We’re winding down towards the end of our first Whole30 journey…
These non-planned, throw-together bowls turned out to be our favorite meals. They helped us create a satisfying breakfast while not getting hangry because we forgot to plan our AM plates.
During our first few weeks of Whole30, I planned every little detail of every single meal. It kept us on track during our transition and ensured that we picked up everything we needed from the grocery store all at once (instead of mini-trips during the week). Each Sunday morning I would sit down during breakfast and plan for our week ahead.
Sunday Breakfast + Meal Prep
There’s absolutely no doubt that the key to surviving your Whole30 quest is cooking in bulk. Not only does this make the rest of your week easy-peasy, but it allows you to re-vamp those leftovers into a quick ‘n easy breakfast (or lunch) bowl. Pssst: check out our leftover Pot Roast Breakfast… it tasted phenomenal. Another important component is prepping your vegetables in advance. There’s been multiple times that I just wanted something I could grab and eat or grab and cook. Cutting most vegetables in advance easily solves that “I don’t feel like spending a bunch of time in the kitchen today” dilemma.
(Note: I learned this the hard way. Do not… I repeat… DO NOT pre-cut your onions in bulk. Our entire house smelled like onions the first week because the smell was so strong that it seeped through the ziplock bags. Trust me on this one.)
Cucumbers + Zoodles + Bell Peppers + White Onions + Red Onions + Sweet Potato Noodles
Without further ado, here are some breakfast bowls that saved our lives (and sanity) in the AM.
Turkey Sausage Cauliflower Hash
I originally served the hash over a baked Sweet Potato for dinner, but this can easily be served on its own for breakfast. First, sauté 1 pound Turkey Sausage in a large frying pan with Avocado Oil over medium heat. Add frozen Cauliflower Rice and cook for an additional few minutes, constantly mixing. Create a small well and crack two eggs in the center. Cook and then mix with Cauliflower Sausage Hash. Turn off the heat, add a handful of Spinach (optional) and place lid on. Allow Spinach to wilt for 2 minutes. Mix-in Spinach prior to serving and plate with fresh Jalapeños and your favorite Salsa or Hot Sauce.
Egg + Scallion Scramble over Sweet Potato Hash that’s served with Fresh Cilantro, Crisp Bell Peppers and (compliant) Salsa
Simply place two handfuls of spiralized Sweet Potatoes and a few Red Onion slices in a bowl with 1 tbsp. Avocado Oil. Mix together and place on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with Salt + Pepper and cook in a 425F oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through. While the has is cooking, scramble the egg + scallions and grab whatever vegetables you’d like to eat with it. In my case, I like the crispiness of fresh peppers and used them as my “bread” to scoop up my eggs. This dish wasn’t a leftover thrown down, but I used those precut vegetables and it was pretty damn satisfying.
Cauliflower-Sausage Stir Fry + Scambled Egg with Tostones, Avocado, Fresh Lime Wedge and (compliant) Salsa
The Cauliflower-Sausage Stir Fry was leftover from the night before. I simply sautéed two compliant Chicken Sausages (cut into chunks) with 1 Bell Pepper and 1/4 Red Onion in a bit of Avocado Oil. Once crisped, I added a bag of frozen Cauliflower Rice and 1 Garlic clove (minced). I sautéed for another few minutes and boom – you have Cauliflower-Sausage Stir Fry. (I’ll add this full dinner recipe separately and when I do I’ll update this post.) In the AM, I took about a 1/3 cup leftover Cauliflower-Sausage Stir Fry and reheated it in the microwave for 2 minutes. While it was cooking I sautéed an Egg, grabbed a few leftover Tostones (I’ll post this recipe too – but until then – check one out here) and a bit of Avocado. Once the Stir Fry is headed through, serve everything on one plate and enjoy.
3-ingredient Banana Nut Smoothie
Let’s face it… sometimes you’ll want something OTHER than Eggs for breakfast. Despite what the picture shows, I actually used frozen Bananas. They make the consistency thicker and simply creates a better smoothie. This isn’t a bowl, per se, but a necessary recipe for the smoothie bowl listed below. Simply place two frozen Bananas in a blender with 1/2 cup Whole Almonds. Blend together with 1 cup compliant Almond Milk. If you’d like a sweeter smoothie, add 1 date to the mix prior to blending. Once in a while I’d add a scoop of Almond Butter, which tastes great too.
Chia Pudding Whole30 Smoothie Bowl
Simply make the smoothie listed above and pour it in a bowl with desired fruit toppings. Add a huge dollop of chia pudding and you’re ready to go. You can substitute whatever nuts you have on hand. This particular recipe I used Hazelnuts instead of Almonds for the smoothie.
Note: Chia pudding is simply 1/2 cup of Chia seeds with 2 cups Almond Milk. Shake and set in the fridge. Make this the night prior in a sealable glass jar (I use recycled pasta sauce jars). Make sure to eat it within 2-3 days.
Over-Easy Eggs over Cilantro Cauliflower Rice & Fresh Tomatoes
Do you see a trend here with the Cauliflower Rice? It’s so versatile and filling… it’s the perfect base for multiple meals! To make the Cilantro Cauliflower Rice, simply sauté Cauliflower Rice in a large frying pan with a dab of Avocado Oil. When it’s finished, add 2 tbsp. Dried Cilantro and a squeeze of Lime Juice. Boom – finished. Serve with an over-easy egg, 1 freshly chopped Tomato, fresh Cilantro and your favorite hot sauces.
The Cauliflower Rice and roasted Broccoli were leftovers from the night before. Simply add an egg to a skillet over medium-high heat with Ghee or Avocado Oil. While Egg is cooking, heat leftover Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli. To serve, place Cauliflower Rice in a bowl and top with scrambled Egg, Broccoli, Sliced Avocado, Everything But The Bagel Seasoning (from Trader Joe’s) and Hot Sauce. Nom-Nom.
Added Bonus: 1-minute Breakfast Bowl for busy moms on the go
(no directions needed, just grab from the fridge and eat)
If you find yourself with some extra time in the morning, make sure to try my Egg & Avocado Baskets
Collaboration with Clean Juice
I’m going to end this post with a cute moment / parental reflection. If you eat healthy, your children (including toddlers) will take note and follow your example. About halfway through our Whole30 journey, I noticed that our son was making his pretend sandwiches with lettuce on the outside instead of buns. Now if that doesn’t show you that kids pay attention to everything you do (and eat), I don’t know what does. <3
Mario & Luigi Tea Party
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