Friday, April 10, 2009

Primal Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs

Okay, so this isn't exactly a suprise. Bacon and eggs is a standard primal friendly fare in my house. When I'm in the mood for eggs, I usually have them with bacon. Not just any bacon mind you. Make sure you are getting a good quality pork product without nitrates, preferably free range, and without a lot of added preservatives or ingredients. Usually the uncured varieties are a place to start.

My version usually goes something like this:
2 eggs
3 slices bacon
1/4 onion
1 clove garlic
2 c chopped greens
1 tsp hot chile powder
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
(sprinkle of cheese if you eat it, gorgonzola is great on greens, as is feta).

Cook three slices of nitrate free bacon in a skillet. (This anywhere from 15 to 21 g of protein, depending on how thick your slices are.)
Remove bacon from the skillet, and fry your eggs in the bacon grease.
Remove eggs and add to the plate with the bacon.
In the same skillet with the remaining bacon grease, saute onion and garlic briefly. Add the greens and salt, and saute until wilted. Add chile, vinegar and syrup/honey. Remove from heat once cooked through, and sprinkle with cheese if using.
Add greens to the plate.
Serve. Eat!
Have this with a side of blueberries topped with coconut milk and a few walnuts if you like.

Got some concerns about the bacon grease? First, you'll have to get over the idea that fat is your enemy in the primal lifestyle. It isn't. The idea that fat is unhealthy is a made up fallacy that has been passed on by the government for some 50 odd years- all along, our health declining while we cut out the fat and got on the processed food bandwagon. But that's talk for another day.

Here's some food for thought from Rebecca at the Herbwife's Kitchen
"Funny thing is, according to the USDA, lard contains more monounsaturated fatty acids (think olive oil) than saturated ones. Here’s the fatty acid breakdown for one tablespoon of lard: 1.4g polyunsaturated; 5.8g monounsaturated; 5g saturated. (For reference, a tablespoon of butter: 0.4g polyunsaturated; 3g monounsaturated; 7.3g saturated.) So even if you buy the “saturated fat is the devil” theory (and I don’t), lard is not unhealthy."


linda said...

This series of yours and its accompanying information, has made my husband very happy! I was told to eat more meat myself (at every meal) and couldn't get my head around doing it. Your creative recipes are perfect, especially because they have my favorite ingredients, greens!Thanks.

Shamana Flora said...

Yay! I'm so glad Linda! It does take some getting used to to change our ideas about what is tasty and appropriate at breakfast, but once you ditch the carbs, things like greens and meats make a fabulous, tasty, filling and energizing breakfast!

moiraeknittoo said...

I don't follow a truly primal lifestyle, but I have noticed that I'm eating more protein and generally feeling a heck of a lot better. And I should also not read your posts first thing in the morning, because then my breakfast looks sad in comparison. And I get hungry. :D

linda said...

I am especially sensitive to carbs (probably because I love them so much and bake bread as a hobby!)I just want to say that I had a whole host of ailments go away after following the advise of an herbal store owner to start eating more animal based proteins. I had avoided them or gone pretty minimal most of my life. I feel so much better and the energy level is amazing. Breakfast has been the hardest for me. Lunch too. Its the lack of ideas.

Shamana Flora said...

i'll add that there is nothing wrong with eating a chicken or steak salad for breakfast. I do, as long as it isn't too cold and damp weather wise. I wouldn't do that in winter, but instead often concoct warm salads of sauteed veggies with chopped up chicken or steak.:)

"The mother of us all, the oldest of us all, Hard, splendid as rock, Let the beauty you love, be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth"~ Rumi ~