Posted in Almond milk, breakfast, Coconut, Granola, Healthy, Ingredients, Menu planning, Oatmeal, Peanut butter, Pumpkin, Yogurt

6 Easy Breakfast Foods

In January, I made a resolution to eat breakfast daily. I’ve been faithful toward that resolution except for one time. That one time was a killer on my body. My blood sugar was not stable, so the likelihood of me making bad food choices increased.

As the school year started, I decided to compile a list of easy breakfast foods, especially with a little prep.

1. Yogurt Parfaits

This is my favorite breakfast. In fact, when we were at the beach, I ate this for breakfast several times.

I place Greek yogurt, Granola, and fresh fruit in a bowl. (My favorite Greek yogurt is Greek Gods Nonfat Plain.) You can dress it up any way you want – nuts, Chia Seeds, coconut, different types of Granola, and different fruits.

Here are some granola recipes:

White Chocolate Granola

Pumpkin Granola

Apple Crisp Granola

2. Oatmeal

All it takes is some quick oats and milk/almond milk/water. Place in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. You can add nut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, chopped-up nuts, coconut, and/or fruit. Place the fruit on the oatmeal before microwaving for a different flavor experience.

Here is an oatmeal recipe:

Instant Oatmeal Mix

3. Breakfast Sandwich

This can be done in a million different ways. Okay, maybe not that many different ways, but you can change it depending on your mood.

Here is the basic formula:

  1. eggs or egg whites
  2. some sort of protein (turkey bacon, bacon, sausage, Canadian bacon) cooked
  3. cheese or no cheese (Switch the kinds of cheese – Colby, Cheddar, Swiss, Feta, etc . . .)
  4. Veggies – spinach, onions, etc.
  5. bread product – whole wheat bread toasted, English muffin, tortilla, Bagel thin

Here’s an easy way to cook the eggs or egg whites:  Spray a round glass bowl (1 cup size) or a coffee mug with cooking spray. Place the egg scrambled or whole. Place in microwave for about 1 min and a half to 2 mins. If it’s not cooked to your liking, continue cooking it at 30-second intervals. (If you want to, you can cook the veggies with the eggs.)

After you cook the eggs, assemble your sandwich and then enjoy!

4. Muffins

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Depending on what flour and the ingredients are in your muffins, they can be a semi-healthy choice for breakfast. Whole wheat flour is the best flour to use when making muffins. Lots of fats (oil) and sugar will make your muffin unhealthy. Replace the oil in your recipe with unsweetened applesauce (1 to 1 ratio) to make it healthier.

You can make the muffins ahead of time and then freeze them. Pull a muffin out of the freezer and warm it in the microwave.

I usually pair them with a cheese stick and fruit for a more balanced meal.

Here are some muffin recipes:

Snickerdoodle muffins

Cranberry Pecan Muffins

All-Star Muffin mix

Young’s Dairy Pumpkin Muffins/Bread

French Toast Mini Muffins (My sons’ favorite muffins)

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins– Has avocado in it

5. Smoothies

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This is another favorite of mine.

Easy peasy is the name of the game when it comes to smoothies. Throw in some fruit, greens, veggies, Chia seeds, flax seeds, ice, liquid (water, milk, juice, or almond milk), yogurt, and/or nut butter in a blender jar. Blend it together, place it in a cup, and enjoy! (Don’t worry; I don’t put all of those ingredients in at the same time. Those are just some ingredients you can use in your smoothie.)

I pair this up with either a cheese stick or a hard-boiled egg.

Here are some smoothie recipes:

Fruit Smoothie (the Imaginative One’s favorite smoothie)

“Tropical Smoothie” Smoothie“Tropical Smoothie” Smoothie

Carrot Tropical Smoothie

Key Lime Smoothie

Apple Jack Smoothie

St. Patty’s Day Smoothie

Power Up Green Smoothie

6. Pancakes/ Waffles

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This can be easy if you make pancakes or waffles during the weekend and freeze them. Pop them in the microwave or toaster for a quick breakfast. You can use the pancakes and waffles for your breakfast sandwich. You can also top the pancakes or waffles with nut butter. Pair it with some fruit for a balanced breakfast.

Here are some pancake/waffle recipes:

Waffle House Waffles

Homemade Baking Mix and Pancakes

What is your favorite easy breakfast?

Posted in Cookies, Crackers, Dips, Ingredients, Main Dish, Meat, Pasta, pasta, Peanut butter, Recipes, Soups

Reader’s Favorites

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I went to my stats summary page to find the recipes that get the most clicks.  This is the top post of 2012.
Baked Spaghetti

Here’s the 2nd to 5th top posts of 2012:

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Charleston Cheese Dip

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Green beans, potatoes, and ham

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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Peanut Butter Blossoms Redone

 

Posted in Dessert, Ingredients, Peanut butter, Recipes, Snacks

Peanut Butter Blossoms Redone

Okay, peanut butter blossoms will never be totally healthy. First, they are a cookie; second, you put a piece of delicious chocolate on top. However, I made a little bit healthier version of them.

The Imaginative One has a list of his favorite cookies. The top three are Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Blossoms. Today I asked the boys if they wanted me to make cookies and, if so, which kind. They decided I needed to make Peanut Butter Blossoms. Okay, I had Hershey’s Kisses, but they weren’t chocolate. They were pumpkin spice flavored. So the Imaginative One and I made a trip to the local Walgreens to pick up a bag of Hershey Kisses.

We went to look for shortening while there and couldn’t find any. When I got home, I went looking for substitutions for shortening – butter, cooking spray, lard, and cooking oil are some substitutions you can use. Butter could have worked. Cooking spray and oil were out of the question. I don’t even have any or have ever had lard in my kitchen, so that wouldn’t have worked. The last choice was applesauce. I’ve used it before, so I went with applesauce.

Instead of using all-purpose flour, I used white whole-wheat flour.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Stars of the recipe:

  • Hershey Kisses unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour or white whole wheat
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar

Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from the chocolates.
  2. Beat applesauce and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended.
  3. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
  4. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.
  5. Stir flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into the peanut butter mixture.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Immediately press a chocolate into the center of each cookie; the cookie will crack around the edges.
  9. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
  10. Cool completely.

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