Brunch and Dinssert

Kicking It With Christ:

What a nice Sunday! It began with 8am mass with my mom! Whenever we go to mass together, we are peachy for the rest of the day and we are both in great moods. My dad told her she needs to go every Sunday! Hahah

I was a bit puzzled by today’s Gospel, but Father’s homily cleared it up. It was entertaining, amusing, and kept my attention all the way through, and it really made me examine my life. I knew from the time he started I wanted to share it with you. Even if you’re not Catholic or Christian, its a universal message we can all apply to our lives.

He made me laugh as he began to discuss the criteria for a good husband, wife, sister, etc. “I can’t just say I’m a good priest because I show up to mass on time.” What’s the universal criteria that makes us do good? Father is an ex-cop and he mentioned the rewards that are offered for information about a crime. As helpful as the tips are, why should we have to pay or bribe someone to do the right thing? The Gospel, in short, was not just about doing good or the right thing. These are simple and innate obligations that Christ, as well as the community, expects from you. Christ is constantly challenging us to take it a step further. Not to remain stagnant in our lives and morals. I loved the analogy Father used… “Don’t just be please with yourself because you refrained from punching that guy in the head. Take it a step further and remove that hatred from your heart.” Not only did this make me chuckle, but it really made me think about my everyday actions, the roles of daughter, sister, nurse, friend, etc. that I play in life.

Am I really taking things a step further? Or am I simply fulfilling my obligation? 

Following mass, I talked to Father, who was an absolute outlet and source of strength during my recovery. Our conversation was followed by a proud hug and congratulations when I told him that my 1 year anniversary of beginning recovery was quickly approaching!

Great Homily, Father Hurley! And thanks for everything!

Brunch, Baby:

I have been loving brunch on the weekends I do not work. I would love to start making a tradition of it! This morning was the perfect brunch food: a frittata. I mention in my last frittata post the beauty of these things: the ability to throw anything you want in them. Like, when you have left overs, and either don’t know what to do with them or don’t have enough for another meal… throw it in a frittata!

The broccoli rabe that I used in my Sicilian-Inspired Rabe was grown by my uncle’s neighbor and was already blanched for me. I had so much left over that I could only remember how delicious the last frittata was! Oh, and then theres that eggplant from the fish wraps from the other night. I got this!!!!

Eggplant Parm Frittata

serves 8

  • 11.75 oz eggplant, 1/4 in slicedWP_004142s
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli rabe
  • 1/3 cup onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 4 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup flax milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp fat free shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 packet Splenda
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-fat grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp dried chopped or minced garlic

Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and lay the eggplant slices over high heat and brown. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F. After you flip the eggplant and both sides have been browned, transfer the slices into a sprayed 9 in x 13 in pyrex. Layer the eggplant slices along the bottom, cutting and fitting the slices to fit the bottom of the pan. Respray the skillet, and add the cooked broccoli rabe, onions, and minced garlic. Cover with a lid, and heat on low.

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In the meantime, whisk the egg, egg substitute, milk, water, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Flip the broccoli rabe. Pour 1/4 cup of water over vegetables and cover, steaming over low heat. Measure out 1/4 cup mozzarella and finely chop, and add to the egg mix. Remove the broccoli rabe, onions, and garlic and transfer to cutting board. Roughly chop the vegetables into 1/2 in pieces or so. Add to egg bowl.

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Ensure the pyrex side are well sprayed with non-stick spray, and pour the contents of the egg bowl in the dish. Finely chop the remaining 2 Tbsp mozzarella, and sprinkle over top casserole. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.  While baking, combine the pizza sauce with Splenda.

After the 30 minutes, turn the casserole 180 degrees and continue baking for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, evenly spread the frittata with the sweetened sauce, then Parmesan. Lastly, sprinkle the top with garlic spice according to your taste. (We love garlic!) Return to the oven for a final 15 minutes.

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Slice the frittata into 8 slices and serve!

Nutrition: per 1/8 of dish

Calories: 126, Fat: 1.2g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 25.9mg, Sodium: 430.5mg, Carbs: 8.6g, Fiber: 2.6g, Sugar: 4.6g, Protein: 18.3g

WP_004138Scrapple, by far, is in no way a healthy choice, even if one DOES eat the leaner cuts of beef scrapple. It is, however, a Bundo favorite! I sliced up a loaf of bacon scrapple (not impressive, by the way) for the crew, and we said Grace and dug into a delicious brunch! Argument free!

We were all stuffed until dinner! My dad raved about the frittata and couldn’t believe the creation and the taste, and how full he was even at dinner time. But I’m not surprised with almost 20g of protein per serving! Mom, dad, and I watched the Eagles/ Giants game, as we did some laundry (and blogging).

