Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lazy Sunday Eggs...

It turns out the run video taping did not happen this morning.  Late yesterday, I got a text that it was going to be too cold (and I whole heartily agreed).  I mean, I don't mind running non stop in 30 degree weather but wasn't really looking forward to running and stopping and standing around talking about in the cold.  I think I have had one too many cold tennis matches lately and am over bundling up to stand around in the weather at this point :)   There was an option to meet for a run at 7:30 AM.  The meetup location was about 45 minutes away which is normal but adds up to an early wake up call for me.  For some reason this weekend I have just felt the need to sleep in and catch the workout later in the day.  So I did.

The funny thing about CR is that he always wakes up early.  Every day.  It is physically impossible for him to sleep in.  I do not envy him.  The other funny thing is that no matter what time he wakes up, he will wait to eat breakfast until I wake up knowing I will make it for him.  Can't say I blame him, it is much easier that way.

We are still avoiding sugars and grains 99% of the time but do allow ourselves a treat once a week or so.  It has been six weeks for me and about a month for CR.  Knowing he was probably getting tired of eggs, this morning I asked him if he might want pancakes as a treat.  "No thanks, I don't want the sugar".  What?  It is really amazing how quickly you can wean yourself from sugar when you cut it out completely.  It just isn't all that appealing anymore.  It is even more amazing to hear your spouse tell you he doesn't want sugar when you thought maybe he was just going along with your eating plan to humor you.  Hmmm.  Maybe he is buying into this thing after all.

So today there were no pancakes but instead we went with eggs.  My favorite new variation of eggs is something I discovered via a cookbook that is not about avoiding sugars and grains but I love it nonetheless.  (Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything - The Basics - LOVE this book.)   My new eggy love is a spinach frittata for one.  Absolutely delicious and worth the extra five minutes.

Heat oven to 325.  Melt about a tablespoon of butter and a splash of olive oil in a small (6 inch or so) oven proof skillet over medium heat.  Add a small handful of spinach.

It will look like too much but after you saute it for a quick second, it will reduce down and look more reasonable.  

At this point, add two eggs and a small handful of cheese (I used parmesan-romano but really any cheese works).  Today I also added a spoonful of pico de gallo.  The beauty of this is you can add whatever makes you happy.  As an example, for CR, I left out the spinach and added chopped ham.  You could add mushrooms, peppers, onions, or whatever you love. 

Give it all a quick stir.  Yes, it is pretty much scrambled eggs but ... better! After you combine it all, let it sit for about a minute without disturbing.  You will be able to tell that the bottom is cooking.  It will be slightly bubbly and the top will still be a little runny.  It is a little hard to see in the picture but mostly you just don't want to over cook the bottom.  

Pop the skillet into the oven for about 5 minutes or until the top looks cooked through.  Mine seems to take more like 4 minutes.  Grab your potholder to pull the skillet out of the oven.  (Trust me I have made that mistake.  Duh.  I know the handle will be hot but somehow it doesn't always register.  Don't judge.)

I usually just fold it on top of itself omelette style and devour it.  The baking gives it a nice texture that you don't get with a regular scrambled eggs.  Oh so good! 

Now I am off to pay my penance for blowing off the 30 degree run this morning.  I heard there were actually snow flurries.  It is currently 38 degrees.  MUCH more reasonable for a run!  I think I am going to hit the trail at Stone Mountain.  Who knows, I might even take pictures :)



ajh said...

We are having snow flurries but no surprise here. I wouldn't want to stand around in the cold. Once you get chilled that is it.

Matthew Smith said...

It was actually a nice and sunny day yesterday afternoon when I went out for a 9 miler. You guys sure know how to cook! That omelete looked amazing!

RockFitNation said...

Yikes, that is still too cold for...although coming from doesn't take much to make me cold lol. It's great to see that you are sticking to your active lifestyle and healthy eating.

I am 25 and still have been eating healthier for the past 3 years...trying to get into running, but it's hard. I think I'm landing wrong :/ PS-You should try adding some corn and diced green or red peppers to the scramble to spice up the flavor.

Caratunk Girl said...

OMG that looks fantastic!!! I am totally making that tomorrow!! YUM!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

That looks good! A run in 38 would be so much better than in 30 - worth waiting for!

Jill said...


We're in the middle of a blizzard right now - bleh! I feel your cold pain!