Friday, August 17, 2012

Light Goat Cheese and Mushroom Frittata

I really enjoy starting my day with eggs. My usually egg dish consists of 2 eggs over medium and a slice of toast with mashed avocado on top. Always delicious and never fails, but I wanted to change things up a bit this morning. Since I'm trying to lose my excess baby weight, I opted to use egg whites and a couple whole eggs, rather than all whole eggs. This helps keep the frittata figure friendly and still gives the frittata substance. Don't get me wrong, I could eat an all egg white frittata, but since I'm nursing I need to be getting adequate amounts of fat - which in this case comes from the yolks of the organic cage free eggs. Yolks are not bad! They contain the majority of the vitamins, minerals and much needed fats - especially if you purchase quality eggs. What the chicken eats and how it is raised can effect the nutritional quality of the egg. So not only is it more humane to purchase cage free eggs, but it is a bigger nutritional punch too! I like to make sure whatever I eat is benefiting my body in some way, and having a yolk or 2 is a great way to make sure I'm getting my Omega fats in early in the morning. 

This recipe was made to feed my husband and I, but you could easily double it to feed your family. If you don't like goat cheese, then use a cheese you enjoy or omit it completely for a dairy-free version. I personally love warmed goat cheese on anything (even a leather shoe). I make this a super quick breakfast by having some pre-chopped onions and mushrooms on hand, so all I have to do is sprinkle into the pan and cook. All I did was reserve some of the diced onion and mushroom left from the previous nights' meal. Makes for a fuss-free breakfast, not having to chop anything.  

Light Goat Cheese and Mushroom Frittata

Cook Time: <10 minutes
Prep Time: <5 minutes
Serves: 2


  • olive oil spray
  • 1/4 of a large onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp of dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4oz baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1oz herb goat cheese
  • 3 organic cage free egg whites, scrambled
  • 2 organic cage free whole eggs, scrambled
Heat a medium-sized oven safe skillet over medium heat. Spray with a little olive oil spray and begin cooking the onions.

Saute for about 3 minutes, then add the sat, pepper, Italian seasoning and mushrooms. Cook for another 3 minutes, or until the mushrooms have cooked down a bit.

While that is cooking, in a small bowl beat the egg whites and whole eggs together (if you'd like, add a bit of salt and pepper as well) until slightly frothy. 

Add the goat cheese and the beaten eggs to the pan. Swirl the pan a bit to make sure it is completely coated with the egg mixture. Allow it to cook for about a minute on the stove and then transfer the pan to the oven. Broil on low for about 2-4 minutes. It should be slightly golden on top and should be firm throughout.

Cut into wedges and serve hot. 

Nutritional Info per Serving:
Calories: 145 ; Fat: 8g ; Carbohydrate: 3.5g ; Fiber: 1g ; Sugar: 1g ; Protein: 15.5g

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vegan Chocolate and Banana Oat Bars

I like to make my own snacks, since buying pre-wrapped snacks can really be pricey and contain too many unnecessary ingredients. These Oat Bars are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly and are nut-free. Wow! So practically anyone can eat these! Made from very basic ingredients, these bars are easy to make and tasty to eat. You can customize them to your liking by adding toasted nuts, a tsp of flavoring, dried fruit (instead of chocolate) and spices. By making your own snack bars, you are saving not only money but you are getting exactly what you are craving in your bar. I'm a huge chocoholic - which is why these have plenty of mini chips, so I can get some in every bite. I didn't have to add any sugar to these because the bananas and chocolate chips have enough sweetness to make these perfect. 

The mini semi-sweet chocolate chips I used are by Enjoy Life. They are dairy-free chips that melt wonderfully. If you are concerned about gluten, make sure you purchase oat that are for sure not processed in a facility that may contain gluten. Although oats are gluten-free, they can sometimes be contaminated.  These can be stored in the fridge, wrapped tightly for about a week. You could freeze them as well - just make sure to wrap each one individually. 

Vegan Chocolate and Banana Oat Bars

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 9 squares


  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3oz mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cup organic rolled oats 
  • 2 tbsp organic ground flaxseed

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan with a little coconut oil. Set aside

In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas until practically a puree. 

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 

Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan and bake at 350F for about 30-35 minutes, or until the oat bars are set. 

Allow the oat bars to cool before cutting into 9 pieces. 

Serve them at room temp or warmed.

Nutritional Info per bar:
Calories: 140 ; Fat: 5.5g ; Carbohydrate: 31g ; Fiber: 5g ; Sugar: 8g ; Protein: 2.5g 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Whipped Skinny Potatoes

Who doesn't love whipped potatoes?! Whipped potatoes were a staple in my house growing up. My mom would boil the potatoes, then add a stick of butter, about a cup of milk and salt/pepper. Very easy recipe but very fattening. Potatoes are not to be feared or avoided. I'm a big stickler in having everything in moderation - especially my favorite comfort foods. Potatoes are often seen as a fattening food or not diet friendly, but in reality it's what you put on/in them or how they are cooked, as to what changes their nutritional value. Potatoes are rich in nutrients, just like all other veggies. Sure they are a starchy vegetable, but they still provide valuable vitamins and minerals. I recommend eating them as a side item, rather than a meal. I find that combining a small portion of starchy foods with protein and fat, helps my body metabolize it better. Eating a predominantly starchy meal leaves me feeling sluggish (known as the"Itis"). So eat your potatoes in moderation and enjoy them guilt-free!

I found over the years I really like my potatoes to have a tang to them. Sometimes I add sour cream, but I really like using Greek yogurt instead. It's super thick and tangy, which is perfect for whipped potatoes. I used about 1 cup of milk for the amount of potatoes cooked. I like pretty thick whipped potatoes, but if you prefer a thinner version, just add a bit more milk.

I used KerryGold's Garlic and Herb Butter in this recipe - this is one of my favorite butters!! It is super flavor packed and from grass-fed cows. Most grocery stores now carry it, so check it out, it's truly an awesome butter to have on hand.

Whipped Skinny Potatoes

Cook Time: < 30 minutes
Prep Time: < 10 minutes
Serves: 6


  • 2.5lbs of russet potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 2 tbsp herbed butter 
  • 2/3 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 cup organic skim milk (approx)

Fill a large stock pot with water and a bit of salt. Place the peeled and halved potatoes inside. Bring to a boil and allow the potatoes to cook until fork tender. 

Drain the potatoes well and transfer the potatoes back to the stock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients except the milk (gradually pour the milk into the potatoes as you are whipping them). 

Using a hand blender (or whatever device you'd like), whip the potatoes on low and begin pouring in the milk in 1/3 cup increments. Depending on how wet you'd like you potatoes, add more or less milk. Also make sure to taste the potatoes to check for any adjustments in seasoning. Try not to over whip, it will make them gummy. 

Serve the whipped potatoes piping hot, along side whatever main dish you have prepared.

Nutritional Info per Serving (approx. 2/3 cup):
Calories: 210 ; Fat: 3.5g ; Carbohydrate: 38g ; Fiber: 2.5g ; Sugar: 4g ; Protein: 8g