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Mushrooms, red onions and red bell pepper are gently sauteed into sweet softness and then scrambled with eggs. It’s a delicious way to start the day, or makes a great light lunch or dinner (that also happens to be very frugal). And it has a million variations too. You can easily use whatever vegetable combination you want…..though this one is particularly delicious. If I had a twenty week class instead of a thirteen week class for A Peasant’s Feast: Nourishing Food on a Budget, I would have included several other topics, including a week on eggs. They are so nutritious and frugal!
But, you may ask, what’s with the name, “chubby girl’s” ? Granted, I do feel a little “chubby” now that I am 21 weeks pregnant, but that’s not where this name came from. This recipe was inspired from a childhood favorite book series of mine…….Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. (It’s the first recipe in my new series, For the Love of Food and Books).
When I was just at the right age (eleven, I believe), I came across my very first Nancy Drew book. We were house sitting up in the mountains for a friend. They had a wonderful house with all sorts of nooks and crannies and a beautifully fun swing in the front yard. I would go out and swing almost everyday. But the weather was very drizzly, and it kept me inside. One day as I was looking through their shelf of children’s books, I found that first Nancy Drew book and started reading. I was hooked within minutes! Who was this bright, blonde, athletic young women who solved mysteries with abounding energy? I was too young to analyze writing style or notice that all of the stories carry similar plots and ideas. To me, they were magical. (By the way, I only read the original stories, not the new ones, which didn’t seem very good).
But even Nancy Drew had to eat, and it was in my second or third Nancy Drew book that I came across a scene that would forever change how I viewed my habit of eating two eggs in one sitting. Nancy, Bess, and George were in the middle of a mystery in Mexico, when they stopped at a little stand to eat. A native had set up little fires with pans hung over them. You paid for the use of ingredients and the fires and pans to make your own egg scrambles. Vegetables and eggs were cooked up into a satisfying feast for the girls. But I was a little horrified to read that Nancy and George, being the sensible, non-gluttons that they were, only consumed one egg each, while Bess, being the chubby one, had to eat two whole eggs (tisk-tisk). I had been eating two eggs when I scrambled eggs for myself since I was nine! I was eating the “chubby girl’s” portion! I was a little scared to keep eating my two eggs, but got over it eventually. Hence, the name, “chubby girl’s” egg scramble. I generously scrambled two whole eggs per person for us in this recipe. And while it wasn’t scrambled over the open fire like Nancy’s eggs were, they were still delicious.
Chubby Girl’s Egg Scramble (Serves 3 “chubby girl” portions, 6 Nancy Drew portions).
- 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
half of a sweet red bell pepper, chopped
Salt and Pepper
1)In a medium sized pan, heat two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the vegetables when the butter is melted and sprinkle with a little salt. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and sweet (7-10 minutes) stirring to prevent burning or sticking. Add a little more butter, if needed.
2) Break all of the eggs into a small bowl and lightly beat. Add to the pan and use a fork to continue to “scramble” the eggs while they cook until just set. Serve at once with buttered toast.