We hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We wish all of you your best year yet. And we look forward to ours!
As we quickly approach February and say goodbye to January, it seems a good time to do a (quick) pulse check on our New Year resolutions. Ugh, I had to say it didn’t I? The dreaded “r” word! If you’re giving me five seconds to magically change the subject before you shut me down then I’m guessing one of your resolutions centers around eating healthy/weight loss … somewhere in that distressing realm of topics that we hate to talk about. No need to fret though! I’m no dietician, physician, anything ending in “-cian” for that matter (hmmm … innkeepercian … awwwe grasshopper.) I’m merely an innkeeper that happens to know that healthy breakfast does not have to come in liquid form, feel like your gnawing on sandpaper, or cost $6 for five bars. Five delicious (“This is amazing! I can do this. Mind over matter.”) bars.
Let’s squash the stereo-type that B&Bs are in the business of feeding guests 2,000 calorie breakfasts (at least this B&B is not.) If we all ate one meal a day, that would be optimal. But a lot of us rarely even eat breakfast, let-a-lone make it our one meal a day. Public service announcement – please eat breakfast! Mauger Estate Bed & Dinner … who am I kidding! That sounds amazing! But it’s not a real thing folks.
Here at the Mauger Estate we understand the urge to skip breakfast, so we have two goals (after making the kitchen smell heavenly to lure you down): One, to fuel your body with the nutrients needed for the day ahead (whether you’re working or doing the tourist thing.) And two, to do it in a way that makes you want to come back and eat more breakfast! That’s it!! Get your inner fat kid on! Feel no shame. It tastes so good he/she will never know it’s healthy. Until you step on a scale and now both of you are happy. It really is a sweet life …
So, how do we do it, and more importantly how easy is it to do at home? Second question first … it’s pre-school easy. Grab your favorite doll or truck and play all day easy. And how do we do it? Without giving away all of our secrets, I’ll give away the biggest one. Eggs; English Baked Eggs, frittatas, omelettes; the sky is the limit with eggs, and most of it you can prep the night before and throw in the oven the next morning while getting ready.
Key things to remember: 1% – 2% milk rather than cream, and know that not all veggies are created equally. Some have more carbs/calories than others. Great veggies to use are spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, and green onions. Tomatoes and bell peppers won’t kill you. And spices!! Spices can make or break the deal. So throw in some salt, pepper, garlic, marjoram, thyme, and don’t forget the cheese (if you do dairy.) Some cheeses are carb free (say it isn’t so!) so feel free to add some Cheddar and Parmesan. Aren’t you glad you didn’t shut me down two minutes ago? But we don’t stop at eggs at the Mauger Estate. We understand that some of our guests’ can’t/don’t eat eggs.
Roll out the Greek yogurt, granola, and fruit. Eat all of it, eat some of it, mix it all up … hey, it’s your breakfast, your call. One cup of plain Greek yogurt sits at 120 cal, 0 fat, and 9 carbs. And yes, it can cause a gag reflex by itself. Agreed. Don’t shut me down yet! Add a ¼ cup of homemade granola (recipe on our website) and you’ve already gone from worst day ever to good day. NOW, throw in your berries; raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries (they sit a little higher in carbs, but nothing terrible) and it’s a great day my friends! You can even skip the granola and just add a little cinnamon. Key things to remember: Not all yogurts are created equally just because it’s “yogurt”. Look at the back. And not all granolas are created equally. Clue – breakfast granola does not have M&Ms. Sorry. Again, look at the back. It’s easy-peasy once you get your routine down.
By no means are we claiming to be experts, and we absolutely serve Stuffed French Toast, because our guests deserve that as well. But we do know healthy breakfast, and we do know that our guests love it just as much as the Stuffed French Toast. Now show that resolution that you mean business! … oh, and throw those breakfast bars away. Now do the running-man and embrace the New Year.
I have attached the recipe for our Mediterranean Frittata for your enjoyment, but also for you to get an idea of how simple creating your own frittata can be!
Makes one 9 inch quiche or frittata pan.
2 C frozen hashbrowns
2 C milk
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 Tblsp Italian seasoning
2 Tblsp fresh basil, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
½ C sundried tomatoes
1 C goat cheese
1 C fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 C fresh spinach, chopped
Place hashbrowns in greased pan, bake in oven at 380 degrees for 30 minutes. Pour 2 Tblsp melted butter over the hashbrowns. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over hashbrowns. Place green onions on top of parmesan cheese, then sundried tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese. Mix eggs, milk or ½ and ½ and spices with whisk, add seasoning, basil and spinach.
You may refrigerate overnight (cover quiche dish and egg mixture separately) and pour egg mixture into quiche dish in the morning and bake at 375 degrees for approximately one hour or until eggs are set. You may bake immediately after mixing as well.
Written & photographed by Carrie, Innkeeper