Do you have that ONE meal that you could eat over and over again and still be happy? Is this meal a healthy meal that you feel good about making and eating every day? I was inspired to write this post the other day when one of our clients requested this recipe again. It was quite a popular recipe when we first introduced it a year ago and I eat it all the time, so I just didn’t think about it. Yes, it’s healthy but don’t think that I don’t love the euphoric feeling many naughty little breakfast foods can bring.
Maybe I should rewind just a minute so you know I am a normal human who likes ridiculously fun breakfast foods! Also, if you don’t know me well yet, I grew up loving all the food in the world and didn’t even know what calories and macronutrients were. If you would have asked me, I would have told you they were on the periodic table somewhere next to sodium and hydrogen. That’s salt and water right? Totally has to do with food.
So let me preface my imaginary binge eating that is about to take place with a small background of who I WAS….
I am a small person of barely over 5 feet and 5 inches. I have small bones and a little frame. Sounds pretty good right? Now let’s flashback to my childhood, adolescent and young adult life. Revisiting the chapters before I started a family at 24 years old. Kelsey (third person, sure ok) was 198 pounds! That’s about 70 pounds more that what I weigh typically, remember I am currently 9 months pregnant soooo…..
I was that super uncool kid in school that was crazy insecure about how I looked and carried myself. People made fun of me and teased me, just to make others around them laugh. Kids can be such assholes! I tell my kids, if I ever hear of any kids of unkindness they bring to another child, we are going over to their house, apologizing profusely, making their family dinner and playing games with them all night until they can see they are normal kids too. Then the rest of the week we are heading to volunteer our time in the children’s hospital where kids aren’t as lucky as they are. Needless to say, my kids are well behaved and very sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Damn right! I have amazing children, I really do.
Ok, let’s go back to fantasy world where I get to eat everything and you get to see how ridiculous my food imagination can be…This is when I channel that young lady who doesn’t know about calories and eats whatever she wants to fulfill the emotional holes in her life….You know we all do this as humans, don’t lie.
So here are my breakfast fantasy foods…
French Toast? HELL YES! The more obnoxious, the better! Have you heard of this french toast that is batter dipped and coated in your favorite cereal before frying?! This is a thing I need to eat…right after a crazy leg day where I just killed it on weights and reps so my body actually USES the french toast as fuel instead of going straight to my ass (and not in a good way, thank you very much).
Big Ol’Cheesy Bacon Omelette? YUP! These are a little trickier to justify because the fat content is through the roof! So if we take out the fact that they are a zillion calories and more than half are fat calories, I’m IN! Can we talk about the side of hash browns?! Don’t give me half-done, soggy, barely defrosted hash browns. I need those little suckers to be crispy and salty if I am going got invest my calorie intake in them. Ketchup can only do so much!
Perfect Pancakes? YES PLEASE! Let’s be real, there are bad pancakes and perfect pancakes. You know what I’m talkin’ about, right? Bad pancakes are those that have no variance in texture. They are the same dense consistency in the middle as they are on the edges, BLAH! Perfect pancakes are the cakes that have that little bit of bitter buttermilk flavor, have huge fluffy air pockets throughout and have been crisped on the edges so you have a bit of crunch! And yes, soak those puppies in syrup and butter and I’m game….after crazy leg day….in moderation and having portion control. Damn this nutritional mind sometimes.
Ok, fast forward….Kelsey has a family, realizes she can’t be unhealthy for her children, takes health and fitness seriously, becomes a personal trainer and sets out to learns as much as humanly possible, then becomes Wonder Woman! Ok, the last one isn’t exactly what happened but sometimes I feel that way.
Now I know, breakfast is crazy important! I can’t spend all my calories on one meal and risk that crazy insulin spike, throw my body into fat storing mode, transform all that extra “energy” from excessive food into fat stores and watch my muscles get locked in a choke hold. No thanks! You’re welcome Fitness Fairies, you’re welcome!
I have found my favorite breakfast in the world! Well, really I have two but I’m sharing one today for the sake of word count and your time.
The Kelsey Scramble!
(No I don’t have a cool name for this) I made it up as my favorite breakfast and didn’t think about a fancy introduction. I am certainly open to suggestions!
This is a yummy savory breakfast that has the perfect calorie and macro profile for your morning. The protein is perfect, carbs are on point and contains the healthy fat you need. Not to mention the micronutrients are a huge feature in this recipe! So here it is…Makes five servings!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pound Isernio’s Chicken Breakfast Sausage
- 1.5 pound Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced small
- 1 to 2 red bell peppers, sliced
- 1 small yellow onion, sliced
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 cups chopped spinach
- 5 whole eggs (1 over easy per scramble)
- salt and pepper
- cajun seasoning
In medium saute pan over medium-high add olive oil, heat then add diced gold potatoes, salt and pepper and cajun seasoning to taste. I don’t like mine super spicy so I am pretty light-handed with these. Brown potatoes until your desired crispiness.
Meanwhile, in separate medium saute pan, add bell peppers, onions and garlic and cook until softened and onions are translucent. Once cooked, add chicken sausage and cook thoroughly breaking up the meat as you go. Lastly, add your spinach and cook long enough to barely wilt in pan. Turn off heat!
In small saute pan, cook eggs over easy, one per scramble.
Assembling your masterpiece is easy. I like to keep my carbs and proteins separate so I can control the portions! Place 1/5 of the potatoes on the bottom of your dish, top with 1/5 of the veggie and sausage combo, then finish with your egg over easy with a sprinkling of parsley or cajun seasoning! Enjoy!
I like mine with a small side of berries (1/3 cup) to round out the nutritional value and add just a touch more carbs.
- Calories 274
- Protein 24 grams
- Carbs 22
- Fat 9
I hope you enjoyed my magical ride through breakfast Lala Land! We ended the imaginary binge eating with an amazingly healthy AND delicious breakfast option! So get after it!