Breakfast Frittata with Asparagus / Bacon

Breakfast Frittata Asparagus & Bacon

The first breakfast of 2012 was this Frittata. A frittata is an egg dish made mainly on the stove. I find them easier than making omelets, and an ideal dish for using up leftover veggies and meats. The wine guy cooked this frittata adding asparagus (left-over from our New Year’s eve dinner), crumbled bacon bits, grilled onion, scallions and cheddar cheese.
Breakfast Frittata
This is a popular dish in Italy and a frittata wedge is often taken to work for a lunchtime meal. The Italian word frittata is derived from the word fritto meaning ‘to fry”. Think of it as an open face omelette.

Since this dish is cooked on the stove top and then baked in the oven, you will need an oven-safe skillet (12 inch diameter is ideal).

Frittata can be served hot or cold. A wedge accompanied by a fresh salad, olives or hard crusted bread is a great lunch. A little vino and you are good to go. Freshly squeezed orange juice is my beverage of choice when serving frittata for breakfast.

Oh, let’s not forget frittatas can be made from egg substitutes or egg whites (add a pinch of turmeric to add yellow coloring). It won’t yield the same richness as real eggs, but using extra spices or strong-flavored fillings will round out the flavor.

A dessert frittata will also score big with friends and family. Mix in custard and fresh fruits, then top with powdered sugar or liqueur. Another idea is to use Gayla apples and white cheese. The variations are endless. Have fun. You really can’t go wrong.

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Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Ups

This is my last post for 2011 and certainly not a fat-free one. However, it’s my grand daughter’s favorite breakfast dish. I haven’t calculated the calories, but I assure you, it’s not on the Blimpy Girl daily eating plan. I consider it one of those “splurge” items during this holiday season. If you compare this to other breakfast foods, you’re still lower in calories than eggs and bacon.

Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Ups

I will definitely be back on track Januray 1, 2012. In fact, I’ve already made tomorrow’s lunch… Tuna Puffed Pastries.

This is an EZ breakfast dish. Cook a pancake (or two). Sprinkle the finished pancake with sugar and cinnamon. Roll the pancake and slice into bite-size pieces.

Cinnamon Roll Up

Bite Size Cinnamon Roll Ups

Did I mention that sprinkling powder sugar on top of the roll up is always a hit for the little ones? Miss Olivia certainly enjoyed her cinnamon roll-up this morning.

Miss Olivia eating her Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Up

Magic Christmas Elf Smoothie

Magic Christmas Elf Smoothie

Thank you Betty C. for this awesome strawberry vanilla yogurt smoothie idea. I’ve revised it a bit to fit the Magic Elves that arrive every Christmas.

The wine guy (my honey-man) is off to the grocery store to shop for the week. These ingredients are on the list. Won’t the grand kids be surprised when they awaken and find their Magic Elves sipping on this smoothie?

I so love the candy cane edge around the glass….so festive. Let the Elf fun begin. If you haven’t followed my Elfcapade adventures each holiday season, I encourage you to visit my soap making blog to see what’s been up with the mischievous elves. Grab the Recipe

Countdown to Magic Elf Arrival 2011
Those Darn Elves. Always into Something!
What’s Up This Year With the Elves?
It’s Magic Christmas Elf Time Again
Elfcapades Day Seven (Magic Christmas Elves)
Elfcapades Day Four (Magic Christmas Elves)
Elfcapades Day Two (Magic Chrismas Elves)
The Eve of The Magic Christmas Elf Arrival
Magic Christmas Elves Arrive by Sleigh

Pumpkin Quiche

Pumpkin Quiche Pie

This recipe was sent to me by a good friend. I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin but I wanted to give it a try. I was intriuqed about a pumpkin flavored quiche. I had 3 taste testers, myself included and here was the verdict.

1) Taste tester #1 (my daughter’s nanny). She LOVED IT!! Thought it was deserving of some low-fat whipped cream.

2) Taste tester #2 (the honey-man). He said he would prefer pumpkin pie.

3) Taste tester #3 (myself). Thought it was a little boring in flavor.

Funny how everyone has a different take on a particular dish. I will try tweaking this dish until I find the right blend. There needs to be some sweetness. Pure pumpkin is rather bland and maybe a couple of no calorie sweeting packets might add to this recipe. I know it’s a quiche, and sweetness isn’t generally part of the mix, but it def needs something extra. Grab the Recipe (the current, unrevised one…you may find it to be awesome…)

 

French Toast Scramble w/ Apples & Oats

Scrambled Apples & Eggs

Here’s a new twist on incorporating both your morning fiber (oatmeal) and fruit (apples). Scrambled eggs with a hint of vanilla and sweetness and just 125 calories. I added a piece of toasted bread and sugar-free maple syrup which bumps this breakfast dish up to 210 calories.

