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Eggs and Nutrition During Breast Cancer

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Simply Recipes

How many of your kids were finicky eaters? I doubt if their acceptable range of foods were as narrow as mine when I was a kid. My limited diet was the cause of many loud, continuous arguments between my parents. At one end of the spectrum was my father, the dinner Nazi, who was fond of forcing me to sit at the table, usually until 10pm, while I finished what by then was cold, grayish-looking liver. At the other end of the spectrum my mother was the enabler, giving in to my limited menu of Campbell’s bean soup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

In an attempt to appease my father, mother started adding food coloring to scrambled eggs, hoping I would eat them. While I was not a “green eggs and ham” kind of kid, I would eat eggs if they were sky blue. This strategy worked well until mother’s color chart went awry, and my eggs wound up a sort of battleship gray. At that point, they looked like the cold liver I’d been forced to eat the night before, and the gig was up. <PREVIEWEND>

Now I love eggs, and from the host of emails I got in response to “What to Eat During Chemo,” so do you. So this week, I’m borrowing an idea from my friend, Marie, at Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer, and giving you a versatile recipe you can dress down for chemo, or dress up for a Mexican Fiesta.

1lb spinach leaves cleaned, chopped
1Tblsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
9 large Eggland’s Best Eggs
2 Tbsp almond milk (or non fat milk)
2 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
Salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
3 oz goat cheese (if you eat dairy)

Preheat oven to 400°F.
1. Cook spinach in ¼ cup water in covered saucepan until just wilted. Drain & set aside.
2. Whisk together Eggland’s Best Eggs, almond milk. Add sun-dried tomatoes, salt & pepper. Set aside.
3. Sauté onions in olive oil in a cast iron skillet or Le Creuset (some nonstick surfaces gives off toxic fumes), until translucent, about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Add spinach.
4. Spread spinach mixture evenly on bottom of skillet. Pour egg mixture over spinach. Lift spinach mixture along sides of the skillet to let eggs mixture run underneath.
5. When the mixture is about half set (if using goat cheese, sprinkle over top), put skillet in oven. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until frittata is puffy and golden. Remove from oven with oven mitts and let cool for several minutes.
6. Cut into pie-shaped wedges. Serves 4-6.

Depending on your dietary dos and don’ts, get creative. Serve with salsa, or add prosciutto, zucchini, asparagus, parmesan, fresh basil, or like my mother, blue food coloring. Bon Appétit!

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Anonymous commented on 18-Oct-2010 06:05 AM
Brenda, you and Marie have such great recipes. Now all I have to do is try it! This looks really yummy. I love the old food color trick. Some how I can't imagine eggs blue :)
Anonymous commented on 18-Oct-2010 09:47 AM
I remember a few times when my sisters and I were told to "sit there til we cleaned our plates or at least tried it," but somehow that strategy never worked and my parents gave up on it fast. We were really good at just sitting there. This recipe sounds delicious and I like it when there is some flexibility with the ingrediants. Thanks.
Anonymous commented on 19-Oct-2010 02:58 PM
I LOVE that photo---it looks so tasty, and the story about your mom making your eggs blue cracked me up! Go team BCSH!
Anonymous commented on 19-Oct-2010 03:06 PM
No pun intended on the "cracked me up" comment, eh?

Anonymous commented on 26-Oct-2010 09:37 PM
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Anonymous commented on 28-Oct-2010 10:18 PM
I would like to comment on your choice of words for your website and organization. Breast Cancer is not just a female thing, it affects or attacks the male of the species also. I should know, as I have been lucky enough to have it and go through alot of crap. It goes hand in hand with the prostate cancer I also have. Don't exclude by gender. You are missing out on alot of input. Bye the way I shall be doing my third Komen walk 10-10-10. Have fun and enjoy life. Have fun. Makhapiasha
Anonymous commented on 01-Nov-2010 10:39 PM
I am a cancer suriver,but it wasn't breast cancer.
Anonymous commented on 01-Nov-2010 10:41 PM
Hi Brenda! I saw an article about you and your website in - of all places - the Costco Connection magazine. When I checked it out I was thrilled to find the breadth of information your site contains and have added it as a reference on my own site, I was hoping that you'd be interested in doing a guest blog on my site, perhaps after the first of the year. Any interest? Thanks, and congrats on a creating a wonderful resource! Tana Suter (aka The Menopausal Warrior Queen)

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