Dealing with Breakfast Boredom

It is not hard to find breakfast items for those who eat the normal breakfast fare, but for those who eat more Paleo/Primal due to necessity or preference, breakfast can be a bit more challenging. Here’s a new delicious favorite of mine that you may just want to try, especially for those are wanting to add more vegetables in their breakfast or are tired of eggs or can’t eat them: Turkey Vegetable Scramble.  It does not take long to throw together, and requires only one pan to be washed. Also, scroll down for some other ideas.

Turkey Vegetable Scramble
(Serves 4

1 lb ground turkey
1 bag frozen broccoli florets
1 container sliced mushrooms
1/2 onion chopped (0ptional)
1-2 tablespoons of duck fat (or coconut oil)

First heat the fat or oil in a large skillet adding the broccoli first. Salt and pepper it a little. Cook on medium for a few minutes, then add the turkey and onion.  Salt and pepper a little more with each new addition. Lastly add the mushrooms when the rest is about halfway cooked.

You could probably throw everything in all at once and it would turn out fine, but that wouldn’t seem like much of a recipe.

There are countless variations you can make with this basic idea. For instance, the turkey can be substituted with ground beef, ground lamb, ground bison, ground organ meat, or baby shrimp. As for the vegetables, I have used chopped celery, spinach, chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, minced garlic, and zucchini chopped into bitesized pieces. Remember to add the vegetables that need to cook the longest in first.

Other Non-Egg Breakfast Ideas

Sausage: We buy the big links in the meat case at Whole Foods, throw them in the oven in a 13 X 9 baking dish, and cook for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees when we first get up in the morning. They cook while we drink our coffee. Make extra to heat up quickly for the next few days.  Add some fruit like berries, or a leftover vegetable. Husband always like his with a banana.

Bacon: Lay the strips out on a large baking sheet with sides, cook for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees.  Add some fruit or leftover vegetable.

Protein shake: Blend in a blender or with an immersion blender protein powder (I use grass-fed beef bone broth protein isolate), with coconut milk (canned) or almond milk, frozen berries, and a big handful of greens like arugula, spinach, kale, or mixed green lettuce. You can also add a number of other things like chia and/or ground flaxseeds, avocado, a little banana, almond butter, etc.

Deli turkey with avocado and/or fruit

Bone Broth: Don’t laugh. One to two cups of this makes an excellent breakfast just by itself.  It is very nourishing and easy to digest.

Homemade beef jerky: I have not yet made my own, but one of my brother-in-law’s made some for me, and I have had fine, quick breakfasts with beef jerky and some berries. Or you could substitute the jerky for an EPIC bar or Paleo Stick.

Leftovers: Salad with some meat like steak cut into bite sizes is one of my sisters favorites. One doesn’t normally think of salad for breakfast, but on days that I have time to chew it is pretty satisfying. Then of course, any other leftover you have can definitely be option.

Egg dishes: From omelets to hard-boiled eggs to scrambled to egg muffin cups, eggs can be delicious and made in a huge variety of ways, so they definitely deserve a mention, however, I wanted the emphasis in this post to be breakfasts-other-than-eggs.

And finally, for an occasional treat:
Paleo pancakes-There are many recipes out there you can google
Paleo bread spread with a nut butter

Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring.  We just need to think outside the box a little. I gladly welcome any additional ideas you might have.


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