Alternate Breakfast Ideas – Eggroll In a Bowl

Last September I started Whole30.  It was an awesome experience.  It helped me to examine my relationship with sugar and with food as a whole.  I know the creators of Whole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig repeat over and over in their book that Whole30 isn’t hard, but it was hard! I was definitely addicted to sugar and junk food in general.  Additionally, many of the Whole30 dishes included eggs.  I am not a fan of eggs.  I will eat eggs in some dishes but I prefer not to have too many.   The problem was all the breakfast dishes I could find on pinterest and the Whole30 cookbook were egg based.  Within the first 14 days I was SICK AND TIRED of eggs.  I was so sick of eggs I couldn’t even stand the sight of dishes I enjoyed like this Buffalo Chicken Breakfast Casserole.  

As preparation for doing Whole30 I had begun to follow many paleo and whole30 blogs, pinterest pages, and other social media accounts.  I don’t remember how I stumbled across Jenny Castenda’s Instagram and Snapchat, but I’m so glad I did.  She posted on snapchat about her Eggroll in a Bowl and non traditional dishes she ate for breakfast.  Watching her snap it hit me.  My breakfast doesn’t have to be breakfast food and her eggroll in a bowl was a perfect breakfast choice.

Now outside of Whole30, eggroll in a bowl is one of my favorite dishes.  Breakfast with traditional breakfast foods can very easily and quickly become carb and sugar heavy.  Options like Eggroll in a Bowl are delicious and awesome alternatives.  I love spicy foods so when not doing Whole30 I add in sriracha, red pepper flakes, and pepper sauce.  It’s one of my favorite ways to start the day.

Here’s the super simple, super easy recipe:

Ingredients:

Coleslaw mix

1 lb of sausage

Preferred seasonings

Olive oil or oil of your choice

Salt

Pepper

Soy sauce

  1. Brown sausage.  Make sure to season sausage.  (I like adobo seasoning, sriracha, garlic powder, tabasco sauce, and sesame oil.)
  2. Add coleslaw and cook for about 4-6 minutes or until cabbage is just starting to wilt. 
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Serve hot with soy sauce if desired.

~J

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Lovely Day


Tuesday was Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate love. But what is love? I have always considered the word love as an action verb, not as a feeling. Feelings are fleeting. Love shouldn’t be. 

Sometimes when you don’t have a significant other, holidays like Valentine’s Day can make you feel all alone. Instead of feeling down, I chose to show myself some love. I had the day off from work, So I chose not to set my alarm. After I woke up, I went to the gym. Because what better way to show your body love than keeping it healthy? On my way home from the gym and friend called and wanted to get lunch at Fuddruckers. 

Next on the agenda was washing clothes while crocheting and watching tv. I still needed to make 5 hats to fulfill some orders and off days = chore days. 


Lunch time was quickly approaching plus I needed to make a yarn run, so off to Micheal’s I went. At Fuddruckers, I got a grilled chicken sandwich topped with bacon, sautéed kale, and melted provolone. It was delicious. 

On my way home, I decided to stop by a boutique called Sick and Tied (they started out making custom bow ties before expanding to carrying women’s apparel) that had recently relocated to my side of town. I bought myself two dresses (because who doesn’t like presents for Valentine’s Day) and talked with the owners about bringing in some of my crocheted goods to sell. They wanted me to bring some items the next day. 

Back home it was to crochet all the things. While crocheting, I received a message from my cousin saying she had a Valentine’s happy for me. I didn’t want her to leave my house empty handed so I hurried to make the chocolate covered strawberries I was planning on treating myself to after dinner. My cousin and I had a good visit, then back to crocheting it was. I finished 4 hats before The night was over. 


Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong doings. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (I Cor 13:4-8)

Chocolate covered strawberries 
 ⁃ wash off strawberries and make sure they are completely dry 

 ⁃ Melt chocolate of choice (I used nestle dark chocolate chips) in a microwave safe container, stirring every 15-30 seconds 

 ⁃ Dip strawberries and place on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. At this step you can also add sprinkles or a drizzle of some sort (I drizzled with white candy coating) 

 ⁃ Place in refrigerator to set up

P.S. If you would like to purchase a hat, just say so in the comments, email afghansbyaftan@gmail.com, or check out my Instagram page @afghansbyaftan. 

Salad Deal

J can tell you that I am slightly obsessed with the Fresh Market Meal Deals. Each week from Wednesday to Tuesday they offer a list of ingredients for $20 that will feed a family of 4 for 1 night. Sometimes I make the meal as presented and sometimes I like to just buy the ingredients and make as many dishes as I can.


This week’s deal was salad and the list of ingredients included: greens (I got the power greens mix of kale, chard, and spinach), veggie kit (mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, green bell peppers, and broccoli), chicken (shrimp or steak), shredded cheddar cheese (parmesan, feta, or blue cheese crumbles), sourdough bread, and mini strudels.


For breakfast I made frittatas by sautéing the vegetables from the veggie kit and some deer sausage I already had in the freezer in my mini cast iron skillet. Once the vegetables were soft, I added two scrambled eggs, stirred until the bottom was set, sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top and placed it under the broiler.

For lunch/dinner, I sautéed the greens with some red onion and a splash of lemon juice, cooked the chicken on the stove, and made garlic cheesy bread with the sourdough rolls.

