The Very Veggie Breakfast Sandwich

fullsizeoutput_3487.jpegRourke and I recently went to see A Star Is Born at the movies.  Prior to seeing it, we wanted to grab a quick bite.  Our choices near the theatre were very limited…Whataburger, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, El Chicos, Applebees and Copeland’s.  Wanting a glass of wine with dinner, we chose Copeland’s.

Let me just tell you there is nothing healthy about that place.  Me trying to be gluten-free, found limited choices.  I finally found a salad with shrimp and crabmeat that was pretty good, but Rourke got the Spinach-artichoke dip with deep-fried bow tie pasta, of course.

Not being able to resist trying his appetizer, I had one.  Then two.  Then 10.  Then 20.

The next day, I felt bloated and miserable.  My gut got all out of whack, and I am still trying to get back to normal.

So the moral to this story is that I need to stay gluten-free.

fullsizeoutput_3479.jpegI found these Cauliflower Sandwich Thins recently at Whole Foods.  I thought and thought about how I would use them…. Lightbulb!!  A breakfast sandwich.  The first version of the sandwich was good….. show above.  But, after tweaking the recipe, I got it down to about 300 calories and Dee-lish!

When I told Rourke I had a breakfast sandwich for him to try for the blog,  he was giddy, thinking it had bread, bacon, eggs, and cheese.  But, when I added that it was “Very Veggie” breakfast sandwich, he looked defeated.  😦

But, after trying it, he loved it!!!!  And ate the whole thing!!!This recipe makes one sandwich.  You are welcome to double the recipe like I did and make ahead.  They heat up well in the microwave, covered, for about 1 1/2 minutes.  They last in the fridge for up to 5 days.

fullsizeoutput_3472.jpegBoil 1 head of broccoli.fullsizeoutput_3473.jpegDrain and let cool.  fullsizeoutput_347e.jpegMeanwhile, chop one green or red bell pepper.  For heat, which is optional, deseed and devein one jalapeño and mince.  Spray a skillet with non-stick spray and saute peppers over medium heat until soft.fullsizeoutput_347c.jpegfullsizeoutput_347d.jpegChop 1 cup of baby spinach and add to pepper mixture until wilted.fullsizeoutput_3474.jpegChop broccoli and add half to pepper mixture.

Place 2 sandwich under your oven’s broiler for 2 minutes per side.  fullsizeoutput_347f.jpegWhisk 1 egg, 1/8 tsp. salt and cracked black pepper.  Add veggies and 1/8 cup grated sharp cheddar and 1/8 cup crumbled feta.  Stir well.fullsizeoutput_3476.jpegfullsizeoutput_3475.jpegIn the original sandwich, I melted cheese on top.  But in the final version, I added cheese to the egg mixture.  Along with 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt.fullsizeoutput_3477.jpegSpray a circle-shaped cutter or biscuit cutter well with non-stick spray, along with a skillet.

Heat over medium heat.  Add egg mixture to the circle and cook for 5 minutes.fullsizeoutput_3484.jpegfullsizeoutput_3478.jpegPlace under broiler for 5 more minutes.  Take out and let it rest for five minutes.  Remove from circle and put it on top of one sandwich thin.  Top with the other thin.fullsizeoutput_3486.jpegfullsizeoutput_3488.jpegRecipe:

(makes 1 sandwich)

2 Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1 egg

1 bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, minced (optional)

1/2 cup cooked, chopped broccoli

1 cup diced spinach

1/8 cup feta cheese

1/8 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon  non-fat, Greek yogurt

1/8 tsp. salt

cracked black pepper

circle cutter

non-stick spray

Spray skillet with non-stick spray.  Saute peppers in skillet over medium heat until soft.  Add spinach and cook until wilted.  Add chopped broccoli.

Broil sandwich thins for 2 minutes on each side.

Whisk egg with salt and pepper.  Add yogurt, veggies and cheese.  Mix well.

