Lumberjack Lunch

Perfect for evening prep for a ten hour dance party, Morning After hangover breakfasts, and especially for after those times like today, when you come  inside from an hour in the hot summer sun, and you’d worn your bikini cause you thought, why not double-task and get tan, and now you’re sweaty and completely covered in car grease and still unsure of whether the cables are hooked up to the battery right, but you’re tired of your neighbor’s lawn workers peeping through the bushes at you. This meal is perfect for ALL that. My best friend, Liza, refers to it as Lumberjack Dinner, because it’s not so much classy as it is rustic and hearty. But it can be lunch or brunch- or breakfast, if you’re planning to head right back to bed afterwards. It’s simple and fast and filling and totally satisfying.

Lumberjack Lunch

1 potato (or a few little ones, like I used here)
1 egg
1/2 onion, sliced
1 lb mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
Cajun seasoning
salt and pepper

Quarter the potato and place the pieces in a small pot. Cover with cold water, and put on to boil. Cook until you can easily pierce the potatoes pieces with a fork, about 7-10 minutes. Then drain.

PAM a skillet and turn it to medium-high heat. Carefully wipe the dirt off your mushrooms with a paper towel. Thinly slice them, and add them to the pan. Add in a couple sips of water to help them cook, as needed. When mushrooms start shrinking and browning, add your minced garlic, and stir. S & P. Turn heat to low.

PAM a second skillet and add your onion slices and potato quarters. Cook on medium-high, stirring often to prevent burning, until the onions brown and the potatoes begin to crisp on all sides. Shake the pan occasionally so all potato sides are evenly cooked. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over the potatoes and onions. S & P. Remove from heat.

Fill your plate with mushrooms, and next to it, make a nest of the caramelized onions. Quickly, re-PAM the free skillet and break in your egg. Cook quickly and flip. Remove from heat, directly onto your onion nest. Surround with crispy Cajun potatoes. Add a dollop of ketchup, if desired, and you’re good to go.

Meal Cost:
potato- $0.70
egg- $0.20
onion- $0.10
mushrooms- $3.00
garlic- $0.20
Cajun seasoning- pantry
PAM- pantry
ketchup- pantry

Total Calories:
potato- 110
1 egg – 70
1/2 onion, sliced- 30
1 lb mushrooms- 30
garlic- 4
ketchup- 40, for 2 grams

SO that’s $4.20 for this single-serving meal. AND 284 calories– an excellent number for a decent-sized lunch.


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