Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash + Meal Prep

Anyone else have a hard time getting a good breakfast in the morning during the week? It seems like there’s never enough time in the morning to cook a good breakfast so I find myself grabbing a bar as I run out the door.

I made this breakfast hash as a meal prep for quick healthy breakfasts you can grab and microwave –  no cooking or prepping necessary the day of. If you have a job where you can eat your breakfast hash when you get to work then throw the mason jar in your bag and bring it with you! While I intended this to be a meal prep recipe, it makes a great weekend breakfast too.

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Sweet Potato + Kale = Super Food Breakfast Hash

Sweet potato makes all the difference in this breakfast hash. Not only does it give a nice flavor and texture, it’s healthier! The fiber and protein of sweet potato keeps you full through the morning. Kale is FULL of vitamins and I love to quickly chop and throw it into these types of dishes for an extra serving of veggies. Plus that dark green is so pretty!

I got about 4 servings out of this, which I put into mason jars and stored in the fridge to grab in the mornings. If you’re on the go, wholly guacamole single serving packs are awesome to add in after you’ve heated it up.

Tip 1: dice the sweet potato into pretty small pieces so they cook faster.

Tip 2: I found these easy white, screw-on tops for mason jars on amazon. I like them because they’re easier to clean / use and they don’t rust. You can find them here.

Sweet potato and kale breakfast hash with avocado and cilantro. Meal prep for easy breakfast during the week

Sweet potato and kale breakfast hash with avocado and cilantro. Meal prep for easy breakfast during the week

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash + Meal Prep
 
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Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 med sized sweet potato, diced into small pieces
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped kale
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Avocado or wholly guacamole single servings
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • EVOO + S & P
  • Mason jars and lids
Instructions
  1. Saute sweet potato in olive oil over medium high heat for about 7 min stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the chopped kale and saute another 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Turn down the heat to medium. Whisk eggs together and add to the pan, stirring frequently.
  4. Just before the eggs are fully cooked, take the pan off heat (they will continue to cook another couple minutes) and stir in the cheese.
  5. Divide into mason jars or serve on plates and garnish with avocado and cilantro. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash Meal Prep for easy weekday breakfasts on the go! Healthy and filling to sustain you through the morning.

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes (ready in 5 min!)

Pancakes!! Such a good treat for breakfast. Even better when they are healthy pancakes full of protein rather than empty calories!

This recipe is SO simple with just 3 ingredients needed. The whole thing takes 5-10 minutes which is AWESOME for mornings, right? Morning time is just too precious. Snooze button anyone?

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Healthy Pancakes | 3 Ingredient | Healthy Breakfast | Protein | Healthy RecipesHealthy Pancakes | 3 Ingredient | Healthy Breakfast | Protein | Healthy Recipes | Magic BulletYour best friend for this recipe is the Magic Bullet. Perfect for single serve or double. If you use a larger blender or food processor, you end up losing some of the ingredients to the big bowl or container. A bullet is the perfect size and is very affordable. It can be used for countless other recipes and smoothies. If you don’t have one, here is where to get one.

Healthy Pancakes | 3 Ingredient | Healthy Breakfast | Protein | Healthy RecipesOption to add chia seeds to your pancakes. Not necessary, but an easy way to add protein and omega-3’s to your meal! Why not? Where to get chia seeds.

Another fun thing about this recipe is the toppings! Ideas are endless. My go-to is peanut butter, banana and nuts, but there are so many options. Below, I used coconut cream and berries. Get creative.

Healthy Pancakes | Protein Pancakes | Easy Breakfast | Healthy Breakfast

3 Ingredient Healthy Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp oats - where to get
  • 2 Tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Optional: 1 tsp chia seeds - where to get
  • Topping ideas: peanut/almond butter, nuts, honey, fruit, shredded coconut
  • Magic Bullet - where to get
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a bullet / blender / mini food processor add all ingredients except for toppings. Blend for 15 seconds.
  3. Make two medium/small pancakes with the batter. Let cook for 1 min or so and flip. Cook another minute and you’re done!

 

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Healthy Protein Banana Bread

Mornings just got a little better.

Lately I’ve been really into banana bread. Maybe it’s the cool fall-like weather of the last couple days that’s got me in the baking mood. Honestly, I don’t bake a whole lot because baking recipes tend to be pretty unhealthy (also, I can devour a batch of chocolate chip cookies in one sitting). But I wanted to come up with a recipe for banana bread that is healthier than the typical ones and it wasn’t too difficult to do. What do I mean by healthier? Good question. By that I mean less grains or more nutritious grains, less sugar and more protein. 

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Healthy Summer Salad Brunch Bowl

It’s that time of year again! I’m so excited that it’s starting to feel like summer! Healthy recipes with fresh veggies, salads, seafood and cool cocktails are coming your way :)

I call this one a healthy salad brunch bowl. It’s kinda like a salad but I add a little quinoa to make it more hearty and an egg on top to make it more brunchy! A lot of times on my days off from work I will grab a banana on my way out the door to the gym. Then when I get back it’s usually sometime between 10 and 11am and I’m still craving breakfast food but it’s almost lunch time…welcome the brunch bowl.

