Havana Style Breakfast Eggs

Its no secret I LOVE eggs.  I especially love eggs with Latin flavors. If I go out to breakfast or brunch, I always order eggs.  Usually in  a scramble or poached.  At home,  for breakfast, eggs are usually my first choice.  I found this simple classic “Havana” style egg recipe awhile ago in a Latin cookbook.  This recipe is inexpensive, easy to make, and quite tasty with the eggs being nestled and then baked within a bed of tomatoes.   I topped the eggs with a little sherry and tiny sprinkle of organic cheese to round out the flavor profiles.   This can be made in one oven proof skillet or cast iron pan, or as I did in little individual baking ramekins.  If your not going gluten free,  these eggs would taste delicious with some toasted baguette bread slices.  I only made enough for 2, but you can double the recipe if you want for 4, or even triple for 6.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of neutral oil
  • 1/2 of a white or yellow onion (I prefer sweet yellow onions)
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 of a red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Roma or Heirloom tomatoes seeded and diced (if desperate you can used 1/2 cup canned chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • fresh ground sea salt and pepper
  • 2 to 4 large eggs (if 4 eggs, bake 2 eggs per individual baking dish I only do 1)
  • Optional: shredded organic cheese
  • Optional tobasco or hot sauce sauce for a little spicy heat

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree
  2. Heat a cast iron or oven proof skillet over medium and heat oil
  3. Add onion and garlic and saute, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes until slightly soft
  4. Add chopped bell pepper, saute for 2 to 3 until soft
  5. Stir in tomatoes and cook until the mix thickens
  6. Shake in the optional tabasco or “hot sauce” for a little spicy heat
  7. Add about 1 tablespoon of the sherry (saving the remaining for drizzling) , stir and allow to heat all the way through.  Aprox 3 to 4 minutes
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste
  9. To bake individually (as shown in photo) transfer the tomato mix to 2 ramekins or little baking dishes, making a little shallow well in the tomato mixture with the back of your spoon.
  10. Break the eggs individually into a small dish or bowl, and then carefully slip /transfer the egg into the well within the tomato mixture in the baking ramekin or dish
  11. Drizzle the eggs with an optional touch of sherry and a sprinkling of shredded cheese
  12. NOTE:  If baking in one pan, form 2 to 4 wells within the tomato mixture and use the same method as described above
  13. Bake eggs uncovered, until eggs are done to your liking, about 10 minutes for a soft to runny yolk.
  14. Serve and enjoy

Adapted from “Essentials of Latin Cooking” by Williams Sonoma, I could not find the publishing year,  228 page

 



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Mediterranean Frittata 2 ways: Vegetarian and with Bacon

I adapted this fast, easy frittata from this blog “My Kitchen Addiction”, and the Bacon, Leek and Arugula frittata.  You can do this two ways, with bacon or without, I prefer with bacon.  I love how the tomatoes make it look like a little pizza.   You can replace the arugula with spinach if you like.   I roasted some cherry tomatoes to top it off and give it some extra color, flavor and nutrition.   I thought it looked kind of boring without the tomatoes on top to give it some color.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 slices uncured bacon chopped
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (red would work too)
  • 2 cups arugula (remove stems) or spinach
  • 3 whole eggs plus 3 extra egg whites
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup  feta cheese cheese (its up to you)
  • a basket pint) of roasted cherry tomatoes (red or yellow… your choice)
  • Optional : a tablespoon of milk or cream
  • Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. For optional “Roasted Cherry Tomatoes”: roast cherry tomatoes, halved, tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or so until soft and wrinkly, shaking to turn halfway, remove from oven and set aside
  2. Turn on broiler
  3. Whisk eggs and egg whites in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, set aside
  4. Heat ovenproof non stick skillet to medium and saute bacon pieces until cooked  * For vegetarian skip this and just heat olive oil to medium high
  5. Add the onions to the olive oil or rendered bacon fat until soft
  6. Add the arugula (or spinach) until it wilts down
  7. reduce heat to medium low, pour in eggs, and quickly stir with the bacon, onions and greens
  8. Sprinkle with the feta and then cover for about 5 minutes
  9. remove the lid and arrange the roasted tomatoes on top, place under broiler for 3 to 5 minutes until the eggs set and are no longer runny.

Serve and Enjoy!

Serving suggestions: I topped this with chopped avocado, olives and sour cream for my boyfriend who doesn’t care about calories.  Its healthy that way and tastes really good.

