Yesterday, my only niece Caitlyn, came to visit… It feels like we’ve become strangers and I was really excited to spend some time with her. Caitlyn is in her 2nd semester at Penn State Fayette and although she’s still technically “at home” she’s started her own life … as happy as I am to see her growing up into an amazing adult, I still really-really miss the fun times we shared while she was growing up. Even my hubby, Ray, just mentioned last night that he really misses her, wishes she could still come over and hang out, spend the weekend, eat cook-n-serve, just like when she was little. But time passes and we all grow up..
I am an only child with a very small family and I was raised as a little adult. The first “little” kids I ever spent time with was Caitlyn and her older brother Joey (Ray’s sister Tammy’s kids – now my niece and nephew)… I was so intimidated and they were so pushy 🙂 When Ray and I first started dating, we both lived at home and I stayed with him at his parents over the weekends (we lived an hour away from each other).. Ray had nice TV room in the basement where we would spend most of our time.. I remember the first time Caitlyn and Joey called on Ray’s phone line to ask if they could come downstairs to visit me, Ray was hunting or something and I was there by myself.. of course I said “Sure!” but remember thinking what on earth am I going to do with them! What will we talk about? Oh No! They made it easy on me, they have welcomed me into their family with open arms and made me feel so welcome. I fell in love with them immediately…. That was 12 years ago.. Oh, how time flies!
Of course, I always feed Caitlyn… it’s really kinda our special thing we’ve been doing over the years.. the little girl who I argued with to try a sweet red bell pepper strip – is now very open to my super-healthy foods! However, I’m also too lazy to go to the grocery store – I convinced myself that I could whip something wonderful up from what we have here at the house (and we are running very low on groceries at this point!) But I always have some quality go-to staples that easily become a meal.. Eggs and butter… and our own garden veggies in the freezer…. Lunch is created…
Chicken Breast with Sauteed Greens, topped with a Poached Egg and Hollandaise
Serves: 2 for a light meal
1 Free Range Chicken Breast
1/2 Large Organic Onion
2 Cloves Organic Garlic
1/2 Organic Lemon
1-2 T Coconut Oil
6 Free Range Eggs
1/2 cup melted Organic Butter from Grass Fed Cows (www.yourfamilycow.com)
1 T Distilled White Vinegar
Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper….
Season the chicken breast, lightly tenderize if desired, and grill (outdoor or indoor grill pan) Remove your chicken just before it’s completely cooked and allow it to rest while preparing the rest of your meal…nothing is worse than overcooked-dry-chicken breast!
Sautee the chopped/pressed garlic and chopped onions in coconut oil, add greens. I used a baggie of frozen greens from last year’s garden (cleaned, chopped, blanched, froze) I don’t know exactly how much greens I used 😦 It was about 1 1/2 cups cooked greens/onions/garlic when I was done cooking, adjust accordingly. Season to taste with Salt, Pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.. Juice 1/2 a lemon, use about 1t on the greens.. reserve the rest of the lemon juice for the Hollandaise sauce. Keep your greens on very low..
Fill a large straight sided skillet with water to poach your eggs, add 1T vinegar, heat water to a very light simmer..
Assemble a double boiler – a glass bowl seated on top of a pot of simmering water for your hollandaise. Make sure the butter is melted and very warm. Separate 4 eggs, reserve the whites for later.
Ok – my time management is pretty good at this point, so follow this closely..
Thinly slice chicken breast, set aside..
Crack 2 eggs, each into a separate small bowl.. gently swirl water in the simmering water in the straight sided skillet.. gently pour the eggs into the center of the pan – one at a time – swirling the water after each addition – and set your times for exactly 3 minutes for a cooked-yet runny poached egg..
Quickly – Combine the 4 egg yokes and 1 T of lemon juice in the bowl of the double boiler and wisk well.. slowly drizzle in the melted butter.. constantly wisking.. it will become a paler yellow and thicken… remove the bowl from the pot.. You may add additional lemon juice to taste, Salt, Pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Use Hot water to thin the sauce if it gets too thick…
Using a slotted spoon very gently remove each egg from the water and place on a small plate to drain while assembling the plates.. Mound 1/2 of the greens on each plate, then thin slices of chicken breast, then a poached egg.. and top with hollandaise sauce!
Super Yummy! and all amazing healthy foods.. and gluten free!