No Deprivation Here
Sometimes when I tell people that I try to stick to a mostly low carb diet I can’t help but notice a brief look of pity wash over their face. But please believe me when I say MOSTLY low carb and also when I say that low carb can be so delicious! As someone who cooks a lot and loves to eat, I obviously also love to occasionally indulge, and there is nothing wrong with that.
This past weekend I baked a loaf of homemade bread (if you’ve seen my IG stories lately you know bread-baking and I are having a moment right now) AND I made homemade pasta. I ate both with my family and savored every bite. For me, food balance is all about enjoying the foods you love and not regretting what you eat when you do indulge, but then also embracing healthier foods more regularly. Just because it’s healthy does not mean it’s bland or boring!
Check out this breakfast. This is a typical low carb breakfast for me (I eat some variation of this most mornings) and I LOVE it. I more than love it, I crave it. Two organic eggs, two ounces of grass fed/finished beef smoked sausage, and two ounces of brussel sprouts with 1/2 an ounce of yellow onion and 1 garlic clove, all cooked in ghee (except the sausage). If you’ll allow me to geek out for a moment: this breakfast is a total of 368 calories, has 23 grams of protein, 28 grams of good fat, and 8 grams of carbohydrate. It’s all healthy good stuff and my body always feels so good when I fuel it with real food.
Here’s how I cooked it:
- I always start by getting the meat on the stove first since it takes the longest to cook. I like cutting it diagonally like that (the culinary term in “on the bias”) because it’s pretty and it cooks quicker when it’s cut. I cook this over medium-high heat, but watch it to make sure it doesn’t cook too quickly.
- While the meat is cooking I prepare my veggies. I get them washed and cut. I also cut my brussel sprouts thinly so that they’ll cook quicker too. In my pre-heated pan (you want your pan to have a few minutes to get warm before adding anything to it) I melt the ghee over medium-high heat and add the brussel sprouts. I cook them until they start to get some color on them, then add the onion and garlic and cook until they’re fragrant and translucent.
- I check my meat throughout and give it a flip once I’m satisfied with the level of cook on the bottom side.
- Lastly, in another preheated pan (yay dishes! WORTH IT) over medium-low heat I add a little ghee, let it melt, and crack my eggs into the pan. They will take about 5-7 minutes or so to cook, depending on the heat level.
- Plate everything and bon appétit!
If you make this breakfast I’m sure you’ll be a fan! Let me know if you do! xo