Eggs in a Basket – Veggie Style

(Paleo and Whole 30 style eggs in a basket, that is! Recipe at the bottom.)

Eggs in a basket of brussels sprouts and sweet potato. Whole 30 and paleo friendly!

Hi guys. How’s your day been? First of all, I am BLOWN AWAY by your amazing entries to today’s Fair Trade giveaway. It’s a great one, and I’m so thrilled you guys are as excited as I am 🙂

Something else fun on the horizon: this Thursday (October 23rd) is the PACt fitness event with Ocean Spray! If you’re a SoCal local and want to join in the fun, register here. It will be a day packed with fitness classes and goodies, and there will also be a 60 ft. inflatable cranberry. 😉 Cassey is leading two POP Pilates classes, I’ll be teaching Zumba and barre, and Ashley will be instructing two yoga sessions. All of the classes are free, and Maria Menounos will be there, too. It should be an awesome beach bash! 

Even Better Beach Bash Fitness Class Schedule

So I’ve been hit with a little bit of the funk. I think my immune system was down from traveling -and I somehow managed to stay healthy while Tom and Liv were sick a couple of weeks ago- and it finally got me. I woke up yesterday feeling like I had a golf ball in my throat, and had two classes to teach. During the classes I felt GREAT (from the sweat + endorphins), but have been laying low over here for the most part. Nothing like being sick to unleash the inner hypochondriac. During spin, I was thinking, “OMG a red blur is clouding my vision!”

It was my mic ball (the red fuzzy ball covering the end of the microphone) in my peripheral vision. Hahahaha.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying lots of green juice (so much ginger, it burns on the way down)

green juice with loads of ginger



roasted vegetable soup with the vitamix

(this is an amazing recipe for roasted vegetable soup)

and greens.

brussels sprouts on the stalk

Check out the size of that brussels sprout branch!! $2.99. Thanks, Joe the Trader. This purchase led me to the creation of this favorite new breakfast recipe. 

Eggs in a Basket Paleo and Whole 30 Style

This is a new favorite breakfast, and it was introduced to me by Meg! She made it this weekend, it was everything I could wish for.

Eggs in a basket of brussels sprouts and sweet potato

Even though I have quite a few beloved breakfast recipes, I tend to stick to the same easy things on a daily basis (mostly egg burritos, banana-egg pancakes, smoothies or breakfast cookies). I was so excited to have something new to add to the mix. Meg recently completed the Whole 30 challenge (no grains, dairy, alcohol, or refined sugar/flours) and felt amazing afterwards. This was one of her breakfast staples during the challenge: eggs in a basket of sweet potato and brussels sprouts. 

Crack the eggs in the middle of veggies

This is the amazing thing: the steam from the veggies cooks the top of the eggs!

cover the pan to cook eggs in a basket

(note: I don’t have the right size lid for this pan. This is probably some sort of hazard, but it still worked.)

Cooked eggs in a basket

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try!


Eggs in a Basket Paleo and Whole 30 Style

A delicious and healthy take on traditional eggs in a basket that uses veggies instead of bread.


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 10 brussels sprouts
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • garlic powder (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)


  1. Wash and thinly slice about 10 brussels sprouts.
  2. Grate one sweet potato using a grater or food processor.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a medium pan.
  4. Saute veggies over medium heat until soft–bout 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. Reduce heat to low and a make a nest for the veggies.
  7. Crack the two eggs in the nest.
  8. Cover the pan and cook until eggs have reached their desired texture (3-5 minutes).


What’s left: drippy eggs atop savory brussels sprouts and lightly sweet potato. With hot sauce on top and a side of hot tea, it is an amazing (and filling!) breakfast. 

Veggie eggs in a basket for a healthy and filling breakfast

Let me know if you give it a try! What’s your favorite breakfast these days??



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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Gina! I heard about the event on Thursday and wish I lived closer, unfortunately it’s a bit too far from San Francisco. Hope you get well by then! I’ve been known to teach while sick, because finding a sub is so hard. This recipe looks sooo sooo sooo good. I usually stick to overnight oats for breakfast, but would love to try this one out. I can see myself eating it for lunch too though. Yummy! 🙂

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Yum! I’m currently doing the Whole 30 diet myself. I’m on week three and it is going great! I feel so much better and all my stomach issues have gone away or calmed down.

  3. Alex on October 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Looks delicious! I e been on a baked oatmeal kick lately, but I also sauté some kale in coconut oil and enjoy it as a side with the oatmeal. It’s delicious and slightly sweet from the coconut oil and it helps me start my day with some healthy veggies. Wish I was in the Cali area-would love to come to your event. Hope that ginger and green juice help- feel better soon!!

