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In my family, we’ve been eating Joe’s Special since I was a little girl.  I’m not sure exactly where the recipe originated; I thought it was from a local food institution known as Original Joe’s.  Another source says “Joe’s Special is a San Francisco specialty dating to the 1920’s.” Wherever it comes from, it’s delicious, and the best part is, you probably have all of the ingredients on hand.

This is how I made it tonight, but you should feel free to change the recipe so that it’s more to your liking. The “constants” are eggs, spinach, and some sort of meat (ground beef, Italian sausage, ground turkey, etc).  My mom adds potatoes.  Be creative and have fun.


1 cup onion, chopped (I used a red onion tonight, because it was what I had on hand)
2 tsp olive oil
2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
6 Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage patties
6 eggs, beaten
3 cups fresh spinach
1/3 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Tabasco sauce to taste
Nutrition Info: (makes 3 servings) per serving – 343 calories, 18.9g fat, 12.4g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 4.8g sugars, 31.3g protein
(When you cook this dinner, you want to begin with whatever takes the longest to cook.  In this case, it was the mushrooms).
Chop onion and saute with olive in a medium-hot pan.  Add salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Add mushrooms.
Add meat.  Since I was using the turkey breakfast sausage, I wanted to make sure it was cooked through before I added anything else.
Beat eggs in a separate bowl and add salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste.  By mixing the eggs in a separate bowl, you insure that they’re seasoned properly and that the eggs get beaten well.
It also makes it a lot easier to incorporate into the rest of your dish
Add spinach next.  I used half a bag of spinach because it goes from this…
to this…
I love how colorful and healthy this dinner looks (and is!).
Next, add the cheese at the last minute.
Don’t worry, it looks like a lot of cheese, but remember, this is 3 servings. And when it melts, it looks more like this:

Yum!  This is the perfect dinner for a night like tonight.  It’s cold, rainy, and windy outside and eating something quick and easy, yet good for you is a nice way to start the weekend.


Of course, I can’t eat any meal that has eggs in it without this:

This is actually the perfect dinner for a Friday night in, because it’s easy to make, and if you keep a fairly well-stocked kitchen, you won’t even have to stop at the grocery store on your way home from work. I hope you try it on a quiet Friday sometime soon, because believe me, you’ll be glad you did.


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