Monday, November 28, 2011

101 things to do with Egg Whites

Ok, not really 101. But enough to keep you from dreading eggs for a few days! As a vegetarian attempting Body for Life, I ate around 6 eggs every day and it can get VERY repetitive. But if you aren't afraid to get a little creative, eggs can really turn into a lot of different meals.

1-Egg white oatmeal-cook oatmeal as usual and whisk egg whites into hot oatmeal while it's still on the stove. It turns fluffy and lovely, delicious!

2-Egg white scramble with vegetables-I like to start off my veggies first in a skillet (onion, green pepper, tomato and zuchhini is a favorite mix of mine but even frozen veggies work in a pinch.) then pour egg whites over the sauted veggies and scramble all together.

3-Egg white souffle mini cakes-the trick with these is to cook them long enough so that the egg sets and doesn't completely deflate when you take them out of the oven.

4-Hard boiled egg whites-I eat these with just a little black pepper, or get fancy and put a little dollop of hummus into each one like deviled eggs!

5-Egg white crust pizza-LOVE the texture of the whipped egg whites!

6-Protein pancakes-I experimented with several recipes but the only one I deemed edible was the egg white, oatmeal and cottage cheese version (with NO protein powder). Whiz in blender, fry up in skillet and eat! Also good as waffles!

7-Egg tacos-I do these two ways, either add a bit of taco seasoning while you're scrambling you egg whites OR I like to make some taco-seasoned TVP, then add that the my egg whites while scrambling.

8-Scrambled egg whites in a tortilla or pita-scramble us egg whites with any veggies you like and eat it as a sammich!

9-Fluffy, creamy Egg whites recipe- Whisk 6 egg whites with 1 tablespoon of low fat cottage cheese.

10-Curried Egg Whites-Scramble up some egg whites and add curry powder and any veggies you'd like.

11-Whole wheat pasta with hard boiled egg whites and veggies-I like this cold so I use left-over pasta, add vegetables, chopped egg whites and just a splash of salad dressing or even just a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese. Kind of like a pasta cobb salad, sans meat.

12-Chocolate Peanut Butter Souffle-haven't tried this yet

13-Huevos Rancheros de Blancos-Cook up some egg whites, add salsa on top and serve on a tortilla. Layer the eggs with salsa and strips or tortilla and bake it (or just heat it in the microwave if you're like me) for chilaquiles!

14-BFL French toast

15-Zucchini and egg fritters- 1 and 1/2 cups grated zucchini (squeezed of liquid and VERY well dried), 3 egg whites, 1 Tbsp baking mix and seasonings of your choice (I like Tony Chachere's salt-free), fry up in non-stick pan and top with greek yogurt

16-Egg white Frittata made with spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti or potatoes

17-Microwave egg whites in a mug (a la Hungry Girl)(and here are a few more)

18-Crustless quiche

19-Large lettuce salad with hard boiled egg whites

20-Poached egg over brown rice

21-Protein Pumpkin Pie Mini-Souffles

22-Egg white salad-instead of mayonnaise,use plain greek yogurt, add in a little chopped pickle and onion, some black pepper and garlic powder, eat over crackers or on bread/tortilla

23-Martha's Egg White and Avocado salad

24-"fried" rice scramble-Saute some veggies, add 1/2 cup cooked rice to the pan and top with egg whites, scrambling together as the eggs cook.

25-Check out Shelly's Bites! She's got over 30 ideas for mini crustless quiche bites!

26-The famous Fudge Protein Muffin

27-BFL Spicy Scrambled Eggs

28-Eggs in a basket-place pieces of pita or tortilla in muffin tin to make little cups for eggs

29-Egg quesadilla-a cracked egg sticks to the tortilla while it cooks!

30-Polenta Egg Casserole

31-Crepes-with a filling of cottage cheese and vegetables, I don't really have a recipe for this, I just go off a regular crepe recipe and add extra egg whites and put in only a few Tablespoons of oat flour or whole wheat flour.

32-Eggs on Hash Skillet

33-Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza)-go light on the flour, heavy on the egg whites (or call it Egg Foo Young if you'd rather go Chinese)

34-Fruity Oat Frittata-A little strange-sounding but really quite tasty!

35-Pasta Mama-I make this with one serving of pasta and 4 egg whites, SO GOOD!

Need more? Here is a SUPER post with a whole lot more ideas for eggs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Little Thing #50

The last day of 50 Days of Little Things. And I've made another list.