I was quite pleased with how my dishes turned out and how easy it was for me to transform this week’s ingredients. Next week’s meal is stir fry. I have yet to come up with any creative ideas to transform that meal, but if you do let me know.

~ A

Horchata Anyone?


Have you ever heard of horchata? I first discovered it in pharmacy school. At my school the third year was the hardest most stressful year. So when my dear friend from high school told me I should come visit her in California, I did. School had me so stressed that I booked a flight without a second thought. To this day, I am still amazed that I did it, but so glad I did. It was in Pasadena that I was first introduced to a magical drink called horchata. I had never heard of it before and it was described to me as Christmas in a cup. And that it was. Horchata is a non-dairy sweetened ‘milk’ flavored with cinnamon. A quick internet search yielded recipes made with rice, almonds, and/or tiger nuts. 

Ever since I first tasted this sweet treat, I have been in search of it in my humble state with a much smaller Latino population. Once I found some at a Mexican restaurant, but it was overly sweet. The other day while shopping for almond milk to make overnight oats, I stumbled upon a bottle of horchata and like a responsible adult decided I should buy it and make my overnight oats with horchata for the week. Adulting win! 


Overnight oats:

1/2 cup rolled oats 

1/2 cup liquid (horchata, almond milk, etc)

Rounded tablespoon of peanut butter 

1/8-1/4 teaspoonful cinnamon

Optional mix in: dark chocolate chips 

Optional toppings: nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts), fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries) 

Directions: place all ingredients except toppings in any container with a lid. Stir until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning garnish with toppings as desired and enjoy.

~ A

Full

I’ve struggled with my weight for a LONG time. My weight yoyo’d for years and since I’ve graduated from high school gained about 85 pounds. So I would embark on journeys to lose weight but inevitably I would always fall back and give up. I played sports from when I was 5 until I graduated high school so exercising wasn’t a stumbling block. For my I struggled with my food. I would go on really restrictive diets and then crash and burn at the first taste of sugar. Or I’d be upset one day and eat a box of Little Debbie’s. After my binge I would be so disappointed in myself but I found it happening again and again. I couldn’t figure it out. 

Finally, it dawned on me. I was trying to fulfill emotional needs with food. Food would soothe the emptiness temporarily but then my blood sugar dropped and I was back where I started and feeling gross from overeating. I know my story is not unique. There are so many people who struggle with sugar addiction and gluttony. Here’s what I’ve learned over time. Your weight loss struggle is not a physical battle even though it appears so. This battle is spiritual. Do you commit the sin of overindulgence, gluttony, and laziness or do you discipline your mouth and your body? Having this revelation doesn’t make the battle any easier. However, it showed me the step I was missing. Giving my weight and health to God and consulting His Word for guidance and strength. Since I’ve taken this approach I’ve been much more successful and consistent in weight loss. Still, I’m always willing grateful to accept assistance more help in this journey and from those who’ve been there. This is why I’m so excited about the book Full by Asheritah Ciucu. 

She is an awesome Christian author and blogger. I stumbled across her blog a few years ago and was immediately taken with how honest she was and most importantly how much she loved and lived for Jesus. Her book Full tackles the very issue I’ve discussed in this post and the solution – finding fullness and fulfillment in Christ instead of food. The book will be officially released Jan 3, 2017 and I’ll be back with a review shortly after. I also hope to be able to do a book discussion about the book. Would you be interested in doing an online discussion and study of the book? Let me know in the comments below. Learn more at http://www.thefull.life or preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-a-Million.
Love,
J

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Shells

Last summer I went to visit a friend in Philadelphia and had my first official Philly Cheesesteak. It was delicious! Recently, I had a craving and began searching Pinterest for recipes and stumbled across a recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Shells that can be found at http://lmld.org/2015/04/06/philly-cheese-steak-stuffed-shells/.  It’s so good.  I did make a few changes to fit my personal tastes.

I seasoned my beef with Adobo seasoning, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.  Then, inspired by Steak Escape’s Sriracha Cheesesteak, when the beef was mostly cooked I added some Sriracha sauce on top and jalapeño cheddar shredded cheese.  Next was stuffing the shells.  I found this to be tedious so next time I make this I think I’ll use bowtie pasta instead.  Although, the filling is so good I could just use it for dip or stuffed mushrooms.  What are some of your favorite recipes?  We’re always looking for something new to try!

 

Always,

J

Kale to the Rescue

Remember the kale from the summer garden? Well, it kept growing all through the fall and winter. It was like that energizer bunny, just kept growing and growing.

Can’t stop that kale. I was ever so thankful for that kale one crisp morning when I realized I had nothing to take to work for lunch and did not want to eat out. Eating out can be expensive and often results in unhealthy meals. (And honestly, fast food doesn’t appeal to me anymore. For the past few years, I’ve been avoiding fast food as much as possible. There are times when I slip up, but honestly, I feel gross afterwards. And the longer I go without fast food the less I want it.)

But, back to the miraculous kale that seems to grow year round – I ran outside and gathered all the kale I could. Next, I sautéed some diced bacon and red onion in olive oil. Once the bacon began to crisp and the onion began to soften I added in the washed and torn kale and a splash of lemon juice. Then I let the kale wilt down and packed it up for lunch. It was scrumptious and saved both my wallet and waistline.

Always,

A

P.S. – We’ll be restarting our summer gardens soon after Resurrection Sunday and we’ll update you then. – J

To all the school teachers, enjoy your spring break! You deserve it!