Fiber, calcium, choline, Vitamin B12, antioxidants, and Vitamin K each star this breakfast that is perfect for people with limited time and energy in the mornings. Nutty whole grain pita, savory cheese and Canadian bacon, with nutrient-packed sun-dried tomato, spinach, and scallions make for a satisfying breakfast in one dish that is portable and easy to prepare.
- 1 round piece whole grain pita bread
- 1/3 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby jack, or Mexican blend recommended)
- 1 slice of Canadian bacon, chopped
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- 1-2 egg
- ¼ cup sun dried tomato
- 1/3 cup baby spinach
- Salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- Toast the pita bread for approximately 2 minutes until warm
- Remove pita from oven and sprinkle shredded cheese on top, using as much or as little as desired.
- Sprinkle chopped bacon, sun-dried tomato, and spinach evenly over pita.
- Season to taste and place into microwave until cheese is melted and pita crust is golden brown, about 10-15 seconds, depending on microwave.
- Meanwhile, in a pan over medium-low heat, heat no more than 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Cook eggs to preference (sunny side up, over easy, over medium, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, etc.).
- Once the pita is done baking, place the cooked egg on top and garnish with chopped scallion and red pepper flakes. Serve immediately.
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
Copyright 2020, A. Canlas, Original recipe
Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day for good reason, as it provides the body with the energy and nutrients it needs to do literally anything. Fiber, calcium, choline, Vitamin B12, antioxidants, and Vitamin K each star in the perfect breakfast for people with limited time and energy in the mornings. Nutty whole grain pita, savory cheese and Canadian bacon, with nutrient-packed sun-dried tomato, spinach, and scallions make for a satisfying breakfast in one dish that is portable and easy to prepare.
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