Home late!!! Trying to catch my breath after carrying two children and an armful of bags up the stairs and into the house. Shoes off, someone's screaming, I'm trying to get settled. Wait a minute. Dinner?!?!
This has obviously happened to me more than once, so I've devised a few recipes to have up my sleeve on nights like these in order to feed my super hungry posse in (way) under 20 minutes. I adore pesto, eggs and bread. They have long shelf lives and are always on hand in my fridge. Thank goodness I can use them to make something my guys not only like -- but really love, like this Egg Pesto Melt -- so I don't have the mommy guilt of not getting a decent meal on the table.
Even when I'm short on time and still have a night of bath, brushing teeth, books, and bed ahead of me (phew, I'm exhausted...do these days ever end?), at least I can be assured we all have bellies full of nutritious food.
Photo by Maren Caruso
Egg Pesto Melt (Makes 4 Sandwiches)
- 4 Large Egg
- 4 tablespoons pesto, recipe below
- 2 teaspoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 slices whole wheat bread
Preparation1. Whisk the 1 egg and 1 tablespoon pesto in a bowl.
2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Pour in the egg mixture, tilting the pan to spread it evenly across the bottom.
3. Allow the egg to cook for one minute, using a rubber spatula to gently pull the egg away from the sides of the pan so the rest of the liquid egg can continue to coat the pan and cook.
4. Using the spatula, fold the outside parts of the omelet inwards into a square shape (to fit the bread).
4. Remove the square-shaped omelet to a plate, place a slice of bread topped with 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese, cheese side up, in the pan. Top with the omelette, another 2 tablespoons of cheese and slice of bread. Cook for 1 minute on each side until golden.
Pesto recipe: http://weelicious.com/2011/01/05/basil-pesto/ Egg Pesto Melt Video: http://weelicious.com/2011/03/25/egg-pesto-melt-program/