Five Minute Zen

From pissed to blissed in no time flat

Welcome to Five Minute Zen. The mission is simple – to assist busy beings who may be preoccupied or overwhelmed while on their journey to balance, bliss and a healthy meal now and again. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, alleviate sorrow, find balance or improve the quality of your life through self care, we’re here to assist. Come on in, relax and find tips, tricks, recipes and so much more.

Get Fancy - the Easy Way

There are times when the only thing that feels exactly right is complete decadence. Sometimes, fancy feels good at a time when effort doesn’t. Just because you’re exhausted, over extended or focusing other priorities doesn’t mean you have to eat a turkey sandwich you bought at the gas station on your way home. In fact, it probably means just the opposite. With a little foresight and a few minutes prep, you can feed your soul, and your body, well.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve found some great recipes in some very unexpected places. This great one only takes about ten minutes prep, tastes amazing and makes you look like you have some major cooking prowess.

The “Really Great” Egg Soufflé” recipe I found in the book “It’s called a Break Up Because it’s a Broken” by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt. (Whether you’re going through a break up or not, I recommend this book. Not only is it full of good advice about boundaries and self respect, it’s just plain funny.)

Ingredients

1 cup grated cheddar or jack cheese – although I use whatever cheese I want and rarely measure (we’re talking hands full)

½ cup chopped favorite veggie or meat product (same goes here)

6 eggs

1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

The recipe calls for you to butter a small 6-inch by 9 inch or 8 inch by 8-inch baking dish – although I usually use a casserole dish because that’s what I can easily find in my cabinet.

If you choose to follow the recipe by the letter, you’ll layer your grated cheese first, then your veggies or meats on the bottom of the dish.

Next, beat eggs and sour cream together with a hand mixer or get a little exercise by using an old school whisk. Pour the mixture over your layers.

Then you’re pretty much done. Place your dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean. This makes a great dinner when paired with a nice green salad (just remember to choose flavorful and healthy greens) and a glass of wine. However, you can extend that joy to all week if you cut the soufflé’ into serving, put in the fridge and bam, you have a week’s worth of tasty breakfasts.

Adding a favorite class of wine, tea or sparkling water can make any dinner a bit more enjoyable.

Adding a favorite class of wine, tea or sparkling water can make any dinner a bit more enjoyable.

Easy peasy and absolutely delish – not to mention more than a touch impressive.

Now if you want an elegant dinner that’s even easier, pick up a package of smoked salmon, a block of your favorite cheese, a loaf of crusty bread and maybe some grapes. Serve with some olive oil, a glass of sparkling wine or juice, relax and enjoy.

Even easier.