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12:17PM

Wonton Breakfast Cups

Happy Friday Foodies! It’s been a pretty fast week. I am glad it’s Friday. I am so excited for this weekend because Nick has off on Monday! And just in case you’re wondering, we don’t have any fabulous plans for the long weekend. I wish.

I figured today was going to be a fabulous day because Bravo is running a marathon of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I catch enough flak from Nick about my television choices, and because I can hear the gasps from some of you, let’s just move along. However, two things happened this morning that irritated me.

The first was my own choice. I have this fear that I’m not getting enough nutrients so Nick and I went to GNC on Wednesday night to pick up some supplements. We opted for a box {his & hers} that contains packets of supplements. I am lucky enough to take 7 pills and they are huge. I mean HUGE. It took me 5 minutes to eat them this morning and I can still taste them. On top of that I am not feeling so well having taken them this morning. Can supplements affect your respiratory functions? I am having a difficult time breathing & I have a massive headache.

Other than my horse pills, I am becoming increasingly aggravated by politically polarized people. In the last several months several people have opted to believe they know who I vote for, where I fall on the political spectrum, have made needless and unwarranted statements against “my” party affiliation, etc. The funny part is nobody knows where I stand. I like it that way. As a joke about 6 years ago, when I was in law school, {in the infancy of Facebook} I changed my party affiliation to the exact opposite of what I believe in at the time. It was a joke and my closest friends knew it and laughed at me for messing with people. I grew up in six years, I became more aware of what was going on in the world, I met new people, engaged in new debates, listened in situations I used to scoff at and have become incredible at playing Devil’s Advocate.

What I have decided, after several years of being hard-headed, is that politically polarized people are a big root of all the evil in our country and in our government. As a result, I poke at the gaping holes in {hard core party line} arguments and cause unrest in people’s arguments, and then I sit back and watch it all unfold. It’s better than any national news source.

I think it’s important that people forget about party politics, and serve this country better. I am frustrated by people who ‘hate’ the other side and take a juvenile approach to negotiation and progression. Our government was never meant to be this way.

This morning I saw a FB status that said this:

sooooooo sick of the GOP complaining about the spending the President wants! Spend $ on Americans instead of 2 stupid wars the GOP started!!!! Billions could be saved!

I was furious. And when I know my emotions are going to get the best of me, I walk away {in most instances}. I considered the source. I considered what I had to say. And I scaled back a little bit, but it is not okay to blame the GOP for two ‘stupid’ wars. My boyfriend fought to defend this country. His friends continue to fight to defend this country. RESPECT THAT. What should we have done after 9.11.01? Should we have sat idly by and allowed the terrorists to continue to attack us? Should we have turned the other cheek? Should we have allowed people to continue to die in vain, at the hands of terrorists?

Hell. No.

She says she supports our troops. She says that not supporting the war does not mean she does not support our troops. She went on to say:

 I think sending them to a place to risk their lives that was a total sham is a total disrespect to our service members & a crime!

 But on some level it does mean that she doesn't support our troops. I mean, you're telling me that going to war is a sham? Going to war is a diservice & disrespectful? Plenty of men and women enlisted in the military post 9/11 to protect this country. Where would we be without them? Where would we be without leaders' {PLURAL} who believed that passive resistance in the face of terrorists was not the way to go? Where would this country be if people with her ideology had 100% power in this country?? I hate to think about that.

I support this country. I support our soldiers. I respect what they do. I respect their will, their VOLUNTARY WILL to defend this country. I believe that aggressive offense is the best defense. I believe that sitting idly by may have caused more unrest, more turmoil and more terrorist activity in this country.

I responded in a pretty stern way, based on my beliefs, based on my encounters with the military, based on my education. But it was NOT based on my party affiliation. I believe in this country. I believe in our soldiers. I support our endeavors to protect this country. P.E.R.I.O.D.

I’m so angry I could eat an entire pizza. Which brings me to food, the most important part of this website, right?

Today is Friday, which means I have a Kid-Friendly segment to give to you! And it’s a good one. Last weekend I was in the shower with my mind racing about what I could make for brunch. I knew I had to make something and I knew I had some things in the refrigerator that HAD to be used. Then it hit me. It was almost like Divine Intervention. I scampered out to the kitchen and started clanging away and what transpired was heavenly. Today I have for you Breakfast Wonton Cups! These are easy to make, you can use any ingredients you like, and your kids will love making their favorite breakfast cups!

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 3 wonton cups
Calories: 209.3
Fat: 10.6 g
Carbohydrates: 11.9 g
Fiber: .25 g
Protein: 17.3 g
Points+: 6

Here is what you will need:

  • 12 Wonton Wraps
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ounces cheese, shredded
  • 3 {thick cut} Ham slices
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup milk

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Grease muffin tins, put a wonton wraps to each muffin cup and add a little sprinkle of cheese to the bottom
  • Bake for about 5 minutes

  • Combine the eggs, garlic powder, hot sauce, onion powder, salt and pepper and milk
  • Whisk together until the eggs are light & frothy

  • Cut the ham slices into small pieces
  • Cut the pepper into small pieces

  • Add the pepper & ham pieces to the egg mixture
  • Pour in egg mixture and top with cheese

  • Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes {or until the eggs are set & the wontons are a crisp golden brown}
  • Remove & eat!

We LOVED these little guys. Nick was so impressed that this idea just hit me and that they turned out so well that he mentioned that we ALWAYS had to have wonton wrappers on hand. I love wonton wraps, I love using wonton wraps for cups of anything. They are a perfect appetizer. They are a perfect breakfast idea. And they are easy to make.

