Brussels And Bacon Frittata (Whole 30) And A Review

The older I get the more picky I am about the cookbooks I buy. I used to buy whatever cookbooks caught my eye with the glossy covers and had one recipe I wanted to cook. Now, I am all about quality over quanity. In order to make it to my cookbook collection the cookbook has to answer two questions, will I cook from it on a regular basis and does the food taste good.

Cristina Curp’s Made Whole Cookbook answered both of those questions with a resounding yes!! Let’s explore the positives. The cookbook is beautifully photographed. Each photograph makes you want to take a bite of the page. While beautiful food photos aren’t necessary for a good cookbook, they cetainly don’t hurt.

Will I cook out of Made Whole On a regular basis? Yeah, I can see this cookbook being on regular rotation in my kitchen. Every time I look through the book I see more recipes I want to try. The recipes have a reasonable number of ingredients. The ingredients are easily found in most grocery stores. The author stays away from the odd, hard to find ingredients that plague most whole food and “diet” cookbooks.

Except for a couple of recipes that contain sauces, the recipes are self contained, you don’t need to make a bunch of other recipes in order to start making the recipe you want to make.

The book has a keto-paleo focus but many of the recipes are naturally Whole 30 compliant or can easily made compliant.

The only negative, and it’s a minor one, is the book is over sized so it doesn’t for easily onto my kitchen book shelf.

So, how does the food taste? Well, I made the frittata for Satuday morning breakfast. I had 2 pieces for breakfast and the other 2 pieces for lunch. I wished that I had some leftover for dinner. It was that good. I am looking forward to exploring the cookbook further.

Brussels And Bacon Frittata

Adapted From The Made Whole Cookbook

2 1/2 slices bacon

6 large eggs

2 TBS coconut milk

3/4 tsp salt, divided

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp dried dill

1/4 onion, sliced

1 cup shredded Brussels sprouts

1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 1/2 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat an 8 inch skillet, add bacon and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the bacon is crispy. In medium bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and dill, until light yellow, smooth and frothy.

When bacon is almost done, a the onions and sprouts to the skillet. Combine well. Cover the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the mustard and oil. Mix well.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, until the edges look cooked and pull away from the side of the skillet.

Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake 15 minutes. The frittata is done when the center doesn’t jiggle when shaken.

Remove the pan from the oven and run a spatula around edge of the frittata to make sure it isn’t stuck. Flip it out of the skillet onto a plate or cutting board and cut into equal pieces.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce (Whole 30)

On Sunday, I went out to lunch with my friend, Steph, and came home with this little bird. Although, I didn’t go out with the intention of bringing home a bird, this wasn’t an impulse decision. I have been thinking about getting another bird for a while. Since last November, I have lost three of my parakeets and one of my rats to old age and one of my cockatiels to surgery. I needed time to let my heart heal and be sure I was bringing home a new animal for the right reasons. I needed to make sure I was bringing the new animal home because I was ready to develop a new relationship not because I was sad and missing my babies. Sunday I could honestly look at bringing home a new animal that way.

The new bird’s name is Manny. He is a parakeet. Actually, he is so young I don’t know what his sex is. I figure it doesn’t really matter because Manny knows what sex he is.

He hasn’t been with me very long so I don’t know much about him yet. He has already let me hold him, pick him up and he has even stepped up on my finger several times and let me put him in or take him out of the cage on my fingure several times. That is very unusual in any new bird but especially in one so young. I am looking forward to getting to know him in the coming weeks.

This recipe was inspired by Twosleevers.com’s recipe for Butter Chicken. The recipe makes a ton of extra sauce so I always freeze whatever I have leftover for later. I defrosted some with the intention of adding chicken but didnt. I needed to do something with the sauce so I poached 3 eggs in it. It was so good I decided I needed a way to do this everday. Thus my Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce was born

Butter Chicken Hot Plate

Adapted From Indian Instant Pot Cookbook

8 oz can tomato sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp ginger, minced

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp garam masala, divided

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp salt

6 TBS coconut milk

2 TBS ghee

8 -12 oz chicken or 3 eggs

Assorted vegetables

In a frying pan, add tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika, garam masala, cumin, salt and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer 5 minutes. Crack 3 or 4 eggs into the pan, cover, and let cook until the eggs are done to your liking.

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Chicken Potato Hash (Whole 30)

Breakfasts on the Whole 30 are hard. Not only do they want us to give up everything we normally think of as breakfast, pancakes, muffins, cereal and the like, and they want us to replace it with vegetables. Ughhh!