There are so many variations of this. You can use whatever you have on hand at the time. One of my favorite things about this is the poached egg. It adds protein and the runny yolk (DE-LISH!) gives it a sauce so no other dressing or sauce needed! I use just the right amount of quinoa to add some protein and substance but keep it light like a salad. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all 9 amino acids which makes it a super healthy addition since there is no meat in this recipe.

Side note: if you’re worried about poaching an egg, don’t be! It’s actually pretty easy and I’ll explain how to do it in the directions.

Healthy Summer Salad Brunch Bowl with Poached Egg! Fresh corn, quinoa and tomatoes are a few of the healthy ingredients. Repin and save the recipe!

Summer Brunch Bowl
 
Recipe type: salad
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa (follow package directions)
  • ¼ cup roasted corn (Trader Joe’s frozen)
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, diced into small pieces
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Whenever I buy quinoa, I like to make a cup of it and store it in a tupperware for the week. It only takes about 15 minutes to make, but it’s nice to have it already prepped and ready to go.
  2. I usually microwave for about a minute the frozen roasted corn. The rest of the ingredients are fresh so there’s not much prep or cooking involved, beside the egg.
  3. How to make a poached egg: bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Crack the egg into a small dish. It’s important that you don’t crack it right into the pot. It’ll go all over the place and it won’t be pretty. You need the dish to gently lower the egg close to the water as you drop it in. Turn the heat down to medium and cover leaving a little crack open on the side. The water should still be bubbling a bit but not full on boiling. It only takes about 2 min if you want the yolk to be runny. If you’ve watched a youtube video or read about how to make poached eggs before, maybe you’ve seen that some say you need to swirl the water around in a circle. Not necessary! I’ve never done that. Small pieces of the egg white might scatter but the majority of the egg stays together in one place. To take it out of the water you’ll need a big spoon or spatula that has holes in it to drain the water. Gently pick it up out of the water and drop it on top of your dish. Make sure your dish is all ready to go except for the egg so you don’t have to transfer the egg twice.
  4. Enjoy your brunch bowl! Once you’ve got the gist of it, start coming up with your own creative versions!

 

TNP’s Top 3 Bloody Mary’s in Minneapolis

One of our favorite meals to go out to eat for is brunch. Brunch is such a cool meal because you can get creative with it! Two meals into one gives you so many options. And what’s the most creative drink on a brunch menu?

The bloody mary.

Top 3 reasons we love a bloody mary:

#1 The perfect combination of spices in a bloody mary mix is just delightful.

#2 It’s healthy…I mean it is basically vegetable juice (shhh just let me get away with this one).

#3 and the most important…THE SKEWER. Who doesn’t love munchies on a stick while you wait for your meal?

This post is all about our favorite bloody mary’s in Minneapolis. While the tomato juice mix is important, we feel like it’s kinda hard to mess that up. So we based our choices on a combination of the juice mix and the skewer, with a little more emphasis on how cool the skewer is. That’s the fun part after all! And we’re all about having fun on a Saturday morning brunch.

#3 Bryant Lake Bowl

This bloody mary is probably my favorite as far as the mix itself. It’s the perfect amount of spice (I don’t like too spicy), but it’s definitely not mild. The skewer is pretty standard: pickle, olives, a couple of pepperjack cheese cubes, lemon and lime. This is a classic. And going to Bryant Lake Bowl is an experience! The best spot is belly up to the bar so you can chat with the bartenders. Brunch food is awesome here, one of my favorites and don’t forget the bowling! Old school vintage bowling lanes are so cool and something different to do.

The top 3 bloody mary's in Minneapolis. We love brunch! Bryant Lake Bowl's Bloody Mary

 

#2 Hen House Eatery

That skewer! You almost don’t even need to order brunch. The skewer could be a meal by itself! This bloody is the spiciest of the three. They use sriracha vodka for an extra kick. For me, it was a little too spicy but Trav was lovin’ it! Let’s talk about the skewer: pepper jack cheese cubes, salami, celery and a whole hard boiled egg! Seriously, I was basically full before our food got there. But of course my chilaquiles were too good to go to waste :)

#1 The Copper Hen

Ok. Everything about this place is just adorable. A little rustic farm style cafe/restaurant with all kinds of tasty treats. Brunch here is also awesome. More on that later… This bloody mary wins the #1 spot mainly because, one word: CUPCAKE! Come on. Are you in love already? This bloody mary skewer comes with a blueberry breakfast cupcake! I’ve never met a bloody mary that comes with a sweet treat before but I’m so glad we did. Besides this adorable little cupcake it comes with bacon…so you get the best of both worlds if you ask me. They use Prairie Vodka, which I love because it’s organic and is made in Minnesota, and a housemade bloody mary mix. Their brunch food I could go on to talk about for quite a while but one highlight: the farmhouse BELT (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato). You gotta try it!