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Are on a diet or trying to watch our weight?  Do you crave a delicious, and satisfying breakfast?  Can you budget 350 calories for your breakfast?  If you answered "yes" to the three aforementioned questions, check out the following for a breakfast of Potatoes O'Brien, Mexican omelet, and a couple of breakfast sausage links.

Special tools:  George Foreman grill, with optional attachments; see commentary after recipe, measuring cup
Preparation time:  About 10 minutes
Cooking time:  About 10 minutes
Yield:  1 serving

1/4 cup fat-free egg product, such as Nulaid ReddiEgg or ConAgra Foods EggBeater
1/4 cup onion, any variety, diced
1 jalape
ņo pepper, diced
1 Tablespoon Roma tomato, diced
1 Tablespoon reduced fat Mexican cheese, such a Sargento Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Mexican
1 red potato, golf ball sized, diced
2 breakfast sausage links, such as Farmer John's Original Sausage Links
Salt and pepper to taste
Tabasco or picante sauce, to taste, optional
Fat-free/calorie-free cooking spray, such as PAM or Favorite

Wow!  That's a long list of ingredients but there is nothing complicated about this recipe.  Feel free to substitute as needed, but always use the fat-free and/or calorie-free ingredients, if you're trying to maintain your weight.

Heat your George Foreman grill to high heat.  I have the optional grill grates that make it simple to make omelets; if you don't have that model, you'll have to improvise.  See George Foreman commentary at end of recipe.  Spray grill with fat-free spray.

Dice potato to evenly-sided slices; I prefer about 1/4" by 1/4."  Dice onion, jalapeņo pepper, tomato; reserve and set aside.

Shake egg product before using!  Pour 1/4 cup of egg product into measuring cup.  Add all of diced tomato and one half of the peppers and onions into the measuring cup, stir; reserve remainder for the Potatoes O'Brien.  Add optional tobasco or picante sauce, with salt and pepper; set aside and reserve.

By now grill should be at operating temperature.  Place diced potatoes and sausage links on grill.  After about 5 minutes, add diced peppers and onions to potatoes; mix with diced potatoes.  Add egg product mixture to grill.  

The sausage links should be done after about 6 minutes of cooking.  Remove links when done, and set aside. After a cooking time of about 10 minutes, the potatoes should be ready, along with the omelet if you added it to the grill after the potatoes had cooked for five minutes.  Using simple math, the potatoes take about 10 minutes to cook, the sausage links about 6 minutes, and the omelet about 5 minutes.  The only part that gets complicated is when to add the diced onions and peppers to the potatoes, and that depends upon your taste.  I've written this recipe according to my personal tastes.

Photo:  Omelet, Potatoes O'Brien, and breakfast sausage links are cooking in my George Foreman Grill.  I'm utilizing the omelet grill plates, which is an optional accessory.

So now you have a great breakfast that only amounts for 350 calories, and it will keep you full for the rest of the day.  If you're a vegan, or you really want to loose weight fast, eliminate the sausage links, and your breakfast will only account for 200 calories or so.  Happy eating!

Here's how I count the calories:  40 for the egg product, 140 for the sausages, 40 for the cheese, and 100 for the potato, and the rest of the calories are for the veggies, which account for little, if any calories.  So claiming this is a 350 calorie breakfast is on the generous side, as it's probably somewhat smaller.  The sausage links make the breakfast taste great, but the meal still good if you eliminate them, which I frequently do.  If you elimintate the sausage, you can only rack-up about 200 calories for a hearty and delicious breakfast.  Anyway you look at it, this is a great breakfast.

OK kids, here is the part that you've been waiting for, my commentary on my George Foreman Grill.  First and foremost, just to set the record straight, your indoor George Foreman Grill does not replace your outdoor grill, nor does it make you outdoor grill obsolete.  I love my Weber Outdoor Grill and I'll never give it up. George has a place on my kitchen counter top, and Weber has its place outside.

Since I purchased my first George Foreman grill back in 2001, I've loved it as it allows the fat to drain off the meat and it grills the food quickly, and its easy to clean.  I purchased the grill with the removable grill plates, and the secret to easy cleaning is to remove them while the plates are still hot, and clean them at that time.  ALWAYS use plastic tools, as not to damage the Teflon-coated surface of the grill plates.

For Christmas 2006, my beautiful wife, Sharlene, gave me a new George Foreman Grill, complete with optional grilling plates to be used as a griddle, a waffle maker, or individual slots for three omelets.  The waffle plates I set aside, as I don't enjoy pancakes or waffles.  The griddle plates looked useful, but I couldn't figure out what to do with the omelet plates.  Naturally, being a good husband, I didn't reveal these questions to my wife.

Photo:  The finished breakfast, ready to eat, with a perfectly done Mexican omelet, Potatoes O'Brien, and a couple of Farmer John breakfast sausage links, grilled to a golden brown.  There's a slice of lime on the side, as I like to sqeeze a bit of lime juice on my potatoes.

Now that it's five months later, I've used the griddle and omelet grill plates countless times.  Check out the photos and you can see how easy it is to use the omelet plates to make an omelet, or to grill link sausages or potatoes.  

I laugh when I read some of the reviews of the George Foreman Grills, as probably 90% of the writers don't know how to cook.  I laugh when I read the following common complaints:

*  Grill doesn't have an on/off switch
*  Grill does not implant a wood smoke taste
*  Grill does not cook food properly

If you use a George Foreman Grill, and you know the basics of grilling, you'll recognize its strengths and weaknesses, and you'll adjust your recipe, and/or your cooking accordingly.  I especially laugh about the morons who complain that the George Foreman doesn't implant a smoky taste... duh, on an indoor grill?  C'mon kids, how stupid can you get???  I recognize the limitations of the Foreman, and I stretch the envelope on a regular basis, but I love the grill, and it has earned a coveted, everlasting, space on my kitchen countertop.  

I read somewhere where George Foreman has earned much more from marketing his grills than all of the money he made during his boxing career.  George, that's ok with me, as you've come up with a superior product, and, by George, you've earned your money!


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