Nuked Eggies

by jenna on August 28, 2008

Thank you guys SO MUCH for all the sweet, positive notes today!!!! Seriously, y’all make my day! I wish I could share more chocolates! When I said I didn’t like working with chocolate, I meant I didn’t like doing centerpieces/boxes out of it…I actually liked making the truffles and they were easy to boot! Maybe a video in the making?! These would make great holiday gifts……

Anyways, my last day of work was definitely bittersweet! I can’t believe my time in Orlando is coming to an end. A year ago today I just decided to go to culinary school and hadn’t even moved here yet! And one month from today I will be starting my new job…..eeeek!  So, I have one month left here and I plan to spend it packing, cooking meals for myself I didn’t have time to make when I worked all day then went straight to school all night, reading, and of course, running. I’m sure the time will fly though and before I know it I’ll be packing up and moving out!

Again today the combo of 1/4th of a granola plank + greek yogurt TOTALLY filled me up for a snack!!! I don’t know if y’all noticed, but I’m slowly trying to make my meals smaller and my snacks bigger… basically fueling my body on 6 or 7 small “meals” a day instead of 3 large meals + 3 small “snacks”. Doing the math in my head, that granola and yogurt combo is about 220 calories, which will probably be about right about my new aim for snacks as I increase my mileage and, therefore, need more fuel!

The downside of this large snack was that I really wasn’t that hungry for dinner again tonight!!!!! I was going to make more shrimp tacos but decided on the spur of the moment that a breakfast sandwich sounded better to me! So….I finally tried making egg whites in the microwave!!!! IT WORKED SO WELL! Thank you guys soooo much! You all saved me many pan washings and I’m sure this will come in super handy when I live at my friend’s house and don’t want to mess up their kitchen too badly by cooking up egg whites on the stove every day ;). Here’s what my 3 egg whites looking like (covered with a slice of reduced fat cheddar) after 1 1/2 minutes of microwave nuking:

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I also heated up a morningstar farms sausage patty and dumped tons of texas pete on it before sandwiching the whole thing in a toasted Rudi’s whole wheat bagel:

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The eggs were super light and fluffy!! I’m wondering….could I pour the egg whites directly into my uncooked oatmeal and would the entire thing cook together?!  I went back for seconds on the celery. I’m like the only person that really loooooves celery.

And for a snack later, a big baggie of Kashi Go Lean cereal (honey almond flax):

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I’m off to school! Tonight we are starting sugar. Heating sugar, pulling sugar, making sugar sculptures and centerpieces….I’m worried I will burn my arm off but that’s alright. At least it’s not as messy as chocolate! I think I made up my missed workout yesterday by scrubbing every piece of chocolate from the kitchen floor last night at school….it took about 30 minutes of hard core scrubbing then mopping!

Tomorrow is Fridayyyyyyyyy

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BethT August 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm

If you nuke the oats and eggs together it may be like an oat omelet, which to me sounds kinda gross – stringy eggs in oatmeal, yuk :( But who knows, it could be good….maybe…? :)

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VeggieGirl August 28, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Yes, do a chocolate-making video post, please!! :-)

I can’t believe that you’re moving out already either – I remember back when you were still deciding about doing an externship and all that; and now it’s here!!

Ahh, that’s cheese on the egg whites – I thought that it was an exploded yolk, haha ;-)

Go luck at school tonight!!

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Jordan August 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Nononono, I LOVE celery. I would eat a whole heart in one sitting if I could. I just loveeeee the flavor of raw celery.

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Christie I. August 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

A chocolate making video would be fab!

As for the oats and eggs, I think it depends on what you are going for. If you are OK with egg chunks, then go for it. If you are looking for a creamy custard like texture, I would mix the egg in after cooking.

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meghan August 28, 2008 at 9:43 pm

yes I always put egg whites in my oatmeal!! I put 1/4 cup liquid whites(about 1 eggs worth) and the cook it all together, just make sure to really whisk those whites in so they mix in and don’t get clumpy! :-) yea and your chocolate box amazed me!!

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Allyson August 28, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Just finished “Water for Elephants”!! Thanks for the recommendation-I loved it! :)

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sonia August 28, 2008 at 9:49 pm

hi jenna!
i’ve been reading your blog for a while now and i must say that i love it!! :D
since your a runner i was wondering if you might have some advice for me.
i run cross country for my high school, and let me tell you, yesterday I had NO energy whatsover. It was probably becuase for lunch i ate nuts which are great, but don’t have any carbs hence the no energy.
but the problem is my lunch is about 2 or 3 hours before practice. Do you have any suggestions as to what I should eat to keep myself energized??

thank you
ps: and pleaseee do the video on making truffles! :D

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Melissa P. August 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I would love it if you did a chocolate demo video. Those would make great office x-mas gifts.

