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2 quick healthy breakfasts

As good as I generally am about eating, breakfast is the one area where I falter. Generally I dont eat breakfast, but lately Ive been forcing myself to get into the habit by developing super quick super healthy takes on some of my favorite breakfast guilty pleasures. FYI all recipes are single servings but can easily be multiplied and modified to your taste!

Guilty Pleasure #1: Breakfast Sandwich

As tasty as these tempting to go meals are, they arent necessarily the best for you. Fried egg, cheese and meat on bread….not exactly the healthiest start to your day is it? My solution, a Poached Egg Breakfast Salad that you can make in under 10 minutes and you dont even have to dirty many dishes!

Poached Egg Breakfast Salad


Ingredients
1 egg
1 cup lettuce (any kind that you prefer is fine)
1-2 cups spinach washed and cleaned
1/4 cup red onion
1/3 cup diced tomato or a few cherry tomatoes
1 slice turkey ham lunch meat
Blanched green beans or broccoli (optional)
water
white vinegar
pepper
white balsamic vinegar

First you need to wash clean and dice up all the veggies. Place them in a bowl and set aside. Take a small bowl (one that can hold about 2 cups of water) and fill 2/3rds full with water then add a dash of white vinegar. Crack an egg into the bowl (do not break yolk) and cover with a plate. Place in your microwave and cook for about 80 seconds or until the white is no longer translucent. I prefer super runny eggs so I usually cook a little under 80 seconds but by all means cook longer if you prefer a firmer yolk. While the egg is cooking take a slice of turkey ham and dice it finely and add it to the salad.

Once the egg is done, spoon it onto the salad. Top with some fresh ground pepper and hit it with a bit of white balsamic (if you dont have white balsamic white wine vinegar or regular balsamic will do). Split the egg and enjoy!

Guilty Pleasure #2: Bagel and Lox

This is probably my all time favorite breakfast guilty pleasure…the rich cream cheese…the smoky rich salmon…the hearty bagel…the tangy onions…it all comes together for flavor euphoria. Unfortunately, bagels and cream cheese arent exactly the healthiest option in the morning. So, I developed a healthy and gluten free way to enjoy my favorite breakfast treat!

Healthy Lox Sandwich

Ingredients
1 rice or corn cake (I prefer the herb flavored ones)
Smoked Salmon aka Lox
Low Fat cottage cheese (my favorite for this recipe is one with dill)
A few tomato slices
A few slices of red onion
Capers (optional)
Lemon
Black pepper

This one honestly couldnt be easier and tastes so indulgent! Take your rice/corn cake and put a hefty spoonful of cottage cheese on it. Place the lox on top of this then top with the tomato and onion. Sprinkle it with capers if you prefer (Im a big capers fan but they may be too salty for some) and crack some fresh black pepper. Hit it with a squirt of lemon and enjoy!

So there you have it, two breakfast guilty pleasures redone to be healthy and quick. I do both of these on a regular basis and neither take more than 5 minutes and can even be made in the office (just bring pre chopped veggies). Enjoy!

<3
seanalyn

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happy st. patrick’s day!

oh yes, it’s a day of drunken Irish celebration.  i love it. Erin go bragh!  we pre-celebrated this weekend by attending the official St. Patrick’s day parade in San Francisco.  i got up at 6:30 am to endure some massive cooking.  my Irish breakfast included: Irish soda bread, Dubliner Irish cheddar and mushroom eggs, fried tomatoes, corned beef n’ cabbage, and bacon.  topping that off with some Irish coffees, Guinness, Magners, and Murphy’s, we had ourselves quite a festive breakfast.  if only i had time and didn’t have to work today, i would have done it all over again! :)  check out the highlights:

cooking in my kitchen!

cooking in my kitchen!

thats a whole lotta bacon.

that's a whole lotta bacon.

since i was using my stovetop, and i had a massive amount of eggs to make, i tossed some shredded chedder and green onions on top and baked them for 15 minutes.

since i was using my stovetop and had a massive amount of eggs to make, i tossed some shredded chedder and green onions on top and baked them for 15 minutes.

after simmering the seasoned corned beef in water for almost 3 hours (50 minutes per pound), i added the red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.  i love how the veggies soak up all of the delicious flavor of the beef!

after simmering the seasoned corned beef in water for almost 3 hours (50 minutes per pound), i added the red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. i love how the veggies soak up all of the delicious flavor of the beef!

of course, the men wait patiently while the food is prepared.

of course, the men wait patiently while the food is prepared.

fried tomatoes!

fried tomatoes!

Irish soda bread, or whats left of it!

Irish soda bread, or what's left of it!

a glorious spread of food

a glorious spread of food

<3 katie

Feast like the President!

