Cookbook Review: Breakfast for Dinner

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This week’s cookbook review is over Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More! with a recipe for Huevos Rancheros Tacos!

I love breakfast so much! It’s what I ask for on my birthday, and it’s something I look forward to on Christmas. If, for some reason, I was allowed endless ingredients for only one food category on a dessert island, it would be breakfast foods.

I am no stranger to eating breakfast for dinner. I have cracked an egg over a pizza before.  I keep pancake mix in the cabinet primarily for when I need a quick weeknight meal or a late night snack for a crowd. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to savory waffles (a secret board, of course, because it’s getting embarrassingly obsessive).

I took one look at the huavos rancheros tacos recipe, and immediately added it to the meal plan this week. (It doesn't hurt that my fridge was filled with eggs I found on sale for about 60 cents/dozen either.) These tacos were MESSY but in such a good way! If you’re not a fan of runny egg yoke, my husband, Adam, made some awesome cheddar garlic scrambled eggs to fill the rest of our tacos.

When you’re not morning people, breakfast doesn’t often happen before 10 am or so. After 6 pm is even better!

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I am LOVING this book! Lindsey Landis and Taylor Hackbarth came up with some very creative breakfast food spins.  Cornflake-crusted chicken tenders, mini pesto quiches, lemon poppy seed thumbprint cookies, dessert pancakes. I didn’t have time to make everything I wanted to this week!

I always appreciate a cookbook that has a full page picture of every recipe, too.

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I took one look at the huavos rancheros tacos recipe, and immediately added it to the meal plan this week. (It doesn’t hurt that my fridge was filled with eggs I found on sale for about 60 cents/dozen either.)

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Seriously, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, where have you been all my life? That little can of peppers is the real hero in the ranchero sauce!

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These tacos were MESSY but in such a good way! If you’re not a fan of runny egg yoke, my husband, Adam, made some awesome cheddar garlic scrambled eggs to fill the rest of our tacos. I’ve included the recipe below!

Ingredients

Ranchero Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 largejalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce + 1/2 tbsp sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Tacos:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of refried beans
  • 8 soft corn tortillas
  • 8 large eggs

Cheddar Garlic Scrambled Eggs:

  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 c cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in medium saucepan, add onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Cook for 3 minutes over medium heat until beginning to soften. Stir in tomatoes with their juices, chipotle, adobo sauce, and oregano. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the sauce simmers, heat refried beans per package instructions, either on stovetop or in microwave.
  3. Use olive oil to grease a skillet or a griddle. Arrange a single layer of 3-4 corn tortillas and crisp over a medium heat 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the edges are browning.
  4. After sauce has simmered, blend in a food processor until smooth.
  5. Cook the eggs last.  Sunny side up can be made four at a time in a covered skillet over a medium-high heat for 4 minutes (5 for firmer yokes).  Scrambled eggs can be made all at once: crack eggs into skillet over medium-high heat, add milk, and stir constantly. Add cheese and garlic when eggs are almost firm.
  6. Spread beans on the tortillas and top with eggs and ranchero sauce. Enjoy!

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“Deviled” Egg Salad Sandwiches

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This post is a part of a collaborative series with Non-Baker called The Tea Party.  Have you guys checked out Non-Baker yet? It’s great! And I’m not just saying that because Anna is my sister… I’m saying that because everything she bakes is super yummy.

Hey, can you keep a secret?  Lean in so I can whisper it in your ear.

Shhhh, here’s the secret: there’s no difference between “deviled” egg salad and regular egg salad. Don’t tell!

I don’t cook for children very often. My son is only 5 months old, so we haven’t had to worry about him being a picky eater yet. So when I was thinking of little finger foods to make, bruschetta or cucumber sandwiches didn’t seem like they would go over terribly well with my younger tea party guests.

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I mean, I was competing for attention with Anna’s cake, after all…

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So I thought back over the things that tend to disappear first at Grandma’s Sunday dinners. Anything sweet, of course. Cake, ice cream, cookies, all gobbled up quickly. All forms of the potato are always a hit, as well as anything covered in cheese. These kids have good tastes!

