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Mexican Fiesta Skillet

This Baked Eggs Skillet with Avocado and Spicy Tomatoes is Low-Carb, Keto, low-glycemic, Gluten-Free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet friendly, and it’s sooo DELICIOUS!!! 

Today,  I made this just for me so I used a non-stick skillet and just one egg. This recipe is for up to 4 eggs

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I’m always looking for new low-carb breakfast ideas, and recently when I had avocados in the fridge that needed to use, I came up with this MEXICAN FIESTA!  If you’re wondering why my avocados were in the fridge, it’s because a long while ago, I discovered if you put ripe avocados in the fridge they will stop ripening and last longer.

This would make a delicious Meatless Monday meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.If you don’t care if it’s gluten-free or low-carb you could eat it with something like Ezekiel tortillas or Ezekiel toast, but I just ate it alone this morning.

Before you start simmering the tomatoes, preheat the oven to 400F/200C and break 4 eggs into individual dishes and let them come to room temperature on the counter.  (This is important or the yolks will get too done if you start with cold eggs.)

I used these Red Gold in Cilantro lime juice tomatoes to make this recipe. I will say that it’s not too spicy, but if you’re making this for kids I might use plain tomatoes.
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I recommend using a cast iron skillet to make this. Even if your pan is well-seasoned, spray it thoroughly with non-stick spray or brush with extra virgin olive oil.  Then drain tomato juice, add to skillet and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated.

While the tomatoes simmer, slice the avocado.

After 4-5 minutes on medium, the tomatoes should look like this, with the water has mostly evaporated.

 Turn heat to low and arrange the avocado slices over the tomatoes, whatever way looks appetizing to you.

 Then gently put each egg into a spot between the avocado slices.  Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

 Put the skillet into the preheated oven and bake 10-12 minutes, or until egg yolks are as done as you like them.  Serve hot!

Ingredients:

2 mushrooms sliced
1 can (14.5 oz) Red Gold diced Tomatoes in lime juice and cilantro
1 ripe avocado, sliced lengthwise into 10 slices
Himalayan salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
4 eggs

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Break eggs into individual ramekins and let the eggs come to room temperature while you proceed with the recipe.

2.Spray a medium-sized ovenproof frying pan with non-stick spray or brush with extra virgin olive oil, add the tomatoes, and start to simmer over medium heat, and I highly recommend using cast iron for this if you have it.

3.While the tomatoes and mushrooms simmer, peel the avocado, cut in half, and then cut each half into 5 thin slices. When all the liquid has evaporated from the tomatoes (about 4-5 minutes), turn the heat to low and arrange the avocado slices like spokes of a wheel in the pan.  Gently put each egg between two avocado slices, spacing them evenly apart.  Season to taste with Himalayan salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

4.Put the skillet into the preheated oven and bake until whites are completely set and the yolks are done to your liking, about 10-12 minutes for runny yolks.  Serve hot, with Ezekiel tortillas or Ezekiel toast if desired.  I eat mine plain.

5.ENJOY!!

Avocado Feta Spinach Salad

Salads are so good for you and super easy to make but the best part for me is to try and make them pretty. Here are some nutrition facts about some of the ingredients.

Avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet as it contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocado also contains fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.Image result for images of goji berries

Goji Berries have similar benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin. They have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value.

As a plus, goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and are packed with fiber — which also helps you manage weight and go the bathroom on a regular basis.

Mangoes contain a high amount of the carotenoid compound beta-carotene.

Mangoes are a low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free source of a variety of nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidant compounds. If your diet includes rich sources of these nutrients regularly, you may be less likely to develop many serious medical conditions.

Originally cultivated in India, mangoes are now more widely eaten than any other fruit in the world, according to Fruits & Veggies More Matters. In the United States, ripe mangoes are typically consumed raw, dried or cooked in chutneys or pies.

 

 Ingredients:

All ingredients are approx. Its a SALAD not a baked good. 🙂 Just have fun!

1-2 handfuls of  spinach

1/3 mango

1-2 baby carrots, chopped or sliced

2-4 cherry tomatoes cut in half

1-2 teaspoon red onion

2-3 teaspoons goji berries

1 tbsp feta or to taste

1/3 tsp of chia seeds

cilantro for garnish

For the dressing:

1/2 a lemon juiced

2 tbsp olive oil

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. put all ingredients into your favorite bowl and arrange however you please
  2. whisk all ingredients for dressing in a mixing bowl and pour over salad
  3. ENJOY!

