This is part 2 of my 5-part series, "Go to Meals". These are recipes I do on a weekly basis that I find easy, quick, cheap, and healthy.
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When cooking for one, eggs are the hero. When I just want something quick and cheap and don't feel like cooking up a whole meat dish (as meat is usually sold by the pound and can make shopping for one difficult), this is my go-to. Even if you buy the expensive, high quality eggs, the protein in this meal comes to a grand total of a dollar. Add on the veggies and you have a meal that takes 20 minutes or less and costs about three dollars.
I like traditional omelettes, but they can be a little bit difficult and actually require the right frying pan and some cooking talent to perfect. This is like a "lazy omelette", which has more veggies than eggs. It is not quite a scramble, but kind of like a bunch of veggies held together with eggs and cheese.
On other words, it's pretty good!
Turn the stove (with the pan on it duuuuuuui) onto medium heat and melt some lovely grass-fed butter on it (maybe a tablespoon or so). Yes, if you haven't heard, butter is back (and healthy) and grass-fed is the healthiest kind. It's also a high-temperature fat, meaning you can use it for frying, unlike olive oil, which is a low-temperature oil.
Those veggies won't work if ya don't cut them up, so while you're waiting for that delicious butter to melt, cut them up into pieces like so (shown below). The smaller you cut them, the shorter time it takes to cook them.
Only put them in the pan when the butter is melted, and the pan is hot. You know the pan is hot if you put your finger on it and you get a 2nd degree burn. (DON'T ACTUALLY DO THAT!!!)
No, but seriously, you can test if it is hot buy putting one piece of vegetable in and hearing if it sizzles. Then you may put the rest in.
These veggies will probably take about 20 minutes to cook. Make sure you check on them and give it a stir every few minutes, cause we don't want them to burn.
While you're waiting, you can crack open the two eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork. We are not putting the egg mix in until the veggies are cooked, so hang tight.
Shown below is what the veggies should look like when cooked. This took about 20 minutes, but you may want to taste one first to make sure they are done.
Now is the part where we add the egg mix. Spread the cooked veggies evenly over the pan, then slowly pour the egg mix all around, trying to cover the whole pan.
Don't touch it for a minute or so. Just keep your eye on it. Look for little bubbles in the egg mix.
What I did next was flip it over in pieces. It would take a lot of skill to flip the whole thing over in one go, and to be honest, it would probably taste the same. The picture below is what t looked like after I flipped it over.
Just remember, if all fails and it all falls apart, you still have a great scrambled egg dish.
Finally, I'm going to sprinkle the cheese I grated over the top and turn the stove off.
And that's it! Cooking for one can be easy, healthy, and cheap. Stay tuned for parts 3-5 of my go-to meals!