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Friday, July 27, 2012

Recipe: Croque Madam

Our big trip this year was to Europe and I had planned to cheat a little on my diet and have a croissant or two. But in the end I left that to my boys (who ate enough croissants for the whole family) and instead splurged on the Croque Madam. My French is non-existent, but I'm pretty sure it means "crunchy lady". In reality it is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, with a fried egg on top. It is supposed to be nice French cheese, like Gruyere. But really any cheese works.


When we returned from the trip, I got to thinking that the sandwich can actually FIT the Belly Fat Cure! Cheese, check. Ham, check. Egg, check. Bread...hmmm. Actually with the right bread this does work. I prefer Alvarada St Bakery Essential Flaxseed bread, which I get at Trader Joe's. 



To make one yourself, make a sandwich of your favorite cheese and ham (or turkey). Lightly butter the outside of the bread and grill. Separately, make a sideside up egg, and slide on top of your sandwich when cooked how you like it. A slightly runny yoke is how I like it. Serve it hot and eat with a knife and fork, with maybe a little side salad.


If you don't have a Trader Joe's near by, or your local store doesn't carry this exact bread don't worry. I have a whole list of other breads that work great on Jorge Cruise's plan! I am sure you local store carries one of them, or at least something with similar carbohydrates and sugar. If you find a new bread that fits the plan, leave a comment and let me know!

Grace Potter's Paris (Ooh la la) is one of my favorite run songs - if nobody else is around I sing it out loud on the trail and run a little faster. It's a good song to play as you grilled up your own Crunchy Lady.

7 comments:

  1. I am going to try this for lunch! It looks great!!

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  2. that looks good I eat that kind of thing for breakfast sometimes. :-)

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    1. I never thought of it for breakfast! Good idea!

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    2. mmm - I may need to get some bread and make this! I'm thinking that rice bread would work really well.

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  3. Hi Amber. Love your blog. Congrats to you and thanks you for being such an inspiration. I found your blog trying to get an answer to a BFC question. Maybe you know the answer because I can't find anything on this. Can you eat the Atkins bars/treats on the BFC? Thanks so much for your help. JT

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    1. Thanks so much JT! The answer is probably no, since historically Atkins products have artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose or saccharin. Check the ingredients on the back of the label to make sure. A few of the new ones use sugar alcohols instead (maltitol and the like) and are allowed.

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  4. Thank you so much for your reply Amber! I had a feeling they were probably too good to be true! I think I was truly a sugar addict, but to be honest, it wasn't as hard to give that up as I thought. But in part that was because I found the Atkins treats. I'm reading your blog from the very beginning, so I do have a couple of yummy sounding "treats" to try. Your blog is great. You are such an inspiration. Congratulations to you for you on your hard work and fantastic results! JT

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