 

Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding

The fun thing about this recipe is you can serve it different ways. It’s great for breakfast or a snack and you will feel full for hours. It has all kinds of nutrients so you can’t go wrong with this deliciousness!

Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients. Rich in Fiber, Vitamin C & K, and Manganese. Perfect brain food to get you going!

Chia seeds are rich in Fiber, Protein,Omega 3’s, Calcium, Magnesium, & Phosphorus. Low in calories.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) I like fresh
  • 1 cup coconut milk or coconut cream if you like it thicker
  • 3.5 T chia seeds
  • Toppings of choice: coconut flakes, blueberries, cacao nibs, raspberries, etc…

Directions:

  1. Add blueberries and coconut milk to a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. pour into your favorite Jar or bowl and stir in chia seeds.
  3. Place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight so chia seeds expand and get soft.
  4. Add toppings of choice and serve cold.

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You Matter

 

Are we not our own worst enemy?

At some point in our lives, we’ve all wallowed in a world of self-pity, and disbelief in ourselves and we’ve been unable to convince ourselves that we are capable of many things. I do this to myself all the time and call it my inner BITCH. We often think that we can’t achieve something in life because we’re not ‘good enough’ but I’m here today to tell you that these are sub conscience lies we tell ourselves. Our mean inner BITCHES.

You see, fear controls us without us knowing it, it prevents us from reaching our dreams and full potential because we’re afraid of failing, or afraid of succeeding, making it so we never reach where we want to be. Not only does it prevent us from aiming high, it prevents us from believing in ourselves. I should know, I practice this almost every day 😦 Many of us can be stifled by what others think of us, afraid that someone might not like us for who we are because of our personality, our appearance, who we voted for, or our attitude towards life. But GUESS WHAT? No matter how hard you try, not everyone is going to like you. It’s just a fact and that’s ok.  The most important thing is that you’re being your authentic self and that you’re going through life on your own terms, the way you want. By being your authentic self and not letting that little voice inside of you ( or anyone else’s voice) take over, you will attract the right people into your life, they will love you for who you are and show you that YOU MATTER.

What we don’t often think about is that everyone is human, everyone has insecurities even though some might not show it. We all have that same inner critic. We can be our harshest critics and pick ourselves apart for things we don’t like about ourselves. Do you ever do something well and then feel like a fraud? like, who would believe you actually accomplished something so awesome? I feel that way all the time.

Do you find yourself subconsciously telling yourself that you’re not good enough? That you can’t achieve something because it’s beyond your reach? I know the Bitch inside of me does and I bet that a lot of you reading this have done so at some point in your life too. It’s time for us to stop doing this to ourselves. Nothing is ever impossible, you can achieve things you never dreamed you could. If you have the passion and the drive, YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

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We only have one very short life, don’t waste it thinking you’ll never add up or accomplish your dreams and goals. Don’t listen to that little bitch inside of you telling you that “you can’t.” because YOU MATTER and YOU CAN!

Your passions, your goals, your dreams are what make you unique and by following your passions, goals, and dreams will bring the right people to you. These people with similar interests, dreams, and goals will just show up to support you and let you know that what you love matters, what you dream matters, your goals matter, and YOU MATTER.

You might not reach that goal with your first attempt but that’s ok because failure is a part of learning and a very big part of success. Take this blog post, for example, I don’t know what the heck I am doing. Ha ha ha!! In fact, I am just learning how to do a blog. I have made a ton of mistakes and will make more. I just fumble through until I get it. AND GRAMMER? UGH!! let’s not talk about grammar. it’s not my strong suit and I may get criticism about it but you know what? I don’t care. I am going to keep trying and keep learning along the way.

Nutrition, Wellness, Health, and Fitness are all my passions and I am determined to follow my dreams wherever that might take me. Why? because I MATTER, YOU MATTER, WE MATTER.

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What are some of your passions? Dreams? Goals?

What are some of you Success stories or brush yourself off and start again stories?

And Now I wince right before I hit the PUBLISH button.

 

 

 

 

Oat and Berry Bowl

If you need an easy healthy breakfast, then this Oat and Berry Bowl is exactly what you need. Full of berries and seeds and with steel cut oats, this is not only nourishing but also delicious. If you like, you can also make this a delicious quinoa or gluten free oat breakfast recipe by substituting the steel cut oats.