 



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Healthy Sante Fe Style Sweet Potato, Veggie and Chile Frittata

 

 


A frittata can be an incredibly healthy egg dish made mainly on the stove.  For starters I love eggs so much its kind of a joke with my friends and family.  I can come up with almost any excuse to eat eggs at almost any meal.  Cooking a frittata is much easier than an omelet, and can be used as a  vehicle for almost any kind of veggie, cheese, protein, herb or spice you happen to have around. Frittatas  are traditionally served in pie shaped wedges, kind of like a deep dish pizza, and are easily transportable – in Italy it’s common to take a wedge to work for lunch. I love their versatility, the endless number of ingredient combinations and the fact that a frittata  can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.  Since its just my boyfriend and I here, I usually make one big deep dish style frittata, in an oven proof non stick pan. (usually a 12 inch  pan) I layer my favorite  ingredients of the day (usually with a lot of sauteed greens), aromatics/ herbs, and  spices and then pour the eggs on over them all and let it set. This size dish can provide several  meals and stores well covered in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.

I almost always make my frittatas as flavorful and nutritious as possible, which is really easy to do by cranking up the veggie content, the aromatics, and by using less egg yolks and more whites if you choose.  This particular frittata’s flavor combination reflects my love of southwestern food.

The recipe, ingredients and directions below are exactly how I cooked my breakfast today.  I usually make all my frittatas with more  egg whites than whole egg .  I did include the directions for this recipe for the “regular” version of this dish, which is still extremely healthy on its own.  As a rule of thumb, I almost always add as many different veggies and ingredients as possible, for a more nutritionally dense and balanced meal.  I love potatoes for breakfast but but don’t eat them very often since they are a starchy carbohydrate with not much nutritional value, but sweet potatoes are a much more nutritionally complex version of their not so healthy cousin and play well off of the southwestern flavors in this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled  and cut into 1/2 to 1/4 inch cubes
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper (I prefer yellow) chopped
  • 2  fresh serrano or 1 Anaheim chile, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 fresh jalapenos, cored , seeded, and minced (Optional)
  • one small can (aprox 4 ounces) of diced roasted green chile peppers
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped or sliced white mushrooms (Optional)
  • 1 cups of yellow or green zucchini chopped (Optional)
  • 1 small any color tomato seeded and chopped ( Optional)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar,  pepper jack , Monterey jack  (optional: 1  cup of shredded cheese for much more flavor, yet more calories and fat)
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice or if desperate bottle lime juice
  • 5 whole eggs plus 5 additional  egg whites ( optional higher calorie version use 8 whole eggs)
  •  Optional adds:  8 to 12  ounces chopped organic spicy lean sausage
  • Optional serving suggestions: a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, healthy guacamole, or cilantro stems for garnish

Directions:

  • Adjust top oven rack – with a skillet (ovenproof!) on it, you want the top of the skillet to be 4-6 inches from the broiler. Turn on broiler
  • Cooked the diced sweet potato in salted boiling water for 3 minutes then drain them, or just nuke them in the microwave whole until tender and then dice them. (I’ll admit I totally did the fast “cheater” way in the the microwave.  Its much easier)
  • In a large, aprox 12 inch, non stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, and saute over medium heat the chopped onion, chopped peppers, diced fresh and canned chiles, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes until soft and onions are light brown. Then add the fresh minced garlic and chopped fresh Jalapenos, stir and set aside onto plate.
  • While chiles and onions are cooking take eggs and whites (or just whole eggs), crack them in a big bowl and whisk together until well mixed.  Set aside and return attention to stove.
  • Return non stick skillet to heat and add 1 more tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil until hot.  Add optional  chopped mushrooms and zucchini until barely soft and set aside on plate with chiles and onion
  •  Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil  to skillet over medium heat and add the sweet potatoes, stirring frequently and cook until the edges begin to turn light brown (7 to 10 minutes).

  • Then add plate to the now slightly browned potatoes the set aside plate of  cooked chiles, onions, and veggies back to skillet along with fresh chopped tomato, and optional chopped sausage, cooking until all is warmed through.
  • Stir in cilantro, lime juice,  salt  and pepper to taste. (about 2 teaspoons each of salt and pepper)
  • Add 1/2 of the cheese mixture to the eggs before pouring  egg/cheese mixture over the cooked veggies in the skillet until its evenly distributed throughout.
  • Continuing at medium heat, cook eggs for about 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom with heat-resistant spatula. When eggs are mostly cooked but still very wet, stop stirring. You want to see cooked egg scattered throughout, but loose egg in between.
  • Continue cooking on stove for another minute so underside sets.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Put skillet under broiler. Watch carefully while top browns. This will take 2-4 minutes
  • Remove skillet from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes to finish cooking in center.
  • Cut in wedges and serve either directly from skillet
  •  Optional:  for a prettier family style service style, place a plate on top of the skillet about 15 minutes after egg has time to cool down, and flip the skillet and the plate over at the same time, so egg  holds it shape when you remove the skillet to serve at the dinner table.  Similar to how you would flip and serve an upside down cake.
  •  For serving suggestions,top each wedge sized serving with sliced avocado, guacamole, salsa, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, and or cilantro sprigs.

Each large wedged size serving contains aprox 350 calories each,  is nutritionally dense and packed with about 12  grams of protein, lots of healthy carbohydrates and healthy fat.

 

 

 


 

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