I used to love stratas. Nothing beat stale bread, lots of butter, sauteed veggies, some kind of sweet meat and lots of eggs. Unfortunately, they didn’t like me so much. Fast forward to today. And I haven’t had a true strata in over two years. GASP!? I know. This week was looking to be busy (if only I knew HOW busy – a last minute trip to Seattle was tossed in the mix) and I needed a quick and easy breakfast that still fell within the Whole30 challenge I’m doing with a bunch of people at my gym. Cue this wonderful mistake.
I have a bunch of flax meal – I’m pretty sure my roommate wonders what it’s all for. But, I’m trying to use it up so I can make my own fresh meal (the Omega 3’s are even more potent in the fresh-made stuff). And really. I love Omega 3’s and this is a whole lot cheaper than buying salmon (which is on the menu for next week anyway). So, if you’re looking at a busy week ahead and only have time to blanch a few veggies for your breakfast and that’s about it, think about making this.
p.s. A better picture is coming, I promise. I was trying to get out the house and all I had time for was my iPhone.
Paleo Breakfast Strata
- 12 organic, free-range eggs, beaten
- 5 strips organic, grass-fed non-sugar cured beef bacon, chopped into small pieces
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 small organic zucchini, diced
- 1 heirloom organic tomato, diced (omit if SCD)
- 3 leaves organic swiss chard, diced (omit if SCD)
- 1 organic yellow bell pepper, diced (omit if SCD)
- 1 cup flax meal
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat an 8"x8" pan with coconut oil.
- In a medium skillet and over medium heat, cook bacon until done. Remove bacon from pan and set aside.
- Add onions to bacon fat and cook until almost translucent. Add garlic and saute for a minute or two longer.
- Meanwhile, chop veggies and toss in a large bowl. Add onions, garlic and bacon (and remaining fat) when done. Stir until everything is incorporated.
- Mix in spices and flax meal. Stir. Mix in eggs. Let sit for a few minutes (this gives the flax meal a chance to “activate”) and stir again.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a knife cut yields no runny egg in the middle.
- Serve hot with roasted delicata squash and blanched asparagus or cut into pre-portioned sizes and place in containers for the week. Re-heat in the oven, using an oven-safe container.