Those up there? Omelet Muffins! I've made and raved about them before but for whatever reason haven't made a batch in ages. These were unbelievable. The previous batches were a salsa muffin (tasty but not exactly easy on the eyes) and a salmon/cream cheese muffin (easier on the eyes, harder on the budget). The ones you see here are both inexpensive to make, super cute and probably the most filling ones I've made thus far.
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Ingredients (makes 10 muffins)
3 eggs (240 cals)
2 servings All Egg Whites (50 cals)
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour, or any flour (260 cals)
2 small chicken sausages, buffalo flavor, chopped (140 cals)
3 servings turkey bacon, chopped (105 cals)
1/2 cup Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt (55 cals)
1/2 medium sized sweet onion, chopped
Handful (3 servings?) fire roasted red peppers, chopped
2tsp S+ 1tsp P
1/2 tsp baking powder
Topped with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese

Directions: sautee the onion (in Pam, not oil). When the onions are translucent throw in the chopped meats and cook just a little. I used fully cooked sausages and bacon, so I just warm them up.
After cooking the onions and warming the meats, combine the remaining ingredients together (feel free to play around with the spices) and bake in a muffin tin at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until the muffins have risen nice and high. Once they rise, sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on top and cook for another 5-6 minutes until the cheese is melted. 

These come out at ~100 or maybe 105 calories apiece. They're a bit small (about the size of a vine-ripened tomato) but they are FULL of protein and fiber. Super filling. Plus, you can have 2 and a yogurt for 300 calories. =) Actually these went so fast I had to make another batch which I'll post soon. 

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I live next to several super markets. There is the really upscale gourmet one, located very unfortunatley directly below my apartment. It's too expensive to shop there under most circumstances. Further away (but on the way home from the gym) is a more reasonable supermarket that is more comprehensive but still a bit pricey. Keep in mind though, I'm speaking in city terms. It's still about 1/10 the size of an average Shop-Rite and doesn't have anything on Wegmans or Stop+Shop. Finally, there's the affordable, sort of hispanic supermarket across the street which is a kind of "shop at your own risk" type of place. I wouldn't really purchase raw meats there and I'm not hugely surprised if the veggies I get from there don't last very long. Still, this picture was taken at the affordable market and it's a gorgeous vegetable display, complete with a brussel sprout branch. Did you know they grow like this? I certainly didn't! I figured they were kind of like berries, but this is really beautiful!

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So, for those of you who have followed this blog, you'll know that my posting can be a bit erratic. The good (?) news is that my posting frequency is about to increase. I am currently located in one of my hospital's sattelite locations in the Bronx. It's a much slower service so while the only shuttle I can take out of here is at 5:30 pm, I can easily be done with any and all work by about 2-3pm. This means a lot of downtime, and actually this was the location in which I created the blog to begin with. I actually have a small backlog of meals to present so the posts will be fast and furious. Watch out!

Why this picture? Well, it seems that the holidays and all other indulgences have put me up a few pounds and I am now sitting at my goal weight and tend to fluctuate up (usually not down) so it is not where I'd like to be. I am tryind desperately to cut down on snacking, and certainly on portion sizes. This little cup is my triumph. Here is a tiny little coffee cup with a tiny little spoon holding a little under 1/2 cup of mocha chip frozen yogurt. This stuff is amazing, by the way. Creamy and delicious as regular ice cream but a little less guilt-free. It's more sinful than Tasti-D-Lite but also tastier.

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Finally, a compliment to any dinner and super easy to make: tomato mozarella pieces.

This was actually from a while ago and I totally forgot to post it. I had mozarella, basil and tomatoes left over from the vegetable casserole I had made for thanksgiving. These went with the stuffed chickens and made a really nice side/appetizer for those.


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So simple: slice up some tomatoes, toss on some shredded mozarella and chopped basil and bake in the toaster oven for 5 minutes until the mozarella melts. Make sure to top with S+P

This was actually part skim mozarella. Another great way to serve it is to buy fresh mozarella, slice that and put it on top of tomato slices with or without a basil leaf. No baking required. The freshness is amazing.

The best thing about these: you can make a LOT of these if you're having company. They go fast, but if you have the ingredients on hand, making them is fast too =)

I think that's enough for today's post. I have plenty more coming up, including a much better post on making the omelet muffins. The second batch is already being eaten today =)

 


Dad
12/22/2011 12:20

Very cute posting, Pampkin!

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Kelley
02/16/2012 13:37

wow! your recipes are really great! I am a lover of food too but I am also very health conscious! Keep this up girl!

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02/16/2012 13:50

Hey Kelley,

Thanks! =) Let me know if you have any recipes of your own for me to try! I seem to be running low on creativity these days.

P.S. Those muffins are probably one of my proudest kitchen creations because of their cost/ease/storability and taste/nutrition. I haven't managed to outdo them yet!

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Kelley
02/16/2012 23:04

hey! I love making marrows stuffed with ground meat... very easy to make; you can use ground beef (or turkey suits fine too) and prepare a bolognese sauce, I like to add some mixed spice to it too.. after the sauce is left to simmer for a while add 2 eggs (depending on how much meat and sauce you've made.. for 500g ground meat, I serve four, 2 eggs is fine).. let the eggs cook in the sauce. While they're cooking remove the core of the marrow.. then all you have to do is place the meat sauce into the marrow core.. and pop it in the oven.. make sure you add a little low calorie speay and water in the dish so that the marrows will not stick of course... you need the water as the marrows are cored raw..
Cook in a preheated oven on medium for about 45-50 minutes and then allow to rest a bit before serving.. as a side you can add some more veg and sweet potatoes :) hope you like it! ...

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02/20/2012 18:34

Hi Kelley,
That sounds great. I'm honestly not sure if I can find marrow bones around me though! I feel like the presentation on those must be SO beautiful. Does the bone provide extra flavor?

I really like the idea of the turkey/egg mixture though. Maybe I can serve it over something a little more handy, like pasta or rice. =)

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Kelley
02/21/2012 09:53

hehe!! Being a doctor you went for bone marrow! lol I was referring to the vegetable! ... where I come from you can find large spherical marrows ... you take out this core with a spoon and stuff them with ground meat :)

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02/21/2012 10:10

Kelley! I just googled it and marrows are yellow squashes. My goodness I never would have thought. BUT now that I get it, the idea of stuffing a squash with bolognese sauce sounds wonderful. Though, our yellow squashes are quite small so I suppose I would have to consider a small butternut or an acorn squash. Still, YUM and acorn squashes just came back to my neighborhood supermarket. You can bet you'll be seeing some sort of meaty sauce stuffed into a squash soon! =)

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