Chicken Fajita Breakfast Casserole

By Bailey Fischer, from Slow Cooked Paleo

Whole30 Certified Coach and blogger/cookbook author extraordinaire Bailey Fischer describes this recipe as “a far cry from the drive-thru breakfast order I used to get from the Mexican fast food restaurant on my way home from a 12-hour overnight shift.”

She adds: “I may have ditched that habit, but my love of chicken fajitas turned breakfast food hasn’t changed. This recipe takes those favorite flavors and drops them into a delicious Paleo casserole that’s much healthier but still quick and easy. It’s a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or change up your usual breakfast routine. If you want to really spice up this recipe, mix a diced jalapeno or a few dashes of cayenne pepper or hot sauce into the eggs.”

This recipe is from Bailey’s new cookbook, Slow Cooked Paleo. You can grab it on Amazon here. It’s an amazing collection of 75 “real-food recipes for effortless, wholesome meals in your slow cooker.”

For more of Bailey’s recipes, tips, and support, visit www.wholekitchensink.com. You can follow her on Instagram @wholekitchensink.

Happy slow cooking!

INGREDIENTS

3 grain-free tortillas (optional) *OMIT if on Whole30

10 eggs

½ cup (120 ml) almond milk or coconut milk

2 cups (250 g) shredded chicken

1 cup (150 g) diced red onion

1 cup (150 g) diced red bell pepper

1 (4-oz/112 g) can diced green chiles

2 tsp (5 g) chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

GARNISHES (OPTIONAL)

Salsa, homemade or store-bought

Hot sauce

Chopped cilantro

Chopped avocado

DIRECTIONS

Line the slow cooker with parchment paper or coat the insert with nonstick cooking spray. If you’re using grain-free tortillas, layer them on the bottom and up the sides about 2 inches (5 cm).

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and then mix in the dairy-free milk, chicken, onion, pepper, chiles, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

Pour the egg and vegetable mixture into the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, or until the eggs are set. Top with the optional garnishes.

To freeze, remove the casserole from the slow cooker using the parchment paper and allow to completely cool. You can freeze the entire casserole or cut it into serving sizes and freeze as individual servings. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 24 hours. Reheat in the microwave or the oven.

COOKING TIPS

For a fun variation, mix 1 cup (240 ml) of salsa with the beaten eggs and increase the cook time by approximately 30 minutes.

Use chip clips around the rim of the slow cooker insert to hold the parchment paper in place while preparing the recipe.

Time for a Shift: Turning to The Energy Channel

By Judith

For as long as I can remember, I’ve belonged to a gym. I began regularly exercising in 1995, and since then, my identity as a “healthy, fit” person has been, in many ways, tied to having a gym membership.

So, when I started thinking about making a change, it wasn’t easy.

For a few weeks, I sat on the idea of leaving the gym before I finally pulled the trigger. As I wrote the email to cancel my membership, I reminded myself that I wasn’t giving up fitness or my healthy lifestyle.

I was just making a shift – to The Energy Channel.

For nearly five years, in addition to my gym membership, I’ve been a client of The Energy Barre, a barre studio located about 10 minutes from my house, in the north suburbs of Boston.

Little did I know that when I took a free trial class in March 2015, my life would change forever. I found strength I didn’t know I had, a space where I felt welcomed and accepted, and a community of powerful yet compassionate women.

I was intrigued when I heard about the launch of The Energy Channel, The Energy Barre’s online platform that brings barre, matte, cardio, yoga, and HITT classes to clients whenever and wherever. I didn’t act, though, mainly because of that expensive gym membership. I also told myself it would too hard to deal with equipment for at-home workouts.

But as my stress levels skyrocketed in the fall, I knew something had to give. On days I went to my downtown gym at lunch, I was finding myself spending most evenings doing work that I didn’t finish in the office. I wasn’t leaving myself any down time.

