Veggie Egg Muffin

I have now made this recipe twice; once the morning before running the Cincinnati Flying Pig half marathon and now once to bring into the office to share as my birthday brunch treat. After posting pics of these beautiful and delicious egg muffins I received an overwhelming request to share the recipe. Side note, I have decided to become a health coach and this recipe is “lean and green” friendly for the optimal health program that has helped me lose almost 30 pounds in just two and a half months. Here we go!

What you need:

  • 2 cups Eggbeaters (1 lean)
  • 4 oz Mozz cheese (1 lean)
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms (1 green)
  • 1 cup Spinach leaves (1 green)
  • 1/2 cup Red peppers (1 green)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice mushrooms, spinach leaves and red peppers. Mix Eggbeaters, cheese, all veggies (feel free to add more). Spray muffin tin with butter/oil then fill each muffin cup evenly with egg, cheese and veggie – I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to evenly fill.  Each cup should be about 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. When the muffins are done, loosen them with a knife before taking them out of the muffin pan.  Remove from muffin pan and let cool for about 20 minutes on wire rake before transferring into the refrigerator or freezer. Muffins will keep in the refrigerator for about a week within freezing. Egg muffins can be frozen and reheated. For best results, thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. Microwave on high about 2 minutes to reheat 2 muffins.

I’ve never had a muffin right out of the oven but instead I have put in the fridge and reheated the next day and it tasted yummo! Perfect for a baby shower, bridal shower or even great for a quick breakfast throughout the busy work week.

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***Notes about Lean and Green Servings:

This full recipe is 2 lean servings and 3 green servings.  You can enjoy 6 muffins in 1 day for 1 full lean and 1.5 green serving (great to eat with a salad at brunch for the extra greens). Just remember to incorporate 1,5 more green servings and 2 Healthy Fat servings to complete your Lean and Green for the day.

Recipe is slightly modified version from New Beautiful Me

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Meals at Home

Not sure if you would call this a resolution, quest for eating healthier or not wanting to spend major bucks on eating out all the time but we have been eating more meals at home lately. OH wait! There is one more reason, PINTEREST!!! Ha, I love that beast of a social media channel. Check out some easy recipes below that are mostly healthy or at least can be altered to add more healthy ingredients (George is on the picky side).

There have been some great Pinterest recipes we have recently tried that I’d love to share with all of you: 

{Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings} Woah was this recipe DELISH! I took out the celery and other “green” items but this recipe could easily have vegetables added for extra flavor. I was a bit worried just dumping canned biscuits into the crockpot but that was my favorite part of the consistency and flavor. The house smelled good too.

{Meatball Sub Casserole} I tried this recipe out on my parents when George was not feeling so great and he didn’t get to try it. Both mom and dad were salivating over it and I thought it was pretty great too. I tried it again last Monday on my brother, Matt, George, and my uncle, Scrooge, and they all loved it as well. Matt actually asked me to email him the recipe. I’d highly suggest this one!

{Baked Ravioli} This recipe was tried on just myself and George and I loved this one. I ended up using the “meat” stuffed frozen ravioli instead of the cheese stuffed and George wasn’t too fond. I’ll have to try the cheese version next and see if he likes that one better. This was a source for left over lunches for me and I actually liked it reheated.

{Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken} So what if I have an obsession with easy recipes that include chicken and a crockpot. Just try this one too! Love the mix of bbq sauce and pineapple.

{Crockpot Italian Chicken} A bit of honesty here, we haven’t tried this one YET but it is on the radar for trying and I think we have it in the menu for this Thursday. Stay tuned! I can now say that we HAVE tried this one and it is my new favorite. Served over rotini noodles and topped with a little mozzarella cheese, woah it was good!

Other staple recipes in the Herron household that some of you might already know about but it is worth the second share:

{Taco Pie} Just a little hint with this recipe, DO NOT save your extra tortilla chips for like a year to use in this recipe especially if they are rancid. Yea, we had to order pizza few weeks ago because the pie did not taste that great. Otherwise, this is an easy one to serve dinner style (pie dish) or as suggested by my cousin, Beth, you can also serve in a larger pan and cut into squares to serve a larger group.

{Baked Ziti} This recipe started out as just noodles and sauce and has quickly been morphed to always having the addition of Bob Evans Maple Syrup Sausage, Y-U-M! My brother, Matt, actually bought that sausage once to add and it has stuck. This recipe was also a great way for my company, US Digital Partners, to support and serve lunch for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities, Cincinnati location. We made 10 pans worth of baked ziti for the amazing families who were staying at the house this past December.

