Friday, January 22, 2010

Fast, Cheap and Low Carb Breakfast

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Forget the drive-through dollar menu. Stay in the comfort of your own home and make a nutritious, and very yummy "dollar" breakfast. I eat the following breakfast (or this one) almost every weekday morning. It really doesn't get boring to me, and I know I'm giving myself the nourishment I need as a busy homemaker and nursing mother.

Spicy Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
serves 1 hungry mama

3 Large eggs from happy, local chickens
1 T butter (preferably grass-fed)
2 T salsa or kimchi
1 ounce grass-fed cheddar cheese, shredded
real sea salt (I've been using maldon lately) and pepper to taste

1. Melt butter in a small, stainless steel saute pan over medium heat, crack eggs into butter and mix gently with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Turn heat to low, continue slowly stirring eggs and butter until they are cooked through but not at all crispy, add in shredded cheddar cheese and top with your favorite salsa or kimchi, along with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Even if you aren't following any particular diet this is still a fabulous, filling breakfast!

Why is this a "dollar" breakfast? I buy local, organic eggs at my nearest food co-op for about $0.25 each, the entire jar of salsa or kimchi is usually less then 5$, and a Tbs of grass-fed butter (Pastureland is $6.00/lb at the Linden Hills Co-op here in Minneapolis) costs me around $0.18, and I used an inexpensive local cheddar. What a deal, breakfast on a budget and low-carb, too!

I am sharing this post with fellow real foodie, Wardeh's Tuesday Twister and Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday!


  1. Hi, Emily, this sounds almost exactly like what I have almost every morning for breakfast! I love your idea of including some fermented vegetables with it; I usually saute some vegetables and have that on the side, and serve the fermented veggies for lunch or dinner. I'll try it your way tomorrow!

  2. Nice idea to combine kim-chi with eggs. I like them both, but I hadn't thought of that.

    As a suggestion for a future post - I'd be very curious to know if you've managed to locate any good sources of bread in Minneapolis. I know Nourishing Traditions talks a lot about the proper way to handle grains and make bread, it would be cool to find a bakery that did all this (so I didn't have to).

  3. anon- that is a great idea for a post, and some "field" research. so far i have not found any local bakeries that do a long fermented, 100% whole grain bread in Minneapolis. I actually don't eat bread, but my family does sometimes. Bakeries that I like include Rustica and Turtle bread... more to come!