Recently, an article was written by Elizabeth Akinwale, a dominating force in the CrossFit world. I really want to share it here, because her words have been resonating with me ...
If you've ever read an article about CrossFit women being "bulky", if you've ever scaled the weight because you're afraid of getting "bulky", if you are just so tired of the trolls on the internet hating on strong women and calling them "bulky" - then this article is for you, too. A few excerpts ...
"I’ve always included strength as a completely normal characteristic for a woman. When I think of the ultimate woman, being able to handle business physically is one of the foremost thoughts in my mind."
"If you have conviction about what you are doing, you must hold onto that as your shield against the naysayers."
"You are responsible for your body. You are responsible for your own health and happiness. How your body transforms is secondary to the discipline you’re displaying and the sense of accomplishment you earn in your daily workouts and progress towards your goals."
In Tina Fey’s book Bossypants, she documents the list of attributes that every girl is expected to have:
- Caucasian blue eyes
- Full Spanish lips
- A classic button nose
- Hairless Asian skin with a California tan
- A Jamaican dance hall ass
- Long Swedish legs
- Small Japanese feet
- The abs of a lesbian gym owner
- The hips of a nine year old boy
- The arms of Michelle Obama
- And doll tits
What are we doing trying to please everyone else? Just do what you love! Like eat cupcakes.
Now, on to the mini quiches! The only thing that's really required here, are the silicone baking cups. Everything else, please feel free to change to suit your needs. You really can't go wrong with this recipe.
Makes 12-13 (If you have a little bit of extra left over after you fill your 12 cups, throw it into a saucepan to cook or microwave it while your breakfast bakes. Great snacking!)
12 eggs (or egg whites)
1 to 2 cups protein
3 to 4 cups cups vegetables
Seasonings & herbs to taste (I never cook without Gourmet Garden blends).
Grease silicone baking cups with spray. Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk. Chop/shred/grate vegetables into small, bite size pieces. Mix everything together and spoon into cups until almost full (they won't rise like cupcakes, don't worry!). Bake at 350 on the middle rack for 30 minutes. If browning too quickly on top, move one rack lower, cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes until done. (When you shake the pan, the middles don't jiggle. Similar to how Jell-O sets).
Like I said, this recipe is so versatile! You can use all egg whites if you want. You can use half whole eggs and half egg whites. Feel free to use any protein you want: chopped ham, shredded beef, deli meat, tuna, salmon, ground chicken, chopped bacon (just make sure it's already cooked and seasoned). Use whatever you have leftover in the fridge (I usually make this on Sunday night for the week ahead, it's a great way to get rid of odds and ends). The options are endless: shredded carrots, chopped eggplant, chopped bell pepper, shredded cheeses, zucchini, chopped kale, broccoli, asparagus, chopped spinach ....
In my quiches this time around:
Leftover rotisserie chicken, shredded (7 oz)
6 whole eggs
5 egg whites (I ran out before I got to 6)
1 cup of chopped broccoli
1 medium zucchini, shredded (on a cheese grater)
Garlic, pre-chopped, about a tablespoon
Sweet onion, chopped, about 3 tablespoon
3 teaspoons of italian herbs
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes (I like the heat!)
The only veggie I would be hesitant to use are uncooked tomatoes, because they release so much juice when they cook. If you want to throw them into your quiche mix, first sautee them with the garlic and onion until they release their juices. If you're using frozen veggies, thaw/cook them first before cooking, drain excess liquid before adding to egg mixture.
They are delicious. I topped mine with 1/2 of an avocado and Tobasco sauce for a creamy, super delightful dinner.
Fantastic for breakfast with a side of my favorite sugar-free protein waffles.
1. What's your favorite breakfast joint?
2. What do you order?
3. Have you ever thought negatively of your muscles?