Lets talk about the one traditional breakfast food you are allowed to have, eggs. By the end of your first round you are going to hate them, a lot. So leading up to my next Whole 30 in April, I am going to publish several quick and easy Whole 30 breakfast recipes that have no eggs or can be made without eggs. Most of these recipes where inspired by recipes in my big white binder of recipes for one or two. The idea for quick and easy breakfasts using simple sauces and spices came from Mel Joulwan’s 28 Day Paleo Plan magazine. Her Chicken Potato Hash has become one of my most breakfasts on and off round.

Chicken Potato Hash

From Mel Joulwan’s 28 Day Paleo Plan magazine

1 TBS olive oil

8 – 12 oz cooked chicken

1 cup cooked potatoes

2 – 3 scallions

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 lemon

Heat olive oil in a skillet. Meanwhile, dice the chicken and potatoes, add them to the skillet. Saute until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Slice the scallions and add to the skillet with the salt and paprika. Stir well and cook until heated through. Squeeze the lemon over the top. Stir and serve.

Instant Pot Crustless Seafood Quiche (Whole 30)

Have you ever felt like the world is playing a giant practical joke on you? Within an hour of getting to work today I had a baby throw up on me, a customer drop a gallon of milk on one foot and another unrelated customer drop a bottle of sparkling cider on the other.

The mom of that baby was so upset and embarrassed. She really thought I was going to be mad at baby. What bag of dicks gets mad at a baby??? Not this bag of dicks, for sure.

By the time the cider hit the floor, I was laughing so hard I could barely breathe. Sometimes you just gotta laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

I substituted 1/2 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/4 tsp oregano for the herbes de Provence

Crustless Crab Quiche

Instant Pot Fast and Easy Whole 30 adaptions by me

4 large eggs

1 cup coconut milk

1 TBS nutritional yeast

1 cup chopped scallions

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp herbes de Provence, see sub above

1/2 tsp salt

8 oz seafood, like shrimp and/Or crab meat

Grease a 7 inch spring form pan well. To help prevent the pan from leaking, sit on a piece of aluminum foil that’s bigger than the pan and crimp it around the bottom.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and milk. Add the nutritional yeast, scallions, pepper, paprika, herbs de Provence, seafood mixture and mix well.

Pour the egg mixture into the prepared pan and cover with another piece of foil. Place the trivet in the liner and add 2 cups water. Place the pan on the trivet. Lock the lid and cook for 25 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes then quick release any remaining pressure.

Remove the pan from the liner and run a knife around the edge of the quiche. Remove the outside of the pan.

At this point, it is ready to eat. I think that it benefits the dish to give it 5 minutes under a preheated broiler.

IP Cabbage Roll Soup (Whole 30)

Yesterday started out with a bang. Okay, it was more like a loud pop, a boatload of sparks and some flame. I was sauting some onions for my breakfast. My birds started squabbling so I went to see what was going on. I heard a loud pop, turned around and saw sparks flying across my kitchen from my stove. There were flames under my saute pan. Fortunately, my guardian Angel was awake and hard at work. The sparks and flames were out before I really even realized what happened. It was way too much excitement for 5:15 am on a weekday. The only causality was my saute pan. The element the saute pan was on got so hot it melted a hole in the bottom of a stainless steel pan. Oh, and my stove. I am not turning on that thing ever again.

I am so thankful for my birds. If they hadn’t started squabbling I would have been standing right over the pan when the sparks started flying. I am so thankful nothing caught fire. Those sparks reached all over my kitchen. I shudder to think what an epic disaster this could have been. I am also thankful I still have my pressure cookers or else all I would be eating is sandwiches until my landlord gets back from his vacation.

Cabbage Roll Soup

Adapted From The Big Book Of Paleo Pressure Cooking

1 1/2 tsp olive oil

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 a large onion, diced

1 TBS finely chopped dates

1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 TBS white wine vinegar

1 TBS tomato paste

2 cups finely chopped green cabbage

2 cups compliant broth, beef, if you can find it

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat your pressure cooker on the high saute mode. Add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef and cook, stirring often to break up the meat, until it starts to get crispy and the meat is starting to stick to the bottom of the liner.

Add the onion, continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Stir in the finely chopped dates, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, cabbage and 2 cups of broth. Beef broth is recommended but I used turkey broth and it worked fine.

Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes them quick release the remaining pressure. Taste and add more salt and vinegar, if necessary.