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Breakfast Skillet

by Meghann on April 14, 2010

If you were to ask me what my favorite meal to eat out is I would have to say breakfast. I don’t know what it is, but my heart just yearns for all breakfast item. Eggs, crepes, waffles, pancakes… I heart them all!

Usually the waffles and pancakes are what catch my attention on every breakfast menu, but every once in a while I tempt myself with the ‘skillet’ portion of the menu and began to drool. The ‘skillets’ typically consist of a home fries base that is topped with an egg scramble and paired with meat and toast. Yummy!

Today I thought it would be fun to recreate one of those fabulous breakfast skillets for dinner tonight.

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I started with a base of homemade sweet potato & kale home fries.

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Sweet Potato & Kale Home Fries

  • 1/2 Sweet Potato
  • 3 generous handfuls of kale
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • Pinch Oregano
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/2 small yellow onion

Start with a hot skillet that has been sprayed with oil, add the sweet potato that has been cut into small cubes, and once potatoes have a nice color (about 5 minutes) add the seasonings, mushrooms, and onion. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat and add the kale just a few minutes before serving.

To top the home fries I made a two egg scramble with artichoke & sundried tomatoes.

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A slice of cheese to top everything off.

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Pumpkin nut bread.

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Nom Nom Nom.

This may not have been as greasy or rich as a traditional breakfast skillet, but it was still just as amazing to me. πŸ™‚

For dessert I dug into my dark chocolate easter bunny and strawberries.

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My afternoon snack consisted of 1/2 a cup of Maddie Wishes this was her Cereal and 1/2 cup of Cheerios.

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Confession: I have a tooth ache. πŸ™ (it’s my back molar)

Another Confession: I haven’t been to the dentist in almost two years.

A Final Confession: The dentist scares me.

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Something tells me I need to get over that last one. I am hoping in making this very public announcement that you all will encourage me to make a dentist appointment tomorrow morning. I’ve been putting this off too long!

1 blueberrymuffins April 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

You ran an ultramarathon. You are FEARLESS!

2 Evan Thomas April 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

You can do it! The dentist really isn’t that bad. I more want to avoid the awkward conversation with the man trying to be friendly than the actual dentistry. Right now, I’m freaked out I’m going to need to get my wisdom teeth taken out(yikes!) but hopefully you’re past that part of your life?

3 Meghann April 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Yes, I had my wisdom teeth out when I was 18 πŸ™‚

4 Jenny April 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Things always seem so much worse than they are! I promise it’ll be over before you know:)

5 Kelly April 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Oh man, I took 2 years off from the dentist, and then had 6 cavities I needed to have filled. I suggest going.

6 thefitbridesmaid April 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

If you don’t do it now, it could turn into a root canal!! Get it filled before it gets that far!

Strawberries and chocolate look de-licious!

7 Emily April 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Ah! I don’t like dentist either! I actually had not been since 2006. He told me I had to have all of my wisdom teeth removed (and they were all impacted) and snice I have been scared they do something else that was just as painful. I finally made an appt (last week actually!) and it went well! It hurt a little, but they said if you don’t go in for regular cleanings then plaque will build up in places brushing doesn’t clean so the first cleaning is a bit painful. Either that or I just had a pretty mean hygenist!

8 amandapanda1981 April 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Have fun at the denist because your teeth are very important.

9 jess April 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Oh I also took time off during college (no dental insurance at the time) and when I returned, oh I had 5 cavities! Good luck!

10 BethT April 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The dentist scares me too. Look on yelp for dentists who have been reviewed as gentle and caring – that takes the fear right out of it! Often if you tell them you’re nervous, they’ll put you at ease.

11 jen April 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Definitely make that dental appt Meghann. If you need some motivation look up oral-systemic health. Basically gum disease and other mouth problems can lead to complications like heart disease and diabetes. So you’ll gain much more from regular dental visits than some shiny pearly whites πŸ˜‰ Hope your tooth feels better!

12 Mary April 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I am SO excited to read that you say NOM NOM NOM! this is a saying that I frequently say!

