Some of my best emails come from readers who ask “What can I cook for my mom? I’d like to surprise her with a dish. Can you suggest a recipe?” My reply to reader-friends is always “Start simple. Cook an easy dish like a Mushroom-Vegetable Breakfast Casserole. Your mom will love anything you cook.” I often give my followers practical advice: “Make Mom something simple and healthy.”
I was on my device typing while I was at the doctor’s waiting room, expecting my name to be called. Patients shuffled in and out. We were all cramped in a tiny room, chairs lined against the wall, two rows facing each other. Phones rang at the desk. Magazines were strewn on the side table.
What is it about doctor’s waiting rooms that make us uncomfortable? Perhaps it is because nobody knows what to expect when you walk in. Will the doctor find something bad? Will we get good news?
Good health came to mind as I waited. Life is a constant stage of waiting. We wait for the next moment. For the kids and hubby to come home. We wait for the food to be cooked. We wait for the next morning.
While we wait, we live, we eat, we walk and we move. Each action has a consequence. What we do affects ourselves and other people. Most times, the choice is ours. What should we do? Take a slice of that gooey chocolate cake? Or make a big salad for dinner? Hit the gym or stay on the couch?
That said, I promised myself I didn’t want to be back here anytime soon. If I could help it, I didn’t want to be in another doctor’s waiting room for a while.
“Eat less, move more,” a celebrity was proclaiming on the TV inside the waiting room.
I vowed I was going to get moving more. I wanted to stay healthy and skip all waiting rooms for now.
The nurse called out my name. The wait for good health wasn’t over yet for me. It just started. I went home and made a Mushroom Vegetable Breakfast Casserole. The hot steam, the savory soy sauce and sesame oil aromas flew around when I took off the foil cover. It was superb. Make this for mom. No need to wait for Mother’s day. In fact, every single day good health should be celebrated as though it was Mother’s day.
Mushroom-Vegetable Breakfast Casserole
- Oven-proof Casserole pan: 9 inches x 11 inches or larger if needed
- 2 cups fresh button mushrooms wiped clean
- 1 whole medium-sized onion sliced
- 1 whole medium-sized carrot peeled, sliced,
- 2 whole potatoes diced (about 1 1/2 cups); pre-boiled
- 1 cup green beans edges trimmed; sliced in 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- 2 cups shredded bok choy Chinese cabbage
- 1 cup canned chick peas (garbanzos drain liquid
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons xiao xing rice wine
- 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper for garnish
- for serving: toasted bread slices white or brown
- Preheat oven at 375 F. Prepare an oven-proof casserole pan, about 9 x 11 inches by pre-greasing with cooking spray.
- In the oven-proof casserole pan, arrange all the vegetables in a single layer.
- Separately, in a small bowl mix together the tamari soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. Pour this mixture over the vegetables. Season with salt and black pepper. Mix well till the liquid coats everything in the casserole dish.
- Crack open the fresh eggs over the vegetables. Cover the entire pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with chopped red bell pepper. Serve warm with toasted bread.
- Cook's comments: If a less salty version is preferred, use tamari soy sauce which is a low sodium, gluten-free (no wheat) soy sauce I prefer to use. If not available, use regular soy sauce.
- Ingredients tips: Tamari soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil can be found in Asian markets or online sources that sell Asian ingredients.
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Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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