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Vital Choice at Home: Soft-Scrambled Eggs with Nova Lox
Start days in the new year right, with a low-carb breakfast of eggs and salmon

Welcome to Vital Choice at Home!

This series features me, Michelle – a writer and soccer mom from the Rocky Mountains – my husband and two kids, some beautiful Vital Choice seafood and lots of regular home cooking.

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Forget the hair of the dog – the best way to start the day right (and alleviate possible New Year's overindulgence) is a gorgeous breakfast packed with protein.

Many nutritionists and researchers believe that a protein-packed breakfast may be the fastest way to alleviate the symptoms of one-too-many.

Not only are eggs gentle on the stomach and easy to digest, but they're rich in cysteine, an amino acid. Cysteine is known to support healthy liver function and can help the body process the toxins in alcohol more quickly, getting you back on the road to normal.

And if your New Year's Eve didn't involved a glass or two of bubbly, a protein-packed breakfast is still the best way to start your day. A protein-rich breakfast helps you to regulate your blood sugar levels, keeping them stable throughout your day.

Do your new year goals include a healthier diet? Then this dish is ideal – studies show that a protein-rich breakfast may help you keep your appetite on track.

In one pilot study, researchers found that study participants who had increased protein servings at breakfast enjoyed the greatest feeling of being "full,” which lasted throughout the day, helping them to regulate their caloric intake.

This study is in keeping with previous research, which showed that adults who ate a high-protein breakfast lost more weight and felt more energetic than those who ate a high-carb meal.

Vital Choice Sockeye Salmon Nova Lox
This is my second time cooking with Vital Choice nova lox, and I will say that, after serving it to guests, it's enjoyable to even those who think lox has too strong of a flavor.

This sockeye salmon lox is incredible and mild – because it's cold-smoked, it has a vibrant flavor, perfect texture (even after thawing overnight in the fridge) and is free of the artificial preservatives found in so many brands.

This recipe serves two but is easy to double for guests. It make a quick and simple-yet-sophisticated start to the new year – enjoy! 

Soft-Scrambled Eggs with Nova Lox
Serves 2

I served this atop seeded sourdough toast, but it would be equally delicious on a bed of sautéed greens or lightly steamed asparagus.

I also served this with a small side of lightly dressed microgreens – in this case, I used sunflower sprouts. If salad for breakfast isn't to your taste, try a few slices of rip avocado on the side.

The possibilities are endless!

1 tablespoon butter or cooking oil of choice (plus butter for toast if you prefer)
½ cup minced shallots (or red onion)
4 eggs
¼ cup crème fraîche (can substitute ricotta cheese or heavy cream)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped or snipped fresh chives (I prefer to use scissors so the chives look less "bruised”)
Whole grain bread or bagels (or similar), lightly toasted
  1. Assemble side salad if you're serving.
  2. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper to taste, then whisk in crème fraîche (or ricotta cheese or cream).
  3. Heat butter or oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallots (or onions) 4-5 minutes, until softened and just beginning to brown around the edges.
  4. If serving, put bread or bagels in to toast. Butter if preferred then place on plate.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low and add whisked eggs with crème fraîche. Allow to set up for a minute, then gently scramble until curds (big soft lumps) begin to form.
  6. As soon as there's no more liquid egg, top the bread with scrambled eggs. Be sure not to overcook – you're looking for a soft scramble that's not too dry.
  7. Top with chopped chives and a roll or two of nova lox – I prefer 2 oz. per serving.
  8. Add any additional salad, vegetable or avocado to the plate and serve while still warm.
My rating: 4 out of 4 stars

 

A Note from Michelle
Like you, I have a passion for beautiful-yet-healthy food that's easy to prepare.

While I do love making the occasional "fancy” dinner, most of the time I'm short on time and have a house full of hungry people who want to eat NOW.

I'm not a professional chef – just a busy mom who loves to cook and who's focused on that intersection of healthy and delicious.

I want this series to feature the products and preparations you're curious about.

Have a suggestion? Question? Recipe you want me to test?

Email me and help to shape this series.

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