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Eggplant, Chickpea, and Chard Shakshuka

Quick and easy Shakshuka with eggplant, chickpeas, and chard – a well-balanced breakfast or dinner that requires right around 40 minutes to prepare.

Is there anything a runny yolk can’t solve?

In all seriousness, yolks are best when gooey, and if you feel the same, this easy vegetable-packed Shakshuka recipe is yours for the taking.

This fabulous meal of poached eggs in spiced tomato sauce is warm, rich, and satisfying, while staying nice and healthful.

You don’t need to be an expert at poaching eggs or have any background in African or Middle Eastern cuisine to become a Shakshuka aficionado!

When all is said and done, you’re basically making a one-pot meal in a skillet. It’s very similar to making soup or stew!

Let’s dive in!

What is Shakshuka?:

Shakshuka is a classic North African and Middle Eastern meal of eggs stewed in a generously-spiced sauce made from tomatoes, red peppers, and often harissa paste (which is a combination of roasted red peppers, garlic, caraway and coriander seeds, cumin, and herbs).

It is eaten any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Mediterranean Breakfast Casserole

Mediterranean Breakfast Casserole with chicken sausage, kale, tomatoes, and feta cheese. This easy egg casserole requires only 5 ingredients, is easy to put together and is BIG on flavor! A low-carb, keto rustic breakfast perfect for sharing with family or meal prepping for the week.

As much as I love our family’s tradition of pancakes, waffles, or crepes for breakfast when we get together for the holidays, I personally believe nothing beats an amazing breakfast casserole, scramble, or frittata.

Load it up with veggies and breakfast protein like sausage, bacon or ham, and I’m happy as a lark!

Starting my day with a hearty protein-packed breakfast is a surefire way of ensuring my energy stays high throughout the day, with no anxious cravings for sweets. 

A fun and frisky flavorful dish, like this Mediterranean Breakfast Casserole, or my Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale Breakfast Casserole , Spinach Frittata with Zucchini Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese , or Roasted Vegetable Breakfast Scramble are amazing for sharing with family, and are also great meal prep recipes!

In fact, I often prepare this very concept to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner a cinch throughout the week. 

Low-Carb Breakfast Casserole with chicken sausage, feta, tomatoes and kale - a nutritious breakfast recipe

Speaking of meal prep…

This easy breakfast casserole recipe can be prepared the day before and reheated to make your morning food prep simple.

Let’s get to it!

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Keto Eggnog (Dairy-Free)

Keto Eggnog recipe made dairy-free using coconut milk. Rich, creamy, warmly spiced with nutmeg and inviting! This sugar-free eggnog recipe is flavorful, festive and cozy on a chilly evening!

The day I learned eggnog has actual egg yolks in it was the same day I decided it’s okay to ignore certain facts in order to continue loving something.

Having a selective understanding about food can certainly benefit our adventurous side. Alligator tastes like chicken, monkfish liver is an absolute delicacy, SPAM musubi is absolutely worth the gut bomb backlash, durian fruit can go back to the fiery hole from which it crawled, and egg yolks a fabulous eggnog make. 

The facts of life, foodie edition.

Having learned the truth about eggnog at the tender age of four, I was shocked when my uncle, who was visiting for the holidays, added egg yolk after egg yolk to his batch of cheer, but because it was made out of sugar and a bright future, I determined I could hang.

Dairy-Free Keto Eggnog made with coconut milk and sugar-free sweetener for a low-carb eggnog recipe

I did post an absolutely delicious Vegan Eggnog Recipe last year that was eggless and absolutely delicious, so I can’t say I have a strong opinion one way or another as to whether or not yolks should be mandatory.

But I will say, this Keto Eggnog recipe with yolks is pretty yum!

Recipe Highlights:

Because I can’t do fresh dairy like milk or cream, I made this Keto Eggnog recipe dairy-free using canned coconut milk. I also haven’t been consuming much sugar (natural or otherwise), so I opted for a sugar-free eggnog using sugar-free granulated sweetener. 

All things considered, this is a dairy-free low-carb eggnog recipe, marvelous for those who want to get their yolk on without excess sugar.

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Basil Fried Rice

Fresh and flavorful basil fried rice with coconut milk, carrot, broccoli, peas, and more! This easy fried rice recipe is healthful with a twist!

 

Whenever I find myself disgruntled and ask myself what I can do to make myself feel less cremudginy, the answer is often (always) the same: carbs.

