First off, let's talk about the name. Why is it called a cyclops? Now it doesn't exactly look like the one eyed monsters of Greek mythology, but with it's single egg in the center of a piece of bread it is reminiscent. And let's face it, if you give a food a cool name kids are more likely to want to try it out. I know that I'd rather eat a cyclops then a egg-embedded-in-bread-open-faced-sandwich, what about you?
Second, what is in this for your kids, nutritionally? Eggs are a great source of protein, which our bodies break down into amino acids so that we can synthesize our own proteins. They are low in calories, with only 70 calories per egg. They also have choline, which contributes to fatty components in cell walls, making cell membrane flexible. Furthermore, two types of choline, phosphatidylcholine and sphingolyelin, account for a large portion of brain mass. Thus choline is great for kids growing bodies, where lots of cells are dividing, and brain function.
Whole wheat bread is another excellent source of nutrients and minerals. Whole wheat bread is a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, and magnesium. The big caveat here is that you make sure you are buying 100% whole wheat bread. Anything below that has been processed such that the nutrient rich portion of the wheat, the bran and the germ, has been removed.
So how about a cyclops tomorrow morning? It's good for your kids, easy to make and fun to eat. Enjoy!
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: ~ 5minutes, depending on how well cooked you like your egg
This makes enough for one cyclops, so just multiply the ingredients by however many you want to make.
1 piece 100% whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon chopped chives (optional)
Cut the center out of your piece of bread so that you have ~ 1 1/2 inch diameter circle in the center of your bread. Then spread butter on both sides of the bread. Add the remaining butter to a non-stick frying pan and melt it over medium heat. Add the slice of bread to the pan.
Crack an egg into the center of your bread. It's OK if some of it seeps out the bottom or spills on top of the bread, just make sure that the yolk is in the circle. Cook until the white is set, ~ 3minutes.
Using a spatula carefully turn over the piece of bread and cook the other side until egg is cooked to your liking. Set on a plate and sprinkle the top with chives. Serve immediately.