This meal takes about 30 minutes. You can utilize an alternative slow-cooker method by following steps one and two above, and then placing mixture into a slow-cooker and cooking on low for 6 to 8 hours.
by Jessica Troncillito
There are many benefits to eating breakfast, especially when it pertains to weight loss. I have always been a breakfast eater and in that sense, I guess I'm fortunate because they say breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.
I have made eating a daily breakfast part of a healthy lifestyle that includes making wise food choices and balancing calories with daily exercise. Eating a healthy breakfast can also reduce your hunger throughout the day, while helping you to make better food choices at other meals. While it might seem you could save calories by skipping breakfast, this is really not an effective strategy if your desire is to lose weight. No matter how hard you try, hunger will always get the best of a "breakfast-skipper", and ultimately, those that do no partake in breakfast will tend to eat more at lunch, snack-times and other meals.
I have learned a healthy breakfast that will aid weight loss and is conducive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle should contain protein and/or whole grains as opposed to a but-gusting meal loaded with fat and calories.
Make Lean Protein Part of Your Breakfast
Adding a little lean protein to your breakfast may be just the boost you need to help keep you feeling full until lunchtime. Protein helps blunt your hunger and a traditional breakfast of eggs may be one of the best ways to get in your morning protein. While eggs are not always associated with weight loss, they contain some of the highest-quality protein.
As you can see from many of the breakfast recipes I post here on Foodidude.com, I pretty much eat eggs every day. This is my "post workout" go-to meal along with a healthy carb, such as sweet potatoes or steel cut oats. These aid in the repair of my muscles and gives my body something to feed on instead of the muscles I am trying to build. Plus the protein keeps me going, energy you need for every morning!
If you are trying to get your family excited about clean eating while trying to fuel your fire with proper nutrition, here is a neat idea I found!!
I suggest you tweak your serving arrangement between family members. People often think that food arranged neatly on plates tastes better than the same food served in a messy manner. Hmm, imagine that? Take notice of your next meal while at your favorite restaurant; it's all about presentation! For kids - especially when trying foods that are new to them - a fun and colorful meal can be more palatable. A well arranged plate can make healthy foods more approachable. And when it comes to introducing a clean-eating approach into the family, it doesn't hurt to try!
Let's spend a moment a talk a little about Meal Prep. Following a meal prep regimen a must in my home. Doing so, helps me to not only alleviate the stresses brought about by day-to-day meal planning, but also assists me with improved time management, organization and much, much more. In this aspect, I firmly believe the key to SUCCESS is all in the planning. I can't overemphasize why it is so important to make sure you have a plan in place when following a healthier eating regimen.
Here are some helpful tips on how to Plan like a Champ:
The benefits of the Egg always seems to be surrounded by controversy. So what is the “real deal” on egg consumption? Good or bad?
I, for one, think EGGS are great and always were! From all that I have read on the subject, many nutrition researchers used to think that cholesterol in eggs raised cholesterol in the blood, but this turns out to not be the case for most people. In fact, the yolk contains 100% of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and all the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin found in an egg, as well as more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. With that information in hand, I say "enjoy!" But while doing so, at least look for “cage-free”, "free-range" and ideally “pastured” eggs, which come from chickens that have actually been out on grass. This makes for happier, healthier hens and tastier, more nutritious eggs.
So here is a great recipe I would like to share using Pete and Gerry Eggs and a bit of Escarole. Enjoy!
In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 small red onion, diced and 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper. Cook until onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add 1 head of escarole, cored and chopped. Cook until wilted about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Crack 6 eggs into pan and scramble into escarole/onion mixture. Cook through and serve.
Hi! My name is Jessica Troncillito. I am a wife and the mother of one son who has made some pretty big changes in her life. You see, coming from a traditional Sicilian family who spent hours together around the table during our huge Sunday dinners, I've always been into food. Cooking, baking and of course, "eating" were passions that have basically surrounded me since birth.
The joy my grandparents found in their garden and canning their harvest has left an indelible mark upon me, and I still have fond memories of my grandmother baking cookies, apple pies and cheese cakes for nearly every occasion.
Fortunately, that same love and joy of cooking has been passed from my grandparents to my mother, and ultimately, onto myself.
I love to cook and absolutely feel at peace in the kitchen. But as I began to grow older, health and nutrition played a larger roll in my daily meal preparation and my approach to the cooking rituals I'd been exposed to since childhood changed dramatically. I began a regimen of cooking leaner and cleaner - not only for myself, but for my family as well - and the results have been undeniable.
Here, on "Lean & Clean Eating with Jess", I'd love to not only share with you the person I've become today, but also, the recipes and lifestyle tips that got me to where I am and can help bring about a healthier you!