Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe is a great source of protein. I have read many different weight loss books which cite studies of people who lose more weight when they eat eggs. You can search it for yourself but this is a general consensus of many studies done. I just know I do feel fuller when I eat eggs especially as my first meal of the day.

This is a great recipe to make ahead for the week when you are too busy to cook each morning. This is also good for the kids to eat before school. The best part of this recipe is you can add more ingredients if you wish. This egg patties recipe is just a basic one so comment below if you add other ingredients like shallots, cheese, mushrooms, spinach or something else? Crumbled bacon. Yum! The combinations are endless.

*QUICK NOTE: We use cage-free and free range eggs. We are very fortunate to have a friend who raises chickens for eggs and I do know these are allowed to roam during the day and in a coop at night. They also get to eat lots of bugs. The yolks are such a deep yellow almost orange tint. So fresh and taste better than any store bought eggs. Plus I pay $3 a dozen which is very affordable.

I use a pyrex glass casserole dish size 9×13 to cook the patties in. It’s a great size to use. I also put my glass dish on top of a cookie sheet as it is much easier to put in and take out the oven after it’s cooked. I also use Pam cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to the glass dish.

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INGREDIENTS:
12 eggs
Seasoning (Optional)
*Again add any additional ingredients if you desire but this is good just plain with seasoning.
Pam Spray (I use Olive Oil version)

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COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Next crack open the dozen eggs in a bowl and add seasoning and any additional ingredients if you wish and mix with a fork to scramble them.
Then after you have sprayed your glass dish with the Pam spray pour the eggs into the glass dish.
Put the dish into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

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After the eggs have cooked, take out of the oven and let cool before cutting into slices. Don’t worry if the eggs look poofy as it will settle down after you cut them. You can also stick a butter knife in the middle and if it comes out clean then it’s done. You will slice them into squares. We cut them into 10 squares and that way we have one each to eat or you can eat two squares Monday thru Friday. Each square is like 1 egg. Store them in an air tight container and put into the fridge. Just put a slice and reheat for a minute when you are ready to eat.

Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe
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Great breakfast to make ahead on a Sunday to eat each day during the week and store in the fridge. Just reheat for a minute.
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe
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Great breakfast to make ahead on a Sunday to eat each day during the week and store in the fridge. Just reheat for a minute.
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pyrex glass casserole dish with Pam Spray or non-stick spray. I also put the dish on top of a cookie sheet as it's easier to put in or take out the oven.
  3. Crack open the dozen eggs in a bowl and add seasoning and any additional ingredients if you wish and mix with a fork to scramble them.
  4. Pour the eggs into the glass dish.
  5. Put the dish into the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Pull out the eggs when they are done and you can stick a butter knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, then the eggs are cooked. If not, then put back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Allow to cool and cut into 10 square slices (or as many or as little as you would like). Store in an airtight container and in the fridge. Reheat each square for a minute when ready to eat during the week.
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Wake Up with Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe

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Wake Up with this Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe that will give you that coffee fix you want in the morning but it has a nice surprise with just 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa. Did you know that cocoa or cacao is considered a superfood? The Latin name for cocoa is Theobroma which literally translates to, “Food of the Gods.”

Raw Organic Cacao Powder has more antioxidants than blueberries, iron, calcium, magnesium and lots of other wonderful health benefits. You have to read the labels and be wary of which brand you buy. Hersheys is not the same thing as a brand that is certified Organic and Non-GMO. Another thing to look for on the label is how the cocoa is processed which is important as it keeps as many of the health benefits as possible. I will discuss more in another post about what to look for such as cold pressed or first press or unrefined and milled at low temperatures.

This is a really easy smoothie or shake to make but it also has lots of health benefits. Any recipe I post like this can be tweaked to the way you would like it. Want more coffee, then add more. Don’t want almond milk then omit it. Want peanut butter instead then add it in lieu of almond butter. Coconut oil is optional but it adds a wonderful smooth texture and it is very healthy for you. I will discuss how amazing coconut oil is for health in another post. Make sure you add at least 8oz of liquid otherwise it will be extremely thick. I am planning on tweaking it to make it more of a soft serve ice cream as a dessert.

