Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole

The other morning my roommate and I had a few friends over for a pre-work brunch. In the future, I would not suggest this because even after two mimosas I was in need of a nap. None the less, the brunch was delicious! We ate a strawberry coffee cake, fresh blackberries and this vegetable and egg casserole.

I needed something easy to whip together in the morning and filled with fresh vegetables. I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was delicious with a little bit of hot sauce and made for great breakfast leftovers the next few days. It took approximately 15 minutes to prepare the ingredients and 30 minutes to cook at 350 degrees. I was cooking for four people so I halved the number of eggs but kept the amount of vegetables the same. Great for a weekend breakfast or a quick breakfast to heat in the microwave throughout the week.

Recipe for Egg Vegetable Casserole

Recipe for Egg Vegetable Casserole

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Egg Vegetable Casserole

Yield: Serves 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

We love this Egg Vegetable Casserole because it feeds a crowd!

ingredients:

18 eggs
Splash of skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Spike seasoning
Olive oil
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Parmesan cheese, shredded

directions:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the 18 eggs. Add a splash of milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. We also used Spike seasoning, 1-2 teaspoons. If you don’t have this, try Italian seasoning instead.
2. In a large skillet, saute the peppers and onion in a little bit of olive oil.
3. Add in the spinach for a minute or two.
4. Pour the eggs in a greased 9 by 13 Pyrex dish. Add in the sauteed veggies and tomatoes. Stir everything in the pan.
5. Stir in mozzarella cheese. Make sure everything is distributed evenly.
6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the eggs are set and golden.
7. Sprinkle the casserole with Parmesan cheese if you wish.

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Solving the Problem: One Meal at a Time

fightThe main question that many concerned Americans are asking is “Why is it so expensive to be a vegetarian?” In a country where food is cheap and the market is plentiful, why are we paying more to eat healthy?

Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes are flourishing, but they serve only a small portion of the population. The rest of the country is shopping at other grocery stores where processed foods and meat are cheaper than almost anything found in the produce aisle. We should not have to wait until we have successful jobs and secure living situations before we can begin to eat three healthy meals a day.

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During my studies in France, I noticed a big difference between their super markets and our markets, the produce was significantly cheaper than the meat. This did not cause families to remove meat completely from their diet, but it encouraged them to eat smaller portions while the rest of the plate was filled with grains and vegetables. I understand that it is difficult to eat vegetarian in the American economy. The cost of organic and locally produced meat is not within the price range of an average family. Their small grocery budgets are stretched as far as possible to fill their stomachs by spending money on cheap meat and foods with process fats and sugars. It is unfair that they do not have a realistic opportunity to eat healthy and fresh food. Research shows that the proportion of people choosing to purchase organic and local foods is increasing yet market demand has not caused prices to adjust. Businesses profit so much from the meat industry because they are constantly finding ways to decrease cost by using less space, cheaper hormones and inexpensive feed such as corn and other grains, which are not part of the animals’ natural diet.

It is difficult to find a way to fight the injustices of the meat industry while sustaining one’s family and managing the budget. If you care about this cause but aren’t yet sure how to act or can only afford to go meat free with your family a couple nights a week. Please follow this blog for cheap and hearty vegetarian meals for college students, young families and everyone interested in fighting this battle one meal at a time.

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Golem- a play at the Young Vic

I am currently in London for a couple weeks visiting my boyfriend and applying for some postgraduate opportunities. We are both great lovers of theater so while I am here we bought tickets to a few of the productions going on in London. A few nights ago, we went to the Young Vic, a very hip and fun bar/theatre, to see the much talked about play “Golem”. It was an amazing experience, partly because we were allowed to drink beer during the play, and also because the performance was unique and extremely captivating.

The play follows a young man named Robert as he slowly succumbs to the flirtations of technology, which eventually leads to the destruction of his friends and family. The story is narrated by his sister Annie and set in a world unlike any you have seen before. The production combines expertly crafted animation displayed on a large screen  and the live performance of the actors interacting with each other and the two dimensional scenery. A drum set and piano, played by two of the actors, remain on stage through-out the performance. The live music creates a powerful rhythmic influence on the animation and actions of the characters. It was a very small gesture, but I loved when one of the characters in the piece knitted in time to the music. These small nuances are what made this play so captivating. The precise way in which the characters moved in time to the animations and interacted with the animated creature “Golem” was truly inspiring. Their hard work and practice is evident in the flawless performance that challenges our previous conception of performance art. The piece represents the way that theater is itself evolving with technology and challenging the difference between film and live-performance.

Charlie Hebdo

Dating a French man during the Charlie Hebdo attacks

I have never believed myself to be strongly associated with a particular culture. Probably because I am what some may call a mutt: a quarter Ukrainian, Italian, German, and English. I am often jealous of my boyfriend for his French history and deep roots in his culture. He was born in Paris, raised in France, and his ancestry dates back hundreds of years. He loves French food, politics, wine, literature, and everything you can imagine that is French. He even swore he only loved French women until he met me. I think I should be quite proud of that. But most importantly, he loves the French people. This attack on Charlie Hebdo really hurt him and his country; therefore, it has hurt me. This attack is not just about two extremists having revenge on a satirical journal. It is about the growing audacity of a disease which is trying to degrade the foundations of human rights. It is about an assault on the French culture of self-expression and humor. I know that sometimes his sarcastic nature can annoy me, but I will fight  for him and his people to have the right to speak freely. I will fight for Ukrainians, Italians, Germans, the British, and Americans to maintain their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In these moments, we should acknowledge the strength of the French and their fight for solidarity. However, we must also build strength in our own countries. We may not be French, but we are human and we must all unite to cure the world.

Vegetarian Lentil Soup

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I often make this soup when I need some fast and delicious comfort food. It is incredibly easy to prepare and no animals are harmed in its creation! Follow the recipe for a super quick and yummy stew ( you can add extra broth if you want it to be more soup like. I also like to add mushrooms in with the carrots.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • dash salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation:

In a large pot, sautee the onions and carrot in the vegetable oil for 3-5 minutes until onions turn clear.

Add the vegetable broth, lentils, pepper, thyme, bay leaves and salt.

Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until lentils are soft, about 45 minutes. Remove bay leaves and stir in lemon juice before serving. Makes 4 servings of lentil soup.

Nutrition Facts (from Calorie CountOne serving provides approximately:
Calories: 230, Calories from Fat: 27
Total Fat: 3.0g, 5% Saturated Fat: 0.7g, 3%
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Sodium: 852mg, 36%
Total Carbohydrates: 33.0g, 11%
Dietary Fiber: 15.6g, 62%
Sugars: 4.6g
Protein: 18.7g
Vitamin A 37%, Vitamin C 12%, Calcium 5%, Iron 28%, Based on a 2000 calorie diet

“I hope soon I’ll dream with you”

“I hope soon I’ll dream with you”

Oberhofer is an indie rock group from Brooklyn. I saw them at a small venue in Asheville, NC 4 years ago. There were like 20 people in the audience. They had come to Asheville with no where to stay. At the beginning of their set they asked the audience if anyone had a couch for them to sleep on. This girl immediately said yes.

Too bad I missed out on that opportunity. The life of bands on tour is often mimicked in awful straight to DvD movies or made fun of by those who are jealous that they cannot also be in a band. It really is quite impressive what these young artists go through in order to share their music with us. In this world of piratebay, spotify, and mediafire (well when it used to exist), it is so difficult for bands to earn any income from their music. Most of the money bands make is from playing shows. So when you get the chance to catch your favorite bands live, DO IT. Help them continue to live their dream and make your ears happy.