Also, I just moved to NC. I need to find a dentist. I had 5 years of braces and my wisdom teeth out and quite frankly I hate the dentist too. I’m hesitant to find one. Good luck with your tooth but don’t let it get too bad! you don’t want a root canal! πŸ™

13 Erin April 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I promise, once you’re at the dentist, it’s not as bad as you think. I go every 6 months and the worst part is actually the flossing (at least, to me) because she digs in SO deep that it hurts!

14 Lucy April 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

funny you brought up the dentist topic – i just went this week for the first time in over 3 years!! gahhh! overall, it wasn’t really that bad (although i do have to have some follow up work done) but i’m glad i went because as some of the other comments said, better to catch anything big early! i would recommend trying to up the brushing and esp flossing leading up to the appt – my dentist actually complimented me on the flossing:) makes for a much less painful experience – good luck, you will be fine!

15 Rebeca April 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Part of being healthy is taking care of yourself… marathons and (delicious, drool-worthy) skillets aside, oral health is important as well.

If the dentist scares you think of a great reward for yourself for making the appointment (a facial, a pedicure, whatever entices you). Also… look for someone that makes you comfortable.

To be honest, I hyperventilate EVERY single time I go to the doctor’s office. However, the doctor I have now is really kind and gave me his email address so I can email him my questions/comments/concerns before appointments which helps ease the tension and when I make appointments they always get me right in and past the initial part with the nurses so I can talk to him in his office which also helps. I know that it’s hard to find people like that but they’re out there and you can do it!

16 Matt April 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

The dentist freaks me out!

17 LindsayH April 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

i used to have a terrible fear of the dentist. i had several traumatic experiences as a kid (i had problem teeth) and then in my adolescence i had a mean dentist who, when i told him i thought i might have some kind of anxiety about seeing the dentist he LAUGHED at me!! after i turned 18 i didnt have dental insurance and i didnt go for five years. i was so so lucky to find my current dentist who i love. i wrongly assumed that all dentists are just mean and that going to the dentist is a horrible experience for everyone. ask around and get recommendations, and you can also seek out a dentist who specializes in “patient comfort” – they usually have nitrous oxide to relax you and other things like relaxing music, aromatherapy, etc.

18 Lorin April 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

That hotel charging thing is weird, I’ve never heard of that before! Sometimes it’s the fanciest places that charge all this extra stuff that you normally get free at the not-so nice places.

19 Lizz April 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

You can do it! Just call and make an appointment. This is the hardest part for me. I actually had to make going to the dentist a New Year’s Resolution last year!

20 Katherine: What About Summer? April 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

OH NO! I just wrote about teeth in a post- partly due to your own whitening start up (is that still going on?)
I know I’m an odd-ball but I love the dentist

21 Macey April 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Confession: I am also afraid of the dentist.

I finally gave in last summer (after a 4 year hiatus) because I was having toothaches that were not allowing me to sleep or eat like normal, and I was tired of the pain. After a very thorough cleaning I was told that I had beautiful white teeth, but quite a few problems with my back molars πŸ™
I ended up with $14,000 worth of work to be done! Yes, you read that right… 14 thousand! I’ve had about half of the work done, and you know what? The dentist doesn’t seem so bad anymore! I’ve actually enjoyed most of my appointments, and look forward to chatting with the staff at the office.
Just do it. Don’t put it off until you have a huge amount of work to do like me!

22 Alyssa A April 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Hey Meghann, I am a dental assistant, and please go to the dentist! There is no reason to be scared. If you don’t go, at least once a year (preferably twice, unless you have exceptional dental hygiene), your teeth are…. well going to go to hell…. and THAT’S something to be scared of. YOU CAN DO IT, just don’t watch The Dentist (1996) and you’ll be fine! Trust me, your oral cavity is the pathway to the rest of your bodys health… seriously. Good Luck!

Love Alyssa from Seattle

23 Kristen April 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Don’t neglect your teeth! Here’s my true story to scare you into going before it’s too late:

I had a small cavity that needed filling, but I figured if it was small, no big deal, so I didn’t go back to the dentist until 2 years later when a small piece of that tooth broke right. Talk about a scare, I was so worried I’d end up looking like a redneck with a missing tooth! Instead of a filling, I had to have a root canal (not as bad as it sounds) and now my tooth looks fine.

