Brunch All Day

I love brunch. I love it so much that I prepped 2 healthy brunch dishes for breakfast and lunch this week. For lunch I made an easy, but hearty veggie fritatta, with Trader Joe’s sweet pepper chicken sausage on the side. Breakfast is a heartier version of my yogurt and berry bowl. I am adding quinoa.

I am working super hard these days. I don’t have much time to heat and eat food at the office, so this fritatta idea came to mind. It’s a one container dish that is easily heated in the microwave. Here is the recipe that inspired me: https://www.loveandlemons.com/frittata-recipe/. I used 6 whole eggs mixed with 1/4 cup of 2% plain Greek yogurt, a tablespoon of nutritional yeast (for the cheese flavor without the fat and calories). I first sauteed my veggie mixture which was Trader Joe’s Frozen Organic Green Vegetable Foursome. I just added the defrosted package to a hot pan that I sprayed with olive oil, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and let it do it’s thing (I did chop up some of the larger pieced of broccoli). Later I added chopped up fresh scallions and jarred roasted red peppers, which I also chopped up, both of which I had in the house. The whole process took maybe 10 minutes. I combined the egg mixture with the veggie mixture in a 9×9 square pan, and placed it in the oven, which had been preheated to 400 for 15 minutes. The eggs weren’t completely set. It took an additional 7 minutes for my fritatta to cook through. I then let it rest and cool, then cut it into squares. So easy. And quick. The beauty of a fritatta is that you can put in any ingredients you like, and it will be delicious.

My fritatta prep
My finished meal prep. Ready to heat and eat.

The quinoa berry yogurt bowl breakfast prep I saw on The Kitchen yesterday while having Food TV on in the background (always; it’s either that or Bravo. A girl’s got to have a vice or 2). https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/strawberry-kiwi-quinoa-breakfast-parfait. I was looking for something a little heartier for breakfast, without giving up my yogurt, berries, flax and chia seed mixture in the mornings. It wasn’t holding me quite until lunch time with the hectic schedule I have these days. I hope this will fit the bill. I bought Trader Joe’s frozen, precooked quinoa. All I’ll have to do is layer that into my regular bowl in the morning. It will add some texture, and the added calories I will need to stay satisfied longer in the mornings.

A hearty, healthy breakfast in a flash for week day mornings

I have one more quick thing for meal prep to share with you. One of my girls in my WW tribe found a great show on HULU (also on PBS and UTube) for meal prep inspiration. Check it out:

https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/books/5-ingredients-quick-easy-food-recipes/

Although I am working hard full time now (properly distanced, and masked when necessary), I have still kept up my walks every single day, no matter how tired I am when I get home, or how little time I have. I have several walks mapped out around my neighborhood for different time frames. It’s been a while, but here are a couple of photos from recent walks –

This says it all, don’t you think?
Artichokes growing in a front garden in Santa Monica. The photo on the left was taken back in May or June. The photo on the right was taken this past week. I just find the evolution of the plant fascinating, and beautiful.

I’m sure, like you, being in quarantine has brought about many personal changes. I recently found these inspirational memes on line. They perfectly express how I’m feeling these days. I wanted to share them with you.

Thank you for taking time to check out my meal prep, and catch up with me today. Your comments, critiques and questions are always welcome. Make it a great week my friends. Take care of yourselves.

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