Specifically of the fried rice varietal.

Don’t fret…you can still enjoy a pile of fried rice on the days you don’t feel like throwing yourself on the ground like a rag doll and tantruming it out. The true fact is, fried rice simply makes everything better.

And that is a fact of life upon which you can quote me 😉

Oh hey, how do you feel about basil in your fried rice?

Quite frankly, I feel grrrrrrrrrrreat about it!

This fried rice recipe comes together quickly and is ultra unique if I do say so myself. First, it includes a plethora of fresh vegetables, like carrots, broccoli, onion, and peas in addition to fresh basil. 

Not to mention, everything is cooked in coconut milk instead of oil. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?!

How do you feel about coconut milk in your fried rice? 

Stay with me! 

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Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Breakfast Scramble

Spinach, Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato Breakfast Scramble with Fingerling Potatoes is a flavorful, healthful way to start the day!

Do you ever wake up in the morning and find yourself craving something interesting?

I have a tendency to eat the same things over and over, and while I’m a huge fan of routine, every once in a while I just have to change things up to stimulate the ol’ mind and body.

Enter: this healthy breakfast scramble.

SO blasted with flavor, a real pleasure to prepare, fun for anyone with whom you happen to be breakfasting.

Pesto Spinach Sun-Dried Tomato Breakfast Scramble - a nutritious vegetarian breakfast recipe - paleo, gluten-free, healthy

What you need to prepare this scramble is eggs (obvi), fingerling potatoes (or 1 small sweet potato, russet potato or Yukon gold potato) sun-dried tomatoes, pesto (either homemade or store-bought), baby spinach, and some form of cooking oil (I like avocado oil).

From start-to-finish, this breakfast scramble takes no more than 35 minutes to prepare. Easy like Sunday morning! I’m willing to bet you’ll find yourself making veggie scrambles on any given weekday, they are just that addicting 😉

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Spaghetti Squash Egg Nests

Spaghetti Squash Egg Nests are an easy, fun, and clean breakfast! Low-carb, paleo, keto, and whole30, this winning breakfast is fun for the whole family!

About 17,000 years ago, I posted a recipe for Acorn Squash Egg-in-the-Hole

One fine morning, I was itching for something a little different for breakfast. Still clean and filling…just…different. The acorn squash egg-in-the-hole jumped into my mind’s eye, and then I became even more creative. What if I do the same thing, but with spaghetti squash??

I am, after all, wholeheartedly obsessed with the squash o’ spaghet. 

Spaghetti Squash Egg Nests - paleo, whole30, keto, healthy breakfast recipe | TheRoastedRoot.net

The way I see it, these Spaghetti Squash Egg Nests are a fun changeup to the morning ush, regardless of your age. I don’t have kids, but if I did, I imagine I’d be making these on the reg!

They are both fun and easy to prepare. PLUS, there’s plenty of room to changeup the approach to make these nests your own.

Let’s nestle in!

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Avocado Pesto Deviled Eggs

Creamy, herby avocado pesto deviled eggs, made mayo-free using avocado. A flavorful, healthful snack, side dish or appetizer.

This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.

Avocado Pesto Deviled Eggs - Mayo-free deviled eggs made with avocado and fresh basil for a healthy snack or appetizer | TheRoastedRoot.net

Coming up with ideas for healthier snacks can be challenging when we’re all so accustomed to grabbing something convenient off the shelves of the grocery store. There’s no arguing the temptation to go for the packaged goods. I try to remind myself to plan ahead well enough so that I either don’t get hungry between meals, or I have a treasure trove of nutritious options at my disposal.

The California Avocado Commission and I teamed up to bring you a healthier snack idea to tide you over between meals in those emergent situations.

Because protein is so satiating, I always try to keep my snacks packed with protein, low in carbohydrate (ideally no added sugar), and allow the fat content to fall where it falls. I am also mindful of the type of fat (i.e. I steer clear of butter or vegetable oils that are low in nutrients). I find nuts don’t do much of anything for quenching my appetite, but they’re very high in calories and fat, so I avoid leaning on them as a snack.

Avocado Pesto Deviled Eggs - Mayo-free deviled eggs made with avocado and fresh basil for a healthy snack or appetizer | TheRoastedRoot.net

For the longest time, my go-to snacks have been a lightened-up tuna salad, using avocado instead of mayonnaise, or hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes it’s fun to throw a little pizzazz into your snack life, which is how these California Avocado Pesto Deviled Eggs came to be.

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