brunch quesadilla w/ bacon, eggs, tomatoes, peppers and cheese

Make a colorful and filling breakfast-inspired quesadilla for your next Sunday brunch! Yes, this recipe does include bacon (because what’s brunch without bacon?), but you can choose to omit that ingredient for a healthier version.

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Ingredients: (Yields 1 quesadilla)

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tortillas
  • cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 jalapeno, small dice
  • 1 small red pepper, small dice
  • 1 small orange pepper, small dice
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • goat cheese

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Slice the bacon strips into smaller cuts and add to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

In the pan with the oil and reserved bacon fat, scramble the 2 eggs over low heat to your desired consistency. When done, remove the eggs and set aside on a plate.

Wipe the skillet clean, and lay down one tortilla over medium-high heat. On top of the tortilla goes the cheddar cheese, followed by the jalapeno, red pepper, orange pepper, grape tomatoes, cooked eggs, cooked bacon, and goat cheese. After you’re done layering the ingredients, top-off with the other tortilla. Be careful not to take too long layering the ingredients or the bottom tortilla will burn!

I didn’t keep an eye on the time (my apologies!) when making the quesadilla this morning, but lift an edge of the bottom tortilla up to check on color and flip when it looks and feels the way you like! After a bit, repeat the peeking process to ensure that both sides of the quesadilla are cooked evenly before serving.

tomato fondue

When you have a bunch of ripe tomatoes at home, make a tomato fondue! From my experience, Roma tomatoes (a plum tomato of Italian origins) work wonderfully. It’s an easy recipe that makes a great bedding, filling, or topping from fish to eggs~

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chicken parmesan

For me, Chicken Parmesan reads filling and comforting, especially when topped off with a good dose of melted mozzarella and parmesan cheese! I use store-bought tomato marinara basil sauce from Trader Joe’s and make it chunkier by adding in diced onions and tomatoes.

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Caffe’ dei Fiori (NYC, US)

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Phil and I celebrated Valentine’s Day this year with a dinner at Caffe’ dei Fiori on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The atmosphere was romantic with a rose & lit candle at every table; and I also appreciated the cute touch that the restaurant put in sprinkling adorable Valentine themed confetti on the table! The food was great, especially the duck breast, and our waiter was attentive but not overly so. My only complaint was the distance (or almost lack of) between the tables, especially on Valentine’s Day when most couples are hoping for some space and intimacy!

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delicious tomato, onion & cheese omelette

On the days when you wake up too late for breakfast and it’s almost lunch time, but you still kind of want your breakfast – omelettes are the way to go! Working with the ingredients I have in the fridge, here is a super simple but delicious tomato, onion & cheese omelette:

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ramen w/ pork belly, eggs, grape tomatoes, corn, seaweed & onions

Last night, I felt lazy and wanted to make a quick but filling dinner. And what is quicker/more filling than instant ramen? To fancy the dish up a bit, I decided to top it off with a few slices of pork belly, a soft-boiled egg, halved grape tomatoes, corn, seaweed, and finely sliced onion strips. Yummy!

My recipe for last night is as follows, but the dish is so versatile that you can add in any ingredients you would like and in any quantity!

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