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Egg Foo Young Makes The Perfect Breakfast
A Great Way To Start Your Day
If you think about it, egg foo young makes the perfect breakfast, and I'm surprised it is not more common. After all, the main ingredient of this popular Chinese dish is eggs, which is a common breakfast food whether served scrambled, fried, boiled, or in an omelet.
One good thing about egg foo young versus your typical breakfast omelet is that it uses mostly vegetables, rather than the usual high fat ham and cheese. If you are looking for a hearty, tasty, and nutritious main dish that is high in protein and low in fat, I think egg foo young is perfect for that all-important first meal of the day. Egg foo young also tastes great with whole wheat toast (see above).
Below is my simple recipe for egg foo young which makes a healthy entrée for any meal.
All photos on this page are by DIY Mary.
Eggs: Are they healthy or not?
Over the years, eggs have gotten a lot of bad press. Many have claimed they can result in a high blood cholesterol when more than 3-4 egg yolks are eaten per week, but I have always been skeptical about these claims. Eggs are a great (and cheap!) source of protein and iron, and for me, they have become a mainstay of my diet. Although the debate as to whether or not eggs are bad for you still rages on, recent studies are showing that eggs may not be as bad for you as previously believed.
Do you think eggs are bad for you?
Prep Time: About 10-15 minutes
Total Time: About 30 minutes
- 8 eggs
- One can bean sprouts (about 14 oz)
- One stalk celery
- Two onion slices (about 1/4" thick each)
- Pepper to taste
- Chop onion slices and celery into small pieces (about 1/4" cubes).
- Preheat onions and celery in the microwave for 1 minute to soften them.
- Preheat a non-stick pan so that it is just hot enough to sizzle when a drop of water is added.
- Add eggs and pepper to a mixing bowl and stir vigorously with a fork or wire whisk until the eggs are as homogeneous as you wish. (Some people, like me, prefer the eggs to be so thoroughly mixed that no egg white shows, whereas others as just the opposite. Basically, just prepare your eggs the way you normally would for scrambled eggs or an omelet.)
- Thoroughly drain the bean sprouts, place the bean sprout bundle carefully on a plate so that it stays intact, and slice the sprouts into 1-2 inch pieces with a sharp knife by making several cuts through the bundle.
- Add bean sprouts and all other remaining ingredients to the eggs.
- Add at least several tablespoons of the egg mixture to the pan. For omelets that are well done and more like crepes, add less egg mixture so that it spreads out in the pan. For a thicker omelet, you can add up to around 1/2 cup of the egg mixture.
- Bean sprouts have a tendency to pile up, so spread them out as you add the egg mixture to the pan to make sure they are all covered with egg.
- Once the omelet starts bubbling on top and is almost completely solidified, flip it over like a pancake and cook it for at least another 1-2 minutes until all the raw egg has been thoroughly cooked.
- Although egg foo young is typically served with rice, I like to serve it with whole wheat toast when I have it for breakfast. I also like to add a little soy sauce to spice it up a bit, but do go easy on this condiment as it is very high in sodium!
- Note: Egg foo young is a dish that has a lot of leeway so far as the types of ingredients that can be added. Some people also like to use grated carrots, bamboo shoots, and/or finely chopped cabbage. If you are not strictly vegetarian, you can also add about 1/2 cup of chopped pre-cooked shrimp to the above recipe, which I like to do sometimes whenever I want a heartier meal.
- Other variations: If you do not want to eat egg yolks for whatever reasons, this recipe can also be made with just the whites.
After I prepared my egg foo young omelet as described in the above recipe, I drizzled some soy sauce on top. Yum!
A good non-stick frying pan is a must.
If you use a good non-stick frying pan, then there is absolutely no need to add oil or other fat to prevent sticking. Your egg foo young omelet will end up tasting better (in my opinion) and will be so much more nutritious.
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