Yes... you heard right Cactus!!! Nopales, as I know them, are a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Iron and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. Nopales have also been used to alleviate a vast array of metabolic, cardiovascular and digestive disorders. Needless to say they are fairly easy to find... Mexican Meat Markets... I have seen them at Farmers Markets and Health Food Grocery Stores. They also sell them in jars... ehhhhhh... what can I say... I don't do jars!!! Whatever you do buy them without the thorns... they are difficult to remove and painful if you get stuck!!! So this is a very traditional breakfast food in Mexican Homes... My kids love it and would eat this everyday if I made it!!!
CACTUS BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE
1 Cup Nopal (Cactus)
1/2 Cup Salsa (I used fresh homemade)
4-5 Fresh Eggs
1/2 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Cut your Cactus into small pieces
Boil in water for about 5-6 minutes with a pinch of salt.
While the Cactus is cooking scramble your eggs with some salt and set aside.
During the cooking process the water will get very slimy.... this is okay... that is supposed to happen.
Put in a strainer and rinse well...
I had some fresh salsa. But you can use any you have on hand.
After you have drained the water ... Cook with oil in a hot skillet.
Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the salsa.
Cook for about 2 minutes.
Keeping the heat on high and add the eggs.
Serve with some refried beans and some flour tortillas.