I am a big fan of protein. I love my protein muffins almost as much as I love my cats and my husband (not necessarily in that order). I find that protein is satisfying and filling. What's not to love about that?
So here are two recipes that use egg whites for protein: one savory and one sweet. They are so low-calorie, it's almost laughable. Really, please refrain from giggling when I give you the stats. Egg whites have feelings too.
Pastrami Pillows: Great for mini snacks or appetizers.
Makes 12 small pillows: 11 calories each; .04g Fat; .13g Carbohydrate; 0g fiber & sugar; 2.42g Protein
(I can hear you laughing)
- 6 egg whites (I find real separated egg-whites work well)
- 1 oz pastrami (one generous slice)
- 2 Tablespoons sauerkraut
- Spray oil
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Spray a mini-muffin tray (12 mini-muffins)
- Divide each egg white between two mini-muffin cups
- Dice pastrami and divide evenly among 12 cups
- Place ~1/2 tsp sauerkraut in each cup
- Bake 30 minutes or until tops are golden and eggs are fully cooked.
|Spray the muffin tray lightly|
|One slice of pastrami (not pretty, I know)|
|Divide each egg white between two muffin cups|
|Pop in the oven|
|After 30 minutes, they should be golden brown|
|iPhone for size comparison|
If you want have some carb action, then by all means pair this with a delectable piece of marble rye! Mmmm!
Some people do not like sweet eggs (** Edited to add: I'm dead wrong about Janetha disliking sweet eggs...it's sweet cottage cheese she dislikes...now you know), but if you do, please continue reading:
Sweet Cinnamon Microwave Pillow: I often make one of these when my tummy is growling but I'm within 30 minutes or so of bed time. This one couldn't be easier!
Makes one pillow: <20 calories; 0g Fat, Sugar, Carbs, Fiber; 4g Protein.
|Single serving of sweet, cinnamony protein|
- One egg white
- Oil spray
- shake of cinnamon powder
- sweetener of choice: I use sprinkle of stevia powder
- Spray a small-medium sized bowl (watch out- egg will rise temporarily during microwaving!)
- Add egg white, cinnamon and sweetener and whip together
- Microwave for 2-4 minutes on 50% power (test your own microwave to get exact timing)
|Add cinnamon, egg white and sweetener to sprayed bowl|
|Mix & Nuke for 2-4 minutes on 50%. This will swell like it'll overflow the bowl.|
|Size comparison- just a few bites' worth, but satisfying nonetheless.|
Eat with spoon and top with nut butter, yogurt, nuts or nothing at all. It just satiates enough when the tummy is just needing a little sumthin' sumthin'.
By the way, I love my vegan readers so much that I actually got busy in the Smoothiegirl kitchen and busted out the flax seeds to use vegan eggs.
Success? Not so much.
|Flax seeds ground to a meal|
|Mix one Tablespoon flax meal with 3 Tablespoons warm water to make one flax egg, plus 1/4 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp agar powder (the latter two made the mix solidify only AFTER microwaving)|
|This little frother is from Ikea- very inexpensive and useful|
|So far, so good...nicely mixed.|
|Nuked for 2-3 minutes on high. Flax egg bowl looks, um, ok|
|Things go south: flax egg totally stuck to sprayed bowl.|
|Flax egg 911: I literally burned 400 calories wrestling this baby out of the bowl. I was sweating. I guess that was a plus.|
|Flax egg pillow FAIL: the photographic evidence. The plus: it WAS crunchy and rather tasty. For 35 calories, I'd have to think long and hard if it was worth the trouble. Probably not.|