Thursday, October 29, 2015

Baked Eggs Italian Style

Baked Eggs Italian-Style , recipe given to me by my dear friend Mary Mall   
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Weight Watchers Recipe
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Prep time: 8 min
Cook time: 18 min
Other time: 0 min
Serves: 8


  • 4 cup(s) store bought marinara sauce   
  • 1/2 cup(s) basil, fresh, chopped (do not use dried basil)   
  •   8 large egg(s)   
  • 1 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano   
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, being omitted for today                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Pour the marinara sauce into a 9- X 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the chopped basil over the sauce.
  • Use the bottom of a small custard cup or a similarly sized glass to make 8 rounded indentations in the marinara sauce. Crack an egg into each of these indentations.
  • Sprinkle the Parmigiano-Reggiano and red pepper flakes over the tops of the eggs. Bake until the egg whites are set, the yolks are a bit runny and the cheese has melted, about 18 minutes. Serve by scooping eggs and sauce into individual bowls, using a large spoon. Yields about 1 egg and 1/3 cup sauce per serving.


  • Eggs baked in the oven offer a wonderful creaminess, almost better than those cooked on top of the stove. However, the oven's constant, ambient heat can toughen the eggs quite a bit — so a little fat (as here, in the shredded cheese) protects the delicate whites and keeps them tender.

UPDATE: Had to bake for about 10 minutes longer than above, had a hard time making the indents for each egg but it turned out great.  VERY interesting and he ate it!  There is plenty left for later which is always a good thing.

Soft everything

Have you tried to find a "soft" toothbrush at the store?  They are not so soft...

I am so excited to find the above linked item!  It is so great when you look and find EXACTLY what you were looking for...ordering today.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and oven baked tomatoes, O My!

It is with a heart of gratitude that I write that the tube that once was is no more!  This afternoon my dad had his feeding tube removed, pulled out by blunt force, and is no longer reliant on it for his food!
He has shown great improvement this week of which I hope and pray is just the beginning.
We arrived home early this evening, hungry.  He is making a large plate of the above referenced items AND I will resume my enthusiasm for the soft food recipe: Baked Eggs.
Stay tuned...

Coconut Milk

I had recently picked up some Coconut Oil to cook with, perhaps mix essential oils with, etc.  However yesterday I purchased a small can of coconut milk with the thought of adding it to dads nutritional drinks for added fat and calories in addition to the Flax Seed oil. 

I was unprepared for the opening this morning as it was a solid!  I was unaware of the separation that takes place.  I learned that it will return to a fluid when heated much like the oil in solid form (similar to lard).

Well, unless I put the milk in coffee, yummy to me although I do NOT require any added fat and calories these days, I will have to reserve some for cooking with.

I did venture to put a small amount, almost a serving size, in the Magic Bullet (which truly is magic because it has yet to die), and mix it into one of his drinks.  Then I slyly poured the drink back into it's original bottle for consumption.  I'm sure he has no idea all the little tricks in adding things that I do...

To health!

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Nevermind that I had been trying to make him pancakes since we started this whole soft food diet, but today he actually requested them!

There was some long ago stigma that kept him from having them before, something about growing up poor and always having them as a kid.

I would like to say that I made them from scratch with all kinds of extra nutritional boosts, but alas, I made up those heart healthy Bisquick pancakes as fast as I could before he changed his mind.  In fact the entire family had them this morning.

He drowned his in syrup and I am so happy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Big News

The old man has continued to eat oatmeal for three mornings in a row.  He has not lost weight in two weeks and therefore we have scheduled the feeding tube removal next week!  This is a major leap of faith and milestone for us.

I am so proud of his fighting spirit as he tries to eat, garden, and fight his way back to health.

Next stop: trying the cancer fighting diet below:

I have been advised not to pour my own concoctions into the tube, but...

In the case of a person with a feeding tube one could mix flax oil into the organic kefir by hand as mentioned above. Then pour into the feeding tube. Again, this can be done using ¼ cup kefir to 1 tablespoon of the flax oil and given through out the day at different times. You may be able to use even a little more oil with the ¼ cup kefir. One may have to play with the mixture to get the desired results. Make sure there is no oil floating on top of the kefir before pouring into the feeding tube.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Today, There is Hope

This morning I asked dad if he was ready for a can in the belly, our terms for tube feeding, and he said, "Sure, might as well." Then I said, "Or, would you rather have oatmeal?"  He said, "Yeah, oatmeal, oatmeal." 

After the last round of radiation his mouth and throat have been in such a rough state that we went exclusively back to the tube.  I will take today as a good sign of progress.  He even said the oatmeal was good (of course it was with a handful of Ghirardelli chocolate chips, a splash of Soy milk and a squeeze of Flax Seed oil, my latest health craze).

He and I are drinking Immune Plus Emergen C this morning as well.

When times are dark it is always encouraging to have a glimmer of hope.

Romans 5:5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.