Cut into the depths of this meal like a deep dish pizza. The fervor of fresh juicy tomatoes drowning in their own sauces, enfolded with lengths of noodly onions, softened peppers and snappy garlic. All of these layers are a bed for two eggs; the whites sprawled out absorbing the heat of the oven, the yolks still self-contained, deeply golden and ready to burst.
And you thought eggs for breakfast were passé.
The egg is the sun. Now what is the galaxy we form around it this morning?
Some days it’s a simple cluster of greens, or onions sautéed until they’re a brilliant, pliable and yellowed. Maybe a constellation of chopped summer squash, heated in coconut oil until giving.
But some mornings, we need a cluttered universe; a system so packed with celestial flavor that it’s hard to tell the meteors from the planets and the stars. Some mornings, we need to scoop up a mouthful of brilliance. This is for those mornings.
You’ll need a little more time for this recipe. You are creating a world, after all. Save this one for Saturday.
I hope you have a cast iron skillet. If you don’t, you can use a baking pan. But seriously, get a cast iron skillet. The thing about not washing them is a myth. You can wash them with soap and water. They just need to be dried right away so they don’t rust.
I don’t use mine every day, but I use it for baking dishes like this in the oven or for pan frying when I want that extra bit of flavor only cast iron can lend.
The prep isn’t complex, it just takes a little time. But time in the the kitchen can be a good thing. Honestly, when it’s early in the morning and I start to pick up a rhythm in the rocking of my knife blade, my own steps to and from the fridge for ingredients, the sound of my neighbor with a kitchen window directly across from mine clinking her spoon in her daily 6 a.m. cereal bowl, I feel just about perfect.
Maybe it’s a form of meditation. Few things are as zen as settling your mind through a subdued activity and then rewarding yourself with a well-earned breakfast.
Now most of this dish, as you can probably see, is tomatoes. This is a good thing, as tomatoes contain high amounts of Vitamin C which boosts the immune system. An essential step in overcoming Candida or any of the number of immune suppressing conditions out there.
It truly is a “feel good” food as it also prevents over-production of homocysteine in the body. Too much homocysteine interferes with nutrients reaching the brain and the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. All hormones that induce feelings of happiness and euphoria. So essentially, tomatoes disable happiness blockers. Are you surprised? Eating them in this dish will bring you a world of joy
Do you love tomatoes?
What are some of your favorite ways to prepare them?
- 1 Large sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 3 Cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 Jalepeño pepper, seeds removed and minced
- 2 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 Tbs Fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbs organic sugar-free tomato paste
- 3 Organic vine tomatoes
- 2 to 4 Pasture-raised eggs (However many you want to eat)
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Chop the onion, garlic, peppers tomatoes and herbs.
- Heat the skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions in coconut oil until golden brown.
- Turn off the heat and add the rest of the veggies, herbs and tomato paste. Stir gently to combine.
- Crack the eggs over the tomato veggie mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the base is heated through and the eggs are cooked as desired.