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A Breakfast Skillet And Dessert

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First let me say how encouraged and overwhelmed I am by all the support from all of you good people. Thank you, thank you!! Because of the outpouring of support it made me even more resolute. I have to say it really helps baring your soul to your friends, I have always found that a diet and exercise buddy helps me stay on track,  I  live alone it’s and it’s really easy to fall off the wagon, my best friend Carla lives in Long Island, not exactly close to Brooklyn but we talk on the phone almost every day and encourage each other. I feel now like I have LOTS of diet buddies in all of you and it has helped tremendously. I encourage anyone in the same shoes to do this, we will all cheer you on.  Special thanks to Elaine @foodbod who chatted with me by PM on Instagram in the wee hours and Cheryl @cheryl cheffie cooks Wiser, who did a special post for me with fantastic salads, I am so touched.  It means the world to me.

So far I am doing fine. This morning I wanted something substantial that would nourish and keep me from getting hungry. There is nothing worse than being hungry and perusing all the food blogs and food photo’s on instagram. I used what I had for this breakfast skillet, eggplant, zucchini (used the pieces left from spiralizer) tomatoes, kale and micro potato. Half roasted in the oven, I wanted the kale crisp like a kale chip, transferred to a 6″ skillet (portion control) added an egg and completed the cooking until the egg was done. At the very end I added a little bit of raclette and put it under the broiler for a minute. A dash of hot sauce and it was a great meal.

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Skillet Breakfast

Made 2 #6 inch individual size servings

4 micro potatoes cut in half

approx a half of a medium zucchini cut into bite size pieces

handful cherry tomatoes larger ones cut in half

generous handful of kale leaves

4 asparagus stalks with tough end broken off and cut in half

4 tiny fairy eggplant cut in half or quartered lengthwise

Cheese, just a little, didnt’ measure. I used raclette but any good melty cheese will do

Pre heat oven to 375. Place all of the vegetables on a parchment lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, make sure the vegetables are coated with the oil. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, kale will be crisp and vegetables will have softened. Arrange in skillet, crack an egg on top and bake (again at 375) until the egg is done to your liking it took about 20 minutes for an egg where the white was done but yolk was runny.  Add some cheese, I used raclette, and place under the broiler just until the cheese melts.

Dessert

Dessert

I have to have dessert, something sweet it’s part of the fabric of my being. You have to be a bit creative when trying to lose weight and maybe a little crafty. I came up with this recipe, well it’s not really a recipe, but it is really good.  It made 2 small parfait or maybe they are more like an ice box cake or a combination thereof.

Strawberry and peach parfait

makes 2 small parfait

4 Carr’s whole meal biscuits smashed into crumbs

1 7 oz container plain greek yogurt (I used whole milk yogurt)

3 tbs heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla

honey to taste ( I used a little more than a tbs for both the fruit and yogurt mixture)

fruit of your choice, I used strawberry and peach.

Cut the fruit into bite size pieces and drizzle with a little honey. Smash the whole meal biscuits into crumbs. Whip the yogurt and cream, sweeten to your liking and add the vanilla. Layer into small containers and refrigerate at least an hour or two before eating. The biscuit absorbs some of the fruit juice. It’s delicious.

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I just have to show you the throw pillow I won in a charity auction to help pets with liver shunt disease. I love it!!

pug pillow

pug pillow

Lastly in memoriam for little Caleb a 3-4 month old dog in Atlanta that was brutally abused, if you think of the worst this is 100 times worse than you could possibly imagine. You can sign a petition by going to my facebook page . This has me so upset, to my very core, and it’s all over the news. Hoping they catch the monsters that perpetrated such a heinous and evil crime. Little Caleb is not the first dog to suffer horrific abuse and unfortunately he will not be the last. Raising awareness, supporting rescue organizations and being pro active reporting abuse perceived or otherwise is so important. RIP little Caleb. #justiceforcaleb

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  1. Suzanne, I’ve never seen anything like your skillet breakfast — but it sounds delicious! You are so talented and inventive. The parfait looks divine too. Thanks for showing the adorable pug pillow too. So cute to have it next to Percy. Mega hugs!

    August 21, 2016
    • I love skillet meals. they are easy and delicious and usually fairly quick. I bought 6 inch cast iron skillets, for dinner put a piece of chicken, vegetables, season and thrown in the oven for about 40 minutes. Quick and easy meal. Thank you so much Teagan.

