I love Trader Joe's. They have so many pre-packaged products that have gourmet quality. Though eating whole, unprocessed food is smart health advice that we're squarely behind, cooking all from scratch can be unrealistic, especially when I am extremely busy. This post is an episode of my "Semi-Homemade" cooking. It is one of my favorite on my weekday breakfast menu/ weekend brunch menu that strikes a balance between time, health, and taste. All the ingredients are from Trader Joe's.
Two major ingredients I would like to introduce are:
1. Trader Joe’s Grecian Style Eggplant with Tomatoes and Onions
The pre-made eggplant is very tasty with multi-layers of flavors. The ready-to-eat product saves me a lot of time and efforts from grilling my own.
2. Trader Joe’s Sprouted Multi-grain Bread
I generally like multi-grain versus white bread, since there's more flavor and a better texture. This multi-grain sprouted bread is even better. Despite its dry-looking color, it is moist and soft. I especially love its grainy texture and nutty flavor. The best part is that Sprouted Multi-grain Bread is considered the healthiest bread on the market.
Sprouted Multi-grain Bread -- The Healthiest Breads On The Market
"Sprouted Grains – I love sprouted grains because they are technically vegetables. To sprout a grain, you just soak it until it begins to sprout into a little plant. These sprouts are then ground up to make bread. When you eat a grain that has been refined into flour, your body quickly metabolizes it like a sugar, which causes your insulin to spike. This can make you gain weight and contributes to diabetes and inflammation. For all of these reasons, I don’t buy bread that is primarily made from flours, especially “wheat flour” which is really just white refined flour. The sprouts are much more easily digested than starchy flour, and contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than whole grains. Phytic acid is destroyed when the grain sprouts, so your body is able to absorb the nutrients in these grains – which makes them that much better for you! "(source)
In addition, Canadian bacon is made only from the lean eye of the loin and is ready to eat. It is lean and provides protein.
Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It's also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.
Sprouted Multigrain Bread Eggplant Sandwich
1 can of Trader Joe’s Grecian Style Eggplant with Tomatoes and Onions
1 teaspoons butter
2 slice Canadian bacon
2 slices Trader Joe’s Sprouted Multi-grain Bread
1 cup baby kale or baby arugula
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
Preheat electric grill (table-top indoor type)
Brush grill surface with butter.
Crack an egg and break it over the center of the grill.
Arrange bread slices, Canadian bacons, and baby kale or baby arugula around the egg.
Cover the lid of the grill and let it grill for a two minutes. Then open the lid, turn over all the ingredients on the grill. Grill for additional 2 minutes or until the bread slices turn lightly brown, and the egg yolk is cooked to the firmness you like.
Take out the bread slices, Canadian bacons and eggs. Keep the baby kale in the grill until they are golden brown and crispy.
Layer each bread slice with a generous layer of eggplant slices (from the can).
On top of one eggplant-covered bread slice, layer two slices of grilled Canadian bacons and egg. Grind some black pepper and sea salt onto the egg. Then layer the grilled kale (if using baby arugula, you can also choose not to grill it), and finish with the other slice of eggplant-covered bread. Fold the sandwich together and serve.
Note: Highly recommend this Electric Baking Pan/Skillet. It is very easy to use. Even children can make this delicious sandwich themselves and feel very proud of themselves. I will post more recipes using this small kitchen appliance.
注： 我是用中式的电饼铛煎烤的, 非常方便, 强烈推荐。 家里的小朋友都可以自己动手做美食了 ：）