If you have any recipes to share, please leave the links or recipe in the comments section so we can ALL take advantage. Don’t forget to follow our Pinterest board; The Herron Nest Loves to keep up with all the Pinterest greats that we have tried and love.

NYE Out with a Toddler

I seriously wish I could have been a fly on the wall watching the madness and chaos that we (Abbey) created at dinner tonight. George and I decided a while ago that we were going to spend New Years Eve (NYE) together with Abbey as a family but what we failed to do was make reservations for dinner. I wasn’t sure what kind of schedule Abbey would be on and we really thought it wasn’t going to be a huge deal to get a descent bite to eat out at a restaurant. OH well, after stopping in a few places and making a few phone calls we decided to call it a night and go to LaRosa’s. George was craving something Italian and after driving around for nearly an hour it was nice to end up at a restaurant close to home. We also thought we would document our big NYE night out with a few pictures like we would if we were with our group of friends. Here is one of the “gang” at LaRosa’s.

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Here is Abbey after learning “cheese” is super cute when we are trying to take her picture.

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Then the beer came out and everyone was having a good time with the Abbey ale (no silly heads, Abbey really didn’t drink the Abbey ale)

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But the best part was when the food came out and we crazy parents thought it would be a great idea to buy our toddler spaghetti, at least it made for great pictures….

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and a great video….

 

So now that Abbey is bathed and asleep it is time to cuddle up, watch a movie and ring in 2013! Happy New Year to you and your family, see you next year! Love, The Herron Nest

7 months young

As a quick update, Abbey is already 7 months and is pretty much the happiest baby ever. She is a constant joy and entertainment to George and I with her squealing and screaming and beaming smile. Abbey loves playing with her toys and is pretty good at keeping herself entertained on the floor with her big brother Housch keeping a close watch. We have discovered that she really doesn’t like carrots and paper plates (lol) but she devours sweet potatoes, her oatmeal and pretty much any fruit that we put in front of her. At this point there are no teeth visible and really no signs of them popping out anytime soon. Lots of drool but that’s been going on for a while now. We want Abbey to get used to a “sippy” cup so I introduced one last week that has a straw. Occasionally she’ll get some and she is quite proud of herself when she does however she doesn’t have this mastered quite yet and I think it will be a while before she does. I might try another type of cup without the straw as she does pretty good with taking little sips from my water bottle.

My summer baby has been sporting every bathing suit she owns (including her bikini <—–) and loved playing on the beach in North Carolina as well as playing at our local pool. Abbey attracts attention from all the little kids at the Sharonville pool including her buddy Sean this weekend. Sean and Abbey played for about an hour as Abbey watched Sean fill up and dump her pool bucket with water. George and I have to keep an extra close on our baby girl since she’s already flirting with the older boys! Of course Abbey loves her #1 man, her daddy! The only real “word” she knows and repeats over and over is “da” although she hasn’t associated the word with George quite yet. Whenever George says “da-da-da-da” to Abbey she just grins or flat out laughs at him. Something he should get used to! I’m still trying to get Abbey to say “mama” but the closest sound I get to this is “nommmmmm-a-nommmmmm” which is the sound she makes the entire time she’s eating (except when she eats carrots) her food.

We think Abbey is close to crawling and has been positioning herself on her hands and knees quite a few times in the last few weeks. She started this while we were on vacation and I think it was because she was constantly on carpet. We added a comfy rug to our living room floor this weekend to help encourage her to crawl so crossing fingers we’ll be at this stage very soon (I’m going to regret this statement, aren’t I?). This means that George and I will now be crawling all over the house to see what shenanigans Abbey will be getting into very soon. Also a warning to the dog….look out Housh, if her squealing is any indication of her personality I’m sure she will be attacking the four-legged brother!

Abbey had her first experience with Rouster’s Blueberry picking this past Saturday. Actually, both George AND Abbey were there for the first time. I had so much fun introducing Abbey (and George) to the many customers that I see year after year and have gotten to know just through storytelling while they pick. One customer in particular actually purchased Abbey an outfit and sent it to the hospital with my Uncle when Abbey was born. When I saw her this past Saturday she was elated to finally meet Abbey and was just so excited for George and I “to finally have a baby” after our loss with Hope. Others were just happy to play and coo at her and Abbey was just as happy to people watch and play on her blanket under the shade of a blueberry bush. George was on pond duty and took his job seriously, I think the Rouster’s want him back next week! There was even a celebrity siting this time, Anthony Munoz and his family were out picking at the farm.

I’ll leave you with one quick video of Abbey going down the slide (with help from mommy) at the Sharonville pool this past weekend. The best is in the beginning of the video, George introduces Abbey going down the slide and Abbey on cue screams super loud as if responding to her daddy. Have a great week!