July 10, 2011

Baked eggs in mushrooms

It seems like every single recipe that Cara's Cravings posts gets immediately saved to my to-make folder. It all looks so delicious without seeming impossible to recreate at home - exactly what I'm looking for in a recipe. A few months ago I made her Thai peanut turkey burgers, which I loved and will be making some time soon since I'm craving a good turkey burger lately. This week, I finally made another one: baked eggs in mushrooms with zucchini ragout.

Can you blame me?


Baked eggs are delicious. Tomato sauce is a comfort food. The two together? Perfection. I like that it would work for any meal, too - I would definitely make this for a brunch. (And may well end up eating the leftovers for breakfast this morning...) Add in the meaty texture of the portobello mushroom cap, and I get to feel incredibly satisfied by my dinner while still staying on-plan.


I made my usual substitutions and omissions - I left out the olive oil, and I used 2 oz. of sliced provolone instead of fresh mozzarella to avoid triggering a binge. Still incredibly delicious!

My only problem with the recipe was that I didn't write down what I needed before I went to the grocery store and came home with crushed tomatoes instead of diced, so my ragout was more of a thin sauce with lots of delicious zucchini chunks. When I packed away the leftovers, I scooped out about a quarter of the sauce and froze it for serving over pasta some other day. Three meals for under $10? Excellent.

I'm feeling really satisfied with my eating lately. My workouts have been good but not great, but only because I'm trying to take it easy on my knee until it feels completely better. I've been running, but instead of my usual hour and a half on the elliptical or exercise bike on my non-running days, I've been doing Wii Fit and walking around the city. Still moving, but less intense on my body. The last thing I want is for this to develop into a more serious injury.

Part of the reason why July is going so well so far in terms of food and exercise is because I have so much to celebrate this month. This is a month of big anniversaries, culminating with my rebirthday on the 31st. On June 30 of last year, I took a train home for 24 hours instead of flying because for the last time, I had fears about not fitting in a seat. Between June 30 and July 20 of last year, I was visiting my friends and family and for the last time, I felt ashamed of my size and how poorly I was taking care of myself. And on July 9 of last year, I stood out in the back yard with my brother blowing giant bubbles, and he snapped this picture of me:


And I realized that as soon as I got back to Chicago, I was going to do something about my weight, or else I would die. For July 9 of this year, I decided to go out in the yard and blow bubbles again. Only smaller ... for the bubbles, and for myself.


Thinking about everything that has happened between these two pictures is surreal. It's been scary and exciting; I've both smiled and cried harder than ever before. And I've never been more proud of myself than I am these days for having committed to saving my own life.

What about you? What accomplishment(s) on your journey so far are you most proud of?

15 comments:

Jillian said...

I guess the part that I'm the most proud of right now is the fact that I'm managing to strike a healthy balance (most times). I'm only about two months into this, so I still have a few slip-ups, and a moments when I think that I'm doing terribly, only to look back in retrospect and see that I'm actually doing alright. I'm also proud of the fact that I have tracked every. single. day. since I started, the good, the bad, and the ugly. That's pretty major for me.

However, the main reason I commented on this post is because that dress is absolutely adorable and you, my dear, are gorgeous

Caron said...

Just wanted to stop by and say "Awesome job!" The pictures are great and I love your blog. :)

Amanda said...

You look FANTASTIC!!
((I totally have that dress, too!))

Joy said...

Wow you look amazing!! You have taken your life back! I know exactly how that feels. Way to go!

Keep up the great work!

Stay focused!

MaryJo said...

Mary, your posts are always so inspiring to me and today is no exception. You've worked so hard and deserve to celebrate all month long.

kellybmomof3 said...

You look AMAZING! Great job!!

Carbie Girl said...

Aww how amazing... You look fantastic and that dress is super cute! I've always avoided dresses/skirts and shorts due to these tree trunk legs have.. but regardless of what size I am I'm determined to wear one before the year is up!

Ms. Scooter Butt said...

Ok now you can not only be but also say 'petite' with ze parfait accent, n'est pas? I appreciate that you are still blogging and continuing the very demonstrative and real before and afters.

You are truly oh_mg! I need to go back and read your journey. It is nice to see where you came from and where you arrived, but the battle. I am determined, but my emotions this week are blah and I am sure that this is not uncommon. I have not tracked since my latest faux pas. And I am falling back on my age and the heat to avoid exercise...and exercise IS the icing, I am sure.

findingmyhappypace.com said...

Wow, my first time visit to your blog, Twitter suggested I follow you. Your pictures from last year to this year are just WOW. You look fantastic in that dress, happily blowing bubbles. Congratulations on your weight loss!

Kat said...

Boy have you come a long way! I am clapping for your success, and I hope to be where you are next year...

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

You look amazing in that dress! Aren't bubbles fun to blow even as an adult? LOL

aschmalz83 said...

That dress is so cute!!

Munchberry said...

I love eggs in tomato sauce. I hardly ever think of making them though. And I love that your egg is cooked just as I think they should be for this dish. Soft/firm top.

But more importantly - how lovely and summery you look in your dress. I like the carefree bubble blowing. It is sort of like you are setting yourself free into the cosmos. Land where you will.

Weight Wars said...

oh wow that so looks yummy!

I'm most proud of leaving behind the diet, focusing on healthy for life.

marisol said...

I am not much of an egg person but this looks damn tasty.

My proudest moment so far has been being able to walk 5K without feeling exhausted or having back aches. Before I started WW and working out, sometimes walking more than a block would give me back pain.