Five minutes to make this meal

So here’s the thing about food. You need it. Everyday. What you eat is entirely up to you, but let’s talk about all of your options. OPTION ONE: Spend tons of money eating out with ingredients that are likely unhealthy for you. OPTION TWO: Heat up a frozen meal with the sodium equivalent of a salt lick, and high fat content accompanied with scabby cheese and minimal flavor. 

OPTION THREE: You can cook. I’m talking about preparing meals like a boss by throwing something healthy together in five minutes that looks and tastes delicious. Something like this: 

Scrambled eggs on a sprouted wheat bagel with a scallion, tomato, avocado salsa. Smoked salmon on the side? YES.

Scrambled eggs on a sprouted wheat bagel with a scallion, tomato & avocado salsa. Smoked salmon on the side? YES.

We whipped this up in five minutes honey! Scrambled eggs on a sprouted wheat bagel with a scallion, onion, tomato and avocado salsa. Although Craig doesn’t eat seafood, it was his idea to put the smoked salmon on the side. It was a breakfast that just came together because we had the ingredients and the patience to do it. But it requires some personal character too. Here’s what you’ll need to do in the kitchen to eat well: 

1.) BE ADVENTUROUS. Playing it safe results in boring meals, so you can’t be afraid to try new things. You’ll up your outcome if you fill your home with ingredients you love, and the likelihood of ending up with a fabulous dish will be fairly high. Come to think of it, this sounds like a life lesson. “Friends” and “good food” are interchangeable when talking about what to keep on hand in your kitchen and your life.

2.) PRACTICE. I wasn’t born a natural in the kitchen. I was spoiled by a mother and two sisters that were amazing cooks, so I ate what they gave me. But by the time I reached college, I could barely boil water.  It took my going in the kitchen to practice and get where I am today.  And don’t worry about it coming out bad. Sometimes it works, other times it’s a learning lesson on what not to do. But at least you’re trying it out. And who knows, you might find something you really like.

3.) KNOW YOUR ESSENTIALS: There’s nothing like learning a few fundamentals (aka groundwork) that makes your time in the kitchen easier. I’ve heard every excuse, and you have none if you can’t chop an onion or make garlic paste. The online world is your culinary school. Once you go down the rabbit hole of online videos, blogs and overall talking to people about food, you’ll start to hear more about techniques, tips and ideas. Below are two short tutorials that I think everyone should have a look at, no matter whether you are a newbie or are a master with a $1,000 dollar knife.

How to chop garlic, by the energetic and thoughtful chef, Jamie Oliver

 

And the hilarious and lovely Hilah Cooks, who shows you what to do with an onion: 

 

 And that’s just only beginning.

I have a recipe for you too. I’ll show you exactly how we came to the conclusion of this fantastic breakfast. There’s no one way to find a dish that works, this is how we did it for one dish.

We started with this simple item, a buttered bagel.

Bagel

Bagel

The usual plan is to scramble eggs and pile them on top of the bagel.  But Craig dug into the vegetable bin and pulled out some green onion and tomatoes. I grabbed some lemon and avocado and it was on!

Start of scallion, tomato and avocado salsa.

Start of scallion, tomato and avocado salsa.

It took a minute to chop, season and add the avocado. He perfectly scrambled those eggs, then grabbed the smoked salmon from the fridge because he loves me.

And then we ate.

DONE, a breakfast bagel of champions with scrambled egg, salsa and smoked salmon.

DONE, a breakfast bagel of champions with scrambled egg, salsa and smoked salmon.

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About Mona

I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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2 Responses to Five minutes to make this meal

  1. I need Jamie Oliver’s knife. Also, I haven’t had a bagel in I don’t even KNOW how long. Drool.

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