Although January might be National Diet Month, at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we would rather start the year off right with healthy (and delectable) gourmet breakfasts that will leave you begging for more. Every morning we include some kind of fresh fruit starter, using as much local produce as possible. Granted, the Maine winters are not exactly conducive to growing lots of fresh fruits, but the fall’s plentiful harvest of local apples is still filling the shelves and stockrooms of Kennebunkport Maine grocery stores and food suppliers. Fortunately, several local growers also raise strawberries in greenhouses that, while smaller than their summer counterparts, are just as delightful! So you’ll wake up in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast to a wholesome serving (or more) of fresh fruit.
One of our favorite recipes that will be sure to keep your waistline in check is Sauteed Spinach and Grape Tomatoes with Poached Eggs. To prepare for this hearty and healthy morning meal, mince a clove of fresh garlic as finely as possible. Gently warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a nonstick frying pan. When it gets hot, add the garlic, along with a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Then add grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise – usually allowing 4-5 whole tomatoes per person. Cook just until the
garlic is fragrant and tomatoes are beginning to release their juices. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl. In the same pan, quickly and very lightly saute fresh baby spinach, until just barely wilted. Allow at least 3 ounces of spinach per person. If you can’t fit all of it in the pan, allow parts to cook before adding more, producing spinach with varying levels of doneness. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to a simmer. Add a few generous glugs of colorless vinegar before sliding eggs into the water. Cook until whites are set and yolks still liquid (Voile! A poached egg!). On a plate, top spinach with warm tomatoes and a few shavings of parmesan cheese, followed by two eggs and a twist of ground black pepper. Serve with lean ham, freshly baked whole grain bread and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious, and resolution-friendly breakfast! It’s never the same as when it is served to you at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, but with this recipe you’re sure to come close!