Hot, Fast, Easy, Filling Breakfast

With my new early-morning workouts plan (which I’m sticking with, btw, and which are waaaaay better than caffeine at waking you up in the morning, btw), I knew I should be more dedicated about refueling with breakfast — no waiting until mid-morning to have my granola between e-mails — and particularly try to get some protein in me.  The no-brainer breakfast food for this is eggs, right?  But I’ve never been a huge fan of straight-up eggs.  So I came up with this quick recipe that REALLY fills me up and also leaves time for some daily ablutions.

All you need is a potato, egg, cheese, olive oil, and seasoning.  If you want to add the drink, it’s lemon juice, apple juicespinach, and ice.

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Put about a teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet and turn the burner on to medium high (like, 7).

Dice up a bit-bigger-than-an-egg potato (or more if you want, but I find this is plenty for me) and toss it into the pan (carefully — don’t splash hot oil!).  Add a little salt, pepper, and if you’re adventurous some other spice.  I like a bit of cumin.  Stir/shake/toss to coat, and walk away.

Clean your face.  Or brush your teeth.  Do some small one-to-two-minute task.

Go back to the stove and stir/shake/toss.

Put on your clothes.  Brush your hair.  You do not have time to go dump a watering can on your garden…

Go back to the stove and stir/shake/toss.  Add just enough water to put a thin layer on the bottom of the pan and cover with a lid to boil/steam the potatoes.

Go put sunscreen on your face.  Because sun damage is cumulative.

Go back to the stove, remove the lid, and stir/shake/toss.  Crack an egg (or two, if you want) on top of the potatoes.

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While letting the egg cook for one-to-two minutes, gather the following things and stick them in a blender: two ice cubes, about 2T of lemon juice, about 1/3 cup apple juice, and a lot of spinach.

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Turn back to the stove.  Flip your potato-egg thingy (or don’t, depending on how you like your eggs) and sprinkle a little bit of cheese on top.  Cover with a lid and turn off the heat to finish up the egg and melt the cheese.

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Turn back to the blender and blend.

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After thirty-seconds-to-a-minute, transfer the potato-egg-cheese deliciousness to a plate.

IMG_9673Resume blending if needed.  Pour mixture into a glass.  Rinse blender immediately so spinach doesn’t stick.

Add a foam roller, and you’ve got yourself a great breakfast.

IMG_9674The spinach drink is a Pinterest find (from here) though I modified it by swapping apple juice for the honey and water because the honey was just gumming up the blades rather than getting mixed in.  But it really is pretty delicious.  It can end up a bit foamy initially, so be prepared to stir, or put it in a small bottle to shake up.  If you let it sit for a few hours (like by taking it to work and forgetting to drink it until lunch), the foam goes away and it basically turns into green juice with some spinach bits — also equally delicious.

Yes, I’ve become one of those people that drink green drinks…

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