breakfast cobb salad

A few weekends ago, we visited Short Order for some burgers.  Short Order is Nancy Silverton’s newish LA restaurant focusing on a local, organic and artisan burgers.  We had some delicious cocktails but unfortunately the burgers were pretty disappointing.

All was not lost however as we spotted a Breakfast Cobb Salad on the brunch menu and I knew instantly that it would be on our plate some weekend morning very soon.

It isn’t out of the norm for us to have side salads with breakfast, but I’ve never thought of making it the main event.

I have no idea why…

It was delicious. Satisfying, yet light and felt like the perfect combination between breakfast and lunch. I have a feeling it will become a regular weekend breakfast for us.

Full of greens, healthy fats and tons of flavor.

Why not?


Breakfast Cobb Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min


Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 6-8 cups greens of choice
  • 2 Tbsp vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 2 eggs


Cook bacon until crisp and crumble.

Toss greens and dressing together.

Divide on plates and top with sliced avocado and goat cheese crumbles.

Prepare eggs as desired (over easy, sunny side up) and top salad with egg.

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goat cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates

I don’t even like dates.

I mean, I didn’t like dates until yesterday. Somehow though, when they are stuffed with creamy goat cheese and wrapped in salty bacon, I kind of changed my mind.

The sweet, salty and creamy flavors all come together perfectly for an easy, yet fancy appetizer that clocks in at about 100 calories per date.

They can be assembled ahead of time and baked when you need them, perfect for a fun party appetizer or you know, an afternoon snack for one.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min


Ingredients (8 dates, 4 servings)

  • 8 fresh dates
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 Tbsp goat cheese


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slit the dates and remove pit.

Cut the bacon slices in half.

Stuff about 1/2 Tbsp of goat cheese into dates.

Roll dates in bacon.

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Turn oven to broil for 2 minutes to brown bacon if necessary.

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super bowl food

Did you hear?

The Super Bowl is in mere days!

People are usually interested in the game, the commercials or the food. I’ll let you guess which category I fall under…

But yesterday, my sports-obsessed husband asked if we were going to have fun Super Bowl food. (He falls under all three categories).

“Ummm, obviously” I replied.

When I asked him if he had any requests he responded with this:

“Chicken wings, nachos, seared scallops, bacon-wrapped scallops, bacon-wrapped shrimp,” and this continued for minutes.

 I won’t serve solely junk food on Super Bowl Sunday – I like to have a mix of indulgent, delicious, cheesy foods along with a few vegetables thrown into the mix.

Here are some of the things on our standard menu, or that have caught my eye in the past few days.

Super Bowl Food: 



Are you watching the game, the commercials or eating the food?

sweet potato, kale & bacon egg bake

My Minnesota Aunts made the best egg bakes and it was something I looked forward to every time we celebrated Christmas in Minnesota.  It might be a Minnesota thing – I don’t ever recall having it with Wisconsin family – anyone know? I remember them being full of cubed white bread, breakfast sausage, custardy eggs and of course, some cheese. They were delicious. It’s been a few years since I’ve had it, but I haven’t forgotten.

I decided to put a little twist on the traditional egg bake and added sweet potato and kale instead of the white bread. Much healthier, much more flavorful and much more colorful! The bacon and cheese add decadent flavor and richness so it is just as rich and satisfying as the original.


One of the best things about egg bakes perhaps, is that they can be prepped the night before, so that you can wake up to a leisurely breakfast or you know, a snowy morning in Minnesota.

Sweet Potato, Kale & Bacon Egg Bake

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Keywords: breakfast entree gluten-free high fiber high protein low-carb eggs kale Christmas Easter

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 onion
  • 6 oz bacon
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup italian cheese blend


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Peel and shred the sweet potato.

Thinly slice kale and chop onion.

Chop bacon.

Heat large pan and spray with cooking spray or oil.

Add onions and kale to pan. Saute for 5-8 minutes until kale has wilted.

Set aside.

Heat same pan and add bacon.

Saute about 5 minutes until bacon is starting to brown.

Remove and drain on paper towel.

Combine sweet potato, kale and onion mixture, bacon and ricotta cheese together.

Spread into bottom of 9×13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Pour over sweet potato mix.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until top is golden brown.

Can also be made the night before, cover with foil and bake the next morning.

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