by Holly on August 5, 2012

in breakfast,gluten-free,life,rambling,recipes,silliness,vegetarian

Change makes me a crazy person.

Last night, while laying on the couch after a perfect rainy summer Saturday spent going to the farmer’s market, napping + making Joy the Baker’s Tomato Cobbler with Blue Cheese Biscuits, I suddenly found my poor lungs lurching for breath realizing the inevitable: I’m getting old.

It’s not because every time I log on to Facebook, somebody has either (a) become engaged, (b) gotten married, (c) announced a pregnancy or (d) birthed a child. I’m happily (e) none of the above.

It’s not because of global warming; although I swear every time I read an article about the subject, I begin doubting my mortality and whether I’ll even make it to 80 years old before being burnt into a smithering heap of ash, carbon dioxide and chloroflourocarbons.

It’s not because I’m watching 16-year-old gymnasts win Olympic gold medals and wondering why girls nine years my junior are doing way cooler things with their lives than I.

But it is because after spending Friday night at a free outdoor concert, where I happily took down five deliciously crisp beers over the course of seven hours, I woke up with that all-too-familiar pit in my stomach and secretly wanting an Eiffel Tower-sized stack of pancakes.


More than two beers in one night, and you’ll find me faceplanted on the couch because in my buzzed stupor, my bed is much too far away. Now, I know I’m 27 and have a lot of life to live (universe-willing) and am astoundingly good at mom dancing, self-depricating humor and MarioKart, which are clearly great traits to have when talking about the survival of the fittest.

I know this…but it’s time to bring in the big guns:

Weight-lifting. Mama E is a virulent supporter of combating bone loss this way.

Flossing. It adds years on to your life, dontcha know?

Breakfast salads. Because it’s the most important meal of the day, and I’m going to need all the antioxidants I can manage to shove into my aging body.

Summer Breakfast Salad
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

This is a total un-recipe. Just taste and tither, using what you have on hand.

Saute 1 cup of chopped vegetables (I used summer squash + cherry tomatoes) in 1 t of olive oil + 1 minced garlic clove until soft. Add 1/4 cup of fresh herbs (I used purple basil + fresh thyme) and mix. Crack two eggs over the top of the vegetable mixture, and cook until whites are set.

To serve, scoop eggs + vegetables over a handful of fresh greens (I used arugula), sprinkle with feta cheese and salt + pepper. Serve with crusty bread for maximum runny egg dipping.

Makes 1 serving

P.S. I know I’m not old, even though Gabby Douglas makes me feel that way sometimes.

P.P.S. Madison friends! Catch me on the News 3 This Morning Show this Wednesday morning at 6:40am with recipes for using up all that zucchini. I’ll try to keep the crazy to a minimum.


Caryn August 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

That salad looks great and easy! I like the idea of an un-recipe. Thanks for sharing. Yeah, the Olympics, while I love them, can sometimes yield two weeks of “what have I done with my life?”, but then I remember that the athletes can’t ever eat dessert and I feel better about it all :)

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef August 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I feel you on the more-than-two-beers, thing! I swear, what the F happened? I just can’t drink anymore or I will wake up with some form of hangover… aka. panic attacks and a need to take down a potato and cheese covered breakfast :) Also, don’t forget that the Mayan calender says we will parish before the end of the year… that means we better live the rest of the year up :) J/k

Abby August 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I’m 31 and some days I feel 131.
However, I prefer to consider myself “mature” and not that having only one Vodka gimlet to drown out the constant wedding/kids/fabulous life posts from other 30-year-old friends makes me feel worse than 21-year-old me felt after five or six shots and the splits on the rail of an outdoor patio. Yes, I consider myself quite mature now ;)

(But at 31, I can also still do the splits.)

lindsay August 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

My god, Holly. When is your life going to stop paralleling mine? And when are we hanging out? Just look at that Gabbie Douglas, doing her routine like she owns the place.

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

God, I’m 22 and some of those 16 year old Olympians make ME feel old.

Love the idea of a breakfast salad – sneaking in veggies early in the day!

Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans August 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Three people I know have gotten engaged in the past week! Ridiculous, I’m only 21, that should NOT happen yet!
The Olympic athletes put me to shame. A 15 year old wins a gold medal in swimming and I don’t even know how to swim yet. Sad.

Hillary August 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I have nothing to say other than : we are the same person. I hope that isn’t creepy for you.

Katie August 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Yeah, seriously. Those Olympians…put my old body to SHAME. I need some breakfast salad in my life too.

Lauren August 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Oh goodness, I know exactly what you mean!! My drinking a bottle of wine every Saturday night has to cease at some point. I’m just getting too old! :)

So can we talk about this salad for a minute. I’m not really into the idea of a salad for breakfast (seems so European though) but I could totally do this one! Love the idea!

Stacie@ Snaps and Bits August 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

You are still young!!! I know what you mean though about watching the Olympic bods! I say as I have another glass of wine….

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

As someone who is staring 30 squarely in the face and a fellow member of the “e) None of the Above” crowd… I raise a 2-drink-max toast to you, and to having lived through some amazing nights that Gabby can’t even yet imagine.

Em {pushups with polish} August 6, 2012 at 12:10 am

that looks yummy! i never considered a “salad” for breakfast but i have sandwiches all the time so ill add this to the list :)

Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras August 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

The idea of a breakfast salad kind of rocks my world a little bit, but I think I could get on board with this. It looks amazing.

Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate August 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

A salad in the am? Now that’s salad commitment right there! But I love it!! What a great way to boost your fiber intake right from the get go.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning August 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

FYI- your 20s are for being single, having fun and making a few bad decisions. That marriage/kids stuff should definitely be put on hold until the next decade. :)
I am trying to lesson my sweet tooth addiction, and some savory breakfast ideas would definitely help me on that. This sounds fantastic!

Monica August 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

the reason why you’re not doing cooler things with your life is because you’ve chosen an easy, self-centered path as a blogger. Instead of going out and worrying about real problems in the world, or goals worth working for, you complain about drinking too much beer and whine about what you’re going to eat or when you will exercise. If you want your life to be cooler then go push yourself out of your comfort zone jusssst a tad.

Eileen August 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Breakfast salads are the best! When we lived in Brooklyn, it seemed like every single brunch place served a side salad with their breakfasts. I only wish that the rest of the restaurants in the country would add salads to their brunches!

elise August 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

uh oh….youre not gonna like where my fb account is going then…

purple basil?? can we talk about this??

Cat @sugaraddictanonymous August 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Ah! I know! The olympics in general are making me feel old. The athletes are mostly around my age and accomplishing great things.Great for my self esteem! I just keep going back for me though! Love the breakfast salad! Looks fabulous.

Katie August 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Wow Holly, I guess that working at the capitol trying to get people health care was not “worrying about real problems of the world” or addressing “social progress.” Pretty sure your “self-centered path as a blogger” is only part of your life and not even close to your full-time job. I know your readers love reading about your life because its real and relatable…not to mention hilarious. It’s funny how this blog started because of “a goal worth working for” that you did indeed “push yourself out of your comfort zone” to accomplish. Food Buzz blog awards Best Writing Voice? Duh.

sara @ real fun food August 7, 2012 at 5:00 am

I found your blog recently and am not sure I have commented before, but I seriously could have written this entire post. Every detail is exactly the same as me! I’m a 27 year old Midwesterner (although I live in London), I’m also astoundingly good at MarioKart and self-deprecating humor, and I also love breakfast salads. What else is there in life?

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Haha, you crack me up. First of all, to the “PS”: nope, you’re NOT old…I’m older than you!! :) Also: purple basil?? Ooooh, you FANCY.

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