I hope you checked out Katies post about Inaguration Day recipes and drinks for an awesome way to ring in our bright shinny new president. If youre still looking for more ways to celebrate the day, why not eat what Obama and 200 guests ate at the Inauguration Luncheon today? I dug up the menu and recipes for their fabulous feast and thought I would share them with you all!

The Inaugural Luncheon began in 1897 when the Senate Committee on Arrangements gave President McKinley and several guests a luncheon, although the current form of the Inaugural Luncheon did not begin until 1953. The food typically reflects the home states of the new President and Vice President.

The first course was a Seafood Stew filled with Maine Lobster and scallops. It was paired with a Buckhorn Vineyards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.

The second course was A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck) served with Sour Cherry Chutney and Molasses Sweet Potatoes. It was paired with a Goldeneye 2005 Pinot Noir.

The third and final course was a classic Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake with Sweet Cream Clace and it was paired with Korbel Natural’s “Special Inaugural Cuvee” (a California Champagne).

The recipes for all the courses are available as a download from senate.gov, click this link to download the pdf.

Happy Obama Feast!

Tomato Mushroom Gruyere Breakfast Casserole

My friend and fellow domestic geek, Katie, was telling me this morning about this amazing sounded breakfast she made….Tomato Mushroom Gruyere Breakfast Casserole! Thankfully she wrote up the recipe on her blog for us all to enjoy.

Tomato Mushroom Gruyere Breakfast Casserole!

Whats great about this recipe is that it can be prepared the night before then cooked in the morning for quick deliciousness. I just wish I had the morning stamina Katie has because on weekday mornings my breakfast usually is a bowl of oatmeal and some grapefruit. Yet everyday shes describing some amazing sounded breakfast she whipped up before fabulously dashing off to work. For me weekends are about the only time I make a full breakfast, so I’ll have to give this bad boy a try on Sunday!

Mini Huevos Rancheros

Well its been a busy week in the office, Im working on a couple pitches so I’m tied up this week which mean little time for blogging. So I’ll do what every great blogger does….get someone else to write something for me! My dear friend Katie over at Blue Bomber posted up the most amazing and delicious looking Mini Huevos Rancheros this morning.

What I love is that these are tiny and (presumably) delicious…..two of my favorite things! These are also great because you can easily customize them to suit your tastes…spicy, veggie, bacony, etc.

To get the recipe and delicious details just click here.

Obligatory Thanksgiving leftovers post

So tomorrow is the big day….the day where we feast on the flesh of a thousand turkeys (or tofurkeys if you so choose). Inevitably there are going to be leftovers, but theres only so many turkey sandwiches and turkey casseroles you can eat before you just can’t take it anymore. Heres a few recipes that take your turkey leftovers one step beyond.

Turkey Curry

Anyone who knows me knows I love curry. This recipe is a quick easy way to reuse your turkey, but totally changing the flavor so no one feels like theyre just having a repeat of Thanksgiving.

Turkey and Broccoli Quiche

The day after Thanksgiving everyone goes into that inevitable food coma…personally I dont feel like eating until midday at least. Why not recycle some of that Turkey into a delicious brunch dish?

Mashed Potato Croquettes

Why should turkey have all the fun? My mom always used to make too much mashed potatoes so we would have a plethora of those left over every year. I’ve always loved croquettes, so just take your potatoes add some spices (I’d throw in some green onions too) and bread and fry the suckers. You could also add salmon or more cheese to create different types of croquettes. These would go great with your turkey curry!

Stuffing Frittata

Stuffing, yet another side dish that usually doesnt get changed too much when it comes to leftovers. But simply by adding some eggs and cheese, you can create a whole new dish. Also perfect for a post turkey coma brunch.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

One of my favorite things to do is stroll over to the local Irish pub and order up a plate of boxty and trout. Boxty is basically just Irish potato pancakes (they are similar to this recipe only a bit of flour and baking soda is added) so you could easily substitute these Mashed Potato Pancakes in. Top them with some smoked trout or salmon and cream and you have an utterly delicious meal.

Leftover Tofurkey Stroganoff

Ah my dear veggie friends…don’t think I forgot about you! Even you can get some mileage out of your tofurkey leftovers! Just mix up the leftover veggie gravy with some garlic,sour cream and mushrooms then pour it all over rice or noodles for instant deliciousness.

Tofurkey Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

Now this recipe sounds so delicious Im almost jealous that Im not cooking a tofurkey! Pesto, pumpkin seeds and lemon get blended together to create a totally new tofurkey experience. My mouth is watering!

So there you have it, just a few easy and delicious alternatives to reusing your Thanksgiving leftovers. I’ll try and pop in and write another blog before the weekend but no promises since the bacon wrapped turducken is sure to induce a mighty turkey coma. However I will document all our delicious Thanksgiving recipes and share them with you later! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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