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10-minute Homemade Breakfast Sandwich

10-minute Homemade Breakfast Sandwich

This past week I have made a conscious effort to make more meals at home so that I can monitor the real caloric values that I am eating. I have been good about weighting my food and creating lower calorie alternatives to popular foods. Unfortunately, this is happening the same week that my parents decided to replace our counter tops, so I have been getting microwave creative as well :).  Anyway, one of Greg’s favorite breakfast meals is a breakfast sandwich–you know those greasy, fatty kind from fast food places– personally I am not a breakfast fan, but since I know how important it is, I was seeking out recipes that I would love as well. That is when my 10-minute breakfast scramble sandwich came into play! It is fast, low-calorie and super yummy! Really, if this is your breakfast you can’t go wrong! The best part about this sandwich is that is is customizable to your taste (just watch the toppings, remember everything you add, adds calories!). So here is the run down of the breakfast sandwich.

Theresa’s Breakfast Sandwich

  Calories
1 Bagel Thin 110
Egg Beaters (61g) 30

Avocado (.5 oz)

25
Green Bell Pepper/Red Bell Pepper/ Green Onion 30
Reduced fat cheese slice 45
Total Calories 240

Lightly toast the bagel thin and place cheese on it. Finely chop the avocado and bell pepper and green onion. Place egg beaters and veggies into a small square or circular tuber wear container and microwave for 2 minutes. Place egg on sandwich. Eat and enjoy!

I like to eat this sandwich with an apple, banana or other fruit serving on the side. Total calories is around 330 for the whole breakfast.

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Thinking of you Treat

I don’t know about you, but personally I love unexpected surprises—the way they just brighten your day is so happy and fun! A few months ago It had been a while since my bestfriend and I had hungout (oh the schedules of getting older!). I decided a nice way to brighten her day (and to let her know I was thinking of her) was to put a little ‘thinking of you note’ on her door with a box of cupcakes. It was a nice little unexpected treat and a special way to let her know I cared.

Here are the cupcakes (Vanilla cupcakes with a white chocolate pudding filling and white chocolate butter cream frosting (I’ll post the recipe don’t worry 😉 )

The set up was simple really. A little note glued to a piece of scrapbook paper and some ribbon along with a few of your friends favorite treat are sure to put a bright spot on any day!

I highly recommend this as a simple way to let anyone know your thinking of them. Remember a little gesture can go a long way!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Here is your first edition of:

Theresa’s Table {Calories Need Not Apply}

For a while now I have been really, really into baking. It has really been cupcakes galore around here! So I decided to share a few of the better recipes with you…. Up first are my Reeses peanut butter cupcakes!  These are rich chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate peanut butter fudge filling topped with peanut butter frosting. Let me tell you, the frosting was AMAZING, if I didn’t have cupcakes to frost, I could have just sat and ate it all! Needless to say these cupcakes were a HUGE hit with Greg and my Mom!

The Cake

Ingredient Amount
Flower 1.5 cups
Sugar (White) 1.5 cups
Coco Powder ¾ cup
Instant Chocolate Pudding ¼  packet
Baking Soda ¼ teaspoon
Baking Powder 1 teaspoon
Butter ½ stick
Eggs 2
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
Milk (I use 2%) 1 cup

The Filling

Instant Chocolate Pudding ¾ packet
Milk (2%)  cups
Peanut butter 2 tablespoons

For the filling I mix everything together and let sit in the fridge. (follow the box for length of time)

 

The Frosting

Butter 1 stick
Reeses Peanut Butter Chips 1 bag
Confectioners Sugar 2 cups
Heavy Whipping Cream ¾ cups

For the frosting, I add the peanut butter chips to a large bowl. Personally with peanut butter chips I put them in the microwave to melt and then stir into a nice smooth mixture. I then mix in equal parts of each and blend with a hand mixer (because I am too poor to afford a kitchen-aid). I tend to add more of a specific ingredient if I feel the frosting needs it. (feel out the frosting if it is watery, add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick, add some whipping cream…ect.). Once the frosting is done I sometimes let it chill (my kitchen can be too hot and make the frosting a bit to soft to properly frost cupcakes).

 

 

I bake the cupcakes at 350 for about 12-15 minutes (best bet is to check the cupcakes to see if they are done). Once out of the oven, I take the cupcakes chill them for about 15 minutes and then fill with the pudding mixture.  Then I frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with a few mini Resses pieces candies.

{Side note… The setup, is my kitchen table and scrapbook paper!}

If you’re looking for a rich cupcake for Resses fans look no further!