      August 21, 2016
      • Cool beans! The mini iron skillets are a great idea.

        August 21, 2016
  2. Hello Suzanne, so nice to see your happy dog ! A thought for those who have a dreadful life – my heart with your hearts – The cushion is wonderful – Congratulations, you are lucky.
    You are wise to begin slowly the diet.
    But being strong is very important – and it is necessary ro eat to keep one’s strength.
    I begin actually my breafast time with some low – fat cheese and crackers – and a piece of lemon cake – … so that I am in a happy mood !
    Amitiés, dear Suzanne, – merci pour ces beaux plats appétissants et si bien, si généreusement expliqués et partagés
    Bises – france

    August 21, 2016
    • Thank you France, I want to be able to help the pets that are in need and participate in rescue, charity and still never feel like I do enough, there has to be more. I wish I could wave a magick wand and make everything good in the world. Thank you so much for your kind words I appreciate so much. Bisou bisou, merci pour votre soutien. Your breakfast sounds wonderful!!

      August 21, 2016
  3. I have decided to support your diet not because you’re eating good things but because it’s important to you. I don’t care what you eat as long as you stay the same beautiful soul you are whatever. Some friends I love Suzanne and you’re so special.
    xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx

    August 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much David, it means the world to me seeing you here. Thank you for your support and your friendship, love you and massive hugs my friend.

      August 21, 2016
  4. Wonderful, fresh food. That’s the right way to diet! 🙂

    As for the dog, I don’t want to even check into that. Not sure I can handle it. I will never understand how such people exist. :(((

    August 21, 2016
    • Don’t go there, I did and have been crying now for 2 days. The images are burned into my mind and I just want people to know that that little guy passed but will not be forgotten and there are people working to find the ones responsible. Thanks so much Ronit.

      August 21, 2016
  5. Pure perfection Suzanne-love the pillow!!! I like you and many others can not fathom abusing an animal (canine or feline); when I look at my sweet boy Tyler I can not imagine ever hurting him nor allowing anyone to hurt him. As you stride to make these small adjustments to your portion control and variety (fruits and veggies, grains, etc.) daily, we are always here for you! I am only a phone call away! Love U friend, xo Cheryl.

    August 21, 2016
  6. Absolutely loved the breakfast skillet! I am a skillet breakfast person and those eggplants there …Yummm 😍
    Even the parfait is excellent! Schools open tomorrow and I am getting back to better eating :).

    August 21, 2016
    • Oh wow, the kids are going back to school, here school starts later, after labor day. Thanks Sonal, the skillet was great and the parfait as well, really going to try to stay on track. Thank you so much.

      August 21, 2016
  7. I lost and have kept off 30 pounds for three years by trying to give up white foods – it works for me. Try making fresh fruit sorbets – great low calorie/warm weather desserts. Best of luck!!

    August 21, 2016
    • Thanks Liz, I have to completely give up carb laden foods like bread, rice and pasta and sugar. Sugar is the hardest, I never completely give it up but reduce it by a lot. Glad you found what works for you, I know what works for me also just need to do it.

      August 21, 2016
  8. I love you skillet breakfast and I wouldn’t feel guilty about making this one. I’m with you about having to have something sweet after a meal. I wish I didn’t and it’s a constant battle not to cave. Yours sounds perfect, but to my knowledge I’ve never seen whole meal biscuits. The pug pillow is fantastic and for such a great cause.

    August 21, 2016
    • I grew up having dessert after my evening meal, for me a piece of fruit just doesn’t do it. Love fruit but when I want dessert an apple doesn’t cut it, apple pie is more like it. Carr’s biscuits are so good, their whole meal or whole wheat biscuts are so good, a little sweet with a similar flavor as a graham cracker. Love them.Thanks so much Mary hope you have a great week.

      August 21, 2016
      • Your description of the biscuit makes it easier to get a taste for the dessert. I think I got my sweet craving all on my own!

        August 22, 2016
      • I love Carrs crackers and biscuits, have been buying them for years, was introduced to them when I lived in Europe. The whole meal (now called whole wheat) biscuits are so good. I prefer them to most cookies.

        August 22, 2016
  9. This looks FAB-u-lous, Suzanne! There’s nothing I don’t like in your skillet and I’m bookmarking now… I bet this helped to start your day off on the right foot…energized and ready to tackle the day!

