Yesterday was one of those days. The big guy went out of town for a couple of days and Max picked the exact hour he was leaving to have one of what turned out to be three seizures. The balance of the day was spent with a very stinky, very high 20 pound schnauzer in my arms. Then last night he got into the "cat candy" in the back yard behind the barricades we constructed to keep him from doing just that very thing, then spent the night burping cat poo odors and groaning.It was most unpleasant.
Needless to say, dinner wasn't high on the priority list. When the big guy's away, I often have things we wouldn't have were he home, and one of them is breakfast for dinner. I say why not - but for some reason he's against the idea. I'd love a big plate of waffles with bacon for dinner (course, I'd love the same thing right now ANY time - ha), so last night I cooked up one of my favorites and served it on a bed of another favorite - sauteed spinach. Now just a word of warning - it tasted a whole lot better than it looks, believe me!
To make JBug's baked eggs, I simply sprayed a ramekin with cooking spray, then lined it with 2 ounces of sliced ham and a one ounce piece of Monterey jack cheese. That's what I had, but swiss works great too. Then I cracked an egg on top of everything, dusted it with salt and pepper, added a drop of heavy cream and shoved it in the oven for 15 minutes. Now, I know from experience that it doesn't take quite as long to cook if you give the ham a head start in a frying pan, but I'm lazy so I didn't do that. The consequences were that it was a little soft when I took it out, and the moisture from the ham created a bit of a pool on the plate. But hey, that worked out just fine because underneath the egg was a pool of green goodness - spinach sauteed with onion in a no stick pan, finished with a touch of lemon juice, nutmeg, black pepper and a whole tablespoon of pinenuts. Delicious - I mean it people! Download JBug's Baked Eggs
And now - the calorie count for this extravaganza - drum roll please... 403 ...302 for the baked egg and 101 for the spinach. I agree it seems like a lot for such a small serving and you can certainly decrease the number by using extra lean ham, reducing the amount of whipping cream to 1 teaspoon and leaving the pine nuts out. That would cut the number by over 100 calories, but hey I was in the mood to splurge. It was this or a glass of wine - thank goodness the wine lost the battle, cause I'm not sure I could have stopped at one glass. Course I could have made the cut AND had a glass of wine. Boy, am I STUPID!
So, how do I come up with those numbers you ask? There's a site on line called Calorie Count and you can ask for the calories of almost everything on God's green (and brown, and snow covered) earth and you'll find it there. Simply weigh and measure everything you put into a recipe and calculate the number of calories for your totals. Weigh or measure your portions and then you can calculate the number of total calories per serving. It doesn't take long and believe me, it's worth it when you can dine like royalty and still watch the scale numbers going DOWN.
I can hear you asking - "if it's so easy, why don't you do it all the time." Good question. I'll get back to you on that.