Breakfast in our house is the cornerstone meal of our day. Big Littles and I need major protein and fuel to start our day, so skipping breakfast is a recipe for disaster. Low blood sugar = ugly attitudes and short tempers, so I avoid light, sugary breakfasts as much as possible. Most mornings we eat eggs, and sometimes oatmeal, but on the days when we need something to keep us going, I make HUEVOS RANCHEROS.
While visiting some friends, our hostess made huevos rancheros for us. I was surprised by how delicious it is, and it was really enhanced by the locally made sausages. I decided to give it a try at home, and we LOVE it. Here are some guidelines on how to make this super-hearty breakfast, which also steps in as a delicious lunch or dinner. (This is a very flexible recipe, so use what you have/what you like.)
Layer in your bowl: - Warmed beans (our hostess used white beans, like great northerns, but black beans are traditional) - we almost always have some beans in the crock pot, but canned work as well - Some grated cheese (white cheese, similar to farmer cheese is traditional, but cheddar/monterey jack are also nice) - A fried egg or two - either sunny side up or over easy, or poached (you want the runny yolk - it is DELICIOUS mixed in with the beans, and I am usually a hater of runny yolks) - Some crumbled sausage or bacon - It is nice with some corn tortillas also. - If you have it, diced tomato adds some spark - Hot sauce is a must.
Enjoy! THIS is a breakfast that will stick with you until lunch! :)