Amy’s Breakfast wrap

I haven’t been feeling well the past few days.  I know it’s because I’m not eating well. I’ll admit, I take the lazy way out in the morning.  I don’t make breakfast at home, because more often than not, I’m already running out the door late.  I usually stop at the grocery store and get a bagel and just toast it when I get to work.  Not the most healthy of morning starts.

Tired of feeling like crap, I decided I needed to find a vegetarian breakfast that I could just pop in the microwave at work.  I found Amy’s Breakfast Wrap/Burrito.  Follow the link and find out more about this company and their products:   http://www.amys.com/products/product-detail/burritos-and-wraps/000048

The instructions say to put it on high for a minute, then turn it over and put it in for 35-45 seconds.  Well, it was frozen solid, so that wasn’t going to work.  I put it in for about 4 minutes in total on one side, and then just 30 seconds on the other.  It came out hot all the way through and thankfully, none of the ends of the tortilla were the consistency of cardboard.  I was afraid I may have heated it too long, but I didn’t.

This tasted heavenly.  The tofu made in such a way that it substituted the egg very well.  I enjoyed it thoroughly and have a great alternative for that bagel.

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I give this a definite 4 tuna cans!

This stuff rocks!

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NEW Morningstar pizza – Baja Black Bean Review

I am always wary of microwave pizza.  That “crisper” rarely works well, at least for me, and many times I wind up turning it from a potentially tasty treat, to something I can make a shoe out of. But, I decided to give this a try.

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I wasn’t sure about black beans and corn on a pizza, but it was either this one or the one with the garbanzo beans (Mediterranean Chickpea).  I love garbanzo beans, but on a pizza seemed more odd than the black bean combo.

So, here goes.  On the tray, for 3:45 minutes in the office microwave.

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Looks like this when it’s out.

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And now for the best part.  Tasting it!

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It’s actually quite delicious!  A little spicy, so it’s got a bit of a kick to it. And guess what? It’s crispy!!!  I really really loved this.  Now I want to try the other one.   The price comparable to other single serving pizza’s on the market.

Here is some of the nutrition information.

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I highly recommend this.  It’s vegetarian, tastes good and the price won’t kill you so you can buy a couple and have them for lunch at work, or dinner at home.

I’ll give this a resounding 4 tuna cans!

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Easy Quiche

One of my favorite things to eat and make is quiche.  I have a very easy recipe that I’ve been using for several years.  I found it in an old recipe book.  Over the years I’ve adapted it so that I can make something easy and I can use any number of different fillings.

To begin with, you need your ingredients.

Okay, don’t mind the large black kitty. He’s my assistant.

It’s not easy cooking with 5 cats running around.

I always try to by cage-free.

Add a dozen eggs in a bowl and beat as though you were making a very large omelet. For a very hungry giant.

After you beat the eggs, you add a half-pint of heavy whipping cream. Make sure it’s heavy and don’t add more than the half-pint. Then you add your spices.

These are dill seeds. Or are they fennel seeds? No, sorry that’s dill. I suppose you’d say that’s a good dash. I add a little more fennel, because I like fennel, but you can play with it. You really can add any of your favorite spices. It’s all about experimenting. I also added just a shake of white pepper and oregano. I didn’t add salt, simply because I’m not a big salt eater, and with everything else I added, it’s flavorful enough for me.

I buy the small blocks of spinach from the freezer section. I’ve also used the packages, which is easier because you can add them directly from the package, instead of having to thaw it out and squeeze the water out.

This is the block of spinach after I squeezed the water out. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s plenty, believe me.

Mushrooms. Not too thick cut, but not too thin either.

I put the spinach in first, then add the mushrooms and lastly the cheese on top.  I would say I add about a little more than half a cup of shredded cheese to each quiche. But again, it’s up to you how much cheese you like.

I add the egg mixture with a ladle. I add one ladle at a time to each shell, so that they each get the same amount. The ingredients will yield two quiches. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, and then bake for 35-40 minutes. With my oven, 35 minutes is perfect. The quiche comes out moist, not too dry. It should not be too dry if you plan on re-heating in the microwave. And don’t worry about the pie shell being yucky if you re-heat in the microwave. I do it all the time, and it comes out fine. Just be careful and nuke the suckers in 10-15 second intervals.

And here you have the finished product. That’s how you want it to look, a nice light golden color. I love this because as I’ve said before, you can add anything. I’ve made this with tomatoes in the past, I’ve also made them with asparagus. You can add meat if you like as well. Experiment and add things you like. This is a breakfast, lunch and dinner meal and it is very satisfying. This keeps well, covered in the fridge for about a week.

Of course, one of the best things is how inexpensive this is for a mean that, at least for one, can feed you for a week for less than $10.00

I hope you make this and enjoy it!

This is my recipe, but I’m still giving it 4 tuna cans!  It’s awesome!

Gardein Mandarin Chicken – Review

One word, AWESOME!

I decided to get a few things at Target this past Saturday afternoon, and in the middle of finding the perfect stockings for my two new furry additions to the family, I realized I needed something for dinner. I love shopping at Target, because ever since they added the grocery section I find many wonderful meatless options either in frozen foods or on the shelves next to some of the dry foods. Thankfully, Target has begun offering some Gardein choices in their vegetarian section. I was reaching for the meatless burgers when I noticed the Mandarin Chicken package!

Of course, I couldn’t just serve this alone. I’d need some sort of side, so I opted for a steam-in-bag broccoli, and added some some boil-in-bag brown rice at home, (can you tell I’m all for convenience?) My entire meal took less than 15 minutes to make. I did however have to improvise a little when it came to the sauce for the Mandarin Chicken. The pouch exploded in my microwave, and I only had about 2 tablespoons of sauce, watered down sauce, left. I add a little honey and some red pepper flakes and mixed it into the chicken as it was in the pan.

It was delicious! This package is enough for several meals if you are cooking just for yourself. I not only had enough for dinner, but I had plenty left for lunch today and dinner later as well. So for less than $6.00, between the Gardein and the broccoli, I managed 3 very tasty and convenient meals. I won’t count the rice, because I already had that.

I love Gardein. There are many meatless offerings I haven’t had, simply because not all markets sell all of their products. I suspect they just sell the most popular. I won’t complain very much though, since I’m happy to be able to find anything from them. If you want something delicious, quick and not too pricey, especially if you are feeding several people, this is the way to go.

Gardein Mandarin Chicken easily gets 4 tuna cans from me!