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Get Creative With Breakfast: The Western Scramble

This scramble has a kitchen sink's worth of ingredients — meat, cheese, and veggies galore. If your family doesn't like bell peppers, you can get creative with substitutions: Spinach or zucchini would also be good. If they don't like ham, add crumbled-up cooked turkey sausage instead. And try adding some herbs — some flat-leaf parsley would be tasty, as would basil or thyme (or sage, if you're using sausage). If you can cook the potatoes the night before, the dish will come together even more quickly.

Western Scramble



1 small Idaho potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup extra-lean ham, finely chopped
2 large eggs
4 large egg whites
2 tablespoons low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of salt



Put the potato in a medium saucepan. Add cold water to barely cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, partially cover, and cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring often, until the peppers are tender and the onion is lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in the ham and potatoes and cook, stirring often, until the mixture is just starting to brown, about 2 minutes.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, egg whites, cottage cheese, black pepper, and salt until well blended. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet over the vegetables and ham. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, turning often with a heatproof spatula, until eggs are just set, about 2 minutes.

Serves 4

Per serving: 170 calories, 14 g carbohydrates, 13 g protein, 7 g total fat, 115 mg cholesterol, 2 g dietary fiber, 400 mg sodium


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