Sweet Potato & Prosciutto Baked Egg Cups

These little cups of golden delicious-ness are an easy option for busy families who need something quick in the mornings. Sweet and salty, they are great for breakfast, brunch or a simple snack on the go.IMG_4033

These prosciutto egg cups are high-protein and portable, and easy to make in advance so you can enjoy them all week.  Eat them at your desk, in your car, or right out of the fridge with your hands (when no one’s looking 🙂 ). Best of all, they can be filled with any ingredients to suit your taste (add spinach, your favourite deli meat or seasonings). You can also adjust your cooking time to how you like your eggs (I like mine not too runny, but still soft in the middle).

There’s nothing better than a healthy and wholesome breakfast that not only tastes great, but also leaves you energized all morning. Mmm

 

Ingredients

*Yields 12

  • Oil or cooking spray01FC1470-E2B1-436F-A73A-4ABD91755F2C
  • 1-2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 12 eggs
  • 12 thin slices of prosciutto (can be substituted with your favourite deli meat or omitted)
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Spray muffin baking tray
  • Slice Sweet potato thin with a mandaline
  • Line each muffin tin with 2 peices of sweet potato
  • Lay thin slice of prosciutto over the sweet potato
  • Crack egg and lightly season with salt and pepper
  • Bake on middle rack for approx. 15 minutes, or until the whites are firm and yolk is runny.
  • Cool and enjoy!

*Recipe tipmake in advance as part of your weekly meal prep for a quick breakfast and easy snack full of protein!

 

 

Cauliflower Buns & Bagels

Who doesn’t love bagels, right? Check out this twist on the traditional bagel that will keep your paleo, gluten-free or keto diet on track. Despite being totally (white) flour-free, these Cauliflower Buns & Bagels are surprisingly light and fluffy. Enjoy them fresh out of the oven or  slightly cooled. A sprinkling of dried onions, garlic sesame seeds (Everything Bagel Seasoning) on top also add a great taste and texture! Mmm…

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups shredded cauliflower
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbs arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Everything bagel seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Shred cauliflower in a food processor until becomes a rice like consistency
  • In a bowl add shredded cauliflower and remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly
  • Measure 1/4 cup of cauliflower mixture in your hands and form into a ball
  • Cauliflower Buns:  shape into a ball and flatten slightly.  Sprinkle with bagel seasoning mix
  • Cauliflower Bagels: shape into a ball, flatten slightly and use your finger to poke a hole in the middle while shaping with your hands.  Sprinkle with seasoning mix
  • Place on baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper
  • Each batch makes approx. 18 bagels
  • Bake on 400 degree F for 30 min
  • Cool and enjoy!

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Sausage and Peppers

This rich and flavourful Sausage and Pepper dish will fill you up, feed a crowd, and keep your waistline slim at the same time. It’s an easy, hearty dinner (or lunch) that will make you feel like you came straight from an Italian deli. IMG_2474

This low-carb and paleo-friendly meal is finished in just 30 minutes! Best of all, it is made in one skillet/pot which makes the cleanup that much easier. It’s a perfect recipe any night of the week. Mmm

Ingredients:

  • 8 sausages (turkey, chicken or pork)
  • 1 Tbs oil (coconut or avocado)
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 jar strained tomatoes (or 1 tin crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 Fresh basil leaves (or substitute with 1 tsp dried basil)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Instant pot:

  • Set Instant pot to sautee function add oil
  • Once oil is heated, add sausages and brown on each side (3 mins per side)
  • While sausages are browning, slice pepper and onions and dice garlic
  • Once sausages are done browning, place slice vegetabes, seasonings and strained tomatoes on top of the sausages
  • Cover Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 20 minutes
  • When complete quick release
  • Enjoy!

Crock Pot:

  •  Heat oil in skillet and brown sausages 3 min per side
  • Transfer sausages to crock pop and add in remaining ingredients. Set to LOW 6 hrs or HIGH for 4 hours

Stove Top:

  • Heat oil in pot and brown sausages 3 min per side
  • Add in all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for 60 min

Garlic Dump Ranch Dressing

If you follow my Instagram account (shout out to @weightloss_princess82) , you may have heard the term “Dump Ranch” before and that is because I am obsessed with it.  I dip vegetables and every kind of protein in it. I will also use it as my base for tuna and chicken salads.D9C7FE82-793F-4A8F-AA30-8971A01FAEFC

If you stick to a Whole30 or paleo lifestyle, you can quickly grow tired of balsamic and vinegar as your main salad dressing. Let me introduce you to the game changer in the world of sauces and dressing… Dump Ranch. This is a “clean” (read: no sugar, no additives) version of the salad dressing most people love most. It takes 5 minutes to make and absolutely no crazy or expensive ingredients.

