Poached Eggs

No GPS Sunday

Hi! Today has been such a fun, random day. We woke up and realized we were out of farm fresh eggs which have been the highlight of breakfasts recently, so decided to try to find a Farmer’s Market to go pick some up. We found a new-to-us Farmer’s Market in Alexandria, VA and set out to find it. We arrived there and it was awesome! It was a lot bigger than the farmers market I usually go to, and the prices seemed more reasonable. All of the vendors were so friendly and there was a lot of different produce, dairy, bread, plants, and art to look at.

Here’s what we ended up purchasing:

  • A dozen eggs
  • Rainbow chard
  • Green onions
  • Radishes
  • A Mediterranean Squash
  • Free range NY Strip Steak (for Wil)

We decided we should grill out tonight, so wanted to go to the store to get some other things, and also had a few other errands to run. We were hungry, too, and just ended up wandering around Alexandria and stopped at random places along the way, without using GPS or figuring out exactly where we were going. We stumbled across a cute little restaurant called Foxfire Grill and stopped there to get some brunch.

I had a cup of coffee with half and half to start

Then they served us a basket of fresh baked mini muffins, and I had one blueberry and one banana nut.

They were delicious and still warm from the oven. We ended up bringing the rest of the basket home, and as soon as I got outside our door and started digging for my keys, I dropped them all over the floor. 🙁 I hate wasting food, and being clumsy!

For my meal, I ordered the Eggs Chesapeake, which is just like eggs benedict, but with crab meat instead of ham.

I ordered it without Hollandaise and with fruit instead of potatoes. The eggs were perfectly poached, but definitely not as good as the farm fresh eggs that we’ll hopefully have for breakfast tomorrow. The fruit was fresh too, but the honeydew melon wasn’t quite ripe. I still managed to eat it all.

We ended up going to Goodwill and finding a nice painting for the wall, Home Depot and got a plant for our balcony, and a cool Indian market and got some different spices, vinegar, and peppercorns for cheap. ‘Twas a fun and productive day! Plans for the rest of the day include hopefully a run and then grilling out tonight! I’ll be back!

Eggs Florentine with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Heyyyy! I am swaaaaamped at work but it’s Friday so all is good! I had so much trouble falling asleep last night so I didn’t get to bed until after 1am! That is super late for me. Luckily I didn’t have too much trouble getting up this morning, but I am dragging. I got a grande Americano (3 shots espresso) so hopefully that will help! 😉

Breakfast today was really incredible. I wanted to try those farm fresh eggs I got yesterday at the Farmer’s Market.

I love how they are all slightly different sizes and I really couldn’t wait to taste them. One of my all time favorite breakfast/brunches is Eggs Benedict, but that can be extremely calorie dense with the hollandaise sauce. Since I stopped eating meat, I decided to make a version of Eggs Florentine (same concept but over sautéed spinach instead of ham), but you could easily sub in canadian bacon, lump crab meat (MY FAVORITE), or anything else your heart desires. I wanted to recreate something just as delicious, but healthier and this morning I did just that!

For the Creamy Avocado Sauce, I mixed in:

  • 1/2 container 0% Chobani plain yogurt
  • 1/3 avocado, mashed
  • generous squirt grainy mustard
  • juice of one lime (would have used lemon but didn’t have any!)
  • salt

I tasted the sauce and it was really good! It kind of tasted like the yolk of a deviled egg if that makes sense, and was super creamy and flavorful.

I poached two eggs (see here for my tricks to the perfect poached egg), sautéed some spinach, toasted an english muffin, and then heated up 2 Morningstar Veggie Sausage Links. It only took 15 minutes in total and it was very well worth it.

I put some spinach on each half of the english muffin, then topped it with the poached eggs, and then used the creamy avocado sauce liberally. It was soooo good. The avocado mashed really well into the yogurt and made it extra creamy. A little acid from the lime, salt to highlight the flavor, and an extra kick from the mustard, and this was delicious. The eggs were perfectly poached so the yolk ran all over when I cut into them.

That picture is making my mouth water and I seriously want these again! I still have about half of the sauce left so that’s entirely possible… 🙂

Happy Friday!!

Poached Eggs with Avocado? Yes, Please!

Hey! This week is seriously flying by.. I feel like I say that every week but this time I really mean it! I’m going to make this pretty quick because, and I know I say this every night lately, I am TIRED and want to really make an effort to get to bed early. Check up on me tomorrow to hold me to it. 🙂

I did Bikram after work today and it was HARD. There weren’t too many people there even though this class is usually busy, but I’m guessing that’s because they were out celebrating Cinco de Mayo. For some reason today, I felt like I could barely breath! After the first few standing postures I had to sit down for a little bit – it was strange because I took yesterday off and it wasn’t humid at all today. I am going to take tomorrow off too and go for a nice long bikeride because I still haven’t tried my new seat even though its installed. I’ll go back to Bikram on Friday, which concludes my week pass, then I’m going to take a bit of time off from it because its expensive and I’ve really been neglecting biking, running, and weight training. Also, it is such a huge time commitment with the workout itself plus getting there early and showering after, so I’m looking forward to having a little more free time most evenings.

After my lunch, I ran out and got some gummy bears because I wanted them. Good reason, right? 🙂

Afternoon snacks included an apple

And a Chobani 2% Strawberry Banana

I am loving the 2% flavors recently. I think they taste great, are a little thicker than the 0%, and really stick with me longer.

When I got home, I was REALLY hungry, so I wanted to make something fast. I quickly decided on eggs, my favorite quick meal.

This is two poached eggs, served over 1/2 a medium sized avocado, with two slices of toasted whole wheat potato bread. Poaching can seem intimidating – i know it did for me before I learned the right way, but its really so quick, easy, and its great that you don’t have to add any butter or oil to cook them in.  Jenna did a post on it here, but my method is a little less precise. I usually do it in a pan, as long as its deep enough for the water to cover the eggs, and the three secrets to poaching perfect eggs are:

1.) Add vinegar to the poaching water

2.) Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer before putting the eggs in

3.) Crack the eggs in a dish and then pour into the water, don’t crack them directly into the water

I leave it for about 3-4 minutes and don’t cover it, and then use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pan. They turned out exactly how I like them, with the yolk oozing all over once I broke it.

Mmmm. This was exactly what I wanted and was in my belly 15 minutes after I came up with the idea. 🙂