Add a cup of good dark roasted java and fat-free Skinny Caramel Macchiato flavoring (Coffee House Brand) for 30 calories. This sure beats plain oatmeal and traditional scrambled eggs.  Grab the Recipe

Red Hot Cinnamon Apple Crunch

Red Hot Apple Cinnamon Crunch

Waiting for the verdict on this dish. My initial review was postive, but my daughter will let me know her review later today. Fuji apple dices, cinnamon red hot candies and crumbled graham crackers topped with whipped cream. Hey, what’s not to like.

I left off the whipped cream as my daughter is wanting to shave some calories. However, even with canned whipped cream, you’re only adding 25 calories for 2 tablespoons.

Red Hot Cinnamon Apple Crunch with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

I had some leftover strawberries and chocolate from a dish I made earlier this week. A few strawberries dipped in chocolate never hurt anyone…. ! Heck, maybe it added another 65 calories, but come on… it’s Friday and well deserved. Grab the Recipe

 

Sparkling Breakfast Smoothie

Sparkling Smoothie

My latest find...sparkling orange juice.

My honey-man, the “Wine Guy” brings home plenty of samples that his company reps and it’s not always wine samples. This week it was a sparkling orange juice. Hmmm… what to do with it besides drink it? Then an “aha” moment happened when I noticed overripe fruit in the fruit bowl. The fruit flies were hovering over the fruit like they were anticipating a neighborhood celebration party. “Why yes”, I said, “why not make a Blimpy Girl sparkling breakfast smoothie. Let me put an end to this fruit fly celebration.”  And so I did.

My recipe concotion made 40 ounces which is (5) eight ounce servings. I suppose you could swap out some of the fruit, but  I’m not so sure I would swap out anything.

Calories per serving: 91 (that’s awesome). This means you could throw in one half of a bagel with low-fat cream cheese and only add another 155 cals. For a whooping 245 calories you get what I feel is a dessert with your bagel and cream cheese. Grab the Recipe

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Sausage & Egg Casserole

Today was a spa day with my sister, mom and daughter. I hosted the pre-spa breakfast. It was a Sausage & Egg Casserole. It needs to be refrigerated overnight, so I prepared it the night before. The dish included low-fat cheddar cheese, crumbled sausage, onions and mushrooms.

I plated fairly generous portions and the 9 x 12 baking dish (standard cake size pan) yielded 10 pieces. It could have easily served 12.

Now… let’s talk calories. I generally use EggMates which are both low in cholesterol and calories. This time I went with the real McCoy and used fresh chicken eggs. When it was all said and done (or made) one serving was in the neighborhood of 250 calories. That was based on 10 servings.  Not bad! The sausage was the big calorie demon.

Miss O and the Wine Guy

My grand daughter and hubby helped serve breakfast today.

Now, if you used EggMates you could easily dismiss 40 calories per serving. I for one don’t notice the difference between real eggs and EggMates when used in scrambled egg dishes. Others will certainly argue. It’s all about what you like and how many calories you are willing to forfeit. If you’re planning to add toast, hash browns or juice, you might want to consider the EggMates substitute. I added a few strips of extra crispy bacon on top of each egg serving. It wasn’t necessary, but I rarely eat bacon and it was my weekend binge. I didn’t even use turkey bacon. It was the down and dirty, high calorie, salty, piggy wiggy kind.

Cheese Egg & Sausage Casserole with Side of FruitToday’s breakfast included a side of fresh fruit. I was too lazy to visit the grocery store, so I used what I had on hand: sliced banana, blueberries, apple and peach slices, watermelon and raspberries. I’ve also served this dish with hash browns as the side. My favorite are hash browns in a box. They are dehyradated and you soak in water and cook. If you cook them in non-stick cooking oil you can really cut out some calories (about 150 calories for 1/2 cup). If unsing traditional cooking oil, it’s 270 calories for 1/2 cup. I personally would pick the non-stick cooking oil. You can still get some pretty crispy hash browns with this method. Spray each side of the hash browns before flipping in the pan.

Girls Spa Day: Our Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is a perfect “group” dish for the holiday season. If you have guests staying over, make this dish up the night before and you’ll have an entire meal with very little preparation. Grab the Recipe

Breakfast Caprese English Muffin

Breakfast Caprese English MuffinGarlic for breakfast? You bet! This English muffin Caprese may give dragon breath, but the taste is worth every bit of the knock off your dirty socks breath.

As my honey-man “wine geek” would say, “Nothing that a little red wine won’t fix.” And, that’s exactly what we did. We had a glass of Cabernet from Chile (Reserva, no less). At our house, we write the rules for wine drinking. Rule #1: There are no rules.

I am going to be hosting a tapas dinner in October and this will be on the menu for one of the small plates. I will substitute this instead of a salad dish. Grab the Recipe