Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14- A Clean (Eating) Start-Garden Frittata and Banana Pancakes

I am blessed to still be close with my high school girlfriends. Through the years we've attended different colleges, each met our husbands, started new careers, and have lived in different cities, yet somehow we've not only remained good friends but have grown even closer with age. (Our husbands hit it off and actually like to hang out with each other too...What more could you ask for?)

Despite the distance and crazy schedules, we try really hard to meet up a few times a year to catch up and do something fun. This weekend we had an old-fashioned sleepover at my friend Turell's house while her husband was away. (Complete with ice cream, chick-flick television, and giggles. You're never too old.)

This morning we started the day off right with a delicious, healthy clean-eating breakfast.  So good!

These recipes come from the kitchen of Miss Turell Lynn, blogged with permission. 

Garden Frittata
Tomatoes, diced
Onions, diced
Eggs (Today we used 8 egg whites and 2 full eggs, which made about 4-6 servings)
Cheese (optional)

1. Saute tomatoes and onions in a nonstick skillet. Toward the end, add spinach to wilt.
2. Whisk eggs and egg whites in a bowl and pour half of the mixture into a nonstick baking dish.
3. Add the vegetables (and cheese if desired) to the pan and add the rest of the egg mixture.
4. Bake on 350 about 15-20 minutes.

Simply Banana Pancakes
(1 banana, per every two eggs.)

1. Blend bananas and eggs in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Pour mixture in small batches onto a griddle or skillet, coated with cooking spray. Cook as you would pancakes, flipping when the bottom side is almost done.

Bon appetite!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 4-A Middle Eastern Celebration

I've mentioned many times how much my husband and I LOVE Middle Eastern cuisine. There is a Middle Eastern Market about 15 minutes from us that we like to visit to stock up on a few essentials. It's always worth going out of our way for quality olive oil, tahini, fresh pita, and authentic seasonings.

Last weekend we were inspired to test our ability to make our favorite cuisine at home and dined on this miniature feast of chicken shwarma, homemade hummus, rice, and fresh pita bread. The hummus was amazing and the rice turned out great. My shwarma was yummy but a far cry from authentic. The seasoning was a little different than I expected...Good for a first attempt!

Our Mini M.E. Feast

Chicken Shwarma: Chicken, tomatoes, and onion marinated with Sadaf Shwarma Seasoning

Hummus: Our recipe from April 2013

Rice: I prepared white rice as directed, but added a little bit of garlic, cumin, and parsley to spice it up.

Pita Bread: Fresh baked Arabic Bread from the local market