January 21, 2008

We made frittatas tonight – they turned out really good!! Probably one of the best we’ve ever made thanks to all of our favorite veggies and a nice layer of cheese.

Ingredients for Two:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 6 oz cremini mushrooms
  • 1/3 a green pepper
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 oz fancy shredded colby cheese (or cheddar or whatever you like!)
  • Caraway seeds
  • Thyme
  • Red pepper flakes
  • S + P to taste


Here are my two huge pieces for 290 kcal!


On the side I had the toasted lid of a focaccia section (1 oz) –


And salad greens with balsamic and honey (seriously, I LOVE honey as a salad dressing!)


Dinner kcal were ~390 


Afternoon Errands, Walk + Snack

We ran a few errands and decided at the last minute (in this crazy cold weather) to take a walk around a dried up lake in a small park we had never visited. Strange, but it actually was really fun. We found a part of the lake that was frozen solid and had fun throwing rocks on it – didn’t even make a chip! It was cold, so our walk was only about 20 minutes.

When we got home around 5:00 I was pretty hungry and made a 100 calorie bag of kettle corn along with a cup of soy milk with a tbsp of Nesquik. Snack kcal ~220.



We’re almost out of the See’s chocolates (I’ve had about 5, so I’m not sure who has been eating them!!!). This was chocolate hazelnut filled – delightful!


Going to get all cozy in bed with my husband and FINALLY finish this book I’ve been reading for a few weeks now.

Tomorrow’s back to the grind with the alarm set for 5:00 :)

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1 Karen Downing January 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of food for 390 calories, you sure know how to do it right! Your’re frittata looks great.


2 Cassie January 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm

How do you make your balsamic honey dressings (how much and ratios) I never thought of red peppers on eggs……does it make it really spicy (i have ground red pepper is there a difference)?


3 Kath January 21, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Thanks Karen!,

There’s no dressing trick – it’s literally just a drizzle of balsamic and a drizzle of honey. That’s it! The honey clings and the balsamic drips. Perfect combo!



4 jenna January 21, 2008 at 8:50 pm

wow, a frittata!!! That looks simply amazing. We underestimate the power of an egg sometimes! So simple yet very satisfying! I’ll have to try this one soon….have a great week, Kath! I know I’m going to enjoy the short week…sadly this is my last year (i think) i will get MLK day off.


5 rachel January 21, 2008 at 8:58 pm

what type of jam do you use? i am trying to find a good brand.

speaking of condiments–what type of syrup do you use for pancakes?

i’m looking for healthy-ish options!

thanks! have a great week.


6 Betty January 21, 2008 at 9:30 pm

— Omnivore’s Dilemma —

Thumbs up or thumbs down?

I had this in my hands last weekend but did not bring it home. I have so many books queued up at the moment.


7 VeggieGirl January 21, 2008 at 9:54 pm

chocolate-hazelnut?? oooh, what a lovely combination for a truffle!!

ah yes, my alarm is set for school tomorrow, around your time as well – the long weekend went by so quickly!!


8 Emily January 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Hey guys! I just posted this in Jenna’s blog so in a nutshell check out It’s really cool and if you want a little more detail to start out …

It may be old news, but I just discovered this and it’s pretty cool!


9 Emily January 21, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Hi Kath (and anyone else who can answer my question),

This is super personal, so don’t feel obligated to answer. My question is about weight loss and your menstrual cycle. I lost a large amount of weight in a fairly short period of time (I dropped from about 180 to 130 in about six months). When I got to around 140 or so, I stopped getting my period. I’m exercising a good amount and eating healthy, but I still don’t have my period. Does anybody know why this is? I’m 5’6″, so 130 pounds isn’t in the underweight category at all. Does my body just need time to get used to its new weight or am I doing something wrong? Has anyone else experienced this?


10 Cassie January 21, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Thanks Kath- I’ll have to try it with honey!

Another quick question, how do you cook shrimp like when you eat with spaghetti squash. Yours alway look so brown and crispy/yummy!


11 Liz January 22, 2008 at 12:28 am

Regarding the menstrual cycles…I have lost mine in the past as well, and it was when I lost weight too fast and was at a weight too low for what my body wanted I guess. Our bodies are pretty good about giving us signs when something is not right. I would recommend seeing a doctor because not getting your period can become damaging if you miss it for too long. Your body may be happier at a slightly higher weight, or possibly need a break from heavy exercise.


12 Rachel January 22, 2008 at 1:31 am

While we are on personal topic, I’m going to go ahead and ask what I have been wanting to for a while! I eat alot of veggies (maybe a little less than Kath, but still a more than good amount) and oatmeal every morning. I include nuts, fat, etc. but have been much less regular since I switched to oatmeal versus my previous breakfast of fiber one. I don’t like fiber one b/c its artifical and I like warm oatmeal better, but I almost feel my body hasn’t been able to adjust to less fiber with the oatmeal (its been at least 4 mos). Before anyone suggests flax- I’ve tried it and really don’t like it. Anyone have this issue, suggestions. Kath? Thanks!


13 Kath January 22, 2008 at 5:35 am

We’ve done them with all kinds of fancy cheese as well – goat’s, brie, bleu but I think the fancy shredded makes the best crust :) And smoked salmon makes an absolutely divine ingredient!

