Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sinus Infection. Eggs. New cook book.

Two weeks ago I started feeling sick and quickly came down with an awful head cold. I passed it onto my daughter (I'm a good Mom like that). So last Friday I took her to see her Pediatrician because I suspected she had an ear infection. After looking for Elmo in her ear and not finding him, her Pediatrician turned to me and said "She looks fine. But you sound awful. Have you seen your Doctor?" I had not. I thought I was starting to get better. Apparently, I was kidding myself.

I went to our walk-in clinic that evening. The receptionist told me I had to wear a mask because I was coughing. I told the receptionist "Had I known it was going to be a masquerade, I would have dressed up." She didn't find that as amusing as I did...

masquerade time!

The Nurse Practitioner that examined me gave me the best news ever; I had a sinus infection! No sarcasm here. I was happy. This is my [crazy] train of thought... a sinus infection means I'd be prescribed an antibiotic which means I'd be feeling better in a couple of days. Opposed to feeling like a bag o' shit for another week or more if it was just a cold! My night got even better when she prescribed the Z-pack. I've taken it before, so I KNEW I'd be feeling a lot better the very next day. Yesterday I took my last antibiotic and I feel pretty much 100%. Happy days are here again.

Eggs also make me happy (I know, nice segue). The American Egg Board says that eggs are incredible and edible. I have to agree. I eat them for breakfast every. single. day. I guess you could say I'm a fan.

What's not to like? They taste frickin' awesome. Each large egg provides 6 grams of all natural and high quality protein. They are a natural source of Choline.  Provide 41 IU of Vitamin D. Yes, they have 185 mg of cholesterol. But there is a lot of research/data out there that shows an egg a day will not make a significant impact on your health. Especially if you're eating low cholesterol foods to begin with. Still don't believe me? Health Canada and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation both include eggs as part of a heart healthy diet. Canadian's do not lie. So don't fear the egg.

I normally make a spinach or kale omelet for breakfast (2 eggs + 1/4 cup egg whites). I recently got a new cook book that I am love with. It's called The Paleo Recipe Book by Sébastien Noël. The book includes a recipe for a Cinnamon and apple omelet that I love. It had too much healthy fat in it for my liking, so I made some reductions. It turned out awesome!


Cinnamon and apple omelet
Adapted from The Paleo Recipe Book

2 eggs + 1/4 egg whites (I like All-White brand)
1 apple, thinly sliced
2 tbsp coconut milk (best if canned and chilled)*
2 tsp cooking fat (I used coconut oil)
1 tsp cinnamon

  1. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and egg whites with 1 tbsp coconut milk.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tsp of the cooking fat to the pan. When the pan is ready add the apple slices, sprinkle with cinnamon and  sauté until they are tender. Put the apple slices aside until later.
  3. Add the reminaing cooking fat to the pan. Add the egg mixture. To make it fluffy, use your spatula and stir the eggs gently while it cooks. This lets the uncooked egg run underneath and you get a fluffier omelet. Fluffy = nummy.
  4. Flip the omelet over when it's almost cooked. Add half of the apples. Fold the omelet in half. Serve it on a plate topped with the remaining apples and coconut milk.
*In place of the coconut milk in the omelet you can use milk or heavy cream. For the topping you could whip some of the heavy cream. I wouldn't advise making it super sweet if you do this.

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