When I saw Devon’s recreation of a breakfast torte she’d had at a restaurant, I knew I’d found our Christmas breakfast. I’m a big believer in special holiday breakfast dishes, but most are bad news for someone who takes metformin to treat insulin resistance. If I’m doing pancakes, it has to be a small amount and paired with protein, like scrambled egg whites. Anything too starchy and/or sugary can make me sick, and that’s no way to spend a holiday.

I thought about taking my chances with Rachel’s baked pumpkin French toast or Diane’s pretty healthy cinnamon rolls, but the torte was the best choice for me. I’d also found a glass pie pan for $2.99 at Target that I’d been dying to use. (Lame, but true.)

The ingredients are simple: refrigerated pie crusts, one white potato, turkey bacon, liquid egg whites and cheese (printable recipe below).

Preheat oven to 425 F. Pan fry the turkey bacon; cool and chop into small pieces.  Even if you like your bacon really crispy, try not to set off the smoke alarm on Christmas morning, like I did.

Cut up a white potato and cook in the same pan (I had to use olive oil cooking spray because there was almost no grease left from the bacon.)


Why are white potatoes so much easier to chop than sweet potatoes? Hrrmph.

Spray pie pan with non-stick spray. Roll out one of the pie crusts into the pan; fill with potatoes, bacon and 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese. Sprinkle a Greek seasoning blend on top, if desired (I got mine from Zoe’s Kitchen and use it on just about everything.)



I whisked together about 1 1/4 cups of liquid egg whites and a splash of milk, then poured over the whole shebang. Top with the other pie crust; poke holes and bake for about 25 minutes.



This was delicious, filling and didn’t make me the slightest bit sick. If I’m going to have something starchy, like the potatoes, it helps a ton to balance it with protein like the turkey bacon and egg whites. (Remember, I am not Fashionably Fit , M.D., I am simply telling you what has worked for me as a person who takes medication for insulin resistance. )

Click for the printable recipe.