Monday, March 5, 2012

Pepper Ring Eggs - Four Leaf Clovers - St. Patty's Day

We all know that eating a quality breakfast is key to kick starting your day. Mornings can be hectic, leaving you flying out the door with anything convenient. Whether you are a parent rushing your scholar off to school or someone trying to get to work yourself in the morning, here is a quick, healthy, well rounded nutritious breakfast.

Fun, fast, and filled with brain powering nutrition, Pepper Ring Eggs can be made start to finish in 5-10 minutes. That is just as fast as any sugar loaded breakfast strudel! These Four Leaf Clover Pepper Ring Eggs are perfect for St. Patty's Day or any day of the year! I love how versatile this recipe is. Make em' any way you like em'! The "greener" the better...for your health and the holiday!

Resembling a four leaf clover for good luck, Pepper Ring Eggs are perfect for a St. Patty's Day Breakfast or brunch! If you are taking these to a brunch, I suggest you use mini bell peppers so they are bite size.

These are a great way to sneak healthy veggies into your diet. If you have children in the house, let them help you! After realizing how fun and delicious Pepper Ring Eggs are, they may come to find they actually like veggies!


  
Sprinkle with cheese!


Pepper Ring Eggs - Four Leaf Clovers
For St. Patty's Day or any day

Ingredients
-Green Bell Pepper - Pick one with four even sections so the clovers will look proportionate.
-Eggs - 1 egg per pepper.


Optional Ingredients
Be healthy and festive! Choose many green colored veggies.
-Broccoli
-Onion
-Garlic
-Cilantro or other fresh herbs
-Jalapeno
-Spinach
-Brussel sprouts
-Peas
-Diced zucchini 
-Shredded cheese
-Salt and Pepper
-Crumbled Sausage, bacon, ham, etc if you need meat

Optional Condiments
-Salsa
-Ketchup
-Hot Sauce
-Pesto
-Cheese
-Fresh herbs

Directions
-Wash and dry your green pepper.
-Lay the pepper on it's side and slice the pepper in rings about 1 inch or so
-Discard seeds
-Using leftover top of the pepper that was not cut into rings, cut pieces for clover stems.
-Set all peppers aside for the moment
-Slice up any optional ingredients (listed above) that you may want to use
-Crunchy Raw ingredients such as broccoli, onion, garlic, jalapeno, brussel sprouts, peas, diced zucchini, etc, you will want to steam a bit or I just threw them in a med/hot pan with cooking spray for just a few minutes until the onion was iridescent and the broccoli was bright green with a little crunch...about 3 minutes.
-Remove any optional ingredients from the med/hot pan, leaving it empty.
-Spray pan again with Pam if needed.
-Throw pepper rings and the "clover stems" in the pan at medium to med/hot temp.
-In a bowl crack all eggs. (1 egg per pepper)
-Throw any optional ingredients in with the egg. Stir.
-Divide egg mixture up evenly by spooning it into each pepper ring laying in the med-med/hot pan.
-Pour a few tablespoons of water in the bottom of the pan and quickly cover. Continue cooking covered on medium heat.
-Cook 4-5 minutes or until egg is cooked as desired.
-Depending on heat and tightness of lid you may or may not want to add a few tablespoons of water a second time to continue the steaming effect for the pepper ring.
-If adding shredded cheese on top, sprinkle it on and cover the last minute of cooking.
-When egg is done to your liking, remove from the pan, place on plate with the piece of pepper for a clover stem, and garnish or serve with optional condiments. (see list above)
-Wahlaa! Pepper Ring Egg Four Leaf Clover for St. Patty's Day!

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