Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Fix........

Looking for a quick and easy, healthy, one-pan dinner? Well, what could be simpler than a recipe using lovely, local free-range eggs, bursting with beneficial Omega-3's! Here's a frittata recipe that works for any meal of the day, and you probably have all the ingredients on-hand. (I used the beautiul fresh red potatoes I bought at the Stanton Farmer's market, and parsley snipped from my garden. Yum!) Feel free to throw in chopped tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, or whatever eftover veggies are lurking inside your fridge to up the nutrition and fiber content. Add a green salad, and you're done!

Potato, Onion, and Parmesan Frittata

1 Tbs. olive oil

1lb red potatoes, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

6 large eggs, beaten,

2 large egg whites

1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1. In a 10" non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add potatoes and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are cooked through and lightly browned.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, parsley, Parmesan, and pepper. Pour egg mixture into pan, evenly spreading to coat bottom. Cover and cook 15 - 20 minutes or until center is cooked through. Sprinkle top generously with additional Parmesan, if desired.



Now, here's something else to chew on....literally!! (And so appropriate, I thought, given the name of this blog!) We put a lot of time and effort into eating healthy food, right? But do we give much thought into actually how we eat it?

Actually, my friend Kelly got me thinking about this....well, her Dad, really. See, Kelly's Dad, Ronald, is quite an interesting fellow who, at this point in time, is following a macrobiotic diet. Now, I'm the first one to admit that I know nothing about macrobiotic diets (can anyone out there educate me?), but Kelly told me that you're supposed to chew every bite of food 50 times before swallowing.

Sounds a bit extreme, right? Well, I came across this interesting bit of information recently, and there's a lot to be said for S-L-O-W E-A-T-I-N-G. Besides giving us time to enjoy our food, would you believe it can help us lose weight, too?? Hey, I'm all over that! Something to think about this weekend:

5 Powerful Reasons to Eat More Slowly

Many people rush through the day, with no time for anything. When they have time to get a bite to eat, they gobble it down. That leads to stressful, unhealthy living. Here are some reasons you should consider the simple act of eating slower:

Lose weight. A growing number of studies confirm that just by eating slower, you’ll consume fewer calories -- in fact, enough to lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full. If you eat fast, you can continue eating past the point where you’re actually full. (WOW.. I LOVE THIS!!!!)

Enjoy your food. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. Make your meals a gastronomic pleasure, not a thing you do rushed, between stressful events.

Better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better, which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the mouth, so the more work you do up there, the less you’ll have to do in your stomach.

Less stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating, can be a great form of mindfulness exercise. Be in the moment, rather than rushing through a meal thinking about what you need to do next.

Rebel against fast food and fast life. A hectic, fast-paced, stressful, chaotic lives -- the Fast Life -- leads to eating fast food, and eating it quickly. Rebel against that entire lifestyle and philosophy with the small act of eating slower.

What do you think? I think it's time for me to stop countersurfing and actually sit my butt down in a chair to eat!


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