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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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Smothered Pepperoni Pizza Breakfast Burrito

Pizza, for breakfast? Sounds like a “winner, winner chicken dinner” if you ask me! Pizza should never be limited to just dinner time, I say eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Guilt free of course!

THE RECIPE:

Smothered Pepperoni Pizza Breakfast Burrito

PER SERVING (entire burrito) 284 calories, 6.5g fat, 1078mg sodium, 31g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 30g protein

5 weight watcher points, with almost all my favorite foods in one delicious place, yeah, I’m so ready to try this one!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbls. choppped green bell pepper (I use to eat green bell peppers all the time, I think I over did it and kind of got sick of them, I went with a little bit of a red bell pepper and a little bit of a yellow one)

1 tbls. chopped onion

1 burrito-size flour tortilla with about 110 calories (check these guys out if you’ve never had ’em, they’re kind of amazing)

2 tbls. diced tomatoes

Dash garlic powder, or more to taste

Dash black pepper

6 slices turkey pepperoni, halved (I’m honestly not 100% sure why they needed to be halved, but I did it anyways)

1 stick light string cheese

3 tbls. canned crushed tomatoes

1 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Optional: Salt

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute, bell pepper and onion, and microwave for 1 minute. (duh, no microwave means I have to cook these the old fashioned way, no big deal though eh?) Stir gently, and then microwave for another 45 to 60 seconds, until scramble is just set.

My chopped veggies and my favorite "chopping" tool.

eggs and veggies (minus the chopped tomatoes) cooking away. I thought it looked cooler when it was cooking than I realize it does now in this picture, but regardless I'll post it anyhow!

Warm tortilla for about 10 seconds in the microwave (or a dry skillet). Spread diced tomatoes down the center of the tortilla, and sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Top with turkey pepperoni, followed by egg scramble.

Tear string cheese into shreds and place on top of the eggs.

Pizza burrito before it became an offical burrito (aka before I wrapped it all up)

Wrap tortilla up like a burrito, folding the sides in first, and then rolling it up from the bottom. (sometimes easier said then done, may the force be with you on this adventure)

Place burrito seam-side down on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, and bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until crispy. Meanwhile, place crushed tomatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave. If you like, season to taste with garlic powder and salt.

Plate your burrito and top with crushed tomatoes and grated topping. Enjoy!

Look how big this is! That's one hearty breakfast!

I thought it was gonna be one of those burritos where you needed a fork and knife to eat, so I sliced it open so you could see the insides. Then I saw Mike pick it up and eat it with no problems. It stayed together quite nicely!

Look at how pretty that is! So, it was my day off and I was kind of bored, so I decided to make this for dinner instead of breakfast. Plenty of eggs and cheese for protein (served with a large side of steamed broccoli) it made for a pretty well rounded dinner!

THE REVIEW:

My first bite reaction: That is the bomb dot com! (I truely hate when people use that phrase, it’s sounds so moronic, but those were literally the words that popped into my head, I’m sorry, I will try to refrain from ever saying it again!)

Mike’s first bite reaction: Oh, that’s good!

Texture: Pretty much perfect! The soft fluffy eggs mingled with finely chopped veggies, cheese and pepperoni made it super easy to tear into without biting off too much tortilla or too much filling. (does that make sense?) Everything stayed put just like it was suppose to!

Taste: Maybe I was slightly biased by this (having eggs, tomatoes, cheese and tortillas (aka my faves)) but I thought this was awesome! Calling it a “smothered pizza” might be a bit deceiving, it really doesn’t resemble one, but delicious: you betcha! The main flavor was the egg (which is just fine by me) and the pepperoni did get a little lost, but I think that’s because of the way it was layered on the tortilla instead of kind of mixed all around (which is what I’ll be trying next time). I loved the combination of all these “pizza” type ingredients turning into a breakfast!

Satisfaction: 5 weight watcher points I will gladly surrender to this burrito over and over again! I’m not sure if it was because of the ginormous side of broccoli I served with it, but I was so out of control full after eating this! (Which to me, is a good thing! I tend to be a bit on the “I’m always hungry” type of person) My brain, taste buds and tummy were 100% satisfied!

Creativity: It was a good attempt calling it a “pizza breakfast burrito” but was it anything close to a pizza, uh………no! Do I care though, eh………….not really!

Would Mike make it himself? Maybe (it was kind of a hesitant maybe, so I’m assuming it was more of a no then a yes) Would he eat again though if I made it? Yeah, but only if I served it as breakfast instead of dinner.

This was so far, my favorite recipe! I’m pretty sure I’m gonna make it again soon and not just because I leftover pepperoni but because I thought it was that great!

How do you feel about eating a “pizza” for breakfast? Is it ever too early?

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Cheesy Green Eggs ‘N Hamwiches

When Dr. Seuss said “I do not like green eggs and ham” he didn’t know they could actually taste good!

