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Weight Watchers Single-Serving Frittata

This is a recipe that my momma saw in the WW mini-magazine thingy (very technical term) she receives at her weekly Weight Watchers meeting and wanted to try. Oddly enough, she hates cooking, so I took it upon myself to make them for her. Y'all know how I love getting dirty in the kitchen.

The first time I made the recipe was this past weekend, and I pretty much executed it as written. They didn’t come out very nicely. At all. In my opinion, they were too small (barely whet my appetite), and the ratio of potatoes:eggs was too great. In short, the flavors were off, they were too small, and they just didn’t look pretty.

The second time I made them (being this time), I used jumbo muffin tins, the same amount of potatoes, and more egg mixture (but: Egg Beaters! probably 3/8 cup [or ¼ cup + 2 tbsp, for you baking buffoons] per serving instead of ¼ cup per serving [as per the recipe], which is fine, because: Egg Beaters!). The jumbo muffin tins are so key for correct flavor ratios, size, and aesthetic pleasure. Seriously.

If you’ve only got normal sized muffin tins (WOE IS YOU), I’d suggest putting in less potato (maybe 1-1.5 oz per serving instead of the 2 oz the recipe calls for?), because if you don’t, your end-result is going to be too potato-y and the egg mixture won’t fit adequately in each muffin cup and it’ll overflow and there will be a mess and it’ll just be a DISTASTER, okay? Okay. /cautionarytale

Next time I make these for my momma, I’ll probably season the potatoes, too. I realize that I’m sort of freakish in that I’m generally not a potato fan, but plain old frozen hash browns are way boring, even for potato enthusiasts. I think. Whatever. To me, they’re not really worth having unless they pack some flavor. BUT: that’s just me, and I’m not the one eating them. I don’t think momma had any complaints taste-wise (though she did agree that the potato:egg ratio in the original recipe was off, and momma knows best, y'all).

Regardless of the size of the muffin tin you use, they’ll take ~20 minutes as opposed to the prescribed 15. I’d start checking on them after 15 just to be safe, though.

But overall: total winner!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb frozen hash brown, thawed
  • 4 large eggs, beaten (I used Egg Beaters the second time, because my momma is cholesterol conscious; direct substitution = 1 cup EB. For jumbo muffin tins, use 1.5-2 cups EB)
  • 1 tbsp fat free milk (omitted when I used Egg Beaters)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 oz cooked lean ham, finely chopped (I omitted, because my momma didn’t want it)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped uncooked onion
  • ½ cup low-fat shredded cheese (doubled, because I omitted the ham. #YOLO.)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat 8 muffin cups with cooking spray. Spread potatoes around bottom of each cup and press up the sides. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. (They pretty much just warm up after 10 minutes; if you want the hash brown crust to be a bit crisper, leave them for a few more minutes. 10 minutes = mostly soft potatoes.)
  3. While the hash brown crusts are cooking, whisk together eggs, milk, spices, vegetables, ham (if you’re using it), and cheese.
  4. Remove potatoes from the oven and press potatoes down firmly with a spoon so they are spread out like mini pie crusts.
  5. Pour about ¼ cup egg mixture into the center of each muffin cup.
  6. Return pan to oven and bake until potatoes are crisp and golden, and the egg mixture is set, about 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit about 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Breakdown, per serving (one frittata)

  • Original recipe = 3 WW points+ / 120 cal / 13g carbs / 4g fat / 8g protein
  • Double cheese, no ham = 3 WW points+ / 130 cal / 13g carbs / 5g fat / 9g protein
  • Egg Beaters (as I prepared above) = 2 WW points+ / 114 cal / 14g carbs / 2g fat / 10g protein

captainmudphud  asked:

How do residency interviews compare to med school interviews? How many programs do most people rank in order to confidently match? Did you do away rotations at all the programs you interviewed at? Was your #1 choice program an easy pick, or was it a struggle to rank your list? Sorry for the overload of questions, but I'm still trying to figure out the process. I appreciate the info!

