In an attempt to better myself I have been working hard to clean up my diet. If you are a long time reader, you know that I was a big clean eating advocate. After all that is what the start of the blog was based on. However, life happened! Job changes, schedule changes, babies turning into teenagers…..all the things that make slipping into old, yucky habits resurface!
So I went back in my archives, re-read some books that I had from the start of my journey long ago, and made my plan to become a healthier version of me. Let’s be honest it all has to start with a plan. As the saying goes – “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”. Part of the planning process is writing out a menu, deciding what snacks will be needed for the week, and making your grocery list. Without that list anything and everything will end up in the cart!
Now to make life easier I try to stick with the same breakfast for several days. This is so I can pre-cook it to save time in the mornings. I also have to eat pretty early in order to make my 3 hour between meals work with my scheduled lunch break at school. Having breakfast in the refrigerator is key to my 5:15 meal time!
One of my favorite go to breakfasts is the breakfast bowl. No not the one you get a Waffle House with eggs, hash browns, cheese, etc. A much healthier version. The varieties for this is endless. Choose a meat, choose a veggie, and put that on a bed of greens! I tend to stick with ground sausage, but you can use links as well. Eggs are also a great addition if you eat them. Veggie options are endless, but I will tell you know that sweet potatoes are my favorite, and of course you can add any toppings/sauces that you wish.
For this week’s bowls broccoli is on the menu. I purchased a couple heads of broccoli to roast for dinner one night, and in keeping with my simplifying life attitude you waste nothing. What do I mean? Do not throw those broccoli stalks away! Oh no, those stalks are good and nutritious! So use them in other dishes like sautés, soups, and slaws!
You will need to cut the ends off. They are kind of like asparagus, the very end of the stalk is tough and nasty. Slice the stalk at the point of tenderness – in other words do not force the cut. If your knife doesn’t cut through easily, then cut that baby a little higher. Once you get the ends off take a vegetable peeler and give them a once over…..then chop, steam, or process. Also makes a great broccoli rice J
- Broccoli stalks (2)
- Turkey sausage (ground)
- Spinach & Arugula mix
Once my stems were chopped I placed them in a pan with some ghee, salt, and pepper. Gave them a little sauté, added my pre-cooked ground turkey sausage, then divided the mixture into separate bowl on top of a spinach and arugula mix (my fav). When I wake up in the morning I pop the bowl in the microwave, which steams the greens, and breakfast is ready in 1.5 minutes. You can’t get any easier than that!