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Spanish Scrambled Eggs
with Mushrooms

Spanish Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms

There are lots of scrambled egg variations, but the ones that I love best are the Spanish versions. Generally speaking, the eggs are on the runny side, soft and silky, and filled with veggies. They are often served on lunch menus with a smaller portion as a main course. Amongst the versions I have had, the mushroom are my favorite.

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms

I had almost this exact dish for dinner while in Spain. It was deceptively simple but amazingly delicious. The version that I had used wild mushrooms so if you want, that's a great choice.

Serve this for dinner with a side salad.

There are two key techniques to this that can help your dish be perfect. Cooking the potatoes so that they are just slightly (slightly!) underdone and letting them cool before topping them with the hot mushrooms means that they will finish cooking in the oven. Topping them with the mushrooms means that some of the intense, umami flavor will mingle as the mushrooms give up a little moisture.

White Bean and Spinach Tacos

White Bean and Spinach Tacos

This is a variation on a taco that we sampled on a research trip at a restaurant in Austin, Texas. The creaminess of the beans and sweetness of the veggies and cheese is balanced by the bitterness of the spinach. Use the Dr. Gourmet Tomatillo Salsa or your favorite salsa recipe. You can, of course, use bottled salsa, but check the sodium content carefully.

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In other Bites, we've seen that increased intake of fructose (a component of HFCS: High Fructose Corn Syrup) has been linked to greater formation of VAT as opposed to SAT ( "A Serious Look at Fructose" 01/06/10). Recently a team of scientists at Harvard, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts decided to take that research a step further by assessing the impact of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages (usually containing HFCS) on a person's Visceral Adipose Tissue (J Nutr 2014;144:1283-1290). Belly fat »

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