    August 21, 2016
    • Yep it was a great meal that stuck with me. I need that in the morning, sets the tone for the day. Thanks so much Nancy.

      August 21, 2016
  10. I love that you are not cutting out all desserts from your diet! The breakfast skillet looks so good, I’ve seen kale in the market but have yet to give it a try. This recipe looks simple enough for my virgin kale experience!

    It’s always saddening and maddening to read about pet abuse cases, I hope the perpetrators get caught soon!

    August 21, 2016
    • Thanks Jasline, can’t completely cut out dessert, even when I did south beach before I had sugar free or low sugar desserts. Kale is really good hope you give it a try, kale chips made by roasting kale coated with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt is a favorite snack.
      Abusing innocent pets is one of the most horrible crimes and this particular case is especially heinous, the petition is to keep the Atlanta police aware that we all want them to catch the perp.

      August 21, 2016
  11. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Thanks for sharing the skillet breakfast and that awesome dessert recipe. Great shot of Mr.Percy sleeping with the really cute pillow.

    August 21, 2016
  12. Your breakfast skillet looks nourishing and healthy. Your doing fine Suzanne, we don’t all need to be skinny, just healthy and happy. I am also trying to loose some extra pounds, so let’s do this together.
    Those poor misused animals, I will never understand how people can be that cruel. Years ago, I dealt with abused children and it broke my heart.

    August 21, 2016
    • I’m with you Gerlinde, yes lets do it. I did good today as well, it’s only day 3 but I am determined.

      August 21, 2016
  13. That breakfast looks amazing! So many colours and flavours. Hang in there, I know it is tough. I do the 5:2 diet – well, these days it is 6:1 – but I know what you mean about reading food blogs and being starving!

    August 21, 2016
    • It’s really hard reading blogs with such delicious food while trying to change how you eat. Need willpower and a lot of it. Thanks so much will keep plugging away.

      August 22, 2016
  14. Wow that skillet breakfast looks so wonderful Suzanne! yummm

    August 21, 2016
  15. LB #

    That breakfast looks wonderful!

    August 21, 2016
  16. Well, dear Suzanne, Like you, currently, I am trying to eat lighter, healthier and slowly let the pounds leave me. The hardest part is, later to keep the pounds off. Here in your skillet you have beautifully assembled flavors of vegetable and completed with a beautiful over easy. I root for you as I am determined. Cheers to soon to be healthier, slimmer, happier us! 🙂

    August 21, 2016
    • I root for you as well Fae, it’s all about the choices we make. Thank you so much and cheers!!

      August 22, 2016
  17. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, I love the skillet lunches and have a similar skillet lunch with veggies, egg and cheese few times a week, which keeps me full until dinner time. I love spicy food, so I add a chopped chili pepper to my veggies too. Just like you, I need something sweet too. I like Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.
    It is so nice of you to share your journey…we are in the same boat, my friend!

    August 21, 2016
    • Thanks so much Sandhya, I love throwing everything in a skillet, one stop shopping so to speak. Thank you so much, yes greek yogurt with fruit and nuts is a favorite of mine as well and it will often be my dessert. I am in such good company

      August 22, 2016
      • Sandhya #

        Yes, we are in the same boat Suzanne. I am happy to share our journey.

        August 25, 2016
  18. Sandhya #

    Love that cute pillow and picture of Percy sleeping next to it 🙂

    August 21, 2016
  19. You can do this – but please, stop calling it a diet!! Diet is a nasty four letter word! – and you know I’m here with any support you need xx
    The breakfast looks fab, as does the pillow.
    Like you, I’ve thought of little else since reading about Caleb, it’s so horrifically inhumanely awful…all I keep trying to think is, thank God he’s now out of harms way and he’s no longer in pain..

    August 22, 2016
    • Yes I hate that word and have to catch myself it’s so such a common term and I need to get out of the habit of using that word because thats not what I am doing. Thank you so much you are my coach.
      I can’t even get going about poor Caleb, the people at Atlanta animal care and control concluded that there is not enough evidence that Caleb was abused, they said it’s possible a 3 month old puppy did this to himself, yes, right, he burned himself with cigarettes, sodomized himself and broke his own bones and fractured his skull then he flung himself over an 8 ft fence. OMG, we are not letting it go. They are also withholding necropsy results from the public.