Spray skillet and circle cutter well with non-stick spray.  Pour egg mixture into circle and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Broil for 5 more minutes.  Let set for 5 minutes.  Remove egg from circle and place between sandwich thins.

Bon appetit!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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Lavish Libations Series: The Mystery Machine and Scooby snacks

fullsizeoutput_346f.jpegfullsizeoutput_3468Zoinks!! These meddling kids are at it again.  We are hopping in our “Mystery Machine,” making some Scooby snacks, and watching some Scooby-Doo and the Gang.

I grew up watching the cartoon and came to know all the characters.  This was back when cartoons only were shown on Saturday mornings.  With a touch of humor, this mystery show was always a favorite.

So, when the real life movie was filmed, I had to see it.  It definitely did not when the Oscar, but was entertaining all the same.

This Halloween, instead of watching something so scary I can’t sleep, we are watching a more family-friend Scooby-Doo 1 and 2.

First we need to make those Scooby snacks!fullsizeoutput_345e.jpegUsing mini Halloween cookie cutters and sliced cheese, I cut out some cheese shapes.fullsizeoutput_345f.jpegfullsizeoutput_3462.jpegfullsizeoutput_3464.jpeg(Helpful hint:  this works better if the cheese is cold). I then placed them onto crackers and served with black grapes!!fullsizeoutput_3467.jpeg

Next for “The Mystery Machine” cocktail:

fullsizeoutput_3469.jpegI cheated and bought the Rose’s Sour Apple Martini mixer. Along with vodka and Tang.  You could definitely make this a mocktail by avoiding the vodka.

fullsizeoutput_346b.jpegI squeezed lime juice along the rim of the martini glass.fullsizeoutput_346c.jpegI swirled the rim around in the Tang for garnish and color.

fullsizeoutput_346d.jpegI then filled a shaker with ice and added vodka and sour apple mix and shook.  I strained into the glass. I used equal parts vodka and sour apple mix.fullsizeoutput_3471.jpegA few Scooby facts:

Scooby (full name Scoobert) was shown on Saturday mornings on CBS starting in 1969.  It lasted two seasons and had 25 episodes.

In 1972, the series returned as The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

It then continued to be shown through more than 12 different series.

Scooby-Doo is based loosely on Abbott and Costello.

Frank Sinatra’s “shoo-bee-doo-bee-doo” in his song “Strangers in The Night” inspired the “Scooby-doo-be-doo.”

Casey Kasem was the voice of Shaggy from 1969-1997.  Kasem was a vegan and wanted Shaggy to be one, too.  When asked to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial, Kasem protested and quit the show.

Famous people have been voices on Scooby-Doo: Jodie Foster, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Don Knotts.

Scooby-Doo holds the record for most episodes of a cartoon comedy series.

Scooby-Doo, Where are you?

Cheers!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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The Grove Collaborative Review

My aunt and I both share our views in clean, non-toxic living choices.  She has been touting her love of Grove Collaborative.  They are a non-toxic cleaning/lifestyle subscription brand.  I got a chance to try them out recently, and I am here to tell you I love this idea.

I got all of these products below in my first shipment for $20.  I also got a 60-day VIP trial, which includes free shipping, a price match guarantee, speedy customer service, early access to new products and full-sized free gifts with each order.fullsizeoutput_33b6.jpegI got these amazing-smelling Meyer’s cleaning items free with my first order (minus the dishwasher tablets).

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I added these three all-time faves of mine to the order. ( I put a bottle of the daily shower in each bathroom and encourage family members to spray shower after each use.  It cuts down on cleaning.). fullsizeoutput_33b2.jpegfullsizeoutput_33b9.jpegfullsizeoutput_33ba.jpegAnd, I got these free gifts to boot! Two dish cleaners and a spray bottle to put in The Grove concentrates (i.e. glass cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, etc.)

I know, I know, another subscription?  Really?  Well, if you are like me, you already have an Amazon Prime subscription, among other monthly fees.  Is this worth the yearly, $19.99??

