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Savory Egg Muffins

September 27th, 2014

Finding ways to make breakfast both quick and healthy can be a challenge. Around here, eggs are on the menu pretty much every day. I love making baked egg cocottes, but that’s a little time consuming for a weekday morning. This is where savory egg muffins come in, they’re full of healthy eggs and vegetables, you can even throw in ham, bacon, sausage, beans or another form of protein if you want more. Lately mine have been just eggs and vegetables.
egg muffins
They’re so simple: whisk 8 eggs in a large bowl, add 3 cups of diced vegetables or protein of your choice, stir, pour into greased muffin tin and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. I like to lightly cook my vegetables first, but that’s not necessary. You can also mix in cheese, chopped herbs, and other goodies. Earlier this week ours were filled with: onions, peppers, zucchini, parsley and parmesan cheese. They’re good hot out of the oven or even room temperature later that day.

What’s your favorite quick breakfast?

Friday Favorite: New Meals

March 14th, 2014

It’s always great to discover a new meal that you love.  A few weeks ago I made sourdough naan for a party.  The next morning, while making breakfast, I spotted them in a container and tried to think of how to incorporate them into my breakfast.  I was in the process of scrambling eggs, which are on the menu most mornings.  I remembered the cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeños in the fridge, spotted an avocado on the counter along with a red onion nearby and remembered the cilantro that had been chopped to top soup the night before.
I made a batch of guacamole, fried up the onion and then put it all in the naan. It was delicious and now it’s one of Mr Chiot’s favorite breakfasts. Discovering a new way to eat something you every day is always great. I’m looking forward to enjoying this in the summer with garden fresh tomatoes on top!

Have you discovered any great new meals recently?

Sweet Rewards

February 13th, 2012

Yesterday morning I finished up our first batch of maple syrup for the 2012 season. A few days after we tapped the trees, the weather turned cold once again and the sap quit flowing. Usually I wait until I’ll have a gallon or so to finish, but I finished off the 12 gallons of sap we collected down to one quart of syrup. Instead of canning it we decided to enjoy it.

What better way to enjoy syrup than drizzled over sourdough pancakes (recipe at Eat Outside the Bag) with some homemade sausage. When it comes to enjoying maple syrup, my personal favorite is over french toast, but Mr Chiots is a pancake fan so I made him some pancakes. Since we follow the Nourishing Traditions way to eating our pancakes are always sourdough and soaked overnight.

I’m a bit odd in that I don’t really like syrup on my pancakes but I love it on my sausage. The sausage we eat here at Chiot’s Run is always mixed up the night before with herbs from the garden, you can find my Savory Breakfast Sausage recipe at Eat Outside the Bag. Since we purchased a half a hog this year we’ve been having sausage often for breakfast and we’re really loving it.

Syrup on your sausage – yay or nay? What about on your pancakes?

If you want to read up on maple sugaring I’d highly recommend these books:

Quote of the Day: John Gunther

May 22nd, 2011

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

-John Gunther

There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a good breakfast. I’m not picky about what I eat for breakfast except that it can’t come from a box and I prefer it to be warm. We don’t go for cereals or other pre-made things, if we’re looking for a quick breakfast a piece of sourdough bread toasted in a cast iron skillet with some good pastured butter is our breakfast of choice. We also like scones for quick grab and go breakfasts.

Once or twice a week we enjoy a breakfast featuring eggs. Whether a hearty “farmers” breakfast as they’re called in diners around the country. Eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast, sometimes mushrooms, and onions as well. Sometimes it’s an omelet and sometimes simply scrambled eggs. Every now and then I’ll whip up a breakfast pizza!

In the winter we love steaming bowls of oat groats topped with nuts, crystallized ginger, cinnamon, raisins and some maple syrup. We also enjoy warm coconut rice pudding on occasion.

Lately we’ve been eating sourdough pancakes a few days a week since we have such a bounty of maple syrup in the pantry from the 2011 sugaring season.

No breakfast is complete without a cup of coffee with raw milk. This is of course my favorite part of breakfast!

What’s a typical breakfast for you?

Friday Favorite: Breakfast Edition

November 12th, 2010

Mr Chiots and I are simple breakfast eaters. Most often our breakfasts consist of toast, scones, zucchini bread or something along those lines in the summer. In the winter we love a steamy bowl of soaked oat groats with nuts and cinnamon and perhaps a drizzle of maple syrup (here’s my post about that). Of course the main foundation to our breakfast is a big cup of coffee, which I talked about on my first Friday Favorite. About once a week though, we enjoy a big hearty breakfast.

There’s nothing better than bacon, eggs, potatoes and onions fried in the bacon grease, some buttered toast, and of course coffee. The eggs come from a local farm (can’t wait to have my own), this bacon is from Bisson Family Meats in Maine and it’s great, the potatoes are homegrown and the bread is homemade. This is my most favorite breakfast. Many people would choose pancakes or french toast as their favorite breakfast, but I’m not a sugar in the morning kind of person, I need protein and salt in the morning.

What’s your favorite breakfast?

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