Nothing To Cook For Breakfast? Make Breakfast Anyway

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Waking up on the weekend, one doesn’t want to get dressed. One wants to throw on a pair of shorts, veg out on the couch, listen to music and possibly read the newspaper. One–and I’m pretty much talking about myself here–definitely doesn’t want to go to the grocery store to buy breakfast ingredients. So what to do when there aren’t enough breakfast ingredients to make a normal breakfast? You make breakfast anyway.

The best strategy for this is to raid your freezer and see what you find. Last weekend, I did just that and what did I find? Frozen leftovers from that time I hosted a Make Your Own Taco Night. That’s chorizo, beans and onions cooked together. I took the whole thing, frozen, plopped it into a pan, added a little water, turned up the heat and waited. 15 minutes later, with some stirring and tasting, I had this.

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That picture may not make your stomach growl because, ya know, meat and beans together in a pot isn’t the sexiest thing. So how to make it look nicer?

In my refrigerator I had TWO eggs and a little leftover arugula. I tossed the arugula with olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper, and then fried the eggs in olive oil. To present this, I spooned the beef/bean mixture into bowls, put arugula around the periphery and the fried egg in the middle.

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Amazing what a little dressing up can do. And amazing how putting a fried egg on something suddenly transforms it into breakfast.

I didn’t have to spend a dime to make this and it tasted as good as something you might pay $14 for at a fancy brunch place. So this weekend: be bold, be inventive and be frugal. If you’re unsure, just do what I do: put an egg on it. See you back here on Monday!

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