Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cooking for One

My mother used to fight with me as a child to get me to eat eggs.  Scrambled, could choke them down, but in any other form--as in a yellow ball surrounded by whiteness--forget it.  Even worse if the yellow was jiggly and the white was runny.  Instant gag reflex.

Now that I am a mature adult, I have made peace with eggs.  I have even found that eggs are just a wonderful foodstuff in my life of cooking for one.

In all honesty, I still do not care all that much about facing an egg first thing in the morning, but I do prepare them for a simple supper or an easy lunch.
This homemade fried brown rice with vegetables became a complete meal with the protein supplied by a topping of fried egg.

It is no secret.  I really love avocados.  Really, really love avocados.  Avocados marry well with eggs.

I like to mash a really ripe avocado with a little olive oil or some juice from the olive jar, salt, and pepper.  Stir some chopped hard boiled egg into this and it is great sandwich spread with no mayonnaise.

Just a plain egg over sliced avocado is pretty yummy.  I also love some avocado chunks stirred into scrambled eggs just before they set.

Avocados are a source of dietary fat, but it is the monounsaturated kind that is heart healthy and helps maintain a beneficial ratio of cholesterol.  For a fruit, it is relatively low in sugar and high in protein.  It is a good source of fiber and potassium.  It is a source of Vitamins K, C, E, and several of the Bs as well as other phytochemicals that may help the body fight cancer cell development.

And if you are super patient, you can sometimes get a plant started from the big seed in its center. (Or so I am told.)

20 comments:

  1. I am an indifferent cook because my husband loves to do it. I want to be comfortable with creating simple meals.

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    1. I enjoy cooking, but I do miss the joint efforts.

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  2. Unlike you, I always loved eggs -- in any style. I still do, but I don't eat as many. These recipes look yummy!!

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  3. I cannot believe your perfect timing for this post. Of course I eat eggs because there is an abundance of them around here. Free range chicken eggs are low in cholesterol and high in omega 3. I was wondering how avocados would be with eggs because they are a good source of potassium and I am sick to looking only to bananas to provide that. Spinach is also but I would much prefer avocados. Thanks for the wonderful answer to my question:) Now if only avocados were as inexpensive for me as the eggs.

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    1. Really fresh eggs from my VT neighbors' are the best--amazing how much better than the kind from the grocery store.

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  4. I like omelets and hard boiled eggs in potato salad. Not too fond of fried eggs, though. I like the avocado in quacomole.

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  5. We eat a lot of eggs, my adult children and I. Often they are part of a meal for one, as we work such different schedule. They learned to scramble eggs by the time they were five (though I broke the eggs for them).

    I've never tried egg with avocado, but I like both so it's certainly something I'd like to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love avocados and hate eggs, but I might try them together. I can not gag down an egg unless it is scrambled. I have only started eating a scrambled egg and toast sandwich for my evening meal since I have been an empty nester and purely because it is an easy one serving meal, and cheap.

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  7. I do like the egg over rice. Think I will try that. Someday I will have to break down and try an avocado.

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  8. I am so glad to hear that you're cooking for yourself. So many in your situation don't, and that's a shame and not very healthy!! I love eggs and could eat them all the time.

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    1. I am kind of used to cooking for myself since Mike did not really do the vegetable thing. He did like fruit though. He liked what he liked and did not eat what he did not like.

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  9. Looks good ... I love eggs any way you make 'em, except raw. Love avocados too.

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  10. I've never considered mixing an egg with avocado, but that looks down right yummy. Thank you for the good ideas.

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  11. I love my eggs fried or poached - scrambled are ok, but I like the others better. Looks good with avocado, but I'll never know, 'cause I'm allergic to them. I was once told by a nurse that if I'm allergic to avocados, I might also be allergic to latex. Strange, huh?

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  12. I agree with your young assessment of eggs, and I have never made piece with them, although scrambled or in an omelet, I can eat them. The avocado is of great interest though. I don't believe I have ever eaten one. I must try it.

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    1. I still have a hard time facing them in the morning, but I will happily eat them for a quick supper.

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  13. I love avocados and they have been plentiful and inexpensive lately so I've been indulging a lot. I love making egg salad with chunks of avocado in it! Yum! I often joke that avocados are good on most everything but pancakes! Living in Michigan I never even had one until I was 13 and I am making up for all of the ones I missed.

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  14. Egg is very good for health. Have a egg daily it will reduce some fat. Good for kids too...

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  15. I like almost every kind of egg ish except scrambled. Good poached and put atop asparagus. Add pepper and Parmesan. Motto bee




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