Superfood Egg Bake

Its no secret that I love my veggies- and that I love hosting brunch…for really ANY reason. It’s your birthday? Let’s have a brunch! It’s Saturday? Let’s have a brunch! It’s President’s Day? Let’s have a brunch! You get the idea…brunch is my favorite meal to cook, to eat, and to host. So, I am always trying to come up with fun new menu items so that I don’t bore my friends and family.

I made this egg bake for a family brunch- and though I had a lot of biscuit and gravy lovin’ folks around the table- this healthy, colorful egg bake was quite a hit!

I served it with a simple sweet potato hash, some lovely maple glazed bacon, and a my banana oat muffins for good measure! The veggies load it full of vitamins, fiber and beauty…the eggs add protein and yumminess to make this the perfect breakfast bake…its super easy to make- and the veggies can be roasted ahead of time so that all you have to do is heat up the oven, crack the eggs and bake!

Superfood Egg Bake

1/2 C sweet onion, cut into 1″ pieces
1 /2 C yellow, red or orange bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
1/2 C zucchini, cut into 1″ pieces
1/2 C yellow squash, cut into 1″ pieces
1 C Kale, stems removed, leaves torn into bite size pieces
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
a sprinkle of paprika or cayene pepper depending on how much you like spice!
6-8 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your vegetables. Spray an OVEN SAFE pan with cooking spray. *I like to use my family’s old iron skillet…you can use anything you would like- just remember the handle will be VERY hot when you take it out of the oven!

Place all of the veggies **except for the kale** into the pan and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, give the veggies a stir, add the salt and pepper and the kale. Roast for another 10-15 minutes.

Now, carefully crack your eggs on top of the veggie mixture, spacing them evenly throughout the pan.

Bake for 5-7 minutes…until the eggs are cooked the way you like them. I made this for a crowd that did not like their eggs super runny- so I baked it for about 7 minutes. If I were making it just for Gavin and I, I would have done about 5 minutes.

This is great served with a quick sweet potato hash…or whole grain toast.

Posted on June 29, 2012 by LindsayTarquinio · 0 comments Read More
Baked Goods Breakfast

Cinnamon Crumb Cake Muffins

Cinnamon Crumb Cake Muffins
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C white sugar
1 egg
1/3 C 0% plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C almond milk (you can use regular milk or coconut milk as well)
1 t vanilla extract

Crumb Topping
1/8 C white sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C white flour
1/4 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
4 T cold butter

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a larger bowl, mix together the sugars, egg, greek yogurt, almond milk and vanilla extract.

Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

Fill a lined muffin tin with the batter.

Make the crumb topping by combining all ingredients and pinching the mixture together with your fingertips until a crumble forms.

Now, top each muffin with crumb topping.

Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool completely on metal cooling rack. Store in the fridge and reheat for 10 seconds before eating!


Posted on June 26, 2012 by LindsayTarquinio · 0 comments Read More
Baked Goods Breakfast

Strawberry Brown Butter Muffins

Strawberries make me think of summer…and summer makes me think of long weekends at the lake…and long weekends at the lake make me think of family, sunshine, relaxation, and delicious food! As we are packing up to head to North Georgia for Memorial Day, I have been busy baking some fun summer treats to bring along.

Though they are made with white flour, and white sugar…they are balanced by nutrient packed berries, protein rich yogurt, and perfectly light apple sauce. The brown butter topping adds just the right amount of decadence to make these muffins feel like a special breakfast time treat.

Strawberry Brown Butter Muffins
makes 12 muffins
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup apple sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

Brown Butter Topping
1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into little cubes

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare your muffin tin with non stick spray of muffin liners.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the sugar, milk, greek yogurt and apple sauce. Mix well. Next, combine the dry and wet ingredients. When they are well mixed, gently fold in the strawberries.

Now, fill your muffin tin and set it aside. In a small bowl, pinch together the butter, sugar and flour until it forms a crumble (make sure that there are no big chunks of butter).

Now sprinkle even amounts on each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes- just until the tops are firm and the butter starts to slightly brown.

Posted on May 25, 2012 by LindsayTarquinio · 0 comments Read More

Apple Pie Parfaits

All of the delicious flavor of apple pie- all of the nutrition of 0% greek yogurt, slow cook oatmeal and fresh apples. What’s not to love!?

The other morning, Gavin was craving something sweet for breakfast and I have been dreaming up new recipes using oatmeal- so, I decided to whip up an idea that has been floating around in my head. I wanted to mimic the flavors of a nice warm piece of apple pie, al a mode…while keeping things light and healthy!

This parfait is the perfect solution. It tastes rich and decadent- but it is nutritious and satisfying! Gavin was a huge fan- and now he requests this lovely little breakfast in a mason jar all the time! All of the parts can be made ahead of time…the apples store great in the fridge and the oatmeal topping keeps well in a sealed container in the pantry.

It’s Saturday morning- warm up the oven and give this recipe a try- let me know what you think!

Apple Pie Parfaits
2 parfaits

Pie Topping:
2 C oats
1/4 C brown sugar
1/2 t sea salt
1 egg white
1/2 C apple sauce
2 T coconut oil

Apple Filling:
1 large apple, sliced
2 t brown sugar
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 t flour
2 T water

1 C 0% plain greek yogurt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients and mix until everything is moist. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and pour the mixture on it. Spread the mixture evenly over the cookie sheet and spray the top with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes.

While the oat mixture is baking, in a medium pan over medium heat combine the apple, brown sugar, sea salt and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes. Now, add the flour and mix well. Next, add the water and cover. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for 20 minutes.

To assemble to parfaits, layer greek yogurt and then top with apple pie filling and then top with oat topping. Repeat layers 2-3 times depending on the size of your dish.

Posted on March 17, 2012 by LindsayTarquinio · 0 comments Read More
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