If you try these, be sure to tell me how they turned out! & keep an eye out for some of my other cupcake recipes (Apple pie, butterbeer, and vanilla pudding)

{All photos were taken by me, Theresa Bridget, with a 5D mk iii, canon 100mm L, and a speedlight}

Breaking out the ol’ running shoes

What is it about summer that makes me so lazy? I think it is the heat… and not having a job isn’t helping anything either. I miss having a job, it gives me routine, I like routine.  I have been applying to full time jobs like crazy. It is funny… growing up they always tell you to go to college, get a degree and you will be set… What a lie that is… Honestly if I could do it over I think I would have went and got an AA in something marketable and gone back for my bachelor degree later. I actually have quite a marketable degree (Health science–think public health, community health, health education, ect) but the problem is all the jobs hiring want 3-5 years of experience. I am most likely going to have to go back for my masters if I was a decent job and time in the future..  Funny I say that… I found this on pinterest the other day… describes my situation perfectly..



Okay that was quite a tangent…

Sunday will mark the start of 1/2 marathon #4 training. I am going for 2:36:00 (that is 19 minutes off my current time). Why 36 you ask? Last year the Long Beach 1/2 marathon was my first 1/2 marathon ever… I didn’t train and my longest walk was 8 miles, I really just wanted to do a 1/2 marathon ( I would NEVER recommend this approach) but anyway, my time was 3:36. Now that I am training and can actually run decently I want to take an hour off my time… My actual goal was 60 pounds off my body and 60 minutes off my time, but I have been slacking on the weight loss… I lost all my gained vacation weight, but I have been ‘stuck’ at 187 pounds (23 pounds down)… Personally I think my body hates summer and refuses to lose weight… or………It might be the red velvet cupcakes with baileys cream cheese frosting or vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate frosting I have been making and accidentally sampling 😉

I was good today… I had a ‘get back into running, run” 60 minute run, with 30 second walk… I am doing this run until Sundays training starts since I haven’t ran in a while ( I have been staying inside with a workout dvd or going to the gym and swiming)

My day in pictures… short 30 minute run + workout video… Yogurt breakfast… Dinner… I made Shark!! (Check out Sprouts, they have it cheap and it was really good… not fishy at all, oh and it also cooks in 15 minutes–amazing!)

I also bought a pool for the puppies since it is starting to get hot…. They are not huge fans…. I had to picking them up and putting them in…. See the picture (yep Sheldon in hiding behind a trashcan…) That’s my boy…

After the pool I dried off Sheldon with a blow dryer (on cool of course) Sheldon actually loves it… Every time I blow dry my hair he walks right under me and lets the air blow on his face.

Oh, yes I know… cutest puppy ever!

Well that’s my boring tangent write for the day…

Signature Grilled Cheese (101 in 1001 1/10)

Almost every night of the week my dinner rotates between something spinning in the micro, to chicken salad, or chicken and rice. I really never cook (no time, work, school, blah, blah, blah!), but I am trying to do it more because those microwave dinners can get pricey!!! Soooo tonight I cooked meal one of ten on my 101 list(go me!). I kept it simple grilled cheese—yes I already knew how to make it—but after hearing about a grilled cheese competition I decided to make my own signature grilled cheese( and since it is not traditional grilled cheese and I have never made it before, it counts as a new meal). Anyway, it actually turned out pretty good, the cheese could have  been gooier, but overall the flavors were great! I started with bread, butter and cheese like normal, but added garlic and herb seasoning to the bread, and sautéed up onion, green and red pepper. It wasn’t 100% perfect, I could have cooked it a little longer to make the cheese gooooooeeeeyyy, but I hate crunchy bread—yes that means toast too, those crumbs just bug me! I plan on experimenting with pepper jack cheese, to see how that turns out. Overall though it was a success and I used bread thins—amazing little things—very small amounts of butter, and only a half slice of cheese, so it wasn’t even all that bad for me either. Moderation right?

Here is Theresa’s signature grilled cheese if you care to try it, or even better make your own and tell me all about it!

I start with bread thins—which are the greatest thing since sliced bread!

Lightly butter the inside and place butter side down in the pan

Then add cheese and sautéed veggies

Place the other piece of bread, this time butter side up

Press both sides together with a spatula, and flip every once in a while

Warning: when you use the bread things however, and don’t butter the inside be careful of the two sides not sticking right away, it normally takes a few flips.

Sautéed Veggies

I add McCormick’s  garlic and herb seasoning to the pan while it is on med heat, then a little bit of butter

I mix the seasoning and butter before adding the onion, then mix a little more

Finally I add the peppers and stir until a bit burnt ( I like them that way)

And set aside for the sandwiches.

Me Cooking!

The Veggies

Finished Signature Grilled Cheese

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