Hotel Breakfast Potatoes

These make my taste buds sing every morning.

Hotel Breakfast Potatoes: Rich with Life - Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free

I feel like I’m on vacation, when I make these babies, sit on my patio, and listen to the world wake up. I coined these “hotel breakfast potatoes” because sometimes when I stay in a nice hotel on the road, or if I have an early flight out the next day, we order room service or to-go from the restaurant. I call down and find out how they make their breakfast potatoes and eggs, and usually they’re fine, but if they are fried or something, they will many times accommodate me and just make my own in a pan on the stove. I love friendly hotels (SPG hotels have a pretty good reputation for cooking safe food in my book).

Okay Emily so what – get to the point. OKAY so these are always the best potatoes! These ones and the ones at Root Down in the Denver airport. Wow, those are so good too. My very very favorite ones are when they have all different colors (yes, you can taste subtle differences, I swear) like purple, blue, red, and then of course the traditional white/tan. Even better is when they add in sweet potatoes. Okay well enough dreaming about hotels – these are the real deal and they taste like the ones in the hotels! I LOVE potatoes so much guys and they just make me so happy the whole time I’m eating, so they usually get eaten last and it’s my favorite part!

Hotel Breakfast Potatoes: Rich with Life - Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free

GF, DF, SF, Vegan

Serves: 3-4 potatoes/person
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 13 minutes

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Pancake Day

It’s pancake day! Aka Shrove Tuesday.

This morning I celebrated by making a new recipe for healthy pancakes, instead of the dessert, cake-like pancakes most people are accustomed to. You can find the recipe for these tasty creations here [Pancakes to be Proud of]. I topped mine with blueberries, bananas, and slivered almonds, but Hana has more ideas on her website, including topping with honey and peanut butter. Whatever you do, these promise to be yummy!


Note: I cut the recipe in half and it made even more than is pictured here – way more than I needed for breakfast. So if you’re cooking for one, I would just make half!

Also, be sure to celebrate National Pancake Day on March 3rd. Either visit an IHop (if you’re not gluten free) or celebrate by making your own stack at home and donate some change to your local Children’s Miracle a Network hospital! The holiday is meant to be fun, but it also raises quite a bit of money for this wonderful cause that allows hospitalized children to have toys, video games, and specialized equipment while in the hospital, as well as pay for therapies and trips for outpatient kiddos! I have first hand seen the difference these dollars make at our local Tucson CMN hospital, TMC for Children.

Have fun!


Banana Pancakes, babycakes!

“Wakin’ up too early
Maybe we could sleep in.
I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now.”

– Jack Johnson

This song describes my boyfriend so well. He IS Jack Johnson (Well… maybe just a little less famous). He is all about forgetting the world, jammin’ to some music, and living in the present. That’s why he’s part of my medicine.

So last week, Gabe was craving something sweet. Since such a thing does not exist in my house (at least not with sugar) he said, “Babe! We could make those pancakes tonight!” And so we did. At 10 pm, we made banana & egg pancakes. Cuz we’re awesome.

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Sweet Breakfast Muffins

GF, DF, SF, Vegan, Paleo
Yum! These muffins are sweet and moist! Even if you aren’t a fan of sweet potatoes, these muffins are a great sugar-free option. They really do not taste as “healthy” as a lot of the other muffin recipes I have found, which I for one, definitely appreciate! 🙂


  • 3/4 C Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Mashed Sweet Potatoes (cooked)
  • 1/2 C Nuts (I use peanuts)
  • 1/2 C Raisins or other dried fruit mix
  • 1/4 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/8 C Shredded Carrot
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder (Clabber Girl is GF)
  • 1 tsp Salt

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Fall Breakfast Cookies

GF, DF, SF, Vegan (if no eggs)
Ohhh cookies! How I miss thee! These cookies are how I got through my sugar-withdrawals for the first month. You’re able to perform the action of biting into a real cookie, with real taste. If focusing on sugar-free, just make sure to get dried fruit without any added sugar. The SMELL these cookies make while they are in the oven… well, you’ll just have to make some yourself!


Wet ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I always add a little extra)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.) no added sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I use peanuts)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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