This week’s Goal Bowl was all about one thing:
Healthy comfort food for breakfast.
It can be done, as witnessed by my favourite goal bowl so far, this one that was all about the maple roasted butternut squash.
Wait, wait, don’t go! I know that I used the phrase “comfort food” in the same sentences as “healthy” and “breakfast” but it’s a for real thing! Believe me! This was soooo good. I can’t believe that I ate butternut squash for breakfast and loved it, but that’s the truth, all the same. This felt like total comfort food. As good as roasted potatoes ( maybe even better because MAPLE SYRUP!) but a lot healthier for you.
Butternut squash is really, really good for you. Full of all the good things. I could bore you with all the nutritional info, but I’ll sum up with it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals, it’s a good carb and tastes amazing with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. <— that last point is important to me.
Now I can’t express enough how it’s easier to make your vegetables ahead of time and then heat them up in the morning to eat, and put a fresh egg or two on top. Everyone always says how eating healthy is easy, and sure, if you want to eat a pre-bagged salad and an apple every day it’s easy.
Healthy eating that’s invigorating, exciting and completely enjoyable is a lot of damn work.
Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Roasting vegetables and spices and making delicious meals that are good for you is a lot of WORK to stay excited about eating and not bored. It takes time.
Making healthy food at home that is exciting to eat is probably the biggest challenge for us all. Point in case, my friend Blackbird and I love a fattoush salad at a local restaurant here in Edmonton. I’ve looked at how to make them and wow. Just WOW. One day, I will tackle a fattoush salad. In the meantime I am going to enjoy it at the restaurant because it’s a lot of work, plain and simple.
Ugh. Now I want fattoush. Someone make me one. Actually, does anyone have a good recipe that I can try?
If you are looking for other healthy goal bowl ideas, try my Tex Mex Kale Breakfast Bowl…
I’m working on more ways to get my vegetables in first thing in the morning, so stay tuned!
Now, I am also always asked how I get my eggs so perfect, every time I post a photo of these breakfast goal bowls on Instagram.
I use an egg poacher, I don’t know how I lived without one! I use it almost daily! I bought it for myself right before Christmas. It HAS to be one of the ones shown below that has an insert in a pan that you fill with water. These are AMAZING! Do NOT get the little cups that float around in water.
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Just so you know, the maple roasted butternut squash by itself is an amazing side dish for any meal, so don’t be afraid to cook it up without the eggs on top! It’s become a new favorite in our house!
Happy cooking! And please, someone send me an easy but delicious fattoush recipe!
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- 1 2-3 lb butternut squash peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 4 eggs poached
- salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat your oven to 425 F.
Toss together the squash,oil,maple syrup and pepper.
Place on a large baking sheet and place into oven.
Roast for 30-35 minutes until softened, stirring every 10 minutes or so. The squash can get nice and browned!
Remove and top with poached eggs, salt and pepper them up and the enjoy!
You can add more or less cayenne pepper to suit your tastes!