One of the best ingredients for a constrained budget is the mighty egg. It's also one of the most affordable ways to add protein to a diet. I remember many nights when my mother cooked "upside-down dinners." She would scramble eggs and make french toast to my delight. Of course, what's french toast other than eggs and bread, but I saw it as a treat and nothing more. If I was lucky, she would add a little cinnamon sugar.
I loved 'breakfast for dinner' and never knew that these were the things my mother had to do to put food on the table. Breakfast for dinner filled the gaps between other nights when we would hit up the local Friendly's or Fuddrucker's where "kids eat free." I didn't know it then, but my mother struggled so that I wouldn't go without.
Unfortunately, 16.2 million children go hungry every day. And, many more stand to join the statistic if we don't do something about it. You can tell Congress to preserve the programs that allow many children and families living under the poverty line to eat. Food is a basic human right and we all deserve to be well-nourished.
Easy Egg Bake w/ Spiced Beef, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions
This egg bake will make a little go a long way. This pan will make eight servings that can double as breakfast or a snack. The goal for this recipe was to pack as much sustenance and nutrients into one complete meal. I make this with whatever ingredients I have on hand. If you don't have all the spices, use what you have. You'd be amazed at what a little salt and pepper will do.
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 onion, quartered thick
a few glugs of olive oil
1/4 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
One dozen eggs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease and oven-safe baking dish. Spread potato and onions on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with few good glugs of olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Once the oven is heated, place baking sheet onto the middle rack and roast for 30 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Lower the oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, prepare the spiced beef. In a small bowl combine ground beef with spices and mix well. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the spiced beef to the hot pan. Cook until browned, drain and set aside. In another bowl, whisk the eggs together with a splash of water, salt and pepper. In a greased oven safe baking dish, add the sweet potatoes, onions and ground beef. Pour the egg mixture over top and then place in the oven for 35-40 minutes. You want the eggs to cook fully over top. It shouldn't jiggle in the center. The edges will puff up and turn golden when finished. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Slice into individual portions.