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Muffin-Tin Omelets with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

When I started Whole30, it was a desperation move to see if I could find something that might speed up healing my plantar fasciitis so I could start running again.

It sounded like an okay-ish idea. Actually, that’s totally a pants-on-fire lying lie. I knew it was a terrible idea. That I would be miserable and that misery would suck the other innocent bystanders in this house into my miserable swirling vortex of the misery that is Miserable No-Sugar Shawnda.

Muffin-Tin Omelets with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

I feel like we have eaten the same 4 things over and over and over and over and over again. I have been completely uninspired (you’ve probably noticed how quiet it has been) and, in general, just a real [radio edit] “joy” to be around.

The WholeAlmost30 hasn’t been perfect. Or enjoyable (understatement of the [radio edit] year). But here we are, nearly a month later, and I’ve been jogging on the treadmill a few times a week.

With almost zero issues. Y’all. Zero. And that is totally not a pants-on-fire lying lie.

So I officially and permanently claimed back one of the forbidden fruits to help try to ease the misery. Because you know what I was totally sick of eating for breakfast? Eggs. You know what makes all the difference in the world and turns eggs back into a far less stabby breakfast option? Goat cheese.

GOAT CHEESE.

Muffin-Tin Omelets with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

I whisked together the fixins for a mega-omelet and baked it in a cupcake pan. Re-heating 2-3 for breakfast every morning was a lot quicker, easier, and far more enjoyable than my standard eggs-over-green-things. It was also a great way to put a dent in the KalePocalypse™ that’s going down in the garden right now.

Here’s to goat cheese! And for “wogging” a 5k. And to more goat cheese!

Miffin-Tin Omelets with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

Miniature baked omelets loaded with fresh kale, sundried tomatoes, and tangy goat cheese.

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 packed cups chopped kale (~8 large leaves)
  • Heaping 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper and goat cheese in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Liberally (like, waaaay liberally) spray a muffin tin with cooking spray/olive oil. (You can also use paper liners - not my favorite, see the last paragraph above.)
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet and saute the onion and garlic until translucent and softened.
  5. Add the chopped kale and tomatoes, stirring until the kale begins to wilt.
  6. Turn off heat and let sit about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Transfer the kale mixture to the eggs, stirring to mix.
  8. Using a 1/4-cup measure to fill each muffin cup.
  9. Bake for ~25 minutes, until the centers are set and not runny.
  10. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes.
  11. Run a knife around the edge of the omelets and then let cool another 5 minutes.
  12. Remove from pan - a fork is helpful for any that stuck at the bottom.
  13. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in the microwave.

Notes

Yields: 12 individual omelets, or 4-6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 45 minutes

*I’ve made individual omelets in cupcake liners and… well, it’s not my favorite. My paper liners always get soggy in the fridge over the course of the next 2-3 days and tear into small pieces. Which I feel is a bigger pain that using a fork to loosen the mini-omelets from the muffin pan. Totally your call, though. As long as the pan is well-sprayed with oil, you shouldn’t lose any to tearing.

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I would literally steal candy from a baby right now. LITERALLY. Right this second. Even if that baby had a half-eaten, gag-inducing Cadbury Creme Egg. The legit ones. The ones that look like a real egg. Wrapped in chocolate.

[SHUDDER]

Of course, that’s after I would punch the How I Met Your Mother writers in the boy parts. I gave you 9 years and you gave me…THAT?!

Guess I don’t have to tell anybody that the Whole30 processed sugar withdrawals have reared their impressively bitchy head.

[And also, was The Craft not one of the best movies of the 90s?!]

For the health of my personal being – but mostly the sake of my marriage – I inhaled dinner, grabbed my current book (Your Inner Fish), and headed to bed early.

Day 2
Breakfast - Um, I forgot to eat. For real. By the time I did preschool dropoff, ran a couple of errands, and turned in my hour on the treadmill, it was lunchtime.

Lunch - Leftover Spicy Date-Glazed Salmon, a baked sweet potato, and green beans

Dinner - Grilled chicken breasts (plain, grilled with S&P) topped with a mountainous scoop of strawberry-avocado salsa; baked sweet potato, and some steam-in-bag broccoli.

The hardest thing about today? EVERYTHING.

(And I’m a few days behind posting, but I’ve made the strawberry salsa twice this week just to have on hand. Because it also goes great with leftover salmon at lunch, too.)

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Whole30 Breakfast: Spicy Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, and Eggs

Hey – remember that time I did Whole30 last year and it was so awesome that I had a very big and very public ugly-cry meltdown (The Meltdown, as we refer to it… when we dare refer to it) in the middle of Whole Foods over the price of strawberries and embarrassed the &^$# out of my husband and freaked out the produce guy?

