Paleo Flax & Chia Flapjacks

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What tasty way to get a dose of flax and chia seed! Are you tired of eating the same breakfast day-in and day-out? Are you sick of eating eggs? Do you love pancakes but don’t have the time to make them in the morning? Here’s a super easy and healthy way to enjoy your pancakes and eat your eggs too. This is something my husband created one morning and has made ever since.

INGREDIENTS
4 Tbsp of flax and chia mix
1/8 tsp of ground cloves
1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
4 eggs

In a hurry? Use a ratio of 1 Tbsp of flax (or a flax and chia mix) to 1 egg, add 1 dash of ground cloves & nutmeg and 2 dashes of cinnamon.
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Breakfast Muffins

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Today’s recipe was Egg Cupcakes (aka Breakfast Muffins) from Everyday Paleo. I doubled the recipe because these perfect early morning stomach pleasers not only taste great but they freeze well too! KID APPROVED RECIPE!

INGREDIENTS
(single batch = 18 muffins)

* 12 eggs
* 1 green onion
* 2 zucchini squash
* 8 slices of cooked bacon
* 1 cup of roasted red onion
* 4 cups of fresh spinach
* Black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
1. Whisk eggs together in one bowl.
2. Clean and prepare veggies for food processor (remove stems, roasted peppers*, etc…).
3. Process veggies until finely chopped (NOT pureed!).
4. Combine vegetables, chopped bacon and eggs.
5. Add 1/4 cup of mixture to muffin cup.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 22 minutes.

*ROASTING PEPPERS
Clean and slice red or orange peppers length-wise and place them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil on them and cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn over once and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

BAKING TIP
Use parchment baking cups. Not only can you re-use them twice (at least I did) but you will not go through the hassle  having “batter” sticking to the pan.

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The importance of meal planning

 

I think one of the biggest reasons why I have failed in the past is due to lack of planning. What better excuse to bypass homemade meals than lack of time?  I want to set myself up for success, not failure, and will begin learning the ins and outs of meal planning.  I have done this before and never stuck with it (do you see a reoccurring theme?) but taking into account my family’s tight budget and my drive to get healthy and lose weight, this time there are no other options. I need to stick to a meal plan.

Getting the Kids Involved

Deciding that changes need to be made is hard, but getting the kids on board with the changes is harder. Unlike my daughter, my son hates vegetables and meat, so you can image how stressful the mealtime can get. I saw these plates on Paleo Parents and thought they would be a great way to get him on board. It’s cut dinner time in half which is a blessing!

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