So here’s how it happened: AJ and I were at the grocery store and I was complaining (as per usual) about not eating enough vegetables. The particular meal I was griping about was breakfast – I seriously feel like the only thing to eat for breakfast is pure carbs, like oatmeal or cereal or toast. I mean, these things are all tasty and whatnot, but after eating the same things every day for, well, ever, I just really felt like I needed a change. A vegetable change. Something that would fuel me for the whole day! With vitamins and antioxidants and colors other than brown!
But I was too lazy to actually come up with anything, so what did I do? I griped to AJ about it. Good plan, right?
Turns out it was. This amazing fiance of mine just said “Okay, done.” And went around the store collecting all sorts of veggies that I had no idea what he was going to do with. That night, he spent an exceptionally long time preparing his lunch for the next day, which I paid no attention to because I was likely typing away on this blog here.
The next morning after we got back from our walk with the dog he went straight to the kitchen. A few minutes later I was smelling the most amazing smells I had ever smelled at 5:45 in the morning – onions, garlic, bell pepper, and more. I’m pretty sure I was doing a little happy dance while peeking over his shoulder and waiting for the food to be done. Veggies! For breakfast! On a weekday!! I couldn’t have been more stoked. And then he added eggs. Nom nom nom nom nom. Eggs are my guilty pleasure. I loves them.
So this little breakfast scramble has become a normal part of our routine a couple times per week. AJ chops the vegetables at night, then fries them up in the morning. I always feel so energized after this amazing meal. We buy enough veggies at the beginning of the week to make a couple of these, and I love how much extra produce we’ve been eating.
This recipe actually makes quite a lot. If the two of us split it we are stuffed to the brim. You could easily feed 3 and maybe 4 if you added some toast on the side, so I’ve included that option as well.
This recipe is also amazing because of how flexible it is. Whatever are your favorite veggies of the moment, throw them in! As long as they cook in a similar amount of time. The brussels sprouts are actually one of my favorite ingredients, something that both of us thought might be weird. I bet this would be great with some leeks, cabbage, kale, or even eggplant. The options are endless! If you try anything, let me know how it turns out. I bet it’ll be delicious!
What are your other ideas for getting some veggies in the morning? Sweet potatoes, anyone? I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never tried!
If you make this and LOVE it, share it with your friends! Tag me @myCAroots on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. I love to see what you guys make!
Super Veggie Breakfast Scramble (gf)
The most delicious breakfast you’ll ever have on a weekday! The veggies are chopped the night before, then tossed in a skillet in the morning. Less than 15 minutes later you’ll have a delicious, vegetable-heavy meal under your belt, ready to fight the day!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 3-4 servings
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
- 4 oz (half box) mushrooms, sliced
- 5 medium brussels sprouts, sliced lengthwise
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 serrano pepper, minced
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 large eggs
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 4 pieces of whole wheat bread, optional
- butter, vegan or otherwise, optional
- Prep all the vegetables the night before, or in the morning if you have time.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss all the veggies in the skillet together (including the garlic and pepper), mix well and cook, stirring every now and then until starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
- While the veggies cook, crack the eggs into a bowl and beat together with a fork. If desired, add some salt to the eggs (I’d guess about 1/4 tsp, but we never measure).
- If you want to cook the eggs separately, heat another skillet over medium heat. Grease with non-stick spray, then add the eggs and cook, stirring very often with a spatula, until almost cooked but still runny. Dump the cooked eggs into the pan with the veggies and stir until evenly distributed.
- Alternatively, add the beaten eggs directly to the pan with the veggies and cook, stirring often, until the eggs are almost cooked (this is our preferred method – fewer pans!).
- Remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Serve with toast if desired.