Country Potatoes and Chorizo Scramble

Who is exhausted after all of that Black Friday shopping?!? I know I am after working both Thanksgiving night & last night. Let me tell you, people are crazy if they are getting a good deal!! I was at my store until 3am on Friday morning & then had to be back again at 3pm on Friday night to close down shop. The entire time it was pure craziness!!

Today, since we spent Thanksgiving Day with Chris’s dad’s side of the family, we are spending the day in L.A. with his mom’s side having a little late Turkey Day. Chris is already up there since they have a tradition of shopping Thursday night into Friday morning each year. To start my morning I am whipping up my favorite breakfast before I hit the road & meet up with everyone.

Country Potatoes and Chorizo Scramble.

The perfect combination of delicious crispy potatoes, and sweet peppers, with spicy Mexican pork chorizo; it is my favorite start to my morning, and has tons of protein, carbs & veggies to keep me going all day. Today I feel like we probably won’t be eating until later on in the evening so I need to be able to keep cooking all day.

I hope everyone has something to keep them going after a big day of shopping.

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3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 red potatoes
1 gold potato
½ cup diced onion
4 small sweet peppers
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
1 ½ tsp salt
2 eggs
2 egg whites
Splash of milk
1 oz chorizo

1. Crack eggs and egg whites into bowl. Add a splash of milk and salt and pepper. Whisk with fork and set aside.
2. Clean and dice potatoes, peppers and onion. Add butter to a pan and keep temperature on medium. Add potatoes to pan and cook on medium, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Just until potatoes are tender with a fork. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
3. Remove cover and add onions and peppers to pan stirring regularly. Allow to cook for another 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
4. Push veggies to the outside boarder of the pan and add chorizo to the middle. Chop just like you would with any ground meat. Allow to cook 3-5 minutes, until meat looks cooked throughout.
5. Push meat to outer edge of pan with the vegetables and add eggs to the center of the pan. Allow to cook and once bottom layer seems cooked, mix chorizo and veggies together with eggs.
6. Plate and enjoy. Serves 2.

Vegetable Crustless Quiche

Labor Day is the last true hoorah of summer. Whether you are going back to school or not, there is something about September that screams you need to get back on a schedule & focus. For me, in retail, it is a reminder that I have two months to get my team ready & prepared for the holiday season… aka two months of straight hell in November & December.

When I was coaching cheerleading a few years ago September meant practices got more intense, every Friday I had two football games I had to sit through & working two jobs during the busiest season for both, would be craziness.

Getting out of the door in the morning can really be a struggle sometimes, but I am not the type of person that can skip breakfast & be happy & perky until lunch time. No mam, this girl needs a little something to get her morning going. Granola bars can get old, & a few years back I totally did it in on hard boiled eggs. If I don’t have another for another year it’ll be too soon. So I am always looking for something easy to grab on my way out the door.

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My mom obsesses over crustless quiches. I honestly don’t think she makes them that often, but whenever I say I am having people over for the weekend, or need something easy for the morning, she always suggests, “you know, I make this crustless quiche…” So I thought I’d finally try it. Honestly one of the easiest things I have thrown together.

One Sunday I was doing a bunch of cooking for the week & I threw this together pretty quickly, & even better… cheaply. You can really grab whatever veggies you have in the fridge, & it is really good for those weeks that you over buy in veggies & you know you’re going to end up throwing some stuff away.

I had kale, broccoli and bell peppers in my fridge and just a little extra mozzarella cheese leftover from a lasagna I made. With my aunt talking me through how she makes her quiche, ironically she had made one for brunch that day, I made a few tweaks to her directions & there I had it, breakfast for the entire week.

Since my boyfriend is one of those weird people that don’t like cheese, I was able to enjoy this all to myself. Next time you are thinking, how am I going to eat all of these veggies before they go bad tomorrow, grab a carton of eggs & bake them together. Enjoy!

