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Three-Cheese-Bacon-Apple-Bella Frittata

If you look up the word Frittata on Wikipedia it basically says: a frittata is an egg based dish similar to an omelete or Quiche.  I like omelets, and even though I’ve never had a Quiche before, I know I would like it! If you’ve never had a frittata before I suggest trying out this recipe! With the holidays coming up and family possibly visiting from out-of-town, this would be a great breakfast or brunch to start out the day with!

THE RECIPE:

Three-Cheese-Bacon-Apple-Bella Frittata

PER SERVING (1/4 of the frittata): 157 calories, 3.25g fat, 506mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 6.5g sugar, 18.5g protein

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbls. fat-free nondairy liquid creamer

2 slices 2% milk Swiss cheese, chopped (I could only find 2% milk Cheddar, so I decided on fat-free “white” cheese)

1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

2 slices center-cut or turkey bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon, yum, turkey!)

1 cup chopped Portabella mushrooms

1 large apple, preferably Fuji, cored and finely chopped (I chose HoneyCrisp, it’s my fave!)

1 tbls. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat broiler.

In a medium bowl, combine egg substitute and creamer. Whisk together for 1 minute. (This step helps add volume to the eggs, I know it sounds like a useless step, but  it is important!)  Add Swiss cheese and cheddar cheese. Set aside.

Bring a large oven-safe skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bacon and mushrooms, and cook until bacon is slightly crispy and mushrooms have softened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Beginning to smell good in my kitchen! Bacon and mushrooms, oh my!

Add apple and continue to cook until softened, about 1 minutes. (Just like in the AM Apple Scramble recipe, eggs and apple sound so bizarre together, hmmm….will this one work out well too?)

I hope my "finely chopped" apples are small enough!

Pour egg mixture into the skillet, and tilt the skillet back and forth to ensure egg mixture is evenly distributed. Make sure cheese is evenly distributed (This was not an easy task!) , as well, if needed, run a spatula along the sides of the skillet to help the egg flow underneath the bacon, mushrooms, and apple. Cook for 2 minutes, and then remove from heat.

The frittata before the broiler. See how I didn't move the cheese around very well, it was hard damn it!

Sprinkle grated topping evenly over the frittata. Place under the broiler for about 4 minutes, until the egg mixture has puffed up  and the mixture is set.

Tried to capture the height of the egg, can you tell that its puffy?

How bout now?

Allow to cool, and then cut into quarters. (Frittata may look runny, but it’s just all the cheese oozing out) Enjoy!

Sliced like a pizza, and resembling an omelete. Oh yeah, I'm excited!

Makes 4 servings.

THE REVIEW:

My first bite reaction: Appley! Sweet and salty, weird, good!

Mike was at work, I ate this alone! Let’s hope the left-overs are good! 🙂

Satisfaction: I am NOT a morning person at all! I don’t actually like eating right after waking up, but I force myself to do so and am rewarded by not devouring an entire box of donuts 3 hours after waking since by now I’m a starving mo-fo! I usually will pop a VitaTop into the oven, pour and drink a cup of coffee and by the time the coffee is coursing through my veins my VitaTop is ready to eat. (About 10 minutes). This recipe took me over an hour to make! (I’m really slow in the kitchen first thing in the morning, ok I’m really slow doing everything first thing in the morning.) I was so hungry I wanted to eat the whole thing! (Plus I burned more calories standing and moving in the kitchen than I would have with my usual sitting on my arse reading Facebook/twitter/google reader). This being 3 weight watchers points I should have been 100% satisfied! Instead, I was still hungry and wanted more! Instead I drank a huge glass of water and more coffee. Needless to say, if you are not a morning person I suggest making this the night before and re-heating it when you wake up!

Taste: In all honesty the apple was too overpowering and the cheese and bacon took a part way too far back in the background. Overall it was good, but some of the ingredients/calories I could have dealt without, seeing as how I couldn’t taste them! Would I make this again, yes! But I would only use half an apple and make sure the cheese was better distributed!

Creativity: I give this a big A+! The combo of all the ingredients for only 3 weight watchers points, hell yes! It’s a great breakfast for those who are sick of the same old same old boring breakfast!

Texture: The apple was too crunchy still, other than that, it was great! I wanted more cheese though, give me give me give me!

What do you eat first thing in the morning?

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Shrimp & Grits……..For Hungry Chicks!

I know this recipe insinuates that this dish is just for Hungry Chicks, but let me tell ya: the Hungry Guy will love it too!

Now this may come as a shock to some people, (or not) but I’ve never had grits before! I think that’s why I was excited to try out this new dish! I love trying new foods, it’s always so exciting to have adventures in food (especially when it’s new)! I know grits are a southern thing, I know they can be fairly healthy or extremely unhealthy, depending on how they are prepared, but that’s all I know! I was a little worried about the healthiness of this because it’s suppose to be a Paula Deen swap. (I love Paula, but her food scares the hell out of me!) It is 8 weight watchers points, and that scares me too! This better be worth it, satisifying-ly filling, and the tastiest thing I’ve ever had!

THE RECIPE:

Shrimp & Grits……………..For Hungry Chicks!

PER SERVING: (1/2 the recipe) 380 calories, 8g fat, 900mg sodium, 40g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 1g sugar, 40g protein

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup quick-cooking grits

Dash salt

1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

1 tbls. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (I can’t believe it’s not butter light is always my choice)

1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese

8 ounces raw shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts)

1 tbls. chopped fresh parsley (ugh, stupid store had a ton of cilantro but no parsley, lame!)

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. chopped garlic (I never measure garlic, I used one clove)

2 tbls. precooked real crumbled bacon (hell yea! BACON!)

Optional: hot sauce

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil on the stove. Add grits and salt and stir well. Reduce heat to lowest setting. Stirring occasionally, cook until water has been absorbed, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese, butter, and cheese wedge, breaking cheese wedge into pieces as you add it. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

GRITS! (This is exciting!)

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque, about 3 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Add scallions, parsley, lemon juice and garlic. If you like, add a dash or two of hot sauce. Stir well and remove from heat.

Shrimp, onions and garlic!

Serve grits topped with shrimp and bacon. Eat up, y’all!

Makes 2 servings

I cannot wait to dig into this! Holy yum!

THE REVIEW:

My first bite reaction: O.M.G! This is so good!

Mike’s first bite reaction: I like it!

Satisfaction: As stated before, 8 weight watchers points! That’s a lot of points to be eaten in one sitting! 8! And so worth every one! I was stuffed after eating this! My taste buds were 110% satisfied as well! Oh my, I’m so glad I tried grits!

Difficulty: If you can follow directions, this was really easy! Very little to no prep work, super super easy!

Taste: Having never had grits, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it had cheese, bacon and shrimp, I knew it was gonna be good! Wow! Cheese, just the right amount, not over powering but there in the background. The shrimp, reminded me of shrimp scampi! Grits, remind me of a cornmeal oatmeal! I am so in love with this dish! Mike even asked if I could make something like it for Thanksgiving! Oh, and bacon! I love bacon!

Texture: Creamy cheese, hearty shrimp and bacon and gritty grits. All that mixed together. It was weird but really good!

How do you like your grits?

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