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Redneck Eggs Benedict (Grain-free) – SRC

Whew! I made it and posted on time! Ok, that was just a little side note for myself…I have been internet-less over the past month after moving to a new apartment so I’m quite thrilled to be “connected” again. Plus, I am just in time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal!

Redneck Eggs Benedict 2

This month, I was assigned Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen and I couldn’t wait to decide to get in the kitchen. Bobbi is a family-loving foodie with a powerful weight loss success story and a long list of delicious recipes that make my mouth water. I immediately knew what I wanted to make. With a name like “Redneck Eggs Benedict”, I couldn’t resist! I love eggs, potatoes and bacon, and the fact that I hadn’t posted a breakfast recipe in awhile made this a win-win in my book.

I decided to use sweet potatoes over the white variety for a little color and added sweetness. I made these grain-free by using coconut flour in lieu of regular gluten-free all purpose flour, which worked out well! Being from Texas, I have an affinity for food with a little spice or a bit of a kick so I also revved up the spice in the potato hash cakes/patties by adding a southwest chipotle spice blend. I also decided to lighten up the sauce and made a quick and easy “faux Hollandaise” by using a combination of Greek yogurt, mayo, dijon, Franks Hot Sauce, tumeric and a smidge of coconut oil. I decided to eliminate the egg yolks altogether so no cooking was required. I decreased the amount of bacon by half and chose to crumble it on top along with the green onions for a garnish…mmmm!

Redneck Eggs Benedict 1

This dish was DELISH! It was filling, very satisfying and had a lovely amount of spice and flavor. While the lightened up Hollandaise may not taste like the traditional version, it is very yummy and you can use it over sauteed veggies, potatoes, asparagus, rice or chicken :) Thanks to Bobbi for the inspiration!

It’s confession time though: I was talking on the phone mid-poach and I left the eggs in the water for a minute or two too long….so they weren’t “perfect” if you like a really runny yolk BUT the sauce combined with the slightly runny center was still very, very yummy! :)

Redneck Eggs Benedict (lightly adapted from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen)
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-free option

Ingredients:

For the Sweet Potato Cake:

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and grated (or could use russet)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp coconut flour (for grain-free) OR 1/3 all-purpose gluten-free flour (use more as needed to bind cakes)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, copped
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2-3 tsp Southwest Chipotle salt-free seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 green onions, greens only only chopped for garnish
1 Tbsp coconut oil, for cooking (or butter, ghee, Earth Balance)

 For the Lightened up Hot “Faux Hollandaise Sauce”

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or use plain non-dairy yogurt for dairy-free
1/3 cup mayonaise, homemade mayo or Vegenaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more
1 tsp dijon mustard (optional, I just like the taste)
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or Earth Balance (for dairy-free) or butter/ghee or a combo (I used coconut oil)
pinch of tumeric (for color, optional)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot) to taste, I used 1 tablespoon

4 slices bacon
8 poached eggs (step by step instructions from Smitten Kitchen)
Sweet or Smoked Paprika for sprinkling

Directions 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. Rinse shredded potatoes in cold water and squeeze water out. Pat dry with paper towels. Place potatoes in a large bowl and add the onion, coconut flour, thyme, chipotle seasoning, parsley, salt, pepper, and egg. Mix well and set aside.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until crispy. Crumble and set aside.

4. Heat 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Form potato mixture into 8 patties, carefully place them in the heated skillet (4 at a time). Press down with spatula to make sure the patty is firm. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the patty is golden brown. Carefully turn the potato cake with a wide spatula and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the cakes and place them on a baking sheet in a single layer in the oven to keep warm. Repeat for the other 4 patties.

5. Poach eggs, place on paper towel while you prepare the Hollandaise.

6. To make the faux Hollandaise, whisk together yogurt, mayo, mustard, hot sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl until combined. Stir in the melted coconut oil/butter/Earth Balance and whisk well. Season with salt, pepper and more hot sauce if desired.

7. To serve, lay two potato cakes on a plate. Top each cake with a poached egg and pour Hollandaise sauce over the top. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped green onions and a sprinkle of paprika. Enjoy while hot!

Serves 4 for a full meal (2 potato cakes each) or 8 small

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August 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm 13 comments

Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette

Time flies, I can’t believe the end of September is upon us! Weeks have flown by and I have started several posts without finishing them (yes, you can slap my hand for me).

Fall baking has begun at my place (recipes to come)….along with my craving for all things goat cheese.

Let’s just say the combination of goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes is a serious weakness of mine. I’m not sure why I hadn’t discovered this luscious combo in my earlier years…unless my palate wasn’t quite refined enough to appreciate the flavor explosion those two ingredients create when paired together.

Sprinkled on salads, smeared on crackers, served on/inside/alongside chicken and cooked with omelettes, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes may go together as well as…dare I say…chocolate and peanut butter? OK, I won’t stretch my luck for those of you who aren’t yet convinced on goat cheese, but the pairing has definitely won over this foodie!

