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Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Protein Parfaits

These Make-Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Protein Parfaits from The Lemon Bowl are ideal for making ahead on Sunday and enjoying throughout the week (they will keep in the fridge up to 5 days). Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia and flax seeds will give you the ideal balance of healthy, monounsaturated fat, and protein. The yogurt is sweetened with a little pure maple syrup which plays off the warm cinnamon and cloves in the nut topping. You can of course substitute the nuts and seeds for your favourites, swap out the plain Greek yogurt for your preferred flavour. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

Makes 5 servings

  • 32 ounces (slightly less than 4 cups) plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups mixed berries (i.e. raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds shelled
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour into a liquid measuring cup and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together seeds, nuts, and spices.
  3. To assemble parfaits, set out five glasses or mason jars and pour in ¼ cup or so of the yogurt mixture into each glass.
  4. Top the yogurt layer with a couple tablespoons of the nut and seed mixture.
  5. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of berries on top of the nut mixture then begin again with yogurt.
  6. Repeat the layers until all ingredients have been used.
  7. Seal mason jars or cover glasses with plastic wrap until you’re ready to serve.
  8. Enjoy!
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Low Carb Breakfast Casserole

This month’s breakfast recipe comes to us from Buns In My Oven and I love it! It’s great for anyone on a Keto diet or if you just want to lower your carbohydrates! This low carb breakfast casserole is hearty and filling, because it’s packed full of protein from the sausage, bacon, and eggs. It’s great to make ahead of time and either keep in the fridge for a couple of days or in the freezer. Freeze it in individual servings and pull out and reheat in the microwave as needed. The best part? You can add in any vegetables or meat you like! I’m going to try adding mushrooms to mine. You can even top it with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives if you want to get fancy!

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 1/2 lb sausage
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Brown the sausage in a large skillet, crumbling as it cooks. Drain grease and set aside.
  2. Dice the bacon into bite-sized chunks and cook in a large skillet, stirring often, until crisp. Drain the grease and set aside.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a square baking dish with non-stick spray.
  4. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and add the milk. Whisk together until well combined.
  5. Stir in the sausage, bacon, cheddar, onion, pepper, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until eggs are set and edges are golden brown.
  7. Let cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  8. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Banana French Toast

French toast with strawberries and banana! What more could you ask for? This is a beautiful and tasty way to get some fruit in the morning while still indulging in a classic favourite.

Ingredients

Makes 4 servings

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup sliced banana
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In an 8-inch square dish, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and salt.  
  2. Place 2 slices of bread in egg mixture and soak for 15 seconds per side. 
  3. Warm a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and grease. 
  4. Fry bread slices until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Adjust the heat as needed to ensure even browning. Repeat with remaining bread and egg mixture.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, toss together strawberries, banana and maple syrup.
  6. Spoon strawberry mixture over 4 slices of cooked French toast and top each with another piece of French toast.
  7. Cut each sandwich into triangles and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 
  8. Enjoy!    

Tip: Get creative with your french toast sandwich filling. Try some sliced apples, a fruit purée or a mixture of berries!

Recipe and image via Get Cracking

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Gruyère, Bacon, and Spinach Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients

Scrambled eggs have always been a favourite of mine. But they do tend to get boring after a while. Why not mix it up a little and make this restaurant-worthy take on scrambled eggs?

8 large eggs
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil or unsalted butter
2 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and broken into pieces
2 cups spinach, torn up
2 oz. Gruyère cheese, shredded

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil or butter in 10-inch nonstick skillet on medium. Add eggs and cook, stirring with rubber spatula every few seconds, to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-soft eggs. Fold in bacon, spinach, and Gruyère cheese.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Good Housekeeping

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Breakfast Pizza Boats

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. It’s not unusual for me to have breakfast for dinner just to get more breakfast! Whether you make this as a breakfast-for-dinner meal or actual breakfast, these are quick, easy, delicious, and customizable! To customize, add in spinach, mushrooms, peppers, bacon, or whatever you wish at Step 9. You can also add more than 1 egg to the boat, just make sure to give them a bit of space.

Ingredients

for 3 pizza boats

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese(100 g)
  • 1 cup feta cheese(115 g), crumbled
  • 1 lb pizza dough(450 g), divided into 3 portions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • eggs

Egg Wash

  • 3 eggs

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C).
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine the mozzarella and feta and set aside.
  3. On a large floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to an oval roughly 10 inches (25 cm) in length.
  4. Transfer the dough to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Cover surface of dough with olive oil and spoon on cheese mixture leaving a 1 inch (2 cm) margin around the outside of the dough.
  6. Fold in the 1 inch (2 cm) margin creating a crust around the cheese.
  7. Brush the crust with egg wash.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking sheet from oven and with a knife spread out some of the melted cheese in the center of the pizza boat and crack an egg into it.
  10. Turn down heat to 400˚F (200˚C).
  11. Bake for an additional 6-8 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Tasty. Follow the link for a quick instructional video too!

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