Introduction: Veggie Eggs for Breakfast
A new year always comes with a long list of resolutions. Do I keep them all? No…of course not, but I've gotta try! Eating better is always on the list, along with losing a few pounds, and cutting out sugar, since we are still on a sugar high from all those delectable holiday treats. I read lots of diet books, and a recent find was Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet. It was a simple concept of eliminating those two things--for a start. How hard can that be? Well…we all know…pretty darn hard!
This is a breakfast I've been making for a couple years, off and on. There are no hard and fast rules on the ingredients. Whatever is in the fridge will work. A little fat, a cup or so of chopped vegetables, a handful of greens, an egg, seasonings, and cheese. I like to eat it with salsa, but that is totally optional. It's got protein to keep me going throughout the morning, good veggie carbs and fiber, some fat to keep me satisfied, and a whole lot of flavor.
Step 1: Ingredients
These are the usual ingredients I use:
1 teaspoon coconut oil (or olive oil, or butter)
1 cup chopped fresh vegetables: onions, peppers, mushrooms, garlic (or broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, etc)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup roughly chopped baby kale (or spinach, or chard)
1 tablespoon fresh herbs (dill, thyme, basil--whatever I have--and sometimes have none--use 1 teaspoon dried in that case)
1 organic free range egg
dash of hot sauce
2 tablespoons grated gruyere cheese (or crumbled feta or blue--cheddar, parmesan--whatever you have)
2-3 tablespoons salsa to serve
Step 2: Cook This Fine Mess
Melt the oil in a small fry pan. Add the fresh vegetables and salt and pepper. Sauté until starting to brown. Add the greens and herbs and stir in to wilt. Heavier greens will take a few minutes to become tender. The baby kale or spinach only take about a minute. Whisk the egg with the hot sauce. (My little pink pig does an excellent job!) Turn the heat down to medium low and add the egg. Stir gently to cook the egg and combine it with the vegetables. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle on the cheese and let sit for a minute to melt.
Step 3: Voilà
Serve it up in your favorite bowl and slather on a couple spoonfuls of your favorite salsa, or wrap into a glutin-free flatbread. Yummm… sticking to that New Years resolution was never so easy!