Monday, August 15, 2011

Good morning!

 Good morning everyone. Back from the beach. I had such a good week before I left, but those shore weekends tend to really challenge me. Got off track a little over the weekend. Had a big family dinner last night to welcome my son home from Chicago. He just finished an internship there and is home for a few weeks before he starts his senior year of grad school. Meghan, his fiancee was here, as well as my parents. I made some homemade pesto and we had fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and italian bread. Then it was on to bacon wrapped shrimp. Dinner was made by my Mom, and it was a delicious lasagna and meatballs. Salad and fruit completed things, as well as the delicious wines we had with all of the above. I'm not even going to try and figure out how many carbs were in that meal. But that was then, and this is now. Yesterday is in the past. Today is a gift and that is why it's called the present. So as Monday dawns, I renew my commitments, and plan for a great week ahead.

 One of my favorite breakfasts is poached eggs over an ezekial english muffin or toast. I top off the toast with some reduced fat cheddar cheese, a little baby spinach, a tbs. of Chia seeds, and top it off with the poached eggs. 

The ingredients

Break your eggs into a bowl
 Poached eggs are very easy. You don't have to have alot of time or get very fancy. Some people add some vinegar to the water, swirl the water before putting in the eggs and other little tricks. I keep it simple and just add some water to the pot, bring it to a low simmer, crack the eggs into a dish and then gently add them to the water.

I like mine very runny, so I time them for about 1 minute, 15 seconds and then drain them. You have to figure out how large your eggs are and how you like them. It takes a little practice, but for me, I never go longer than 1 1/2 minutes.  I use one of those spider things to drain, them, but a colander, or mesh strainer will work as well.
Gently pour them into the simmering pot of water.
Drain them immediately after timer goes off.
While the eggs are simmering, toast your bread or english muffin in the toaster. Top the toast with some baby spinach leaves, some shredded cheddar and some chia seeds. Top this with your poached eggs. I also like some fresh cracked black pepper, and sometimes alittle hot sauce.

The finshed product. A great way to start the day!
Wishing you all a great week ahead. Start it off with a good breakfast!

 Thought for the day: Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden oppotunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false
start or no start at all. You were not born to fail. Og Mandino


  1. YUM! I love poached eggs too. I am going to have to try them "Pattie-style."

  2. I will try them again - I've never had really good luck making poached eggs. Do you get all the egg white cooked at 1 minute? I love runny yolks, but runny whites gross me out. Love the idea of putting the chia seeds down first!

  3. Pattie - you should try out myfitness pal. it works out really well. My coconut bread is not 9 grams of sugar per serving - it's 9 grams of sugar for the whole recipe. I don't think I have it posted publicly, either. Let me know if you sign up and I'll add you as a friend!

  4. Pattie~
    Nice post although I really am not crazy about eggs at all. I can eat them scrambled SOMETIMES but not often. I dont know what it is about them but the smell is kinda gaggy for me. Anyways, glad you found your mojo again & that you are back on the wagon. Glad you had a great time with your family. Sounds wonderful!!!

  5. I love your pictures! You are going to be as good as the Pioneer woman! I loved poached eggs for ever, but I think I burned myself out on them when I "broke up" with my bacon.

  6. Yeah Pattie, those look great!! I will definitely have to try it that way. Thanks and have a great day :-)

  7. Pattie
    Would you think a 74 year old woman never fixed a poached egg? Well I'm one,,, I went right to the kitchen after reading your blog and saw how good they looked. It was past time for breakfast and I was getting hungry. I fixed them the way you did and I must say they were so good that's what I'm having tomorrow morning too. I'm going to fix them for Brian(son) before he leaves for the day center.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Linda from Baltimore