Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mini Quiches


Ingredients
-8 ounces turkey breakfast sausage, removed from casing and crumbled into small pieces
-1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
-8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
-1/4 cup sliced scallions
-1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
-1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
-5 eggs
-3 egg whites
-1 cup 1% milk

Preparation
Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat a nonstick muffin tin generously with cooking spray.


Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Add oil to the pan. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in scallions, cheese and pepper.


Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup.
Bake until the tops are just beginning to brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place a rack on top of the pan, flip it over and turn the quiches out onto the rack. Turn upright and let cool completely.


Here is the link for the original recipe, posted above. Made as the recipe suggests, they are 90 calories per quiche.


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Now that that is out of the way, here is what I did differently!


1. I only used 1/2 cup milk instead of 1 cup. They turned out perfectly, not dry at all. I really would go with 1/2 cup milk.


2. I HATE mushrooms. I used green peppers instead, and left out the green onions as well.


3. I used mozzerella cheese instead of swiss, because that is what I had in the house.


4. I threw in a teaspoon of onion powder. Because I felt like it. Ha.


With my changes to the recipe, my quiches are 82 calories each. You can do so much with this recipe - use different kinds of meat, cheese, or veggies to suit your tastes. Just make sure to calculate your calories with your substitutions!


Also, make sure you do what they say, and use a NON-STICK muffin pan that is sprayed really well. I put most of mine in the freezer and just get one out and microwave it in the morning. It takes about a minute (today I did 35 seconds, flipped it over, and did another 25). I have been toasting english muffins and sandwiching a quiche in the middle for a quick breakfast sandwhich. Today I also spread a wedge of Laughing Cow Light French Onion flavor on the muffin as well. Holy cow, it was the most delicious breakfast sandwich of my life!!!

Are these something you would make? What would you put in them?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

planning

I think one thing that has helped me get back on track is planning. I plan breakfast the night before usually (I am not a morning person, so if I don't plan it I will just eat anything), and then I put together lunch and snacks for the day. As soon as I get to work in the morning I log on to MFP and log all my food except for dinner. Dinner is usually less planned, but I am more in control at night and will choose good things for the most part.

I am not a huge fan of cooking, and I do eat a lot of frozen meals. I have recently discovered the new Lean Cuisine Steamer Bags. They are really tasty. I am not being paid to say this, they have no idea. But wow... they just do not taste like your normal frozen entree. YUM YUM!

As long as I am telling you about newly discovered foods, Lucerne (is this only a Safeway brand?) has limited edition yogurts out that taste like gingerbread, caramal apple, and pumpkin pie. Also delicious.

Lastly, don't let me forget to post the recipe my mom emailed to me for mini quiches. They are awesome, and I have been sandwiching them in an english muffin for a super quick breakfast sandwich. I will post it tonight or tomorrow!

So are you a planner? Or do you just go with the flow?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

courage

Whenever we were about to attempt some difficult music for the first time, our choir director in college would always say to us, "Courage!"

It is hard for me to blog these days. I am very much struggling and it is hard to admit. I called my mom to talk a few Thanksgiving details the other day and ended up on the phone with her for an hour, crying, because I have gained back so much of what I lost. Being a mom though, she had lots of great suggestions, including going back on HBC. I would rather live life without any meds, but going on and off my depression meds all the time has shown me that it is a bad idea for me. She pointed out too, that the same month I stopped taking my HBC was the month I stopped losing weight. Interesting. So I'm trying it again. Perhaps I am one of the few people that actually lose weight on HBC, hahaha.

I don't want to jinx anything, but yesterday I had a great day. I was spot on with my calories, and hardly even thought about binging. I am hoping for a similar day today, and I have Janel after work, which I'm really looking forward to.

I am keeping busy and I am really loving all my activities. I work out with Janel two nights a week, go to church on Wednesday evenings, and I have choir rehearsal on Sundays. I am slowly but surely making friends doing all of these things (yes, including at the gym, haha!!!). This month is National Novel Writing Month, and I am doing that as well. I hit 25,000 words yesterday, so I'm right on track!

And in new/surprising/exciting/weird news, I have been doing some dating this month as well. I got in contact with a guy I sort of dated last spring at the beginning of the month because he is doing NaNoWriMo too. We have gotten together a handful of times since then, but always to write. So not real dates. We keep saying we should do something instead of writing, but if we do, it likely won't happen until December, when this madness is over. Even so, it is fun not to have to write alone.

Now, here is the weird part... I do not do a lot of dating. I have been on Match for 5 and a half months now, and just last night actually met up with someone from there in person for the first time. (I am very selective in who I contact and who I will talk to on dating sites. I flat out pass on probably close to 95% of the guys on there. I really only contact people who state outright that their faith and a relationship with God is the most important thing to them.) Anyway... it was really fun last night. It was a relaxed, "hey let's grab a coffee, but not call this a date" get to know you kind of thing. We sat at Starbucks and talked for 2 hours.

I have hardly ever had *one* guy interested in dating me... and now I have 2? CRAZY! It is still super casual on both fronts though, and the minute I start to feel more (if I start to feel more) towards one guy, then I know I will have to talk to the other. But for the next week or two, I guess I will just see how it all plays out. Maybe I won't end up seriously dating either of them... leaving this all in God's hands at this point, because my experience is pretty limited, haha.

So that is my life. I have been taking my meds consistently for a week now, which is progress. And I can feel the difference it is starting to make in my energy levels and my ability to make good choices.

So now it comes down to having the courage to stick with it.