  4. Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes on October 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    this looks amazing! I need to make this stat! I don’t have the time to make fancy breakfasts during the week so I’ll either make it on the weekend or for dinner! Yum!

  5. Lucy on October 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    “…and there will also be a 60 ft. inflatable cranberry Cassey is leading two POP Pilates classes,…”
    I don’t want to sound like that annoying person fixing grammar (that person annoys me) but the missing coma here made me giggle as I imagined a giant inflatable leading a pilates class 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      hahahah. i thought i’d put a period before the winky face, but turns out i didn’t. all fixed, even though that’s a hilarious image

  6. Hollie on October 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    That breakfast looks amazing. My husband travels a lot and when he is gone I always tend to have breakfast for dinner… it is easy. I will try this soon! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Crystal on October 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    This is so funny, I made this exact same breakfast this morning! We’ve been maxing on the brussels sprouts lately, and I love sweet potatoes and eggs 😀 I hope you feel better soon!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      bfast twins!! thank you for the get well wishes 🙂

  8. mary on October 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    That’s called basted eggs. Love them. You can cook eggs that way alone in a pan, just dribble a little water in to make the steam. Or order them that way in breakfast restaurants! That photo is gorgeous, of the dish!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      thank you for letting me know what they’re called! i LOVE them 🙂 thank you for the photo compliment too!
      hope you’re enjoying the week so far <3

  9. LInda @ theFitty on October 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    OH MY GOD! Two of my favourite people all in one!! Cassey and YOU!

    Now I really wish I lived in the states…

  10. Diane on October 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    That looks like an amazing recipe! I love brussels sprouts but my husband hates it when I cook them because they stink up the house. Have you found a way to minimize the smell when you cook them, or do you guys just roll with it? 😀

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      we just roll with it, and i’m a candle hoarder so usually my afternoon candle lighting helps eliminate the smell. today, liv was like “what’s that smell? it smells bad.” haha

  11. Christa @ Living Unablanced on October 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    That looks SO good. I love brussel sprouts (and have some in the fridge!) so definitely making this soon!

  12. Cassie on October 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    that breakfast looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      let me know what you think!!

  13. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on October 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Hahaha that’s hilarious about your mic ball! Being sick is the worst! Take 1000 mg vitamin c at the first sign of you getting sick and it does wonders. Loving this breakfast, I am going to make this for my boyfriend who is a huge brussels fan.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      vitamin c always helps me too! i love emergen c, but didn’t have any on hand :/ hope your bf loves the breakfast!

  14. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on October 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Great recipe! Good luck with your event! That sounds like it will be a blast. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      thank you!!

  15. Kay on October 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve been having eggs over a vegetable style hash lately, and I love it. A lot of times people only put eggs over potatoes, but I’ve really been enjoying peppers, onions and squash lately. Your brussel sprout version looks amazing too.

    Have fun at the Beach Bash! Looks like so much fun. I wish I was in Southern California instead of on the north side.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      love eggs on squash, too! butternut squash, eggs and spinach is another fave combo. wish you could come to the event, too!

  16. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on October 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I saw this on your IG! I LOVE IT! im all about yolky eggs! Had them today!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      love yolky eggs too!

  17. Ryane on October 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Such a small world! My agency was hired to staff the crew/brand ambassadors for that event!

    We did a training session with everyone and there was a “Meet Gina Harney” slide in the presentation 🙂
    I’m in Boston so won’t be there, except I’m flying out to San Diego on Friday for another event – didn’t plan that one very well!

    Looks like a great event though! I hope it brings you a lot of opportunities too!

    With that said, any chance you are teaching any classes this upcoming weekend? I figured odds are slim and I’ll be on event the majority of the time anyways (There is a Zombie Food Truck Rally in Escondido Saturday afternoon/evening FYI!!) but if I had the chance to catch a class of yours, I would be so stoked!!

    Good luck on Thurs!!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      no way! that is a small world! wish you were going to be there 🙂
      i teach zumba saturday morning, but that’s it. if you want to catch a yoga or orangetheory class on sunday, let me know! and that zombie food truck rally sounds amazing…

  18. Jennifer on October 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Can you post a link to your green juice?

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      this one was about 6 stalks of celery, 1 green apple, a large handful of mint, half a lemon, a giant knob of ginger and a handful of spinach 🙂

  19. Grace on October 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    WOW that looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of brussel sprouts & eggs so this is def. one to try for me. Thanks for posting!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      let me know if you give it a try!

  20. Masala Girl on October 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    mhmm i love doing that with a bunch of cooked down greens & brussel sprouts!! this sounds so good too!