I absolutely love Trader Joe’s brand raspberry jam (but I’m all out right now!) I think it’s 25 kcal per tbsp and made with only fruit. Polnar’s All Fruit is good too but higher in calorie for some reason. I use Grade A 100% Real Maple Syrup. The real stuff! It’s pretty high in calorie, but a little goes a long way.

Omnivore’s Dilemma = not the best book I’ve read. I only read the intro and the middle section, but my overall opinion is that he goes into waaaaay too much detail to keep me interested. The material is very good, thorough and interesting, but it was just a little too specific for me. I do want to skim the other chapters, but I won’t be reading it cover to cover – I don’t have that kind of time!

Have fun waking up early!

I love all Google products!! I have a whole iGoogle homepage with my favorite blogs’ RSS feeds but I haven’t gotten hooked on GR yet. And Google Calendar?? = my hero. Thanks for sharing!

Liz wrote exactly what I would have said (Thanks, Liz!) Sounds like your body is just a bit shocked. Perhaps a quick doctor’s visit is in store, just to make sure nothing else might be off.

The trick is Alton’s Browns: Just walk away! Meaning, LAY them in a skillet one by one with 1/2 a tsp of EVOO – just enough to coat the bottom – and then just let them sit for a few minutes until a golden brown crust forms. DO NOT be tempted to shake the pan around – walk away! When you think they’re turned from opaque to pink, flip them one by one with a pair of tongs.

So by “hasn’t been able to adjust to the less fiber” you mean constipation in a nice way!? I’ve never eaten Fiber One in large quantities (I usually have 1/4 cup or less) so I don’t think I’ve experienced this, but I DID find that sugar-free gum was doing strange things to my system for a couple of months (I thought it was stress or IBS). I cut it out and things are happy again! How long has it been since your switch? If it’s been more than a few weeks, perhaps something else might be causing you distress?



14 Chrstine January 22, 2008 at 6:18 am

How do you calculate the calories for your frittata? Also, How do you resist from snacking all day? i find myself snacking at around 4 o clock on.. I need to break my habit! thanks so much!


15 Janie January 22, 2008 at 7:58 am

I’ve never made a fritatta, what kind of pan did you cook it in? For how long? It looks delicious, I’d like to try my own tonight:)

Thanks so much, I love your blog!


16 Kath January 22, 2008 at 8:29 am

I calculate the calories of recipes by putting them into my food diary at Calorie King and converting them into a recipe. It’s a nice feature! Or you could just look up the info for each ingredient and do it by hand. Or follow a recipe that already provides it. And I don’t resist snacking at 4:00 – I usually do snack then!! Yesterday I had popcorn and hot chocolate, today I’m planning trail mix and hopefully a piece of fruit. If you’re hungry, you should have a small filling snack that will tide you until dinner. If you wait, you’ll be starving for dinner and more tempted to overeat!

Thanks! Check the video!!!!!!!!!!! Our pot is calphalon.



17 Nicole January 22, 2008 at 9:24 am

Emily! I have the exact same problem, and I’m 5’6″ 130 too! However, I lost my weight in chucks (no pun intended-haha!)…in other words, I lost about 10 lbs in a month and a half, and since I was never trying to lose weight in the first place, I thought I was “done” losing. Then, my eating habits transformed and I dropped 10 more keeping my same workout routine and eating healthier…theeen I got really into running. dropped more weight. Yet, none of it was rapid weight loss, but I still do not have my period. I simply got in the best shape of my life and developed a new relationship with food, etc. All this should be good…but there’s the “cycle issue” so I went to the doctor and she said, since I’m doing everything “right” (I’m sensible, healthy, etc) it could be that my body has not adjusted to new estrogen levels. She gives me another 6 months, and if it doesn’t come back by my next visit, then she may have to put me on some form of BC to “jump start” it again — I don’t want too, though (I’ve been on it before and felt bloated all the time!!), but I guess she knows best =/

Just thought I’d share…you’re not alone! But like the others said…go see the doctor!!


18 Rachel January 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

Kath I chew at least 6 pieces of gum a day (I have a bad habit of spitting it out after about 2 min and my jaw starts to hurt) plus I suck on a lot of sugarless hard candies. Do you think that’s it? what is it about sugar alcohols- you might have solved my problem! How did you quit, i love these candies!


19 Kath January 22, 2008 at 10:24 am

That could definitely be it. I only chewed 4-5 pieces and am cured. It’s HARD to quit the habit, but cut everything – everything! – out for a week and see what happens. Drink water when your mouth is bored (or tea or sparkling water) and brush your teeth if you need a refresher. Good luck!



20 Sarah January 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm

About the menstrual cycle, I recently had the same problem. I’m 5’6” and weigh 113 (don’t get all crazy on me…I am a naturally small person, I eat PLENTY at about 2000 kcal a day). I am a fitness instructor so I work out a lot, but from about February of last year until October I hadn’t gotten my period at all. So I went to the doctor and got some tests done. Everything came out fine except that my estrogen levels were a little low, so my doctor put me on Yaz. I’ve been on it for about 3 months now and have become regular again. So I would suggest going to the doctor and thinking about birth control. (note that I didn’t HAVE to start birth control, the doctor said I would be fine if I didn’t take it, but if I wanted to start menstruating again now that’s what it would take)


21 Emily January 22, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, Kath, Sarah, Nicole, and Liz, for answering my question about menstrual cycles! Very helpful! And I’m definitely going to the doctor soon! :)


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