Bacon Breakfast Ring

This breakfast ring is the perfect way to kick off the morning! Fluffy eggs are mixed with peppers and cheese than wrapped up with bacon and crescent rolls. This is a basic recipe that you could easily switch up the ingredients to what you have on hand. I’d love to try a greek version with feta, spinach and ground sausage. Another option would be use leftover ham from your Easter dinner in place of the bacon. The possibilities are endless with this simple recipe!

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Asparagus Quiche

I’ve mentioned it before, we’re big fans of breakfast for dinner and this Quiche did not disappoint! My kids gobbled it up and asked for seconds. I enjoyed it with the pieces of cheese and ham dotted throughout and plus it’s low-carb since it’s a crustless quiche. You could make it in a crust and it would be perfect too.

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15-20 thin asparagus spears
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup diced ham

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Cut the woody ends off the ends of the asparagus and then cut the asparagus in half. Set aside the top halves of the asparagus and then cut the bottom halves in 1 inch pieces.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and seasonings. Stir in the cheese, ham and small pieces of asparagus. Pour into the prepared pie pan and spread out the cheese, ham and asparagus through the Quiche. Place the long pieces of asparagus in a starburst pattern. Bake uncovered for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.

Source: The Dinner-Mom

Peach Breakfast Crumble – Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal with you. I’ve stalked this blog for years just waiting until the day I opened my email to see my assignment was Mangia! I immediately started searching for a recipe to make and stumbled across Chelsy’s recipe for Peach Breakfast Crumble. I knew it would be delicious and I loved the twist on a traditional crumble, plus it’s peach season. The original list of recipes I wanted to try started with over 20, so I needed to narrow it down and my kids helped make the decision. Don’t worry, I know I’ll be back this week to make another recipe.

The one thing I love about all the recipes Chelsy shares is that they’re unique and so different from how I’m use to cooking and baking. She has gluten-free, paleo, vegan and so many other recipes that has me ready to experiment in the kitchen. I know I’ll be able to find something that will work for me now that I’m doing low carb for the next 75 days or so.

Back to the crumble…. it was so delicious. The crumble is make with cashews and dates, it’s the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch. My daughter ate almost the entire container and keeps asking me to make it again for her. She topped her with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt. It’s definitely going to be my new go-to fruit crumble. I bet it will be delicious with apples in the fall! Peach Breakfast Crumble | Join Us, Pull up a Chair

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Orange Breakfast Rolls – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s that time of the month again for The Secret Recipe Club! I was so excited when I opened my email l an saw my assignment this month – The Heritage Cook! Jane has been part of the SRC since the beginning and I’ve seen so many great recipes that she’s shared and so many that have been featured. Jane features traditional and new recipes and since she’s been gluten-free for several years, she has a large amount of GF recipes. I had a hard time narrowing down a recipe and polled my friends on Facebook. It was a tight race between her recipe for baked buffalo chicken wraps, italian hot artichoke dip and orange breakfast rolls with orange frosting glaze. I polled my family and the breakfast rolls won out!

The recipe made a good amount of rolls so I ended up sending them to work with my husband, because I would have eaten them all before he got home from work that day. They’re not overly sweet and have the perfect amount of orange flavor. While these rolls took some time to make, it’s definitely worth it!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Donuts – The Secret Recipe Club

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and are ready for a little more sweetness! It’s time for the Secret Recipe Club and I did a little baking for my kids. They’ve been begging me for donuts lately and while going through my assignment for this month’s SRC, I decided to go with Lauren’s recipe for donuts. Lauren pens the blog, Sew You Can Cook. Seriously, such a fun name for a blog! Lauren is a SAHM to 2 adorable little boys and has dreams of one day becoming a caterer. You’ll get there Lauren, you’re so talented!

This recipe is so quick and easy! I made it twice in the last week…the first time I didn’t grease my donut pan well and the donuts stuck. We still enjoyed them! I loved the subtle flavor of the olive oil…yes, they use olive oil! Lauren made them as a part of the #EVOOChallenge and I loved checking out all the other recipes that she made as part of the challenge. I followed her recipe closely, just swapped out the dark chocolate chips for mini chocolate chips, added a splash of vanilla extract and a little dried vanilla beans. They came out great the second time and my kids are going to enjoy them for breakfast this morning.

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1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the chocolate chips to coat them to help them from sinking to the bottom of the donuts.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, olive oil and milk. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide the batter between the six donuts. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The muffins will be a light brown on top and darker on the bottoms. Allow to cool before removing from the donut pan.

Check out all the other great recipes from this month’s reveal in the link below!

Squash and Kale Quiche

Having breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite meals and recently I’m looking for ways to sneak in veggies into our dinners. My kids have become picky and hate vegetables, but if I can sneak them into something there’s a better chance of them eating them. Anyone else struggle with this? I don’t know what happened. They used to be really good about eating veggies, but then a flip switched and they gag and refuse to eat them. I don’t fight the issue since dinner time falls in “witching hour” and we have enough other problems to work through.

This recipe did the trick and they both gobble it up. I served it with a side of roasted potatoes and some fruit. The squash and kale went perfectly together and made for great leftovers too!

