Breakfast Sandwiches: Homemade Crowd Pleasers

Breakfast Sandwiches

You may be familiar with the breakfast sandwiches offered at your local fast food joint, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal. The recipe below is for a delicious bacon/sausage, egg, and cheddar cheese breakfast sandwich that everyone can enjoy. I make my breakfast sandwiches using everything bagels but feel free to substitute these for plain bagels, croissants, English muffins, Texas toast, or any type of bread you prefer.

 

Bacon/ Sausage, Egg and Cheese

What you will need (makes 4 sandwiches):

1 lb. bacon or sausage (links or patties)                4 Extra-large eggs

4 slices Cheddar Cheese.                                          4 Everything Bagels

1 large frying pan                                                     1 Grill weight (optional)

2 teaspoons vegetable oil                                        1 Spatula

Salt                                                                              black pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Set frying pan on stovetop over medium heat.
  2. When hot, put 8 strips of bacon/ 4 sausage patties/ 8 sausage links in pan.
  3. If cooking bacon or sausage, I recommend allowing the meat to cook at least 4 minutes on each side. However if you like your meat more cooked, adjust the timing accordingly.
  4. Once cooked, remove bacon/sausage from frying pan.
  5. Next, slice bagels into 2 halves (tops & bottoms). Place 4 halves (2 tops & 2 bottoms) in frying pan, allowing bread to absorb some of the leftover bacon/sausage grease. If you have a grill weight, place weight on two of the bagel tops. Wait 25 seconds and place weight on remaining two bagels. Wait another 25 seconds and remove all bagel halves from frying pan.
  6. If you do not have a grill weight, use a spatula to press down on the bagel halves individually. When they are golden brown, remove from frying pan.
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 for remaining bagel halves.
  8. Once all bagel halves are removed, put 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in frying pan.
  9. Crack a total of 4 eggs in frying pan. Once the egg white turns a solid white color, use spatula to flip eggs. Cook to desired consistency, I prefer mine over-medium.
  10. Remove eggs from pan placing them 4 bagel half bottoms. Immediately place 1 slice of cheddar cheese on top of egg. Sprinkle salt and pepper as desired over egg and cheese. Then, place 2 pieces of bacon/1 sausage patty/2 sausage links on top of the cheddar cheese.
  11. Cover with bagel half top.
  12. Let cool 45 seconds before serving. Enjoy!

 

While this recipe is strictly meat, eggs, cheese, and bread, feel free to add your favorite vegetables to suit your palate. I recommend using spinach (either raw or cooked), tomatoes (raw or cooked), avocado, and onions. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables to find a unique breakfast sandwich that you love.

 

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Low-Calorie Breakfast Sandwiches

Breakfast Sandwiches

Breakfast sandwiches include a combination of eggs, cheese, and grains that are rich in protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium - and that’s just the very beginning of the long list of nutritious benefits that breakfast sandwiches have to offer. What breakfast could be more complete? Too often, dieters sacrifice taste in order to keep the calories low. From my experience with weight loss, breakfast sandwiches are extremely diet-friendly once you learn how to substitute ingredients with low-calorie options that are equally as flavorful and healthy. There’s a huge difference between a fast food egg sandwich full of empty calories and a hearty, healthy breakfast sandwich. It all boils down to the ingredients used.

The Magic of Olive Oil

Usually, we butter up our frying pans to fry and flavor eggs. Instead, use olive oil, but be sure to use small amounts only or else your eggs might turn out soggier than you’d like. That way, you get more flavor and nutrition from less calories. Make sure it’s extra virgin to reap the most of olive oil’s health benefits (including omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants) while cutting back on calories.

Low-Fat Dairy Options

When beating the eggs, ditch that whole fat milk for skim milk. If you like the taste of almond milk, try mixing it into your eggs and see if you like the earthy, nutty accent that it brings with its low calorie count. Replace milk products with water or, even better, get rid of them entirely that there’s less liquid to part while cooking and making the eggs soggier.

You can still enjoy hot, oozing cheese on your sandwich. Simply choose cheeses that are low-fat, fat-free, and/or non-dairy. Full fat cheeses contain more calories than the aforementioned cheeses along with more saturated fat. Low-fat cheeses contain all of the nutritional benefits of whole fat cheese without the excessive calories. Experiment with different low-calorie cheeses and see which ones you like!

Add Some Veggies In There

Get creative and healthy all at once by including different vegetables in order to add flavor and extra vitamins to your breakfast sandwich. You can use any vegetable you like such as spinach, onions, tomatoes, avocado, or anything else that you like. Mix salsa into your eggs and spread guacamole onto the bread to make a Spanish omelette that is just as healthy as it is tasty.

There seems to be a widespread misunderstanding that bread is unhealthy. This myth is perpetuated by the false belief that carbohydrates promote weight gain. Refined carbohydrates - the kinds found in white bread - are the evil siblings of whole grains. White bread is whole grain bread minus the nutrients and fiber that make complex carbohydrates healthy to begin with. Replace simple, refined carbohydrates with whole grain bread and enjoy increased energy with decreased appetite. If possible, use flats to keep the sandwich together instead of two slices of bread. Flats average around 100 calories while two slices of bread contain 200 calories or more.

In the end, just lose calories and weight, but not flavor!

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