INGREDIENTS
1 Small or Medium Banana
1/2 cup of brewed coffee, chilled
1 tbs almond butter (or peanut butter)
2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 to 1 cup ice (I use 1/2 cup which is cold but not too thick)
1 scoop protein or vegan plant powder (optional)
I also added a tbsp coconut oil

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Blend together in a blender. This works great in my Nutra Ninja blender. I pour into a glass and then add a few shakes of cinnamon on top. Very delicious and enjoy. Please leave a comment below if you make it and let me know what you think. Did you tweak it? Then I would love to read what you did!

Wake Up with Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe
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Wake Up with this Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe that will give you that coffee fix you want in the morning but it has a nice surprise with just 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa.
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Wake Up with Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe
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Wake Up with this Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe that will give you that coffee fix you want in the morning but it has a nice surprise with just 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa.
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: 10-12 oz
Instructions
  1. Chop up the banana into the blender cup and then add all the ingredients. I always use the coconut oil last. Then blend until smooth. After I shake cinnamon on top after I pour into a glass. Enjoy.
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Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites Recipe

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*Just a discloser but I did not get paid to talk about Green & Black’s chocolate and I truly enjoy eating a couple of small pieces to satisfy my sweet tooth. It’s the most affordable and best quality dark chocolate I have found that I can buy in my small town.

I love chocolate and it’s so hard to find a really good quality chocolate that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Some dark chocolate bars are $4-6 each! I can’t really afford to indulge at those prices. When I found Green & Blacks 85% Dark Chocolate at my local Walmart for $2.97 each, I actually squealed with delight. I am not kidding. Luckily no one was around. I have also found it at Walgreens and it does go on sale from time to time 2 for $5 which is a great time to stock up. Here is the best part about this chocolate. No soy lecithin. Basically soy lecithin is just an emulsifier so it keeps the candy bar held together. But many people would prefer not to consume it. You can’t beat the ingredient list: organic cocoa butter, organic fat-reduced cocoa powder, organic raw cane sugar, and organic vanilla extract. I can pronounce all of them and nothing hidden.

Now on to the actual recipe and frozen banana bites. This is a super easy recipe. I have all the ingredients and instructions on the recipe card that you can print out or share. I love these fun tools that make life easier.

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ITEMS YOU NEED:
2 cookie sheets 9×13 (you have one bigger cookie sheet)
1 Bar of the Green & Black’s 85% Dark Chocolate (honestly you can use something else)
2 medium to large bananas
Chopped up walnuts or pecans (optional)
Either 2 pots to melt the chocolate in or a glass dish if you melt it in the microwave.
Sheet of Wax Paper so they don’t stick to the pan in the freezer.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Cut your bananas into chunks. I cut mine about 3/4 to 1″ thick. The thicker you cut the less you will have so you may want to cut another banana. You will know when you start dipping the bananas.

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2) Melt your chocolate. In my picture you will see that I used one bigger pot filled about 1/4 of the way with water. Don’t boil the water but it will need to be almost boiling, lower the temp and stick a smaller pot on the top and it will melt the chocolate rather quickly. Some have said melting it in a glass bowl in the microwave. I preferred the pot method as I have more control over how fast it melts and I find it had a better consistency.

3) Remove from oven and keep your pot over the water as it will keep the chocolate warm. I also tilted the pot so it makes it easier to dip the bananas. Now you will start dipping the bananas. Make sure you have your wax paper on the cookie sheet so once you dip the banana chunk you can put it on the cookie sheet. I tried using toothpicks but I was having trouble. I found using a fork worked the best for me.

4) Now you have dipped all the banana chunks and you can sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on top. Totally your choice. I put them in a freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours. Once frozen take them off the cookie sheet and put them in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Mine yielded 34 bites. You may have more of less depending on how thick you cut the bananas.

