Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bake

Okay, so you know how I woke up late yesterday.  Like 30 minutes before I have to leave late.  Normally, this low maintenance girl is completely fine with that amount of time to get ready and out the door.  But I had none of my food prepared – I couldn’t just throw shit in a bag and figure it out later.

I am following the Team Beach Body diet this week which means high protein, complex carbs, etc.  The breakfast on the menu called for a baked egg dish for breakfast – that took 20 minutes to bake.  I thought – no problem!

Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bake

– serves one

  • 300 calories, 8 fat, 21 carbs, .5 fiber and 30 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of butter, melted
  • 2/3 cups egg beaters
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg white
  • .75 ounce American cheese (one slice)
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 2.5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 small zucchini shredded (I added that)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper

Heat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together except American cheese.  I just tore the cheese up and put it on top and then baked it for 20 minutes.  Um, no.  After 20 minutes and I REALLY needed to leave (leaving the kitchen like a small tornado ran through it – sorry Tony!) it was still all liquid in the middle.

No worries!  I just wrapped it up – brought it to work and finished it for another 20 minutes in my office toaster oven.  I really, really liked this – it seemed like a lot of food, but I ate every bite of it – the egg mixture was almost souffle like?  Super tender and delicious.  I may or may not have added Tabasco sauce after this picture was taken. Open-mouthed smile

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One of the other secretaries was out yesterday and I was busy, busy all day.  So much so that it kept getting later and I saw my window for working out getting smaller and smaller.  It’s an odd balance with diabetes of when to eat vs. working out – how much insulin, blah blah blah.  In the end I ended up eating lunch around 2:15.

Here is another Team Beach Body recipe – which I kind of liked – and would have loved, had it not been cabbage based.  I thought I would like it, but the raw cabbage was just . . . too raw?  I only dressed the salad about 30 minutes before I ate it, so maybe if it sat overnight it would have absorbed some of the dressing?  Next time, I’ll definitely sub in romaine for the cabbage.

Turkey Walnut Apple Salad

– serves one

  • 471 calories, 12 fat, 60 carbs, 10 fiber and 35 protein

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces diced turkey breast (I used our leftover from our grilled turkey breast on Sunday)
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage (romaine next time!)
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 small apple. cored and chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (called for mayo, but ew)
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey

In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar and honey – I also added generous pinches of salt and pepper to the dressing.  Since I brought this to work, I just put the dressing in a mason jar and dressed the salad later.  I have a giant bowl at work so when it was time for lunch, I put all the salad ingredients in the bowl, and tossed it with the dressing.  I didn’t think the dressing would be that flavorful, but it was surprisingly pretty good – so if you love raw cabbage, this salad is for you!  It was a huge ass salad though!

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I finally left for lunch at the end of the day and hit the gym.  I was going to swim, but had a swim suit malfunction – it is not my normal suit and I could not for the life of me get the back to close for me – it’s a racer back suit, but you have to clip the two sides together and it just wasn’t happening.

So plan B – I ended up doing a hill climb on the treadmill – 4.0 mph at 7.5 incline:

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I also did a few one minute sprints here and there – sweaty!

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I had two steak meals on the plan this week – one was dinner and one is a lunch.  I ended up buying a thin chuck roast for both.  If you think a chuck roast is only for low and slow – guess again.  I’ve talked about it before, but the first time Tony grilled a chuck roast quick on the grill I thought he was nuts – I almost guaranteed that it would be super tough.

Nope.  I grilled this meat about 5 minutes per side over medium high heat on the gas grill.  Just salt, pepper and I melted 1 tablespoon of butter and chopped 1 tablespoon of rosemary, and just brushed the steak with the rosemary butter when it came off the grill.  On the side?  The worst mashed potatoes I’ve ever made in my life – crunchy, gummy – just gross.  And sauteed zucchini.

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The meat was super tender and delicious.  I just should have never plated the potatoes!

