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April 2013

Taco Tuesday goes to rehab

Lately I've been whipping up a batch of tacos on Tuesdays, merely so I can yell "Taco Tuesday!" when someone asks what's for dinner.

Last night was Taco Tuesday and it gave me a chance to try out a new Mrs. Dash taco seasoning product. I had already tried the French onion dip mixed with nonfat Greek yogurt and I was amazed that something so good could have zero sodium. (The Mrs. Dash seasoning packets are brand new, so they may be hard to find.)

Buffalo taco meat
Usually, I use ground turkey breast, but I had some lean ground buffalo in the freezer.

 The taco seasoning was just as impressive and just as sodium free. Besides, once you start dumping on the salsa, guacamole and cheese, you've got plenty of salt in your meal.

Taco toppings
I came up with a way to stretch the guacamole while cutting down on calories. I mixed equal parts guac with salsa verde and no one was the wiser (except me). And instead of loads of cheese, I used a tiny sprinkling of reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend. I put it on the "ground floor" of the taco, to sort of glue the bottom together and keep the whole thing from exploding.

Tomatoes and lime
Since I had already used an ample amount of salsa with the guacamole, I topped the tacos with chopped yellow and red grape tomatoes sprinkled with a couple packets of True Lime granulated lime juice.

Taco tuesday
And voila! (Wait -- how do you say "voila" in Spanish?)




Tunes for Tuesday: Drive, by Incubus

Once again, not necessarily a workout song, but definitely one of empowerment. I've been feeling particularly in control of my weight loss the past few weeks and was thinking about this song from 1999 on Monday's walk.

Sometimes I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
And I can't help but ask myself how much I'll let the fear take the wheel and steer
It's driven me before, it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal
Lately I'm beginning to find that I should be the one behind the wheel


An egg-shaped brunch (and giveaway!)

Eggs asparagus
Eggland's Best wanted to know whether I'd like to take part in a brunch-themed post and host a giveaway.

Of course! (I love a no-brainer.)  I always have a carton of Eggland's Best organic eggs in the fridge -- they frequently run coupons in the Sunday paper, and I'm all about the bargains.

Sunday morning, I tried a recipe that I found on Cooking Light's website. It had the quintessential springtime vegetable -- asparagus -- plus ham and cheese, which was sure to lure in the teenager.

I doubled the recipe because the original only serves two, so I used a 12-inch skillet and cooked it a bit longer and at a slightly lower temperature so I didn't torch the bottom of it. 

This dish turned out great -- two big slices for only 250 calories and an impressive 31 grams of protein.

I had intended to make a couple more eggy dishes but I used nearly the entire dozen eggs on this baby. And this dish was really filling -- while I served it for brunch, it'd make a great dinner as well.

Frittata in the panHam and Asparagus Frittata

(from "Cooking Light" magazine, April 2004)

  • 2/3 cup chopped 33%-less-sodium ham (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded low-fat Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1-inch) slices asparagus
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat broiler.

Combine ham, cheese, black pepper, salt, egg whites, and eggs, stirring well with a whisk.

Heat a 9-inch nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and asparagus; sauté 3 minutes. Add egg mixture; reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, 3 minutes or until almost set. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Wrap handle of pan with foil; broil 3 minutes or until egg is set. Cut into 4 wedges.

Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional information:

  • Calories: 251 
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated fat: 3.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 31.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 247mg
  • Iron: 2.1mg
  • Sodium: 791mg
  • Calcium: 373mg

Finished frittata
So, about that giveaway...

Eggland's Gift Pack PhotoThe gift pack includes:

  • Coupon for one free dozen Eggland’s Best eggs
  • Ceramic mixing bowl
  • Egg-shaped wooden cutting board
  • Whisk
  • Bowl scraper
  • Ceramic mug
  • Eco bag

To win this gift, just let me know your favorite egg dish in the comments. If you need inspiration, the Eggland’s Best website has lots of recipe ideas, like a Breakfast Burrito and a Sunny Side Breakfast Pizza. You also can check out Eggland's Best on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest

Submit your comment by Friday, April 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and I'll choose a winner.

(Wow, can you believe I didn't use one egg pun in this entire post?) 

Disclosure: The Eggland’s Best information and two gift packs have been provided by Eggland’s Best.