Leek, Bacon, and Eggs Skillet

Fast, healthy, and easy are always a must during the week for me. My days are long, my workouts are top priority, and when things fall apart and I don’t get my movement time I get pretty darn cranky. Alright, maybe I should be honest and just say I get plain old bitchy. So while trying to figure out one evening how to come up with a meal since the original meal plan was not going to happen for various reasons I decided to give something new a try.

I am someone who loves eggs. I eat them every single day for breakfast and almost never eat the yolk. I honestly would live on them if I were single and not a mom. No such thing on either aspect there, so once in a while I will try serving my boys eggs for dinner and neither really complains….if its only once in while.

What I did this evening was superb! It turned out way better than expected. And to my surprise, my son ate it and said it was good. Thank goodness I was sitting down for this comment since I knew this meal would be a long shot for him to give approval on. Here is what I did.

Leek, Bacon, and Egg Skillet

1/2 lb bacon-pre cooked to save time

eggs-I prepared two each but this number is optional

4-5 oz. box of fresh spinach-roughly chopped

3 medium leeks-cleaned and diced

1/2 medium onion-diced

1 garlic clove-minced

8 oz of sliced mushrooms-diced

parmesan cheese-shredded

pinch of salt

hot sauce if desired

In one large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray add your spinach, onion, leeks, mushrooms and garlic. Sprinkle the pinch of salt over this which will help draw out the water from the veggies and help in the saute method without adding extra fat.

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When the liquid is cooked off(about 15-20 minutes) add your pre cooked bacon and stir together evenly letting your bacon heat up.***NOTE: I pre cooked my bacon in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes the morning I made this dish. I knew time was limited and did not want the hassle of cooking bacon along with the rest of this meal all at dinner time. So upon adding my bacon, it was refrigerator cold. If you prepare your bacon while your leeks are cooking you simply would add your hot, chopped bacon to the pan directly.

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About the time this mixture is finished, spray another pan to prepare your eggs. Crack the amount of eggs you will need and prepare them until they are sunny side up. Unless you prefer them fully cooked….go for it.

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While these are cooking, which only takes a few minutes at the most, begin serving your leek mixture into bowls. Then, lay your eggs carefully over the leek mixture, sprinkle it with a bit of parmesan cheese and a shake of hot sauce if you prefer.

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When your ready to eat, break your yolk and let the creamy filling mix with the leeks. I served mine with Annie’s Homegrown refrigerator rolls on the side to soak up all the creamy goodness at the bottom of the bowl.

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This was a filing, easy, and  delicious dinner enjoyed by all. I hope it will inspire you to think outside the box and try new things.

Cleaning a leek: If you need help on how to clean a leek click here. Then scroll down to the bottom of this recipe and directions will be located there.

 

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Bacon

We love roasted fresh veggies in our house. One of our favorites is brussel sprouts. Give this recipe a try with your next meal.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Bacon

Clean and cut the stems off your brussel sprouts.

Cut each sprout in half and place the entire bunch into boiling water for about 3-4 minutes. Let them drain on paper towel cut side down for at least 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your pan and preheat your oven to 450. Cover it with tin foil for easy clean up and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Lay your brussel sprouts cut side down on your prepared pan and sprinkle them with a little garlic powder.

Bake them for 10 minutes.

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Remove them, turn each sprout over and sprinkle them with half a package of bacon bits and place them back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

My Favorite Things

With us being the outdoor family that we are, I don’t want you all to get the wrong impression of me. I, like everyone, love a shower, clean clothes, good food and a roof over my head at night. There are so many things I have learned from others or by trial and error that I could never list them all. One of my biggest issues throughout my entire marriage has been the issue of a bathroom. My husband has been an outdoors man for as long as I have known him. For me it has been a slow moving transformation. When we first met, “upnorth” meant bugs everywhere, an outhouse which was just beyond possible for me to imagine and hotdogs cooked over a fire on a tree branch…ewwww! We could only visit “upnorth” after stopping at the gas station before arriving so I could use the bathroom and with the understanding that I was not going to eat a hot dog off a dirty branch. As far as the bugs, well, I still don’t like them, but who really does?

I laugh writing this because now I can’t wait to be in the outdoors with much less than “upnorth” had to offer back then.Which brings me to this post today. I thought I would share with you some of the things I just can’t live without while at home or in the great outdoors. I think some of you may find some items useful in the outdoors, at home, during the four seasons or in your every day life. I think you may find some things quite odd also but I am who I am and really have things that I can not imagine living without.

Some of my favorite things:

During Winter: my gloves. I am a germ freak, I would NEVER shop or open a door handle during the winter illness season without my gloves on.

During Spring: longer days, grass reappears, open windows with a breeze.

During Summer: my clothes lines. I love the scent of fresh hung bedsheets. I feel alive when the sun shines. Water activities, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding.

