Scrambled Egg And Zucchini Pie

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If you are not nice on the internet, you are not nice, period.

The comments you post, the way you treat people, the content you access and the content you amplify says something about YOU.

The REAL you.  Not some virtual version of you.

You are you are you.

Whether you’re at you grandma’s kitchen table or Instagram.

If you leave a mean comment about someone on an anonymous message board, you are mean.

If you’re rude in the comments of someones Instagram post, you’re rude.

If you pop off on Facebook at every post that doesn’t reflect your exact world view, you’re belligerent.

Think how you want to be in this world and then be it.

Online, at the park, in the class room, at work.

You are you are you.

Be kind.

Be polite.

Comminicate with nuance.

Allow for nuance in others communication.

Lead with empathy.

This was shared on @inexactscience’s Instagram feed last week.  It is so true that I thought I would share it with you.  I hope you will share it too.

Scrambled Egg and Zucchini Pie

3 eggs

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp olive oil

1/2 cup  diced zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and salt , until the eggs are a uniform color.  In an oven safe frying pan, heat olive oil.  Add zucchini, cook and stir until crisp tender, 2-3 minutes.   Pour the beaten eggs into the frying pan and cook, without stirring, until the bottom is set around the edges, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the frying pan to oven.  Bake 5 minutes or until the egg is set.  Turn out onto a plate and cut into wedges. You can substitute any vegetable or combination of vegetables, add maet,  or add spices to make it your own.

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Eggs In Hell (Whole 30)

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I don’t have much to say today.  I have been working dumb hours and not sleeping well.  I wanted to post this today, however, because it is too good not to.  The recipe was inspired by a recipe in Michelle Tam’s cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo Food For Humans.  Michelle’s recipe called for a jar of marinara sauce.  I decided to make a homemade tomato sauce.  You can make the sauce and the sausage ahead of time and throw a serving together and bake it when your ready to eat or make the whole thing ahead of time, bake it and just reheat it when you are ready to eat.

Eggs In Hell

Tomato sauce:

1 TBS olive oil

1 cup onion, chopped

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

1 14.5 oz can diced tomato

1 1/2 tsp honey or three chopped, pitted date, if Whole 30

3 TBS tomato paste

salt and pepper, to taste

Sausage:

1/2 lb ground beef

1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp basil

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp  crush red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp fennel see, optional

For the sauce, Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan or skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, herbs and salt. Sauté over medium heat until the onion is very soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and black pepper. Use a spoon to break up the tomatoes into bite sized pieces. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.

For the sausge, in a medium bowl, combine the chicken and all the spices.  Using your hands, mix the chicken and spices well.  In a medium frying pan,  melt a teaspoon of olive oil and  cook the sausage, breaking it up as you go, until no longer pink.

At this point, I like to make individual casseroles but you could just mix everything together put it in 1 1/2 quart casserole, crack a couple of eggs over it, I use 2 per person, and then bake it at 350 degrees until the eggs are done to your liking.  I like my eggs cooked well done so it takes about 20 minutes to bake.  Experiment until you find the exact time to cook the perfect eggs for you.  

 

 

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Casserole

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Sometimes I really hate being proven right.  I have always said “just because they never have doesn’t mean they never will” in response to people who tell me their cats and/or dogs have never bothered their birds or other prey animals we keep for pets.

I keep my bird cage and rat cage in the same room about 50 feet from each other.  I have been very careful about training my birds to stay away from the rats cage.  For the 4 years I have had rats and birds keeping them so close together has never been an issue. Its never been an issue until yesterday morning.

I was in my bed room getting ready for work when I heard a loud squawk.  It didn’t concern me too much because my birds fight like brothers and sisters, someone is always squawking  at someone else.  However, the second time I heard it I went to investigate what was going on and found my cockatiel, Squeak, hanging on the side of the rat cage and my rat, Bug, hanging onto Squeak’s toes.   I grabbed Squeak and saw his toes were bloody.  I freaked out a little bit.  Since I couldn’t see where the blood was coming from I used the corner of my shirt to put pressure on his foot.  Fortunately, the wounds didn’t bleed for long and the wounds weren’t severe.  The situation could have resulted in the amputation of toes or foot.  The wounds could have resulted in blood loss that killed Squeak. I will be watching Squee for signs of infection in his wounds, for probably, a lot longer then I need too.