A quickie trip to the tanning salon (I have a wedding coming up and I’m a bit pastey), and I was inspired. I had “Brunch,” but pumpkin spice froyo is out… Dinner? Dessert? Dessert for dinner? Dinssert, it is!

Hey, Boo! Froyo at 5? “It’s a date!”

A quick text later, and we met up with one of my nursing school girlfriends! Yummy in our tummies! She text us awhile back asking for a froyo dinner dinner date and we had to decline since Barry and I were both working. I loved that I was able to return the favor, and that she, Aaron, and her kids could join us! My main agenda for the spur-of-the-moment dinner date was to attack the pumpkin spice soft serve! I repeated my mode of attack as I did at the Flyers game and grabbed a splash of each. And an extra splash of pumpkin. Next, come my favorite part! Topping! Mango, raspberries, strawberries, almond slices, toasted coconut, and an oreo all found their way to my bowl! Barry enjoyed his double-size PB and chocolate fix ,as usual.WP_004148WP_004149

So we had dinner. Whats next? Oh yeah! Ice cream for dessert! a scoop of Edy’s Slow Churned Salted Caramel and a decaf french vanilla coffee went down the hatch as we watch the FLyers pull out another loss. But guess what? My eating was controlled, I felt when I was full, and I felt no guilt!

I must say… good weekend!

The Hole and The Rope Analogy

I woke up in much better spirits, today. In fact, I woke up being able to tell I was hungry.

The Analogy of the Hole and the Rope

Last night, I wanted to break up with Barry. I wanted to isolate myself from the world. I felt out of control. One scenario replayed in my head for hours:

I’m just going to get sicker and sicker until I can’t work anymore… and then my manager will see me get sicker and skinnier and I won’t get hired as a nurse and I’m going to loose my job… and I’m just going to get weaker and weaker until I die.

That what I was preparing for… my death.

Isn’t that morbid?

I felt like I was in a 6 foot deep hole. By the end of the night, I had Barry, my parents, my sponsor… all holding onto the other end of the rope that they had been dangling in my face for the past few  hours. I finally grabbed the rope and held on for dear life. They pulled me out… they helped save me before I could pile more dirt on top of me.

Getting back on the wagon

I began with a shake. I just threw a bunch of mixed fruit, containing bananas, berries, and apples, and combined it with chocolate shake mix. To make it even more appealing, I topped it with some chia seeds and continued the berry theme with a blueberry coffee.

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My mom wanted to spend the day together and I had no problems accepting. I figure I’d catch her in a good mood and ask if I could cook dinner for us tonight. She accepted my proposition. Okay, so far, its a good day.

WP_003797She took me to pick up my car from the mechanic and we headed off to Walmart. I just adore being surrounded by pumpkin! Its the best part of this time of year! I found these babies and had to turn away! Oh man!

V__8880On the bright side, I also came across this: Edy’s Slow Churned Pumpkin Patch! Yes! Its out! Its only 90 calories a serving! I may have licked the lid on the way out the door of the store… I was so impressed with the flavor, I stopped by dads so he could try it! I counted down the time until Barry would stop by before work so we could share this!

In the mean time, I pulled out a small piece of tilapia from the freezer and changed moms mind about making homemade fish sandwiches. Eat your heart out McD! (Although, I will admit that the Arby’s Fish Sandwich is shatteringly delicious!

Fish Sandwich

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  • 1 3oz tilapia filet
  • parlsey, black pepper, granulated garlic, to taste
  • 1 leaf romaine
  • 1/2 slice fat free cheese, of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp light mayo
  • 1/2 Tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 sandwich flat

Spray a small skillet with non-stick spray and lay tilapia filet down. Sprinkle with spices and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Lift filet with spatula, respray the pan, and flip the fish. Lay the cheese on top the hot side of the fish. Leave the fish in the pan and turn off the heat after 1 minute or so. In a small bowl, combine mayo and relish, and spread on sandwich flat.

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Simple and easy. Mom called it “Spectacular.” We split the sandwich and the last of the Bundo Broccoli Salad.  We enjoyed out dinners and each others company while watching “The Great Escape,” one of our favorite movies! I winning combination!

Barry arrived just in time for my dinner to be digested and a hankering for Pumpkin Patch was creeping up. I topped our bowls with chopped pecans. Mouth watering! To complete our previous experience with pumpkin ice cream, I broke some pretzel sticks to simulate the pretzel cone.

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To finish off the night, a little house work and and a refreshing cucumber to snack on!

On a side note, I found this picture on Friday, still basking in the wonder that is my 16-year-old pup. Its a 3-month-old Beauty and her brother!

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