Posts tagged ‘Breakfast’
For some time now, Vita has had to watch me mixing Chorizo in with my eggs. I go on and on about how delicious it is, giggling that she can’t eat it because of the beef or pork content. She’s never wanted to try Soy-Rizo, but thankfully, I came across some Turkey and Chicken Chorizo that was pre-cooked. So, after our Tuesday morning workout, we did some slicing and dicing and Vita was introduced to the wonderful world of spicy Chorizo, packed into an awesome little breakfast burrito.
I know it’s not gluten free, but I was feeling brave and had some Mission Carb-Lite tortillas. No problem to report.
- 3 large eggs
- 1 large pre-cooked turkey and chicken chorizo link cut into rounds and quartered
- 1/2 an orange bell pepper – diced
- Black and Manzanila Olives – sliced
- 1/4 Spanish onion – diced
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- A splash of milk
- 1/4 cup of your favorite Mexican blend cheese
- Two burrito sized tortillas
- Two tablespoons fresh salsa
- Fresh cilantro to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add diced onion, bell pepper and salt and pepper. Cook until onions become translucent.
2. Add olive and chorizo to the pan with your veggies and cook until your sausage is warmed through.
3. In a separate pan, crack eggs and mix with splash of milk. Heat over medium high until first of the eggs begin to solidify. Turn off heat and begin to scramble the eggs, adding chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Once most of your eggs have scrambled add the cheese.
4. Combine your ingredients in a tortilla shell, top with a spoonful or two of your favorite salsa. If you have it, a couple leaves of fresh cilantro make this a real treat.
It’s spicy, it’s hearty and it’s probably the best thing I’ve had for breakfast in a very long time.
By now, you’re aware I’m not a fan of breakfast foods… so this post should not be at all surprising at this point.
After my wife left this morning for 30 hours of surgical call, I had trouble falling back asleep. Our dog, Rafiki, wasn’t ready to climb out of my bed at that particular hour, so at 5 a.m. I hit the kitchen by my lonesome.
Determined to make a sans egg breakfast, I searched our fridge for things I could whip together. My eyes lit up when I noticed the three fillets of Tilapia, the cardboard fish. I also spied some cilantro, pickled jalepeno pepper, red onion and tortillas. Yes, Fish Tacos would be my breakfast.
- 1 fillet of Tilapia (think 6 to 8 oz per serving if you’re increasing the recipe)
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
- 1/8 cup of diced red onion
- 1/8 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/8 cup shredded lettuce or greens
- Diced jalepeno to taste
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 small Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1. Preheat a grill pan or indoor grill to high heat or if you’re not crazy enough to want to eat fish tacos for breakfast at 5 a.m. you can prepare your outdoor grill. Drizzle fish with extra-virgin olive oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill pan or grill. Season fish with salt and pepper, cayenne and cumin (which adds a really nice smoky richness to the fish) to your taste.
2. As your grill preheats (if you’re indoors) heat a small pan and season two tortillas with salt, pepper and cayenne. Don’t add oil to your pan, but season it and rub tortillas into pan, allowing them to brown and crisp.
2. Grill fish 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until opaque. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime down over the fish and remove from the grill pan or grill. Be sure you’ve rolled the lime on your counter to get the juices flowing.
3.Flake fish into large chunks with a fork and spread on fried tortillas. Add cilantro, salsa, sour cream and your veggies and you’ve got a really quick, really different breakfast.
Another variation would be to simmer the fish in enchilada sauce and then serve it with the tortillas. Either way, it’s a fairly quick and nutritious meal that breaks the normal breakfast molds.
My friend Sheena told me that the Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches have actually been around for quite some time and that they were pulled off the menu for a while because they allegedly, “interfered” with the smell of the coffee.
Either way, I never had one when the sandwiches were first introduced and since I boycotted Starbucks for many, many years, I wouldn’t have tried it anyway. Recently I’ve gotten into grabbing the occasional, fastly becoming more frequent Cafe Americano on my morning drive. I’m admittedly drained after the commute and in Warren, it’s one of the only coffee joints in business that I can have drive through coffee at. Though, I may switch back to Tim Hortons because I believe I’m secretly Canadian.
At any rate, I was treated to a free sample of one of the said sandwiches on Wednesday morning. I ate it on the remainder of my drive into the office and was reasonably surprised. So, the next day I vowed to get one for breakfast and give it a go. There were several options, but I eschewed my initial desire to be gourmet and light (Eggs Florentine) and opted instead for a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast sandwich: The Sausage, Egg and Cheddar.
1. The Price – $2.95 here in the Mitten.
2. The fact that the cheese was actually melted into the egg and sausage, something McDonald’s has never done on any Egg McMuffin I’ve ever ordered.
3. The whole wheat English Muffin it was served on was very crispy.
4. Portion was appropriate and filled the little bellyache going on in my tummy.
1. Could have been warmer. I like my eggs to have a little bit of heat to them. I start to lose interest in eating eggs if they even become faintly chilly. I realize this is a difficult task for fast food, but I had a five minute ride to the office from Starbucks.
2. Too much cheese. And that’s saying a lot for me, because I love the stuff. Still, it was oozing over the sides and the grease was soaking the sides of my once crispy English Muffin.
3. A tad salty. Again, I realize this is a lot to ask from a fast food joint, but come on… I shouldn’t have to drink a liter of water to feel rehydrated after I’m done.
I’d eat it again. I don’t normally eat breakfasts, which I’ve mentioned in other posts, but I’d grab a Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich before I ever grab another Egg McMuffin.