Category Archives: Breakfast

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are so deliciously tart and they are a great on-the-go breakfast on busy mornings! Perfect with a cup of coffee.

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

My mood has been on an all time high recently now that the weather is finally warming up, the days are crazy long,  and it really feels like Spring. And along with that, I’m looking forward to all the lighter and more colorful dishes, along with some grill recipes and tart baked goods to celebrate this new season.

And when I say tart baked goods, I mean all things lemon and citrus based. I just love the sour and sweet combo and I find it so refreshing and delicious, which is why I was so excited to make these Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. These are grain free and nut free, made with cassava flour, and they are so lemony and Spring-y. I’ve been enjoying one in the morning with a hot mug of coffee to wash it all down and it’s been just the thing I need to brighten up my breakfast dish.

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

While the muffins themselves are fluffy and delicious on their own, I highly recommend you make the coconut lemon glaze to drizzle on top of them. It adds an extra lemony flavor to make this recipe shine even more, and adds a bit more moisture which is always good news when it comes to muffins.

Also, don’t forget the poppy seeds. They add a nutty and slightly fruity flavor, which complements so well with the lemons and makes the muffins extra tasty and special!

I guest posted these Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins recipe on Lauren Geertsen’s blog, Empowered Sustenance, so go check it out there. I hope you love them as much as I do!:

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jones Dairy Farm. I was compensated and received a product to try. I fully stand behind this product, and the opinions are 100% my own.

These Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats are a comforting meal filled with all your favorite breakfast items, while being healthy and delicious!

Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

I usually like my breakfast to be quick and easy because I like to get a lot done in the morning, but on weekends, I like to take some time and effort into making a brunch item that’s extra special for me and my husband. These Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats came together on one such occasion on a lazy Saturday and it was one of the most delicious brunch meals I’ve cooked at home filled with all the yummy ingredients.

If you’ve never heard of spaghetti squash boats, they are cooked halved spaghetti squash filled with whatever your heart desires, and you eat it straight out of the hardy squash skin. It’s so fun to eat and while being decadent and light at the same time. In this recipe, I loaded my spaghetti squash boats with a mixture of spinach, onion, Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Turkey Sausage, and a runny egg, and the combination of flavors and textures is pretty dang amazing.

Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash BoatsPaleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

If you’ve never heard of Jones Dairy Farm, they are a company that makes yummy and healthy breakfast sausage and smoked meats that are antibiotic free and certified gluten free. I was immediately attracted to their clean list of ingredients that are easily recognizable. And the taste of the various breakfast sausage I’ve tasted are all so delicious and flavorful, and really great in recipes like this Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats.

I was easily able to find the turkey sausage used in this recipe at a Sprouts near my house, but they are available at various stores nationwide so you can check out their website to find out if they are near you as well. And while you are there, browse through their other products as well and see what they are up to on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube! They are often sharing drool worthy recipes that include their sausage and meats, which always inspire my next breakfast.

Hope you enjoy these  Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats as much as we did! They were so good that I was scraping the bottom of the squash skin to get every last strand, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing the same. Hey, it’s no judgement zone when it comes to eating on this blog!

Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats are a comforting meal filled with all your favorite breakfast items, while being healthy and delicious!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the squash is cooked through and the skin is soft when you press on it.

  2. OR, use the Instant Pot method to cook the spaghetti squash: Place the steamer rack that came with the Instant Pot in the pot, and pour in 1 cup of water. Place the whole spaghetti squash, uncut, on the rack. Screw on the lid, make sure the pressure valve is closed, then cook for 20 minutes on manual. Release the pressure immediately and open the lid. Cut the squash in half.

  3. Remove the seeds, then use a fork to loosen up the flesh of the spaghetti squash, but leave them inside the skin. Set aside.

  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  5. Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium high heat.

