One-Skillet Eggs with Potatoes and Kale

Thanks to Julie at feedfeed.info for featuring this post on her “Breakfast Eggs” feed in November 2014!

Here’s an easy, one-pot-to-clean way to get breakfast or brunch on the table. I’m always throwing things together in a pan and this morning’s turned out pretty derned good.

This is a simple recipe. Use the pretty multicolored potatoes like I did, or use any waxy potato (such as small red “new” potatoes).

I made 2 servings in a 10-inch pan. You could squeeze 3 or maybe even 4 servings out of a 12-inch pan.

I love when a meal you throw together turns out great! Enjoy.

One-Skillet Eggs with Potatoes and Kale

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 – 3/4 pounds waxy potatoes, such as red or fingerling, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 2-3 cups kale, stems removed, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper, to taste

In a 10-inch skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and garlic powder and cook 10-15 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Add onions and cook another 5 minutes. Pepper potatoes and onions to taste.

Reduce heat to medium. Move potatoes to one side and add bacon. Cook slowly for 10 minutes until crisp. Set on paper towels to drain.

Stir potato and onions, and add kale. Move potatoes to one side and slowly pour eggs (pan should be hot enough that the eggs begin to cook immediately and don’t mix too much with the potatoes). Top with cheese. Scramble and cook until fluffy.

Serve half the eggs and potatoes with 1 slice of bacon. Enjoy!


Spicy Beef Chili

I have about a zillion chili recipes – this is Mike’s favorite! It is also super easy and doesn’t have to sit on the stove all day if you’re in a rush.

It is quite spicy (but we love that). It is naturally gluten free, and very healthy – I always use low or no sodium canned vegetables. The bacon fat is worth the splurge for a little flavor!

As the picture shows, I was really bad and put it on a cheese biscuit (delicious). But a nice, big bowl over some brown rice is just as good.

We like to top this chili with cheese, jalapeno slices, sour cream, cilantro, chives…take your pick. A fried egg on top might send me over the edge.

Spicy Beef Chili

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean (90/10) ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (or use oil)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 15.5 ounce can spicy chili beans
  • 10 can mild or Original Ro-Tel tomatoes and chiles
  • 15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1-2 cups broth (beef, chicken or vegetable will work)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon terragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2+ teaspoons salt (to taste)

In a large pot, melt bacon fat over medium heat. Add garlic and onions; simmer 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Turn heat to medium-high and add ground beef, cooking until no longer pink.

Add chili beans, Ro-Tel, corn, beans, and zucchini to pot, then add enough broth to barely cover. Stir in seasonings. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low, simmering 45 minutes to 3 hours, stirring every half hour or so. Season with salt to taste at the end. Enjoy!


Spiced Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Squash & Apples

“This tastes like Fall!”

That’s what Mike said about this recipe, which is exactly what I was going for.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Salty bacon and tender pork. Sweet squash and apples. I’d say this is Autumn in a Pan, and is completely Thanksgiving-worthy.

Make the bacon-wrapped pork the night before, and you can easily throw everything in the pan and cook it while you entertain guests. A meat thermometer (get one here) ensures perfect doneness and no need to poke and prod at the meat.

Use a large roasting pan if you like, to fit more vegetables. My home was filled with the scent of cinnamon and apples…I buy candles that smell like this!

I served the pork and squash with rice that got a big spoonful of the cooking sauce over the top. Or add sliced potatoes to the pan for a one-pot meal.

No candle necessary for festiveness! Have I mentioned how glad I am it’s Fall/Autumn/Festive Food Time/Good Hair Weather?

Spiced Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Squash & Apples

for the roast:

  • 2 pounds whole pork tenderloin (2 loins)
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 wooden skewers, cut to 4-5 inches long

for the vegetables:

  • 1 sweet dumpling squash, seeded and cut into wedges
  • 1 large red delicious apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • 2-3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • juice of 1/4 lemon

for the glaze:

  • 2 large garlic cloves, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425°F (400°F convection).

Set roasts out on counter for 30 minutes before preparing. Rub roasts all over with chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Use skewers to hold roasts together. Wrap bacon slices, one at a time, around pork, ends on the bottom, slices slightly overlapping. Lightly oil a large skillet, and place pork in center of pan. If desired, sear off bottom of roast over medium heat while you slice the vegetables.

Carefully cut the squash into wedges, using the ridges as a guide. Cut the apple into large chunks (peel if desired). In a large zip-top bag, add squash and apple and toss with canola oil, cinnamon, and lemon. Add to the pan with the pork roast, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part and transfer to the oven.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer over low heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and bubbles form but pop slowly, 30-45 minutes. Strain out garlic (yield about 1/2 cup sauce). Pour over the top of the roast and vegetables about halfway through cooking.

Roast 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until an internal temperature of 135°F is reached. Broil 5 minutes if needed to brown the bacon. Enjoy!


Bacon Wrapped Dates

Recipe by Amy Grossi. See my blog post about this event here.

Are you kidding? No, I’m not. The title says it all…read on!

Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • pitted Medjool dates
  • sliced bacon

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil.

Wrap each date in 1 slice of bacon, overlapping until entire slice is rolled up.

Arrange wrapped dates on the baking dish, making sure they aren’t touching.

Bake 30-45 minutes or until bacon is browned and crispy. Enjoy!


Wilted Kale with Bacon

Bacon and kale is a match made in heaven!

Kale is firmer than spinach, so it doesn’t reduce in volume quite as much.  But be sure to cut out the firm stems before cooking, you’ll eliminate that bitter taste and be left with, well, kale-y goodness.

Then there’s the bacon…I actually used fully-cooked store bought bacon, and it worked just fine.  Raw bacon will only add more flavor!

Just sayin.  My toddler ate this.  Worth a post, in my opinion!

Wilted Kale with Bacon

  • 6-8 cups fresh kale (about 1 bunch), chopped, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 strips bacon (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the bacon and cook until crispy; remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel.

Add the chopped kale, and toss to coat.  Add chicken broth.  Cover with a lid, tossing occasionally, until wilted, about 10 minutes.

Chop bacon and add back to kale; toss.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!