If you were wondering what I was going to do with my leftover meaty Bolognese sauce...here is a SUPER EASY way to use it that also follows along with the Bright Line Eating way of life. Score! Today was the perfect Sunday late morning to test it out. It couldn't get easier ya'll. Just heat up the leftover sauce and plop in an egg or two and top with a bit of Parmesan cheese and chives and voila!
How delicious does that look??? Plus, you have it all! You have the meat from the sauce which gives you approximately 2 oz of protein. I ate 1 egg so that another 2 oz of protein giving me the 1 full protein portion for breakfast. I added 4 oz of the sauce and some onions and chives which gets added to my vegetable count for the day. Fresh strawberries and yummy pan fried potatoes rounds out my fruit and grain portion. All together super satisfying and a great way to start off my Sunday!
Shakshuka - BLE Style
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
chives, diced fine (for garnish)
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (for garnish)
On medium-low heat, add the bolognese sauce to a medium sized pan and warm up thoroughly. If you don't want to make your own sauce, then add 2 oz of ground meat (pork, chicken, turkey or meat) and brown in the pan. Once browned, add 4 oz of Rao's marinara sauce. Let simmer for a few minutes.
Using a spoon, create a divot in the sauce for the egg. Crack an egg into a small ramekin and gently plop the egg into the divot. Add some salt and pepper to the eggs.
Simmer in the sauce for a bit until the egg white starts to firm up. Cover pan with a lid and let it simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes depending if you like your egg yolk runny or firm.
Garnish with chives and a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
To get your balanced BLE meal, I paired this with breakfast potatoes and fresh strawberries. The breakfast potatoes were easy too. I always have some pre-boiled, sliced potatoes on hand in the fridge for either my Spanish omelettes that I love for mornings or for when I need to add a quick grain portion into my breakfast. Just slice your potato of choice (I like small Yukon potatoes) and boil them until tender. Then weight out 4 oz for your breakfast and then refrigerate the rest so that you have them for your next breakfast.
So this is day 5 of CLE for me. I have to say, if I can eat like this every day...not too shabby. I am actually really enjoying the process. The giving up of sugar was tough (especially in my wine) but already I am seeing an increase in my energy and a bit of improvement in the inflammation in my body. As with anything that is sustainable for the long-term, it's not a race to the finish. I am going to continue to look for new ways to tailor some of my favorite meals to the CLE way of eating and hope that it's helpful to others. I will have other recipes that do include flour and sugar for others that I have either made in the past or make for others because I just love food. I just have to choose to eat what makes sense for my body and make sure that I have choices within the other foods that I make. Easy right? Maybe not always but it's certainly doable. I got this!