Scrambled Eggs: Pantry Staple

My kids and I love breakfast for dinner. When my husband has to travel, I always make scrambled eggs the first evening he is gone. The kids and I feel like wild rule breakers eating breakfast for dinner. When he is deployed, I make scrambled eggs once a week for dinner – we never get tired of it, though we are happy to exchange our ritual for my husband’s company when he returns.

I also make scrambled eggs when I am feeling under the weather, because it is fast and easy and goes well with orange juice. Plus I don’t feel so bad about eating dinner in my pajamas if I am eating breakfast food.

Scrambled eggs also happen to be frugal and are a fall back meal when the pantry is low. Even though I buy local, free-range eggs for $2.50 a dozen, which means each egg only costs about 21 cents. That is a pretty inexpensive source of protein.

I usually start by frying bacon or sausage. If you are looking for a great low cost, nitrate-free sausage recipe, try this Breakfast Turkey Sausage recipe, which tastes even better for dinner. Then I scrounge through the fridge for add-ins. Below is my basic recipe, but I adapt it to what ever I have on hand.

Tips for making Perfect Scrambled Eggs:

For fluffy eggs, beat the eggs really well with a whisk.

Cook over a medium-low heat. High heat creates watery eggs.

Do not over stir or you will end up with small, grainy curds.

Ingredients:

8 – 10 eggs
1/4 – 1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 –3 slices of bacon, crumbled (or 1/4 cup of other meat finely chopped)
1/3 – 1/2 cup cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
dash or two of pepper

Directions:

If I have just cooked bacon or sausage, I remove it and pour off the grease, but I do not wash the pan. That greasy pan will really add to the flavor of the eggs. If you are not cooking meat add a splash of olive oil or a tablespoon of butter to a frying pan and coat the pan. Heat the pan over a medium-low heat.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs until they are a pale yellow color. Stir in milk, onion, meat, cheese, and spices.

Pour the egg mixture into the greased frying pan and cook over a medium-low heat without stirring until the eggs start to set on the bottom and around the edges of the pan.
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Using a spatula, gently lift and fold the egg mixture, so the uncooked mixture runs underneath and onto the pan surface*. Cook for 2 –3 more minutes or until the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
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Do you enjoy breakfast for dinner or do you think it should not be on the menu after 11:00 a.m.?



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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

Comments

  1. We do eggs for dinner too, but usually omelets. A boyfriend (before I was married!) was a short order cook and taught me how to make omelets that turn out perfect every time.

    Penzey's Spices make different sausage blends, including breakfast sausage and Italian sausage blends. I use them whenever we want sausage or I need it for a recipe. I like it because I can adjust the amount I add when needed (and it taste really good too!).

  2. Laura, you have so many great breakfast recipes! I am going to add this link to my post: http://thinnerandwiser.wordpress.com/?s=Sunday+Morning for anyone who wants more ideas. Your Sunday morning breakfasts would be delicious any time of the day!

  3. Hodgepodgemom says:

    Love, love breakfast for supper. We'd have scrambled eggs all the time if my littlest wasn't allergic. Not a problem though, we do pancakes with egg substitute :) And, orange juice like you.

  4. We love breakfast for dinner. We had pancakes and sausage last night at 9 after I got home from work :)

    Dude makes the eggs and bacon, I'm on pancake and waffle duty-he is just so much better at the eggs and meat part :)

  5. a moderate life says:

    Alea baby! You and I are eggie sisters! I ADORE breakfast for dinner. IN fact, I will admit that having eggs and bacon and greens for dinner is simply my favorite meal of all time. HANDS down, i could eat it every night. LOL I love your eggie scramble and I want to eat it up right now! Make sure to check out Chaya's new breakfast and lunch linky on wednesday for this one! Thanks for sharing your love of the dinner breakfast at the hearth and soul hop! All the best and big hugs too! Alex

  6. Sweet and Savory says:

    Alea, my favorite dinners are breakfasts. I could eat eggs, pancakes, waffles, every night and be happy

    The add-ins in your eggs must make them taste absolutely scrumptious. I like the idea of the turkey sausage. I keep these in the house for spicing up dishes.

    Thanks for sharing on my linky, Let's Do Brunch. Hope you will visit again with some more ideas.

  7. Annie Jones says:

    I have a hard time with breakfast. The thought of food early in the day kind of turns my stomach. I have to be up for a few hours first. So, I prefer to eat "breakfast foods" at any time of the day other than morning. Also, if I DO manage to eat something early in the a.m., it's usually something not associated with breakfast, like pizza or a burger.

  8. This looks yummy. :-) We like doing breakfast for dinner too, and it does help to save on the grocery bill. Have a wonderful week!

    Blessings,
    Jill

    P.S. I really like your printer friendly button, thank you!! :-)

  9. Dandelion Heart says:

    In our household, my husband cooks the eggs! He makes them perfect. I am way too impatient and keep the heat blazing. You are right. They turn out part water/part rubber. This post inspires me to attempt them again and surprise my hubby! Thanks!

  10. 21st Century Housewife© says:

    Breakfast for dinner can be such a lovely break from routine – and your scrambled eggs look lovely. I like that you put the bacon actually in the eggs – sounds yummy!

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