FLUFFY EGG SOUFFLE & I'm BACK FROM GREECE!

Here's your inspiration and temptation to go to Greece. Photo by my Greek - Dimitrios. P.s. my last name is pronounced wildly different then it's spelled. Bahhh-yos. Yup. 

Here's your inspiration and temptation to go to Greece. Photo by my Greek - Dimitrios. P.s. my last name is pronounced wildly different then it's spelled. Bahhh-yos. Yup. 

I'm moving to Greece.

Kidding.

Had to grab your attention there.

However, enter the a massive flood of Greek influence coming your way via my 2 week hiatus to the land I call "heaven on earth." 

I know, so dramatic, yet totally on point. If you've been there, you get it, if you haven't you will go...likely with me {hint hint yoga retreat 2018?}. 

I'll be writing up travel tidbits based on my recent vacation, but until then I'm sharing some simple recipes. P.s. they're not going to include caffeine {yikes, I actually typed that} or sugar, double yikes! If you follow me on instagram or are my friend on Facebook, I've already shared the Greek Yogurt Parfait that people are drooling over. 

As a result of this trip (and often any trips I take to Europe) I always come back feeling lighter (aside from relaxed) and motivated to go back to eating clean, sugar free and as close to the Mediterranean diet as possible. Hubs and I have cut back on our coffee intake (as in no coffee which used to include sugar and half and half - multiple cups a day), no added sugars and no processed foods at all, including bread. 

Who just got nervous and started sweating? Ha, calm down, I'm talking about me here but you're more then welcome to do this 1 week of sugar free challenge with me over on instagram! 

The reason I'm doing it is because I think I was on a caffeine addicted highway {yes even your humble nutritionist yogi} that was leading to some inflammation in my own body not to mention my sweet tooth was creeping up because the heat wave was exploding in NY {Summer is so not my jam, you'll find me in the AC if you need me} before I left...and that leaves a lot of us craving cool foods. I was eating out of the pint of gelato. Don't judge me. 

Anyhoo, If you want to join the challenge with me head over to instagram and follow @mindbodygreen to read the rules then start using the hashtag #mbgsugarfreechallenge.

In the meantime...here is a handy article I found on 10 sneaky names for sugar found in your foods. 

And here is my new obsession called the "Fluffy Egg Omelette". It's easy, takes 12-25 minutes and you only need a few ingredients. 

RECIPE

"Fluffy Egg Souffle"

I ate this every morning along with my Greek yogurt while away {insert happy sigh}

INGREDIENTS/EQUIPMENT:

  • A whisk and/or a blender/mixer

  • A cast iron skillet (or alternative that can be placed in an oven). 
  • Two bowls

SERVES: 2 (I doubled the recipe so I'd have leftovers for the next day, cause why wouldn't you do that?). 

  • 3 eggs (separate the whites from the yolks)
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt (plain, full fat the brand I trust and use is Fage) - I used this as a sour cream replacement)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil just to lightly oil the skillet
  • fresh herbs (I had dill on hand but use thyme, oregano, etc.) - this is so that you look super fancy and serve the food and people think you're professional and know what you're doing (insert snarky laugh). 

METHODS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the skillet, swirl it around, coat it, then wipe the excess out with a paper towel.

1. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, place in individual bowls. 

2. Whisk the egg yolks and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the greek yogurt and combine (should be a little thickened). 

3. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form (whisk, or beat, I used a handheld beater cause who's got time or the arm strength to whisk whites?). Takes a couple of minutes. 

4. Combine the whites with the yolks and gently mix with a whisk. 

5. Pour into the skillet. 

Bake 10-12 minutes (double this if making double batch along with all ingredients), I baked mine for 20 + minutes til top was browned and the eggs got all fluffed. 

Top with salt and pepper to taste and pretty things like fresh dill. Serve on pretty plates (everything should be pretty, food is nourishment, don't just glob it onto ugly plates). 

Enjoy! 

Let me know if you try it! HAVE YOU EVER CUT BACK ON SUGAR, CAFFEINE? GONE COLD TURKEY? STRUGGLED? STILL STRUGGLING? LET ME KNOW!