      August 22, 2016
      • No you’re not, a diet suggest denial; what you are doing is enhancing 🙂

        Poor poor Caleb, keep fighting for him honey xxx

        August 22, 2016
      • Me and my rag tag group of concerned pet lovers will not quit. Thanks Elaine.

        August 22, 2016
  20. Love that breakfast Suzanne! Would like to try this soon 🙂

    August 22, 2016
  21. Love. Love. Love breakfast skillet meals. Very easy to get creative with them. Your dessert looks great as well. It makes me so angry to hear about animal abuse. The people should have the same done to them. 🙂

    August 22, 2016
  22. Thank you so much, I have to think of some variations of my breakfast skillet, I will probably take it into dinner as well. Thank you for your concern about little Caleb, it’s beyond reason what happened to him and is so upsetting I can’t stop thinking about it.

    August 22, 2016
  23. Hey Suzanne– your breakfast from a skillet sounds super and good enough for friends in for breakfast! beautiful ingredients! and loved when you wrote –“something sweet, it’s part of the fabric of my being.” I get that! I just need a bite or 2 of sweet at the end of dinner. You’re on your way– thankful with you for all the friends who are with you on this!! xox

    August 22, 2016
    • Exactly just a couple of bites is all I need but not always what I end up eating, that will change. Thanks so much Rhonda. It’s empowering having so many friends helping. This is far better than weight watchers.

      August 22, 2016
      • You’re the best Suzanne. Go for it!

        August 24, 2016
  24. I love the look of those breakfast skillets Suzanne, yummy. And good for you to keep an eye on your food intake, it’s so hard when you’re always confronted with delicious foods here. I have a hard time (all the time really hehe) . I try to walk 3 miles a day to keep kinda slim.

    August 22, 2016
    • Why thank you so much. It is hard right, confronted with delicious recipes every day from so many talented cooks. Walking 3 miles is great, good for you. Do you walk at a brisk pace kind of like jogging?

      August 22, 2016
      • I walk at a brisk pace, If I run I can’t do 3 miles, hehe. I bought a pedometer and now I feel the obligation to go, really motivates me.

        August 22, 2016
  25. Making the habit is hard, but you’re doing it the right way to make it stick! These meals look absolutely delicious Suzanne 🙂

    August 22, 2016
  26. Ahh, I’m all caught up now. Love the idea of roasted veggies and an egg for breakfast. At times I make a frittatta and find it quite filling too. But I like the idea of a runny egg and a bit of cheese popped under the grill. Those wee parfaits are just so pretty too, and the possibilities are endless when adding to them. Are those Carr biscuits sweet or are they like crackers? I have some low-fat graham crackers that I could crush and add in. Thanks for the tips, you’re well on your way I’ll say. Do please share how you are getting along. It has inspired me to be more honest with myself since your posts. 🙂 I was naughty a couple weekends ago when my girls were visiting – I always like to make their favorite foods, but unfortunately some things just can’t be packed up and taken on a Greyhound bus. The mango ice cream that I blogged about was my weakness, as was the banana and cream cheese bread that Shari shared and I’ve baked a few times for the girls. Oh well, glad we all have each other cheering on the sidelines. Good for you keep it up, I’ll be looking forward to some more ideas….. and yes, please don’t call it a diet, it’s just healthy eating and portion control. I’ve never been good with diets. Peace and love. Love the pillow by the way 🙂

    August 22, 2016
    • Hi Loretta, the Carrs biscuits are a little sweet not too much though, barely. I like them a lot just the right amount of sweetness and whole grain. I love your mango ice cream, you know ice cream is my weakness. I want to lose some weight and train myself to eat better before the winter when I make heavier foods, I will mourn the loss of bread making though. Thank you so much. Love Percy’s pillow too!!

      August 22, 2016
  27. This looks so delicious, Suzanne! I love all the veggies you used and the cheese and runny egg. What a great meal because you wouldn’t feel like you are dieting because it looks and tastes so wonderful, but is so good for you, too. Same with the dessert. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness so you don’t feel deprived. Thanks for sharing what you are eating. I’m going to try to incorporate some of it into my meals this week, too!

