I’m assuming everyone has a list of go to quick meals. We have a pretty sizable list: English muffin pizzas, pasta, mac & cheese, bean burritos, on occasion cereal. Tonight, though, I wanted something fast, but not any of the regulars. I decided on egg salad. For some reason, I haven’t had or thought about egg salad in ages. But if you think about it, egg salad is protein filled meal that’s quick and easy to make. Are there people who didn’t grow up eating egg salad? It was a staple around my house as a kid; even my mom’s pickiest eater and favorite child(Me) liked it.
Here is how I make egg salad.
Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayo
- Put the eggs on to boil – proceed into living room to watch a little TV
- After 10 – 12 minutes of boiling, cover in ice cold water. Peel eggs.
- Chop eggs
- Mix 1/4 cup mayo, 2 tablespoons mustard, 1 teaspoon finely diced onion, 1 tablespoon relish, lots of fresh cracked pepper
- Add eggs to mixture and stir
- Serve on toasted bread or roll (You must toast)
We may have had some chips leftover from our Super Bowl party.
I think I’m falling in love with Homespun Sunday’s. Before I started this, I thought I made most things from scratch, but then I thought a little about some of the quick fixes I do use. Now I see it as a challenge to make as many elements of the meal as I can.
Today’s lunch/dinner is one of my favorite easy recipes. We pretty much always have the ingredients on hand, it doesn’t take too long, and you don’t need a recipe – Frittata. I love frittatas because you don’t have the hassle or calories of a crust , and it can use a variety of ingredients every time.
Bacon (could be prosciutto, ham, Canadian bacon)
Onion, Green Pepper, Broccoli (Really, you could use any combination of veggies.)
Milk (I always use Jeremy’s skim milk but any kind except for sweet milks will do.)
The general procedure: (Salute, General Procedure for you HIMYM fans)
- Preheat oven to 375
- Bacon maybe a quarter of a pound. Fry it up. Drain off all but a tablespoon.
- While the bacon cooks, chop onion, green pepper and broccoli. Toss the veggies in the hot pan with the remaining bacon drippings. This is not a lot of fat and the flavor is 100% worth it. Cook until veggies are softened.
- Spray a pie pan with cooking spray.
- Dump veggies into pie pan, crumble bacon on top.
- Whisk together 6ish eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, and ground pepper. Dump onto vegetables and bacon.
- I like to shred a hard cheese on top like Parmesan or Asiago, but you can use anything you have on hand.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until there is no jiggle in the middle, no one likes jiggle in the middle.
We enjoyed ours with some fresh basil on top, homemade oatmeal wheat bread, and side salads. I drizzled a little EVOO and balsamic vinegar on my salad. This is one of those meals that keeps on giving leftovers.
Try a Homespun Sunday, see what you can do.
Today was a busy day. After work, I vacuumed out the car and pulled out all of the junk. The first place I went to use the vacuum took my $2.25, which did not make me very happy. After that I wiped down everything in the car, now all I need is a new air freshener.
Then I took a nap. Honestly, I take a nap almost every afternoon. I am a child; I know.
After Jeremy got home we went to his first Body Pump class. I haven’t been in ages. It is such a tough workout. I think I did a pretty good job of choosing weight tonight, but I’m sure I’ll still be sore tomorrow. After the first time I went, I could hardly walk down stairs. My entire body hurt. Here’s Jeremy after his butt kicking:
Once we got home, we were both starving. While Jeremy took a shower, I made dinner. I figured since we’d worked so hard we needed a protein packed dinner. I’ll warn you in advance that this meal is ugly, but it’s one of our favorites.
All of this plus black beans makes something not so pretty but oh so good. Cook the onions, pepper and beans first, then add the eggs. Scramble it all up.
Serve with a side of chips, a little shredded cheese, and a topping of guacamole.
Ahh. . . now we’re kicking back watching How I Met Your Mother Season 2.
Today was a much better day, while there were angry students and angry parents, I had a better attitude. One thing that helped was getting a good nights sleep. I went to be a little early and laughed my head off rereading some David Sedaris. His essay “In the Waiting Room,” is one of my favorite things. If you’ve never read Sedaris or heard him NPR, he is really quite funny and has his own perspective of the world. After work, I went to the grocery store, which was of course picked over Monday. I managed to get the majority of things I needed.
After bringing home the groceries, I got dressed and went to spin. The class kicked my butt tonight. It was good workout, even though my legs are really tired.
Once spin was over I dropped my friend off and then Jeremy and I made dinner. I’ve seen strata all over the place lately, and it has looked so warm and easy that I wanted to give it a try. It was as easy and good as I’d imagined. I’m not sure if the bread is supposed to go on the bottom or the top. Having it on the top made it really crunchy, which I loved. Next time I’ll either keep it there or do small layer at the bottom and then some on the top. This strata included: bacon, broccoli, baguette, swiss cheese, red onion, green pepper, and of course eggs and milk.
This is something I will definitely make again; it hit the spot.
I really like to live life on the edge, especially on the weekend. Or maybe not. I started today by waking up and baking blueberry muffins for my co-workers.
I used the frozen blueberries from this summer, and they are just as good as they were then. I don’t know how many changes you have to make to a recipe to make it your own, but I made quite a few to a recipe from Hearts & Flour. They tasted great and baking was a great way to start the day. All of my baking, however caused me to forget my lunch.
When I got to school, I had to come up with a plan B. Several of my co-workers and I decided to order pizza. It was just cheese, but it was good.
I slept horribly last night; so once I got home after grading papers all day, a nap was in order. Thank you Australian Open for the lovely background noise.
After Jeremy got home and made us guacamole, we left to hit the gym. I did NOT want to go, but it ended up being ok. There was a return to Whittle My Middle II (yeah it’s been awhile), arc trainer, medicine ball, and the treadmill. My butt is still majorly sore from spinning class; I think I’ll take a pillow next time.
Once we got home and showered, Jeremy made us nachos. Yes, I do have the best husband.
Jeremy’s homemade guac is one of my favorite things. It’s good on scrambled eggs, salad, and of course chips. Time to watch a movie and a little of the Haiti marathon.