Maybe ask around for a recommendation for a good dentist.

24 Sarah April 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm

The longer you put it off… the WORSE IT WILL GET and the more time in the dentist’s chair. Tisk tisk tisk….

Ok, now that’s over with, I’m with you on this one! If I didn’t have excellent dental insurance, I would probably never go! hahaha

Hope you can get it figured out soon, tooth-aches suck πŸ™

25 caronae April 14, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I have egg and veggie scrambles for dinner a lot! I love how you used the sweet potatoes as a base, mmmm. And breakfast foods are my favorite too!

26 theprocessofhealing April 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I’m scared of the dentist too!!!!!!!!

27 Sara April 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Oh man, Meghann, get thee to a dentist! Seriously, as awful as it is, you must go. Not taking care of your teeth can lead to a host of other health problems. And since you have pain, you shouldn’t put it off any longer.

28 Tyly April 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

The longer you wait, the worse it will get! It won’t get any better until you go!!

29 Run Sarah April 14, 2010 at 11:21 pm

That breakfast skillet looks awesome! I dislike the dentist too but I find usually when I go they can help with the pain by fixing the tooth, so its better in the long run!

30 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

You NEED to go!! My mom thought she was fine and didn’t go to the dentist for 3 years. She then found out she had gum disease and has spent thousands of dollars on extractions, surgery, and the whole 9 yards. It’s been a painful experience that she completely regrets. She flosses and brushes religiously, which was why it was so surprising. Get your butt over there missy!

31 bakebikeblog April 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm

What a great looking breakfast !
oh and the dentist scares me too πŸ™

32 Annie April 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Oh no! Im in my last year of my bachelors in Dental Hygiene, and you NEED to go to the dentist for a regular preventative care treatment every 6 months… oral health is just as important to your overall systemic health as good nutrition and exercise. It can lead to things such as low birth weight, premature babies, cardiac problems, and can obviously cause problems in your mouth such as periodontal disease (which can cause you to have bleeding, loss of teeth, bad breath, etc). It is so important for you to go, in order to avoid problems like tooth aches, but also to maintain your good physical health. PLEASE GO! your tooth ache could be somthing as simple as a little tiny filling, or it could be something as bad as a root canal, adn if you dont get that treated you could end up needing more work. Soooo end of lecture, please just go and get it checked out, and go every six months after, cause you are a health minded individual, and skipping the dentist is like skipping breakfast (in a more dramatic, spread out matter!)

Haha hope you go and its not big deal!

33 Beth @ fatbustermack April 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

i didn’t go to the dentist for 8 years (since I left my moms insurance). I went last week. All I’ll say it is SO important to go to the dentist, so go! Sorry that is as good as I can do for encouragement!

34 Amy @ Second City Randomness April 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Confession: I’m going on two years as well. No dental insurance… it’s a killer…

35 hundredtenpounds April 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

If it makes you feel better, Donald Trump never goes to the dentist! πŸ™‚ what kind of cheese was that? Swiss?

36 chasingthenow April 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I haven’t been to the dentist in a while either. I am hoping to go in the fall… I am terrified!!!

37 Liz April 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm

lol, go to the densist Meghann!

38 hypki April 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Better go to the dentist. I waited 10 years and had to have a root canal…yeah it sucked.

39 Kaye April 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Hey Meghann, by posting the confessions, I feel like you’ll take the prerogative and make an appointment on your own tomorrow! BUT, just in case you need a little more persuasion… I’ll use some scare tactics!

At a certain point in my life, I had not gone to the dentist in around 5 years. I knew I should, but my parents never emphasized it, made me feel guilty when I did have a small cavity and then we lost our dental insurance around 2004. In 2006 I had a terrible toothache, since it hurt so badly, my parents took me to a dentist and I had a root canal, it cost over $1,000. I didn’t go to the dentist again after that until after I moved in with my fiance in 2009. I’m still uninsured, but not going to the dentist has cost my fiance (so far…) almost $5,000. So shameful! I feel so, so guilty about costing him so much money and I really learned my lesson. A ounce of prevention, right?

