Sunday, July 1, 2012

Healthy, Easy Breakfast (with Pictures!)

We all have that one skinny friend who says really annoying things like, "Sometimes I just completely forget to eat!"

At my age, I forget a lot of things.  Eating is not one of them. 

That said, there are days when I do get food attention deficit disorder (FADD).   Breakfast creates the most common of the FADD occurances.  It's not that I don't think about being hungry or the many hours it will be until my next possible eating opportunity.  It's just that each time I walk into the kitchen to make something, I realise that Spidey has "yellow and purple day" at camp or that Miss M. needs her teeth and/or hair brushed "better than that."  Mornings are just crazy.

Luckily, I stumbled across a quick breakfast that is way healthier than anything I could order via the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru.  Even if I only end up with a few minutes by the time I get to make my own meal, I can do this. 

Here it is:

Start with a ramekin or other small bowl coated with non-stick spray or reasonable alternative.  Cut a pepper into round slices about two inches thick.

Put the pepper into the bowl. 

Crack one whole egg into the center of the pepper plus just the white of a second egg. 

Add additional veggies as desired.  In this picture I've done a few baby tomatoes cut in half but you can use whatever you want. 
Sometimes I dice up the very top of the pepper near the stem and stick that in there.   If I'm really on top of things, I have some pre-prepped veggies in a small zip lock in the fridge all ready to go.

Place the bowl in the microwave with a paper towel underneath and some plastic wrap loosely covering the top.  (I like Press-n-Seal best.)

Cook for 30-seconds.  Stop.  Cook for another 20 to 30 seconds.  Stop.

Continue in 10 to 15 second increments until the egg looks fully cooked.  My microwave is super nuclear-powered or something so I usually only start and stop for another 30 seconds. (In any case, it's less than two minutes total in cooking time.)

If you hear ANY tiny popping noise, STOP.  Let the egg "settle down" before starting again.  Otherwise, you'll be cleaning exploaded egg and veggies out of the far crevices of your microwave as I have done more than once!

Note that there will probably be some bubbling liquid from the pepper even after the egg is fully cooked. 

Also note that the bowl will be VERY hot.  Thus, the paper towel underneath to take the hot bowl out of the microwave; it will also soak up any overspill.

Use a fork to slide the micro-omelet out of the bowl onto a plate.  Season as desired.  In this example, I used salt-free herb seasoning.

Here's what it looks like inside.  I'm still experimenting with cooking times to get a runny yolk.

Here is another one I did with broccoli and a lemon herb seasoning. 

If you have kids who eat eggs, they will love it too!   (My kids will eat the veggies, but not the eggs. They like to torture me.)

This quick, easy breakfast tastes yummy and provides lots of protein and other great nutrition to start the day. 

Broccoli is a great source of calcium and fiber!  Tomatoes and red peppers will give you the antioxidant lycopene!  Both red and yellow peppers have other antioxidants as well and they provide three times as much vitamin C as you would get eating an orange!   

I get way too excited about this stuff.  

The point is to have fun, try different combinations, and enjoy  a healthy, yummy, quick meal!
Bon app├ętit!

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Our Theory on Life said...

This recipe sounds great. I'm always on the run in the morning and typically stop at a fast food joint to get something with protein. The whole pepper ring is a different idea I'd never thought of.


Sarah said...

That looks way too pretty to eat! I'm not a big bell pepper fan but I will try this one. Thanks!

Charlene said...

You can do it without the pepper too! Just throw in whatever veggies you want (sans pepper ring.) Add cheese too! Enjoy!

webb said...

It looks and sounds great, but I would do it for lunch instead. Whole grain cereal for me for breakfast ... every day! Boring but keeps my system happy!

Sally said...

Looks like a delicious breakfast!

Grandma Bonnie said...

I have got to try this. My family likes omelets so I bet this will be great for days when we have no time.

Jessica said...

This sounds yummy! My toddler hates eggs, but maybe she'll give this one a try. I hope.

Ioana-Carmen said...

super cute!

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