Quick-Prep Healthy Brunch Jars

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I try to spend some time each weekend preparing meals for the week ahead. Not dinners, I actually enjoy cooking at the end of the day.

Lunches and breakfasts on the other hand are my downfall. I get busy or distracted and I don’t want to stop and make something, so I either go without which isn’t great or I grab a chemical laden protein bar which doesn’t really satisfy me.

These keto-friendly jars are perfect for breakfast or lunch… or a healthy low-carb brunch. You can eat them cold or warm them up in the microwave and the minimal effort that it takes for me to grab one, heat it and eat it is almost as fast as a nasty protein bar but packed with protein and healthy fats. Enjoy!

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Nutritional values (per serving)

3.2 grams 1 grams 30.3 grams 47.8 grams 21.5 grams 571 calories
Total Carbs4.1grams
Fiber1grams
Net Carbs3.2grams
Protein30.3grams
Fat47.8grams
of which Saturated21.5grams
Calories571kcal
Magnesium45mg (11% RDA)
Potassium528mg (26% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2%), protein (21%), fat (77%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 tbsp ghee or duck fat (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 1 1/3 cups white mushrooms (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 8 slices bacon (240 g/ 8.5 oz)
  • 16-20 cherry tomatoes (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese (141 g/ 5 oz) - use diced avocado for a dairy-free alternative
  • 2 cups fresh spinach or leafy greens of choice (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
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Instructions

  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Beat well until combined.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of the ghee in a fry pan and pour the eggs in. Cook over medium heat, drawing the curds in gently, until the eggs are just cooked. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl.
    Quick-Prep Healthy Brunch Jars
  3. Wipe out the frying pan to prevent any pieces of leftover eggs from burning, and add the remaining ghee and the sliced mushrooms. I like to cook my mushrooms until they are crispy on the outside, but you cook them to your liking. Once cooked, remove from the pan, leaving the ghee residue in the pan, and place in a bowl.
  4. Add the chopped bacon to the pan with the ghee and mushroom residue and cook on high heat until crispy. Remove and place into a bowl.
  5. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and set aside. Quick-Prep Healthy Brunch Jars
  6. Place four clean 340 g (12 oz) mason jars on the counter and layer them in the following order: spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, cheese and bacon.
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  7. Top with a healthy grind of black pepper and wait until cool to cap and store in the fridge. Store in the fridge for up to five days. Quick-Prep Healthy Brunch Jars
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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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I love your recipes and share them!

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Hi - thanks for the great idea for the mason jars.  Do you put the jar in the microwave and heat it that way (never tried it), or dump them out and heat them in another container?  jp

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Personally I'd remove the bacon, cheese & egg topping and place into a plate to heat it up. Then I'd add the remaining ingredients (I prefer the tomatoes and spinach cold). But even the whole jar can gently be heated up.

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I'm suffering a failure of imagination here.  How do you eat this? I probably deserve the smart-aleck answer of "any what you want to" but...?

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You can eat it straight from the jar or empty the jar into a small bowl or plate. You can also use regular lunchbox containers. The jars are also ideal for salads with any dressing (starting with the dressing on the bottom).

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Your question makes perfect sense. I've tried making salads in these containers and it's really hard to eat out of them. I always end up dumping them out onto a plate or bowl which works just great. Enjoy!

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What is the recommendation for reheating these?

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You can reheat these in a microwave oven - just keep in mind that the cheese may partially melt and the spinach will wilt. I'd use a low setting to heat it up gently and evenly. I hope this helps!

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I love your meal in a jar!  Thank you for posting it!  I’ll be putting the ingredients on my shopping list for the week. There’s so many ways I can vary this recipe. Hamburger with everything on it. (Hotdog too) shrimp...okay I’ll stop.

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Thank you Karen, I love making variations of this meal or any salad!

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