Day 2 – Brunch

Time to put that extra spinach to use.  Waste not, want not.

Buttered Toast, Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Tomato, Onion, and Parmesan, Bacon, and Coffee

Bacon

Serving 2 slices

Total for recipe – $0.44 per serving
Calories: 70 Fat: 6 Protein: 4  

I bake mine. For reals. In the toaster oven, if I’m just doing one serving.
As soon as I get the package home, I portion it into 2 slice servings. One of the servings is 3 slices. I never know when I’m going to get that one, and I’m delighted when it happens. I see this as a gift from the bacon gods. Those are free calories. The bacon gods have blessed me, and I’m not going to look that horse in the mouth.
I line the bottom of some tupperware with the portioned servings, separated with wax paper, and freeze them. I take them out as needed. If I haven’t planned ahead and defrosted, I’ll cover them in plastic wrap and run them under warm water. Takes 30 seconds – 1 minute, and they’re ready to cook.
When baking them, I stretch foil over the top of the pan, poke holes to let the fat drain, then bake it at 350F.
Takes about 5-10 minutes in the toaster oven, 15-20 in the conventional.
Drain on paper towels.
Yum.

Sourdough Toast with Butter

Servings – 1 piece of bread with 1/2 Tbsp butter

Bread – $0.15
Butter – $0.05

Total for recipe – $0.20 per serving
Calories: 164 Fat: 6.1 Protein: 3.25  

No need to defrost if frozen. Can go straight from freezer to toaster oven while the bacon is draining. 

 If you want to bake this bread – recipe here.  It will take a few hours though. 

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Tomato, Onion, and Parmesan

Servings – 1 (2 eggs with vegetables and cheese)

1 1/2 tsp onions, minced – $0.02
.75 oz spinach – $0.20
1/2 roma tomato – $0.22
2 eggs – $0.80 – depending on the kind of eggs. A word about Eggs
salt and pepper – $0.05
1 tsp cream – $0.04
1/2 tablespoon of butter – $0.05
1/2 ounce Parmesan, shredded – $0.56**

Total for recipe – $1.94 per serving (with organic eggs, the norm from here on in)
Calories: 360 Fat: 24.6 (18.8 if you use non-stick cooking spray instead of butter, and 306 calories) Protein: 20  

Put pan on a low burner.
Add onions and sweat for a minute.
Add spinach and salt.
When spinach has wilted, add tomatoes, turn heat to medium high for 30 seconds.
Reserve and rinse pan for eggs.
Beat eggs together with a whisk.
Put in 1 tsp cream and salt and pepper to taste (I use a literal pinch of salt per egg, and 2 pepper grinds).
Whip together.
Melt butter in pan until foaming.
Add eggs.
Let set around edges. Pull edges towards the middle with wooden spoon or heat resistant spatula. Let uncooked eggs run into the exposed parts of the pan. Repeat until they are almost done to your liking.
Add spinach mixture, top with cheese and cook until starting to melt.
Move to a hot plate and let the carryover finish cooking the eggs and melting the cheese.
Serve while warm.

**I use Belligioso, it’s tasty and affordable. Also, WF carries a Parmesiano Regganito which is only aged six months, so it’s less expensive and sweeter -a good compromise. Parmesan comes shredded for about the same price, but it has more flavor if you do it yourself each time you need it, and you can control the grate.

Coffee

Total for recipe – $0.42 a cup (with tax) with cream and sugar

Calories: 55 Fat: 3 Protein: 0 (with cream and sugar)

I make Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream for tonight about now, so it has time to freeze.

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Totals for brunch

Total for brunch – $3.00
Calories: 649
Fat: 39.7 (55%)
Protein: 27.25 (17%)

Yes, I realize, another fattening meal. And the next one is a heart attack waiting to happen. However, I traditionally only have 2 meals on Sunday, so I make them count.

I always stay under 2,000 calories a day, and I typically stick to lean meats, so when I’m going to the dark side, I do not toe the line. I jump in and wallow.

There will be other, less artery-clogging recipes coming up if this makes you uncomfortable. I fing that a very fattening brunch like this will keep me full until linner, which will keep me full until I pass out from happy lipid coma. The hiatus is brief.

Sundays rock.

There is always the option to substitute all the butter and cream – here’s a list of lower fat/cal Substitutions  

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