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3 eggs
½ Tbsp salt
Pepper to taste
1 ½ cup cream
2 broccoli heads
2 cups kale
1 bell pepper, chopped
¾ cup mozzarella cheese
1 oz goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350⁰ and spray pie dish with vegetable cooking spray.
2. Sauté cleaned broccoli and kale in a dry pan. Do not add any oil, you are simply trying to remove any excess water from the veggies so the quiche doesn’t get watery.F
3. Layer in kale and broccoli along the bottom of the pie dish. Top with an even layer of bell peppers.
4. Layer the mozzarella cheese evenly over the vegetables and then crumble the goat cheese evenly throughout.
5. Crack eggs into a separate bowl and beat. Add salt, pepper and cream to mixture and continue to beat allowing the eggs to aerate.
6. Pour egg mixture into pie plate and bake for 45-60 minutes or until cooked through the middle.

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Fiber Kicked Breakfast Smoothie

Sometimes the mornings are a little rough, but nothing compares to when I was commuting an hour to work each day. I know I know, you are probably thinking, you live in Los Angeles, an hour is nothing, but this was the same time I had to be at work at 4am three times a week.

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Yep, there it is. I had to be out the door by 3 am work a full 9 hour day & then drive an hour home, if I was lucky. During those six months last year I would do anything in my power to stay in bed as long as possible. Sleep was my best friend but we were too busy to hang out ever.

I had a few ways to keep me up on my morning drive. Obviously I needed to have my coffee. But then again I can wake up at 4 in the afternoon & need a coffee. Sometimes I would bake muffins on Sundays & I would have just enough for breakfasts on the go. Other times I would just grab a fruit on my way out the door. I tried Greek yogurt a few times but driving & yogurt aren’t the safest combinations. So I started making smoothies.

It combined a little bit of everything I enjoyed for breakfast. I had some yogurt for protein, oats for grains & tons of fruits for vitamins & a little bit of a pick me up of sugar, which trust me, is a necessity at that hour of the day.

What else was nice was even though it was a little bit of a chore to prepare the fruits, blend the drink, & clean up afterward, I could do everything the night before & just grab the shake from the fridge in the morning.

There are hundreds of varieties that you can use but this one is my favorite. A little berry-banana blend. Hope you enjoy!

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1 banana
10 blueberries
3 strawberries
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp  Flax Seed with Blueberries
1/2 cup plain oats
Orange Juice

1. Mix Greek yogurt, Flax seed, oats, and fruits in blender.
2, Pour orange juice through top opening until fruit blends smoothly.

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Champagne Fruit Salad

 Just before going on our trip to Big Bear I was home from work one day watching my favorite, the Pioneer Woman, on the Food Network and she was making brunch for the ladies in her family. It was a cute episode with great breakfast ideas. Especially ideas for preparing the night before. One of the sides she made was Champagne Oranges and I thought that it would be perfect for our weekend of drinking up in the mountains. After all, the best way of getting over a hangover is having a drink…. Right?

Well I am not sure if that’s exactly true but my version of Champagne Oranges was pretty delicious for our brunch. Here is my simple take on the Pioneer Women’s boozy fruit salad.

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3 lbs of fresh strawberries
3 lbs of fresh blackberries
4 navel oranges
1 bottle of champagne

Simply wash and cute the fruits and place into an oversized mixing bowl. Pour entire bottle of champagne into fruit and ensure all of the fruit is submerged. Allow to sit overnight and in the morning sprinkle sliced almonds on top prior to serving.

Homemade Granola Bars

I’ve been wanting to learn to make homemade granola bars for a while now. They are the easiest thing to grab while you are running out the door but I figured they must have a lot of steps and ingredients. When I was given this recipe from the family I nanny for I figured okay, maybe I can try this. But then when the 12-year-old whipped this out in about 20 minutes I figured this is something I have to try! Enjoy this simple and easy recipe.


2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup sliced almonds
½ cup wheat germ
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
½ cup dates, chopped and pitted
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350⁰. Butter baking dish and line with Parchment Paper.
2. Cover Paper with almonds and oatmeal and bake 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally.
3. Transfer mixture into large mixing bowl and add wheat germ.
4. Reduce heat to 300⁰.
5. Place butter, honey, sugar, vanilla and salt into a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
6. Pour over oatmeal mixture and stir together. Stir in fruits.
7. Bake 25-30 minutes.
8. Let cool 2-3 hours before serving at room temperature.