Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hot breakfast in less than 5 minutes

Life has changed for Scott and I. Understatement of the year when you have a kid, I know. Gone are the days when we could go to sleep and get up when we wanted, eat when we wanted, go out when we wanted. Now everything revolves around the baby. Things like sleeping, eating and going out can only happen when he's awake (or asleep), or happy, or at least not screaming. And I am not complaining! No, no, no! But man, it's all an adjustment.
The biggest adjustment for me is eating. During my pregnancy, nausea up to the 8th month helped me not gain a ton of weight, which was great since I did not stop myself from eating whatever I wanted. But now that I am nursing (too much information?) I am starving all the time. ALL THE TIME. And it sucks when I'm alone with the baby and he's eating or crying or drifting off to sleep in my arms and I can't put him down and get something to eat. No lie, a couple of times my stomach growling has actually woken him up.
This is a sandwich we've been making for years and it is perfect to make to eat on the go. It's also fast to make and you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. Here we go:

For a basic breakfast sandwich I use an english muffin (or bagel), cheese, an egg and some deli ham.

You can change this up as you like - sometimes we use leftover bacon or sausage if we have it in place of the ham. Sometimes I leave out the ham and add tomato slices instead. I usually use a cheese slice, but sometimes slices of cheddar or mozza if I don't have cheese slices.

Mostly I don't add condiments, but you could use butter, mayo, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, brown sauce - whatever combo appeals to you.

Split the english muffin and toast it. While it's toasting, crack the egg into a microwave safe ramekin. Season with salt and pepper if desired. I always scramble mine.

Microwave until the egg is just set (or to your liking). I nuke mine in 20 second intervals until done. Alternatively you could cook your egg in a pan on the stove.

Assemble your breakfast! English muffin on the plate. Condiments if you're using them. Then your egg, ham, and cheese on the muffin.

Eat, with some ketchup or brown sauce on the side for dipping, if you're so inclined.


natalia said...

I know the feeling !! While nursing real hunger strikes !!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

All things are possible with this sandwich ... even one handed assembly!
I use to laugh when Gorn would ask: How much can a baby change things? Nothings going to change.
He did learn fast though, I'll give him that.

katiez said...

A home-made Egg McMuffin - I can do that. I saw English muffins the other day - for the first time.
Glad to hear (and see) all is going well....

Peggy Clyde. said...

This sounds so quick and good. Two important things in our busy life now. Thanks.

Sara said...

Tanna - you can't prepare for how much life changes, I don't think!

Katie - I made some wonderful ones from scratch, very easy -

Coleen's Recipes said...

Sounds yummy, I think I'd like one made with scrambled eggs and leftover chopped sausage.

Mags said...

Glad to hear things are going well, he looks so big in the photo you put up below!
Great looking sandwich too!

Owen said...

Delicous! Thanks for sharing with us, I am always looking for new ideas for breakfasts.

taylor said...

Great idea! Never thought to microwave the egg in a ramekin. You just made my breakfast life 100 times easier! =D