Good morning everyone,
I am writing this piece from my parent’s residence in my hometown. It is going to be a lovely 65 degrees and sunny on this mid-February day…I suppose this is one positive aspect to global warming.
Anyways, I have a guest post with Amanda at www.centsiblyrich.com this week about cooking a quick and healthy vegetarian meal.
In that article, along with the main recipe, I included a comment about my “Independent Hoosier Egg Roll,” which I made the following morning with almost the same ingredients.
I did not think to link it at first until my girlfriend and Amanda suggested I do so.
Well, I have learned to take the advice of people who know more than I do, so you can thank (or not thank) them for the following recipe!
As I mentioned in that article, one of the toughest challenges of eating healthy (without eating out or spending a fortune) is keeping a menu that does not burn you out. Which, at first was tough, but now I view it as more of a challenge.
I believe I am going to make a term for this challenge: “MacGyver Cooking – Creating healthy meals with any and all necessary ingredients and tools.”
I don’t think I can get sued for using the term “MacGyver Cooking”…so, if I change terms, you’ll know I received a cease and desist letter Paramount Studios.
**This article was written after the Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome: Creating A Vegetarian Meal With Next To Nothing” was emailed to Amanda. So, if you see past tense or timelines that do not match up, that is why. I am not trying to go all “Tarantino” on you and jump around times in my recipes.**
The Independent Hoosier “Egg Roll”
Prep Time: 10 minutes-ish
Cook Time: 10 minutes-ish
Yields: One burrito-sized egg roll
- 1 pinch garlic
- ½ white onion
- ½ green pepper
- 1/2 Roma tomato
- 1/2 avocado
- tortilla wrap
- a handful of mushrooms (not the kind that makes you see the meaning of life or give you a 1-up)
- 2 eggs (or 1 or 3 or 5, however many you want)
- olive oil as needed
- The trusty Gerber automatic pocket knife (it was this or a plastic knife, again)
- leftover Christmas paper plates
- medium frying pan from Goodwill that also doubles as a cutting board
- smartphone for taking terrible, amateur pictures of the process
- coffee…because it’s breakfast and you should be drinking it
- rum or an Irish liqueur (both?)…because this goes into your coffee…weekends only
1. Your vegetables should already be cut in half from the previous recipe. However, you will still need to slice, julienne, or chop them any way you like. I personally prefer to have bigger slices of vegetables for this recipe as I feel they fit in the wrap better.
2. Unlike the vegetarian stir fry, we will not be boiling any dorm room ramen noodles, so after using your Goodwill frying pan as a cutting board, you can just leave those mushrooms, onions, and peppers in the pan and drizzle with olive oil.
3. Kick the tires and light the fires, Big Daddy! Or…just turn the heat up to medium/medium-high…
- Now, my budding Bourdains, we are going throw a little challenge in this recipe – cooking two eggs, in the pan with the sauteeing vegetables. Why not use another pan you ask? At this time, literally I had nothing in the apartment, the movers had come and gone, I only had one pan – the trusty Goodwill frying pan.
4. After the vegetables have been cooking for a few minutes (depending on your tenderness level you are wanting to achieve) crack the eggs (one-handed if you want to look like a badass) and plop them in the pan. At this point throw in your pinch of garlic and salt and pepper if you would like.
5. I would suggest turn the heat down to medium or slightly lower during this step as to not scorch the eggs (which can sneak up on you quicker than the Predator in a Cambodian jungle). Take your trusty Gerber automatic pocket knife and dice your Roma tomato and halve and peel the avocado and set aside.
6. At this point, you should be able to flip the eggs and give the veggies a stir. Your eggs might have gone all T-1000 and merged slightly with the vegetables, but it’s not a big deal. Continue to cook until your veggies have reached the desired tenderness and the eggs to the preferred consistency. I would not recommend a runny yolk, as when you bite into the burrito it’s going to drip everywhere and that just isn’t fun.
7. One your remaining Christmas plate spread out the tortilla. Take the vegetables from the pan (preferably with a spatula, if you have one, and not your hands) and place them on the tortilla.
8. Perform the same action with the giant cooked egg and place it on top of the vegetables.
9. You are going to have nice-sized breakfast “egg roll” when you are completed with the above steps. You can wrap it up in the middle, roll it, hell you can eat it with a with a fork if you would like. Take the diced Roma tomatoes and pieces of avocado and place those upon the top of this big bastard.
10. I suggest adding hot sauce and if you have them, black beans on the side. It makes for a very filling, yet healthy breakfast; great for a post-morning run!
You are probably thinking, “IH, this was the almost the same recipe you made for your vegetarian stir fry.” Well, yeah it pretty much is. I already had on-hand the eggs and tortillas and I needed to use those, anyways. At first, I had completely re-written the steps to make them different and then I realized that pretty much went against everything this site is about – simplicity and fun.
Just like life, why change everything up just to do so? If it makes sense the first time, continue to do it until it no longer applies to the situation at hand….or you get bored. Do not confuse efficiency with convenience. In this case, the recipes were almost the same except a few different ingredients and a slightly altered cooking style. Changing the steps to simply change them would have just been…well, dumb. They worked well the first time and they worked well now.
If you all like these posts, let me know. I am no professional by any means, but if it helps anyone at all, I will continue to post them!