Why I haven’t gone vegan yet

Huevos Rancheros, Breezy Acres style

This is my newest food addiction.  Huevos Rancheros.  Eggs and beans and tomatoes and chiles.  Did you notice the potatoes in there too?  These are not your typical (or traditional) Huevos Rancheros.  I had to put my own twist on them.  Necessity was the mother of invention in this case.

The egg is overcooked because I spent so much time taking photos of it that the yolk hardened. It was still delicious, but I did miss the wonder of the golden yolk pouring out over the beans.

For years, many years, I thought, “I should try Huevos Rancheros.”  I have never been fond of the traditional (American) breakfast of cereals or anything sweet or doughy.  Once in a while I enjoy a bowl of oatmeal or kashi or some other whole grain, but mostly, I’d rather have something savory and/or spicy for breakfast.  Often that involves eggs and veggies in a frittata or an omelet.  Or leftovers from a particularly good dinner the night before, so good I can’t wait until lunch to have it again.  Lately I’ve been eating kitchari.  (For those inquiring minds that want to know, kitchari (there are a variety of spellings) is basically an Indian rice and beans dish often used for fasting.  I’ve also seen it made with barley and other grains.  There are all kinds of wonderful recipes for kitchari online.  A quick Google search turns up too many for me to explore.)

Today's view of the pond

Finally, about three weeks ago, I decided to make Huevos Rancheros.  It was a Sunday, M and I were tossing around breakfast ideas, and somehow we came to the conclusion that Huevos Rancheros would be good (even though neither of us had ever had them).  We didn’t have corn tortillas at the time so we had it over whole grain toast.  We’ve also tried the dish with polenta.  Potatoes are my favorite.  I cook them separately, and just dish the egg, beans and veggies over the potatoes the way you would over a tortilla.  I often spice up my potatoes, too, with cumin, cilantro, and something hot (jalapeno, cayenne, etc.).  I sometimes add cheese, but cheese is one of those (glorious) things I’m trying to break away from.  Smoked gouda is lovely.  You can also get that smoky flavor by adding some chipotle pepper.

I don’t really have a recipe at this point.  I started with a recipe from Cooking Light (which I still refer to just to make sure I don’t forget anything), and it has morphed from there into something to suit my taste buds.  I use black beans, green chiles, onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and tomatoes.  Cook that up for a little while and then carefully place the eggs on top of the bean and veggie mixture.  Cover, cook for 7-8 minutes (depending on how cooked you like your egg), and then serve over the spicy potatoes.  I stay full for pretty much the rest of the day after such a hearty breakfast.

The photos (except for the food) are from today’s walk around the pond.  It is cool (50) and windy here in the Bogs today.  We went from mostly sunny this morning to mostly cloudy this afternoon.  The wind has not been kind.

Wind-shredded leaves on the maple tree

Baby leaves torn off the trees and now floating on the pond

The leaves and flowers have all been shredded or tossed by the wind.  Our garden shed is a mess.

I don’t know if it’s time for a new shed or not.  We’ve rebuilt it several times after high winds have blown through, but this time around it’s looking pretty sad and worn out.  I’m not sure we can hammer out the doors.  I suspect M will want to give it a try.

That’s all the news from the Bogs for today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more photos from My Mountain Trail (unless something more exciting happens).  Thank you so much for visiting.  Be sure to layer if you want to go out and about.  The wind is cold and easily wiggles its way inside a coat.  It’s worth braving the wind and cold to go watch the waves on the pond.  They’re mesmerizing.

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32 Comments on “Why I haven’t gone vegan yet”

  1. Coming East says:

    I’m drooling over those huevos rancheros! Have lived in San Antonio for nearly thirty years, I can tell you there is no place better to get really good Mexican food, so I’ve had tons of huevos rancheros. Of course, down there we had fresh made corn tortillas, fresh off the griddle. Yum!

    Beautiful pictures. If I wasn’t looking at the calendar, I would think it is autumn instead of spring. Did we just somehow switch to the Southern Hemisphere? I want my warm weather back!

  2. Dana says:

    Eggs are keeping me from full veganism, too, Robin. (Well, eggs and honey… and wool knitting and leather boots, if we’re going to get *really* technical.) You know, I’ve never tried Huevos Rancheros, either, but the photo and the ingredients you’ve listed here make them sound *delicious*! I usually have oatmeal for breakfast, but I could see H.R.s making a fabulous lunch!

    • Robin says:

      lol, Dana! I forgot about honey and wool knitting and leather. I tend to think of meat, cheese and other dairy, and eggs when I think of veganism.

      If you decide to try the huevos rancheros for lunch, let me know what you think. 🙂

  3. Anita Mac says:

    Those eggs look and sound amazing! Will have to give it a try – they look filling too!
    Love the rest of the photos too.

  4. mobius faith says:

    poor shed. time to start hewing out some logs and build a “cabin” style shed.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    The dish looks great, but the title cracks me up. Love the water shots the best.

  6. Anonymous says:

    TJs finally has some extra tasty corn tortillas – a big improvement over their previous ones. Send the word and I’ll have them ready for you when we meet again. 🙂

    Cismonok

  7. That’s some serious shed shred, Robin! It’s been crazy windy here, as well. Also can’t believe how green things are getting there.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  8. Kel says:

    this looks scrumptious
    my fave savoury breakfast at the moment is an egyptian sandwich
    butter in hot pan, two pieces of bread one on top of the other, with biscuit cutter hole in the middle, crack one egg into hole, fry, flip, eat just salt and peppered of with sauce …mmm

  9. I’m with you Robin! I love savory things for breakfast; actually I prefer savory over sweet anytime. Your Huevos Rancheros sound delicious! Think I’ll have to give them a try.. 🙂

    I don’t know about that shed! If you (or M) can fix that, you’re a miracle worker!!

    • Robin says:

      We might be able to work a miracle on that shed, Cathy, but it still remains to be seen. Having a good idea is one thing. Having a workable idea is quite another. 😀

  10. dadirri7 says:

    looks delicious! we eat savory breakfasts too, and although we dont eat meat we could never be vegan as eggs are just too good … we usually cook ours in the pan with salsa of tasty garden produce, sounds very like your breakfasts!

  11. Carla says:

    I like cheesy eggy things for breakfast too. No vegan for me. I even like a little bacon here and there! 🙂
    Sorry about your shed – 😦
    Happy about your pretty dogwoods! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Carla. 🙂

      Bacon is the one thing I miss most when it comes to eating meat. There just isn’t any good substitute for it (and I’ve tried!).

  12. Tammy says:

    You’ve found one of the main reasons that I am also not a vegan. Fresh eggs especially in huevos rancheros!

    • Robin says:

      Eggs seem to be the common theme when it comes to not tipping over into veganism. It’s nice to know I’m in such good company. 🙂

  13. TBM says:

    I’ve never had huevos rancheros, however, since I am not an egg fan it doesn’t seem likely. I do love gouda though! Lovely photos.

  14. The food LOOKS good, but I don’t like eggs or beans, and wouldn’t eat it 😉
    And yes, I think it might be time for a new shed LOL Poor thing.

  15. Margie says:

    That is the great thing about egg recipes – pretty much anything can go in them!

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