Egg Spinach Bake-a sort of recipe

I would love to be a full-time food blogger, but I don’t know that much about food and cooking. What I can do is write about my efforts to cook healthy meals for myself. I have MS, so healthy eating should be a top priority in my life. Eating healthfully takes a bit of time and effort. I don’t have tons of time, or should I say, that I don’t always manage my time well? I need a way to make healthy eating easy. I need to take action without having first devised some elaborate plan that requires the use of Microsoft Project, and an administrative assistant. I have to take baby-steps.

Today, I’m sharing an easy recipe that works for me. It’s a baked egg and spinach meal. I’ll admit it needs a flavor upgrade, but it’s edible and gives me a vegetable serving. That’s not too shabby. This is loosely based on this recipe on epicurious.

Ingredients (I don’t have exact measurements for most of it)

  • Frozen spinach or kale if you like, cooked
  • 5 or so eggs
  • A little bit of half-and-half
  • Seasonings like garlic, pepper, and salt
  • Some shredded cheese. I used mozzarella.

Directions

Preheat oven to 400. Beat the eggs in a medium sized bowl. Add cooked spinach or kale and seasoning. Add a little bit of half and half. Mix it up and pour into an 8 inch greased round pan.

Top with the cheese and drizzle on some half-and-half. Pop it in the oven for 20 minutes, or until yokes are set. Let it cool a bit, and then enjoy. The next step for me is to pay more attention to the seasoning.

Finished egg and spinach dish. Containers: Black pepper, salt, dried garlic and herb mix Bag of Pictsweet Farms frozen spinach Bag of shredded mozzarella cheese

 

5 Things from Today

I’ve been meaning to write a post about my love of audiobooks, but I’m just not in the mood tonight. Instead, I offer this “5 Things” list like the one that came up on Timehop today.

1) Slept late and had interesting dreams that I can’t remember.

2) I roasted the baby golden potatoes I got at Lucky’s Market last week. I seasoned them with McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning. They are quite tasty!

3) Sauteed some frozen kale (also from Lucky’s) in olive oil and garlic. Simple and flavorful.

4) Went to see Dad. Walked around the facility with him and sat on the front porch to enjoy the mild summer evening. It felt like Autumn today.

5) Went to MacDonald’s in Ellettsville and had the sausage burrito meal. I felt guilty for the less-than-healthy eating. I did resist the urge to buy ice cream at the grocery store.

Painted in Waterlogue

The road to Ellettsville. Image shot with iPhone 6S Plus and edited in Waterlogue app.

Work work and food

I worked a fair amount of hours last week. I finished a blog post about personal digital archiving and started one on digital painting. I go to work with the mindset that I am a writer. Then I sit down and write. The topics I write about require some research, and I feel a little guilty when I’m searching the Web and not writing, but that’s part of the process.

This week, I want to finish the latest blog post. I also want to learn something that I can make a video tutorial about.   Those are my work goals.

In my personal life, I want to write more in my real paper notebook. I think this will help to alleviate my depression and anxiety. I recently read yet another article about how journaling is a good way to deal with depression. I’ve got stuff I need to say that I don’t want to share with the world.

Another personal goal is about food. I have to improve my diet. I eat vegetables most days, but I’m not getting anywhere near the recommended five per day. I think that I have to eat well so that MS doesn’t get the better of me. There are recipes I want to try, but the idea of going to the grocery store and getting the ingredients stops me. I considered trying Blue Apron, but it’s too expensive for my budget. What I think I can do is work with the food I have at home. That seems reasonable.

Illustration-Carrot, Broccoli, Red Pepper

 

Good People

When my husband’s co-workers heard about my MS diagnosis they were terribly concerned for me and for him. They understood he’d be missing work a bit, and they said his number one job is to take care of me. They said they would pray for me. So many people are praying for me, and keeping me in their thoughts. People are good.

Get well card and people illustration.They signed a get-well card for me and even collected money. The money  wasn’t at all necessary, but I can use it to buy up-market “frou-frou healthy” food at our local co-op Bloomingfoods. It can be a little pricey there. We have a Lucky’s Market in town now too. Whole Foods is coming soon, and there are rumors that another of this type of store is coming to the west side of town?  Is this too much for Bloomington?

We’ll see.

We’re bombarded these days by news of horrific things happening in the world. But when I look around at my little universe, things are not so bad at all.

Learned Another Thing

My MS flare-up means taking a steroid drug called Dexamethasone. Its side-effects include upset stomach and stomach irritation. My stomach is upset and irritated. It was okay yesterday I think  because I’ve been drinking Citrucel at night, and I was a bit careful of what and how much I was eating.

Today I threw a bit of caution to the wind. I decided to see how fries from Wendy’s would treat me.

Illustration of French fries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had some jello pudding. I had a couple of waffles with syrup in the morning. I ate Wheat Thins hoping they would settle my stomach but probably had too many of them. I’m sure there’s something I’m leaving off.

Tomorrow I take it easier. I will think before I eat.

Here is something pretty.

Tulips manipulated with Reflection app and Dreamscope app for iPhone.

Tulips manipulated with Reflection app and Dreamscope app for iPhone.

 

 

Beef Tomorrow

I was going to cook this evening, but I didn’t. I had an eye appointment that went long, so I didn’t have time to cook. I’m going to do it tomorrow. I swear I am.

I’ll be cooking Roast Filet of Beef with Onion Butter. I don’t know anything about beef, but I’m cooking it because we have some filets (I think that’s what they are) in the refrigerator. Ernie took them out of the freezer in the garage and put them in the fridge to thaw.

Ernie bought the beef. He bought lots of beef from a guy in a truck – Omaha Steaks, to be precise. Now Ernie knows that I’m not a big meat eater, so I don’t quite understand why he bought all of these steaks. Anyway, he took these out of the freezer, and I decided that I’d be the one to cook them.

The recipe calls for onion butter, but it doesn’t tell you exactly what you’re supposed to do with it after you’ve prepared it. Maybe I should drizzle it on the roasted filets.

I’m also going to do something simple with Yukon Gold potatoes. Here’s the recipe.  I’ll also add a vegetable, probably something frozen that comes in it ‘s own sauce. I’m not Martha Stewart after all.

Hopefully, I’ll actually cook this stuff tomorrow. If I do, I will post pictures. Here are the potatoes I bought today.

Pre-prep Potatoes

Pre-prep Potatoes