Healthy Happy Holidays

How do you have a healthy happy holiday while you entertain family and friends and PARTY??!!!!

With a healthy Veggie-filled Holiday Brunch like the one I and my “Casual Veggie Cookbook” Blogger friends are inviting you to today!

Brunch Saves You Time and Party Clean Up

You never want to spend too much time in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning.

You just want that warm and happy feeling of having everyone gathered around your kitchen eating, chatting and laughing. And that can include YOU when you host a brunch!

Leisurely brunch is, to me is the easiest way to celebrate the Holiday season. Family, friends, and relatives gather around the food we set and they just serve themselves.

Here's how you can serve 1 dish holiday brunch foods that will save you time in the kitchen, save you clean up time (with less dishes to wash) and even has you eating more veggies while you relax and sip on your bubbly.

My kind of party!!

Especially because I found this recent study where sipping champagne can be healthy for you. {Wink! Wink!}

Read it here:  Cheers To That! 8 Unexpected Benefits Of Champagne.

My Holiday Brunch Menu

I'm sharing my holiday brunch menu that's filled with veggies and features my HealthyFamilyMealPlans.com Recipe for my Gluten Free and Paleo Spinach, Broccoli and Bacon Quiche.

I'll also show you some recipes that I would love to try from some of my blogger friends that contributed to The Casual Veggie Cookbook with me.

And to keep this brunch party going, I'm even sharing with you a few other Holiday Menu's my veggie loving blogger friends are featuring on their holiday tables.

This will be like the brunch that's so relaxing and so much fun that you'll never want it to end.

Spinach, Broccoli and Bacon Quiche Recipe

This is the easiest way to get your whole family (even the kids) eating more veggies during the holidays – or ANY day!

Kids will eat all of their green veggies because this recipe starts with bacon.

 

I get my pasture raised, antibiotic free and hormone free bacon at either Pete's Paleo or my local Farmer's Market (Find yours here).

 

This recipe is so holiday sweet and kid friendly, because it uses shallots instead of onions – which have a sweeter and more mild in taste.

Holidays can bring extra lbs.  But, adding more green veggies to your holiday meals can help you totally avoid that holiday weight gain.

This recipe not only has 1 green vegetable but 2 green veggies inside! Spinach and broccoli.

There's even extra greens in this recipe… green fresh oregano.  Which not only brings health but also brings JOY to your brunch because “its name means ‘mountain joy,' and oregano was revered as a symbol of happiness by the ancient Greeks and Romans.” 

Most brunch casseroles are loaded with heavy cream.  But this recipe is decadently rich with dairy free and fat burning coconut milk.

I use organic coconut milk that comes in a BPA free can.  There are a couple different brands I use.  But the best price I find for these is at Thrive Market.

 

So, the great thing about this recipe is that you can stir the veggies with the eggs (like the recipe calls for).  Or you can make the same “rushed” mistake I did that ended up turning into a BEAUTIFUL mistake.  I'll show you…

 

Follow the recipe as is and mix and stir.  Or you can have more time to get dolled up for your brunch by just pouring the eggs on top of the vegetables and you will see the veggies POP right out of your quiche! Like this…

Plus, this recipe only has a 10 minute prep time (or less) so you really have extra time to get holiday ready!

 

Spinach, Broccoli and Bacon Quiche

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chopped bacon
  • 1 medium shallot ,chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 6 eggs ,beaten
  • 3 tablespoons canned unsweetened coconut milk

 

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the bacon and shallot.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes then remove ¾ of the bacon fat.
  4. To the skillet, add the next 4 ingredients (broccoli through oregano).
  5. Stir and cook for 10 minutes, until tender.
  6. Oil a medium baking dish with the coconut oil.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with milk and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. To the bowl, mix the contents of the skillet.
  8. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish and place dish in the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until eggs are set.
  9. Slice and serve warm.

What to Serve at a Holiday Brunch

I researched the websites of my collaborators from “The Casual Veggie Cookbook” for you and here's what else I would serve at my Holiday Brunch.

Now, you'll notice that my favorite color is red so I picked recipes with a pop of Christmas red!

I would even add fresh raspberries to the champagne and bubbly water.  That way you can skip the sugary syrups that contribute to the holiday weight gain.

Here's my simple holiday brunch menu with 1 pot dishes that would go with my recipe I just shared with you!

 

Roasted Red Flannel Hash -Don't you love how colorful this red dish is?!

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Toaster Oven Roasted Acorn Squash Bowls – I love how these look like little presents with the pomegranates on top.  I would use full fat organic grass fed yogurt when I make this recipe.

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PEPPERMINT MOCHA (DAIRY-FREE + PALEO) – Yummy!! You can even make this without the coffee for the kids.

 

Let the Holiday Menu Parties Continue!

Pop on over to my Casual Veggie blogger friends parties here:

 

Which recipe would you like to try for the your next Holiday Party?  

I would love to hear, because it will make me feel like I'm celebrating the JOY of the season with you!

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