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Breakfast Casserole Lessons

Well, I recently noticed that some of my abdominal muscles are visible so I decided to start counting my Macros (macro-nutrients) and calories hoping to eventually see the rest of my abs. This decision involved in-depth recipe research via Pinterest and I found an interesting breakfast casserole that I decided to try, substituting a few ingredients. Sometimes substitutions work great and sometimes they do not. I would say that this (with chunky salsa) was pretty good fresh out of the oven. However, I cannot decide if it looks delicious or not and I was definitely not a fan of the microwaved version. If you were making a “healthier version” of this (the original isn’t really unhealthy) and planned on eating the entire casserole at one time, then it might be worth a try. My version used liquid egg whites, home grown golden potatoes (I recommend using store bought shredded potatoes) and no cheese. The entire 9 x 13 dish totaled 710 calories, 36g Fat, 41g Carbs, 49g Protein. Click here for the original version from …

Tomato Pie

I love tomatoes but somehow until yesterday, I had never eaten tomato pie. We gathered a ton of tomatoes from the garden this week so I pretty much had to make a tomato pie. As I drove to the grocery store, I had this overwhelming feeling of guilt because I had written “9-inch deep dish pie crust” on my list. I always make my own crusts and apparently, my brain did not want to live with the guilt and allowed me to completely forget to buy one. So, I had to make one and it was easy and turned out great. I had a little extra dough so I made a mini pie in a ramekin. Eat this hot or cold. Top with Tabasco, or red pepper flakes for extra spice. Serve at brunch or with a salad for dinner or eat if for lunch or breakfast. I looked at a lot of recipes. Tomato pies come in all forms and variations, recipes calling for basil or onions or garlic or no cheese. I ended modifying one from Eclectic Everyday. Ingredients …

Pie Crust For Savory Pies

For my tomato pie, I used a recipe from The Gracious Wife. This is a great non-sweet pie crust that is easy to make. Like this recipe, many crust recipes I have used say that you have enough dough for two pies. I never do probably because I am not the most experienced rolling pin operator. This made one 9-inch deep dish crust and one ramekin-sized crust. I think you could get at least six crusts for standard round ramekins from this recipe. Ingredients ¾ cup shortening 2¼ cups flour ½ cup cold water Directions In a large mixing bowl, cut shortening and flour together with a pastry cutter or fork. Add water and stir with a fork until it forms a ball. If there’s still flour at the end, add water, a teaspoon at a time. Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease your pie plate or ramekins. I used Earth Balance Vegan Soy-Free Buttery Spread. Roll the dough out and press into pie plate or ramekins. Prick crust with …