Breakfast can be healthy and inexpensive!

As we were sitting at the table talking about the cost of food and the time perception it takes to make a healthy meal, we decided to include this in our information.  So we added up what the cost of the entire breakfast was, excluding the coffee, and determined for the two of us the meal was about $3.50 total.  As for how long it actually took to prepare, it was under 20 minutes.  It was healthy and something we prepared together, making the entire experience that much better.

Here’s what we made and how we did it:

“Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Vegetables, Avocado, Cheese and Blackberries on the Side”

My part:

In a sauté pan, mixed 1 tablespoon olive oil with ½ tablespoon butter

Add ½ chopped onion

1/3   chopped red bell pepper

Add ¼ cup white wine and 1 teaspoon sundried tomato pesto  This stuff is so great to add to vegetables.  A jar will last in the refrigerator for months and you only need to use a little bit at a time, which makes the cost barely anything per serving.

Cover and sauté for 8 + minutes on medium heat until the bell pepper starts to soften

Add 2 leaves of chopped lacinto kale

Sauté for about 2-3 minutes more

Meanwhile:

Cut ½ avocado into long strips to top the dish

Rinse the blackberries

Sam’s part:

Grate about ½ cup Aged White Cheddar Cheese

Scrambled eggs:  place three large eggs in a medium bowl.  Add a tablespoon or so (a guess) of water (milk or half & half can be used).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Use a fork and vigorously whip this mixture.  In a large skillet (separate from the vegetables) melt a tablespoon of butter (enough to generously cover the bottom of the pan) using high heat.  When the vegetables are almost complete, pour in the egg mixture into the large skillet and be prepared to tend it carefully.  Reduce the heat to medium.  As the egg mixture begins to cook (15 to 30 seconds), using a spatula, begin to push the cooked portion to the center of the pan.  This allows the uncooked eggs to run around the cooked portion to contact the pan.  Keep up this process until no more eggs will run around the cooked eggs in the center.  At this point there should be a little liquid egg on the top of the cooked eggs.  Flip over these eggs so that the liquid part is down.  Turn off the heat immediately and turn out on plates in seconds.  The most important part of making fluffy yummy scrambled eggs is to avoid overcooking them. 

Presentation:

If desire, heat plates slightly on stove so meal is hot when served.

Place the eggs on the plate

Top with sautéed vegetables

Sprinkle with grated cheese

Top with slices of avocado fanned across the top

Serve the blackberries on the side

Notes:

Part of what made this meal so inexpensive is the choice of what was on sale at the market:

Blackberries .88 for 1 pint (Sunflower Market)

Avocado .99 (Whole Foods Market)

Onion – always cheap and so good anywhere

Red bell pepper .99 each (Whole Foods Market)

Lacinto Kale 1.99 per bunch (usually at Sunflower Market but this time on sale at Whole Foods)

So basically our breakfasts often change based on what is fresh and on sale.  This is just what we did this week.  Try this or any combination you like and I think you too will really enjoy it and your body will absolutely love starting the day this way!!

April Recipe – Field Greens with Balsamic/Champagne Vinaigrette

Field Greens with Balsamic & Champagne Vinaigrette

 

 

If you can get fresh mixed greens it makes it even better.  I encourage you to try to find a local source.  I get mine from Jay Hill Farms, for those of you in the Boulder, Colorado area.

 

Note:  Quantities are eliminated so you can make as big of a salad as you like.

 

Mixed Field Greens

Toasted Almond Slivers

Dried Cranberries

Goat Cheese, like Haystack Mountain Cracked Pepper Chevre

High Quality Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar, good quality and aged*

Champagne Vinegar

Celtic Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Place greens in bowl.  Drizzle olive oil on greens and rub it into the greens with your fingers.  Add almonds, cranberries and goat cheese.  Drizzle with a little bit of the balsamic.  Finish it off with the champagne vinegar.  S&P to taste.

 

*The balsamic I like is by Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reserve.  It is aged in cherry wood for up to 18 years.  It is more expensive but is worth it as you need to use very little.  It is thicker, like syrup, and is much sweeter than regular balsamic.  This is why you combine it with the champagne vinegar for a great taste.

March Recipe – Quinoa Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

The following recipe comes from Beth Leabch.  Beth is a certified Natural Foods Chef & a member of the United States Personal Chef Association as well as a member of the Celiac Disease Foundation.

 

 

Quinoa Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

 

 

1 C. quinoa

2 C. water

½ cup arame

½ red pepper-diced

1 cucumber- peeled & diced

3 scallions- chopped

6 radishes- sliced

½ C. red cabbage- finely chopped

2 T. dried apricots-chopped

½ C. chopped, toasted walnuts or pumpkin seeds

 

6 bib lettuce leaves

 

Procedure:

Prepare the vinaigrette recipe.

Place, pre-washed quinoa & water in a 1 ½ quart saucepan & bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer & cover. Cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 10-15 minutes).

Spread the quinoa on a shallow pan to cool.

Pour warm water over arame & let stand for several minutes, drain & cool.

Combine the quinoa with the vegetables, arame, apricots & nuts, in a bowl.

Add the vinaigrette & toss, mixing well.

Place the lettuce leaves on small, chilled salad plates.

Mound the salad on the lettuce.

 

Vinaigrette-

¼ C. rice vinegar

1 T. fresh parsley- chopped fine

1 T. fresh thyme- chopped fine

1 T. fresh chives- chopped fine

½ C. olive oil

1 T. prepared mustard

1 tsp. sugar

Place all ingredients in a jar w/ lid & shake well.

 

Serves 6

 

 

Culinary Herbs-

PARSLEY- Primary nutrient: Vitamin C

Culinary uses: garnish, sauces, soups, stews

Health benefits: diuretic, freshens breath, blood purifier, aids digestion

THYME- Main ingredient of Listerine

Culinary uses: stews & casseroles, with meat & fish, vinegars

Health benefits: infusion w/honey for soar throat & coughs. Thyme essential oil is used for liniments- chest rubs (respiratory & muscular complaints).

CHIVES-  Rich in vitamins A & C

Culinary uses: fish, potatoes, soup

Health benefits: lowers blood pressure

 

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February Recipe – Teriyaki Buffalo with Vegetables

Recipe of the Month

  

Teriyaki Buffalo with Vegetables

Serves 2

 

2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

1 tsp Celtic Salt

2 TBSP Teriyaki sauce, I prefer San-J

1/3 pound ground Buffalo

½  Onion, chopped

½  pound Mushrooms (I prefer shiitake), sliced

4 cups raw Spinach, chopped

Pepper to taste

 

In a small pan, place one tablespoon olive oil, Celtic salt, teriyaki sauce and buffalo.  Cover and cook over med-low heat until done, approximately 10 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, in a separate medium sized sauté pan, place one tablespoon of olive oil, onion and mushrooms.  Cover and cook over med-low heat approximately 10 minutes. 

 

Add buffalo to vegetables.  Add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted, approximately 2-3 minutes.  Season with pepper and serve.

 

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