Easy Spin on Breakfast

I get tired of people complaining about not knowing what to eat for breakfast. Actually, that’s not true. Because I just give them a simple answer: leftovers from the night before. I don’t see anything wrong with leftovers for breakfast. I’m usually excited to wake up the next morning, just so I can’t eat my leftovers. True fact. But I do sometimes make you breakfast ideas to ease you into your breakfast needs. And here is one. This recipe should be named “Crockpot baked sweet potatoes mixed with Dairy free pesto topped with fried eggs” but it’s just not that catchy. Or creative. Because I lack in those areas of my brain. So instead, I gave you an easy spin on breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or even a snack. The possibilities are endless here, people.

Story time!! So I was sitting on the toilet the other morning, whitening my teeth, while looking at Instagram. You know how we all have our secret  habits we do at home. Well, that’s one of mine. Except it’s not a secret now. Darn. Don’t worry, I was only going pee. Swear. You don’t talk about the other thing on a blog. You lose readers that way. So as I sat there, I suddenly had to sneeze. And if you’ve ever used whitening strips before, you know that’s the last thing you want to happen. Those thin little strips will blow across the room and stick to the wall. So I tried to keep my mouth open while I sneezed. And instead of shooting my whitening strips onto the wall, I spit all over my arms. And phone. It’s like sneezing while driving. You want it to not happen so bad but you can’t do anything about it.

Since we touched upon pee, let’s go into it even more. My seat warmers in my car sometimes make me feel like I wet the seat. Anyone else think that? Anyone?

Alone, yet again.

So the other night, we had our weekly girls night. It involves us eating food out of a crockpot, eating snacks from whatever everyone else brought, and then eating dessert. And chocolates. My friend Kam always has a candy jar at her house. Not really a jar, a basket. Tha b*tch. We usually watch some kind of show in between shoving food in our face, but since the bachelor ended, we don’t really care about watching anything else. So we decided to start playing games. So we played Telestrations the other night. Ever played it? It’s awesome. I want to play it while slightly intoxicated, so a ladies margarita night may be in store. But if you haven’t played this game, here’s my explanation. It’s like the game telephone but with pictures. So you have to draw things and the person next to you has to guess  what it is. And it goes around the circle and usually turns into something completely different. Especially when it comes to someone who lacks a bit of artistry. Let’s check out Laura’s drawing. Her clue was ‘finger food.’ So first think about how you would draw finger food, then look how her brain translated it onto paper.


Do you ever spend your nights staring at pages upon pages of food on pinterest? Me neither.


Easy Spin on Breakfast


  • 1 sweet potato or yam, poked with a fork
  • 2 eggs, cooked to preference

For the pesto

  • ⅔ cup walnuts
  • 11.5 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork. Wrap the sweet potato in foil and place in a crockpot for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  2. Once the sweet potato is done cooking, remove from foil to let cool to the touch before removing the skin. Then mash the sweet potato with a fork.
  3. For the pesto, place walnuts in the food processor along with basil leaves and garlic clove, and pulse until the leaves break down. Then slowly add the olive oil while the food processor is still running. Lastly, add lemon juice and a bit of salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
  4. Once the sweet potato is mashed and pesto is finished, mix 2-4 tablespoons of the pesto into the mashed sweet potato.
  5. To finish off the meal, cook up an egg however you like yours. I fried mine to over easy.
  6. Top egg on top of sweet potato pesto mash.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


59 thoughts on “Easy Spin on Breakfast”

  1. I know the feeling with the breakfast thing – I just finished my breakfast (danish time) at work where everyone else is eating freshly baked bread, croissants etc – And me eating leftover dirty cauliflower rice with pulled pork generates generates all sorts of responses with the general theme being – YOUR STRANGE

  2. Ohhh by the way, new to you page, love the fact that you blog about all sorts of everyday things, often not at all related to the recipe… and the food is great!

  3. Yum 🙂 I have all the ingredients for this right now, boooyyaa! Ps. Ever tried using baking soda to whiten your teeth? I’ve been doing it for a while now, faster and cheaper I think (my teeth also got super sensitive from the white strips).

