Ultimate Fried Egg Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

You guys.  I made something ridiculously amazing.  Like for real.  Like it should probably be on the menu of some cute, trendy restaurant.  And I ate half of it in one sitting.  It’s that good.  Obviously, as this post title name implies, it’s the Ultimate Fried Egg Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust.  It does take a bit of prep work, but it’s definitely worth every minute.  It’s really not hard to make at all, and it can be modified based on your preferences and what you have in your kitchen.

ultimate fried egg veggie pizza cauliflower crust

How good does that look?

Fried eggs are all the rage right now.  Just the other night, I went out to dinner and ordered a burger that had a fried egg on top.  It was decent, but my pizza was WAY better.  Like by a landslide.  And oooobviously I used Eggland’s Best eggs.  Why?  Because compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer, have 10X more Vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, have more than DOUBLE the Omega-3s, have 4X more Vitamin D, 3X more Vitamin B12, and 38% more Lutein. [more nutritional facts HERE]

All Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by hens that are fed an unique, all-vegetarian diet of healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  The feed contains no animal fat, no animal by-products, and no recycled or processed food.  Eggland’s Best never uses added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind.

egglands best

I’ve been indulging quite a bit this lovely holiday season.  I enjoy every minute of it, but it’s not to say I still don’t try to make many healthy choices.  Swapping out regular pizza for this cauliflower crust pizza loaded with vegetables is one of them.  There are tons of cauliflower crust recipes out there.  I used a combination of this one and this one. (Make sure to add plenty of cheese and cook it long enough!)

fried egg veggie pizza cauliflower crust

After the cauliflower crust bakes, spread your favorite sauce, cheese, and add the veggies.  I sauteed baby portabella mushrooms (SO GOOD!) and added green pepper, red onion, and sun-dried tomatoes.  The combination was phenomoneal.  Then, of course, I topped it all off with three fried eggs (Eggland’s Best make the perfect fried eggs!).  Every bite was incredible.  I kept cutting the pizza and telling myself it would be my last slice.  However, it was so light and delicious I kept nibbling away!  Before I knew it, half the pizza was gone.  (Don’t worry, I shared the other half which was enjoyed just as much as it was by me!)

ultimate fried egg veggie pizza cauliflowercrust

So the next time you decide to make pizza for dinner, give this one a shot.  It’s much healthier than traditional pizza, yet packs way more flavor.  I promise whoever you decide to share it with (if you decide to share it, that is) will agree.  Mmm, I’m getting hungry all over again.

Are you a cauliflower crust pizza lover?  What are your favorite toppings?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

fresh cranberry bread recipe

Wow! I am blown away by all the heartfelt comments from yesterday’s post on being a single mom.  Thank you for your constant support, your understanding, and for the kindest words I’ve read in quite some time.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Switching to a much lighter, and a much more delicious subject, let’s talk about a super easy recipe that’s perfect for fall / winter / Thanksgiving / the holidays / you name it.  Perfect for entertaining, let’s just say that.  You can make it ahead of time or have it in the oven cooking to give your house a wonderful aroma when guests are arriving.  But I will say, if you make it ahead of time, make sure you keep any grubby fingers (your own or others!) out of it, so it doesn’t look like this just thirty minutes after removing it from the oven…

cran bread loaf

Yeah, that loaf didn’t stand a chance.  I made a second one the day after and that, too, was demolished very quickly.  Cranberries are a funny thing for being such a seasonal food.  I feel like people either love them or hate them; there’s no in between.  Of course many people are fond of dried cranberries.  I mean, they’re loaded with sugar, what’s not to love?  But fresh cranberries?  I’ve got to admit I had never bought fresh cranberries before last season.  I wanted to try out a cranberry sauce recipe and I became obsessed!  I think I made a batch almost every week and put it on everything from sandwiches to oatmeal.

cranberries

This year, I’ve been branching out a bit, and when someone suggested baking cranberry bread, I knew that’s what I had to do!  After the first couple loaves with some minor tweaks, I think I’ve nailed it.  It’s soft and moist and sweet and tart and most delicious when warm, though I don’t discriminate.  It’s loaded with cranberries in every single bite.  And did I mention it’s perfect for this time of year?

cranberrybread

Whether I’m making eggs for breakfast or baking a sweet treat, like this fresh cranberry bread, I always, always, always use Eggland’s Best.  William and I eat eggs daily; they’re such a food powerhouse, just packed with nutrition.  And did you know that compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer, have ten times more Vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, have more than DOUBLE the Omega-3s, have four times more Vitamin D, three times more Vitamin B12, and 38% more Lutein?  Why would you ever buy any other eggs?!  It’s a no brainer! [source]

Check out Eggland’s Best eCookbook!

fresh cranberry bread recipe

Fresh Cranberry Bread Recipe

~makes one loaf, or double the recipe, so you don’t run out as quickly!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 Eggland’s Best egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed

Directions:

  1. Mix wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients.  Gently stir in cranberries.
  2. Pour mixture in greased bread pan.  Bake at 350 for 65 minutes.
  3. Let cool (at least slightly) before enjoying!

cranberry bread

Are you a cranberry fan?  What’s your favorite way to eat them?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

Caprese Egg Bake Recipe

I mentioned on Monday that I didn’t workout over the weekend.  I planned to go on a run, but the cooler (cold!!!) temperatures scared me away, and it was way too easy to stay in my warm bed.  Well, that’s not going to fly all fall and winter.  I can’t just hibernate for half the year though some days it does sound appealing.  I’m a big believer in “every bit counts” and “do what you can when you can.”  So on Monday morning, I met my coworkers in the gym for a quick 15-minute workout before our students arrived.

plank

Working out is a great way to start off the week no matter how long or short!  Moving your body everyday is essential and every little bit adds up.  No excuses!  If I can get 10,000 steps in as a full time working mom, you can too!