I also realized that the gym was no longer bringing me joy. My favorite group fitness instructor had left, and I was tired of forcing myself onto the treadmill to run. And I was truly tired of paying so much for something I didn’t love so much anymore.

In November, I decided to give The Energy Channel a whirl. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

I am an early riser. When I step onto my mat and turn on my laptop in the darkness before my day begins, I am always greeted by a friendly EB instructor. The workouts are fun and motivating, and I love how I can mix and match shorter cardio and toning classes based on my schedule and how I’m feeling.

I get the same great workouts I get at the studio – and I save time by skipping the drive. I also love how I can do these whenever I want. Sometimes I have a window to work out on the weekend and there’s not a studio class to match.

And it wasn’t a big deal to get the equipment! I got a purple ball, gray band, and silver balls from The Energy Barre and II bought 2-and 3-pound weights on Amazon. I don’t have a block (yet!) but I make do with the purple ball.

Of course, I will continue to attend classes at The Energy Barre whenever I can. There’s no substitute for the warmth of the community.

I see The Energy Channel as a supplement to – and not a replacement for – my time in the studio. It’s allowed me to enter 2020 calmer, more centered, and once again, feeling joy from my movement.

Want to give The Energy Channel a whirl? You don’t need to be a local because it’s entirely online! Through January 31, you can grab 20% off a three-class bundle (7-day access; three classes including one of each – signature class, cardio class, and specialty class). To get the savings:

  1. Log into your account / Create an Account if you don’t have one yet
  2. Select THE ENERGY CHANNEL: 3-CLASS BUNDLE 
  3. In the promotional code section type JUJUSWHOLE30

Cooking With A Friend

We spend A LOT of time in the kitchen on Whole30 and it can get a bit lonely in there. Make a menu, grab a friend, and bring the fun back in the kitchen.

I invited over my friend Christy, who’s doing her first Whole30 round, and we set out to meal prep for the day while our spouses went fishing. We had the whole day ahead of us to cook.

Two hours later, my husband walks in the door soaking wet from his chest down. Guess what was in his pocket? His new phone. There’s so much to say about this but I’ll skip it and go straight to the recipes. If you’re married or have a significant other, you know what I’m thinking!

We came up with a few dishes to make and improvised the rest. Dividing up the shopping took the longest but, in the end, I think we did okay. Best of all, we had fun!

Here’s what we made:

Paleo Gluten Free Eats’ Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing – I love this sauce. It goes on everything.

Eat The Gains’ Creamy Lemon Garlic sauce-we doubled up on this recipe and I think I may have messed this one up a bit. We weren’t crazy about this one but, again, I don’t think we followed the recipe exactly as it was written.

Christy’s Super Amazing Nut Butter – this is one that Christy made up. She roasted some pecans and walnuts and then tossed them in the vitamix with some coconut oil and salt. She lugged her vitamix over for these sauces-I need to get myself one of those. The nut butter was out of this world!

Primal Gourmet’s Whole30 Greek Burgers

We wanted to have something yummy to freeze for an emergency meal and these fit the bill. Easy and quick to make and ready to take out of the freezer on a day we don’t want to cook!

Farmstead Chic’s Whole30 Plantain Rice

Move over cauliflower rice! Plantain rice is here to stay. This is so easy to make and very hearty. I’m going to make this when I want but don’t have time to make tostones.

Farmstead Chic’s Whole30 Breakfast Casserole

It’s as tasty as it is pretty. This is perfect for breakfast when you’re getting sick of eggs. I made mine go a little further by mixing it with two eggs in the morning.

One Lovely Life’s Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

The butter chicken is divine! You can adjust the heat to your liking. With little ones at home, I tend to make it mild.

We had chicken thighs and ground meat leftover so we dumped some umani seasoning from Trader Joe’s on the chicken thighs and put some onions, parsley, and other stuff in the meatballs. Other stuff meaning I can remember but they turned out really good!

If you get together with your friend or friends and cook, let us know. Send pictures and recipe!