Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Light Frittata and Love

When I was going to school for social work, I have to say I drove home from classes quite often, crying.  I am a bit of a soft heart and things really bother me.  That is one of the reasons why I think I am a pretty good counselor.  I am able to tune in and focus on what the person is feeling. In other words I internalize their feelings.  At the same time it also makes me a counselor who burns out fairly easily.

I do this with the world at large too.  Anything going on in the world deeply upsets me.  I have great compassion for people.  Because of this I rarely watch the news, preferring to read headlines so I can pick and choose what I care to read.  Sometimes I really don't like this about myself.  I try to make my skin thicker by watching but most times the strategy backfires.  Really, it is best when "I know thyself" and act accordingly. 

As you get older, at least in my case, you become disillusioned with the world.  In some cases this happens at an early age and sometimes later in life.  For me it has been a process of eye opening over the years.  Seeing all the greed.  Seeing all the people who long for power and abuse that power.  Seeing how people who are in positions where they should be trusted and fail to act trustworthy.  All these things bring me to my disillusionment.  But that is not what I want to share here.

What I want to tell you about is how one day I realized that, for me at least, it all doesn't matter.  In the end all that matters is me (you), my relationship to my higher power/ spirituality (your spirituality), my family and friends and the love I feel for them and from them.  That certainly doesn't mean that I have a selfish attitude. All along the way it does matter what I do.  How I act, whether I am kind or not, whether I am honest or not, all those things directly affect all of those things.  The more virtuous I can act the better the quality of those relationships are with myself, my God, and others.

What does this have to do with a light frittata? Absolutely nothing! That is the beauty of having my own blog.

Here is a light meal that whips up in no time and has incredible flavor.  You will hardly miss the yolks. If you want - add the yolks. 

Asparagus and Smoked Gouda Frittata

3 ounces smoked gouda, grated
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped asparagus
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 egg whites
1/3 cup milk

In a bowl whisk egg whites and milk together.  In a frying pan (preferably non stick) saute onion in oil until softened.  Add asparagus, cook until the asparagus is crisp-tender.  Add tomatoes and cook for about five minutes more.  Pour egg white mixture over top and let it heat over fire until it is pulling away from the sides.  Sprinkle gouda over top and place in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes. 


grace said...

mmm, i love me some gouda! i've never thought about making a frittata or quiche using just whites, but i'm sure it's just as good and so much healthier! lovely commentary and creation, lori. :)

Mary said...

I think we find ourselves in much the same way as we peel an onion - a layer at a time. I love the healthy frittata you featured today. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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Ingrid said...

:) I can't wait to one day meet you in person, Lori! Oh, the yummy food we'll eat, the laughs we'll have, and the conversations will enjoy.

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kat said...

I think everyone has to find a balance or everything that is happening in this world will just bring you too far down.