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Monday, May 5, 2014

What's for breakfast?

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. Sometimes I eat two breakfasts in one day! Lately, I've been making fresh bruschetta, guacamole (or guac), and onion ring eggs. So easy and so delicious! Normally people eat bruschetta and guac as appetizers or snacks in the afternoon or evening. But I enjoy enjoying them in the beginning of the day because they are loaded with health benefits and good fats. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps fight against cancer.


Bruschetta Recipe
2 ripe roma tomatoes
2 T of extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp of balsamic vinegar
6 fresh basil leaves
1 tsp of minced shallot
pinch of garlic powder (or freshly minced garlic)
black pepper and salt for taste

1. Dice the tomatoes into small cubes.
2. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallot, garlic, black pepper and salt. Mix.
3. Add the tomatoes and finely chopped basil leaves. Place on your favorite slice of bread or crackers.

Guac Recipe
1 ripe avocado
1-2 tsp minced shallot
1/2 lemon (or less depending on your preference)
salt and pepper for taste

1. Using a knife, cut the avocado in half. Take out the pit. Then, cut horizontally and vertically through the two halves. Using a spoon, scoop out the avocado.
2. In a small bowl, place the lemon juice, shallot, salt and pepper into bowl. Mix and place the diced avocado cubes into the bowl. Mix together and serve immediately.


Onion Ring Egg
One onion ring
1 egg
salt and pepper for taste

1. In a lightly oiled frying pan, place the onion ring and cook on medium heat for a few minutes until slightly browned. Then flip over to cook on the other side.
2. Crack the egg and place in the inside of the onion ring. Cook for 2-3 minutes, and then flip the entire egg onto the other side to cook for another few minutes. (The egg yolk will be a bit runny - so yummy).
3. Season with salt and pepper. You can also put dill or basil on top for garnishing.

These recipes are very easy. You don't have to follow it to an exact T; I usually just estimate the amount, and they still turn out delicious. For the bruschetta and guac recipe, you can also use red onion and garlic instead of shallots. But I love shallots because they're a combination of an onion and garlic. They have an amazing flavor to them.
Tip: Invest in a basil plant so you will always have fresh basil leaves handy. The basil in stores are not always very fresh (you can tell by the black spots on the leaves). I bought my plant at Whole Foods for two bucks, and it's been blooming so well!

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