Little things making me smile:
-Listening to Christmas music during my runs
-Seeing Christmas movies on tv (I know, it's before Thanksgiving, but I love them ALL YEAR LONG!)
-Being busy at work
-Getting several RSVPs back for my holiday party!
-Thinking about helping plan Liz's baby shower for January
-Not gaining weight back even though Game On! is over

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Little Thing #49

This morning, I was smiling during this JillFit workout. I'm a sucker for an intervals pyramid workout! I loved the treadmill sprints and the last 2 minute push was....KILLER! Bicycle-Flip-Mountain Climbers-Flip-Bicycle-Flip-Mountain Climbers!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Little Thing #48

I smiled when I:

played a new game with friends
heard my mom's voice, safe and sound back home after her hip replacement
finished up our 3-week Game On! challenge
got my hair trimmed (it was starting to get in my eyes!)
saw someone I hadn't seen in 8 years and catching up
spent less than $60 on groceries
finished up a large order of corgi costumes and getting them mailed out

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Little Thing #47

We may not have kids but I am by no means a "Childfree" nut who hates children and wishes no one in the world had them. But when you look online for advice and support for those who don't have kids, a lot of what you find are those overzealous children-haters. I really appreciate a few websites that have excellent, non-rant-filled posts about issues regarding having children or not. My favorite is: Have Children or Not? written by a lifecoach named Beth. She posts links to really great articles, talks about experiences with clients who she has helped make the decision to have children or not and offers great advice that is truly unbiased.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Little Thing #46

My little thing today is a warm kitten lap warmer. Now that it's truly getting chilly, it's so nice to have a warm little body to curl up on your lap and make biscuits into the blankets! It makes up for his SUPER-crazy days when he knocks over trash cans, tries to get in the dog treats and eats flower arrangements. :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Little Thing #45

A list for today of small things that made my day brighter:
Green veggies
Friendly neighbors
Pens that write smoothly
Clean water

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Little Thing #44

In grade school I did NOT enjoy being tall. I wanted to be a "normal" height, I would have even settled for shorter than average because short people can blend into a crowd. A tall girl sticks out like a sore thumb. A fat, tall girl gets more than her fair share of negative attention. Most of the time I just wanted to be left alone, so I hunched or sat or stayed to the back.

But now I LOVE my long legs! I would say it was in high school that I started to see the advantages of being taller. It's easier to disguise extra weight when you've got a longer frame to carry it. It's great to be able to reach things on high shelves. In gym you can fake being active more easily because you don't actually have to move as much to keep up with shorter people.

Nowadays, I like how athletic I can be with my long legs. (I love it when Dan calls us Athletes in Body Attack, it's something I never thought of myself as but can almost see it now.) And they don't look too bad in a skirt! But I do have trouble buying pants. I'm fortunate for my tall genes and that I drank my milk as a kid!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Little Thing #43

This is a picture of the white board in the breezeway leading to our basement. I see it each time I head to our home gym and I change the saying frequently. The postcard is from Amanda at Kind Over Matter, it's such a pick-me-up!

Did you know that I have lost nearly 33% (32.64%) of my body weight in the past 6 years? And almost 3/4 of that weight was in the past 2 year! This is a HUGE little thing! This is definitely something for me to keep in mind when the my weight waffles a couple of pounds. I have come a long way, it's been hard work and I've stuck with it!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bread-free Dressing

I just wanted to show off a picture of my awesome dinner from the other night. I LOVE dressing!! I love the sage, celery and onion combo. But I wanted to translate that into a healthy meal so I created this acorn squash (steamed in the microwave) stuffed with a bread-free dressing.

It's mainly broccoli stalks (I almost never throw away the stalks, I chop them up and eat them!), celery, onion, sage, garlic, pepper, salt-free seasoning, and two vegetarian sausage patties crumbled up.

I dry roasted the veggies in my cast iron skillet on the stove, then added the sausage patties and stuffed away. Yum! It's everything I love about stuffing without the bread!

Little Thing #42

Here is a list for today:

Last night, our H.I.I.T. instructor was testing out a Body Attack routine on us! Hooray for more Body Attack at our gym! (I requested more Body Attack time slots in the spring schedule.)

Trying to think up a costume for the Turkey Trot this year (I usually make a new turkey hat) I came up with a brilliant plan: Pilgrim woman! I'll post pictures after Turkey Day!

Made these awesome protein muffins last night. They are super moist and do NOT have that weird cooked-whey protein texture that I often encounter when baking with protein powder.

Tofu in the George Foreman is awesome! I can't remember where I read about this first but it's super simple and makes is wonderfully textured without frying!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Little Thing #41

I tried some new tasty treats this weekend. We got these Bahlsen Contessa cookies which are soft gingerbread with Dark Chocolate on the bottom. They were quite tasty, an authentic ginger flavor with a really interesting sugar crust on top of the cookies.
And I bought a package of Stroopie Stroopwafels, which are waflle/wafer cookies sandwiched with syrup in between. They taste, to me, like pecan pie! Yum!

