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Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This is another one of those sort of on-a-whim recipes that I threw together one morning, and I absolutely loved it.

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

I know that a breakfast-for-one recipe doesn’t exactly make perfect sense on a blog that’s all about living together in peace … but sometimes the carnivorous guy and toddler are over there gnawing happily on their bacon, and I feel like I’m missing out on the breakfast action. So then I whip up something special for myself and I feel a little better. So, see?! Even this Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest helps keep our mixed-diet family happy!

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

This simple, satisfying, and protein-rich breakfast isn’t only delicious, it’s super easy, too. Seriously – it takes only about 5 minutes to whip up!

Just saute a little spinach …

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

Smash some chickpeas in there along with some lemon zest …

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

And make a “nest” …

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

… for the egg to cook in.

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

Salt, pepper, a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, and breakfast is served.

The egg cooks perfectly, at least to my taste – a bit of buttery yolk oozing out to flavor the “nest” here and there. And the chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) crisp up in wonderful little browned bits. Yum.

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

I’ve gotta say, my bacon-obsessed loved ones are totally missing out.

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Mushroom Swiss Breakfast Strata with Optional Bacon

Mushroom Swiss Breakfast Strata with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

For us, breakfast strata is an absolute must on Christmas morning. I grew up with it, and the holiday just wouldn’t feel complete without it.

Plus, when you make it the night before, the only work you have to do in the morning is pull the breakfast strata out of the fridge, uncover it, and stick it in the oven. Less time in the kitchen, more time playing with the toys Santa brought you. If you’ve been good, that is.

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Mini Margherita Quinoa Frittatas (with Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Mozzarella)

Mini Margherita Quinoa Frittatas (with Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Mozzarella)

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I’m really not sure if I should call these margherita quinoa frittatas or caprese quinoa frittatas. Either way it’s not the easiest to say. I probably should just call them cherry tomato, basil, and mozzarella frittatas.

Or maybe I’ll just call them delicious. And easy. And perfect to freeze for quick, healthy, filling future breakfasts.

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Chiles Rellenos Breakfast Strata with Optional Chorizo

Chiles Rellenos Breakfast Strata with Optional Chorizo

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

If there’s one word I’ve always found synonymous with Mother’s Day (other than “love” of course), it’s “brunch.” It’s the perfect way to celebrate mom – arguably, brunch is the best type of meal pretty much ever anyway (aside from dessert). Plus, if you’re into mimosas, brunch gives you an excuse to drink way too early in the day.

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Smashed Chickpea Guacamole Egg Salad

Smashed Chickpea Guacamole Egg Salad

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

The first time I tried to make a salad sandwich with chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), I neglected to smash them. It didn’t really occur to me that they’d roll all around and out of the sandwich as I tried to eat it. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty. Just, you know. Awkward.

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How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs (My Favorite Method)

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs (My Favorite Method)

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Foundations

Making hard-boiled eggs seems easy, but cooking them exactly right is a bit of an art. Cook them too long, and you’ve got dry, rubbery, army-green yolks. Err on the side of cooking them not long enough, and you’ve just got a bit of a sad mess.

It took me awhile – way too long, actually – to master hard-boiled eggs. Now that I’ve finally got the process down pat, I thought I’d share.

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Grab & Go Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Grab & Go Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I know I tend to talk a lot about babies and sleep, but seriously, man! Babies and sleep! I swear, every other day our darling daughter pulls another trick out of her hat that’s single-handedly designed to give us an entirely new level of appreciation for the book “Go the F— to Sleep.” That book, by the way, was of our more hilarious shower gifts. It was given to us by some sweetly smiling, knowing parents who surely knew exactly what we were in for and who quietly chuckled at our glowing pre-baby naivete.

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Holiday Breakfast Strata with Sausage (or Not)

Holiday Breakfast Strata with Sausage (or Not)

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I call this a Holiday Breakfast Strata because, well, it’s perfect for holidays. It’s an absolutely delicious, special dish that everyone, young and old, is sure to gobble up. And it takes next to no effort to bake up on those busy holiday mornings because you assemble it the night before.

It’s an amazing dish without the addition of sausage. Sometimes I’ll make one big meatless version in an 8″ x 8″  pan, then just cook up some bacon to serve alongside for the meat-eaters. Other times, like this one, I split the strata into two smaller casserole dishes and add sausage to the meat side. I adore Morningstar Farms’ Veggie Sausage Patties, so this time I cooked up a couple of those and added them to my veggie version as well. It was great.

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Leftover Crudite Frittata

Leftover Crudite Frittata

Posted on Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This easy-to-assemble veggie frittata recipe makes use of leftover crudites, a party staple. We all end up with leftover veggies from the crudite platter – especially this time of year – so why not give ‘em a (delicious) second life at breakfast time?

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