As you guys know, I’m so NOT a cook. But since I do work from home now, and I am in the middle of August Anarchy, I’ve been making a bigger effort to cook almost every meal at home. The other night I was looking at Instagram and saw Sydne posted a photo of what looked like a frittata, but apparently was, in fact, NOT a frittata. Regardless, her photo inspired me to use the veggies that I had in my fridge, asparagus and tomatoes, to make a delicious high-protein meal. Here’s the recipe, which I adapted from a Better Homes & Gardens recipe.
Healthy Asparagus and Tomato Frittata
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 35 mins
Stand: 10 mins
Nonstick cooking spray
12 ounces fresh asparagus
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
2 egg whites
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside
Take asparagus, snap off and discard woody bases. If desired, scrape off scales. Cut into 1-inch-long pieces
In a large bowl, whisk together egg product, sea salt, and black pepper, until well-mixed
Pour over vegetables in baking dish
Bake, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until slightly puffed and top shakes set
August Anarchy. Yes. Back in June 2011, I briefly blogged about a new “lifestyle” (e.g. diet) that I had been doing for about 2 months and I was LOVING it. I felt lean, toned and strong…which I really miss. It’s been a little over two years now and, sadly, I’ve gained a good amount of weight back at this point. Am I overweight? Absolutely not. But do I feel good? No. I’m not (and never have been) a naturally thin person and I’ve always had to work REALLY hard to not gain weight, most of which is really just diet and being slightly active. I’m a carb fiend, guys…no, seriously I LOVE potatoes and pasta and I’ve realized that the only way to avoid gaining is to really just limit my intake to once or twice a week and that’s it. Period. No exceptions. It sucks but hey, as Kate Moss once said, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and it’s really a choice: eating all of the food I love constantly OR being thin.
Long story short, I was inspired by my friend Beth’s journey to lose her baby weight. Granted, I didn’t have a baby, I’m just LAZY and love pasta, but Beth looks AMAZING. We’re about the same size/build so there’s really no excuse why I can’t do the same thing (seriously, look how fabulous Beth looks after only six months). Beth did Paleo, which is really similar to what I’ve had success with in the past: Tim Ferriss’ Slow Carb Diet. Basically, I’m going for it. August Anarchy. 31 days of hard-core Jamie…my friends are going to be annoyed (I tend to not be as social in order to avoid eating “no no” foods and drinks), but I’m doing it. And when I start to get annoyed, I’ll refer back to THIS Shape.com article, where I was glowing with excitement and energy.