Little Thing #40

This weekend I was super-productive and got a LOT of things marked off my to-do list. I am working on an order of four corgi costumes and this weekend I got ahead of schedule on them! They are so time-consuming that I don't have them listed in my Etsy shop regularly because I can get burnt out on them so it's awesome that I am cranking these 4 out at the same time!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Recipe Contest: Breakfast Sausage Patties

This is my entry for the November Attune Foods Recipe Contest. The theme is savory dishes. I've been trying to come up with the BEST recipe for vegetarian sausage patties for a while now and I think this might be it! I've tried bulgar-based patties and wasn't really thrilled with the texture but straight seitan can make for a really chewy patty. These are a combination of TVP with just enough seitan (gluten flour) to give them a bit of chew and hold them together nicely.

Vegetarian Breakfast Sausage Patties

1/2 cup textured vegetable protein
1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup gluten flour
1/4 cup Uncle Sam Original cereal
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dry onion flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne

1 egg white
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
3 Tbsps soy sauce
1 tsp maple syrup

In a large bowl, add boiling water to TVP and let stand for 5 minutes. Measure all liquid ingredients in a measuring cup and stir to blend. Measure the dry ingredients into the TVP, add liquid mixture and stir to mix, kneading slightly until strands of gluten form.

Divide into 8 equal portions and flatten into patties. You can either cook them over medium heat in an oiled skillet until brown on both sides and firm in the middle or bake them on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.

Store pre-cooked patties in a plastic bag in the freezer and reheat in microwave or in skillet.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Little Thing #39

After trying and LOVING the Marzipan Torte at Lutz Cafe in Chicago, I have been obsessed with marzipan ANYTHING! But just straight up marzipan hasn't been hitting it for me. So I got a slice of the Princess Cake at Mirabelle in Urbana and it might be a little dangerous to have so close by! At least Lutz is miles and miles away and I won't be making excuses to drive up there, but Urbana is just a short drive (a bike ride even!). But nevertheless, this cake made my day! (Notice how I didn't manage to take a picture of EITHER of these awesome desserts. One track mind, EAT CAKE!)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Little Thing #38

Happy 11-11-11!

I'm not sure why but I'm getting really excited about the holidays! Thanksgiving will be interesting as my mom is having hip replacement surgery the week before, but my sister is hosting (as usual) and I have a few surprises up my sleeve. :) Plus the Turkey Trot that morning, cross your fingers for NO RAIN, it seems to rain every year!

We don't even have firm Christmas plans yet, other than bell ringing and working the Angel Tree table, and I have a super-secret party in the works. Here's my only hint so far-it's NOT a cookie exchange since Mike and I have been working hard to loose weight (and so far succeeding!) I am in LOVE with my decor color scheme of blue and white this year and have already made new stockings and ornaments! Any suggestions for what I can do to make our red couches blend in with a blue and white color scheme?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Thing #37

For this round of the Game On! Diet, my old habit to break is being sedentary at work. So I wear a watch that beeps at me every hour and I get up, run some stairs or walk around our company. Before I started, I wondered if people would think I was weird, walking around for no reason. BUT! If you walk fast enough and with purpose, people don't even question it! An added bonus of the walking around is that I have been making contact with MANY more coworkers each day than when I just sat at my desk and waited for them to stop for ME! I'm making it happen!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Thing #36

Say what you will about Daylight Saving Time (my husband thinks we should completely abolish it) but waking up and being able to walk the dog in SUNSHINE was a fantastic treat! Yes it's completely dark when I get to my car to come home from work. But it's a lot easier to loaf at home when it's dark and I'd rather do my loafing in the evening than the morning!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Little Thing #35

I never knew it before but I really like dancing! Recently, I attended an English Country Dance night (and dragged Mike along with me) and had a ton of fun. This weekend I went over to the Folk and Roots Festival and did some Yiddish Dance, Polka, English Country Dancing and Folk Dancing! It was such a good time. I am not big into dancing like people do at clubs or proms or weddings but dancing as a big group is A BLAST!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Little Thing #34

Yoga can be a real workout, hot and sweaty, working all your muscles and making you breath hard and really stretch yourself. But the other night, yoga was just what I needed it to be, an exercise for my brain. It was so relaxing and I was able to clear my mind and focus on being present and putting thoughts to the side. Sometimes I have trouble with racing thoughts and it really helps when our instructors make suggestions during practice about how to move past that. Joelle uses her calm voice to suggest that if you're troubled with thoughts, just put them aside and don't worry, they'll be waiting for you later. Steve uses the mental image of a veil or curtain in your mind that you draw across those thoughts, they're still there but out of view so that you can focus on other things. I'm so thankful for these teachers and their instruction!

Game On! foods

Very simply, here i what you CAN eat. But what kinds of things that you can buy at the grocery store fit into that? It's not as simple as looking for "No Sugar Added" on the label because that can mean it still has artificial sweeteners like Splenda in it! So here are some products that DO fit in. (And if you know of more, let me know and I'll add them!)