During Fall: hiking excursions.

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In the Kitchen: my ceramic knives. They make life soooo much easier when it comes to food preparation.

In the Bathroom: Alba salt scrub. My own little piece of a tropical island. Oh, and dental floss, I am obsessed with flossing my teeth. (Odd, I warned you)

In the Bedroom: flannel sheets, I would not survive winter in Wisconsin without them.

Kayaking: hair elastic….have you ever attempted to kayak when it’s 90 degrees wearing a helmet with long hair? I will assure you it’s hell. Also, my PFD, the astral bella. Made for a woman. Brilliant invention!

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding: have to have my water shoes, I hate the feel of YUCK at the bottom of some lakes when I take an unexpected swim

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Hiking: My go girl.Guys are so lucky. They can literally pee anywhere. Us females have to tromp back into snake territory, find a tree to hide behind and squat, praying a snake don’t appear at our feet and we pee all over ourselves. This little device my friends is a woman’s best friend, trust me. $10 will buy you a snake free pee anywhere opportunity. One word of advise before using outdoors is PRACTICE at home.

Favorite Freeze Dried Meal Brand: Mountain House

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Favorite Drink: I have fallen in love with the Almond/Coconut blended milk

Favorite Dinner: during the summer its always a summery salad like the BLT pasta salad, winter months it’s any type of soup.

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Favorite Breakfast: egg whites on Trader Joe’s Sprouted Grain Bread with siracha sauce, fresh pineapple chunks and coffee.

Gym Bag Necessity: head bands

Favorite Outdoor Sport: really depends on the time of year. Summer it’s kayaking or if its really hot stand up paddling, fall it’s hiking, spring it’s hiking and winter is really nothing outdoors.

Favorite Thing To Relax: walk

Favorite Hiking Boot/Sandal: Keen

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Favorite Day of the Week: Sunday….this is usually our recharge day. Mon-Fri we work, Saturday is when I get all my errands done in the winter months. In the summer months we are doing something fun as a family from sun up to sun down on Saturdays so errands may be Friday nights. Sunday is the day to rest, prep weekday foods and laundry. When evening rolls around it’s usually spent cuddling on the couch trying to stay awake at 7pm.

And I have to add the two things I could never live without are of course my husband and son. It scares me at times to see how alike they are although I would not change anything. My son enjoys giving me these daily lessons in physics, which I will admit, I really don’t care how or why things work sometimes as long as they work. And he loves scaring me on the trail by throwing sticks in the bushes from behind me and then I think there is a snake. He may get a good laugh out of this but I always find a way to get back at him eventually. My husband is my rock. He always sees the bright side, even on gloomy days. He is my personal massage therapist, winter driving chauffeur, my kayak carrier, snake tamer or maybe I should say wife tamer when I see a snake, my work out partner and my best friend.

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So there it is, I think I hit all my favorites in all the areas of my life.

WHAT WOULD BE THE ONE THING YOU COULD NOT BE WITHOUT?

BLT Pasta Salad

I have had this recipe in my folder of “Recipe’s To Eventually Try” for some time now. And that time has finally come. Huge and I mean huge hit with the family. It really tastes like a BLT and is so easy to throw together. It’s even filling enough to eat as the main course for a meal.

BLT Pasta Salad

  • 1/2 pound fusilli pasta
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup lowfat buttermilk or milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, preferably heirloom, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4 lightly packed cups sliced romaine or other crispy lettuce

Cook fusilli according to package directions until just tender; drain, cool under cold running water and drain again.

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Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustard, garlic and salt. Add pasta and toss until coated. Add bacon, tomatoes, onion and lettuce and toss again.

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Serve immediately.

This recipe was found on the Whole Foods website.
I did make a few adjustments to ours by using bacon pieces,organic fat free milk and only using half the garlic called for.
It is delicious, give it a try.

Brie with Carmelized Onions

While my son was home for Thanksgiving I asked him for a suggestion on what to do with the Trader Joe’s brie that I had purchased. Knowing his love for cheese, I knew he would come up with something fairly quickly. He suggested caramelizing some onions, adding some bacon and putting this on a baguette covered in brie goat cheese. Which is exactly what we did.

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Brie with Caramelized Onions

1  crusty baguette cut into 1 inch slices

one round of brie

two medium onions thinly sliced

1 tbsp. smart balance butter spread

1/2 package real bacon salad toppings

balsamic glaze

Cut your baguette and lay the slices on a baking pan. Spread a small amount of brie on each slice.

Preheat your oven to 425. Saute your onions in a pan with the butter spread. Add your bacon pieces when the onions are about half done.

Keep your onions over low heat to keep them warm and place your brie covered slices into the oven to melt. Watch them closely, this will only take 3-5 minutes.

Remove the slices and place a small amount of the onion topping onto each slice of bread.

Drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy.