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Posts Tagged ‘easy breakfast’

The 5th Of November Eggs In Toast

Posted by terrepruitt on November 6, 2017

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“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.”

Perhaps you have seen the movie V For Vendetta? The only reason I have heard of Guy Fawkes.

Well, in the movie featured twice is what they call Eggy In A Basket. Since the bread is not really shaped like a basket and there are so many recipes where you put something – sometimes bread, sometimes meat, sometimes hashbrowns, etc. – in a muffin tin and actually make a sort of basket, I don’t feel like calling them that. But . . . I did feel like trying to make them. In the movie they make them in a pan. And my husband has made them in a pan. But I was on my way to teach a Nia class, but I wanted to feed my husband, so I needed to do it in a way that I could leave it to cook while I was “doing”. So I used the oven. You know, my favorite cooking appliance.

Anyway . . . here is what I did to make it.

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1 egg
1 piece of bread
butter
1 tablespoon of grated cheese
salt
pepper

Line a baking sheet with foil and place it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Using a circular cookie cutter or a glass cut a hole in the middle of the bread. Butter both sides of the bread.

Take the hot pan out of the oven and place the bread on the foil. Put a little oil, butter, or non-stick cooking spray on the foil where the hole is. Then crack the egg into the hole. Sprinkle the cheese on the egg and bread. Sprinkle on the salt and the pepper.

Then put the pan into the oven for about 15 mins. CHECK on it in 7 to 10 minutes. If you decide you want your egg less cooked take it out sooner than 15 minutes.*

*for two, as you see in the pictures, double ingredients.

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As you can see from the pictures I used a wine glass to make the circle in the bread. The rim of the glass has to be thin enough to “cut” the bread. The one glass we have that has a thin rim was too small. The other glasses that were the right size have to thick of a rim. This wine glass was perfect. It had a thin rim and was the perfect size.

I don’t eat fried eggs and to me a baked egg is pretty much fried, so I didn’t have it. But my husband said it was good. It was easy, so I’ll probably make it again if he wants it.

This, to me, would also make a good thing to make for a small crowd.  It was really easy and it would be easy to make a dozen.  Say for a brunch party.

 

 

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Muffin Tin Eggs

Posted by terrepruitt on July 25, 2016

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitI am sure you have seen these eggs baked in muffin tins on the internet, too, just like the Caprese Bites.  And just like that yummy appetizer I thought I could do this without looking at a recipe.  I mean, it seems so easy.  It is.  I am sure you can do it, too.  But sometimes it is nice to have tips and advise.  Experience from those who have come before.  I thought I would need an egg per muffin cup, but I did not.  I ended up making eight mini muffins and four regular sized muffins with 6 eggs.  So this really isn’t a recipe with actual amounts of things because that is up to you.  But it is an idea of things and some tips.

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Muffin Tin Eggs

6 eggs
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salt
pepper
other seasonings
cheese  (1/2 cup-ish, grated)
broccoli  (1 cup-ish)

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Clean the broccoli and rough cut it into bite sized pieces. Grate some cheese.

Crack your eggs into a bowl big enough for you to mix them and add a little milk.  Mix up the eggs and milk.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.  Any seasonings you would like.  I used garlic powder (of course).

If you are using metal muffin tins then you probably want to spray them with some cooking spray or put some oil or butter on them.  Whatever you would normally for muffins.  I used the silicon kind and they don’t need spray.

Place a few pieces of broccoli into each muffin cup.  Then add the grated cheese into the tin.  Then pour the eggs on top.  Only fill it about half way.

Place the muffin “tin” in the oven and let it cook for about 12 minutes.  Check the eggs.  Cook them to your liking.  Some people like “wet” eggs and others like them dry.  So you get to decide.

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As I said I made two different sized muffin tin eggs.  I imagine this would make at least eight regular sized muffins or twelve to sixteen mini ones.

These are like scrambled eggs except you don’t have to do all the work every morning.  You can make them on Sunday evening and then have a quick breakfast everyday all week.  They are also like scrambled eggs in that you can put whatever you want in them.  Whatever you would eat in a scramble put it in the tin.  Somethings you might want to or need to cook before putting them in the tin.  Meat would need to be cooked prior to putting in the tin for baking with the eggs.  And we all like our veggies done differently so you might even want to cook some before putting it in the tin to bake.

I want to use mushrooms next time.  I would cook them before putting them in the muffins.  What would you put in yours?

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Fancy Toast

Posted by terrepruitt on November 26, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaI am beginning to bet you don’t believe me when I say I was not going to post a recipe and I do. I WAS going to post a picture of the first toast I made on my Facebook page, but then when I sat down and started eating it I changed my mind. Then my hubby made yummy noises the entire time he was eating it and it confirmed my “need” to post it on my blog and tell the whole story. In my last post I talked about my fabulous day in Santa Cruz after teaching a Nia class. I mentioned two restaurants. The one we love, Rebecca’s, is closed. I was very sad because it has really yummy food and is a very nice place to eat. But, I also recognized this as an opportunity to try a new place. Having other things to do I didn’t do any research, but my student did. Yay! She suggested River Cafe. It was on the way to where we were going. So we went there. They have a menu item called “The Daily Toast”. When we were there it was supposed to be Humboldt Fog*, Pears, walnuts, and the woman behind the counter said they would drizzle honey over it. Sounds good, huh?

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaI ordered that. A few moments later a woman came to our table and said she could not find the pears, but she said she had persimmons or jams. She suggested the jam, but I declined and requested the persimmons. I had some on my counter I didn’t know what to do with. I thought this would be a great way to experiment. Well, even though the persimmons weren’t ripe, they forgot the walnuts and the honey (as you can see in the first photo), it was still VERY good. So good that I wanted to try making it the next day.

We didn’t have any salty cheese so I decided not to. But then the NEXT day I decided who cares. I wanted to try it anyway. I asked my hubby if he wanted cheese toast. He said yes. Then I asked if he wanted regular cheese toast or an experiment. I have mentioned before he is pretty good about eating whatever, but he does have some food “dislikes” so when my experiment includes some of them I like to ask first.

Anyway, this turned out very yummy. It is easy to make but comes out – in my opinion – kinda fancy. I have noted the recipe as I made it, but, I think the idea of the River Cafe is better in regards to the cheese. A nice soft salty, flavorful cheese seems best, but I used what I had.

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Fancy Toast

2 pieces sliced sour dough
2 pieces wheat bread
slices of marbles Colby Jack (enough to cover all four pieces of bread)
one ripe persimmon
2 tsp of shredded parmesan cheese
a handful or two of chopped walnuts
honey (enough to drizzle over the toast)

Toast the bread, not all the way (at least with my toaster oven.  I have to leave it a little “undone” so it will be perfect after the cheese melts). Top the bread with the sliced cheese. Melt the cheese on the toast. While the bread is toasting and the cheese is melting peel and slice the persimmon. After the cheese has melted, place the persimmons on the toast, sprinkle the parmesan over the persimmons. Allow to warm a bit in the toaster oven/oven. Then sprinkle the walnuts on the toast. and drizzle the honey over the top.

Serve with a fork and knife!

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Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaI was thinking that this would be an easy type of toast to serve for brunch. Toasting the bread in the oven on a cookie sheet. I also thought it would be a nice toast to serve at a tea. Yum. I used the parmesan as the “salty” and it turned out pretty good. I was surprised my husband liked it so much. He is not fond of bread, especially toast. Not like me. He also doesn’t care for walnuts. So it is a testament to its yumminess that he loved it.

I loved it so much I had it again the next day!  (I forgot the parmesan.)

Well?  What do you think?  Sound yummy?

*Humboldt Fog is a specific type of cheese:  Cheesemaker Mary Keehn of Humboldt County, CA invented this cheese, so named for the Pacific mists, in the early 80’s.  (According to Wiki).

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Avocado Eggs Helpful Tips

Posted by terrepruitt on October 8, 2013

I have been making avocado eggs for my husband almost every weekend.  Sometimes BOTH days of the weekend.  Once I think I made them for him for dinner.  They are easy and he loves them.  So I really don’t mind.  I have not tried eating them, myself.  I am not a fan of avocados nor baked eggs.  But preparing them is easy, cooking them is easy, and clean up is easy.  What more could you ask for, right?  Since cooking them for my hubby, I have learned a few things that I thought I would share.  I shared what I have learned about Smashed Banana Eggs, I thought I would share about these too.  Hopefully these things will make it even easier for you to enjoy Avocado Eggs.

—Wash the avocado

First thing I do is I wash the avocado.  Normally I wouldn’t wash the outside of a fruit I am just going to peel off and throw away, but this one SITS in the egg, so I figure it would be nice if it were clean.  So I wash it.

—Oil the foil

At first I didn’t put anything on the foil and the egg whites stuck to it.  So now I oil it so the egg whites slide right off.

—Be sure to pick the correct way to cut the avocado

Find the two sides of the avocado that allow it to rest level.  Then slice it accordingly.  This helps with it staying level.  Doesn’t always ENSURE that it will be level once you slice it.  It also doesn’t ensure it will STAY level in the oven.

—Remove enough avocado from the skin

If you like egg whites/fried eggs, then the part of the egg that spills on the foil will be ok especially if you wash the avocado and don’t over cook the egg whites.  But you still want a good portion of the egg IN the avocado, so make sure you take enough out.  And “enough” is how much YOU decide.  But it is good to decide BEFORE you crack the egg into it.  🙂

—Remove eggs whites from oven when done cooking

I take the egg whites off the pan before the egg in the avocado is done cooking.  The egg whites that spill onto the foil get done cooking a lot faster than the eggs in the avocado so I just pick up the avocado with some tongs and scoop up the egg whites.  With the oil on the foil the egg whites just slide right off.  Taking them out of the oven before the rest is done ensure they don’t get over cooked and turn into rubber.

—Check the eggs while baking

Be sure to check the eggs while baking.  While the time is a great guide every egg and avocado is different.  I usually set the time for 7 minutes and check them then.  Often that is enough time for the egg whites on the foil to cook.

So that is what I have learned with the avocado eggs.  What can you add to help us out?

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My Perfect Smashed Banana Eggs

Posted by terrepruitt on October 5, 2013

I wrote this post to post on Thursday, but I got distracted and forgot to post it.  I wrote it before I went to Gentle Yoga, my intent was to come home and review, edit it, then post it.  But when I got home I was distracted and I completely forgot about it.  I didn’t remember it until Friday when I was making my smashed banana eggs.  I really don’t like to call them pancakes because I don’t want people to think they are “pancakey”.  I have read people post that they didn’t like them because they are NOTHING like pancakes, so I am hoping by not calling them pancakes people will not have that “cake” idea in their mind.  Since I have been making them I have learned a few things.  I thought I would share what I have learned.  Perhaps some of the things I have learned can help you make the perfect Smashed Banana Eggs.

Some of the things are obvious if you were to think about them.  I didn’t until I experienced it.

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I am certain cooking these depends on your stove and the pan you are using.  For me, I finally found the right pan to use.  The last three batches I made were perfect.  I use a small pan and just cook one at a time.  Originally I was using a large pan so I could cook more than one at a time.  That was not working very well.

—Be patient and let them cook until they bubble and are not runny, then flip them.

I still have not been able to cook them to a point where I would eat them in the 20 to 30 seconds that the original recipe that I saw said to cook them.  Ewwww.  I think maybe I like my eggs a little more done.  I cook them until they are the way I like them.  I have learned I have to be patient and I can’t flip them too soon.  When I wait, they don’t break apart.  I am certain you can find the right timing for YOURS.  Cook them the way YOU like them!

—The more ripe the banana, the sweeter the “pancake” will be.

My husband does not like to eat bananas if they are ripe.  If a banana has one tiny little brown spot on it, he doesn’t like to eat it.  He will eat it sometimes, but he doesn’t like it.  So if I have any bananas around that are greenish they go in his lunch.  They don’t stay greenish that long so it is normally just a day or two where he gets a banana in his lunch.  The rest I have to use.  When I use ripe ones in Banana Softserve he will eat them.  When I make banana bread he loves it.  It is just eating a banana with a spot he does not like.  I just recently bought slightly green bananas and used them, the end product was less sweet than normal (normally I use ripe bananas), of course.  Bananas get sweeter as they ripen.  I just had never had unripe bananas to use with the eggs before.

—DO NOT FORGET THE SALT!

I did it a couple of times and they just are not good without salt.  Eggs require salt.

—Be generous with the cinnamon.

Cinnamon really makes them yummy.

—Try THREE eggs to one banana.

I have not it yet, but I have a friend who said that she uses THREE eggs to one banana and mixes it up in the blender.  I usually make John avocado eggs for breakfast and so I am the one that eats the smashed banana eggs and I don’t want to eat three eggs.  I have only made them with two eggs and one banana.

I hope these lessons I learned help you make a perfect protein filled breakfast you will enjoy!  Let me know what you have learned.  How do you make YOUR PERFECT smashed banana eggs?

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Quick Easy Baked Avocado Breakfast

Posted by terrepruitt on June 25, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI had seen it on Facebook.  You’ve probably seen it too.  I am not sure who I saw originally post it.  But I bought avocados because I knew my husband would love it.  Then I had company for a week and didn’t make it.  Breakfast doesn’t happen for my hubby around here during the week.  I had been meaning to look up the recipe when another friend posted a picture of hers on Facebook.  She told me to bake them at 450° F for 10 to 12 minutes.  I bought small avocados thinking since he would be eating en entire avocado it would be better to eat a whole small avocado than a whole big one.  I didn’t think about it being too small for the large egg.  When I actually went to make these that is when I realized I should have bought the larger avocados.  I didn’t remember my friend saying anything about making more room for the egg so I looked up some info.  I found a lot of recipes on the web.  Just like me, when people see it, they do it then the post about it.  My friend topped hers with bacon.  Don’t tell my hubby because one of the GREAT things about this is that it is sooooo easy. Bacon would just add another component to complicate it and be messy.  Right now it is so quick and easy I can make it for him all the time!  He loved it so much I made it two days in a row!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWith this first run, I bought small avocados.  Next time I am going to by bigger ones.  Not HUGE ones, but bigger.

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Here is what I did:

1 small avocado
2 eggs
salt and pepper

Turn on oven to 450° F.  Put some aluminum foil on a baking sheet.  Put the avocado on a flat surface and find the best resting sides.  I actually smashed it a little to make it flat on two sides so that it would sit level in the pan and not spill out so much egg.  Cut the avocado in half, take out the seed, make more room for the egg by scooping out some of the avocado.  Put the avocado on the foil on the pan.  Crack an egg and put it in the avocado half.  One egg per half.  Add salt and pepper.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Check it and see if it is how you like your eggs.  I cooked the first batch for 14 minutes.  The second day I cooked them longer (2 minutes) and the yolks weren’t runny.  So I am going to settle on 14 minutes.

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You can probably tell from the pictures that a lot of the egg white ended up on the foil the first time.  To me that is just as if it were a fried egg and hubby didn’t complain about eating it.  The first set of avocado eggs was served with pico de gallo.  We had some leftover so my hubby topped them with that.  You might also be able to see the plain lump of avocado on the plate.  That is the amount I scooped out from both halves.

The next set of avocado eggs, the next day, were just topped with scallions.  Also less egg white because I decided to have it for my breakfast.  Shhh . . . again, don’t tell my husband.  Some of this stuff really needs to remain between you and me. 😉

After he ate them we discussed topping them with cheese.  I am sure ONE of these days I will top them with bacon for him, but I am not doing to make that the norm.  As I said, this recipe is so easy I don’t want to complicate it with bacon.

As I have posted before avocados are soooooo good for you.  They have incredibly UNIQUE fat so I consider this a healthy breakfast.  Also considering it will not be made during the work week and more than likely not every weekend, it’s great.  The next time I make it, I might even taste it.

(October 08, 2013 . . . . I posted some things I have learned about making these at Avocado Eggs Helpful Tips)

Do you like avocados?  Is this your kinda breakfast?

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