“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices–take it or leave it” -Buddy Hackett
This week’s recipe is… Country Breakfast Skillet!
This week we have something special to share: our very own Country Breakfast Skillet! This delicious skillet is made with chorizo sausage, bacon, eggs, red potatoes, green peppers, green cabbage, yellow onion, and shredded cheddar cheese. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and garnished with fresh parsley and green onions, this skillet will have everyone saying “yum!” Chorizo is a type of pork sausage that is different from regular sausage because it includes a variety of ingredients such as various ground chiles, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, vinegar, and coriander. What makes this meal special is where it falls during the day–breakfast.
THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY
Breakfast is the first meal of the day and eating a nutritious one can set you off to a great rest of your day. Similar to how we eat dessert after the main course, we should start our day off with a nutritious healthy meal. Since if we eat dessert first, we aren’t going to want to have the main course! Likewise, if we have an unhealthy breakfast it’s hard to make lunch a good healthy nutritious meal. Breakfast is especially important because our bodies have gone at least six to ten hours without any food depending on how long we sleep. This means that our blood sugar is lower which could affect our concentration and mood. Getting a good breakfast will set our day up for success by giving us energy to concentrate and regulate our mood. Now, if we were to skip breakfast, studies have shown that leads to possible binge eating later in the day as well as well as suffering from low blood sugar–meaning less focus, more moodiness, and less energy.
Now that we learned a little more about why breakfast is such an important meal, let’s explore how breakfast looks like for people in other countries! In Mexico, the first meal of the day may include chilaquiles (a tortilla-like dish), huevos rancheros(egg-based meal), sweet rolls, and coffee. And in Japan, a typical breakfast might include miso soup, steamed white rice, and pickled vegetables and proteins such as fish or a tamagoyaki (Japanese omelet).
Chorizo has been around since the time of Romans. But Mexican chorizo was an adaptation that occured later on when Spain brought the food to America.
Question: Do different countries make chorizo differently?
Answer: Yes! Chorizo is a type of pork sausage that is made many different ways depending on location. In Europe for example, chorizo is fermented, cured smoked sausage which can be eaten without being cooked, or simply added as an ingredient to other dishes.
Question: What is “green chorizo?”
Answer: Green chorizo is similar to other Mexican chorizo, but because it has such a high amount of cilantro in it, it appears green in color!
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