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Meghan August 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Haha, I love that the other meghan puts egg white in her oatmeal, too! (so do I!) But I put mine in slightly differently. I cook my oats as normal, turn off the heat, add the egg whites, quickly stir them in, then cover the pot and let it sit for a minute or two, and the heat from the oats cooks them and there’s no nasty eggy clumps and instead just thicker oats! It’s seriously delicious. That’s definitely what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow!

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Danielle August 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm

A chocolate video post is definitely in order. I’d like to learn from the best ‘) because, seriously, that box and the chocolates inside it are some of the most beautiful little things I’ve ever seen!

Glad to hear your day went well. Leaving a job is always so bittersweet! I obviously haven’t had that much experience, haha, but I know went I went away to school I cried saying goodbye to my co-workers at my 2-year high school job. Of course, it’s always followed by an exciting new beginning! You have so many bright things in your future, I can hardly wait to read about them :). Looking forward to your kitchen endeavors now that you’ve got some more time on your hands!

P.S. This is a little early but… TGIF!

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Joanna August 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Jenna,
Since you do so much cleaning at school do you have any tips for the rest of us trying to keep our kitchens from being total disasters?

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smjohnson30 August 28, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Doesn’t school go so fast?! I can still remember when I had to do rotations for PA (physician assistant) school 3 years ago, and that time just FLEW because I was so busy driving to and from rotations. Congrats again :) Good luck with the next step in your career!

The chocolate box was quite cool, I haven’t seen anything like that before!

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V August 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I’ve heard egg/oatmeal referred to as “Custard oatmeal”—I’ve made it on the stovetop (stirring a beaten egg into oatmeal on low/medium heat), but never in the micro… stovetop is delicious, though. Let us know how it works in the microwave!

I remember you saying in old posts that you always eat whole eggs, not just whites. Out of curiosity, why are you using mostly whites now? Is it because they’re components of a larger meal, so you don’t want too much?

Beautiful chocolate creation!

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runeatrepeat August 28, 2008 at 11:12 pm

I put egg whites in my oatmeal and cook it up in the micro. You can see the whites in some bites, but mine are never very clumpy. I like it.

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angelcubbie August 28, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Hey Jenna, as a fellow runner who is also training for a half (I’ve already ran a full this year though) I’ve considered doing 6-7 mini-meals a day also, I’m just curious, if you think you’ll be aiming for 220 calories for your snacks now, are you going to be aiming for all your snacks (3(?) + pre-run i guess so maybe four) to be around the same and what do you think you’ll be aiming for your meals to be around? I often use your meals as inspiration for cooking ideasso It’d be helpful to know, thanks!

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 28, 2008 at 11:31 pm

I love truffles and would absolutely love if you made a video on how to make them!

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emily August 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

I’d also like to make a request for a chocolate how to! Not only are the pics gorgeous but all of your descriptions sound so yummy.

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Andrea August 29, 2008 at 12:27 am

1 month will DEFINITELY fly by SO fast!

glad you liked the micro-d egg whites – they’re one of my fav go-to protein sources. i’ve never tried them in oats though (i’m weird and don’t like mixing a lot of foods…i’d rather eat them separate). good luck with class tonight. a VIDEO would be so cool :D

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Maddy August 29, 2008 at 12:31 am

Hi Jenna! Wow I feel like a total stalker. I don’t know why I’ve never posted before but today I just kinda felt like it. I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months and I LOVE it. Even though I hardly exercise like you, I also love eating healthy and vegetarian. I live in the Tampa Bay Area and went to UCF for a year, so it’s neat to hear where you went to eat or shop because I can usually relate to those places. Anyway, no big reason for commenting, just wanted to say keep up the great work! =)

ps- Where do you go to Culinary School?

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michelle August 29, 2008 at 12:47 am

Hi Jenna,
where can i get rudi’s whole wheat bagels?? I cannot seem to find them anywhere!!! :O(

Michelle

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Little Black Dress August 29, 2008 at 1:17 am

Michelle- if you are from DC, I can’t find them anywhere either. My WF only sometimes carries Rudi’s hamburger buns but that’s all… Boo.

Jenna, fabulous looking dinner. So glad you get some time to unwind thi smonth!

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Angie August 29, 2008 at 1:51 am

Hi Jenna,
I had an egg sandwich this morning and totally for the sausage. Bummer! Yours looked tasty though. Maybe I’ll remember next time hee hee

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Angie August 29, 2008 at 1:53 am

Ok, so I meant I forgot the sausage LOL

And while I’m here, since I’m pretty new to your blog, do you mind me asking what your plans are and where you’ll be going after Orlando?

