I’ve mentioned before that eggs are a staple in my home and that kidlet loves his spinach omelettes (épinards omelette since he started French Immersion!). What has become clear since then is that it never ceases to amaze me that a kid an eat the same thing when he loves it. Over and over.
Maybe for ever.
Yeah, it’s a good dose of calcium and protein, but I’m actually kind of bored on his behalf. That’s a thing, right?
But eggs aren’t leaving my kitchen anytime soon. I’ve clamped down on my food budget because we’re trying to save some cash. Tis the season and all! Also, I’ve made it a personal vow that my hubby will get to finish his degree, by night school or distance ed or what have you. I know it’s something he’s wanted to do for a long time.
One of the biggest ways to save money is by not eating out. You can go to a fast food joint, buy food for two, and have it cost $20. In grocery bill terms, $20 can net you a roaster chicken and the means to make Sunday supper… plus possibly the next three or four days of dinners. The other way you can save a lot of money is by cutting back on meat. But the usual cheap food is loaded with sugar and carbs, and a human being cannot live on these things alone (support your local food banks with real food this holiday season, just sayin’). So at roughly 25-30 cents an egg, it’s not hard to see how quickly you can start saving money by building meals around them. As if there weren’t also other nutritive benefits by eating eggs instead of french fries, amirite?
Also, they are freakin’ fast, and given that we’re going to start having busy/late nights with hockey practice again, they’re perfect for a super-quick meal before or after. Eggs are the new fast food of this household. Cheap, fast, easy, done.
But man, I gotta find something to make other than épinards omelettes. Breakfast for supper, indeed. Fortunately, Egg Farmers of Ontario got my back.
October’s also world egg month (who knew?). Go forth and make Egg Tacos, my friends.
And if you need moar frugal, I just happen to have a tutorial on how to make your own tortillas over here…
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- ½ small red or green pepper, diced
- ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup diced ham
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 4 eggs
- ¼ tsp each salt and black pepper
- 2 tsp butter
- 4 small whole wheat or regular flour tortillas, warmed
- ½ cup shredded Tex-Mex or Cheddar cheese
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Salsa, chopped fresh coriander (optional)
- In medium non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; sauté red and jalapeno peppers and garlic for 2 minutes or until softened. Add ham and chili powder; sauté 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove to bowl; cover to keep warm.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk eggs, salt and pepper.
- Melt butter in the same skillet on medium heat; add eggs and cook, stirring gently, until set but still soft, about 2 minutes.
- Spoon eggs on each tortilla, top with ham mixture, cheese and onion. Serve with salsa and/or coriander, if desired.
- Substitute cooked black beans or your favourite beans for the ham to create a vegetarian version.
- Wrap tortillas in foil and heat in a toaster oven or oven. Or wrap in a tea towel and microwave on high power for 30 seconds or until warm.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) for sharing their recipe in my hood and letting my friends know it’s World Egg Month, cause if I learn something it seems only fair that I let you know too. Photos of the awesome Egg Tacos are property of the EFO, but all opinions on trying to scrounge money are mine. I use tons of eggs, so I like being friends with the EFO.
When you use eggs, you support local farmers. Please be sure to visit eggfarmersofontario.ca for many other creative egg recipes that your family will think are “out of this world” delicious!