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Low Calorie Sunday Bacon, Eggs and Hash Brown Breakfast

Sunday, December 13, 2009

You read the title and you're laughing at me. I imagine it right now. You're sitting at your computer, laughing. You're saying, "Yeah right, Cathy! You're joking! You can't eat low calorie bacon and eggs breakfast!"

Seriously. My boyfriend and I just enjoyed a Sunday breakfast with Bacon, egg and hash brown with 310 calories.

Now to be fair, it is higher in fat than my normal breakfast. It's Sunday breakfast. This is well within the 'enjoy real food and be happy' diet. We don't eat this everyday. This is way better than any Denny's breakfast loaded with lard.

"You can't eat bacon and lose weight!" Life without bacon...I can't imagine it. Mmmm bacon...

Again, Sunday bacon. I don't eat it everyday. It's that moderation thing. So I'm gonna eat me some bacon and love it, guilt free.

If you read my previous posts, you know that I started my weight loss journey learning how to cook from "30 Minute Meals" and "Calorie Commando" programs on the Food Network. From these two shows, I learned cooking at home can be

1) Fast. 30 minutes prep time and cook time.
2) Healthy. Learn to make healthier versions of your favorite recipes.

What's more all American favorite breakfast than bacon, egg and hashbrowns?

So here's how I prepared my 310 calorie breakfast in about 30 minutes for 2 people.

Le Menu (2 breakfast plates):
2 poached eggs
4 slices bacon
200 grams country style hashed browns

Minute 1:
Heat oven to 400F-425F depending on your oven. Start the coffee pot.

Minute 2-10:
Cut 200 grams of yellow potatoes into approximately half inch cubes or less (faster cooking time). You may need to increase cooking time to 45 minutes depending on how large you cube the potatoes. Slice 1 large shallot. Cut 1 bell pepper into large chunks. Put in a baking dish. Coat with 2 teaspoons olive oil, fresh thyme, dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss vegetables around until evenly coated. Put in oven.

Minute 10-12:
Turn on grill pan on stovetop with medium heat. Put half inch of water in a wide sauce pan. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Turn on high to boiling.

In two small bowls, crack 1 egg into each, careful not to break the yolk.

Minute 12-15:
Sip coffee.

Minute 15:
Put bacon on hot grill pan.

Minute 16-20:
Sip coffee.
Turn bacon as necessary.

Minute 25:
Pour eggs carefully into the shallow boiling water. Let cook approximately 2 minutes for runny egg, 5 minutes for fully cooked.

Minute 26-28:
Get two plates ready.

Minute 28-30:
Put 2 slices bacon, 1 poached egg and serving of potatoes on each plate. Shred 0.5oz of cheddar cheese on potatoes and egg. Get fork and chow!

I also added sliced kiwi fruit to my plates, which brings the calorie count to a whopping 365.

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Compare with Denny's All American Slam with three scrambled eggs with cheese, two bacon strips, two sausage links, hash browns and toast at 1,028 calories.

Sunday breakfast has always been a special breakfast day for me. I don't need to give it up. I just needed to learn to make it better. And I'm keeping the bacon.

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    I don't eat bacon but I've done poached eggs with dry wheat toast or with low fat hash browns.

    Here is the way I make low fat hash browns.

    Start with a baked potato.

    Leaving the skin on break it up into chunks.

    Mix with salt and pepper and onions, mushrooms, diced bell pepper or whatever you like that doesn't have many calories.

    Spray a non-stick fry pan with pam.

    put the broken up cooked potato on the pan. When the bottom gets nice and brown spray the top of the potatoes with pam and flip and cook until the top is browned as well. Since the potatoes are already cooked you just have to brown them a bit on both sides.

    They aren't 100% as good as hash brown potatoes done with lots of oil, butter, or bacon grease but they really aren't bad. A large 1 lb potato baked is only 300 kcal so you can eat hardy.
    3051 days ago
  • ROBBIE53
    Thanks for sharing, it sounds yummy!
    3052 days ago
    wow - I'll have to try this - I love the flavor of bacon. Yummy-yummy emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3052 days ago
    if we all could take our favorite meals or any meal and make it healthier we would be doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3052 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    Great and you have it all over Denny's grand slam - Woot - will keep this in mind for weekends. I love bacon!

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    3052 days ago
  • RENA1965
    Cudo's for making a healthy breakfast.. Super blog, keeping a tradition in a healthier way is a good thing, hope you find lots more ways to keep your favourites...
    3052 days ago
    Sounds like a winner and breakfast you fix at home is always better for you than eating out because you can control how you fix it.
    3052 days ago
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