Alternate Breakfast Ideas – Eggroll In a Bowl

Last September I started Whole30.  It was an awesome experience.  It helped me to examine my relationship with sugar and with food as a whole.  I know the creators of Whole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig repeat over and over in their book that Whole30 isn’t hard, but it was hard! I was definitely addicted to sugar and junk food in general.  Additionally, many of the Whole30 dishes included eggs.  I am not a fan of eggs.  I will eat eggs in some dishes but I prefer not to have too many.   The problem was all the breakfast dishes I could find on pinterest and the Whole30 cookbook were egg based.  Within the first 14 days I was SICK AND TIRED of eggs.  I was so sick of eggs I couldn’t even stand the sight of dishes I enjoyed like this Buffalo Chicken Breakfast Casserole.  

As preparation for doing Whole30 I had begun to follow many paleo and whole30 blogs, pinterest pages, and other social media accounts.  I don’t remember how I stumbled across Jenny Castenda’s Instagram and Snapchat, but I’m so glad I did.  She posted on snapchat about her Eggroll in a Bowl and non traditional dishes she ate for breakfast.  Watching her snap it hit me.  My breakfast doesn’t have to be breakfast food and her eggroll in a bowl was a perfect breakfast choice.

Now outside of Whole30, eggroll in a bowl is one of my favorite dishes.  Breakfast with traditional breakfast foods can very easily and quickly become carb and sugar heavy.  Options like Eggroll in a Bowl are delicious and awesome alternatives.  I love spicy foods so when not doing Whole30 I add in sriracha, red pepper flakes, and pepper sauce.  It’s one of my favorite ways to start the day.

Here’s the super simple, super easy recipe:


Coleslaw mix

1 lb of sausage

Preferred seasonings

Olive oil or oil of your choice



Soy sauce

  1. Brown sausage.  Make sure to season sausage.  (I like adobo seasoning, sriracha, garlic powder, tabasco sauce, and sesame oil.)
  2. Add coleslaw and cook for about 4-6 minutes or until cabbage is just starting to wilt. 
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Serve hot with soy sauce if desired.



Lovely Day

Tuesday was Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate love. But what is love? I have always considered the word love as an action verb, not as a feeling. Feelings are fleeting. Love shouldn’t be. 

Sometimes when you don’t have a significant other, holidays like Valentine’s Day can make you feel all alone. Instead of feeling down, I chose to show myself some love. I had the day off from work, So I chose not to set my alarm. After I woke up, I went to the gym. Because what better way to show your body love than keeping it healthy? On my way home from the gym and friend called and wanted to get lunch at Fuddruckers. 

Next on the agenda was washing clothes while crocheting and watching tv. I still needed to make 5 hats to fulfill some orders and off days = chore days. 

Lunch time was quickly approaching plus I needed to make a yarn run, so off to Micheal’s I went. At Fuddruckers, I got a grilled chicken sandwich topped with bacon, sautéed kale, and melted provolone. It was delicious. 

On my way home, I decided to stop by a boutique called Sick and Tied (they started out making custom bow ties before expanding to carrying women’s apparel) that had recently relocated to my side of town. I bought myself two dresses (because who doesn’t like presents for Valentine’s Day) and talked with the owners about bringing in some of my crocheted goods to sell. They wanted me to bring some items the next day. 

Back home it was to crochet all the things. While crocheting, I received a message from my cousin saying she had a Valentine’s happy for me. I didn’t want her to leave my house empty handed so I hurried to make the chocolate covered strawberries I was planning on treating myself to after dinner. My cousin and I had a good visit, then back to crocheting it was. I finished 4 hats before The night was over. 

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong doings. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (I Cor 13:4-8)

Chocolate covered strawberries 
 ⁃ wash off strawberries and make sure they are completely dry 

 ⁃ Melt chocolate of choice (I used nestle dark chocolate chips) in a microwave safe container, stirring every 15-30 seconds 

 ⁃ Dip strawberries and place on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. At this step you can also add sprinkles or a drizzle of some sort (I drizzled with white candy coating) 

 ⁃ Place in refrigerator to set up

P.S. If you would like to purchase a hat, just say so in the comments, email, or check out my Instagram page @afghansbyaftan. 


Today we had a no call, no show at work. This was her second time missing a shift in 2 weeks. After 3 unannounced missed shifts, an employee is terminated. Our dad always contends that he has never fired anyone, but that they fire themselves with their actions: missing shifts, showing up late to work, not following the dress code, etc. In essence, they sabotage themselves with their actions. Could you be doing the same thing in your life?
Do your New Year Resolutions never make it to the end of the year? Or does your resolve fizzle out before January is over? Some questions you may need to ask yourself are: Did you set realistic goals? Did you set small goals along the way?

Are you still struggling with your weight? Some questions you may need to ask yourself are: Are you working out consistently? What are your eating habits? Are you taking the time to meal prep? Are you getting enough rest? Are you drinking enough water?

Does your budget never seem to balance? Some questions you may need to ask yourself are? Are you eating out everyday? Are you tracking your spending? Are you spending money on unnecessary things?
I could go on and on, but you get the point. The real question is have you truly committed to putting in the work required to meet your goals? We have to work at what we want in order to succeed. We get back the effort we put in. There are no shortcuts to life. Nothing new, but sometimes I have to remind myself that change does not occur overnight and I have to remain dedicated. Two verses that I find encouraging to help me stay focused day to day are Colossians 3:17 and 3:23.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23
~ A