While fitness is one aspect of living a healthy life, fueling your body with nutritious foods is another.  It’s easy to get in the habit of “comfort food” in the cooler weather, but it’s essential to stay up on eating well as the days get shorter and cooler.  One of the major ways I accomplish this is by meal prepping and batch cooking.  This means cooking in advance large quantities of food that last for more than one meal.

I love eating eggs in the morning for breakfast.  Specifically, Eggland’s Best (they really are the best and most nutritious!).  However, sometimes cooking eggs in the morning just doesn’t happen with my little toddler running around.  It only takes a few minutes, but sometimes it feels like I don’t even have that.  Plus, having a dish already prepared in the refrigerator feels so good and means one less thing for me to do in the busy morning.  Recently I made a Caprese Egg Bake.

caprese egg bake

It’s warm and cheesy and filling and so unbelievably easy to make.  You ready for it?

Caprese Egg Bake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 oz mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in large bowl.
  2. Layer tomatoes and mozzarella in greased casserole dish.
  3. Spread spinach out on top.
  4. Pour in egg mixture.
  5. Sprinkle basil.
  6. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until cooked through.

Whenever I follow recipes at home, I usually alter them just a bit depending on my taste and what I have on hand.  Some options for this recipe include adding one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese to make it even cheesier.  Cherry or grape tomatoes also work.  I’ve used 2 cups of them and make sure they’re halved.  I’d like to add more vegetables such as zucchini or squash though really any vegetables would work.

caprese egg bake recipe

Did you know that compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer, have 10X more Vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, have more than DOUBLE the Omega-3s, have 4X more Vitamin D, 3X more Vitamin B12, and 38% more Lutein. [source]

All Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by hens that are fed an unique, all-vegetarian diet of healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  The feed contains no animal fat, no animal by-products, and no recycled or processed food.  Eggland’s Best never uses added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind.

Check out Eggland’s Best eCookbook!

caprese egg bake brunch

Whenever I eat regular caprese salads, I love a light drizzle of balsamic on top.  Well, I did that last night as I was photographing the bake.  William was watching me and I was worried that he was going to go for the plate, so I passed him the bottle of the balsamic to keep him occupied while I snapped away.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cap on before I gave it to him!  You know what happened… he wanted to be like his momma and pour some on the eggs!

spill

Wah!  I was sad because this was the last of a really good bottle of balsamic I received for my birthday.  Silly baby.  Don’t worry though, I didn’t let the eggs go to waste! 😉

PS: The balsamic, even in this massive quantity, was a great addition!

Caprese salads – yay or nay?  Caprese egg bake? YAY!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

cheesy egg biscuit bake

Are mornings hectic for anyone else besides me?  If you’re a mom, I’m sure you are nodding your head right now.  If not, you could still be agreeing with me since mornings tend to be rushed with getting yourself together and out the door.  And if you have leisurely mornings, then please tell me your secret!

Since being back at work since summer ended and actually having to follow a time schedule, mornings at my house are constantly rushed.  I’m running around trying to get myself ready, keep William entertained, and make him presentable for school.  In between all that, I’m also making sure to eat breakfast.  After all, it is the most important meal of the day!  And I wake up starving.  I don’t understand people who say they “can’t” eat breakfast too early in the morning.  Food is literally one of the first things I think about each day.

While I always make sure to eat breakfast, preparing something the morning of can be tricky.  I’ve written here recently how I’m really trying to get better at meal prepping; it makes the world of difference!  Even if I just make one thing over the weekend, it makes the week so much smoother and that much easier.  Eggs are probably my absolute favorite breakfast item.  Not only do they pack a killer nutritional punch, but there are a million ways to eat them (30 recipes right HERE!) and they keep me full which is important as an elementary teacher with few breaks and equally important as a breastfeeding momma.  My latest EGG-session?  Cheesy egg biscuit bake!

cheesy egg biscuit bake

This is so easy to throw together!  I make it on Sunday and cut pieces to eat throughout the week for breakfast.  It reheats really well, and it’s toddler approved!  William is a big fan!  This breakfast bake is a total crowd pleaser.  I made it for the first time last year for a school breakfast, and it was gone within minutes.  Then, I made it for a play date (literally, on three separate occasions with different play groups!) over the summer.  Now, I make it to help make mornings a little easier knowing breakfast is already made.

Cheesy Egg Biscuit Bake

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 package of jr. biscuits (I use honey butter)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Line bottom of greased baking dish with biscuit dough.
  2. Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour egg mixture over biscuits and cheese.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes at 425.

Each bite is cheesy, eggy, biscuity, and delicious.  When I make this, I eat it for several days in a row until it’s gone without ever once getting sick of it.  And I don’t have to spend time in the morning preparing breakfast!  Double win!

biscuit egg cheese casserole recipe

This is the base recipe that I use.  However, often times I add vegetables and / or meat to this casserole.  My favorite is spinach and seasoned turkey meat.  Sausage crumbles work, as do mixed vegetables.  Really, you can add anything you want; just add your chosen mix-ins on top of the biscuits and before the cheese.

Since I eat eggs on an almost daily basis, I am very choosy about what kind of eggs I buy and, especially, feed to William.  Always, always, always, it’s Eggland’s Best.  Why?  They’re more nutritious, simply put.  To be exact, compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer, have 10X more Vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, have more than DOUBLE the Omega-3s, have 4X more Vitamin D, 3X more Vitamin B12, and 38% more Lutein. [source]  Of course I’m going to choose EB!

egglands best

Check out Eggland’s Best eCookbook!

What would you add to this breakfast casserole?  I want some new ideas!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.