Brussels Sprouts and Eggs

Brussels Sprouts and Eggs | @naturallyella

In the realm of cooking and recipe creation I am 1 part creature of comfort and 1 part explorer of all things. You may notice on this site that I like to reuse ideas in different iterations for recipes (ie: creature of comfort). If I try a new dish or find new flavor combinations I love, I branch out into something new (1 part explorer). I find this balance to be rather satisfying because on days I don’t feel like cooking or need something quick, I summon my backlog of recipes/meals I’ve cooked and whip up something similar.

This particular dish is an iteration on a recipe I could barely bring myself to call a recipe (this asparagus and egg dish, to be exact). This dish is as simple as pan frying asparagus and cracking eggs on top. Given that it’s winter and there is no asparagus to be had, I reached for one of my other favorite hearty green vegetables: Brussels Sprouts.

What I love most about this dish is that it looks hearty (it is) and looks like something that belongs on your weekend menu for brunch (but rest assured, it comes together quick enough that even a weekday breakfast is worthy). I will say, however, this dish is aching to be eaten with over-easy eggs (trust me, I can attest that it’s just not the same when you have to thoroughly cook those egg yolks- thanks pregnancy!)

Brussels Sprouts and Eggs
Prep time
5 mins

Cook time
20 mins

Total time
25 mins

While this is the standard recipe, I’ve also been known to cook shallots or garlic with the brussels sprouts and sprinkle the dish with a bit of goat cheese before serving!
Author: Erin Alderson
Serves: 1 to 2 servings

  • ½ tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 2 cups quartered Brussels sprouts
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

  1. Heat an 8″ skillet over medium-low heat. Melt the butter then add the quartered Brussels sprouts. Stirring occasionally, cook the Brussels sprouts until just tender and browning, 6 to 8 minutes. Create space for the eggs.
  2. Crack the eggs into the skillet, cover, reduce heat to low and let cook until the egg whites are set and yolks have reached your desired consistency (roughly 10 to 12 minutes for over easy and upwards of 15 minutes for cooked yolks).
  3. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and serve


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A single food agency? Again? Really? Yes!

I don’t generally reproduce press releases but I can hardly improve on this one.

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today introduced the Safe Food Act of 2015,, which would create a single, independent food safety agency. Currently food safety oversight is split up among 15 different agencies, resulting in a patchwork where no single voice guides industry, retailers and consumers. Durbin and DeLauro introduced similar legislation in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Let’s give them credit for persistence in the face of adversity.

The Safe Food Act would:

  • Transfer and consolidate food safety authorities for inspections, enforcement and labeling into a single food safety agency
  • Provide authority to require the recall of unsafe food
  • Require risk assessments and preventive control plans to reduce adulteration
  • Authorize enforcement actions to strengthen contaminant performance standards
  • Improve foreign food import inspections
  • Require full food traceability to better identify sources of outbreaks

The Government Accountability Office has been pressing for a single food agency for decades, mainly because food safety authority is largely split between FDA and USDA in ways that make no sense at all.

It’s terrific that DeLauro and Durbin are taking the matter up again and writing op-eds to encourage support.

They deserve all the support they can get!


The Nutrition for Runners Program is Here!

nutrition for runners

Friends – I have some VERY exciting news for you today. The Nutrition for Runners program is officially finished and ready for you!

My co-author, running coach Jason Fitzgerald, and I have spent nearly a year researching, writing, and tweaking this program. What originally began as just a simple e-book turned into much more than that, and I’m so proud of what we have turned it into.

Nutrition for Runners is a comprehensive nutrition and training program for runners. In addition to meal guides, expert interviews, and a full recipe cookbook, it also includes a library of training plans designed for performance as well as weight loss/management. It’s truly a one stop shop for those of you looking to take your running performance to the next level.

The program is broken up into different tiers, the specific details (and pricing) of which you can read more about on the Nutrition for Runners page. Here’s what you will find included in the full program:

  • A full overview book, which includes our “5 Principles of Nutrition for Runners
  • Fueling strategies for every scenario: 5k, 10k, half marathon & marathon – plus workout fueling for morning, afternoon & evening runners
  • The complete “Ask the Dietitian” series, showing you how to reduce sugar cravings, which supplements are worth it, and more
  • Meal Guide & Runner’s Cookbook with example meal guides based on the time of day you run (!) and recipes sorted into categories for before, during, and after runs
  • Real food recipes for mid-run fuel, if you’re not a gel/gummy fan
  • 30 easy to prepare, quick recipes for runners – plus 49 more ideas for simple snacks and meals
  • 5 expert interviews (over 5 hours of audio!) on food intolerances, mistakes to avoid, race-specific fueling, inflammation & more
  • 15 Training Plans so you can get faster in the 5k, 10k, half marathon & marathon – plus 3 weight loss plans to help you shed pounds easily
  • The “Dietitian Approved” Shopping List, showing you exactly what to buy (and why)

You guys know that my blog (and my AnneTheRD private practice) is all about intuitive eating and simple, approachable recipes that don’t have you in the kitchen for hours. I’m proud to say that that is what you will find in the Nutrition for Runners program, too! The only time we recommend calorie counting is when you are initially determining how much fuel to take in during runs. (Intuitive eating doesn’t work so well when you’re 15 miles deep, you know?) But in the rest of the program you will find how to fuel right without calorie counting or stressing yourself out about every morsel of food you put into your body. We want you to remember that eating doesn’t have to be that hard – and by following our nutrition principles, you can fuel right without worrying about all those numbers.

Here’s some feedback we’ve been getting already about the program, from our email list subscribers (who received early access to it):

“I love the simplicity of your approach to nutrition in this program, without having to track servings of every food group. It’s so much more sustainable. I can naturally adjust portions based on training volume, and follow the same patterns while traveling too.” – Nicole

“I looked through the recipes and snack ideas and I LOVE them! You weren’t lying when you said they are quick and easy and have ingredients that you can actually find in your local supermarket! I have spent so much money on healthy recipe books to find that the ingredients are all weird and you have to go hunting for them at specialty stores. I don’t have time for all that.” – Johna

If you’re training for a race, looking to take your running to the next level, or simply want to make sure you’re fueling right for your runs, I hope you will take a look at the program.

If you’re interested, here are the full program details. You’ll want to check it out soon, because there’s a limited availability personal support tier (that includes check in calls with both me and Jason) that we’re only offering to the first 20 people. Don’t miss out!

Happy running and eating, everyone!

The Nutrition for Runners Program is Here! originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on January 29, 2015.

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You asked. We answered. Part one.

We are answering the first group of questions from our ask us anything. You asked a lot of great questions. Without further due let’s get started. Part one of answering our purely fit family questions. Enjoy the video. Click here to watch on youtube. Video recap: Here are the questions we answered in part one video […]


Full-Body Chair Workout + 5 Ways to Inspire Your Active Life in 2015

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