Mornings are tough. Eating healthy in the mornings can be even tougher. The real trick to a smooth morning is prepping as much as possible the night before.
Since we don’t need to make the morning any more hectic, this recipe only dirties one pan. Less clean-up is always a win. Plus, it doesn’t require constant supervision while cooking. Freeing you up to do other, more important things. You know, like convincing children to put on their clothes. Or taking a shower.
For this one pan brekkie, prep the Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes and ham the night ahead. You can even prep the ingredients a few nights ahead of time. The trick is using time when you have it available. I personally like to do some prep work every night while I am cleaning up from dinner. The kitchen is already in disarray so I won’t have to clean it twice.
But veggies for breakfast?!
We really need to be eating vegetables at every single meal. Yes, that includes breakfast. Not only do they provide much needed micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient) they also can help us feel full and have less cravings later in the day.
Vegetables are relatively low in sugar while being high in water and fiber. Both water and fiber can help us to feel full. When we feel and satisfied not only are we less likely to overeat. Also when we regularly include fibrous veggies in out meals we naturally will eat less of the more calorically dense foods.
Where’s the grain?
Not everyone does best with grains based breakfasts. Some people find, when they start their day off with certain foods, even if they are generally considered healthy, their cravings are more ravishing all day long. The trick is to experiment and find what works best for you. You may find that by omitting grains (cereals, toast, oatmeal) you feel better. Or perhaps, you may feel hungry all day long if you forgo your usual grain based breakfast. Try both and find what works well for you. If it turns out you need those grains in the morning, just swap out the sweet potatoes in this recipe for a slice of toast.
One Pan Brussels Sprouts, Sweet taters, Canadian bacon and eggs
1 lbs Brussel sprouts
1 Tb olive oil
2 cups chopped diced Sweet potatoes (about 200 grams, or one large)
8 oz Canadian Bacon (look for a lower fat variety, like Niman Ranch or Boars head)
The night before:
Chop clean and prep the Brussel sprouts. Cut the bottom of and cut in half. Throw in the fridge. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Throw in pot of water and boil till JUST for tender. (I like to do this to a bunch of potatoes, then I have them ready all week long). Chop the Canadian bacon. Place all prepped items in fridge.
In the morning:
Preheat oven to 400. Toss brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt. Spread out on pan, in a single layer. Put in oven for 15 mins. This is a great time to hop in the shower, make coffee or try and convince the children to put clothes on.
After 15 mins give them a stir. Toss in Canadian bacon and sweet taters. Cook for 10 mins.
Remove from the oven and make four wells, and spritz the wells with cooking spray. Crack eggs in to wells and put back in the oven. Depending on how you like your eggs cook 5-10 mins. (I found at 10 minutes the yolks were fully set)
Nutrition for ¼ the pan:
298 calories. 28 grams of carbohydrates. 11 grams of fat. 25 grams of protein.