We all know how important breakfast is – paleo or non paleo. The days of me eating sugar laden muesli with low fat, extra sugar yoghurt, and thinking I was being healthy and not understanding why I was hungry again in an hour – are gone.
And while I love eggs, I also love variety and experimenting. So one Sunday, on food prep day, I pulled out the ingredients I had in the fridge and pantry and thought about what breakfast concoction I could make for the week.
I had done muffins and a frittata recently, had run out of zucchini for a slice and, well just wanted to try something new.
What I ended up making, was a sweet potato and bacon pie. It really is a frittata, looks like a pizza but either way tastes delicious!
The ingredients I had and used were below –
- 1 cup diced smoked paleo ‘speck’ bacon
- 1 cup diced sweet potato
- 1 container of cheery tomatoes – quartered
- ½ cup green beans diced (again you can use whatever you have here)
- Fresh oregano (you can use whatever herbs you want)
- 1 x can coconut milk
- Salt & pepper
- 8 (approx) smiling eggs
The paleo speck bacon I got was from Cannings butchers. It has no added sugar or nasties in it, and can also be kept in the freezer. If you are a first time eater of this, make sure you crisp it up in your cooking or it can have a rubber taste. I leave my skin on, but you can remove if you would like.
- Melt your coconut oil in a large pan and add your bacon. Fry for a few minutes until it start to get crispy. Add your sweet potato and fry together until bacon is cooked and crispy and sweet potato is soft and almost cooked through.
- Grease your dish, (with coconut oil) I used an oven proof dish that has a lid and can be used for casseroles and other such delights. Just find one that suits.
- Line the bottom of the dish with some of your cherry tomatoes. Leave enough for the top of your pie.
- Once the bacon and sweet potato is done to your liking, add to the dish over the top of the tomato.
- Meanwhile beat your eggs and coconut milk in a separate dish with salt and pepper and oregano. If you like you can add extra coconut milk to help thicken, or even almond milk – get creative!
- Add the green beans to your egg mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour egg mixture over your bacon and sweet potato in the dish.
- Place the rest of your cherry tomatoes on top of the egg mixture, season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Cook in a moderate oven, approx 180-200 until egg is cooked through.
The pie also freezes well and travels well – I took a piece on board my flight to Perth recently.
Again, you can change this to include onion, garlic and herbs or vegetables you have.
Cooking paleo is all about being creative and combining flavors that works, so have a play. Google, and then change/adapt/adjust as needed.
- Recipe: Sweet potato fries with basil and garlic (nicolecla.com)