Healthy and Sane

Healthy and Sane flashback: tomato goat cheese strata

January 12th, 2012 · 17 Comments · Cooking Light, eggs, favorite recipes, quick, vegetarian meal

Healthy and Sane flashback is where I share some of my favorite recipes enjoyed in the past – but with better pictures Smile

“Old” tomato goat cheese strata (yikes!). Visually improved tomato goat cheese strata:


Same delicious recipe from Cooking Light. Now hopefully you’d actually want to make it Winking smile

How is your week going so far?? Mine is flying by and I’m not too happy about it. I have things to accomplish!! Winking smile Although now that I think about it, this weekend I’m going to NY to go wedding dress shopping with my sister (and hopefully celebrating my best friend’s 30th birthday… if I can get a hold of her!) so it’s going to be a good one. So I guess it’s ok that it’s coming so soon.

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As I mentioned in the my previous post, my sister’s wedding is definitely motivating me to get a little more serious about healthy eating. I’m not going on any crazy diets but I am being a little more mindful about what I’m eating. I put up a big calendar on the fridge reminding me of the “big day” (sort of funny saying that since it’s not my wedding) and a few pictures of myself at a lower weight for motivation. It’s only been 1 day, but I feel like I’m approaching this in the right way and feel good about weight loss results that are sure to follow!


The best part? I have a few old favorites to ensure I’m eating satisfying healthy meals. Like this strata. It comes together quite quickly, uses ingredients I always have on hand (well, I happened to have fresh sage on hand this time, but I’d just use dried if I didn’t) and it’s so warm and comforting. It has (whole wheat) sourdough bread and goat cheese. You can eat it for breakfast or dinner. And one quarter of the pan is a serving. Really, what’s not to love?!


Diets, shmiets. I’ll stick to this! Open-mouthed smile


What are your favorite healthy and satisfying recipes? Please share with me in the comments!

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17 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lisa

    That looks delicious! A wedding will motivate you! That just happened to me 6 months ago. I was in my cousin’s wedding party and I out weighed all the bridesmaids by about 25 pounds! Sooooo, prior to the big day I got motivated and lost 20 pounds for it in 3 months. A lot of water, fruit and yogurt as my desert ONLY and chicken salads.

    BTW! My boyfriend looked over my shoulder reading your blog the other day and he thinks you are so pretty. I told he could not look at your blog anymore. J/K! : ) : )

    • #2 - Elina

      Were you able to maintain your weight loss after the wedding? I want to make sure that whatever I do is really permanent. I’m done with yo-yo dieting!!

      • #3 - Lisa

        I gained about 5 pounds over the holidays but I am back on track now and have maintained the weight loss. For me, it has been eating whatever in moderation but making myself exercise daily. That has been the hardest part but now I do it first thing and get it out the way each morning and move on with my day. I still have to pretty much eat the same thing through out the week and then indulge a little on the weekends.
        Good Luck and you look good no matter weight! : )

  • #4 - Rikki

    I just made turkey meatball, spinach soup last night. YUMMO!

  • #5 - shannon

    my pictures of that aren’t any better, but i loved that thing!! need to start revisiting my recipes :)

  • #6 - Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    Looks so tasty! I hope you have a fabulous time in NYC! Favorite satisfying healthy meals? There are so many, but I love blackened fish with veggie quinoa, lemon chicken with brown rice and roasted broccoli, veggie burgers on whole wheat buns with sweet potato fries, butternut squash casserole… the list could go on!

  • #8 - inna

    pretty pictures. hilarious commentary

  • #9 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Love the updated pics of the strata!

    I’ve been making a concerted effort to make satiating lunches, some recipes of which will be posted on my blog in the upcoming weeks. A few of my favorites: date & walnut wheat berry salad, red lentil & butternut squash curry stew (adapted from oh she glows), and massaged kale salad with hummus & white beans.

  • #11 - Rachel @Healthy_Chicks

    That’s such a great way to approach it Elina! Diets are temporary, making changes and eating mindfully is something you can hang onto.

    Some of my healthy (but savory) favorites:
    -turkey chili
    -modified fried rice
    -baked chicken coated with almond meal for “crumbs”
    -veggie omelets
    -winter soups!
    -roasted butternut squash
    -sweet potato fries

  • #13 - Kelli

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to try it.

    As a side note, you were totally two people behind me in line at the Symphony Whole Foods today! Haha. I had to run, so I didn’t say hi, but I though I would let you know. Small world :]

  • #15 - frickin' fabulous at 40

    Hey! Your recipes look amazing! Your pictures look like they’re right out of a cookbook. I haven’t read a lot of your entries, yet, so please forgive me if you actually are a cookbook author! Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you in a question game. I won’t be offended if you don’t reply, but I only have 5 followers and I needed 11 names, and you’ve commented on my blog… I left one spot empty. I couldn’t even steal another name. It just felt so wrong!

    • #16 - Elina

      Thanks! Hehe, I don’t have a cookbook out… maybe one day. 😉 Appreciate the compliment :)

  • #17 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This looks delicious!

    Have fun this weekend! Hope we can figure out lunch on Tuesday:-)