Your kids will LOVE making these with you because they can add any ingredients they love – bacon, cheese, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions, etc. They are perfect any day of the week!

Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Happy Wonton Creating! 

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Reader Comments (8)

Hey Mel, I completely agree with everything you said in the beginning of this post. My brother did two tours in Iraq and although he's no longer an active Marine, he still has some of his best friends still continue to defend this country. I cannot say I don't respect this war but in the same breath say I respect our troops. Bottom line, I respect every single one of our service men and women, I respect our veterans, and I damn well respect what they do every single day to defend our country and keep myself, my family, and friends safe. Quite truly we would be in a very scary position without those men and women who so passionately and willingly give us their time and sometimes their lives to fight for us. To Nick, to my brother, to their friends, I say THANK YOU! (o: And to you Mel, thanks for such a great post today! (o:

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Mel, The wantons are great, I'll have to see if I can find wanton wraps around here.

As to the political discussion, nothing draws a line in the sand faster than talking politics, and the sad part is most people having these discussions are under educated on the subject. We all believe everything we hear on the news, in the grocery store, on FB.
My question I ask anyone who wants to discuss politics with me is "what have you done to try and change things, have you been to a local government meeting, do you even know your local representatives?" I'm not talking State or federal, I mean local, your city and county people. You (we, me, all of us) CAN make a difference on a local level. I've done it, and all I did was tell my representative that I would be watching his actions, and then I backed it up by showing up to a council meeting. I never said a thing at that meeting but I was there, I watched, and I learned a few things too.

We're small town here, around 4000. We've got an election coming up. My vote counts, and I make sure I know who I'm voting for before I cast that vote. I find out what I want to know, I don't rely on just what others tell me.

Voting may be a right but it's also a privilege. It's one we (our military) fought hard for over two hundred years ago. I thank those men and every man and woman since then that has served our country so that we can continue to have rights and privileges.

Bottom line, Leave the military out of the political discussions, if you have a problem with your government, don't just sit on your butt complaining about it, get involved and make things change. It can be done, even by one person.

Wow, do I feel better too, Thanks Mel :0))

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan@chocolate and more

Agreeing or disagreeing with the wars has nothing to do with supporting people in uniform. My husband is a Marine, currently in Afghanistan and on his second tour in 3 years. I don't know any one he serves with that believes what they are doing in Afghanistan has anything to do with our security or 9/11. They think they're building a country from basically nothing.
And given how much we've spent on rebuilding countries other than our own, I think it's a very valid point to question why. Why build schools there, only for them to get blown up while our own schools fall apart?
I'm always proud of what my husband does, and frankly I think I've sacrificed for this country's "security' enough to see it for what it is. I don't mind the deployments, I mind that the mission is not defined and the amount we've wasted in blood and treasure is not worth it. Especially as we create more people who hate us around the world.

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Thanks for your comment and your opinion, Jessica. Like you, I understand first hand the life of a deployment. However, to say that the wars are a sham or unlawful is an unfortunate byproduct of people not understanding the mission. I am sorry to hear that your husband and his friends don't understand what the mission is or believe in what they are doing. I have been fortunate enough to hear both sides of the argument, read about what's going on and brief peers about security, intelligence and the like.

I hear what you're saying about spending money on our own country's infrastructure, but decreasing defense spending is not going to equal domestic spending on important things, like education, etc. It is important to understand that the people running this country are politicians who care about power, money and reelection. The first two are going to {hopefully for them} ensure the last one. They will feed us anything to get reelected.

There are several other things that are important about US military presence in other countries, especially the Middle East. First, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraqi officials and governing bodies are ASKING us to stay because of the increased terrorist activity. Just last week, Pakistan { a country who has tried to push US presence forcefully since May & the death of UBL} has publicly asked the CIA to keep the drone program operational because of intelligence about possible increased terrorist activity. Second, leaving the Middle East will all but ensure the same outcome as the late 80s and early 90s when the Soviet Union fell. A lot of what we are dealing with today is a byproduct of our ineffective & inefficient response several decades ago. Why not do it right this time? Third, and maybe most importantly, the US military is protecting our security. People may not want to admit this {especially those people who protest the military & the wars} but there have been no attacks on this soil since 9/11. There have been attempts but we have successfully stayed the possible execution of innocent civilians in this country and elsewhere. Finally, where would we be without men & women who willingly sacrifice their lives to protect this country? We are not a country who was built upon peace, we fought to be where we are today, and honestly, we will likely have to continue to fight for our existence. Sacrifice is always going to be part of the equation. And because we have to fight to remain free, many countries & people {sovereign & recognized or not} are going to despise & hate us. It's an unfortunate part of being a powerful country.

I've lived through deployment. I live with a military machine. I support his will to defend this country. I support his vision, his battle buddies/brothers vision, their dedication, & their will to support & defend this country from all enemies both foreign & domestic. And to discount it is not acceptable to me.

October 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterCooking With Mel

Jessica, my husband is in Afghanistan and we both believe in this war. Matter of fact I don't know one military person (including veterans) who doesn't and I'm from generations upon generations of military, live and work on a miltary base and know way more military (and dependents) then civilians. Why not get out of the military instead of fighting in a war you don't believe in? I'm not trying to be rude but deploying away from your family and putting yourself in danger 3 times for something you don't believe in makes absolutely no sense. I don't want somebody who is questioning why he is there (a third time) fighting next to my husband. I want the guy whose there 100% there mentally fighting for something he believes in. Otherwise it's just a MORE dangerous situation.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Thank you for this great series!

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Love the recipe, No comment on the politics.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNewToWontons

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