This is a wonderful recipe' adapted from Diane Sanfilippo, (author of "Practical Paleo", a great book by the way). Diane was referred to in this month's From The HealthShrink's Feature Article, What Should I Eat For Breakfast? What makes this recipe so terrific is that you can easily mix and match flavors by changing up the veggies and seasonings. You also bake it which generally speaking is a much less labor intensive cooking method. Finally, make 1 batch and come up with 6 servings! Can't eat all 6? Fantastic! This dish freezes easily. Just cut the dish into individual portion sizes. When you want a nourishing and delicious breakfast, take out a piece and heat it in your toaster oven or microwave.
• 1 large zucchini - shredded or grated and strained, (yay, it's zucchini season!)
• 2 large carrots - peeled, and shredded or grated
• 12 eggs, beaten (fresh from the local farm eggs rock!)
• 1 tablespoon of butter, (Kerrygold is from grass-fed cows), bacon grease, (US Wellness sells excellent quality bacon on-line), or coconut oil, (I use Tropical Traditions Green Label which is delicious and can be purchased right on-line!)
• Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
• Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of crushed rosemary or sage. (Be creative and discover what seasonings you love!)
• Preheat oven to 375 F.
• Place the shredded/grated zucchini into a cheese cloth or strainer bag and squeeze all the excess water out of the zucchini. (This is an essential step and very easy to do once you give it a try! If you don't have a cheese cloth, you can simply do the squeezing in your bare hands over the sink.)
• Mix the zucchini, carrots, seasonings, and beaten eggs into a large bowl and set aside for the moment.
• Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan/dish with either butter, bacon grease, or coconut oil.
Now, pour the egg mixture into the greased pan. For the "swirly" effect, take a fork and create swirls or circles right in the dish. Or, make a design of your choice!
Place the pan on the bottom shelf in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the edges start to brown. The quiche will deflate when removed from the oven. No worries! This is to be expected.
Viola' and there you have it my friends. Breakfast prepared and cooked in just over an hour that will last for 6 meals. Just because you may not have time to make breakfast every morning doesn't mean you can't eat it! In fact, with just a bit of planning and mindfulness, you may indeed have breakfast and a totally delicious and healthy one at that!