Spring has sprung!

Today is the first day of Spring quarter. It is the first quarter in almost two years that I don’t have 8am class every single day. The course load looks like this:

Requirements for Human Nutrition

Nutritional Assessment

Intro to Nutrition and Metabolism

Biochemistry Lab (SIX units – Ahhh! But I am waitlisted…)

Bioenergetics of Metabolism (my backup if I don’t get into that lab)

Looks like y’all have more nerdy, science-based posts coming your way! πŸ™‚ With the exception of the lab, I think these courses will be less challenging than what I have been taking. They are more specific, and thus more fun! I am also trying to get an internship, but am not having any luck. I have emailed and called at least 10 endocrinologists and 15 professors and not one has responded with anything positive, if they even responded at all. I don’t think grad or med schools are going to want a girl with zilch experience, even if she has good grades. Fabulous.

I picked up the Neener last night from the puppy sitter. She got chubby! I bet that was the sitter’s tactic of keeping her quiet – nothing like wad of sticky peanut butter to take the yap out of pup… That’s okay, I’ll just take her on a few extra long walks this week.

After not cooking all week in Park City, I was so excited to get back in the kitchen! This morning I made something fabulous.

Eggs Benedict with Citrus Cured Salmon, Maple-Cream Glaze and Fried Capers

Fudge ya.

Recipe: Serves 1

1 whole wheat english muffin

2-3 oz smoked salmon

1 tbsp fresh orange juice

salt

2 eggs

1/2 tbsp capers

grapeseed oil

1 tbsp cream cheese

1 1/2 tbsp half and half

1 tsp maple syrup

Directions –

1. Massage the smoked salmon with the orange juice and salt. Let marinate while you cook. Toast the english muffin.

2. Spray a pan with grapeseed oil and place on the stove on medium heat. Crack two eggs into the pan and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to medium low. When the egg white is opaque but the yolk is runny, remove from heat.

3. While the eggs are cooking, put a tiny pan on the stove on medium high heat with grapeseed oil. Add the capers. Periodically stir them while they fry. They are done when they are browned.

4. Mix together the cream cheese, half and half, and maple syrup.

5. Put the english muffin on a plate. Top with the smoked salmon, then the eggs, then the maple cream, then the capers. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Capers * contain lots of the antioxidants flavonoids and isothiocyanates, which offer some DNA protection! They have been found to slow oxidation of fat during cooking and digestion and aid in the regeneration of vitamin E (thus increasing it’s availability to your body).

Smoked salmon * Salmon has one of the highest concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids! Studies show that eating omega 3 rich fish just twice a week can lower blood triglycerides (which are bad for your heart). Salmon is also rich in tryptophan, vitamin D, protein, B vitamins, and selenium!

Eggs * the yolk is where all the nutrients are! It contains tryptophan, selenium, iodine, B vitamins, and phosphorous, many of which are necessary for optimal metabolism. The egg white has 6 grams ofΒ complete protein!

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14 thoughts on “Spring has sprung!

  1. They sounds like really, really interesting courses – I wish I was in college so I had more freedom with my courses. Blergh, high school… -____-

  2. Wow! That’s an amazing meal full of so many nutrients. Billy has been buying smoked salmon lately and it’s so delicious. The Neener sure is a cutie! I’d take her on a walk if I lived nearby.

  3. Good luck this quarter! Spring is my last quarter here and I have no idea what I’m going to do after ! (besides move home, har har). Hope you have a wonderful first week! πŸ™‚

  4. as always, your beautiful food creations never fail to impress me!!! eggs benedict – what a classic!!!!! awesome. hope you have a great quarter =)

  5. Glad your courseload might have lightened a little!

    Hahaha, your pooch reminds me of my old dog whenever I’d leave her with my grandparents. They always gave the dog ice cream because she was “too thin.” My dog was lean and muscular, not thin! They always made her tubby…but at least it was free dog sitting.

  6. Your classes sound like so much fun! And yes I’m actually serious. I love learning about nutrition. Sigh.

    Just keep on chugging with the internships. When I was looking for a lab to work in during summers in college, I emailed about 30 people and 1 got back to me.

    That eggs benedict. Is. Amazing. I’m in love.

  7. Holy a;oierh;lw! That looks so freakin’ good! You post a lot of recipes with salmon… your go-to food? I LOVE it! Definitely underutilized in my life. I WANT THIS.

    Good luck on the internship. You’ll find something! I know you will. And how awesome are your classes!? So interesting!

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