Paleo breakfast salad: Greens with bacon, eggs, avocado

A few months ago, I bought these nifty little silicone cups (Poach Pods) designed to poach eggs. That they do, very well. Just spray with cooking spray, crack an egg, drop it in, and “float the boat” in a pan of boiling water (covered) for 3 minutes to cook the white and leave the yolk a little runny.

I’ve been experimenting with poached eggs atop a bowl of greens, dressed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Today I hit the jackpot!

A voice whispered, “Why not add crumbled bacon and avocado? And use the bacon grease as a dressing?”

IMG_4234So I put a handful of mixed greens in a bowl, topped with chopped cilantro and parsley that I had on hand.

Sliced half an avocado and arranged on greens.

Cooked a couple of slices of healthy bacon and crumbled it, saving about a tablespoon of the bacon grease, which I poured over the greens. The rest of the bacon grease goes into a can on my counter for future delicious use. Bacon goes on top.

Poached two fabulous backyard eggs and slid them out of their cups on top of the bacon.

Sprinkled half a teaspoon of organic, raw apple cider vinegar over everything. Finishing touch: Real salt and fresh ground Tellicherry pepper to taste.

So tasty, and so satisfying, it will keep me from getting hungry until mid-afternoon. The runny egg yolks mingle with the bacon and bacon grease, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper to make an awesome salad dressing for the avocado and greens. The textures of egg, avocado, crisp raw greens, and chewy salty bacon are lovely. It would be good with a few chopped dandelion greens to add a little bitterness.

Not to mention the marriage of bacon and avocado, a love match for sure!

I remember back in 2007 when I learned I had candida overgrowth and went on the super strict candida diet (like the Paleo diet, but much stricter: nothing cultured or fermented, no fungi, no grains or legumes, no fruit, no dairy).

Breakfast was the hardest meal of the day. I was accustomed to eating yogurt and fruit, or eggs with toast, or oatmeal, or a bagel with cream cheese. On the new diet, I often ate fish and steamed spinach for breakfast (with no added fat because fat was considered bad back then).

Most of the time I felt like I was starving. I did lose weight on that diet, maybe 12 pounds in 2.5 months. I also felt well for the first time in years, and I only concluded that by process of elimination, because I didn’t know what “well” meant — I slept well and had no digestive disturbances, a stable mood, stable energy, no daytime fatigue — just good steady feel-good stamina all day long and restful sleep at night.

It never occurred to me then to eat raw greens for breakfast. Or to crumble bacon and pour bacon grease on top of the greens. Or to put eggs on top of greens. Or to combine avocado with eggs and bacon.

I realize now that I wasn’t eating enough fat. Fat satisfies. Fat provides energy for doing massage and keeps me from getting hungry in the middle of a chair massage event.

What’s your favorite Paleo breakfast?

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