Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fresh Thyme Frittata Cups

Here is another great breakfast creation. Another great way to start your day on a positive note of nourishment and making good choices. Yes, I don't normally post a lot of egg recipes. In fact, we don't do many egg dishes at our house because of allergies (as you can tell from my egg-free baking ;). Still there are a few in our house that love eggs and this is a great way to make some and store some away for the week to warm up and go. So I understand if this is not an option for you- but maybe it is- and if it is you got to try this simple way of making a batch of frittata cups. 
How could you not want to start your day with these bright yellow rays of sunshine? Maybe they should be also known as, "breakfast sunshine cups" but also known as..."a creation you don't really need a recipe for" and "could have hundreds of great combos". Really. I made these on a whim with the ingredients I had in the house, but you could make them with your favorite veggies and herbs and get a great result as well.
I once was a part of a breakfast experiment for part of my holistic health training and it had something to do like this.... each day of the week you make a different breakfast creation and then document how you felt afterward or until lunch. So you have a day with a juice or smoothie, a day of eggs, a day of oatmeal, a day of granola or seeds and nut bar option, and then there is always the whole grain toast or muffin option as well. You are looking to see how your body responds to the differing amounts of proteins, carbs and possibly sugars. Yeah, I usually don't pay attention to the micro/macro-nutrients of foods because I am mostly interested in if the food is fresh, whole foods that don't create allergic reactions or inflammation. But I think this little experiment does something great- it allows one to find a little intuition on what is a great breakfast option for their body to start the day. Some work best with eggs, some work best with a bowl of oats, some work best with a fresh juice and an energy bar. And sometimes its different depending on the season. The experiment allows one to ask the body what it needs and then make the choices to make that happen so you can start the day the best way you can. In one season of my life, a smoothie and a bit of granola was what my body wanted. And I always love a bit of porridge or oatmeal in the winter months to warm up in the morning, but I also love the boost that a few eggs and all that protein and greens offer first thing too. So- I say all of this to offer a bit of experimenting to your food-life if you feel like you are in a rut. It may seem a little risky if you are still afraid of food that may make you sick and have been eating the same thing for most days. And that ok too. And maybe eggs are not for you- then don't try them but try some other options like porridge, stirfry, even soups. It is baby steps. Breakfast is a good place to start. 
Fresh Thyme Frittata Cups Recipe

1/2 cup of sweet onion (or a mix of green onions and white onion)
1/2 cup of finely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup of finely chopped greens (I used kale this time)
1 cup of chopped turkey sausage (or chicken, or bacon)
1/4 ts. of sea salt and black pepper
2 TB- large handful of fresh thyme + more for topping

10 large or 12 small farm fresh eggs
1 cup of milk of choice (I use coconut or rice usually- but you can use water too)
a pinch of sea salt and black pepper

other options place of the veggies:
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup of shredded carrots or root veggies
use of other greens or fresh herbs
(garlic, shallots, green onion, leeks)

In a large saucepan, sauce the finely chopped veggies and sausage. Cook until it is all soft and smells amazing! Then in a 12 cup muffin tin, make sure it is cleaned well and rubbed with ghee or organic butter of choice- then evenly distribute the veggies sausage mix in each muffin cup about half way full. 

In a large quart measuring cup mix up the 10 eggs and 1 cup of milk and get a frothy egg mix. Ad in a pinch of sea salt and black pepper here too. then pour the mix over each muffin cup full of veggie mix. Fill 3/4 full and then top with a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes and then let cool and set for 10-15 minutes before digging out. The butter helps it pop from the tin- oil gets more stuck. Also after letting it sit for the few minutes allows it to pull away from the tin as well. It was pretty easy pulling out and placing on a plate about 10-15 minutes later. Eat warm, or when they are cooled too- They are amazing regardless. 
Dress up with salsa- potatoes, or just by itself. They are a fun option for brunches or parties or little gatherings. They are cute and packed full of flavor and nutrients. I bet once you make them you will be thinking of other great options for combos and how to make them fantastic. That is why I say they really don't need a recipe per say- but I guess it helps to know the general amounts of veggie to egg ratio for the 12 muffin cups. I hope this recipe finds you ready to experiment and start your day well.
Happy Breakfast, friends!

Much love and light, xoxo

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