This story has a happy ending.  As I type this,  Squeak is sitting in his favorite place preening his feathers and telling his cage mate, Riley, off for trying to sit next to him.  Squee is eating well and gripping my fingers with both feet when I pick him up.  As of this posting, Squee’s adventure has been more tramatic for me then it has been for him. If you have a flock of predator animals and prey animals please don’t assume just because the predator animals have never bothered the prey animals they never will.  You might not be as lucky as I have.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Casserole

1 TBS olive oil

1/2 small onion, diced

1/2 small bell pepper, diced

1 cup baby spinach

1/4 cup cooked pork sausage

1 1/2 cups potato, peeled and shredded

3 egg , beaten

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded

In the liner of your 2 quart pressurecooker, Saute onion and green bell pepper in hot oil until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the spinach and cook until wilted.  Add cooked sausage and shredded potatoes.

In a small bowl mix the eggs, cheddar cheese and cottage cheese.  Gently stir into the vegetable mixture.  Lock the lid and bring to high pressure.  Cook for 5 minutes then natural releaase.  

Whole30 Day 2 — Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs

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One of the things that drew me to the Whole30 is they want the Whole30 journey to be about more than a number on the scale. They don’t want you to weigh yourself for the entire month. No problem here, I don’t own a scale. How do you stay motivated if you can’t see the number on the scale consistently go down? The Whole30 helps you stay motivated by concentrating on non scale victories (nsv). Non scale victories are the little success’ we have everyday on our journey. Maybe we bypassed the free donuts in the break room at work. Maybe we bypass a serious sugar craving by taking a walk. Maybe we, firmly but politely, told our less than supportive friend, we would love to spend time with them, just not at a restraunt.

Today I had a NSV that I am pretty proud of.  I decided to go to a movie this afternoon. I am on vacation and I made it through  my first day of my Whole30, I wanted to have a little celebration.   I didn’t think bypassing the concession stand would be that big of a deal.  I usually go to the movies with my friend, Steph, who has sensitivities to certain sounds, like me munching on popcorn.   I usually don’t get anything as I refuse to pay $4 for candy I can get at work for .98 cents.  I seriously under estimated the pull of movie theater popcorn on my psyche.  As I walked towards the theater I actually thought I am only on day 2.  I could have the popcorn and start over tomorrow. Nobody would have to know.  The problem is I would know so I went in bought my ticket and took my seat without a stop at the concession stand.  Popcorn just wasn’t worth screwing up my Whole30.

There are as many ways to hard boil eggs as there are people who boil them so why am I posting this one?  On the Whole30 eggs are your friend.  Hard boiled eggs are a quick source of grab and go protien.  Hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker  is a very quick way to make them.  I absolutely love the texture of the eggs made in the pressure cooker and even eggs fresh out of the chicken peel like a dream.

Pressure Cooked Hard Boiled Eggs

However many eggs you want to cook

enough water to bring the pressure cooker to pressure

Place the eggs in the pressure cooker liner and add enough water to bring the it to pressure.  Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.  Release the pressure with a 10 minute natural release.  Rinse under cold water until the eggs are cool.  Store in the refrigerator.

Whole30 Day 1 — Breakfast Sausage Bake

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Today is the first day of my first Whole30 and my second day of vacation.  I can’t even begin to tell you which one excites me more.  I slept in and then made this really delicious breakfast bake.  I wasn’t expecting to like it because I usually drown my eggs in cheese and ketchup but I really do.   I am working on a homemade chicken apple sausage recipe because I can’t find the compliant ones that everybody are talking about and used it here.  However, it you didn’t want to make sausage, you could use any meat and combination of vegetables here.  The original recipe called for me to saute the vegetables and sausage before adding them to the eggs. I am on vacation. I have movies to watch and relaxing to do. I don’t have time to saute things separately so I just dumped in the raw vegetables and already cooked sausage in with the eggs and it turned out just fine.

Breakfast Sausage Bake

3 cups diced vegetables, like  bell pepper, zucchini,  and broccoli

1/2 cup chopped chicken apple sausage

6 eggs

2 TBS ghee or coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon of ghee, set aside.  Meanwhile, cut the sausage and vegetables into bite sized pieces.  In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk until a uniform yellow.  Add the vegetable mixture and stir to combine.  Pour the mixture into the prepared 8 x 8 greased baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees until baked through, about 20 – 30 minutes.