The holiday season brings some of the biggest challenges to keto dieters. The best way to overcome any potential obstacles on Christmas Day is to begin your day with a great, filling breakfast! Because it’s a special morning, do something fancy with your regular bacon and eggs and try one of these delicious recipes full of healthy fats, nutrients, and incredible flavours.
A frittata is a great breakfast to make with a large family or entertaining a group of people. The recipe is ideal with a cast-iron skillet, but an oiled baking dish will do, too! When selecting your ingredients for Christmas morning, organic or pasture-raised eggs make the best choice.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; while it’s heating up, beat six eggs with a quarter cup of heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. In a cast-iron pan, fry up six pieces of bacon, and chop them up when complete. In the bacon fat, cook half a chopped up onion and one bunch of spinach or chard, and season all this with salt, pepper, and (if you’re a spicy person) some red pepper flakes. While these are cooking, fold 2/3 cup of ricotta and two tablespoons of parmesan into your eggs until the mixture appears a bit lumpy. Don’t mix until it’s smooth – you’ll want pockets of cheese to form in your frittata!
Pour that cheesy-eggy mixture over the veggies and add the chopped up bacon. Mix it all so that the ingredients are distributed evenly through your pan. Bake your frittata in an oven-safe cast-iron skillet or baking dish for 20 minutes.
Avocado Scrambled Eggs
If Christmas morning breakfast is all over the place in your household, you’ll want to have an easy recipe ready. Nothing is more simple than scrambled eggs, and when properly prepared, they’re a keto-friendly way to start the day! Adding avocados brings some extra deliciousness, but this fruit is packed with healthy fats.
Take two large eggs and whisk them with 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat with one tablespoon of unsalted butter, and when the butter has melted (not browned), pour in the eggs and layer a quarter-cup of full-fat cheese on top, reducing the heat to medium. The best cheese options are cheddar and parmesan, but you can incorporate your favourite!
Leave the mixture to cook for 30 seconds, then gently move a spatula across the bottom and side of your skillet. Doing this breaks up the eggs; once complete, leave for 15 seconds, then repeat until the eggs are thick but still soft. Once you’ve cooked the eggs to your satisfaction, top it with a quarter-cup each of diced avocado and tomatoes, as well as any other keto-friendly veggies or toppings (fried mushrooms, chives, etc.). Organic eggs, whole avocados, and tomatoes make for a delicious, nutritious, keto-friendly breakfast!
Chicharrones con Huevos (Pork Rinds With Eggs)
You can incorporate a very popular keto-friendly snack – pork rinds – into your breakfast with this chicharrones con huevos recipe. The name roughly translates as “pork rinds with eggs,” and it might become your new favourite!
To start, dice one tomato, two jalapeno peppers, and a quarter of a medium onion. Whisk five eggs, much like you would for a scramble. Fry four slices of bacon in a pan, then place them on some paper towel when cooked, keeping as much fat in the pan as possible. In the bacon fat, heat 1.5 oz. of Collared Pig pork rinds, coating the rinds completely. While these are crisping, chop up your bacon.
Once the Collared Pig pork rinds are as crispy as you’d, add the vegetables to your skillet and mix everything and season. When the onions are clear, add a quarter-cup of cilantro (optional – we know cilantro isn’t to everyone’s taste!) and mix it all up. Add your eggs and cook the mix like an omelette; as it’s getting ready to fold, add in one sliced avocado. Crumble the bacon on top and serve with full-fat sour cream!