Tortillas/wraps: La Tortilla Factory tortillas, Kangaroo brand honey wheat pitas, most unflavored rice cakes, Flatout Light (these have maltitol, so depends on how strict you're being about sweeteners)

Cereal: You'd think rice krispies, right? No, sugar is the second ingredient! Here are some with no sugar: Grape Nuts, Fiber One (only the plain "twigs" kind), plain oatmeal/bulgar/brown rice/quinoa (add your own flavors), Uncle Sam Original Cereal, Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Original Cereal, Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereals Puffs, Nutletts (check your store's bulk bins), Original Shredded Wheat (unfrosted), Shredded Wheat n’ Bran, Kashi 7 Grain Pilaf (a hot cereal), Wheatena Toasted Wheat Cereal

These next few are a bit of a cheat so maybe ok when you're in between games: Nature's Path Corn Flakes (sweetened with fruit juice), Alpen no sugar added muesli (if you're ok with raisins), Bob's Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli (contains dried fruit)

Crackers/snacks: Triscuits, Wasa crispbreads (NOT the Crispn'Light type though), whole wheat matzo

Jam: Polaner fruit spreads

Peanut butter: It is SO hard to find a peanut butter without sugar, even the natural kinds almost all have sugar! Meijer Naturals brand is my favorite. Smucker's Natural is also generally available at local grocery stores. Our co-op has freshly ground in bulk, both creamy and crunchy. I wish we had Teddie brand around here. There are a couple of brands like Justin's and Fifty 50 that don't have sweeteners but I also prefer my peanut butter without OILS added! You can always make your own with peanuts and a food processor. :)

Condiments: mustard, some spicy mustards, vinegar, Thai Curry Paste, Tabasco sauce, some jarred salsas, spices (but watch for sugar in spice blends), extracts

Canned items: Most Hunt's tomato products (even seasoned varieties) are sugar-free, some soups from Health Valley, some soups from Imagine, some Ro-Tel tomato products

Other: About Time Whey (sweetened with Stevia), Jay Robb is Protein Powder is also Stevia Sweetened but it's even MORE pricey than About Time!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Little Thing #33

The other day it rained ALL day! It was cold and a bit windy and the rain continued from early morning to well into the night. On my drive to work, I was expecting a dreary day but I noticed the fall leaves, even with the gray shadow over the area and rain beating down, were amazing! Each tree was a different color, orange, yellow, one was bright red! And when I looked at the leaves that the rain had knocked down into the yard, it looked like a picture someone would put on the computer desktop, such bright green grass with yellow and orange leaves dotting it. A special fall day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Little Thing #32

Christmas catalogs have started arriving! I love looking through catalogs. I also love window shopping online but it's much more cozy to curl up on the couch with a catalog then sit at the desk and shop online. So far, we've gotten some fun ones from puzzle and nick-nack places like What on Earth and Bits and Pieces. And I love making wish lists from the Athleta and L. L. Bean catalogs!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Little Thing #31

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Last night at Team Strength Extreme (TSX) our instructor Wendy announced that we could look forward to Christmas TSX! Wow, I can't tell you how excited I am for that! And she asked when she should start, the week of Thanksgiving, the week after? Several of us said "Next week!" Hooray, a whole group of people of my own heart! I listen to my Christmas running playlist all year round. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Little Thing #30

Challenges! I LOVE a challenge, with rules and prizes and scores! And this fall, I've got not one, not two, but THREE to challenge me to my max!

First up is the Game On! Diet Mike and I are doing with Angela and Jessica. There is $200 on the line, so we are taking that baby seriously!

I had already signed up for the Holiday Booty Buster Challenge, which I did last year as well. But then I saw Pile on the Miles posted on Run with Jess and had to sign up for that one too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Little Thing #29

I don't have any pictures from the dog show this weekend but here's one of Sully being extra cute! (yes, those toys are ALL HIS!)

Sully did a great job, but didn't win any ribbons. He made a major boo-boo on the same exercise twice and so we NQ'd in both Open classes. But I really am happy with his attitude and performance on everything else, he was in such a great mood all weekend and really did a super job! He's such a great dog to live with and train that I can't ever really be upset with him. He never tries to get out of doing what I tell him to. He's never just plain stubborn like some dogs (Corgis in particular). He honestly tries his best to do what he thinks you want from him and the only thing that gets in the way is fear. Sometimes his fear is just bigger than anything else and stops him in his tracks.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little Thing #28

Halloween! It's one of my favorite holidays, but I didn't go overboard with decorations this year since we weren't home all weekend. But I still enjoy seeing all the fun Halloween goodies in the stores and other houses all spooked up. My new haircut inspired my costume-Peter Pan! And something to celebrate-I got through Halloween without gorging myself on candy and caramel apples.