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Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites Recipe
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Super easy and delicious frozen treat for those hot summer days. Dark chocolate and bananas are all you need and chopped nuts to sprinkle on top if you like nuts.
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites Recipe
Print Recipe
Super easy and delicious frozen treat for those hot summer days. Dark chocolate and bananas are all you need and chopped nuts to sprinkle on top if you like nuts.
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: bites
Instructions
  1. Cut your bananas into chunks. I cut mine about 3/4 to 1" thick. The thicker you cut the less you will have so you may want to cut another banana. You will know when you start dipping the bananas.
  2. Melt your chocolate. I used one bigger pot filled about 1/4 of the way with water. Don't boil the water but it will need to be almost boiling, lower the temp and stick a smaller pot on the top and it will melt the chocolate rather quickly. Some have said melting it in a glass bowl in the microwave. I preferred the pot method as I have more control over how fast it melts and I find it had a better consistency.
  3. Remove from oven and keep your pot over the water as it will keep the chocolate warm. I also tilted the pot so it makes it easier to dip the bananas. Now you will start dipping the bananas. Make sure you have your wax paper on the cookie sheet so once you dip the banana chunk you can put it on the cookie sheet. I tried using toothpicks but I was having trouble. I found using a fork worked the best for me.
  4. Now you have dipped all the banana chunks and you can sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on top. Totally your choice. I put them in a freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours. Once frozen take them off the cookie sheet and put them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
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My First Weight Loss Baby Step- Quit Drinking Soft Drinks!

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Trying to lose a lot of weight can seem very daunting especially if you have tried several programs already. Either it was too strict like Atkins which doesn’t seem like a long term solution to me or you gained more weight doing a low fat diet which is too high in starchy carbs. Instead I decided to lose weight by taking baby steps. Making one small dietary change until it became a habit. Then I would add another small change, and another, until I was completely changing my lifestyle. It is much easier to stick with baby steps as you aren’t doing it all at once.

The first step I took was to quit drinking all soft drinks. Instead of soft drinks with my meals, I switched to regular iced tea. I don’t believe in artificial sweeteners so I used regular sugar but much less of it. I would make a gallon of tea and add a 1/2 cup of sugar. That wasn’t very sweet at all. I also increased my water intake. I didn’t feel like I was depriving myself. The best part was I started saving money by not spending $40-50 a month on soft drinks. Making a couple of gallons a tea weekly is so much cheaper. I was spending about $5 a month on tea and sugar. I did wean myself off the sugar by decreasing how much sugar I added. Once I got used to the 1/2 cup then I cut it down to a 1/4 cup. After a couple of months, I stopped using all sugar and drank it black. I just squeeze a little lemon juice in it which helps. If I eat out, then I either order iced water or unsweet tea with lemon.

I did drink it every so often in the last 2-3 years, but as of last year I kicked the habit completely and still haven’t had one in a year. Now I drink iced green tea and no sugar. I don’t even add lemon. You get used to the taste and I prefer it. I really love drinking green tea. Green tea and white are so beneficial for your health. They detox your body and have antioxidants among other healthy benefits like helping to rid your body of belly fat. There are numerous studies on this subject, but most show you have to consume at least 4-5 cups of 6oz daily. I do drink 24 oz of either one preferably after a meal. It cuts any sugar craving I might get, and green/white teas also help with digestion.

The best part was I lost 6 pounds in 10 days by not drinking soft drinks. That gave me great motivation to continue losing weight. The main reason I quit drinking soft drinks was for health reasons. I was suffering from heartburn on a daily basis. I kept thinking it was the red sauces, but once I quit drinking cokes, then my heartburn went away. It was amazing! Many people will drink diet drinks since it has no calories, but it still has all those awful ingredients, fake sweeteners and colors. Most people know that coke will eat away acid on a car battery. Well imagine what those same drinks are doing to your insides? Many people drink 2-3 a day! I find it quite scary, and that just reinforced my desire to quit drinking them. It’s a major step that many people feel that they can’t do it. I will say not only will your body thank you but so will your pocket book.

