I love this recipe for a few reasons.
1) It is very versatile. You can basically change it up however you want.
2) It is incredibly easy and quick.
3) It is delicious. Enough said.
About 1 cup egg beaters or liquid egg whites. Note: you can most definitely use whole eggs, it is just way easier and quicker to use the ones in a carton!
Mrs. Dash garlic seasoning + pepper
**These are the ingredients I used when I made the recipe this time around. In the past I have used or added different veggies along with turkey. You can honestly add whatever you want. Chicken would probably be excellent in this.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray. You can use a square or round pan. I used a pie dish so it turned out kind of like a quiche (I hate that word). Pour eggs into pan and add veggies and seasonings. Mix it around a little bit with a spoon. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the center is firm and the edges start to brown. Let cool before cutting. Serves 4-8. I cut mine into 4 big slicesWIAW #1
WIAW stands for What I ate Wednesday and was created by blogger Jenn over at Peas And Crayons
I have been following her blog for a few years now and when I was in school and living at Kent I remember looking forward to Wednesdays because I would head over to her blog for WIAW. It was my break from studying.
So what exactlly does WIAW entail? Basically it is meant to be a food diary or a way to reflect on a full day of eating. It started as Jenn’s personal food diary and she turned it into a weekly social event on her blog. All you need to do is photograph a full day of eats, write a blog post, and add your link to her WIAW party post every Wednesday. I have been wanting to join in but I haven’t had a blog until now. I just enjoyed browsing through everyone’s posts and fetching new recipes and tips. WIAW has grown enormously on Jenn’s blog over the past couple of years. I remember when I first started following these posts-I think 30 people would link up their blogs to the post. Now, over 100 people link up every week. In Jenn’s words, “Looking back at a full day of eats has benefited my personal healthy eating goals so much that I wanted to share the love by making it into a blog link party for everyone to join in on!”
I went back and forth with the idea of doing my own WIAW posts. I thought that it might be triggering for me and bring back memories of when I had to fill out diary cards every single day in treatment. For those who do not already know, I might as well spill the beans-I have been dealing with an eating disorder for the majority of my teen years and into early adulthood. I won’t go into details, as I plan on doing a separate post in the future. I will mention the fact that I had a short stint in eating disorder treatment. It was in a day treatment program, followed by an intensive outpatient program, and then weekly Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). For about 3 years I had regularly scheduled therapy, nutritional counseling, and weekly doctor visits. I was only in day treatment for about 4 months before I was booted due to insurance and had to transition to the intensive outpatient program. I went for a couple of months before being booted again, just as I was about to go back to Kent after taking a semester off.
During the entire span of treatment and therapy I had to fill out diary cards every day. They were documents of everything I had consumed that day. I had to fill out exactly what I ate and how much, along with my emotion(s) during mealtimes. There was a block for each meal and snack and a scale from 0-10 ranking my fullness at the end of the meal. I did this every day for over about a year and a half, even after I left formal treatment (Doc’s orders).
After a while this “homework”, though it was supposed to benefit me, became sort of a trigger. I still have those diary cards stashed away, as I plan on using parts of them in the book I hope to write one day. These days, writing out and planning meals is no longer triggering to me. I plan my meals ahead of time because it helps me to stay organized and on track, especially when I work 2-3 shifts in a row. Unless I am really sick, I will not skip a meal. Even at work, when I am drowning in my assignment, I find time to sit down and eat. I have to because I know that once I start to slip, the tumble is fast. I refuse to let myself take that fall again.
I would love to be able to just flexibly and intuitively eat. When I was very young and first started thinking about weight and dieting, I remember my mom telling me (and she still tells me this today) “It’s simple Maria-you eat when you’re hungry and you stop when you’re full. Nothing to it”. Easier said than done. My ultimate goal is to get to that point, and believe me I will. Right now though, planning out meals and the occasional documentation is what I need to do. I still have some improvements to make when it comes to my recovery and I would be lying if I said I have been trying my best the last couple of years. My body still needs more nourishment, more rest, more recovery. I know what I need to do.
Aside from all that, I had fun writing this post more than anything. I know that in the past I have joked around about people taking a picture of their food and posting it on social media, but I have found that it is actually enjoyable and the best part about it is that I get to share with all of you something that I think is delicious and that I would highly recommend you all try as well.
Okay, enough ramblings. Here is my first WIAW post. I encourage you to head on over to Jenn’s blog to see what this party is all about.
These meals are actually from Monday. A lot of people choose days other than Wednesday to write about. Wednesday is just the day everyone adds their link.
First up, breakfast. No work today. On my days off I typically have a breakfast that is fun and a little more time consuming to make. It isn’t a meal that I would eat in the car on my way to work. Once a week I try to have one of these “special” breakfasts. This particular morning I had french toast. I made it with wheat bread dipped in an egg white, cinnamon & coconut milk batter. I topped it with strawberries, g butter cashew butter, and my protein frosting (protein powder + greek yogurt). This recipe never fails me. Also-black coffee. Always. On average I have about 3 cups a day.
Lunch: Grilled veggie wrap with spinach, broccoli, onion, and zucchini + (large) plate of cut vegetables & hummus. Yes I consumed all those veggies. It is something I do daily and I love it.
Afternoon snack: Chocolate strawberry smoothie. Menchie’s spoons are the norm these days.
Dinner (not pictured): I went out to dinner with a friend and didn’t want to bust out my phone to take pictures. We went to a local bar/grill and it was $5 burger night + $2 craft beer pints. We started off with the best appetizer on earth (in my opinion)-the fried brussels sprouts which are lightly flash fried with olive oil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Even if you hate brussels sprouts I swear you would love these. I ended up ordering a standard burger but chose the veggie patty over meat this time. I love their veggie burgers. They are made in house and are full of flavor. On the side I had a mixed greens salad with balsamic dressing to dip it in. I also,(naturally) had to have a few craft beers because um, $2.00?? Can’t pass that deal up. I went with a Southern Tier 2x IPA and a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout. Everything tasted great and it is always nice catching up with friends I don’t get to see often 🙂
Normally I would have an evening snack as well but by the time I got home it was pretty late and I was full so I didn’t see any reason to force it.
Oh, and I almost forgot-HYDRATION. I don’t drink enough of the good stuff, especially when I am at work. It is difficult to consume enough water but it is necessary, therefore I need to try harder.
So that about wraps it up. I realize this was probably too long so next time I’ll try and shorten it up. Once I get writing though it is hard for me to stop. Hope you all enjoyed my full day of eats! If not, I don’t know what to tell ya.
All is well, all will be well.