Friday, February 15, 2013

My Standard Dinner Part 1: Eggs

Despite the fact that I love to cook, I find myself eating the same three things over and over most nights.  By the time I get home from work, change my clothes, and walk Milton, I feel like it's super late (it's only around 7...but I'm an old lady) and I'm tired and hungry and just want to eat.  Enter the incredible, edible egg! 

Eggs are a great source of protein, chock full of nutrients, and just all around delicious.  And, they're fast to prepare and are easily adaptable to your hunger levels/how many people you're feeding.  With all that awesome, how could I not eat them at least 3 days a week.

There are COUNTLESS ways to prepare eggs, over easy, boiled, or casseroled, but my favorite is just plan scrambled.  I've been making scrambled eggs since I was a kid, so I've definitely experimented with the best ways to get delicious results, and I think I've finally found it!

Delicious At Least 3 Days a Week Eggs on Toast:
2 Eggs (I do my best to get farm eggs)
Splash of Milk/Cream
Hot Sauce (I love Sirracha)
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1-2 Teaspoons Butter
Cream Cheese

Before you do anything else, if you have frozen bread or just prefer your bread toasted, pop it into the toaster or toaster oven.  By the time you're done with making the eggs, the toast will be ready to go!  Then, add the butter to a mid-sized frying pan.  Turn the heat onto medium-medium high.   

While the butter melts, mix the eggs, hot sauce, milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together.  Make sure to really mix well, my hot sauce has a tendency to separate a little bit, leaving you with a large mouthful of spice and pockets of blah. Not cool. 

Dump the eggs into the heated pan and allow to cook until the edges begin to firm up slightly, but not too much.  The goal is fluffy, somewhat loose eggs, so you need to start stirring pretty quickly after starting. 

As the eggs begin to cook, start pushing/stirring them.  I use a paddle-like spoon because I think that it helps to really ensure the eggs aren't sticking, but it's definitely not a requirement.  Keep stirring/flipping until the eggs are are you're desired firmness.  Personally, I like mine a bit on the loose side.  This should take around 5-7 minutes. 

Pull the toast out of the toaster/toaster oven and top with a nice layer of cream cheese.  This is plain, but veggie cream cheese or herb cream cheese is also delicious here. 

Top the toast with the eggs and dig in.  This shows two slices of toast and three eggs because I was apparently super duper hungry that day.  Usually I do one slice of toast with 2 eggs.

And there you have it.  Add a salad/some baby carrots/a smoothie as a side and you've got a complete meal in around 15 min. 

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