Winter post-holiday brunch will revive body, soul

The holidays competence be over, though a good winter recipe is always good to have on hand. And following a holidays, we need your salt, protein and vitamins, and other nutrients like a phytonutrients and a supercalifragilistic nutrients. It also has to ambience good.

I like to call that plate brunch. It requires eggs, sausage and sauteed vegetables (I’d cite some cheese, though I’m catering to my dairy-avoiding husband.) It also, for me, requires something dough-based and sweet, preferably that absorbs comfortable pristine maple syrup (which my father will have zero to do with. His loss.)

So currently we give we Easy Paleo Breakfast Casserole (no shower overnight necessary!) and Apple Scones.

Five things we learned:

1. My husband’s diet is called a “paleo diet” and it eliminates all grains, dairy, legumes and polished white sugarine and some other things subsequent from that, as good as fake preservatives and a like. The thought is that a bodies developed to eat certain food subsequent by sport and gathering, and dishes subsequent from complicated cultivation are a reason for many of a ills. So no flour, no bread, no beans, no divert or cheese, no soy, no lots of things that we cruise elementary foods. He’s been eating like this for a integrate of years. (He does cheat. Rarely, though he does.)

You can make this breakfast stew in a morning since it contains no bread. Most breakfast casseroles have to lay overnight to let a bread, that provides a structure, catch a egg before baking.

2. There are, naturally, degrees of confluence to a paleo diet, and gray areas such as white potatoes (not unequivocally sanctioned, though come on), and sausage. (What’s in sausage? we don’t compensate most attention; only get a good internal homemade things and John cooking it). Some people insist on grass-fed meat, though in further to being a paleo dieter, John is also something of a penny pincher, so that’s where he draws a line.

One thing paleo dieters determine on is honeyed potatoes and/or yams. They put those things in everything. we know they’re superfoods but, wow. They are tasty, yes, and pretty.

3. It called for chopped spinach, that sent my mind immediately to a solidified 10-ounce retard we use for spinach dip. we thawed it out, squeezed a daylights out of it and influenced it in. As we was doing so, it occurred to me that maybe we should have purchased uninformed spinach and chopped it. I’m still not sure. The fact that they called for 2 cups gave me pause.

The solidified kind influenced in easily, and uninformed spinach competence have been a challenge. If we go with fresh, use a unequivocally vast bowl. we substantially mislaid some nutrients in that immature glass we squeezed out of a solidified kind. It’s adult to you. For convenience, I’d hang with a solidified 10-ounce retard (thawed and squeezed to roughly dry). To container in a nutrients, go with fresh.

4. The Apple Scones couldn’t have been simpler. In fact, they were a small too simple. Next time, I’ll jazz them adult a small with some raisins or dusty cranberries, maybe chopped nuts or cinnamon chips. They’re glorious dripping in comfortable maple syrup.

5. If your stomach can take it, we could dress this breakfast adult with a mark of orange extract peaked with stimulating booze or a sharp Bloody Mary. But if not, black coffee or plain ice H2O competence be a improved idea.

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Easy Breakfast Casserole

Total time: 50 minutes; prep time 25 minutes; prepare time, 25 minutes; serves 6


2 tablespoons fat of choice (coconut oil or butter or ghee, etc.), melted

1 vast honeyed potato or yam, diced

½ teaspoon excellent sea salt

1½ bruise breakfast sausage

½ yellow onion, diced

2 cups chopped spinach

10 eggs, whisked

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder


1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Toss diced honeyed potatoes in fat and shower with salt. Place honeyed potatoes on baking piece and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until soft.

2. While honeyed potatoes are cooking, place a vast sauté vessel over center heat. Add breakfast sausage and yellow onion. Cook until no pinkish stays in meat.

3. Place beef reduction in baking dish, supplement honeyed potatoes and spinach, afterwards supplement eggs along with salt and garlic powder and brew until good combined.

4. Place in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until eggs are set in a middle.

Apple Scones

Total time: 30 minutes; prep time, 15 minutes; bake time: minutes; serves 12


2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ crater white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ crater butter, chilled

1 apple, peeled, cored and shredded

½ crater milk

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons white sugar

½ teaspoon belligerent cinnamon


1. Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a vast bowl. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. Add shredded apple and milk. Stir to form a soothing dough.

2. Turn mix out onto a easily floured surface. Knead kindly 8 to 10 times. Pat into dual 6-inch circles.

3. Place mix on greased baking sheet. Brush tops with milk, and shower with sugarine and cinnamon. Score any into 6 pie-shaped wedges.

4. Bake during 425 F for 15 minutes, or until browned and risen. Serve comfortable with butter or pristine maple syrup.

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