  21. Amber Schumann on October 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I just completed the Whole30 last Friday, and it definitely can do amazing things. I am going to throw this recipe into my mix–looks great!!

  22. Kaelene @Unlocking Kiki on October 22, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I love mixing sweet potato and spinach with my eggs, this sounds even better! Will most definitely be trying.

  23. Lucie@FitSwissChick on October 22, 2014 at 1:37 am

    This looks so good and has all the things I love! I need to copy the idea of grated sweet potato, genius.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  24. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on October 22, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I <3 brussels sprouts!!! Yum!

  25. char eats greens on October 22, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I want those brussel sprouts!!! We’re moving SO soon so I’m pretty much running on very basic items right now and it’s killing me trying to clean the house out of food! haha I’ll live through your pictures 😉

  26. Maggie on October 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

    So delicious sounding! I’m not a savory breakfast gal, but this would be a perfect weekend lunch / brunch! Sounds super easy.

  27. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on October 22, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Being sick stinks, I hope you get better soon! Thanks for posting this recipe – I will be making it very soon. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

      thank you! let me know if you try it out 🙂

  28. Cara's Healthy Cravings on October 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I love cooking eggs this way, I often do this with sweet potato cubes.
    My breakfast staple is still oatmeal with banana, topped with PB, never gets old!

  29. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on October 22, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Yum! I love brussel sprouts. Throw some bacon into this recipe and maybe some fried onions and I’m in heaven! The Whole30 is great! I’ve done a few and always had a great experience with it. Hope you feel better soon. I’ve been successful avoiding everyone’s sickness so far, but that reminds me… it’s probably a good time to stock up on some Emergen-C!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

      i need to do that, too! we almost always have it in our pantry, but we’re out

  30. Carly on October 22, 2014 at 5:59 am

    That looks like a breakfast I must try! I’m just getting over a sickness as well – oil of oregano, emergen-C. and sleep have been my friends. have a great time teaching on Thursday…sounds like a fun day!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

      i need to try oil of oregano! was out of emergen c this time- should have picked some up 🙂 usually helps me, too!
      hope you have a great morning <3

  31. Michele @ paleorunningmomma on October 22, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Yum! I do many breakfasts just like this. Filling and delicious.

  32. Molly on October 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I love Brussels sprouts with my eggs for breakfast. I add curry powder and stir the eggs so they coat the sprouts and the grind trader joes lemon pepper on it

  33. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on October 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Oh I am so trying this! My kids love buying brussels sprouts like that–they’re the perfect food for them to help prep. I love the idea of grating the sweet potato for quick and easy cooking!

  34. Annette on October 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

    OMG! I want this- like NOW. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks again. You so totally ROCK!*

  35. Nicole on October 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hope you’re feeling better! What is your opinion about working out when not feeling well?

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

      thank you, nicole! i think if you feel sick from the neck up (like runny nose, sore throat, etc), i think it’s fine as long as you feel like working out. also, i would only work out if you aren’t coughing and hacking everywhere. i had a super sore throat and headache, and i would have rather rested on monday, but it’s basically impossible to find a last-minute sub for classes :/ i think if you are sick from the neck down (body aches, fever, chills, stomach ache), take a day off and rest

      • Nicole on October 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

        Super helpful! Thank you, Gina!

  36. Alana on October 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    YUM! This is such a good combo. I’ve actually made a version of this using left over sweet potato tots (or wedges) and roasted brussels from dinner and just throwing a fried egg or two on top and lots of sriracha in the AM. Love the basted egg idea–must try this weekend!

  37. Tracy on October 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I’m stuck in a smoothie rut right now but this sounds like a great lunch or dinner to me!! I’ll definitely give it a try!

    Get well soon!! Believe in the power of positive thinking!!

  38. Catherine on October 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This must be what breakfast in heaven looks like! Brussels and eggs and sweet potatoes, oh my! Must try soon!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  39. Jill on October 23, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This breakfast looks delish! I’ve done something similar with a sweet potato hash, but never thought to include brussel sprouts for breakfast.

  40. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on October 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I love this idea!! I’ve only heard of eggs in a basket with bread. 🙂

    Feel better!

  41. Shaina Anderson on October 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Wooooah this might be my new favorite breakfast. I need something to do with all these damn Brussels sprouts! I’m just catching up on blog reading so just now seeing that picture……aaaaaand I also posted a selfie with enormous Brussel sprouts a few days ago haha. We’re definitely meant to be friends. 😉

  42. Cassie Vaughn on October 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I love my chocolate green smoothie for breakfast. 🙂

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