Grant's Breakfast Skillet
Do I want chocolate for breakfast? Uh, duh! It's no surprise that I like- okay LOVE sweets. So it's only natural that I want a sweet breakfast. But Grant likes both; sweet and savory breakfasts.
During spring training, Grant has a smorgasbord of foods to pick from each morning. But since spring training got cancelled in March (thanks 'rona), he's been making his breakfast at home.
Sweet breakfast options? I've got it covered. Especially if you're in the mood for muffins; it's like healthy muffins galore here in the Holmes household. But I knew I needed to come up with something savory for Grant because the man can only eat so many muffins. So we put our heads together and came up with a quick, savory, macro-balanced breakfast that can be prepped in advance!
I know, we've all heard "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" so much that it probably makes our eyes roll by now. But our parents (as they often are) were onto something with that!
Instead of trying to avoid my cravings (been there, done that, it's no fun), I try to listen to my body and taste buds. When I start the day with a balanced breakfast that I love (AKA sweets), I'm more likely to make better food choices throughout the day and less likely to have cravings since I'm satisfying them first thing in the morning! I'm fuller, more energized, and just all around feel better.
Like I look forward to breakfast so much that I wake up so excited to get out of bed, eat my breakfast, and take on the day. Because if you ask me, having that kind of balance - a chocolate-filled, sweet breakfast that's good AND good for me - is a recipe for a g o o d day!
In my opinion, a wholesome, satisfying, balanced breakfast sets the tone for the entire day.
Which is why I'm excited to have a breakfast option for all of the salty + savory lovers. The ingredients in this recipe are very versatile, so I do recommend glancing at the tips section before diving in. There's substitutions, variations, and tips (obviously) to help you fully customize this skillet to you and your taste buds!
1/2 C egg whites
*25 oz. red potatoes, cubed or wedged
6 slices of turkey bacon, diced
16 oz. lean meat: turkey or venison sausage
*Vegetables sliced and diced: spinach (2 handfuls), tomatoes (2 medium), bell peppers (2), onion (1/4), mushrooms (1 small handful)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 TBSP olive oil
Olive oil spray
Optional seasonings: chives (2), garlic, oregano, parsley, garlic pepper
Optional cheese: 1/2 C shredded vegan cheese or nutritional yeast
Cut and dice the potatoes, vegetables, and turkey bacon then set aside
In a bowl, whisk the eggs and egg whites together. If you're using cheese, whisk half of the cheese into the eggs and set aside
On the stove, season and cook the meat and turkey bacon to your liking, then set aside
In a deep skillet, heat oil and olive oil spray (spray in places where the oil doesn't reach) over low-medium heat
*Add the potatoes and 1/4 tsp. of salt to the skillet. Cover and let it cook for 15 minutes, stirring 2-3 times throughout. After 15 minutes, cook uncovered for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring (and spraying if needed) until the potatoes are soft and the edges are starting to brown
Add the diced veggies, remaining salt, pepper, any extra seasonings, and additional spray (if needed). Stir and cook for ~5 minutes
Mix the cooked meat into the skillet
Pour the egg mixture over the skillet and let the eggs cook through to your liking (~10 minutes)
Remove from heat and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. At this point, you can serve as is or to brown the top, broil the skillet at 400F for ~2-4 minutes
Serve warm and store any leftovers in the fridge for ~5-7 days.
Macros (per ounce with vegan cheese): 2.4 C | 1.3 F | 2.1 P
Macros (per ounce without vegan cheese): 2.2 C | 1.2 F | 2.1 P
These are the macros for the entire skillet: 179.4 C | 99.5 F | 157.5 P
And these are the macros without the optional cheese: 165.4 C | 90.5 F | 155.5 P
But know that the macros will vary since there's so much flexibility; everyone will likely use slightly different ingredients. So if you do use different ingredients or amounts and want to know the macros of your skillet:
Total up the macros for all of the ingredients
Once the skillet is cooked, weigh it out in ounces
Divide each macro by the total weight to get the macros per ounce
And then multiply the 1 ounce serving macros by how many ounces you eat
Ours weighed ~75 ounces, so we took the macros of the entire skillet (179.4 C | 99.5 F | 157.5 P) and divided each by 75 to get the macros per ounce (2.4 C | 1.3 F | 2.1 P) so entire skillet macros / total weight of skillet = macros per ounce
The macros aren't perfect because every scoop isn't going to have the same exact amount of potatoes, meat, and cheese, but they're very close!
*Potatoes: depending on how large the potatoes are cut up, they may need to be cooked covered longer than 15 minutes. If they aren't softening after the initial 15 minutes, add additional time in 5 minute increments and keep an eye on them as they cook
*Vegetables: all sorts of vegetables work well in this! The amounts in the parentheses (2 handfuls) or (2 medium) are what we typically use when we make this, but it's totally up to you!
Substitutes and swaps: sweet potatoes, vegan sausage, Polish sausage, seitan bacon
Other cooking methods: oven at 375F, grill, Traeger
Serving: Grant scoops his onto a plate or in a bowl and tops it off with BBQ, hot sauce, nutritional yeast, or a BBQ seasoning
I really hope you love this! Because if only you could've seen how indecisive and analytical (talk about a bad combo) I was with parts of this, especially the name LOL. Cheesy Protein Breakfast Skillet, Breakfast Stuffing, Protein Packed Breakfast Skillet ??? I was annoyingly overthinking it because I don't make savory recipes often, so when I do, I want to make sure it's a grand slam, right down to the name.
Finally, I settled on "Breakfast Skillet" because that's what I found myself calling it the most. But as I was rambling to Grant, he gave me an idea. We came up with this recipe for Grant so why not call it Grant's Breakfast Skillet?? Plus it has a bit of a Cracker Barrel vibe and Grant LOVES Cracker Barrel!
Thank you for reading my rambles. Enjoy and I hope you have as much fun making this as we do! I'd love to see the creative spin you put on it - we could always use more ideas for our skillets! IG: @sunutrition_ or FB: SUNutrition :)