i have this recurring panic attack. maybe you have the same one…
i look at the clock mid day, and exclaim “oh crap…. dinner.”
c’mon, i know you feel my pain.
Now, i am a HUGE fan of skillet meals. (I would love to tell you that this is really simple, but i have an uncanny ability to complicate anything) Well hold on, it IS in fact, rather simple. It’s called the Farmer Breakfast. I stumbled on the concept one sunday (as i was panicking and taking quick stock of the ingredients on hand; knowing it would end up being a pancake for dinner day)…i thought i’d make scrambled eggs too…then I thought of adding all my misc veggies and make omlettes…and ended up paging through the old school Good Housekeeping cookbook.
Now, i am not one to follow a recipe. i usually add and subtract. (meaning, i subtract what i don’t have on hand, and i add what i do, and maybe a few extra flavors because i like them.) Please add and subtract as you see fit!
Farmer’s breakfast (my way)
- 3 c (give or take) diced potatoes
- 2 diced bell peppers: more color makes it more interesting
- 1 diced/chopped onion
- asparagus (which i don’t care for, but i am role modeling for the kids. no hate mail please!)
- sausage (there are some awesome lower fat varieties at places like Costco) If you like it crumbled, you can remove from the casing…
- diced tomatoes
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- black beans, because i had them
- 1 dozen or more eggs – i used 18, but i have 3 growing boys plus a hungry husband…
- sea salt
- a little salt free seasoning – i used Cavender’s Greek seasoning. (the blue one is no salt)
- cook up the sausage if it’s not the precooked – for precooked sausage (the kind i use from Costco is precooked), either remove from casing and crumble, or slice into medallions and then quarter medallions.
- dice up the potatoes, place them in a microwave safe bowl, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for a minute or two, just to soften them to shorten cooking time in the skillet.
- while that’s happening, throw the onion, bell peppers, broccoli, and asparagus into the skillet. (i used a wok) add the potato once it’s done with the microwave, and continue to cook them.
- add tomatoes and minced garlic, continuing to cook – may as well add int the sausage too! remove from heat, add black beans and let sit while you cook the eggs –
- time for eggs. I used 18, so I did 9 at a time. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl of some kind – use a fork to whisk them, and add a splash of milk. cook eggs in a different skillet on high heat, stay near – stir them constantly. This is where i add the seasonings – although i usually add more as i combine components.
- when they’re done, combine all the ingredients into the largest skillet.
you’ll see that i served it with WHITE RICE (gaaaassssp!) now let me give you a little reality check…I have ONE son who is a native Filipino, and all food in our house is now served with white rice. The rest of us ate it without rice, and my husband asked for whole wheat toast, so there you go. I just thought this looked nicer than my pic of just the eggy sausage lusciousness.
other things i’d try with this:
- more egg whites (or all egg whites??) fewer yolks.
- artichoke hearts, but i can’t ever find frozen artichoke hearts anymore!
- huevos rancheros style (chilies, black beans, peppers, etc) – serve with tortillas.
also great as a burrito if you need it on the go!