Breakfast Ideas - Phase 1 - Spanish Pisto Manchego and Eggs (chorizo optional)




wish4fit
03-14-2009, 01:03 PM
This is a MUST for P1 breakfast! You will feel so spoiled like you aren't even on a diet at all!!! I pulled it from a magazine awhile back. It takes about 30-45 mins to cook because you make a ragout with the veggies, so make sure you have some time.

Pisto is Spain’s ratatouille, a savory mixture of summer squash, onions, garlic and tomatoes usually cooked down until the squash falls apart. This very traditional dish might also include chorizo and peppers. You can serve it as a side dish without the eggs, but with them it makes a great supper.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium zucchini, diced
2 medium summer squash, diced
1 (28-ounce) can of tomatoes, drained and chopped
Salt to taste (a generous amount, at least 1 teaspoon)
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
6 eggs
Serves: 3-4 large meals of 2 eggs each, or 6 smaller meals of 1 egg each

1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy, nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add the onion. Stir often, until just about tender — about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute or two until fragrant. Stir in the squash and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and toss together for five minutes, until the squash is coated with oil and beginning to soften. Add the tomatoes, then salt to taste (3/4 to 1 teaspoon) and turn the heat to medium-high. Stir often for five to 10 minutes, until the tomatoes have slightly cooked down. Cook uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and easy to mash. Stir often, and add water as necessary, every 10 minutes or so, until the mixture cooks down and begins to stick to the pan. From time to time, press on the squash with the back of your spoon so that it breaks down. Taste, adjust the salt, and add lots of pepper.
2. Using the back of your spoon, make six wells in the vegetable mixture and break an egg into each well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the pan, and cook until the eggs have set, about six minutes (the whites should be set, but the yolks should still be runny). Serve, using a spatula to dish out portions of pisto topped with an egg

NOTE:
Advance preparation: The pisto will be delicious for three or four days, but until you reheat it, don’t cook the eggs. To reheat the pisto, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Transfer the cooked pisto to a lightly oiled baking dish. Make six depressions in the top, and break an egg into each one. Salt and pepper lightly, and bake in the oven six to eight minutes or until the eggs set.


cottagebythesea
03-14-2009, 01:42 PM
This sounds like a great way to use summer's bounty of squash! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Kate53
03-19-2009, 11:23 AM
I made a similar breakfast frittata this morning that is also great for phase 1. I diced up onions, green peppers, linguicia (or chourizo) and sauteed in a nonstick oven safe 10-12 inch pan with 2 tsp of canola oil. When it was soft, I added 8 large eggs beaten with a pinch of salt and lots of pepper and 1C shredded monterey jack cheese. Pour that over the sauteed mixture, sprinkle with a bit more cheese and put in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve with V8 juice with lots of lemon in it. It reheats nicely in microwave on 1/2 power for about 4 minutes.