Last night was Cardio Recovery for Insanity – Day 3 of the second round.  Love, love, love this routine.  It’s slow strength and lots of stretching.  35 minutes and I was done.  Check out my water bottle – this 3L bottle was on sale for $1 at Walgreen’s last night!  I kind of look possessed in this picture – ha!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1616 calories, 68 fat, 147 carb, 20 fiber and 109 protein
  • 37% of calories from carbs, 38% from fat and 25% from protein
  • 45 minute treadmill after work
  • 35 minute cardio recovery – Insanity

What a more relaxing morning – drinking my coffee, not rushed at all. Open-mouthed smile  I still have 40 minutes to get my shit together – no problem!  On the menu this morning is strawberry French toast sticks and for lunch – a steak wrap with sesame soy brown rice.

Make it a great day!

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17 thoughts on “Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bake

  1. Lol you do look a bit possessed in that photo! Love it! I mean you are doing Insanity-may as well look crazy! I hate it when I do that to potatoes. Just makes you want to throw them out while screaming…I wonder if Kyle and Lyle would eat them? Haha…have a great day! Your breakfast sounds yummy!

  2. They sale those size DeerPark water for a buck at my grocery store…love it!

  3. *laugh* How do you end up with crunchy mashed potatoes? The gummy part I understand because of overmixing or whatever, but I don’t know how you would make crunchy mashed potatoes. I don’t make potatoes too often though since I don’t really care for them.

    I might need to try a chuck roast on the grill since you give me hope that it might be good, but I’m not too excited to try another meat experiment. I recently bought a random cut of meat based on the recommendation of the farmers’ market lady (was supposed to be similar to flank steak) and it was TERRIBLE! Tough and tasted gross, possibly kind of like liver. Blech!

  4. That is a huge-ass water bottle!

  5. I love cabbage raw and cooked. Sometimes I even put it on a sandwich instead of lettuce. The rest of the family does not agree with me on this. 😦

  6. I think my husband would like this diet. Will have to look it up. And you, my dear, are doing so fine!

  7. This post literally cracked me up. AND I think it really is the first time I’ve heard of putting a chuck roast on the grill. You’ll have to tell me more about that one!!

  8. Somehow I can just picture the swimsuit drama, I have been there before 🙂

    I love steak on the grill and need to look for something cheaper like that cut to try. I have been doing the higher protein slow carb thing and it works pretty well for me.

  9. When you said swimsuit malfunction I was picturing something else while already in the pool 😉 I thought you may have surprised the lifeguards! I have some beach body recipes too, I’ll have to look them up. I don’t do Insanity but, a program by the same people, it’s only 10 minutes a day. More if you want. In 10 minutes though you will be sweating your tush off!

  10. Okay. Today for lunch I had sautéed zucchini with eggs on an English muffin. Liberally doused in Texas Pete.

    And who do you think I was channeling while noshing on that supreme sandwich? Yes, you. Hot sauce girl.

    In fact we were in Marshall’s the other day [it’s a clothing, home goods type store who for some reason sells condiments?] and Pooldad and I got in a heated [get it, heated?] discussion over what Hot Sauce you would like the best.

    It was finally decided that you would prefer which ever one burned off your taste buds the fastest.

    This is why we love you. giggle

    I dreamed about your potato bottom quiche last night.

    Yep. It’s proven. Got Bizzy on the brain. I do. xo Hugs! JG

    [And btw, aren’t all egg whites liquid? Or do you specifically buy a carton of those already separated? Just sayin. :;wink::]

    • You just wanted to say Potato Bottom Skip – I know you! I may have to disagree with you and Pooldad – while it is true I love all things hot and spicy – it has to be FLAVORFUL spicy to win my vote – I’ve already determined habaneros to be too spicy for me – just to much heat to let any flavor through. And we have Marshall’s here – T.J. Maxx is the same thing. 😀 Hugs and Love!

  11. Insanity is making you cray cray! 😉 Could you taste/see the cottage cheese in your breakfast bake? I don’t do cottage cheese, like at all. Just the thought of it makes my stomach turn, but I wonder if it would be okay blended with the other ingredients?

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