Guess what. I’m doing it again.

[sarcasm] And y’all. Jason is so excited. [/sarcasm] Because he knows.

ODNS

I’ve been battling plantar fasciitis for months now – that thing that cost me the marathon – and because “just wait out 12-18 months and let it heal itself” was not what I want to keep hearing over and over, I decided to see if an elimination diet to maybe resolve/reduce inflammation might help.

What have I got to lose? Besides a Blue Bell addiction and – fingers crossed – maybe some of the 12 lbs I’ve gained over the last 3 months by not running and stress-eating and stress-eating even more.

So on a whim – as in, just as I was shoving Jason’s lunch into his hands as he was walking out the door – I made the decision. And the announcement.

And then I got The Look. And then, The Sigh.

Probably because he’s worried about our friends & family seeing me on The News. And having to visit me in The Pokey.

Day 1
The biggest challenge today? Not licking the knife after making Landry’s PB&J for lunch. Otherwise, I’m fine. And everybody’s alive.

Breakfast - Spicy-ish Sweet Potato Hash-ish with green beans and 2 poached eggs.

Lunch - Because we got back from gymnastics and I hadn’t put up breakfast leftovers, I fried 2 eggs and had the same thing.

“Snack” (although you don’t really snack on Whole30 but I don’t know what else to call the tuna salad and broccoli that I ate between lunch and dinner – but I had tuna salad (with homemade mayo) and broccoli.

DinnerSpicy Date-Glazed Salmon, green beans, and baked sweet potato.

Last year at this time, I was feeling pretty confident. But being a little wiser, I know the murderous, sugar-withdrawal rage that is looming in 48 hours. And just want it to hurry up and get here so I can get it over with and hopefully not harm anyone.

Spicy Sweet Potatoes with Green Beans and Poached Eggs

A Whole30-friendly breakfast of spiced sweet potatoes, green veggies, and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (I use smoked)
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Steam-in-bag green beans
  • 4 eggs, fried or poached

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pan.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a small sandwich bag and add dried spices - shake to coat well.
  3. Empty the bag into the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, unti. potatoes are fork-tender and nicely caramelized.
  4. Steam the green beans and prepare the eggs, as desired, while potatoes are cooking.
  5. Serve in the potatoes and green beans topped with eggs.
  6. And try not to stab anybody, 'mkay?

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Spice rub from from Spicy Honey-Glazed Salmon

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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Spicy Honey-Glazed Salmon

Aside from pick-up-phone-and-order-Chinese, this might be the fastest non-cereal, non-PB&J, non-Hot-Pocket dinner ever.

5 minutes of prep, 7 minutes under the broiler. All while you’re microwaving some steam-in-bag broccoli or reheating the leftover roasted asparagus from the night before.

Dinner? Done. Just like that.

Spicy Honey-Glazed Salmon

The spice rub comes from an oldie but insanely goodie, Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Thighs. It gets the tiniest of tweaks – I highly recommend using chipotle chili powder if you can. The slight heat + smokiness goes pretty perfectly with the sweet & sour honey glaze.

On those nights when we need something fast and prefer clean-up to be limited to a foil-lined pan and two tiny mixing bowls (hello, swim team and soccer practice!), I have a total winner that’s not too boring for the adventurous eater, not too weird for the picky eater, and not too spicy for the 4-year-old eater.

Spicy Honey-Glazed Salmon

Salmon is broiled with a smokey, flavorful dry rub and then finished with either a sweet & sour honey glaze or a Whole30-approved sweet & sour date glaze.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (I use smoked)
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 8-oz salmon filets
  • Olive oil
  • *For a Whole30-compliant glaze, I soak 2 dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften and then blend the drained dates with 1/4 cup cider vinegar. Use the glaze as directed (will glaze ~8 filets) and store leftover glaze in a jar in the fridge.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler and move the top rack to ~4-5 inches below element.
  2. Mix dried ingredients in a small bowl (this makes enough for two recipes, I store extra mix in a ziptop bag and regularly make the salmon again the next night).
  3. In another small bowl, mix honey and vinegar together (a 10-second trip through the micrwave is helpful).
  4. Line a pan with foil and lightly brush with olive oil (or cooking spray).
  5. Place salmon on foil and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Sprinkle each filet with 1/2 tsp of spices, rubbing the dry rub over the top and sides of the fish.
  7. Broil for 5 minutes, brush with half of the honey mixture, and broil 1 more minute.
  8. Brush with remaining honey mixture and broil 1 minute.
  9. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Notes

Yields: Feeds 2 bigs and 1 little

Adapted from Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Thighs

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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