For a person who doesn't care much for breakfast, I sure have been posting a lot of breakfast dishes. Maybe it's growing on me!
When I was home for the summer, I must have been infected with the Crazy Virus, which is the only way I can explain the 5:30 AM workouts I had with my mom. NUTS! And on vacation too!
But, as you would expect there were a lot of benefits to exercising that early (besides the obvious exercise benefits), even while on vacation. I loved coming home at 7:00, oftentimes before the kids were awake, and getting ready for the day. And I loved having all the time in the world to prepare a decent breakfast to sit down and enjoy. Normally our mornings are rushed and frantic, which is perhaps another reason I'm not crazy about breakfast.
I LOVED eating this dish for breakfast. Vegetables aren't something you see often first thing in the morning, but I think they're so good with eggs. This dish is savory, salty, slightly spicy, and full of vitamins and protein. I enjoyed this with a slice of whole wheat toast and a cup of tea, a fabulous start to the day!
Skillet Eggs with Squash
Food Network Magazine July/August 2011
3 pounds (6 medium) summer squash, and/or zucchini
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts, separated
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
6 large eggs
1/2 cup cup grated pepper jack or sharp white cheddar cheese
1. Grate the squash into a colander using the large holes of a box grater (or use a large food processor fitted with the shredding attachment). Toss with 1 tablespoon salt, then let drain in the sink, 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze the squash to remove as much liquid as possible.
2. Preheat the oven to 375. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Set aside 3 tablespoons scallion greens. Add the remaining scallions (white and green parts), the jalapeno, and salt to taste and cook until the scallions are soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley, nutmeg, and pepper to taste. Cook until the mixture is slightly dry, about 1 more minute. Remove from the heat and let cool, 5 minutes.
3. Spread the squash evenly in the skillet. Make six 2 1/2 inch wide indentations in the mixture with the back of a spoon; put 1/2 teaspoon butter in each one. One at a time, crack each egg into a small bowl and pour into an indentation. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the cheese.
4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks are cooked to desired doneness, 10 to 12 minutes. Scatter the reserved scallion greens on top.
What's your favorite breakfast food?