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gina (fitnessista) August 29, 2008 at 2:09 am

i LOOOOOVE texas pete!! it makes everything (especially eggs) so good! i wish i could find those bagels here- they look delicious :D

i’m not a celery fan at all.. unless it’s covered in peanut butter 0:)

i would love to spend a night playing with sugar (or chocolate!) :) think a chocolate video is a great idea!!!

enjoy your evening!

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Julz August 29, 2008 at 2:17 am

YES YES YES TO THE VIDEO!! And I’m so glad that the microwaved whites worked for you! :)

My mommy GENUINELY adores (!!!) Celery and I enjoy it myself, as well! So clean and refreshing and the perfect satisfying MUNCH + CRUNCH, in my humble opinion ;)

Glad your last day of work went well n def let us know what your coworkers thought of your DIVINE chocolates! Mmm’Mmm!

Have fun spinning sugar! :)

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Erin August 29, 2008 at 2:29 am

Look at my breakfast today, and you’ll see that you can indeed just toss the whites in there and they’ll cook. Yummy!
Your breakfast sando looks scrumptious!

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mags August 29, 2008 at 2:36 am

oh my gosh jenna that dinner is so small! that has to be less than 300 calories! does that really keep you full?

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jenna August 29, 2008 at 3:38 am

mags,

Well I mentioned that I wasn’t really hungry at all since I had a big snack late in the day (and I had to eat dinner at like 5:00!) …..I just had to eat something before class and I brought cereal to have later…so it worked for me tonight! I don’t think it was less than 300 calories though. When I do math in my head, it’s more like 400 and then I had a chocolate truffle right when I got to school….

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Miss White Skirt August 29, 2008 at 4:23 am

hey jenna, I’m a long-time reader, I need to comment more!
Just have to say that your chocolate box is gorgeous and I would tooootally buy one as a christmas present! you’re very talented!
also I can’t wait to read more about your race training :)

you and many others have inspired me to start my own blog as well :)
have a great night!

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Hillary M. August 29, 2008 at 4:39 am

Hi! I’ve never responded to a post even though I’ve been reading the blog for a while. One of my favorite breakfasts is 1/2 c. oats, 1/2 c. water, 3 egg whites, cinnamon and Splenda (I admit it) , and fruit (usually berries, cherries, or banana) all mixed together and microwaved for about 6 minutes. The cooking time varies depending on the microwave, but when it’s done it’s like a big, dense muffin. You can pop it out of the bowl and bring it along with you if you need to eat breakfast on the run- you can even make the mix the night before and just microwave it while your getting ready in the morning.

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twinks August 29, 2008 at 5:34 am

Oh yes, I too, LOOOOOVE celery.

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ducky August 29, 2008 at 7:56 am

i LOVE celery i remember being little and we had a container in the fridge full of celery and i ate like all of it hehe

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Deb August 29, 2008 at 8:31 am

I have also done the custard eggs in oats (including yolks) and they are creamy and yummy. Whenever I’ve done egg white they do turn out chunky :-(. I will try someone’s suggestion to turn the heat off. BTW can anyone tell me if there’s any other trick to nuking egg whites other than putting them in for 1.5 min= is it on HIGH? Thanks.

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jenna August 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Michelle,
The bagels are a relatively new Rudi’s product. I can find them at my Whole Foods but, sadly, they might not be everywhere yet. Maybe you can check the Rudi’s website for more info!

Angelcubbie,

Well I really don’t count calories but when I get into training where I’m burning anywhere from 400-600 calories per run, I HAVE to make sure I eat enough food or I will start to lose weight (as is my body type). Last year when I was running a lot what worked for me was just to make sure my meals were anywhere from 350-500 calories and my snacks around 200-300 calories. So, the meals are a littleeee bigger, but not much. I need to constantly fuel myself to keep my energy up and if I don’t eat enough calories not only do I get cranky but I get bad headaches. Sometimes keeping a food journal helps during training (for me at least) because then I know how many calories I burn (from my polar F4) and how many I should be eating to make it up.

V,

I do eat the whole egg sometimes but when I only consume the white it is just for protein purposes when I have other fats in my meal. For an example, last night I had cheese (fat) and didn’t want the extra fat from the yolk as well. I aim to balance my meals out with a proportion of fats to protein to carbs and the whites are an excellent source of lean protein. If I was just having poached eggs on toast, I would definitely have the whole egg because then the yolk would serve as the fat component of my meal.

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runjess August 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

I have a plastic egg poacher for the microwave. It was very cheap, easy to clean, and works quite well. I think I got it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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