- Well, I only did 1 med school interview, but I’d say they’re pretty similar. All of my residency interviews were 3-4 short (15-30 minute) interviews with faculty or residents. Questions were pretty similar too (why do you want to go here, why do you like family medicine, why should we pick you, any questions for us?, etc.). 

- The number of programs you need to rank varies widely depending on what specialty you’re going into. The more competitive your specialty, the more you need to interview at and rank. It also depends on how competitive an applicant you are. People rank anywhere from 1 to upwards of 30 programs. I ranked 5. Remember, though, to never put a program on your rank list that you wouldn’t be ok with spending the next couple of years of your life at. 

- Oh no, you could never do that many away rotations. My suggestion for any specialty would be to at least do 1 away rotation, preferably at your #1 program. If you have the time and money to do more, work your way down your list. I did 2 aways. I was going to do a third one, but I cancelled it. One was my #1 program, and the other was a program I wasn’t so sure about because of the location, and I figured just one or two days there wouldn’t be long enough to make a fully informed decision about the program. 

- I had 2 programs tied for #1 in my head, and I really couldn’t make the decision. Fortunately, the decision was made for me (I’ll post about that soon). The other programs on my list just sort of fell into place. 

I would highly recommend the book The Successful Match to med students who are approaching 4th year. I didn’t read it (because I am so chill I don’t even think of questions like this… I just sort of go with the flow), but several of my friends did. I looked through it before I answered this question, and it has tips specific to different specialties, so it will help you know how to tailor your search for the right program. 

captainphd replied to your photo: When you get the urge to run and you have the time…

I disagree. Temps are hitting dangerous zones, especially for mid-day running. No amount of adjustment is going to make that a good decision. It’s not winning. It’s tempting fate. Please don’t encourage some of the fanatics out there to do stupid shit.

Dude has a point.

Midday for me was 83 degrees, which is probably early morning temperature for most of you… if that.

And for any interested parties, adjustments for my 3 mile run included:

  • two 1.5 mile loops through my neighborhood, so I’d always be within 0.5 mile of my house
  • a hand-held water bottle
  • lots of shade
  • running based on effort (Can you hold a conversation? Can you sing? If not, you’re going way too fast) rather than pace
  • soaking my bandana with water before leaving the house
  • copious sunscreen
  • no Layla

I may be stupid, but I don’t have a death wish.

captainmudphud  asked:

Congrats on matching! One quick questions since you're in the thick of things, is the scramble still going on as planned this year? I heard a rumor that it's being eliminated... but I haven't seen any indication that this is true. This person said that, instead of scrambling, all unmatched applicants would be fed back into the system for a second time. It seemed a bit odd. Is this rumor full of crap?

Yes, we do still have the scramble, but it’s different than in years past. This year we find out four days in advance whether we matched or not, whereas in the past you found out the day before Match Day, I believe. 

There’s a whole new system for scrambling called SOAP. Essentially, yes, you get fed back through the system a few times. Here’s the info I have on the SOAP (from an official ERAS e-mail):

  Residency applicants who did not match to a position in the NRMP Main Match may use ERAS to send applications, free of charge, to a maximum of forty five (45) ACGME-accredited programs. This includes both new programs, as well as programs where they applied previously during the ERAS application season. You are eligible for the free applications if your account is paid in full and you have applied to and paid for at least one ACGME-accredited program by 3:00 P.M. ET on Friday, March 9th.
  Applicants may still apply or re-apply to a total of 45 ACGME-accredited programs during SOAP from 1:00 pm ET March 12 – 5:00 pm ET March 16. However, a maximum allotted number of submissions are allowed each day. These are absolute maximums – applicants will not be able to apply to more than that during the SOAP cycle, even if you are willing to pay a fee to do so.
  SOAP Cycle 1 – Monday, March 12th 1:00 PM – Wednesday, March 14th 11:59 AM
- Allows you to apply or re-apply to a total of 30 ACGME-accredited programs
  SOAP Cycle 2 – Wednesday, March 14th 12:00 noon – Thursday, March 15th 11:59 AM
- Allows you to apply or re-apply to a total of 10 ACGME-accredited Programs
  SOAP Cycle 3 -  Thursday, March 15th 12:00 noon – Friday, March 16th 5:00 PM
- Allows you to apply or re-apply to a total of 5 ACGME-accredited programs
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walexatwork replied to your post: Just got back from preliminary car shopping

