Monday, June 4, 2012

Meatless Monday: Wee Britain Fry-up

Remember Wee Britain?

On the genius television show Arrested Development, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) found himself falling in love with a woman from Orange County's "British district," otherwise known as "Wee Britain."  It was a magical place where British folk had things their way, and ate at an American-themed restaurant called "Fat Ammy's," where the bread basket was filled with doughnuts.

If you know anything about the traditional English breakfast - or fry up -- you might find it ironic that the British would polk fun at American-style portions. A fry up usually consists of eggs, sausages and bacon (sometimes multiple kinds), fried bread, beans, grilled tomatoes, and mushrooms.

I like to think that in Wee Britain, however, some sort of California health consciousness might have rubbed off on the English expats, and that a Wee Britain fry up might be something like the healthy version English breakfast I've devised. 

I eat this almost every morning, lately, and it's quick to put together. It's high in fiber and protein, too - the trick to making this healthy is using only one egg, one veggie sausage, and one piece of bread. But go nuts on the spinach.

Recipe: Wee Britain Fry Up

Ingredients (for one person)
One piece of Ezekiel Seven-Grain Bread (you could use another kind, but why would you? This bread is absolutely delicious and it's nice and firm when toasted, so it's a good vehicle for your egg)
A large handful of baby spinach or other greens
One egg - crack into a mug or small bowl. Scramble with a fork and add salt and pepper.
One Morningstar Veggie Sausage pattie
2 Slices of Tomato

Put the bread in the toaster.
Mist a small saute pan with olive oil and turn on medium-high heat. Add the greens.
When the greens have gotten a little wilted, pour in the egg.
Put the sausage on a plate and microwave.
When the egg is almost done, put the tomato in the pan.
Get the toast, and put everything on your plate. I like to just pile stuff on the toast as I eat it.

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