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I like to make large quantities of the steel cut oats on a Sunday and freeze them in a cupcake pan. That way you can just get up and pop one into the microwave and in 2 minutes they are done! You’ll have a full week of breakfast already ready!! Strawberries have been on sale lately so I buy in semi-large quantities and cut them up ahead of time so they are ready to go for breakfast or just a snack.

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This recipe is after I have already cooked and frozen the oats.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen oats

4-5 sliced strawberries

30 ish blueberries

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds or your favorite nuts or seeds

1/2 teaspoon raw honey

1/2~ 1 cup almond or coconut milk

 

Directions:

  1. Remove frozen oats from cupcake pan and cook in microwave for 1 minute
  2. Take out chop it up with a spoon. add 1/2 cup almond milk and cook 1 more minute in the microwave.
  3. Add more almond or coconut milk as desired.
  4. stir in raw honey
  5. Add strawberries, blueberries, and seeds ( or your favorite berries and seeds)
  6. ENJOY!

 

 

Breakfast skillet with Spinach, mushrooms and eggs.

If you are a follower of this blog, my  Facebook or Instagram page you will notice that I love to have eggs, spinach, and mushrooms for breakfast. I have several recipes that feature all these three ingredients together, I think they all taste great together. The texture and flavors of each of these awesome and nutritious ingredients all combine to produce a delicious breakfast dish and it’s easy and pretty too.

Now, depending on how big your skillet is and the number of people you want to serve this to – you can make up to 5 eggs/5 servings at one time. Since we are only a family of 3, more often than not, we use 4 eggs for 4 servings.

While Spinach is my favorite greens to use – feel free to use Kale or Swiss Chard or watercress if you like.

 

Ingredients:

4 -6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1/3” thick
3-4 Tbsp unsalted pasture raised butter, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2-4 handfuls of  baby spinach
3 cloves garlic, minced finely
2-4 eggs

Goat cheese or feta
Salt and fresh black pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1. Over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet.
2. Sauté the mushrooms. Make sure not to crowd the pan so the mushrooms crisp up evenly.
3. Sauté for 4 minutes, flipping the mushrooms halfway through and seasoning with salt and fresh black pepper, to taste. Remove from the pan and set aside.
4. Add more butter and olive oil as needed for the spinach and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and saute until the spinach is wilted. about 1 minute.
6. Add the mushrooms back into the pan and create pockets for the eggs. Crack an egg into each pocket and cover immediately with the lid.
7. Let the eggs cook for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes. Do not lift that lid! This ensures the egg whites cook from the top as well as the bottom. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
8. Crumble goat cheese or feta over top and serve with toasted bread.

Baby Bella Watercress toast

Here are some quick facts and benefits of Watercress. If you aren’t eating it, you should be!

A nutrient-rich perennial plant growing naturally around slow moving water sources, watercress has been known for centuries as an exceptionally nutritious herb for both eating and healing. Used in sandwiches, salads, and steamed as a side dish, it adds a tangy, peppery flavor as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins – more than that of spinach, milk or oranges.

Vitamins A, C, and K, and phytonutrients like isothiocyanates and gluconasturtiin in watercress strengthen bones, limit neuronal damage, fight infection, help maintain healthy connective tissue, and prevent iron deficiency. Studies have found the compound PEITC in watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development and prevent DNA damage in cells.

You can find this oft-overlooked leafy green in most supermarkets, so give it a try when you make your next green salad or sandwich. Remember, watercress from stagnant water may host harmful parasites or pathogens, so rinse and soak well before eating.

 

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Ingredients:

1 slice Ezekiel Bread

3 baby bella mushrooms sauteed

1/3 avocado ~ sliced or mashed

4 sprigs chives

2 cherry tomatoes cut into halves

1 slice colby jack cheese, if desired

as much watercress as desired

sprinkle of chia seeds

 

Directions:

  1. sautee mushrooms, watercress, and chives in a small skillet with grass fed butter
  2. toast bread in toaster oven or toaster
  3. add cheese to warm bread and top with sauteed mushrooms, watercress, and chives
  4. add avocado and tomatoes on top and sprinkle with chia seeds
  5. salt and pepper to taste

 

 

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