OK, so I admit, I don’t actually remember everything about that book, (it’s been way too long) but if  memory serves me right at the end (spoiler alert coming up) he actually gave in, tried the green eggs and ham, and I’m pretty sure he liked them! Just like I’m sure you will do once you try this recipe!

Anyhow, yesterday as I’m leaving for work, Mike asked about what we were doing for dinner, “So, what’s next?” (as in, what recipe are we gonna try out tonight)  When I told him the next recipe was a breakfast one and that I wasn’t gonna make a Hungry-Girl recipe tonight he kinda got a sad look on his face! I thought it was cute, and I’m glad that he’s getting just as excited about this as I am! 🙂 I hope you all are too!

THE RECIPE:

Cheesy Green Eggs ‘N Hamwiches

PER SERVING: (entire recipe) 255 calories, 4.5g fat, 1319mg sodium, 25g carbs, 5.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 30g protein

I love that these serving sizes are for the entire recipe! This chapter is called “Swingin’ Single Meals” and you get to eat the whole thing! How cool is that?

INGREDIENTS:

1 light english muffin, split into halves

2 ounces (about 4 slices) 97 to 98% fat-free ham

1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (there’s a warning that says if you use egg whites instead of (yellow) egg substitute your eggs will be alarmingly green, I decided to use whites just because I had to see this!)

2 drops green food coloring

1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese (be proud, I actually bought the Swiss kind this time and not the garlic and herb variety like I really wanted to!)

Optional: Salt (duh,of course I’m gonna add salt)

DIRECTIONS:

Toast muffin halves until they’re as crispy as you like. (Son of a B! Why don’t I have a toaster? I “toasted” them in the oven at 350 for about 5-7 minutes) Place ham in a large microwave-safe mug and microwave just until warm, about 20 seconds. (OK, this recipe is against me! I don’t have a microwave either. Don’t judge me, it’s just something we haven’t bothered to re-buy since we moved down to Cali and its honestly not that high on my “to buy list” its kind of unnecessary) (I tossed the ham slices into the oven with the English muffins for a few minutes instead)

Spray the microwave-safe mug lightly with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute, food coloring, and cheese wedge, breaking cheese into pieces as you add it. Mix well.

Egg whites, (3 egg whites to be exact) cheese wedge and green food coloring before mixing together

After mixing, yea, that's pretty green! 🙂

Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional 45 to 60 seconds, until fully cooked. Stir again. (you guessed it, without a microwave I had to make my eggs the old-fashioned way on the stove top)

Not as green after being cooked. *Sad face* I wanted nuclear green (why you ask? I dunno, it just seemed like it would be fun)

Evenly distribute eggs between the ham-topped muffin halves. If you like, sprinkle with some salt. Enjoy!

Dr. Seuss would be proud! (and the white speckles on the sides of the black plate is not salt, it's the "grainy grain" stuff they put on the english muffin bottoms)

This was simple and fun! I haven’t used food coloring in a long time and enjoyed altering these bad boys for something a little different, (unnecessary and slightly juvenile) it made me smile! And I bet it would’ve been ten times easier if I had a toaster and a microwave like most normal human beings. But I hardly doubt it would have changed the outcome of this recipe.

THE REVIEW:

My first bite reaction: I coulda used a little butter on the English muffin, but its good! (if I would’ve used butter it wouldn’t have been guilt-free, duh!)

Mike’s first bite reaction: It tastes better when I don’t look at it! (I thought the green eggs were cute, he thought it was kind of disturbing)

Creativity: I thought this was great! And even though I’m sure this isn’t the first recipe anyone has seen for green eggs and ham, it really worked for me! If you have kids (I don’t) they would probably get a kick out of this. Maybe I’m just a big kid! (ah, who am I kidding of course I am!)

Satisfaction: My brain was happy and so was my tummy! According to the stats on the recipe this is 5 weight watcher points. According to my calculations its only 4 points. I think the ham I bought was a lot leaner than the ham Hungry-Girl bought. Honestly, I know its only a 1 point difference but I’m pretty stingy with my points and like to stretch them as far as possible! I was happy with this at 4 points, at 5 eh, let’s not think about it as 5 points.

Taste: This is not the first time I’ve ever added The Laughing Cow cheese to my egg whites. The richness of the cheese is a great substitute for the yolk with half the calories! If you decide to make this recipe the way its meant to be made (in the microwave) go ahead and follow it accordingly. If you plan on making your eggs on the stove top (like I did) I recommend cooking your egg whites and food coloring first, then add your cheese after they’ve cooked. Because I was trying to make this as close to the way it was meant to be, I neglected to actually think! When making your eggs and cheese in the microwave the cheese melts and blends with the eggs just right. When making your eggs and cheese on the stove top the cheese disappears (I don’t actually know why) and you can’t taste it much! (This kind of annoys me, because I knew this ahead of time, and still did it wrong!) Overall, it did taste good. The eggs compliment the ham and the English muffin made it a hearty filling breakfast!

