or a parchment lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle each “crust” with a quarter of the mozzarella cheese (about 2 T. per pita).  In a non-stick skillet, lightly cook the sausage over medium-high heat for a couple minutes.  Remove slices to paper towel to drain.  In the sausage grease remaining, lightly scramble the egg-onion mixture, turning off the heat just when the eggs are no longer runny, but not quite done.  Spoon the eggs evenly over the two loaves.  Top each with the remaining mozzy cheese.  Pop into oven for about 10-15 minutes just to set up the eggs and melt the cheese.  Crusts will get almost crisp enough to pick up and eat with hands, else use a fork and knife to eat these.  ENOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

416 calories, 29 g fat, 6.1 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 4.3 g NET CARBS, 36 g protein, 1125 mg sodium

Mr. Matthews’ Omelet

mr-matthews-quicheIn 1980 we took a 6-weeks driving tour of Great Britain that was truly the trip of a lifetime.  Planned our route for months.  We put over 6,000 miles on a brand new Volkswagon “Golf” we rented just outside London, where our epic journey began.  Drove all the way to Edinburgh by way of Berwick-on-Tweed, back down through the Lake District, over into Wales, Down the west coast to Tintagel in Cornwall, stopping over at Clovelly a day, a dip down to Lynton-Lynmouth and finally back to London by way of a B & B just down the road from Paul McCartney’s famous Windmill home.  The car dealer rep was honestly gob-smacked when we turned the car back in and he took note of the odometer that had read nearly zero when he handed the car over to us.  🙂

My husband, a retired World History teacher, just had to see Hadrian’s Wall, near Corbridge, so we picked a lovely little country cottage from our AA Farmhouse Guide whose description was idyllic and which turned out to be the most memorable one we stayed it during out 6-week tour of the UK. The proprietor was a stout, soft-spoken, distinguished, silver-haired gentleman named Mr. Matthews.  The approach to the establishment was through a circular drive in a lovely garden.  Once inside the cottage (more a mansion almost) we look up to see the massive staircases that encircled each end of the main room. We looked at each other and our eyes said “Picked a good one, this.”

The very formal dining room had a massive picture window that looked onto a huge garden lined in pink honeysuckle!  Mr. Matthews, assisted by a lovely daughter, served dinner that night himself, as he was inordinately proud of his B & B.  It was a non-fancy meal, but typical, hearty country fare: ham, greens, potatoes and baked beans.  The British, you see, ate a lot of canned beans throughout WWII (beans on toast, my father said, was a favorite when he was stationed there in 1943).  To this day, beans are still a staple in their diet and served in ways we “colonials” would never dream of…………that turn out to be quite tasty.One of the side dishes on the plate was baked beans which were tasty with his ham.

At breakfast the next morning, our omelet was again served by Mr. Matthews, presented with great pride.  He was beaming when he said “You don’t get an omelet like THAT in just any B & B”.  We smiled to show how eager we were to try his special omelet that clearly had everything in it that was leftover from our dinner the night-before.  It was cooked to perfection and man, I’m here to tell you that his was one of the best omelets I ever ate!

Well, I ramble on in a sea of nostalgia, so I’ll get back to the matter at hand, the recipe and prep.  I’m such a lousy omelet cook I invariably tear them up rolling the sides over, so I prefer to bake them like a quiche to avoid that issue.    This recipe is not suitable until you reach the legumes level of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder well into the OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss Phase).  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you omit the beans, but that’s really what makes this recipe so special.  But a bacon-onion quiche, although a horse of another color, is always good. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

5 slices lean “streaky bacon” as Mr. Matthews would call it (regular bacon ion the States)

2 oz. chopped yellow onion

½ c. well-rinsed pork ‘n beans (from a can)

3 extra large eggs, beaten (more if you want a thicker, heftier, more eggy quiche)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Coarsely chop the bacon into 3/4″ dice.  In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon but stop before it is crisp.  Chop the onion and add to the pan and saute/cook until the two are brown and tender.  Drain off the excess grease.  Sprinkle the beans evenly on top.   Drizzle the beaten eggs evenly over the mixture.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or just until the center is set to the touch.  Cut into 4 portions and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains 136 calories, 6.9 g fat, 4.70 g carbs, 0.95 g fiber, 3.75 g NET CARBS, 9.77 g protein, 2261 mg sodium

Bacon-Onion Heart Quiche

img_5611These are phase 1 of our Valentine’s Day celebration today……..Bacon-Onion Heart Quiches.  They were very tasty and the hubs was quite pleased. 🙂  I’m making him Strawberry Heart Mini Cakes for his dessert tonight  (we’re eating Indian food out for dinner).  These were made in a fun little pan I found somewhere years ago I just had to have.  The slots are only 3/4″ tall, so it makes individual portion cakes (or whatever).  heart-cake-panThese tasty breakfast “hearts” are as easy as pie to make.  You can use any shaped pan molds, silicone molds or regular cupcake pans (or whatever you have available).  There is nothing sacrosanct about the shape here.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  Primal-Paleo will need to use a plan-suitable bread at the bottom.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, chopped fine

2 oz. onion, chopped fine

1 slice low-carb bread (I had this on-hand focaccia bread)

3 extra-large eggs (or 4 large), beaten

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a brush, oil your baking pan slots with a dab of olive oil.  Crumbled the bread evenly into the bottoms of the slots.  Pour the beaten egg mixture into the slots.

In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon.  When it is done but not quite crisp, add the onion and saute until the bacon is browned and onion is beginning to brown as well.  Sprinkle about 1 T. of the bacon-onion mixture over the tops of each portion.  Pop pan into 350º oven for about 13-15 minutes or until egg is set up in the center when touched with your finger.  Do not over cook lest they dry out.   Lift them out gently with the tip of a knife and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 Heart Quiches, each contains:

146.4 calories, 11.8 g fat, 1.74 g carbs, 0.40 g fiber, 1.34 g NET CARBS, 9.14 g protein, 225 mg sodium

Turnip-Bacon Quiche

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Ever since starting my low-carb journey, I never cease to be amazed at how many fun things you can put into a crustless breakfast quiche and end up with a MUCH tastier result than expected when starting out.  And often much better than my doubting husband, picky eater that he is, likes to admit.   🙂  This morning when I opened up the refrigerator, I saw I had one turnip smiling up at me, right on the front of the shelf, and it seemed to be saying “Eat me, Eat me”.   A visual image of  the talking plant, Audrey, in the campy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” came to mind.  🙂    Thought I’d accommodate the little guy!  🙂  This was very much like a hash brown and bacon quiche!  No turnip taste at all.  It really tasted like potatoes! This recipe is Induction friendly.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

2 oz. onion, chopped

4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped

1 small turnip, peeled and grated (about 2-2½ oz.)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.   In a non-stick skillet, cook bacon over med-high heat until nearly done.  Add onion to the residual grease and saute until union is softening a bit.  Add grated turnip and saute, stirring often until it is tender.  Beat eggs and evenly pour over flavor ingredients and pop into preheated 350º oven for about 15 minutes or until set in the center.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

259 calories, 18.9 g  fat, 5.7 g  carbs, 2 g  fiber, 3.7 g  NET CARBS, 16.35 g protein, 545 mg. sodium