<3

40 Krysta April 15, 2010 at 12:00 am

Go ASAP! The sooner the better. I have a major fear of the dentist (for reasons I won’t scare you with). Think positive, happy thoughts and get in early! With dental work, the longer you wait it will ONLY get worse. HUG!

41 Fallon April 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

Breakfast is my favorite as well.

I don’t like the dentist at all either but when something in the mouth hurts you better make that appointment ASAP! It not worth the pain nor the headache.

42 Courtney April 15, 2010 at 12:37 am

The last time I made a dentist appointment (which was way more than 2 years ago), I hung up the phone and cried. I’m just straight up scared. I took my 3 year old the other day for his first cleaning. He’s way braver than me!

43 Jacquie April 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

I’m lucky because I’ve actually found a dentist I love and isn’t scary. I hope yours is like that too!

Meanwhile, your dinner looks like something that I’d make. I love love love breakfast food too and have been known to eat different breakfast foods for each meal some days. I can’t help it πŸ™‚

44 DPG April 15, 2010 at 1:37 am

Good luck with your dental appointment, Meghann. I find that looking forward to this sort of thing is often worse than the event itself. I hope that that will be your experience, too.

A couple commentators mentioned fear of the potential pain (and cost!) of wisdom-tooth removal. FWIW…

I had mine removed a couple years ago, when I was already well into my 30s.
My then-dentist was trying to encourage me to have them removed under general anesthesia, which seemed way too expensive, and unnecessary.

I’m a scientist at a university, and was lucky to find that dental-school residents here always need need tooth-extraction patients. Best part is, the residents don’t use general anesthesia!

To make a long story short…

I had my wisdom teeth removed for $200 total, and, thanks to the lack of anesthesia and related fatigue, was back to work 16 hours after the extraction!

For those living near universities with dental school, I definitely suggest checking out this treatment option!

45 Diana April 15, 2010 at 2:04 am

Don’t be afraid of the dentist! I’ve already went so many times that I’m not scared anymore ahah Sometimes I swear I could sleep there while she works on my teeth.

46 britchickruns April 15, 2010 at 3:18 am

I agree with the very first comment! Girl if you can run THIRTY miles and not die, you can go to the dentist. We believe in you!!

47 Janelle April 15, 2010 at 5:18 am

I’m with you. The dentist is scary, and expensive. I’m reading all of these comments in hopes they spur me to make an appointment, but I’m just not sure it will work…

48 shelly April 15, 2010 at 7:06 am

I also have not been to the dentist in many years… I am not afraid of the dentist… I am afraid of what I have done to myself by not visiting the dentist in so long πŸ™

49 DPG April 15, 2010 at 7:10 am

Good luck with your dental appointment, Meghann. I find that looking forward to this sort of thing is often worse than the event itself. I hope that that will be your experience, too.

A couple commentators mentioned fear of the potential pain (and cost!) of wisdom-tooth removal. FWIW…

I had mine removed a couple years ago, when I was already well into my 30s.
My then-dentist was trying to encourage me to have them removed under general anesthesia, which seemed way too expensive, and unnecessary.

I’m a scientist at a university, and was lucky to find that dental-school residents here always need need tooth-extraction patients. Best part is, the residents don’t use general anesthesia!

To make a long story short…

I had my wisdom teeth removed for $200 total, and, thanks to the lack of anesthesia and related fatigue, was back to work 16 hours after the extraction!

For those living near universities with dental schools, I definitely suggest checking out this treatment option!

50 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

I would’ve totally scrambled the cheese into the eggs. I love melty cheese.

51 Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

I hate the dentist. HATE the dentist. I am also so scared of teeth things that I have dreams about my teeth falling out about once a week. But BECAUSE of this I make sure to go to the dentist every 6 months. Honestly, prevention is the best medicine!!!

AND I went almost 2 years without going once, and it wasn’t half as bad as I thought going back….

52 Erin April 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

I’ve had some mean and horrible dentists and yet I still don’t understand this fear of the dentist. Sure, some things hurt or are awkward but, really, the worst part is when they sing to themselves. At least to me.

53 Christina April 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

We have the same view on breakfasts, and dentists!

54 Brandi April 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

i love meals like that, and I agree about breakfast! There’s something magical about the first meal of the day and I want that feeling every time I eat!

