I’m a dietitian, an inexperienced cook and I am still learning! I feel that cooking is easy but there is some serious practice involved before you can just “whip up” a dinner out of nothing and have it taste amazing. So when I do make something that turns out good, I share it with you! I also go through phases. Sometimes I will cook all the time and then I will go several days without making much of anything. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat and I eat fairly well, I just don’t spend that much time cooking stuff.
I might have mentioned on here before that my family and I do this special “thing” once in a while where we get together, bring healthy ingredients and cook away. We usually make something new, using a totally new to us recipe. We look for recipes with ingredients that we don’t normally use which keeps things interesting. It is an awesome social and at the same time bonding experience as everyone gets involved in helping make the dish or we might even make several dishes in one day. The aroma of fresh garlic, ginger, onions and spices quickly fills up the kitchen and makes this one of a kind experience. This is something that you can do not just with families but friends as well!
This past weekend we have gathered again and made couple of things. We went a bit easy this time as we had a little cooking break :) I made breakfast which I will share with you tonight. My brother brought his juicer and introduced us to juicing which I will talk about at a later date in a separate post. I also made a salad which I am also planning on sharing with you at a late date. For now, let’s talk about my Weekend Egg Scramble that’s easy to make when you have about 15-20 mins to spare in the morning.
Ingredients (for 2):
- 3-4 organic, free range eggs
- 1 cup of fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup green onions
- 1/4 cup diced bell peppers or tomato (up to you, I didn’t use either this time)
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tablespoons shredded cheese of your choice
- 1/4 cup deli honey ham (cut up into small squares, see picture below)
Note: the picture below shows amounts for about 4 servings, not 2.
As you can see you have a good amount of nutrition here: monounsaturated fats, folate, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin K from avocado, more vitamin K from spinach as well as vitamin A, vit C, iron and calcium.
I like to call eggs a “superfood” too including the yolks. Some may ask, “what kind of a dietitian recommends eating yolks?” My answer: one that doesn’t like to waste nutrients :) Eating a couple eggs here and there isn’t going to send your triglycerides and cholesterol sky high. Save the eggs and throw out the deep fried french fries! Here are some of the nutrients that an egg yolk contains: vitamins A, D, E, B vitamins, choline , calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc and selenium! So excuse me if I find it a bit silly when I see people throwing away yolks and eating egg whites to keep their cholesterol in check. Over my dead body!
1. Get some butter on that pan. Yes, I said butter. You don’t need much and it will taste better!
2. Throw all of the ingredients you cut up on the pan: ham, onions, spinach and whatever else you are deciding to add to this.
3. Cook for a little bit on low-medium heat and then throw in all the eggs. You can raise the heat to medium. Wait until the clear part starts getting nice and white and then start mixing everything together. Mix until the eggs are cooked; you shouldn’t see any runny, clear eggs anywhere. Be careful not to overcook as the eggs will become too dry.
4. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and then place avocado slices on top. Let it sit on low heat for about 2 minutes so that the cheese melts and avocado gets nice and warm.
5. Serve and enjoy! ( note: the picture below doesn’t show the avocado slices but I swear I put them on after!)