Hi there, fellow foodies.
We just want to start off this post by saying that one of us (Sarah) legitimately determines the caliber of the diners we eat at based solely on the quality of said diner’s breakfast potatoes (aka home fries). Home fries are the epitome of comfort food, and a delicious side option for your morning meal. Though we rarely ever fry food in our kitchen, here we make an exception to bring you that classic crispy potato we all know and love.↓↓
For our Sunday breakfast/brunch, the potatoes accompany scrambled eggs filled with fresh veggies and cheese. Our favorite vegetables to include in scrambled eggs are bell pepper, tomato, and spinach, but the options are really endless. As for the cheese, we opt for more mild ones- parmesan & provolone- to really allow the flavors of the fresh produce to shine.
Eggs are a super food. Their consumption used to be avoided because they contain a significant amount of cholesterol, which was thought to contribute to heart disease. We now know that saturated fat is actually a bigger culprit of heart disease.1 Since eggs are pretty low in this type of fat, it means you can eat as many as your heart desires. (Get it?? Heart health humor)
Modern research has shown that it is in fact beneficial to consume eggs for their high nutrient content.2 Eggs contain vitamin D, vitamin A, B vitamins (B2 and B12) and are a complete source of protein. Egg whites are actually considered the gold standard for protein. So when you are making this recipe, remember you are basically cooking with gold, and we promise it will taste that good too. The egg yolk is where you will find all of the fat and a bulk of the vitamins. Although some people only cook with egg whites to avoid the fat, we like to stick to the whole egg. The yolk not only provides the vitamins we just mentioned, but the fat from it will also help your body absorb all those fat soluble nutrients from the veggies.
Depending on what vegetables you add to the eggs, you will obtain different nutrients. In general, vegetables provide fiber which helps keep us ~regular~, and this is more important than people like to talk about. 🙂 Different colored vegetables provide different nutrients, which is why nutrition professionals always recommend “eating the rainbow” to incorporate a variety of nutrients into your diet.
Although cheese does provide some “bad” fat (aka saturated fat), it also gives us calcium and protein. Not to mention great flavor. Adding a couple slices of cheese takes scrambled eggs to the next level, and we believe in eating everything in moderation, especially on a lazy Sunday morning.
To finish our delectable Sunday morning brunch off right, we fry some potatoes in peanut oil. This is a healthier alternative to other oils used for frying and adds another layer of flavor. Although it is safe to say that fried potatoes are not the healthiest option out there, it is even safer to say that no brunch would be complete without them.
A classic Sunday morning breakfast recipe to add to your repertoire!
Prep time: 10 mins| Total time: 30 mins| Yield: 2 servings
2 large potatoes, cut into small cubes
Peanut oil, to cover the potatoes in a large frying pan
4 large eggs
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp adobo seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/4 to 1/2 cup heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
Handful spinach, washed and patted dry
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 slices provolone cheese, cut into small pieces
1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. The amount you need will vary based on the size of your pan. You want just enough oil to cover the potatoes.
2. Once the oil is hot, add the potatoes and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Move to the oven once they are done (low heat, just to keep them warm)
3. While the potatoes are frying, spray another pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Cut up desired vegetables and add them to the hot pan.
4. Combine the eggs in a small bowl and whisk in the spices and parmesan cheese. Add the egg mixture to the pan with the vegetables once they are tender.
5. Use a spatula to scramble the eggs and mix all the ingredients together evenly. Add the provolone cheese. Scramble occasionally until the eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted.
6. Divide the eggs between two plates, serve up the home fries, and enjoy!
Rong Y, Chen L, Zu C, et al. Egg consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. BMJ. 2013;346:e8539.
Egg 101- Egg Nutrition Facts. Egg Nutrition Center Website. http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/egg-101/.