As for the dentist, you can do it! It’s never as scary as you think it will be.

55 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

I hate the dentist too– I try to tell myself if I go to regular appointments, it’ll decrease my chances of having a cavity drilled- which really sucks πŸ˜‰

56 Sarah April 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

I also went about 3 years without going to the dentist and then was terrified to hear what he’d have to say. Just call and make an appointment…you’ll feel better! By the way, your breakfast skillet looks yum, I am not a huge breakfast fan but for some reason breakfast skillets always look so good to me.

57 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

When you do finally go to the dentist, don’t tell them you haven’t been in a couple of years because you’ll “suddenly” have a ton of cavities. This happened to my husband when he didn’t have health insurance for a while.

I hope your tooth feels better. I got a horrible toothache last fall and I was BEGGING for a root canal by the time it was over. Unfortunately, the older I get the more afraid of the dentist I get. I have this fear of not being numbed up enough. The dentist prescribed me Xanax to calm my nerves. I took one on the way and one in the office. But, because I was crying in the endodontist’s chair she went out to my husband and said, “Uh, yeah…we’re gonna need another one of those Xanax.” πŸ˜•

58 luckytastebuds April 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

Ohh no!!! Don’t be afraid of the dentist!! I’m actually going to dental school in August…in 4 years, after I graduate (and have lots of practice) you can come to me for free!! πŸ™‚ I promise I’m super gentle and by then will hopefully have mad skills. hahahah Deal?!

In the mean time, try to muster the same courage you used to have to do to sign up for a challenging race. Only the dentist doesn’t require you to do anything but sit!! And either way, you’ll come out a winner. If there’s a cavity, you gotta fix it before it gets so bad you need a root canal! (Which isn’t actually as bad as it sounds either…I’ve had 2 and they’ve both been really pleansant experiences!) πŸ™‚

Good luck Meghann!!

59 Tracey @ TropicalHappiness.com April 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

I hate the dentist too. I actually haven’t been in a long time, and I am going to go make an appointment today. (Thanks for the reminder!) It’s scary, but look at it this way: You have two options with your tooth ache. ONE: You go to the dentist, they say you have a cavity, and you get it filled. (Or even the best case scenario is that it is nothing.) OR TWO: You put the dentist off for a year, and eventually the pain gets so bad that you have to go, and you end up having a root canal!

Make that appointment today! I little filling is much better than a root canal! πŸ™‚

But believe me, I feel your pain. The dentist scares me so much!

60 Olivia April 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

Um, yeah. I am SO making this skillet recipe in the very near future! Thanks!

61 Deirdre April 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

I totally feel your pain about the whole dentist thing. I hadn’t gone in over 2 years and then I chipped a tooth in October so I made myself go. A removed tooth, a root canal and 3 cavities later I still HATE going. But sadly you gotta do it and I’ve found the longer you wait the more painful/expensive it is. I’m gonna try to go twice a year from now on!

62 Amanda at Plato's Plate April 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I love breakfast for dinner! It’s BRINNER!

63 Amanda at Plato's Plate April 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Also, I hate the dentist SO much…but you should really go. If you have a cavity or something, you should nip it in the bud before it gets worse. πŸ™ sorry.

64 Graze With Me April 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Here’s my confession – (besides my regular womanly-checkups) I haven’t had a physical nor set foot in a GP’s office in nearly 13 years!

BUT, I just made an appt. for a complete physical for this Monday.

I go to the dentist every 6 months, my teeth are really soft though and I get cavities easily so I have to keep up with it. I have had 13 teeth pulled (5 were adult), two oral surgeries and braces for 6 years. If I can deal with that you can deal with a checkup. Just do it girl!

65 Dentist Roselle June 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Oh, come on, dentists aren’t that bad! It’s when you avoid us for years that you begin to fear us. I always tell my patients, maintenance is affordable and painless.. it’s the other stuff that gets uncomfortable. Glad to hear you’re getting on track with your oral health. It’s very important. Great blog by the way!

66 Pediatric Dentist Chicago September 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I also missed the dentist for a couple/maybe even a few years. Once you get back in the swing of going, you’ll be so relieved! Best of luck.

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