Healthy Meal #7: Pre-made Egg, Spinach, Artichoke, and Feta Squares – Breakfast on the Run!

Healthy Meal #7: Pre-made Egg, Spinach, Artichoke, and Feta Squares – Breakfast on the Run!

Healthy Meal #7: Pre-made Egg, Spinach, Artichoke, and Feta Squares – Breakfast on the Run!

 

I’ve gotta be honest.

Mornings can be rough in this joint.

More often than not, we find our pre-teen communing with his pillow long after he has promised to get his day rolling.

First, we sweetly call up to his room 45 minutes before he’s due to leave. “Rise and shine, pumpkin! Time to take a shower.” He grunts. We assume he’ll be headed into the shower momentarily.

Ten minutes later, once the coffee is brewing and the dog has gone out, we realize that not a single peep is coming from up above. “DUDE! Get up and take a shower! Pronto! The clock is ticking!” A typical not-quite-so-sunshiny second message to the sleepy lad. He replies with a muffled, “One minute.” We take him literally.

Fifteen minutes later, halfway through our daily coffee chat we again realize that he’s still not even made it past the threshold of his room. “YO, RIP VAN WINKLE!!! HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF REPEATING 7TH GRADE, BECAUSE WORD HAS IT YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY ATTEND SCHOOL TO MOVE ON UP TO 8TH GRADE! GET YOUR 12-YEAR-OLD BUTT IN THE SHOWER . . . NOW! This may or may not also have been shouted in a volume so extreme that it renders me hoarse for the next half hour.

And that’s why having a healthy breakfast ready to heat up in a jiff is so important. I make a pan of these bad boys, cut them into squares, wrap them separately, and store them in the freezer. Then, all Spence has to do is microwave a square for a minute and he’s good to go. They’re easy to make, tasty, healthy and perfect to eat on the run.

Eventually, somehow, he’s out the door: shoes half on, hair askew, backpack dangling off of one shoulder, instrument slapping against his thigh, spinach stuck in his braces.

Jame and I feebly high five each other, breathe a sigh of relief, and call it a parental victory.

I down my final swig of coffee and reluctantly kiss my “Mom of the Year” medal goodbye.

Yet again.

Eighty nine days of school left.

But who’s counting?

 

Recipe courtesy of: skinnytaste.com

Servings: 8

Nutritional Information: Calories – 128, Saturated Fat – 3g, Fiber 1g, Protein – 11g

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, all excess liquid squeezed out
  • 1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped artichokes (from can), drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with oil.

Spray a casserole dish with nonstick pray. In a small bowl combine spinach, scallions, artichoke, red pepper, garlic and dill. Pour into the casserole dish spreading evenly.

In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, parmesan, salt and pepper. Mix in feta cheese and pour over vegetables.

Bake until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 32 to 35 minutes. Let stand 8 to 10 minutes before cutting into 8 pieces.

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And here’s the printable version.

Egg, Spinach, Artichoke and Feta Squares – Breakfast on the Go!

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 10oz package frozen spinach (thawed, all excess liquid squeezed out)
  • 1/2 cup scallions (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cups chopped, canned artichokes (drained and patted dry)
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (chopped)
  • 8 Large eggs
  • 4 Large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with oil.
Step 2
Spray a casserole dish with nonstick pray. In a small bowl combine spinach, scallions, artichoke, red pepper, garlic and dill. Pour into the casserole dish spreading evenly.
Step 3
In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, parmesan, salt and pepper. Mix in feta cheese and pour over vegetables.
Step 4
Bake until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 32 to 35 minutes. Let stand 8 to 10 minutes before cutting into 8 pieces.

 

Written by Becky


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5 Comments
  • Patty from MMC says:

    It’s an age thing. Young adolescent boys need more sleep – and since it is like pulling teeth to get them to go to bed earlier, it’s like extracting impacted wisdom teeth to get them up in the a.m. There’s been a lot of scientific research about the start times of middle school and high school – it should be later, and the little kids should start earlier. But who listens to reliable research these days???? And, some people are just not morning people. Like me – I hit the snooze 4 times today – have to work at the hospital at 9 – didn’t fall asleep, though, till after 1 a.m. Anyhow, it’s time to hit the shower!

    • Becky says:

      I think you must be right, Patty. No matter how much sleep he gets, he seems to always crave more. Love your analogy about the impacted wisdom teeth! Too true! Oh, and congrats on your Volunteer of the Year award. That’s wonderful!

      • Patty from MMC says:

        Thanks, Becky. I do nothing spectacular – am more goofy than most volunteers. My reward is enjoying what I do and the people I work with.

  • Oh Becky, what a lot of effort to get my grandson up! How about a rewards program? If he gets up at your first request, he gets _____. Second request _____. Three strikes, he’s out! Nothing! I don’t remember it being hard to waken you kids. I guess you’re morning people. Hey, have a good and restful day before you have to tackle that problem again tomorrow morning. YLM

    • Becky says:

      Yeah, I don’t remember having had trouble getting up, either, but I’ve always been an early riser. Then again, so was Spence, once upon a time . . .


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