  6. Add onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes until translucent. 

  7. Add garlic and stir together for 1 minute until fragrant. 

  8. Add Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Turkey Sausage, spinach, coconut milk, salt, and pepper, and cook stirring until the sausage is cooked through and the spinach has wilted down, about 5 minutes

  9. Stir in tapioca starch until the mixture is slightly thickened, then remove from heat. 

  10. Top the spaghetti squash halves with the sausage and spinach mixture, dividing them evenly. 

  11. Make an indent in the middle of the squash halves and crack an egg into each indent.

  12. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked through and the yolks are still runny. 

  13. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if using, and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 spaghetti squash boat)
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 802mg 33%
Potassium 1046mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 11g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 172.9%
Vitamin C 42.4%
Calcium 21.2%
Iron 28.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using real food ingredients, and without any chemical laden food dyes. It’s easy and the colors are so vibrant and fun!

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Growing up, painting and decorating eggs was one of my favorite Easter activities. I’ve always loved coloring and colors, in general, and I still find dying eggs a very fun and relaxing activity that I look forward to.

These days, I don’t use artificial dyes which are filled with chemicals and toxins that are linked to hyperactivity, cancers, kidney failures, and various other health risks. Did you know that in Europe, most foods with artificial coloring come with a warning label?

Because of this, I dye Easter eggs naturally with dyes made with fruits, veggies, and other food items that you may easily have in your kitchen already. The result isn’t as strong and even as artificial food dyes, but I prefer the rustic and speckled look of these eggs more and I think they are far more beautiful.

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

I especially love how the blue turned out. I made the dye for it using red cabbage leaves and the result is such a gorgeous and vibrant shade of blue. My second favorite is the purple eggs made with grape juice, which turned out with a very cool, uneven design that makes them look almost galaxy-like.

The whole process is so easy and it’s something you can do as a family, even with little kids. And you won’t have to worry that they might put the dye in their mouths, as all the ingredients are 100% real food. But if you want to cut time and use prepackaged dyes, you can purchase these natural, plant based food dyes that are toxin free.

If you do decide to dye Easter eggs naturally, let me know how they turn out! I love getting comments from you guys of what you think of my recipes or tutorials, whether they are positive or negative (in a CONSTRUCTIVE way). It helps me improve my content and keep growing as a blogger!

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

How to Dye Easter Eggs Natually

Author: Jean Choi

Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using real food ingredients, and without any chemical laden food dyes. It's easy and the colors are so vibrant and fun!

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Ingredients

Hard boiled eggs

  • Brown shelled eggs for color green
  • White shelled eggs for all other colors
  • Water
  • Ice

Dye base

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

For red/deep pink

  • 2 cups shredded beets

For orange

  • 2 cups yellow onion skin

For yellow

  • 1/4 cup turmeric powder

For green and blue (use brown eggs for green and white eggs for blue)

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage

For purple (omit water for this one)

  • 2 cups grape juice

For brown (omit water for this one)

  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee cooled

Instructions

Hard boiled eggs

  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot over medium high heat.  

  2. Gently lower the eggs into the water so they don't break, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes.

  3. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath.

  4. Once the eggs are done cooking, transfer them to the ice bath for at least 15 minutes. 

For red/deep pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue

  1. Place 2 cups of water and color ingredient in a saucepan. 

  2. Heat over high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. 

  3. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.  

  4. Let the dye liquid cool for one hour, then strain. 

  5. Place the liquid in a jar or a glass container, then add vinegar.

  6. Add the eggs into the dye then place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

  7. Once the eggs have dyed to your liking, carefully remove from the dye and place on a paper towel lined plate and let them air dry. Try not to wipe or smudge with your fingers until completely dry. 

For purple and brown

  1. Combine the color ingredient and vinegar in a jar. 

  2. Add eggs to the dye.

  3. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 

  4. Once the eggs have dyed to your liking, carefully remove from the dye and place on a paper towel lined plate and let them air dry. Try not to wipe or smudge with your fingers until completely dry.

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