Monday, October 13, 2008

Breakfast, Banter and Banners

Here's another version of those little protein souffles I've been making. I love these for breakfast. I make them the night before, pop them in the fridge and then pull one out in the AM. The first one usually has a big bite out of it because they are also yummy warm and I can never help myself. Don't let the souffle word scare you away. They are super easy to make.

In this version I eliminated the toasted coconut (I was all out) that I normally add and added a few more chopped nuts. If you love banana bread make this...

Shelly's Banana Caramel Nut Protein Souffle

4 Tablespoons Pecans, chopped
2 eggs
1 Banana
1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Caramel Topping (I used Smucker's)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry (I use this)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
dash Nutmeg (for top too)

Topping: Sugar Free Whipped Cream and Sugar Free Maple Syrup

Sprinkle nuts into bottom of each ramekin. Mix all remaining ingredients in a blender till smooth. Pour mixture into 4/4-oz ramekins or custard cups. Here's what I use.

If you don't have a groovy set up like this. Just place the ramekins in a large roasting pan. Place pan on oven rack and pour enough very hot water to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Sprinkle top of each souffle with additional nutmeg. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until set, knife inserted comes out clean. You can serve them warm but I prefer them cold from the fridge.

You can also top them with warm Sugar Free Vanilla Custard. Here's how you make the custard and here's some food porn of the Chocolate Protein Souffles topped with it. Yum!

Highlights of the day:

* Spent the Sunday with my pal Jeremy. We went to the Italian Festa. It's basically a crowded carb fest with crap for sale but I loved the street chalk drawings and we watched a fun stick ball game. We hit the beach for dinner... yummy salad, ocean air, crashing waves. Can't beat it. Then we head to home ground and went to the movies... Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist which had some cute parts but isn't going to win any awards. The boy from Juno is in it. Such a little cutie.

Here's some of the chalk drawings:

* Jeremy you get 2 cause this was too funny.

So Jeremy was bitching last night about me making him drink espresso so late... blah blah blah gonna be up all night cleaning his house. Whateeeever ;) I said he could have ordered decaf or hello?! soothing herbal tea (but that's admittedly not very manly.) So as I was enjoying my protein souffle this morning I text messaged him...

Text from Me: So is your house spotless?
Text from Jeremy: Why? Who is this?
Me: So how many chicks did you go to coffee with last night?
Him: Can't remember. It's hard to keep track of all of them.


Sorry Jer I warned you your life may be blogged.

* Did you guys spot the banner on OH promoting the LA event? I'm thinking we make a cute couple ;) LOL.

Listening to: "Light On" David Cook. Have you heard it yet? Soooo good.


Debbie Y. said...

My Goodness, the photo of the finished product of the souffle looks downright scrumptious and yes I love banana nut bread got to try it. The photos of the chalk drawings are like paintings. Sounds like you and Jeremy had fun. I wonder if he was up all night after the espresso? He never said?

Amber said...

This blog is wonderful! I have enjoyed a lot of the yummy recipes. Thank you!
I read your blog on the protein powders. I have never tried them.
From one gastric girl to another--Are the protein powders a plus or a minus in life after WLS? I've consulted my surgeon, he says NO. My personal trainer says YES.
Need a little advice, if you please!

tara said...

I've made the apple raisin souffles like 4 or 5 times. In fact, I made them today and am having one for breakfast. They are the closest thing to bread pudding and sooo yummy! I found though that the recipe made into 4 are too big for me. I divide the recipe into 6 ramekins and they are perfect. love love love them!

Barb Del Piano said...

Sounds like a nice evening. The chalk drawings were more Elaborate than I would have thought. My Gosh they are beautiful! I did your Chochocken cooopahoopa thingy this past Sunday. I didn't have the Roast Beef Slices, so I replaced it with Turkey Bacon. DAMN GOOD I TELL YA!! ANOTHER A+A+A+A+ Dish from Eggface. Thank You Again!

BrendaB said...

OK, I am sooo making this this weekend. I recently made your pumpkin souffles with dried cranberries & nuts, and that was so yummy. I can only eat 1/2 souffle, I am just 3 months out with a tiny sleeve, but still, such a nice little breakfast.
Oh, and I made your zuchinni casserole (the one with alfredo sauce) as a side dish for Thanksgiving (I'm Canadian, TG weekend was just this past weekend) and 2 people asked for the recipe. Thanks, you are making me enjoy food again!

Anonymous said...

I just made the souffles and WOW!! I haven't made my custard yet, but had to dig into a hot one to test. I love them already and can't wait to have it with the warm custard. THANK YOU!!!!!!

Jess said...

I totally saw David Cook in my office building on Monday (Chelsea Market in NYC, amazing space but potentially dangerous location for post WLS folk) and immediately thought of you, as I am aware of your love for him thanks to your blog. He was totally cute... and we made some extended eye contact! So yeah, we may be getting married...ha!

Emily said...

Hey Shelly, do you have any alternative ideas for souffles if I don't have 4 oz ramekins? I have some small (2 oz?) ones, and I have a regular sized muffin tin. I'm very tempted to put the muffin tin into a larger pan with water and see how it works, but I'm afraid it definitely won't be the same!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Em - I'd do the 2 oz ones and adjust the time down a bit... just keep testing with a knife. When it comes clean it's done. Linens & Things is going out of business so maybe you can pick the 4 oz ones up there on the cheap.

debbie - Yeah huh he didn't say. He probably was... he's a wus boy LOL ;)

amber - TY. You know all surgeons & nuts have different ideas on protein drinks post-op. I love them to bump me up on light eating days and I found a yummy one but you know go with your medical posse.

tara & brenda- YAY! So glad you guys liked them!

barb - yum sounds good

anon - try the custard soooo good!

jess - Sooooo jealous!!!