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Breakfast time is very important to me. It’s the time I set the tone of my day. A time to really slow down, reflect and enjoy the company that sits besides me or across from me at the breakfast table.
Of course, we can’t always enjoy breakfast like we want to. It’s practically impossible to have a sit down meal with the family on a regular basis. Most people are on the go and even rush through a breakfast bar as they sit in traffic on their way to work.
I know it’s difficult. But if we make the effort to sit down, disconnect and really take the time to have chat with the family at least once a week, it will make a world of difference. I try my hardest to wake up earlier and have a nice breakfast a few times a month just to catch up with my family. It’s a great way to bond and open up the communication lines in a family and get my seven-year-old used to telling my husband and I what is going on in his life. I love it when he tells us all about his spelling test or the library book he’s reading or a new friend he’s met at school. It’s a cherished time I get to share with my loved ones that I know will pay off in the long run.
Our favorite breakfast food is eggs. Any way cooked. We love them. Lately I’ve been coming up with many one pot dinner meals and they’ve been practical and time-saving. So I decided to try it when cooking breakfast as well, because it saves time and cooks while we are preoccupied with getting ready to start the day. Plus, it’s served family style and minimizes clean up.
This recipe of drowned eggs, or huevos ahogados, can be quick and easy if everything is prepped the night before. I also like to use Hunt’s® tomatoes in my sauce because Hunt’s uses steam from simple hot water to peel its tomatoes, while some other companies peel with chemicals like *lye. I also have peace of mind because I know that Hunt’s cans their diced, whole, stewed and crushed tomatoes within hours after harvest.
Huevos ahogados is a very traditional Mexican breakfast recipe. The star of the show has to be the guajillo/tomato sauce. Dried guajillo chile is generally mild and sometimes sweet. But once combined with those tender pieces organic tomatoes, even the most picky eater will love the great taste of this sauce on their breakfast eggs.
If you think making a complete mid-week breakfast needs some getting used to, practice during the weekends first and ease yourself to week days. It’s easier to figure out what needs to be prepped the night before making your entire breakfast making experience pleasant and completely satisfying.
- 8 dried guajillo chiles, tops and seeds removed
- 6 medium cactus paddles
- 2 tablespoons grape seed oil, divided
- 1/3 cup onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
- 1 (14.5) can Hunt's Organic Diced Tomatoes
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- Place chile skins in a bowl with enough water to cover. Soak overnight.
- Rinse cactus paddles carefully. Place paddle on a wooden cutting board holding down at the base with a thick kitchen towel or gloves. Remove thorns by scraping the bumps with thorns growing from them, with a pairing knife. Working away from you. Be careful not to remove too much of the outer green layer. Slice in 1 1/2-inch strips and place them in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover. Boil for 15 minutes or until the gelatinous substance has dried out and most water has evaporated. Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast irons skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until translucent. Remove from heat.
- Place soaked chile, bouillon, sauteed onion, garlic and 1 cup of the water the chiles were soaked in in a blender container. Blend until smooth.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of grape seed oil over medium heat in cast iron skillet previously used. Pour in chile sauce; add Hunt's Organic Diced Tomatoes; cover, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add cactus strips to the boiling sauce and return to a boil. Crack eggs in boiling sauce one at a time approximately 2 inches apart. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Or until the eggs cook to your liking. Remove from heat, sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
The cactus strips can be prepared cooked the night before to save time. Just refrigerate in a tightly sealed container.
*Lye peeling is generally recognized as safe by the FDA and has no adverse effects on the healthfulness of tomatoes.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, a goal almost 9 out of 10 Americans are not meeting. New research presented at The Obesity Society’s annual meeting found adding tomatoes to your meals and snacks can be an easy way to include more vegetables in your diet and get closer to USDA’s MyPlate recommendations.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hunt’s® tomatoes.