  4. This looks delicious. I’ll have to make it. But while mine always taste amazing, it always looks…let’s go with unappetizing.
    (Btw, one of my friends put the seat warmer on in her car for me and didn’t tell me. I got all panicky because I thought I’d peed and didn’t know it. You’re not alone. You’re just in a small part of the population called “awesomely weird”)

  5. Looks amazing as do all your recipes with sweet potato. I wish I could get my hands on sweet potatoes out here in

  6. Sorry posted before I was finished writing. Anyways I was trying to say in okinawa Japan I can’t seem to find sweet potatoes or yams. There are however purple sweet potatoes. They don’t taste the same though. It’s called the okinawan sweet potato. I wonder if this recipe would be good with that?

    1. I really like those Japanese sweet potatoes, the ones I used to get were white on the inside – are they the same ones?
      I would mash them with coconut milk, personally, I think the flavour would really suit. Maybe mix some roasted nori sprinkles in, just for the heck of it 😉

      I also love sweet potato booze, aka shochu, which I used to drink way too much of when I lived in Kagoshima years ago. Southern Japan repr’zent!

      Also on topic – my breakfast this morning was mashed cauliflower a la Well Fed, with a lamb chop and some sliced mushrooms. Screw conventionality.

    1. LISTEN TO HEATHER! Cards Against Humanity is awesome with the right group. Hard to get a hold of though because it’s always sold out. 🙁

      1. There’s a free download of Cards Against Humanity online. Just google it. You can have it printed at a print shop for relatively cheaply.

  7. My problem is…what CAN’T I eat for breakfast! I love breakfast food. I constantly have to tell myself, calm down, Laurie, you can have that tomorrow…no need to stuff yourself into a foodcoma before 9 AM!

    Love leftovers for breakfast! Recently been making plantain, chorizo, eggs, and avocado skillet-hash over potatoes and heating it up for breakfast! PERFECTION!

  8. Some people can just not get pass the idea of eating foods for breakfast that they would only eat for dinner….it’s ok to eat breakfast foods for dinner, but not the other way around…who told you to only eat a certain food at a specified time? Grow up and eat what you would like for breakfast…I like hot soup sometimes in the colder month….yes for breakfast! Just saying! 🙂

  9. Are you anti-microwave? I find the quicker and easier to make things paleo, the better. I always microwave my sweet potatoes – fork the potato, microwave for 5-6 minutes depending on the size. Perfection without heating up my oven or having to plan in advance to cook in the crock pot!

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love EVERYTHING of yours that I make. (Took your Mexican Rice Bowl leftovers and put them in my scrambled eggs as they were cooking one morning! Topped with some salsa and a dollop of sour cream…DELICIOUS! Now thinking about it, putting that on a sweet potato would be amazing too!)

    On the subject of the microwave, I’ve read numerous studies that indicate they are perfectly safe…but if you disagree, that’s fine! 🙂 To each their own. I’m one that lives by the clock and time is always of the essence!

  10. Y’all probably know thus, but just wanted to point out that one can cook the poked yam or sweetie in the microwave for ~6 minutes but it depends on the size, if it is really big you will want longer. I usually rinse it first for a little moisture so it steams a bit too. That is, if you have a microwave… I lived without one for 4 years. Also — consider how fun it is to take over the workplace microwave for 6 minutes cooking a sweet potato for lunch.

  11. You made me laugh out loud and snort. Yes, I agree seat warmers can be a challenge, esp. if you don’t know they’re on.
    OMG, sneezing with your mouth open is a challenge. One that not everyone can handle. It’s so awful when you can’t suppress it. ;-0
    This breakfast sounds amazing. I concur, leftovers for breakfast is the way to go. My hubby thinks I’m strange, but why let delicious food go to waste because it’s not the *right* time to eat it.

  12. I never know what to make for breakfast because since going Paleo I am craving pancakes and waffles. I never really ate them before, but now that they are forbidden, I want them. I know there are Paleo recipes out there, but they are so involved. I’m with you about the leftovers. That’s so much easier to eat the paleo food you already have from dinner than to make a paleo pancake (:
    P.S. Did you watch The Mindy Project last night?

    1. If you want pancakes you HAVE to try paleo banana pancakes. It’s super easy. I think the recipe I used was like this:
      3 bananas
      1/4 cup almond butter
      3 eggs

      blend in a blender or food processor and then pour onto a skillet like you normally would. Use butter or ghee or coconut oil for the pan. I always add blueberries by hand when the pancakes are cooking, but you can also just mix them in with the batter. When you start to see little bubbles in the pancake, flip over.

