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Huevos Rancheros Con Aguacate

I love eggs. Usually. Right now, I am pretty tired of eggs, but in an effort to boost my protein intake, I am trying to find new ways to eat them.

On Sunday, I made two attempts at egg preparation, using my CSA box as inspiration.

One peek into my fruit bowl was all it took to spark an idea for breakfast dish #1.

I spy….avocados. Yessss!

avocado

The cutest, tiniest avocados ever, by the way. They are called “Mexicali” Avocados, and they are divine. Bonus? The skin is edible should you choose to eat it. No peeling!

Once I spotted the avocado, I had another thought. Last week, I made (and canned) some salsa. Super simple salsa too. Tomatoes, onions, peppers, squeeze of lemon and pinch of salt. The end.

Very similar to the recipe here, but without the cilantro, and it was cooked (because I was canning it.)

Then I thought, “It’s Sunday…I can eat a corn tortilla!” (Sunday’s are my “day off” from dietary restrictions.)

I knew what I had to do. Huevos Rancheros Con Aguacate (Rancher’s Eggs with Avocado.) Or, Fried eggs on a tortilla with red sauce and avocado on top.

It was SO easy guys. Even if you don’t have salsa just lying around, it is SO easy to make.( <—- click there!)

P.S. get your tomatoes now and fill up the freezer or pantry with salsa for later. You won’t be sorry!

I started off by cracking two eggs into a little egg pan over med heat, coated in butter. Once the whites started to solidify a bit, I sprinkled a small lid with water, and topped the pan with it, turning heat to low. This essentially steams the top of the eggs so you don’t have to flip them. If you prefer to flip, go for it, but I find that breaking a yolk while flipping makes me want to break someone’s face, so I do what I have to do to avoid that.

While the eggs are cooking, Fry up a corn tortilla in a little refined coconut oil. You don’t want it crispy, just a little toasty yet still pliable. Drain the oil, then set on your plate.

Once the whites are done, but  yolks are still a bit runny, slide the eggs onto the tortilla.

Take some of your salsa, and heat it up a bit in the egg pan (save the dishes!)

Top the eggs with warm salsa.

Last? Top with slices of fresh avocado and a sprinkling of sea salt.

This would have been so yummy with sauteed nopales on the side!

YUM.

huevos rancheros

If I *really* wanted to cheat, this would have been heavenly with refried beans. In fact, it begged for them. If I’d had any in the pantry or cooked up, they would have been on that plate. So good.

Step outside the box guys. Keep your meals interesting and delicious. “Eating healthy” doesn’t have to mean “lacking flavor”. Gone are the day of stale rice cakes and crappy peanut butter.

Eat good quality, fresh, healthy foods that make your body and taste buds happy.

You really can have your cake and eat it too. 😉

 

 

Quick Meals – Round 2!

When I was a kid, we had “breakfast for dinner night” at least once a week. As a child, I thought my mom was being creative…maybe even a bit daring – breaking all the meal time rules.  As an adult, I know the truth. It was fast, cheap, full of protein, and everyone would eat it.

My kinda meal.

We have breakfast for dinner at least once a week around here. What used to be pancakes and sausage or french toast and eggs is now far more protein packed, and entirely lacking in fluffy goodness, but still delicious.

A recent trip to my favorite Grocery Outlet resulted in a freezer full of these:

applegatesausage

 

Quality sausages made by a reputable company for $1.49? Yes please! These puppies sell for $5.99 at my Whole Foods so I did not hesitate to buy a huge stack of them. If you have a Grocery Outlet near you, check it out. It’s not at all what it used to be. Great way to provide awesome food to your family on a frugal budget.

Back to the food.

These sausages are pre-cooked, so all you have to do is crisp them up.

While they were frying, I scrambled up a dozen organic, free-range eggs (I’m feeding five here!) in some good quality butter…and yes, some sausage drippings. My CSA has amazing eggs, but I missed out on them this week, so I grabbed a dozen from my mama’s backyard hens. If you don’t have access to free-range eggs, organic is the next best option. Grocery Outlet usually has those, too!

I chopped up some seasonal fruit from my CSA box, served up some iced  mint tea,  and called it dinner.

breakfast for dinner

I always serve eggs with some of my fresh salsa too. It adds loads of flavor, and is a great way to toss in a few extra nutrients for everyone. I am realizing more and more how valuable it is to preserve things from my box each week. A little salsa in the freezer, a little mint, dried and stored in a jar. Little by little, I’m finding ways to not only extend the life of my food, but ways to plan ahead even more than I already do.

If you eat potatoes, they would be so awesome with this meal,  cooked up with onion and jalapenos. Every week, when I place my CSA order, I see potatoes on the list, and it is so hard to resist them every time. I allow myself potatoes once or twice a month, and my next two recipes with feature two of the dishes I use them for (including a potato, bacon and arugula frittata!)

This girl loves a potato.

And breakfast for dinner night.

 

 

 

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