Make AheadThe dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. It will thicken in cold temperatures, so use a little water to thin it out as needed.

 

 

Ingredients:2375AEBA-FDFE-416D-9756-F26FA03D6770

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Avocado Oil ( or light olive oil)
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 small hand-full fresh dill
  • 1 small hand-full fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 Garlic Clover ( for a stronger garlic flavour add another 1 – 2 cloves)
  • 1/2 Cup water

Directions:

  • Blend egg and oil with immersion blender, add oil in slowly.  Half way through blending, add in the lemon juice
  • Add in vinegar, salt, pepper garlic cloves & fresh herbs and blend
  • Add 1/2 cup water, blend
  • Enjoy!
  • * consistency gets thicker over night in fridge*

 

Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast”

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Get your day started with Sweet Potato Avocado Toast! This healthy, Paleo, gluten-free breakfast recipe packs a healthy punch of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also a great way to get your breakfast fix while staying on plan.

The “toast” is not bread but a thinly sliced cut of sweet potato, topped with mashed avocado and then a perfectly cooked egg (either hard-boiled or poached, depending on your preference).

It’s simple and easy time-saver that tastes as good as it looks! Mmm…

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 Avocado
  • Egg (I like to add a sliced hardboiled egg, feel free to customize to your preference)
  • Salt & Pepper, season to taste

Directions:

  • Place the sweet potato slice into the toaster and allow to toast on the longest setting (3 – 4 rounds, depending on strength of toaster)
  • While sweet potato is toasting, mash avocado and slice egg
  • Assemble, sprinkle with salt & pepper and enjoy!

 

 

Simple Shredded Chicken

Hello 2018! It’s a new year and I’m back with a brand new recipe to share. Many of us are just getting back into the swing of things, so I thought I’d start off the year with something simple. This shredded chicken recipe is easy to make and can be used in so many different ways. It can be used in soups, on salads, in sandwiches – you name it. The chicken is moist and flavourful, and you can have it cooked and shredded in under 30 minutes.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. From taco night to bulking up salads at lunchtime, the simplicity and versatility of shredded chicken really can’t be beat. And thanks to my Instant Pot, my favourite new cooking tool, making a large quantity of shredded chicken at once is possible. Here’s how you do it. Mmm..

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 5 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves, smashed

Directions:

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder and place in instant pot
  • Add in 2 cloves of smashed garlic
  • Pour in 1 cup of liquid (I use bone broth, but you can also use water)
  • Set Instant Pot on manual high pressure for 20 min
    • *Slow Cooker: set to high (4 hrs) or slow (6 hrs)
  • Quick release and remove chicke
  • Shred and store in fridge

Paleo Hot & Sour Soup

With the weather getting colder and colder outside, what better way to warm up than with a spicy bowl of warm soup!  My favorite soup of all time is Hot & Sour soup, but since eating Paleo, I cannot eat it with all the soy.  So, I decide to create my own delicious version that is full of flavour, quick and easy to make, and is as authentic as the real thing. It’s a sure thing to cure any soup craving! Mmm…IMG_1347

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ounces oyster mushrooms
  • 1 cup dried fungus
  • 1/4 cup rice vineger
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Add one cup boiling water over dried fungus and let sit for 1 hour
  • Set aside 1/4 cup of chicken or vegetable stock for later
  • Pour chicken of vegetable stock to a pot and bring to a boil
  • Add in mushroom and simmer for 5 mins
  • Pour in vinegar, coconut aminos, chili garlic sauce into the pot and stir to combine
  • Strain water from the dried fungus and add into soup
  • Whisk together 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and 1/4 stock (that you had set aside).
  • While soup is simmering, stir in the arrowroot mixture and stir for 1 min until the soup has thickened
  • Stir soup in a circular motion and drizzle eggs in a thin steams to create egg ribbons
  • Season with salt and pepper (I personally like to go a little heavier on the salt since this recipe doesn’t have soy sauce for the saltiness)
  • Stir in sesame oil and green onions
  • Serve immediately and garnish with some green onions and a small drizzle of  sesame oil
  • Enjoy!