Everyone Has Stale Bread

I can’t be the only one who keeps the ends of loaves of bread in the pantry.  You take a cursory look at them every once in a while to make sure they aren’t starting to mold.  Or the next thing you know you see this green moldy mass of bread that you somehow forgot to use up.

Tony?  He’s a freezer bread guy, and I am slowly trying to jump on that bandwagon.  Although wen I was cleaning out the pantry I found some really stale bread, and knew I wanted to make a mini breakfast casserole for one.

Breakfast Casserole for One

  • 354 calories, 11 fat, 27 crbs, 1.4 fiber and 36 protein

Ingredients

  • 1 once of cup of day old bread
  • 1 ounces of deli ham, chopped
  • 3/4 cup baby spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • salt and pepper
  • could dashes of crushed red pepper
  • 1 ounce of sliced swiss cheese (or any shredded cheese)

Heat oven to 400.  Put everything in a bowl except the cheese and mix well so that all the bread gets soaked by the egg/milk mixture.  Put in a small baking dish or ramekin.  Top with the two slices of Swiss cheese and bake for 30 minutes. 

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I love this small LeCrueset dish – I got it at T.J. Maxx of all places for like $6.99!

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That’s my oven mitt to the side so you can see how generous a serving this is.  I just took this as is to work and heated it up for a minute once I got there.

One of my co-workers joined the same gym as me.  He read on their website that if two people lived at the same address (we get resident discounts because our office is in the city) that we could get a discount that would have saved me about $15 dollars a month, and I would get a $50 gift certificate if I referred someone.

Turns out that we had to be married to each other for the discount, and since we are already paying the reduced corporate rate, the bonus wasn’t available to me – oh well, it was worth a try!

I ended up doing the elliptical on hill climb – my highest hill was at level 20, it was like walking through mud!  I never actually got a picture at the end, after my cool down, it was 45 minutes and 3 miles.

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Lunch was 1.5 ounces of the leftover steak from our tacos with my Mom, so I made steak and spinach tacos.  On the side was 3/4 cup cooked white rice with shredded zucchini and cherry peppers, tossed in a little salsa with tangerines on the side, which were so good, but I wish they didn’t have seeds in them.  Lunch comes in at 466 calories, 10 fat, 76 carbs, 8.1 fiber and 20 protein.

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I shopped at a different grocery this weekend because the meat prices were better.  I saw this bulk item section I hadn’t noticed before.  Check out my rice score – 4.5 pounds for $2.21!

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I told my co-worker about it, and she suggested that I put the rice in the freezer, I guess just in case it has bugs in it?  I have never heard of that before, but its not a bad idea!  I made 2 cups of rice and had them in the refrigerator and Tony was the chef of the night!

Every time I watch him make the fried rice I think “that’s too much soy sauce!” but it turns out excellent every time.   He starts out with 2 eggs, and because he knows I like the spicy shit, did his normal version and kicked mine up a notch with some crushed red pepper oil he makes for me that’s in our cupboard – when he makes my weekend eggs he uses the same spicy oil – so good!

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I ended up eating about 2/3 of this bowl.  I have no idea how to figure out the calories exactly, but I just entered P.F.Chang’s chicken fried rice and a serving of that is 465 calories, 9 fat, 77 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 21 protein.  Does that sound about right?  Thanks for making dinner Tony!

Stats for Monday:

  • 1480 calories (not shown was my snack of 10 ritz and cheese after dinner), 37 fat, 191 carbs (holy carbs day!), 13 fiber and 83 protein
  • 3 mile total elliptical hill climb
  • 128.35 miles left in my 170 mile challenge
  • average blood sugar 152

Since the wok was still on the stove, I made more chicken stir-fry for lunch, although I measured everything out – it will be interesting to see how close I am to the actual calories!

Just about every day I come across a food blog that’s well established and I wonder how I’ve never stumbled upon it before!

This girl, Feed Me, Seymour, has a ton of great recipes, but one of the things that caught my eye was her vanilla bean syrup.  I thought it would make a great gift for my coffee drinking co-workers.  But check out her recipe index – lots of good stuff!

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Alright, I guess I can’t go to work in my pajamas.  Or can I?

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23 thoughts on “Everyone Has Stale Bread

  1. I also keep my bread in the freezer because I like to pretend that it will last a long time. In reality, I eat it quickly enough that freezing isn’t really necessary.

    oh, well 🙂

  2. I am horrible at freezing stuff. I don’t like the way a lot of things taste when I defrost them. I really don’t like frozen bread thawed out. I know it is me and my technique. I hope one day to figure it out. I feel really bad because my family waste enough food to feed another family. I hate to waste anything.

  3. I just saw a recipe on edible mosaic yesterday for sugar free pumpkin syrup-I SO want to make it! Fried rice- deliciousness. I love the ends of bread (my favorite part)- so you will never find them in my cabinet ;). But- I will use some central bread pieces for this dish!

  4. I’ve kept my bread in the freezer for years because I can’t eat it fast enough. Mr. Helen eats a couple of slices a day so his is in the bread box.

  5. You are such a good shopper!

  6. Yeah, I’ve had buggy rice. So now once I open my rice, it goes into the freezer.

  7. I was just thinking of you Biz. My egg white omelet looks like absolute ass this morning. It got all broken up when I tried to flip over one half and thanks to the mushrooms it looks all brown. It tastes great though. I think it’s the addition of banana peppers.

    I freeze loaves of bread for my husband. I swear he goes through two loaves on his own in a week. I don’t really eat bread. Weird considering I’m a carb lover!

    Have a wonderful day!!

  8. Your spinach strata is a great way to use up that stale bread.

  9. mmmm that breakfast casserole looks amazing.

  10. Great value on that rice! I have read that if you buy grains from the bulk bins its a good idea to put the grains in the freezer to kill off any moth eggs and such that can come from the bulk bins.

    I store my whole grains in the freezer to keep them from going rancid before I manage to use them up. We also keep bread in the freezer. I take a few slices out at a time of the sprouted bread that I like, otherwise it goes bad on me.

    I want that little casserole dish – so cute.

  11. Roz@weightingfor50

    What a score on that rice!!!! I love the idea of keeping it in the freezer too. Once, a bug got into ours, and I was grossed out. Couldn’t eat rice again for the longest time. have a great day Vat!!!!!

  12. i’ve just started keeping my rice in the freezer too, especially brown. i heard it keeps it from going rancid. LOVE that casserole, i wish i could eat it now, and it’s 3pm, lol! enjoy your week!

  13. We give the old bread to the birds and the squirrels. The kids love to throw bread on the lawn!

    Have you ever shared Tony’s fried rice recipe or is there no recipe? I LOVE fried rice!

  14. Can we get a Tony guest post with a fried rice recipe, PLEASE?! That looks amazing. (Your stuff does too-always. =))

  15. Breakfast casserole for one is a great idea Biz! Maybe I can make these and the kids can stylize their own. Worth a try with these little picky kids! I had no idea about rice going bad. I do keep coconut flour and almond flour in the freezer but never rice. Good idea too.

  16. Yeah, we really should keep our bread in the freezer b/c half the time we’ll end up with almost an entire green loaf before we open it the second time. I do keep my special flours in the freezer to keep them from going bad or bugs getting in since I don’t use them very fast. Never done it with rice though.

  17. We usually have some bread in the fridge and the freezer. Tom likes that little kid white bread that never goes bad, so that just stays in the fridge. I have been eating a lot of stir fry lately, one of my faves.

  18. What’s up, after reading this remarkable post i am also happy to share my know-how here with mates.

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