So, when you make this (because I know you will) will you add the food coloring or just skip it?

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AM Apple Scramble

It’s a milestone day, my first recipe done and my first official weight in (again) for weight watchers.

The weight in, was horrible, but expected. I am so ready for this!

The recipe was easy, fantastic  and I am completely satisfied.

It’s not the first recipe of the book (I wanna try to keep them in order) it’s the second. But I will be posting the first recipe next. It made more sense for me to do the breakfast recipe first and the snacky type recipe second. The taste tester this round is just me, the bf is at work and unable to test this one. I’m pretty sure though I will be making it again tomorrow for him to try though. Its pretty damn good!

THE RECIPE:

AM Apple Scramble

PER SERVING: (entire scramble) 242 calories, 1.75g fat, 655mg sodium, 42g carbs, 6.25g fiber, 15.5g sugar, 17.5g protein

(pretty well-rounded for breakfast eh?)

INGREDIENTS:

1 slice light white bread (I used whole wheat)

1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbls light vanilla soymilk

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. cinnamon, or more to taste (I went with exacts and didn’t add more)

2 no-calorie sweetener packets (splenda was my choice)

2 dashes of salt, or more to taste (I like salt, might have used a bit more but wasn’t actually paying attention)

1 cup peeled and finely chopped apple (not sure i chopped it finely enough)

3 tbls. old-fashioned oats

DIRECTIONS:

Toast bread. Set aside to cool. (My first dilemma, I don’t have a toaster. I improvised and toasted it in a pre-heated dry skillet. I think it turned out “toasty” enough)

In a bowl, combine egg substitute, soymilk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sweetener, and salt. Stir in apple and oats. Set aside. (So, I didn’t read ahead and just kind of wasn’t paying that much attention. I chopped and peeled the apple first put it in the bowl and then put the rest of the ingredients on top of the apple and then stirred. Not sure it really made/makes that big of a difference, oops)

 

I cheated and used this apple peeler and corer to make this super easy

 

 

All ingredients combined minus the toasted bread.

 

Roughly tear bread and place in a blender or food processor. (I used my magic bullet, this recipe was too small to actually break out the food processor) Pulse until reduced to small pieces. (This was my second dilemma, how small is “small pieces”?)

 

This is what I considered "small pieces" hope it was small enough!

 

Add egg-apple mixture to the blender/food processor (or magic bullet) and pulse until just mixed. Do not over-blend. (I wasn’t sure what the consistency was supposed to be but I wanted to keep the integrity of the apple and didn’t pulse too long, at all!)

 

The scramble pre-cooked. See how you can still see the apple chunks?

 

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add mixture and prepare as you would scrambled eggs, stirring and cooking for about 5 minutes, until solid bits form and mixture is slightly browned. (Wasn’t really paying too much attention to how long I cooked it for, but it was probably longer than 5 minutes, it was kind of hard to tell when it was done as the texture never really changed.)

 

It's defiantly not a pretty dish. Kind of boring looking if you ask me. However the smells and the taste make up for the lack of color and 'blobbiness"

 

If you like add a few more dashes of cinnamon and/or salt. Enjoy!

The review: first, it says it takes 10 minutes prep and 5 minutes cook time. 15 minutes total. Uh, maybe I’m slow, but it took me about 30 minutes start to finish. A bit long for breakfast, I suggest preparing this the night before and cooking it in the morning. (In fact, I think that’s what I’m gonna do for tomorrow for the bf) It was super easy though, nothing too complicated and over whelming for a breakfast dish.

For creativity: I give this 5 stars. Combing apples with eggs is something I would have never thought to do! Adding fruit to breakfast in a creative way is always a plus for me! (I really do like fruit but find it a bit boring to eat just by itself and don’t actually do so on a regular basis, except for bananas, mmm…bananas)

Texture: a bit odd if you ask me. It had the same consistency as thanksgiving stuffing. I was slightly put off by that as I was expecting more of a scrambled egg with chunks of apple texture. It didn’t stop me from devouring the whole thing though, so it couldn’t be that odd right?

Taste: fantastic! As quoted from the recipe “Taste like scrambled french toast” and it really honestly did! The egg wasn’t overpowering, it blended well with the bread and made for a nice fluffy feel. I think if I tasted the egg and apples separately it would have been horrible. I could have used a bit more cinnamon, now I know! It wasn’t too sweet or salty. It really was a perfect breakfast!

Satisfaction: For 4 weight watcher points, it was good. Overly filling, no. Satisfying, yes. Was I still hungry after eating it, no. Am i hungry again now an hour later, kinda!

So, what do you think? Apples, eggs and bread? Weird? Genius? Are you gonna try it?

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