Thursday, November 20, 2014

Surprise visit and a Sweet Potato Frittata


I just love it when the kids stop by.  My youngest son lives in the same town as us so we see him more than we do the others.  He just happened to pop in around breakfast time a couple of weeks ago. Generally when he stops by in the morning for breakfast I will make Dutch Baby, which is a delightful dense Dutch pancake.  It is made with a whole lot of butter and sugar and most definitely causes inflammation.  However, on this particular morning, we broke tradition and chose healthier. We were all so glad we did because this was not only good for us but it was DELICIOUS!  And..... we didn't have that sluggish can't get anything done the rest of the day feeling. You know what I mean :) 

The sweet potatoes, onions and peppers all calm inflammation.  You can enjoy this meal and know that you are fueling your body and fighting harmful inflammation all at the same time.  

First off, peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces.  This is not as easy as peeling russets so be prepared for a little extra work.


Drizzle some oil into a pan.  I've been using avocado oil lately.  It holds up to high heat better than olive oil. And.....of course it has those wonderful Omega 3's.


When the oil heats up, place the sweet potatoes in the pan. Saute over medium just until they begin to soften.


Add diced onion and sweet red, yellow or orange peppers.  This is a good time to add a little salt and pepper.  Saute these until they begin to caramelize and and are tender and cooked. 


This is how they should look when cooked.


Whisk eggs and milk together. 
 (When it's just me I use egg whites only to keep inflammatory egg yolk out of the recipe).


Pour egg mixture over the sweet potato mixture in the pan.  Grind a little salt and pepper over the top.


Turn the heat down to medium low and cover.  Let cook until the egg is firmed up and cooked through.  


When done, sprinkle Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese over the top and let melt.  Then dig in and enjoy.



Sweet Potato Frittata

1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 small onion, diced
4 small sweet peppers, diced
8 eggs
1/8 cup of milk
Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese
salt
pepper

Drizzle oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the sweet potatoes and saute for about 15 minutes, stirring often.  Cook until they just begin to soften.  Add onions and peppers.  If you need to, add a little more oil,  Saute all together until they are browned and caramelized. 

Whisk together eggs and milk.  Pour over the sweet potato mixture.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top.  Cover and let cook 5-7 minutes over medium low heat until egg mixture is cooked through.  

Sprinkle the cheese over the top and let melt.  

Serves 4




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Restful trip to the Oregon Coast

Last month we took a trip to my all time favorite....the Oregon Coast.  We met my family there for a fun filled weekend of browsing shops, eating, crabbing, eating, sightseeing, eating and of course eating!

The sad truth is that I almost missed this beautiful adventure.  In August I ended up with two compression fractures in my spine.  By October I was beginning to feel better but still having painful issues from the injury.  Instead of letting it stop me, as I often do, I made my mind up that no matter what happens to my body because of my disease, I'm going to get out there and LIVE LIFE LARGE regardless of my circumstances.  I'm so glad I did!


One of my favorite towns on the Oregon Coast is Cannon Beach.  Their quaint shops, Haystack Rock, and the sound of the ocean draw me in.....always.  They also have the cutest library sign :)


A great thing for me is that when vacationing on the coast it is pretty easy to find Omega 3 food.   Thank you Tom's Fish and Chips for these Fish Tacos.  They were the best! 


One day my husband and I took off on our own to enjoy whatever we might find along US 101.  When we hit Rockaway Beach we smelled amazing smoky scents that brought us to a screeching halt.  Seriously!


This family owned smokehouse did not disappoint.  Delicious smoked salmon was a hit all weekend. 


We stopped for a hug at Hug Point!


My romantic husband took advantage of the secluded beach and carved out some true beauty in the sand.



Of course, this is my favorite way to end the day at the coast.  I'm so thankful that I chose to overcome and receive the blessing of a wonderful and memorable weekend with people I love :)