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Welcome to the Shrinking Cajun

Welcome to the Shrinking Cajun blog which is a journal of my weight loss journey. I was born and raised in South Louisiana where I still live. Yes I am part cajun and proud of my heritage and my state. Living in a state where the motto is, “Eat to Live” can be a challenge!

I really wished I would have started this blog from the beginning of my journey, but better late than never. I first started my journey at the very end of August in 2009. I was thin in high school and even in college. I really didn’t start gaining weight until 1997 after I already met my husband. He was also thin and quite muscular when we met. I started slowly gaining weight and was up to 200 pounds when we married in May of 1998. I continued gaining weight, and was up to 230 when I became pregnant with my first son. I maintained my weight and even lost a few pounds after delivery and nursing him for the first year really did help. I didn’t really pack on the weight until after we lost our second son. I got so depressed that I turned to food for comfort. I just stopped caring about myself.

Fast forward 6 years later where I finally turned a corner. I have tried several times during that time to lose weight like Atkins but I literally got sick from being on that diet. Each attempt always ended the same, I would quit after losing some weight because it wasn’t a long term solution. I would go back to my old habits and pack on more weight. There are several reasons how I reached the point of sticking with it and not quitting. I really don’t want to get into all that in this post, and have saved those reasons for a future post. The main thing was I wanted to be a better person for my son. I had to get my act together so I could be the mom I wanted to be and not the self-conscious person who wanted to hide in shame. I managed to lose 100 pounds over the course of the year and was looking great and feeling great. I even kept it off for about 18 months. So what happened? I still ask myself that very question.

Below is a picture from my heaviest to when I lost 100 pounds back in 2011. I went from a size 26/28 to a size 12 and large in tops.

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All I have are excuses. I went back to college and graduated in 2012 with an Associate Degree in General Studies. I was so proud of myself that I said I can do this and get my Bachelor Degree. I did in May 2014 with 2 English Minors and a degree in General Studies.

At the same time, my blog, Thrifty Momma Ramblings exploded. The traffic was unbelievable and I was doing amazing. During that time, I moved back to my hometown into my mother’s house, my husband had a new job so he would no longer have to commute 30 miles each way, and my 16 year old niece was living with us. We also renovated the house which included adding a master bedroom suite for me and my husband. Long story short, I gained back 90 pounds. Sad but true. How could I let that happen? Stress, stress, and more stress. This whole story could be a novel but it was more excuses and I just stopped caring. Shame on me. A lot has changed in my life since then and I have lost 50 pounds again since January of 2015! I am excited to be back on this path of healthy living and my husband also lost 50 pounds doing a Biggest Loser challenge at his job. Since we are doing this together, then it does help since we support and motivate each other.

My best advice is TAKE BABY STEPS! It makes losing weight so much easier and seem doable after you see the scale going down. Don’t let that scale determine your success either. How do you look and feel? How do your clothes feel? Baggy and loose? Then you know you are on the right path. There will be challenges and bumps. I know firsthand which is why I wanted to update. You never quit fighting. You never give up. That’s the difference. Here is how I lost over 50 pounds each time.

I first started losing weight by not drinking soft drinks. Then I switched to eating whole grains and ditching refined white grains. I incorporated regular exercise a couple months later which gave me more motivation and energy. By taking small baby steps, I have been able to lose 100 pounds and keep it off 18 months later. I plan on sharing my success as well as what didn’t work for me. I have reviews I want to do of exercise programs, diet tips, equipment and much more. I still have about 75 pounds to lose. I haven’t had any loose skin since I am losing weight slowly. I am looking forward to hearing from others with their stories as well as share mine. Thanks for reading and I will add more recipes so we can all share and support each other.

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