Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wilted Spinach with Bacon, Mushrooms and Egg

This is one of my favorite "I have time to cook something legit" breakfasts/brunches. The wilted spinach and mushrooms alone would be great as a side to some grilled steaks, but the eggs bring it on home to breakfastville. 

The recipe is for one, so double, triple, etc. as you wish if you want to feed your roommates as an apology for not making rent on time again this month. 

You'll need:

  • 1 large non-stick pan, 1 small non-stick pan
  • Olive/Vegetable Oil spray 
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • 2 strips center cut bacon
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach 
  • 1 egg your way 

CALORIES - 240 calories

1) Spray the large non-stick pan with olive/vegetable oil spray and place over medium heat. Cut the strips of bacon into rough "chunks" (not as fine as diced). Once the pan feels warm when you hover your hand over it, chuck those babies in. Stir, making sure they cook evenly on both sides, until they're as crispy as you'd like. Remove them from pan, careful to leave as much yummy bacon grease as possible, and place them on a plate with a paper towel. Set aside.

2) Add mushrooms to the pan. If you need more oil to properly sauté them, add 1 tsp of olive oil. Let them cook until they start to glisten, then add in the clove of garlic (smashed to release the flavors… mmm…) and the first bunch of spinach. Add it slowly in handfuls. When one batch gets wilted, add the next one in, stirring occasionally to get an even coat of what is now a delicious concoction of bacon grease, mushroom juice, garlic and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. 

3) Once the first bunch of spinach goes in, heat the small non-stick pan over medium and add your egg to the pan once it's hot. Cook the egg however you'd like it - "fried" with some olive oil spray, scrambled, substitute egg whites if you're watching calories, add a second egg if you're on a high protein diet, whatever you want. I love this recipe with poached eggs but let's be real, poached eggs can be a pain in the butt, but if you want to be a hero, go for it!

4) When the last bit of spinach has wilted strain the juices out of the mixture and plate the spinach and mushrooms. Add the egg in the center where it rightfully belongs and sprinkle the bacon bits on top of the whole dish. Enjoy!

This dish is seriously filling and packs a great protein and iron punch with just under 250 calories. 

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