Breakfast time

I used to make breakfast the night before so that I could spend a total of 30 minutes getting ready in the morning. I lived in Renton at the time so in the morning it was GET UP (after hitting the snooze button 7 times). GET DRESSED. DO FACE. GRAB LUNCH & BREAKFAST. CATCH BUS. By the time I got to work it would be about 8 and I'd be STARVING so I'd heat up my breakfast and eat at my desk in a very cranky manner. But then eating at my desk made me slow down so I'd take my time reading through emails, social media or the news... not really getting anything done.

It wasn't until I moved in with my roommate Kristen that I realized I should probably just make and have breakfast at home before leaving for work. Kristen said breakfast was something she really looked forward to in the morning and it motivated her to get up earlier.  After moving to Bellevue I was able to walk to work which meant I had more time before I left. So I made breakfast.

Now when I cook breakfast and sit at the table to eat it, I ease into my day, catch Good Morning America or check social, get a head start on emails, etc. Once I got to the office I was alert and ready to do work.

I try not to spend more than 15 minutes cooking breakfast so one that I love to make when I have extra tomato sauce on hand is the Italian egg sandwich. Not surprisingly it is inspired by Giada De Laurentiis. I love this breakfast dish (really you can have it anytime) because it's savory, easy to make and I can use leftover bread or tomato sauce.


Slice of bread (use any type but sourdough, french bread work best)
Cheese (your choice)
One egg
Basil julienned
Clove of garlic peeled or garlic powder
Tomato sauce (home made, from the jar or can)

Here's how to do it

  1. Toast your bread
  2. Heat up your sauce
  3. Once ready, take out your toasted bread and rub the garlic on one side or sprinkle garlic powder
  4. Spread sauce on the toast
  5. Add a layer of cheese 
  6. Fry your egg however you want
  7. Top egg on top of toast with the sauce and cheese
  8. Add pepper and julienned basil
  9. Add other toppings (sliced meat, sprouts, roast peppers) as you wish but simple is best

So I had mozzarella on the side for the toast above and I love my egg over medium. The other green leaf aside from the basil is purslane. Purslane is probably the most super of all super foods. I like to add it to everything just so I can instantly make it healthy and nutritious. Purslane is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, C, B-complex, protein and iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese. So far I have only been able to find purslane at Farmers Markets in the summer time. 

This is by far my favorite breakfast item. Sometimes I make tomato sauce just for this. Hope you get to try it and let me know what you think!