September 9, 2008

It hits home!

So after I went on and on ranting about how I could never ever give up carbs, and how I would go totally insane on one of those diets - remember that? Well, isn't life funny. No sooner had I gone off about the no-carb fad as my hubby-to-be announces that he wants to lose some weight before the wedding and that he was heading down the popular South Beach path with the rest of the skinny folk. He then threw in that, as the supportive fiancee I am, I should strictly adhere to the plan as well while in his presence. SERIOUSLY??? Two weeks before our wedding and you expect me to give up chocolate, bagels and (gasp) wine?! He really must not have realized that my sole plan on making it through these last stressful weeks revolved entirely on having glass after glass of stress melting vino.

Luckily I run a lot and used that as an excuse for why I had to have carbs in order to keep my self standing upright, let alone sane. Didn't want to quite admit that a lack of sugar could potentially cause a side of myself to come out that is probably best saved till after the vows are said. Anyways, I am trying to be supportive (that's part of the whole marriage thing, right?), so I scoured to find some recipes that fit his new no-carb requirements.

Aida to the rescue! Can I tell you guys, I love this girl. It's seriously like the Food Network made a show for me and people like me (example - she spent a whole segment explaining how to crack open an egg). The format is a little strange as she has this sidekick that acts as the tech guru and does a corny bit where he pretends to cypher through emails viewers have sent in with questions. Kinda lame, but it hasn't driven me totally crazy yet, so I'm willing to overlook it.

On to breakfast. This dish was made in little ramekins stuffed with Canadian bacon, sauteed spinach, lotsa cheese and South Beach's favorite breakfast food, eggs. The beauty of this is that you just stack it all up and pop it in the oven. I hate frying eggs for breakfast because I can never get the yolks to come out like everyone wants. But no problemo with this! I'm thinking it would be great for when you have a few people over for brunch and would rather be drinking mimosas than watching the stove.

The flavors were great and it's a nice change from you typical eggy breakfast. Hubby-to-be loved it and claims he will want it even after the diet is long gone. Aida made some cheesy bread to go with it, but I thought that was a little over the top, so I just made some toast to dip in it, while HTB got some lite sausage links. I'm still more of a pancakes for breakfast kinda girl, but if savory food is more up your alley than have at it!

Please visit the link below for the recipe:


Maria said...

I just saw Aida's show for the first time. I will have to check it out again! Looks like a tasty breakfast!

RecipeGirl said...

What a coincidental blog surfing surprise... we're trying to follow South Beach right now. It's SOOO hard to give up carbs. Luckily on SB you get to add them back in a little at a time. The tough part is no wine for two weeks. I might have to cheat.

I'll give the egg dish a try :)

Culinarywannabe said...

Hi Maria - This turned out well for me so I'm an Aida fan so far!

Hi Recipegirl - Good-luck! I know the first few weeks are tough, but my fiance has lost 6 lbs in one week! And I'm sure a glass or 2 won't hurt anybody. :)

Emiline said...

That would be so hard to give up bread, wine, cereal, desserts...I couldn't live.

But I don't know, this egg dish sounds really delicious. And yes, much easier than trying to cook eggs for everyone.

Culinarywannabe said...

Hi Emiline - I know! I really don't know how it's possible, I would go thru some serious withdrawal.

Sharona May said...

You did a nice job with the eggs/cheese in ramkins. I saw the same episode and thought it was interesting but don't really like the guy either.

Sharona May

Bitten Sweets said...

i am always looking for new breakfast recipes...i feel like we're always eating the same thing. this looks so good...however, we're sooo far from the sb diet--this morning i made cinnamon rolls!

Culinarywannabe said...

Hi Sharona May -Thank-you!

Hi Bitten Sweets - I hear ya, give me until Sunday morning and all of this diet nonsense will be out the window!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I made these and they were great! So glad that I saw you had posted this recipe.
PS: Did you see that I gave you kudos on my blog?!