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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Belly Fat Cure Breakfast Casserole

Grain-Free Breakfast Casserole
I love Pinterest and sometimes find recipes there that can fit the Belly Fat Cure and Fast Track, with a few minor changes. I recently found a great breakfast casserole and decided to modify it for Jorge Cruise's plan. Eggs, bacon, cheese, check!  I substituted the bread with chopped Cauliflower and it was really delish. Most breakfast casseroles have bread or potatoes, and I wasn't sure how this would turn out. I had to make a few adjustments since the bread would have absorbed a lot of the liquids, so I had to play with the cooking time quite a bit. I also made mine for just four servings.

Breakfast Casserole:
4 Eggs
3/4 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Can diced Tomatoes drained (I used Rotel)
1/2 pkg Crispy Cooked Bacon
1/2 Head of Chopped Cauliflower
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar
Salt (a few pinches on top)
Chives, basil, rosemary (from my herb garden)

How To:
Mix together the chicken broth, bacon, cauliflower, drained tomatoes and cheddar in a mixing bowl. Grease the casserole dish with butter or coconut oil, and add mixture. Bake at 375 for at least 35 minutes (or until the liquid has been reduced significantly). Once the liquid has cooked down and it is all bubbly, remove from the oven and press indentations into the casserole for the four eggs. I crack an egg into each indentation, I also broke the yoke since that is how I prefer my eggs. Add a sprinkle of cheese and a few pinches of salt on top and return to the oven. Return to oven and bake until eggs have cooked through, for me that was 15 minutes. Let is sit for a few minutes so the mixture can continue to soak up the liquid. The cauliflower should be completely cooked through and tender.

I burned my thumb pretty bad on the dish, but it was still worth it! I will be having this for brunch the next few days while I try to whittle away at the last few pounds to get back to my goal weight. This would be perfect to serve at a brunch or to overnight guests over the holidays.

9 comments:

  1. Recently, I let myself discover Pintrest-and found lots of recipes there as well. I hadn't seen this one, so I'm glad for another use of cauliflower. I'll make this one.
    Again-thanks for sharing!

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  2. This sounds so good! I can't believe you thought to sub the cauliflower for bread! What a great idea! I saw that you said you were eating it for brunch the next few days. Does that mean you're eating two meals a day this week? Just wondering. Have you tried intermittent fasting before?

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  3. Wow! That looks great! I'm eating Dawn's egg cups as I read this and your recipe sounds similar, but with cauliflower! Yum! :)

    Carey

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  4. Hey Amber that sounds great. I love using cauliflower instead of bread or grains.
    Have a great day :-)

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  5. I thought it looked like eggs and hashbrowns before I did the reading. This might be a nice casserole to try for my "day after Thanksgiving" breakfast since I will still have some company. I wonder how they will feel about the cauliflower?

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  6. It tasted like eggs and potatoes too! I really think we can recreate ANY meal grain-free if we get creative.

    Dawn - I have been super busy this week, and yesterday and today I skipped breakfast because I was out until 11:30am. So a hardy "brunch" did the job. Skipping a meal is usually a disaster for me and I overeat late in the day. But when Im really busy its okay.

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  7. Another great use for that versatile vegetable cauliflower! Can't wait to give it a try!

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  8. Hi, My name is Alaiyo.

    First, I want to say I LOVE your blog. I have been on the BFC for almost 6 weeks now (down 15 pounds, 85 to go). I read your new and old posts all the time, and it is great to see your success and good ideas. I like Jorge, but he doesn't seem to answer my questions on Facebook more often than not, so I was hoping that a veteran like you could help.

    Question 1: How can I ensure I lose mostly fat, not lean body mass? Not counting the first week, where the lean mass was probably waste matter, I am still losing almost as much lean mass as fat. I am even doing his 8 Minutes in the Morning resistance training exercises religiously when I get up to preserve muscle, but it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?

    Question 2: If I don't miss them, is it okay to have less carbs? I am getting about 40 g/day fiber, and still around 80 g. total carbs, including the fiber. Will eating fewer carbs speed things along, or do I need to get 6 servings?

    Question 3: I need to sleep A LOT. So much sleep, that it is hard to be awake enough for 5 meals/snacks spaced 3 hours apart. Should I eat every three hours (3-4x/day) while awake, or should I squeeze the 5 meals closer together? And should I then have a lower S/C value?

    Thanks so much for all your help, and in advance for your suggestions.

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  9. Just found this recipe - am following Jorge Cruise's diet The 100 and have already lost 25 lbs. This casserole sounds great and will fit right in with this eating plan. Thanks so much!

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