      Once I started eating these, regular pancakes just don’t seem good anymore. These are so fresh tasting and just amazing. Top with other fruit/maple syrup/nut butter etc. pretty much anything you want! I’m sure Juli also has a recipe on here but that’s the one I got hooked on.

  13. Juli,
    You are so funny. I snort and laugh at most of your posts :). I come here to read your story more than the recipe ;).

    Thanks for always sharing !!

  14. I love new breakfast ideas, especially since most of our leftovers get sent with my husband to eat for lunch at work. And also it’s a psychological things, I like to wake up to breakfast-y food. Best meal of the day.

  15. OMG you are freaking hilarious! Sneezing while driving is the worst…You always kind of get full panic and try so hard to keep your eyes open. Love your sense of humor. 🙂 I never have a problem with what to make for breakfast. My favorite meal of the day!

  16. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone in the world…. My husband thinks exactly the same as you about heated seats in the car. He always says he hates them because he thinks he has peed himself!… heated steering wheels, no probs, heated seats NO WAY!

    I would love to be able to eat leftovers for breakfast…. sadly with 4 gannets (aka kids), we never, ever have leftovers… the darn kids eat them all!

  17. So is that a total of a 12 hour slow cook on the sweet potats, or an option for an 8 hour cook on low versus a 4 hour cook on high?

  18. That visual (peeing, whitening, Instagramming, open mouth sneezing, spitting all over yourself almost made ME pee! Love the recipes but, honestly there are a lot of recipe sites out there. LOVE yours because of you and your personality/humor.

    Recipe question though: It says crockpot the sweet potato “for 8 hours on low and 4 hours on high”. 12 total hours or was the and supposed to be an or?

    1. you’re the best Aaron! haha oh how one word can change an entire meaning of a sentence. it’s suppose to be OR not AND haha. changed that!

  19. Thanks for a simple breakfast idea that does provide a great answer to that oh so common question, “What should I eat for breakfast?”

    Any idea as to where and when it was determined that breakfast was supposed to be the most unhealthy meal of the day?

  20. Your recipes look great…..but more importantly you are hysterical!! Love your sense of humor. I will visit just to read your comments.

  21. I made this this morning and it was DELISH! Thanks so much for the quick and easy breakfast idea 🙂

  22. When you feel a sneeze coming on, breathe out your nose, and in your mouth until the urge goes away. Works almost every time for me. A sneeze is a response to something you have inhaled while breathing through your nose. It acts to expel whatever it is bothering you.

  23. Belated comment here… I just made only the pesto from this post, and it is the best goldarn pesto we’ve ever eaten. (I would be more explicit but it’s the internet…for the children…). Our basil crop runneth over, and we’ve been trying tons of different recipes, but this one just won the gold. The only thing I changed out was almonds for the walnuts since they were what I had on hand. Yum, yum, yum.

    Thank you, Julie, for so many great recipes and always a good laugh every time I read your posts!

  24. I have now read through all of your recipes, and bookmarked quite a number of them to utilize later on. You’ve rekindled the motivation for me to carry on in the Paleo way, and I just want to say… stay awesome 😀

  25. I’m with you on the wet seat in my car, and don’t even let me start about sneezing while driving. I’m probably a little older than you so…enough said. I do carry a towel with me though to sit on. I wonder if you have other thoughts like I do, I just never want to ask anyone for fear of looking stupid, lol. Really looking into going Paleo, researching it thoroughly.

  26. I am going to try this! Also, I LOVE Telestrations, my latest fave game.

    But have you tried WHAT’S A DAME TO DO?! It’s a board game especially for a gun girls’ night in. With or without alcohol, but of course funnier WITH! You can get it at Amazon and some Barnes & Noble stores…I know because my sister and I developed it. : )

    I’m also in love with your site, so informational, uplifting and fun!

  27. Been lurking. What’s it say that my first comment is “that’s why I can’t use the car seat heaters” and my poo story on my old blog got the best and most comments ever?

    I’m never at a loss for breakfast, I’ll put an egg on anything and eat leftovers cold. Family is generally EW.

  28. I made this today and it’s delicious! I usually have scrambled eggs every day for breakfast so this was a nice change, thank you 🙂

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