I decided to compare shop, and here is what I found.

Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap (16oz.)

The Grove                             Target                                 Amazon

$3.89                                     $3.99                                   $3.89

(about the same price, all with free shipping with subscriptions/Target Red Card)

Seventh Generation Dish Soap (25 oz.)

The Grove                           Target                                  Amazon

$3.89                                    $2.79                                     $2.79

(about a dollars difference between The Grove and Target/Amazon)

Method Dish Soap (18 oz.)

The Grove                           Target                                  Amazon

$3.89                                    $2.84                                    $2.84

(again, about a dollars difference between The Grove and Target/Amazon)

But, with my 60-day, VIP speedy customer service, I immediately emailed my VIP concierge and asked about the price match guarantee.  She promptly emailed me back, saying, if you find a lower price, send link to them, and they will adjust the price at checkout.

You get an email asking if you would like to re-order previously-ordered products, new products or anything else each month.  You have the option to decline, of course, and not order anything.

I have decided to take advantage of my 60-day trial and decide before then whether to keep or not.  But, for now, I am taking advantage and have already added this razor/refill along with these reusable bpa-free plastic storage bags to my next order.

Have you tried Grove Collaborative?  What are your favorite clean products?

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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Fall Cabi Capsule Outfit #3

IMG_0306.JPGI decided to wear a more casual look here with my Fall Cabi Capsule.  I am using fall’s oversized denim jacket trend along with the top and jeans I purchased.  I added a pop of red with statement earrings.  I finished everything off with high-top sneakers and a clutch.

This is something I could comfortably wear to school and feel stylish, too.  I would probably wear a bigger bag to school than the clutch seen here today, though.  Maybe my black backpack?

(If you missed the first two outfits, you can catch up here and here.)IMG_0314.JPGIMG_0313IMG_0317.JPGIMG_0302.JPGIMG_0321.JPGIMG_0322.JPGIMG_0323.JPGIMG_0324.JPGIMG_0325.JPG

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

Outfit details:  top//bottoms//jean jacket vintage, similar here//sneakers//clutch//similar earrings

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Fall Mailbox Delivered

IMG_0347.JPGHappy fall, ya’ll!

Our shared mailbox was needing some TLC x 10! It was rusty and had chips of paint missing.  So, I took things into my own hands and made a run to Home Depot, mission impossible song playing in my head.IMG_0339.JPGI wanted to give it not only a fresh coat of paint, but a fall feel, too.  Hey, why not?  (Is it really October, already, btw??)

IMG_0327.JPGHere are the before pics…IMG_0328.JPGSo I taped up the flags and numbers and went to spraying black spray paint.IMG_0329.JPGIMG_0330.JPGIMG_0331.JPGIMG_0332.JPGI used gloves so as not to mess up my Colorstreet Nails!  And, it took 2-3 coats of flat black Rustoleum paint+primer.IMG_0333.JPGIMG_0334.JPGIMG_0336.JPGWhile waiting for the paint to dry before peeling off the tape, I sprayed a circle on the grass to make a mini-bed.IMG_0338.JPGI proceeded to dig up the grass, shaking out any dirt I could into the area.IMG_0340.JPGI filled in the bed with topsoil.IMG_0341.JPGI then placed the plants, still in their pots, where I wanted to plant them.IMG_0342.JPGI dug individual holes in the dirt and placed each plant, covering with the topsoil around the roots.IMG_0343.JPGIMG_0344.JPGFor a little extra autumnal touch, I added some small pumpkins to boot!IMG_0346.JPGI can’t wait to go get the mail now!!!

Any fall touches you are adding around your home?  Would love for you to share!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

P.S.  A little side note:

I was inspired by yesterday’s Gospel and homily.  It was about praising good works and how it pleases God.  The homily told us that good news does not sell, so media tends to always give us bad news.  Therefore, God wants us to be the “Good News” vessels.  So, with that in mind, I am going to strive to include one “happy news” article in each blog post.

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