A few days ago I received a package from the Bays English Muffin folks. Bays was one of the sponsors at the BlogHer Food conference in Atlanta in May. I eat English Muffins sometimes. They used to be a staple in our kitchen for breakfast when growing up and now that I’m working on losing weight, they’ve become a regular in my kitchen too. I’m not a cereal eater and sweet breakfasts aren’t my thing. A home made Belgian waffle, especially a savory one is something I like on weekends, but while I work hard at losing weight, it’s not something I indulge in right now.
My carb choices for breakfast are Deli Flats, a half a bagel or an English Muffin. All come in at between 3 and 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus values or between 100 and 140 calories. Not a bad point or calorie distribution for breakfast with something light on top.
Bays muffins are not kept in the bread aisle and that’s probably why I was not familiar with them. They’re kept in the refrigerated section and in my local Harris Teeter, they were right there below the eggs. I never look down. No, seriously, if I’m reaching for eggs, I’m intent on finding a container with no broken shells and other than perhaps looking to the left to see the Cream Cheese display, I just don’t look down.
I’d never have known to look in the refrigerated section if the Bays rep hadn’t told me when I stopped by their table at the conference. In any event, my muffins came neatly packed in a box and I broke them out the very next morning for breakfast. Nothing complicated, just a toasted English muffin and an ounce of Italian Black Truffle Cheese from Trader Joe’s. Hey now! I had a package in the fridge and who says black truffles can’t be eaten at breakfast?!
Anyway, I made a ThinRecipes version of a Maine Lobster Roll using shrimp last night. It was darn good, although the bread wasn’t authentic and any true “Mainer” scoff at it, dinner was fabulous and I didn’t feel at all deprived. These English Muffins are somehow fresher tasting than the brand I usually buy and I like that they aren’t quite as “wholly.” They are a little more dense which is, I suspect, why this brand of English muffin is 4 points rather than the typical 3 points, but I like a more dense bread and this does the trick for me. Look at how beautifully golden brown the edges are. What’s better than a crispy edge to an English Muffin?
They held up well to the shrimp and it made a great dinner after a busy workday.
I had a happy accident in the kitchen while making this sandwich on a baguette last weekend, one which I think you will probably be interested to hear if you’re trying to find ways to lower your point or calorie intake.
I was rushing around the kitchen in that whirlwind of ravenous dinner desperation. I didn’t even take the time to change into more comfortable clothes after rushing in after work, putting my bags down and getting to the work of making dinner. Who has time for relaxing when a meal is in the very near future? Clearly, I had no time.
I pulled out all the ingredients and got to chopping and cleaning. I chopped the shallots, olives and parsley and set it aside. Next, I cut the 4 large shrimp into chunks and put them in a bowl. The mayonnaise, a delicious olive oil and lemon emulsion with perhaps a bit too much lemon was perfect for shrimp. In goes a tablespoon and one more time. WHAT?! WHY would I have done that? Now what was I going to do. This perfectly calculated Weight Watchers Points dinner was suddenly adding up to be not so frugal in points. hmmm… Shrimp lives in the ocean. It gets cleaned when being peeled and deveined. What harm can another rinse do to it? I’d just start over. I gave it a quick rinse and low and behold, not all of the mayo came off. I put it back into the bowl, added the shallots and olives and low and much to my amazement, it was PERFECTLY dressed! Not too much mayo, not too little. Well seasoned and lemony, the shrimp flavor was able to shine through. Wonderful!
And just when I thought I’d been so clever and invented a great new way to save on Points or calories, my Sunday morning friends at Weight Watchers let me know that Lisa Lillien, of Hungry Girl fame recommends this method too! Looks like I’m in good company.
Writing this post, I suddenly have a classic craving. I’ve got eggs, Canadian bacon and more muffins in the fridge calling my name. Eggs Benedict, anyone? Not me. With this week’s weigh-in just 36 hours away, there’s no hollandaise in my near future. Rather, I’m feeling a crispy toasted English Muffin with a beautifully poached egg on top.
And we’re back! Before I leave you I thought I’d show you how I woke up and got over my Eggs Benedict craving, sans hollandaise. Who needs the sauce when you have a perfectly poached egg like this? A small one ounce round of Canadian Bacon, a quick Salsa Fresca and one beautifully Poached Egg on top of an English Muffin and you’ve got a delicious 7 point or 279.5 calorie breakfast.
**NOTE: Bays English Muffins provided me with the English Muffins. This is not a sponsored post, nor was I compensated for this post. The opinions are my own and are for information purposes only.