  
And deviled eggs. There is never a deviled egg left by the end of dinner.  Normally a couple are suspiciously missing from the plate before dinner even starts. Easter is a very popular holiday!
 I already had a favorite egg salad recipe that is tried and true. When you think about it, egg salad really isn’t all that different from deviled eggs.

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And know what? All those deviled egg salad sandwiches disappeared.

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The youngest girl even took it upon herself to eat the egg salad out of the middle and leave a little pile of bread squares… until mom stepped in. You have to use your best manners at a tea party, of course. 🙂

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Between me and you, can I let you know another little secret? I steamed the eggs so they would peel more easily!

Fifteen or sixteen minutes in the steamer basket over a boil, and my extremely fresh eggs peeled very easily.  I may never truly hard boil an egg again.

I tripped the recipe for the tea party, but ended up having about half left over after arranging the sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • 3 chilled hard boiled eggs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (to make it a deviled egg sandwich)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pieces of bread

Instructions:

  1. Peel, and dice the eggs. Just a tip! To easily dice, put a wire baking rack over a bowl and push the eggs through the squares. Start toasting bread, if desired.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Smooth egg salad onto slices of bread and serve. 

This post was part of a week long series titled The Tea Party. Please come back or visit Non-Baker for more recipes and tips in this series!

One Pot Brown Fried Rice

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This simple one pot recipe uses brown rice, frozen veggies, eggs, and soy sauce to make fried rice.  It’s great for those evenings when even takeout seems likes too much effort.  Brown rice provides whole grains and fiber, which are an essential part of a healthy diet.

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Today, I’m feeling a little frayed around the edges. “Thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread,” as Bilbo Baggins says.  You know those kinds of days?

Oh sweet baby, please never outgrow your slobbery kisses and morning time coos! Forever, hold my face in both your little hands and beam from ear to ear; I’ll never grow tired of it. May you light up with smiles every time you see me for a long, long time!

But anytime you would like to sleep through the night would be absolutely fine, mmmkay?

So temporary? Maybe. People love to remind me how temporary and short this phase in life is, but that advice doesn’t keep all the pieces of life I’m juggling from crashing down today.

Simplifying everything does keep my world running a bit more smoothly. Oh, and prayer. And a little coffee.

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The first kitchen purchase after I had a baby? A rice cooker.

There is nothing simpler: Rice + water + on switch. Combine with a few veggies and a meat (or beans… rice + beans create a complete protein), maybe some broth, and you could end up with a hundred easy and budget friendly dinner options. If you don’t have a rice cooker, minute rice and boil in bag are also great options. I relied on those products for years.

Rice feeds more than half the world’s population on any given day and is a major staple in many cultures cuisine. It comes in two basic varieties: brown and white, the former being whole grain holds the most nutritional value. It has been credited to be beneficial for your skin, your metabolism, your blood pressure, and your lower digestive system. Some scientists even say it prevents cancer.

This simple recipe is one of the big guns in my “surviving the crazy of real life” arsenal; so simple and basically healthy, especially compared to the other foods we Americans typically turn to when life gets crazy.  The ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and it only takes minutes to dump and cook. (I especially appreciate my rice cooker on days like this. Smartest purchase I’ve ever made.) And only one pan to clean!

May this recipe make your life a little easier. And yummier. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 C uncooked brown rice
  • 2 C water
  • 6 oz frozen mixed veggies: corn, carrots, peas (approximately half a bag)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp, 1 tsp soy sauce, separated

Instructions

  1. Add brown rice, water, 2 tbsp soy sauce, and frozen veggies to a rice cooker. (Or, cook rice on the stovetop per package instructions, and add frozen veggies to water with rice.)
  2. When rice is almost cooked, crack eggs into a small microwave safe bowl. Cook in the microwave on high, stirring with a fork in 15 second increments until completely cooked.
  3. Stir cooked egg into pot of rice and veggies after rice is completely cooked.

Optional: mix in cooked chicken or shrimp with the egg if you have it on hand! 🙂

This simple one pot recipe uses brown rice, frozen veggies, eggs, and soy sauce to make fried rice.  It's great for those evenings when even takeout seems likes too much effort.  Brown rice provides whole grains and fiber, which are an essential part of a healthy diet.