Nothing fussy or complicated here, this simple omelette allows the ingredients to really shine.  I’ve been making variations of this recipe for a couple years now, yet I wonder why I’ve never posted it? Snapping photos of breakfast early in the morning could be the culprit, especially when this single-serving meal gets cold quickly and I like to chow down when I wake up :)

Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 egg white
splash of milk or water
black pepper to taste
3-4 mushrooms, sliced
sea salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp oil, divided (I used the oil from jarred sun-dried tomatoes for more flavor)
1 handful baby spinach (or your favorite leafy green)
2 Tbsp jarred sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil with herbs, cut into pieces
1-2 Tbsp goat cheese crumbles (omit for dairy free, but may need to add salt and/or spices for flavoring)

Directions

1. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, egg white, splash of milk/water and black pepper and set aside.
2. In a medium skillet, add 1 tsp oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, sprinkle with sea salt and saute until golden brown (about 5 minutes or so), stirring occasionally. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm.
3. Add remaining 1/2 oil to pan and swirl to coat. Whisk eggs again briefly before adding to pan. Pour eggs and swirl around pan to coat evenly. Cover and let cook for 2 minutes then *sprinkle or lightly spray with a couple drops of water (this helps moisten the omelette!) and cover again and cook until almost set and cooked through (another 2-3 minutes).
4. Add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and half of the mushrooms on half of the omelette and fold over and gently side onto a plate. Fold over the other side on top of the filling, garnish with remaining mushrooms and an additional sprinkle of goat cheese if desired. Enjoy immediately!

Note: If you want your spinach more wilted, add them to the pan after you saute the mushrooms for a minute or so and cover to keep warm before adding to filling.

September 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm 6 comments

Easy Spring-y Egg Salad

I discovered my love for radishes a few months ago. Their crunchy texture and semi-spicy kick make these little veggies a great snack with hummus or a lovely addition to any salad. I even added them to my egg salad for a quick and easy lunch – the contrast of the creamy eggs with the crunchy radishes made for a winning combination!

Easy. Flavorful. Light. Basically, this recipe is springtime in a salad.

For a really quick prep, I boiled the eggs*, let them cool a bit and peeled them the night before. This step made it really easy to whip up the salad in less than five minutes on my lunch break :)

I enjoyed this dish with gluten free oat crackers and slices of fresh cucumber. It held me over for several hours due to all the protein and the combo of complex carbs, my tummy and I were happy!

Easy Spring-y Egg Salad

Ingredients

4 hardboiled cage-free eggs, peeled and chopped*
2 scallions, chopped
3-4 radishes, small diced
1-2 Tbsp Vegenaise (or mayo)
1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream or more mayo)
1 tsp dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 to 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Directions

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!

Serve with flax crackers, rice crackers or gluten free oat crackers or gluten free bread

*Nearly-no effort hard-boiled eggs:

1. Put eggs in a medium pot that will fit one layer. Cover with cold water, about 1 inch over the eggs. Bring to a boil, cover and then turn off heat. Let eggs sit for 10-11 minutes and then plunge the eggs in cold ice water to stop the cooking. Peel while running under cold water.

Tip:  Use older eggs.  The eggs shells peel much more easily after several days of refrigeration due to the pH level of the albumen.

May 3, 2012 at 6:35 am 8 comments

Italian Breakfast Pizza


I am living out of boxes again temporarily…we moved again amidst our busy schedules and March snow showers.

Chris and I were laughing last night after counting the number of times we have moved in the last four years – a total of FIVE times. It’s becoming a sort of sport for us; but this time we really hope the “We are never moving again!” claim sticks.

Though we are both beat from moving and pulling a 300lb washer up the stairs in our new townhome (no joke, I think Hulk and SuperWoman took over both of our bodies yesterday), Chris and I are happy in our new place.

A few of my top reasons I feel I can breathe a little easier now:

1. We have a dishwasher and a disposal (I think my husband might be more excited than be about this one)
2. We have a garage (no more shivering in a freezer car in the morning and scrapping ice off the windshield)
3. We have air condiitioning (you might think this is unnecessary in Montana but for me, it’s essential to sleep in a cold room)
4. We have a fireplace (this contradicts the air conditioning theory a bit but I’ve never admitted to being normal hehe)
5. Did I mention we have a dishwasher?!?!? (It’s official, I am more excited than Chris because that means easier clean-up for all my big messes in the kitchen!)

In celebration of moving, I decided to make a “mess” in the kitchen with this Italian-inspired breakfast pizza. I actually had a smile on my face as a I dirtied more than one dish in anticpation of using the dishwasher, is that funny or it is just sad? Ok, no need to answer that :)

I made the crust the day before, froze it and assembled the pizza the following morning so I wouldn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn…this worked really well and was relatively quick!

This spin on pizza makes for a flavor-packed and filling meal that doesn’t have to be reserved for breakfast. Plus the runny yolk is a delicious “sauce” for this dish…yummmmmm!

Italian Breakfast Pizza 

Ingredients

1 cooked grain-free pizza crust (I divided this batch into 4 mini pizzas) OR your favorite pizza crust
4 large eggs
1/2 to 2/3 cup strained cottage cheese or ricotta cheese or a combo (I used 1/2 of both)
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
three shakes of crushed red pepper, optional (omit if you don’t like heat)
8-9 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp olive oil
fresh basil, chiffonade (thinly sliced)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Heat crust in preheated oven on baking sheet for 10 minutes if your grain-free crust is frozen like mine  (or according to your recipe or manufacturers instructions if using store bought).
2. Meanwhile, pulse cottage cheese/ricotta with the italian seasoning and garlic in a food processor or blender until smooth. Spread on pizza crust evenly.
3. Sprinkle sun-dried tomatoes on top of the cheese mixture. Toss mushrooms with olive oil and place on top of crust.
4. Carefully crack eggs one at a time on top of pizza or place in the center of each of the mini pizza crusts. Be careful not the break the yolk if want a “yolk-sauce”.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until egg white is nearly cooked through. Turn oven to Broil setting and cook for 2-4 minutes or until egg is cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve immediately!

Makes four mini pizzas (this is what I made) or 1 large (cut recipe in half or fourths)

Now I am dreaming of different flavor variations…pesto breakfast pizzas..hummus breakfast pizza…

March 26, 2012 at 6:50 am 10 comments

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