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l small acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes (butternut squash would work well too)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
deep dish pie crust, frozen
1 cup diced onion
2 oz shredded kale
4 eggs
1 cup half and half
4 oz swiss cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until the squash is soft and slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute the chopped onion until softened and then add in the kale. Continue to cook until the kale has wilted. Remove from heat and toss in the roasted squash.

While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the eggs and half and half. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the shredded cheese.

Spread the vegetables on the bottom of the pie crust and then carefully pour the egg and cheese mixture over it. Spread out the cheese if it stuck together.

Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!

Source: Taste and Tell

 

Breakfast Quinoa – The Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to October’s reveal for The Secret Recipe Club! This month, my assignment was Pretty Polymath. You might recognize Hetal from last season’s Masterchef US! I was a little intimated by Hetal’s blog knowing that she was cooking at a caliber that far exceeds where I’m at, plus she cooks a lot of Indian food that I’m not familiar with. There were a few recipes that looked intriguing and I would love to try them, but I’ll need to find a grocery store that carries some of the ingredients that my little store has on the shelves.

I settled on her recipe for Breakfast Quinoa. I’ve been mentioning to my husband about trying quinoa for breakfast in place of oatmeal, but he just gives me this sideward glance when I mention using quinoa in another recipe. It’s been my go to grain lately and I love how many nutritional benefits it has. It was a hardy breakfast for me last week on one of our cold mornings. It’s been really cold her in PA this week and I could have gone for a bowl of yesterday morning when the temps were barely at freezing! I topped my quinoa with sliced bananas and some walnuts. I think next time I make it, I’m going to add a dollop of almond butter and swirl it in. YUM!

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1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
fruit and nuts to top

In a small saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Add in the quinoa and oats, stir to combine. Reduce heat and cover with a lid. Simmer on low for 15 minutes. Add the pumpkin pie spice, honey and brown sugar. Cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until the quinoa is completely cooked. Serve in bowls and top with fruit and nuts.

Check out all the other great recipes in this week’s reveal using the link below!

Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

I’m always looking for recipes that made good leftovers and this one definitely did not disappoint! My husband and I actually think it tasted better the next day after it had a chance to sit in the fridge over night. This recipe for zucchini breakfast casserole is great for breakfast, brunch or dinner! I love that I was able to mix in a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs straight from the garden. I had a half of a loaf of country french bread leftover from making a french toast casserole earlier in the week and it was perfect way to use it up!

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6 – 8 eggs (I used 8 since my eggs were on the smaller side)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp hot sauce
salt & fresh ground pepper
3 cups grated zucchini
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, squeezed to remove the excess moisture
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
4 cups cubed day-old bread
olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13″ baking dish with olive oil and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and then mix in the ricotta until smooth. Add in the Parmesan cheese and hot sauce. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.

Add the tomatoes, zucchini and basil to the egg mixture. Moisten the cubes of bread with a little water and then squeeze out any excess water. Add the moistened bread crumbs to the egg mixture and stir well. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread out the mixture evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. If the casserole is not brown enough after 30 minutes, increase the heat to 425 and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Source: Simply Recipes

Banana & Oat Breakfast Cake

Once again I found myself with a bunch of overripe bananas and need to use them up. My kids go in spurts with eating bananas and this past week wasn’t one of them. I found this great recipe for breakfast cake that I was able to use up most of the bananas and had a few leftover that I froze to use in smoothies.

The cake was really good and filling. It’s also vegan which is a huge plus and packed with healthy ingredients like flax seed and coconut oil. I enjoyed warming it up slightly in the microwave for breakfast and both kids enjoyed it as a snack after daycare.

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1 Tbsp ground flax seed
3 Tbsp water
5 medium bananas, mashed
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup white whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a round or square baking pan with coconut oil and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons of water to make a flax ‘egg’. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas and then add in the maple syrup, coconut oil, sugar, vanilla extract, vinegar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Stir until well combined. Make sure your flax egg has thickened and then add it to the wet mixture. Using a whisk, make sure the mixture is well combined.

Add the oats to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Add the flour and baking soda on top of the mixture and fold the mixture together. Pour in the prepared baking pan and smooth out the top. The batter will be thick.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely and then remove to slice.

Source: Ceara’s Kitchen

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Muffins

It’s strawberry season here and we’re all happy about that! Last weekend, we went out to one of the local farms and bought a half peck. I had plans to make a variety of things with them, but my kids ate the majority of them! I’m planning to pick up another batch this week to make some strawberry butter or jam.

11393022_10206925109356104_6422620984987126721_nIf you’re a regular follower, you know I like making muffins for the kids. I loved this version and so did both kids. They’re made with whole wheat flour, packed with fresh strawberries and Chia seeds. They’re really moist and even better when you warm them up with a little pat of butter.Strawberry Vanilla Chia Muffins | Join Us, Pull up a Chair

2 cups whole wheat white flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup of sugar (or more depending on the ripeness of the strawberries)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
1 cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup milk (I used cashew milk)
1 heaping Tbsp Chia seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, mix the egg and sugar together until it is well combined. Add in the coconut oil and vanilla and then stir in the yogurt.

Gradually add in the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Add in the milk and stir until the batter is just combined. Gently fold 1 cup of the strawberries.

Fill the cups 3/4 of the way and top the muffins with the reserved strawberries. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until they’re golden brown. Allow the cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.

Source: Keeper of the Home