Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Welcome to Heart Tips Tuesday - breakfast casserole

Hello There
Healthy Heart Watchers,
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Hope this day find your heart in good shape,
 physically,  spiritually and  emotionally!!
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If you have Cardiovascular disease it is most likely that you 
have blood pressure problems as well.   I would like to
 recommend to you that if you do not have a home blood
 pressure cuff,  that you really should get one,  and then the
 next time you go to your Drs. office take it with you,  so
 you can calibrate yours to the Drs.  We do that and it has
 really worked well because for a lot of people, my hubby
and myself( now in recent years)  included, have what
 the medical folks jokingly refer to as "White Coats Disease",
which is the fact,  that when you go to the Dr, your normal
 blood pressure goes up automatically, just because you
 are at the Drs. office and are under stress, even if it is
 unknowingly!! Living from blood test to blood test 
is just a tad stressful for the patient and the spouse.
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Now we start about a week to10 days before we have
to go for a Dr. visit and we take our BP every day and
record it so we can give it to our Drs. to see what our
normal pressure is before we get to his office. That will
help because if you don't do that, they will only put you
on BP meds or more BP meds, if they think there is a
 problem, and I don't know about you, but taking those
 meds is not our idea of best case scenario, especially
if we really don't need them!!
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Our Dr. really appreciates that we do that,  cause it
helps him to make the right decision for hubby,  cause
BP is a very dangerous thing and of course, can cause
strokes and heart attacks,  so it is good for us to be
taking it from time to time at home between Dr. visits
as well, to make sure there are no big changes,  cause
if there are, we would need to see the Dr. immediately.
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Some of you mentioned you would like the recipe for
the breakfast casserole I made last week,  so decided
to post it today.  Here is a picture,  I forgot to take
it before I cut into it,  so just decided to put it on a
plate, and hoped it would work
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Ham and Scallion Breakfast Casserole
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Ingredients
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5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
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1 cup of chopped lowfat, cooked ham
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1/2 cup sliced scallions
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1/2 cup of 2% shredded cheddar cheese
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1-1/2 cups of 1% milk or skim milk
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1 cup of eggbeaters
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1 tablespoon of flour
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black pepper to your liking
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non-stick cooking spray
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Directions

Peel and cube potatoes, place in a saucepan then
cover with a small amount of  water,  and bring to
a boil, cook about 5 mins or so. - the potatoes just
need to be tender not cooked all the way.  When
they are tender, drain them and set aside for now.
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Lightly Spray non-stick cooking spray in a 2 quart
 oven proof baking dish, then add potatoes, scallions,
ham, and cheese, then stir it around just a little.
Then set aside for a few minutes.
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Place the flour in a medium bowl,  then stir
the milk in until mixture is smooth.   Add the
eggbeaters and  black pepper.  Now pour the egg
mixture over the potato mixture. I don't add salt
since I figure the ham is salty already,  but  if we
are eating and it needs a lil salt,  we add it then.
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Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or
until a knife comes out clean.  Be sure to insert
knife in center.  Serve immediately.
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Enjoy!!
I really think this would make an excellent 
dinner casserole as well.  It would be great
with some roasted asparagus!!  ummmm!!
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Tip from Me:
I cooked mine the day before and just  heated
cut squares of it in the microwave the next morning.
Whatever floats your boat!! lol
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Have a Lovely Evening Sweet Friends,
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Thanks for stopping by,
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Hugs and Blessings,
Nellie

6 comments:

Heather said...

that casserole sounds yummy! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! We're getting ready to go away so I'll be mia for a couple weeks :)

Sister Susie said...

I have been doing just that (with the blood pressure.) I have found my pressure goes down even lower after I eat. My pressure was 113/60 about an hour after I ate. Before it was 128/69. I guess eating brings about relaxation with me at home, so it goes down. No how can I transfer that to the Dr.'s office, ha!

I love your all,
Susie

Kathy said...

Yum, Yum Nellie...
Good girl,
Keeping your family eating healthy...
that = LOVE.
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

ps.
Thurs. is our PET scan...

Bonnie said...

I just bought a B/P kit a few weeks ago. Now I have to get in the habit of using it.

Your recipe looks great. I am copying it and pasting it into one of my private blogs which I use like a file cabinet just for recipes I want to try sometime. After I try them I make comments in the comment section. Kinda fun.

I cannot wait until Jim retires so we can do this more healthy life style together. We have been talking about all the walks we want to take. Everything is more fun to do with someone else.

I hope you have a great day tomorrow. I am heading to the dentist to get my new crown cemented. I hope they can manage that in less than an hour. Honestly they are so slow! Drives me nuts. Then I have to do a little shopping as we are having some missionaries over for dinner tomorrow night. I think I'll make tacos and Spanish rice. Another lazy crazy day...I could get use to this really fast. No pressures! Love it.

Take care!

Love, B

Janet said...

Hi Nellie

The casserole sounds yummy. I need to try it.

Funny thing that you mentioned "white coat" I have that with the nurse but when the Doctor comes in and retakes my BP it is normal. She always laughs since she is the one with the white coat.

I am feeling tons of energy since I am exercising before work. I am currently just walking 30 minutes every morning.

Thanks for the tips
Blessings
Janet

NanaNor's said...

Nellie, You are always so ready to share recipes-so thank you. Love anything heart healthy! Great idea about the blood pressure cuff but I also have another idea-which I utilize and have been able to get off b.p med's recently. At any grocery store that has a health food section, look for Bragg's Natural, Unfiltered Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. We had a capful to each 8 oz of water we drink throughout the day. Apple cider vinegar-especially unfiltered is very good for this as well as other things.
Hugs, Noreen