    August 22, 2016
  28. Suzanne your skillet breakfast sure looks delicious! It certainly beats my oatmeal and banana, also it would make a wonderful lunch. Great and keep it up😊 I am routing for you😊

    August 22, 2016
    • Thanks Marisa, I am determined. I love oatmeal so that sounds great to me.

      August 23, 2016
  29. Thanks for this share Suzanne. Will try this one:)

    August 22, 2016
  30. I am so terribly sorry to hear about Caleb, that makes my heart break so much too. But you have made a wonderfully delicious skillet meal, and healthy to boot! Yay for you! I love eggs in a skillet on almost anything. xoxoxo

    August 22, 2016
    • It was a wonderful breakfast that kept me for a good portion of the day. Yes, Caleb’s story is heartbreaking and really upset me. I just don’t understand how people can be so evil.

      August 23, 2016
  31. I definitely need a sweet bite after supper and I love your skillet breakfast! Since I left 40’s behind me I must constantly watch my diet! I always try to keep feet and healthy fed!

    August 23, 2016
    • Thanks Katerina, Watching what we eat I feel is a full time job. The pounds creep on and then you are faced with trying to lose them which can be daunting. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle practicing portion control is key.

      August 23, 2016
  32. A beautiful breakfast dish. I actually don’t mind the word diet. It’s a diet of good food, not a diet of starvation and deprivation. But whatever. What you’re doing is great because you’re doing it for the right reasons and still enjoying great food. I, for the most part, eat extremely healthy. It makes my friends mad, but only because they don’t cook and put time in to meals. But my problem is portion control!!! A serious problem. On Facebook, I’ve already blocked a lot of posts from animal-related groups, and I won’t be looking up Caleb, I’m sorry. I just can’t do it. It’s sad enough to know horrible people exist who harm animals. Disgusting people.

    August 23, 2016
    • It was really delicious. It’s so good that you maintain a healthy diet and I remember you said you don’t like sweets, I wish I didn’t. Portion control is so hard sometimes but it’s so important. Sorry I inserted that thing about Caleb, I totally understand that you can’t look at it, it’s hard for me to even think about it. It’s very depressing knowing what vile people live in this world.

      August 23, 2016
      • No, don’t be sorry about that – awareness is so important. It just seemed for a long while that there were photos of dogs’ noses that had been taped, and I finally couldn’t handle it.

        August 23, 2016
      • I know the reality of this is heartbreaking and has ripped me apart. I can’t not help spread the word but I risk upsetting people and I don’t mean to do that. Spreading the word is important but it comes at a price emotionally. I am so upset by what happened to Caleb I had to share to raise awareness to this horrible and pervasive problem.

        August 23, 2016
  33. Your tasty skillet brekkie looks just stunning &ooh so filling too! another must make for,sure!
    MMMMMM! That dessert looks great & tasty too! xxx

    August 24, 2016
  34. I love your beautiful skillet breakfast and I love your pug and pug pillow!!!

    August 24, 2016
  35. What a gorgeous and nourishing breakfast skillet. I’m trying to eat healthier myself, so I’ll join you in the journey 🙂 Love that pillow!!

    August 24, 2016
    • Oh how wonderful Sarah, we should all somehow band together and post recipes that we can share with each other. Thank you so much.

      August 24, 2016
  36. Suzanne, what is a Carr’s whole meal biscuit? I must know!! xo

    August 24, 2016
    • They are a British brand of cracker or biscuit. The whole meal which has been re named Whole wheat now is slightly sweet and tastes just a bit like a graham cracker but IMHO better. I use them when I make a graham cracker crust. Here is a link so you can see them. They are readily available at just about any food store. http://www.carrscrackers.com/en_US/cracker/whole_wheat_crackers.html

      August 24, 2016
      • Oh! Cool!!! Thank you!

        August 24, 2016
      • They are dangerous for me I like them so much. I can eat a half a sleeve in one sitting with a big mug of hot coffee. So good.

        August 24, 2016
  37. That skillet looks delicious! I struggle with my weight too. If John was heavy I fear I would be too and have been. If it was easy everyone would be thin right? One meal at a time friend. Soon you’ll be so empowered and be sharing all these power meals that you’ve created. Reach out if you need more support!

    August 25, 2016
  38. That parfait looks tasty! I thought it was overnight oats when I first looked at it. That would be some tasty overnight oats! The breakfast skillet looks delich too!

    August 31, 2016

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