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Breakfasts That Won't Rob Your Nest Egg

By Value Guru, March 21, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

According to culinary mythology, the hundred folds in a chef's hat represent the hundred ways to cook an egg. While we home cooks don’t need to know a hundred ways to cook with this versatile ingredient, it sure pays to know a few. So rise and let your cooking and budget skills shine with eggs.

Unscrambling Scrambled Eggs

We’ve all had terrible scrambled eggs at one time or another. Dry, overcooked and rubbery scrambled eggs are a crime against breakfast. If you’re looking to perfect yours or want to send a recipe to someone as a wink wink nudge nudge, these French-style Classic Scrambled Eggs – soft, savory and fluffy – are the real deal.

Learn to Cook: Classic Scrambled Eggs

The Fabulous Frittata

A frittata is the savvy cook’s solution for leftovers, including vegetables, Easter ham, Passover brisket, roasted chicken, salmon or pasta. Hosting brunch? No problem. It’s equally delicious served warm, at room temperature or cold. If a frittata isn’t in your repertoire yet, here’s an easy recipe to get you started, Learn to Cook: Frittata.

Learn to Cook: Frittata

Frittata Tips

  • Since the seasoning in your vegetables, meats and cheese will vary, use salt and pepper to taste. (Check the seasoning by cooking and tasting a small spoonful of the egg mixture.)
  • For a firm, easily sliceable frittata, be sure that added vegetables and/or meats have been fully cooked ahead of time and any extra moisture drained off.
  • Don’t peek more than necessary! Leave it undisturbed as much as possible to ensure an even brown color and a frittata that holds together well.
  • A cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet works particularly well, but don’t be afraid to use whatever ovenproof skillet you have on hand.
  • Since frittatas travel well, pack a wedge in your lunchbox.

Frittata Combos To Get Outta Bed For

Bacon. Caramelized onion. Sun-dried tomatoes. A frittata welcomes them all and more. Here are a few four favorite combinations:

  • Kale + Monterey Jack cheese + fennel
  • Whole wheat pasta + cheddar cheese + ground beef
  • The Whole DealRed potatoes + onions + ham + Le Gruyère cheese
  • Mushrooms + rotisserie chicken + goats’ milk cheddar

Now you’re cooking! Check out more budget-friendly recipes for everyday egg-cellence in the current issue of The Whole Deal value guide. You’ll also find Sure Deals, more than $56 in coupons, a daily meal planner and money-saving tips.

What’s your favorite egg-based breakfast dish? Let me know in the comments below.

 

7 Comments

Comments

Jessica says ...
would love to see even more great healthy breakfast ideas that keep you full throughout the morning without tons of calories :)
03/21/2013 9:23:17 AM CDT
Melissa Holden says ...
I love the frittata ideas..I usually do the "leftover" thing, but I may just purposely purchase some of these combos :) yummy!
03/21/2013 9:34:46 AM CDT
Sue says ...
A dish called Green Eggs and Sam. Eggs scrambled with baby spinach, Havarti cheese, smoked salmon and topped with pesto. I had it in a restaurant in Duluth, but it's easy to replicate at home.
03/21/2013 9:35:08 AM CDT
Robert the Dirty Hippy says ...
Sue do you have the recipe for the Green Eggs and Ham . . Sam I Am? It sounds great. I can make it with all the kale and spinach from my garden. Thanks
04/03/2013 6:07:10 PM CDT
Lorraine says ...
Love the Italian classic of potatoes and eggs in a frittata. Can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Can add onions and a little parmesean cheese. Of course, bread make the meal!
04/03/2013 6:33:39 PM CDT
Gerald says ...
Grease a muffin tin, then line each cup with a slice of bacon. Beat 8 or 9 eggs in a batter bowl. Fill cups with a little cheese, some chopped broccoli, caramelized onion, or whatever you like; then fill with beaten egg. Bake at 375 until golden brown, about 20 minutes, give or take. Let cool on a rack, then remove from pan to a dish in the fridge. They reheat easily for breakfast the whole week!
04/05/2013 9:53:50 AM CDT
Liz says ...
Mine and my kids favorite for scramble eggs, fresh vine ripe tomatoes chopped up with fresh garlic, salt and pepper and sprinkled with fresh basil. Delicious! You can add cheddar cheese to the mx and some spinach if desired.
04/20/2013 7:29:39 PM CDT