New Food Friday Flash – A Better Breakfast

17 Apr

I’m a big fan of PBS. They have a program; actually, it’s more like a documentary, they call “Breakfast Special.” Apparently, it was so popular that they now have a Breakfast Special II. The narrator and cameraman (and crew) go around the country at various restaurants that serve breakfast. These breakfasts are special! The interviewed customers rave about them. The program is light and funny. The breakfasts are typically huge, sometimes unusual, and very delicious-looking. When they stopped at a restaurant that served buckwheat pancakes (at only a certain time of the year), my mouth watered so much that the next day I ran out and bought buckwheat flour and made my own! Since sadly, I am not a breakfast lover, I decided it was time to make my own “Breakfast Special.” That’s why I chose it for this month’s New Food Friday Flash.


Breakfast has never been my favorite meal of the day. Sure, I love my recipe for Southern Rice Pancakes but it is time-consuming and the syrup and butter I put on them goes straight to my hips. A few times a year I’ll treat myself to bacon and eggs but I recently learned I’m allergic to sulfites. So, in an effort to eat a healthful breakfast and incorporate more beans in my diet, I created a recipe that I love and I want to share it with you. The following are the star players.


The Grits

Grits are similar to corn meal which is how you make polenta. Polenta is a southern Italian staple. I’m half southern Italian (and half northern Italian) so the chances of my liking grits, ironically popular in the south of the US, were good! Grits are white whereas corn meal is yellow. Grits are grittier and corn meal is creamier. I top the grits with a pat of butter.


The Beans

I’ve discovered refried beans. I don’t know why they’re called “refried” because they aren’t fried to begin with so how could they be “re” fried? In the supermarket, you can buy various types of refried beans, some with lard, some without, but I like the lardless Pinto refried beans. I doctor them up in a tablespoon of olive oil in which I fry half a chopped onion, one clove of garlic chopped, and about a teaspoon of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce (comes in a can) minced. I keep my Chipotle in Adobo Sauce in a container in the freezer and when I need it, I scrape it with a fork or whatever is handy and put it in the pan. This all gets sautéed until the onions are translucent. Then, in goes the can of beans. I mix it well, put it in a dish, and take as much as I want to go with my grits, saving the rest in the freezer.


The Egg

Any egg will do, but if you really want to spoil yourself, use Eggland’s Best eggs. The flavor and vitamin/mineral content is superior. I like mine well peppered with a little salt.

Beans, grits, & egg

A well-peppered egg on top of grits and refried beans


The Grapefruit

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Looking at the Red Texas Grapefruits I bought at Meijer, I can see it is no lie. They are wonderfully sweet! If you haven’t had a red Texas grapefruit, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Try some grapefruit

Texas Red Grapefruit


The Alternative

I made oatmeal instead of grits but put on too much cinnamon. Yet it turned out great and now I prefer it that way! Sprinkle on a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar and it’s a nice alternative to grits and better for you. Buy old-fashioned oats, also better for you.


I coat my 6-inch cast iron pan with a little coconut oil and spread the bean mixture on one side and the grits or oatmeal on the other. Top this with an egg, salt, and pepper and it’s ready for the toaster oven for 7 minutes at 400° for a still jiggly egg. Experiment with the time to get your egg the way you like it.


While this is baking in the oven, I am eating my grapefruit. I also make myself a large hot cup of water with ¼ of a lemon squeezed in and a thumb-size piece of fresh ginger. Sometimes I add honey, sometimes Truvia, a natural sweetener. It’s better than tea or coffee. Actually, it tastes a lot like regular tea to me but doesn’t stain your teeth and ginger is good for you.


This breakfast is divine! The beans are a little spicy, the grits or oats a little sweet, and the egg, well the egg is an egg and if you like eggs, it’s good! The grapefruit is sweet and juicy! Sometimes I’ll have a slice of Irish Soda Bread too with butter or jellies depending on how hungry I am and how much time I have.

Beans, Grits, Egg, Irish Soda Bread Toast for Breakfast

Beans, Grits, Egg, Irish Soda Bread Toast


Now I can join the people who love breakfast as long as I’m having THIS breakfast! Try my breakfast special, you’ll like it!




3 Responses to “New Food Friday Flash – A Better Breakfast”

  1. Gerard Villanueva April 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi Marcella, I really like the way you doctor up your refried beans! I’ll also enjoy the grapefruit. Our family used to live in the heart of grapefruit country down in south Texas so I’ve taken it for granted all this time. Oats is another favorite of mine. Coffee though is one habit I’m not ready to break!
    “Frijoles refritos” really means “very fried beans” in Spanish, not “fried again”. They are only fried once. I think “refried beans” is a poor translation because it’s very misleading.
    I hope your trips to the library have been less eventful since that one exciting time!


    • Marcella Rousseau April 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      Hey Gerard! Thank you for the explanation of refried beans. Yes, it is misleading. It’s kind of like the Italian translation for our French fries: frito misto which literally means fried mixed.
      You know, I’ve changed the way I make my refried beans. Now I buy the 2 lb. package of beans and soak them for 6 hrs. then cook them for 2 hrs. Then I fry an onion, garlic, and several dashes of chipotle hot sauce. It makes a lot so I pour some in jars and freeze them. And then, just this week, when I make breakfast, I slice hot pepper cheese on top of my beans with my egg. It’s funny, because when I was younger, I couldn’t even handle fresh pepper on my food and now I like everything spicy!
      The price of those grapefruits have now gone up! $1.00 per grapefruit! Yipes! So today I ate an orange instead. But I really prefer those grapefruit!
      I bought a can of unknown brand coffee and it tastes so bad that I am going to give it to my vegetable garden. I just have to do a search to find out if the coffee grounds have to be used first. I still like my ginger tea and am trying to grow my own ginger. If it works out, I will post it on my blog.
      Yes, I don’t want anymore exciting trips to the library. Leaving my house this morning, I noted a sign in my subdivision about a crime meeting. I didn’t see the date, and I plan to go. I don’t like the sound of that. I am going to start sprucing up my house because I am thinking of moving. I just have to figure out where. There are too many choices.
      Anyway, have a great day and eat a grapefruit for me!


    • Marcella Rousseau May 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      Gerard, With all the news coverage of the tornadoes and flooding in Texas, I was thinking about you. Does Texas usually have flooding issues? I hope you and your family are safe.


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