Sunday, October 10, 2010

Courageous Meals - 2

Egg, Spinach and Chicken Apple Sausage Scramble
with Side Salad

This is, hands down, my all time favorite breakfast.  I have made this combo of foods in many different ways, but the way depicted here is the one I enjoy the most.  The great thing about this is that it is so incredibly simple to throw together, and it is so easy to throw in little additions should you feel the need.  I am going to keep it straight forward for the post, but I will put together a small list of add-ons that are really great at the end.

  • 4 good sized chicken apple sausage*
  • 2-4 whole eggs
  • 1.5 cups egg whites
  • 3-4 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 handful small, sliced mushrooms
  • Seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder)
(Optional side salad.  Ingredients shown are just what I felt like making this particular meal)
  • 1 handful mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • 1/4 cup cut tomatoes
  • 5-8 kalamata olives
*I have tried many different kinds, but tend to find the best ones at Whole Food and Trader Joe's.  Lindsey and I just discovered a great brand at Costco and we stock up with about 32 sausages per trip!  Yum! Check the ingredients and go with the ones with free range chicken and the least amount of additives.  It is very tough to find these with little or no sugar, so keep your eyes open for those and grab them when you can!

Start by putting a medium pan on very low heat.  Then cut up your chicken sausage by cutting them in half length-wise, then cutting them into small (about .5 in by .5 in) pieces; set aside.  Go ahead and break the eggs into a bowl, add extra egg whites and a pinch of salt, a pinch of chili powder, and a couple shakes of pepper.  Whip that up with a little gusto.

Head back to your low heat pan and add about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and throw your handfuls of spinach in there.  Sprinkle a couple pinches of garlic powder over your spinach and mix it up.  Next add your mushrooms and sausage and cook (mixing them all around occasionally) until the spinach starts to shrivel up (probably about 3 minutes or so).  Take your whipped up, seasoned eggs and pour over the cooking ingredients.  Turn the heat to medium.  Mix occasionally and remove from heat once the eggs are completely solidified (or however you like them).

Keeping the eggs in the pan to stay warm, head over to the cutting board and mix up your salad.  This could be a simple mixed green salad, or you can add a few other ingredients if you so choose.  I am a fan of a good deal of additions to my salads, so today I added onion, tomato, kalamata olives and a Tuscon Italian Balsamic dressing.  It fit perfectly with the flavors of the eggs and chicken apple sausage!

Plate it on up and enjoy the absolutely most wonderful breakfast you could ever imagine!

Here is a list of ingredients I have found are great to mix into the scramble (any combo really):
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini 
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Turkey bacon
  • Grilled or rotisserie chicken
  • I'll sometimes mix my eggs with almond milk
  • I'll use coconut oil instead of olive oil
Try it out and let me know what you think.  And, if you have any special/favorite breakfasts, share them, perhaps I will use it (or a variation of it) in a future Courageous Meal post.

Never Stop, GET FIT.

Josh Courage

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