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Ginger Curry Scramble

3 large Collard Green Leaves [center ribs removed, chopped]
1 Garlic Clove [grated]
1/2 tsp Ginger Root [fresh, grated]
1/4 cup Red Onion [chopped finely]
1/2 tsp Sweet Curry Powder
3 Eggs [free range, well beaten with 1 Tbs water]
1 Tbs Safflower Oil
Sea Salt
Smoked Hot Paprika or Cayenne Pepper

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic + ginger till fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add collard greens. Saute until just tender + bright green, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder + stir. Add eggs + stir frequently until just cooked. Season with sea salt + serve with a dash of hot paprika.

Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs

6 Eggs [free range, hard boiled, peeled]
2-3 Tbs Mayonnaise
1 Tbs Brown Stone Ground Mustard
1/2 tsp Tarragon [dried]
1/4 lb Crab Meat [picked over for shells]
1 tsp Basil [fresh, chopped]
pinch of Salt
dash Smoked Paprika

Cut each egg in half. Combine yolks, mustard + mayonnaise in a bowl and mix till smooth. Stir in tarragon, crab, basil + salt. Divide crab mixture into about 1″ round scoops + fill egg whites. Serve garnished with a little extra basil + a dash of smoked paprika.

Tex-Mex Breakfast Stew

1 cup Onion [minced]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
5 Sun Dried Tomatoes [chopped]
14 oz Diced Tomatoes [+ their juices]
2 cups Black Beans
4+ Eggs [free range, no more than 1 week old]

Heat olive oil in a shallow 5-1/2 quart sauce pan. Saute onion for about 5 minutes, then add garlic + spices, stirring for a few minutes more. Add the diced + dried tomatoes + bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, until flavors are well blended. Stir in the beans.

Make 4 depressions in the stew with a spoon + break an egg into each. Cover + allow to simmer for about 5 or so minutes until the eggs are poached to your liking. [You can carefully remove the eggs + poach more as desired.]

Serve a couple eggs + a scoop of stew in a shallow bowl topped with cilantro with tortillas on the side.

Spinach Stracciatella

4 cups Vegetable Broth [low sodium or unsalted]
2 Tbs Miso
2 Eggs
2 Tbs Semolina Flour
2 hand fulls Spinach [fresh, torn to bite size pieces]
Fresh Parsley [for garnish]

In a small bowl, beat eggs, semolina flour and 2 Tbs of water until well blended. Set aside.
Heat broth till just about to boil. Stir in miso to mix very well. Bring broth to a very gentle boil + slowly whisk in the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in the spinach and reduce to a simmer for a couple minutes. Serve garnished with fresh flat leaf parsley.

Serves 2 to 4.

Curry Deviled Eggs

2 Eggs [free range, hard boiled]*
2 tsp Mayonnaise
1/4 tsp Sweet Curry Powder
Sea Salt
dash Cayenne Pepper
2 Chives [minced]

Peel eggs + slice in half. Combine yolks with mayonnaise, curry + salt. Mash together until very smooth. Fill centers of eggs with yolk mixture. Top with chives + a dash of cayenne pepper.

A delicious single serving.

*Tip:  Very fresh eggs are hard to peel.  Eggs 7-10 days old are best for hard boiling.  Poach or fry fresh eggs.  You can tell the age of an egg by how close the white is to the yolk.

Jalapeño Mayonnaise

1 Egg Yolk
1/2 cup Oil
1 Jalapeño Pepper [seeded + finely minced]
1 Garlic Clove [finely minced]
dash Oregano [dried]
dash Lemon Juice
dash Lime Juice
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Whisk egg yolk and oil together, adding oil slowly, until thickened. Stir in remaining ingredients + season with salt and pepper.

This recipe is by Jane Middleton and serves as the topping for Texas Tacos.

Spanish Breakfast Stew

1 medium Sweet Onion [chopped, 2 cups]
5 Garlic Cloves [minced, 2 Tbs]
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper
10 Roasted Piquillo Peppers [skins, stems + seeds removed, chopped]
14 oz Canned Tomatoes [diced in juice]
1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
1 tsp Smoked Spanish Paprika
1/2 tsp Fresh Oregano [chopped]
1/4 tsp Fresh Thyme

4 to 8 Eggs [free range]
1/4 cup Fresh Parsley [roughly torn]
1 loaf Rustic Bread [crusty on the outside, soft inside]

This stew is ideal for breakfast. Make the night before and allow to cool overnight. The flavors with blend nicely and make the morning preparation very quick. If you want to make it in the morning, just skip the cooling + reheating steps.

Heat olive oil to medium in a medium saucepan with a lid. Saute onions + garlic, seasoned with salt + pepper until very tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Do no allow to brown. Add peppers + paprika, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, thyme + broth and bring to a gentle boil. Allow to reduce over a low simmer for 15 minutes. Juices should just thicken. Allow to cool covered overnight.

When ready to serve, bring stew to a gentle boil. Make a cup within the stew by pushing aside the tomato and pepper chunks. Crack an egg into the prepared spot in the stew. Repeat with 3 more eggs making sure that they are separated enough that their whites do not touch. Allow eggs to poach for about 5 minutes until whites are set. Scoop eggs from stew. Repeat with remaining 4 eggs if desired.

Serve eggs in a shallow bowl over a large spoon full of stew. Top with parsley + serve with bread.

*This recipe won Editor’s Choice for GOOD Magazine’s Crowdsourced Cookbook: Comfort Food Edition! Check out the cookbook here.*

Natural Egg Dye

4 Purple Cabbage Leaves [very dark, outer leaves]
1 Bunch Beets [skins only]
3 Onion Skins [yellow, outside papery skins only]
1/2 cup Blue Dye [from purple cabbage leaves, after following steps below]
1 tsp Turmeric

Boil each color in a separate pan in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes, adding additional water as it evaporates. Strain out vegetable parts and cool in jars. Allow eggs to soak in dye for 20+ minutes till desired colors are achieved.

Egg Salad

4 Eggs [cage free, hard boiled]
2 Tbs  Mayonnaise [organic]
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Dill Pickle [medium, chopped]
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper [to taste]
Smoked Spanish Paprika [don’t even think about any other tasteless paprika]

Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks into a bowl, then mash with mayo, mustard, salt + pepper. Chop egg whites. Add whites + pickles to yolks and mix well. Serve with a good sprinkle of paprika on top. Serve with crackers or as a sandwich on multi-grain bread with spinach, and red onion.

Makes about 2 sandwiches worth.

Eggs & Greens

1 Yukon Gold Potato [medium, chopped]
2 Eggs [free range]
1 Garlic clove [sliced]
4 Kale Leaves [torn into bite size pieces]
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

In a small pot, cover chopped potato with water and boil till just tender.  Meanwhile, heat oil and sauté garlic for 1 minute.  Add kale and sauté about 5 minutes until just tender.  Separate the eggs, adding the whites to the kale and reserving the yolks unbroken.  Scramble the eggs and kale till whites are cooked through then carefully place the yolks in the pan on top of a kale leaf.  Add 1tsp. of water and cover.  Steam till yolks are just cooked at the edges, about 1 minute.

Drain potatoes and toss with a bit of butter and add to a plate.  Serve kale and eggs over top of potatoes with a seasoning of salt and pepper.

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