Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mexican Egg Scramble

Mexican Egg Scramble takes about 10 minutes to make and is loaded with colorful bell peppers, onions, black beans, salsa and melted cheddar cheese!

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Mexican Egg Scramble

Do you want to know what our family eats pretty much every single Saturday morning? This Mexican Egg Scramble also known as salsa eggs! My husband cooks breakfast most Saturday mornings and his specialty is this Mexican Egg Scramble. The whole family loves it from the toddler all the way to the adults. Mexican Egg Scramble is loaded with bell peppers, onions, black beans, salsa, cheddar cheese, and of course, eggs!


pan of Mexican Egg Scramble

This Mexican egg scramble is super easy to make and comes together in about 10 minutes. Sometimes, we just do salsa, eggs and tortilla chips. Sometimes, we add meat if we have it leftover. The salsa adds lots of flavor so you don't need to add a lot of spices. Feel free to customize this egg scramble based on what you have on hand.


My 3-year-old loves cracking the eggs and helping Dad make these. Everyone enjoys eating them. There is definitely no food left on the plate after breakfast when we have these! I think that it is super important for kids to eat eggs which is why I want to share how we started giving our kids eggs at a young age and why.


How to Introduce Babies to Eggs

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recommends that early introduction begin when baby is developmentally ready – around 4 months or older. We started feeding our kids eggs right around 7-8 months. They would try a bit of a cooked yolk. When they hit around 9 months, we would start serving them little pieces of scrambled eggs. My kids all loved this Mexican Egg Scramble from a really young age on.

Eggs are an important food for babies and toddlers because they are a nutrient-dense food providing several nutrients babies need during a time in which their brains are rapidly developing. One of these nutrients is choline, which supports brain health. The recently released 2020-2025 DGAs also recommends the early introduction of potential allergens like eggs and peanuts, when baby is developmentally ready (after 4 months of age) because feeding these foods early and often can help to reduce the risk of developing a food allergy. 


bite of Mexican egg scramble

How to serve eggs to a toddler

Now that Lily is 1 1/2, she enjoys eggs often. We keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for an easy protein source for meals such as breakfast and lunch. She loves having a fried egg chopped up or enjoying Dad's Mexican Egg Scramble. We make a giant amount of this each week for our family of 5 and each time, we are amazed at how quickly it disappears. We also bake with eggs all the time which is another way to get toddlers to enjoy eggs often. They increase the protein in any baked good and have the essential nutrients she needs.


black bean and bell pepper eggs

Nutrition in eggs

Why did we choose to serve our kids eggs at a young age? Besides being rich in choline and helping to reduce risk of developing an egg allergy, we love eggs because they are nutritious. They are very affordable, are easy to keep in the fridge all the time and are a high-quality protein source. Plus, there are so many different ways to serve them. Besides the ways I listed, we also make healthier baked goods for our babies and toddlers for snacks using eggs.

One large egg has 70 calories, plus a good or excellent source of eight vitamins and minerals including choline, vitamin B12, riboflavin, biotin, pantothenic acid, iodine, selenium and 6 grams of protein. Choline can be hard to find in foods and eggs are an excellent source of choline. My kids that are 3 and 6 are likely to eat 2-3 eggs at a time and my toddler will probably eat 2 eggs so they are getting 100% of their daily choline and 12 grams of protein. That's awesome!


My kid's favorite way to enjoy eggs

Since my kids are now around 24/7 since we are doing school from home, I involved them in helping me write this post and asked them their favorite ways to enjoy eggs. This is what they said.

-Adalyn- age 6- hard boiled eggs and fried

-Oliver- age 3- in a muffin

-Lily- age 18 months- she loves this Mexican Egg Scramble the best


Salsa Eggs

Mexican Egg Scramble

Yield: serves 4-6 

Mexican Egg Scramble

Mexican Egg Scramble takes about 10 minutes to make and is loaded with colorful bell peppers, onions, black beans and salsa! 

Prep Time:  3 minutes Cook time: 7 minutes Total time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium black beans
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup salsa of choice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, diced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onions and cook for a couple minutes until vegetables are softened. Add in black beans.
  2. Whisk eggs and mix in salsa with eggs. Add to hot skillet and cook until eggs are cooked through stirring every minute or so for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions.
Enjoy!

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