I will never understand the excuse from people that they “don’t have time to cook”. There are so many implications and tangents I could take with that statement, but above all it really solidifies how detached we’ve all come from our ability to take care of ourselves. Due to modern medicine and tons of other factors it’s become less important for people to look at the food we eat in relation to our health. It’s often not until there is a health issue smacking us in our face that we begin to reflect on what we’ve been putting in our bodies and make it a priority. Why do we need to be scared to take our health seriously? I saw a quote recently that said “Eating well is a form of self respect” and I couldn’t agree with it more. What are we doing with our lives that is so important we forget or don’t take the time to nourish ourselves properly?
Taking time to enjoy the process of cooking and eating food is one of life’s most simple pleasures that our species has shared. We far too often take the abundance and convenience of food for granted and we schedule ourselves to the eyeballs thinking that we are winning at life if we are the busiest person in the world. I get it, there are many obligations, especially if kids are involved, but I also know that if we deem something as a priority we get it done. I can guarantee you you’re not doing yourself or your kids any favours by running on fumes and consuming fast or processed food. In my clinical work I far too often see people who have pushed themselves to the bottom of their priority list over work and other people, only to find when they should be enjoying life they are paying the consequences of not taking care of themselves. Autoimmune disorders, adrenal fatigue, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, anxiety the list goes on. I realize there are genetic factors at play here but there is something called Epigenetics to consider and that is the study of how our genes are expressed. Dietary and lifestyle factors are some of the biggest factors when it comes to how our cells read our genes.
By now you might be thinking “seriously? I came here to get a recipe for some freakin’ bacon and eggs lay off me already” or “you’re condoning eating saturated fatty animal products as a healthy breakfast get off your soapbox!”. I am #sorrynotsorry if I click baited you into reading this little paragraph but I hope you can take something more away from this than a simple recipe. Stop complicating your life, and stop complicating eating healthy! Buy whole, organic and free range (not free run), food, support your local farmer who cares about the well being of their animals, know where your food is coming from and take the time to make your food from scratch. Consume more vegetables than anything in your diet, I promise you it’s not as hard as you think, I can guarantee you’ve accomplished much, much harder things in your life.
Okay, now the real reason you’ve come here…. I’m not offended!
Paleo Bacon and Egg Cups
prep time: 8 minutes (yes I timed it) cook time: 20-25 minutes
- 12 whole free range eggs
- 12 thick cut strips free range bacon, cut in half
- 1 – 2 large kale leaves, roughly chopped
- 1/4 red onion chopped into thin strips
- dash smoked paprika
- preheat oven to 400F
- lay bacon strips in an X in each muffin cup
- place onion and then kale on top
- bake in oven for 7 – 10 minutes until bacon starts to brown, make sure kale doesn’t burn, just crisps nicely
- remove from oven, cool for a few minutes, don’t touch pan with bare hands!
- crack an egg into each individual cup
- sprinkle paprika into each cup, feel free to add whatever other spices you want
- bake for an additional 10 minutes until eggs are fully cooked. If you want runnier yolks cook for a few minutes less..
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely…if you can wait that long before filling your face!
- Store in airtight glass container or freeze for later use!