Volkswagen Golf, GTI if it’s in your range.

That’s pretty sporty looking, and the 31 mpg is nice too.  The closest Volkswagen dealer to my place is a little out of the way though, and I’m trying to buy relatively locally so it’ll be easier to get serviced when and if I need to bring it in.

neonlily replied to your post: Just got back from preliminary car shopping

I totally test drove all of these cars when I was looking two years ago and had the same thoughts. I ended up going with a used Nissan Altima by using a loan. Definitely worth it.

neonlily replied to your post: Just got back from preliminary car shopping

Also, I’m sure you already know, don’t bother with the Yaris. I thought it was going to explode when I was driving it.

I considered getting a used car, but I’m willing to pay more for the reliability of a new car, and I’d like to keep my next vehicle as long as possible like I did with my current one; I’m still driving my first car for 6 years now and I’m literally driving it into the ground.

And yeah, if I’m going Toyota, I’d be looking at the Corollas over the Yaris.

becausefuckargonians replied to your post: Just got back from preliminary car shopping

I have a Nissan Versa HB and it’s brilliant; deceptively sporty, and it handles well. It’s also has alot of useable for how small of a car it is; I’ve fit 3 full size guitar amps, and an entire drumset in it. I highly recommend it.

It was definitely the best one of the ones I drove today, but it still didn’t quite “fit” me, and I’m in no rush; I’m still doing a lot of research.  It did have a ridiculous amount of cargo space though, with the two different ways the backseat can fold down/up.

lorenareyna replied to your post: Just got back from preliminary car shopping

Nissan sentra. Check it.

If I start tending away from the hatchbacks in favor of the mid-sized sedans I’ll look into it.

captainphd replied to your post: Just got back from preliminary car shopping

Dude… hatchbacks? Fords are shit. No Toyota? I have a Rav4. It’s been great. Still going strong with 170k on it. I had a Corolla before that. 240k when I sold it. It lived another year after that (transmission died).

We’re going up to another area with a lot of car dealerships near each other next weekend, and there’s a Toyota dealer we’ll hit up there.

The two cars I’m really looking forward to are the Hyundai Veloster (my parents are preferred customers at our local Hyundai dealer so we can get a sweet deal/warranty there, but they didn’t have any of these in today) and the Mazda 3.

bryanthephotogeek replied to your photo: I’m a surround-sound audio system away from having…

The weapons collection on top of the center, perfect.

It’s a replica set of The Bride’s Hattori Hanzo sword from Kill Bill.  They’re just for show; I don’t even think they’re full tang.

walex replied to your photo: I’m a surround-sound audio system away from having…

Sweet sword collection. Do you show that to all the girls that never come over?

WHY, YES, YES I DO.

thatfrenchman replied to your photo: I’m a surround-sound audio system away from having…

I’m working with the same sq feet and have a 50 incher with surround sound. I see no problem with it.

Americans are culturally obliged to have as large a television as they can get their hands on, regardless of how much they’ll use it.

captainphd replied to your photo: I’m a surround-sound audio system away from having…

Oooooh! Tv! LED-LCD? What’s the size? Ive been totally underwhelmed with the sound on mine.

57" rear-projection.  It’s kind of a family heirloom at this point, and my sister was looking to get rid of it so it ended up at my place.