Posts Tagged 'Breakfast'

Unemployment and Burritos

Well this (pardon my French) shit storm of economy finally caught up with me in the form of being laid off last week. At first I could really see the silver lining to the whole situation because I loved my job and Im one of those weirdos that actually enjoys working. But as the days have gone on Ive started to be okay with this whole unemployment thing. Ok of course Id prefer to be gainfully employed, but my former company gave me a nice severance which allows me the time to take a look at my career and take my time finding new employment. Its also giving me some time to get back to doing some things that I love and havent had much time for lately…like exercise, photography and of course, cooking.

Right after I got laid off I saw an interesting article on Divine Caroline called Can Unemployment Be the Healthiest Time of Your Life? all about another professional woman who was laid off and found time to cook and enjoy life more. Now I do cook almost every day, unless my boyfriend and I are going out, I make dinner every night. Breakfast and lunch, however, were always grabbed on the go or at the office. But now Im realizing “hey theres two more meals I can make in a day!”

So here I am embarking on a journey of unemployment..of course this wont last forever…as much as I enjoy having some free time financial woes will begin to bear down. But for now Im going to take my former boss’ advice and take a few weeks of personal vacation. I really want to use this time to explore new money saving ideas around the house that I can continue to use when I find a new job. Thankfully my fellow domestic geek Katie is a pro at maximizing home cooked meals so I got a good guide to go off of. In fact, yesterday I used one of her ideas to make a tasty money saving breakfast/snack!

A few days before my boyfriend and I had some friends over to our house and we had some salsa and bean dip. The bean dip was made simply by mashing some chili beans (not canned premade chili, but spiced chili beans) with some garlic, dried onion and cumin. So I decided instead of tossing out the leftovers, I would make mini breakfast burritos!

Mini Breakfast Burritos
Ingredients
Bean dip or black beans or re-fried beans
8 eggs
1 red or yellow pepper
1/2 yellow onion
salsa
soy milk or regular milk
corn tortillas
cheese

Crack 4 eggs open on a bowl and add 4 egg whites to the mixture and beat with a fork. Add a splash of either soy milk or regular milk, dont add too much though, you dont want the eggs to become runny. Add a bit of salt and pepper and set aside. Preheat a skillet or cast iron pan and add a bit of oil and add the egg mixture. Dice the onions and pepper and add them to the eggs and slowly cook the whole mixture so as not to burn the eggs. Once the eggs are nice and fluffy remove from heat and set them aside.

Next take the corn tortillas and lightly wet them and throw them on an oiled skillet for a few seconds to soften them up. This is a little trick my boyfriend’s mother taught me for making nice soft corn tortillas that are easy to fold. Dont cook them too long or they will get crispy!

To assemble the burritos take a spoonful of the bean dip or whatever canned bean you have on hand (pinto or black, make sure to drain them!) and spread it in a line on the tortilla. Add a spoonful of eggs, salsa and a bit of whatever leftover cheese you have available. Now these tortillas are small so you wont be able to roll them like normal burritos but rater like a taquito. It might take a try to two to figure out the ratio of the ingredients…you dont want too much or you wont be able to roll the burritos.

After you roll each burrito wrap it in plastic wrap and throw it in the freezer. Now you should have a nice little fleet of breakfast burritos ready for a quick breakfast or snack! Just pop them in the microwave for about a minute and a half and youre good to go!

<3 seanalyn

Bacon Jam aka The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen

There have been many things made out of bacon perhaps none has been so perfectly matched as this.

Bacon Jam

Blogger Not Quite Nigella first heard about the Bacon Jam produced by Skillet Foods and was unable to obtain a jar herself so she became obsessed with very thought of this food. I mean who can blame her? A sweet and spicy jam that could be used on any sort of sandwiches, eggs, toast and a variety of breakfast foods….whats not to love? Well, thankfully her obsession lead to her development of this succulent looking recipe that I hope to try out for myself very soon. Its a fairly simple recipe that combines common pantry items and smoked bacon to make this extraordinary jam…the real trick here is taking the time to slow cook down everything and if youre like me, patience and bacon do not often mix. But in this case, I think the wait would be well worth it!

You can see the whole recipe along with step by step photos here.

baked apple streusel pancake bars

i am thinking about making these delicious individual breakfast bites for my coworkers tomorrow! :)

<3 kt

While we were standing in front of the stove while our pan was heating up, it dawned on us… we just didn’t want to go through all the waiting and flipping and there were more important things to do before our day started — like a shower. Remembering this idea from last year, we took the lazy way out and we still had time to bathe (which we’re sure everyone we come across today, will appreciate). Here’s how we did it:

Baked Apple Streusel Pancake Bars
Yields: 20 Bars
Adapted from: Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or slightly less table salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 3/4 cups buttermilk (whole milk can be substituted without any problems)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 small apple, diced into 1/2″ pieces
2 cups Granola (we used an apple cinnamon granola from Bear Naked)

For Topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Grease and Parchment your choice of baking dish. We used 2 8″x8″ pans (for the straight sides), but a large pyrex baking dish should work just fine! Set aside. Mix dry ingredients and stir with a wire whisk. Add wet ingredients and stir until just barely combined. Add in Granola and apples, stirring just until coated. You want your batter to be lumpy with out any dry spots.

Pour into prepared pans. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow batter to rest in pans while oven is coming to temperature and mix Streusel topping ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over pancake mixture with a fork, or spoon into a zip top bag and use like a pastry bag, making thin, even lines. Bake for 12-15 minutes, when touched, it should spring back gently. Remove from oven and remove from pan (thanks parchment paper!) and place on wire rack to cool slightly. If you wish, brush tops with 2 more tablespoons of melted butter for a great shine.

These are great eaten the morning of, or as you have need throughout the week. You can also wrap individual portions and freeze them. Just take them out the night before, (or if you forget, pop them in the microwave to defrost) and let them sit on the counter so your breakfast is ready as you bolt out the door!

They’re great for a brunch where people might find themselves eating away from the table, serve them with a little lemon curd, apple butter, or small amount of maple syrup! Enjoy!

alternative ways to eat waffles

im always looking for exciting new ways to freshen up breakfast and lunch.  sometimes you are in a hurry and don’t have time to fix an appropriate meal.  frozen waffles are easy, something to grab on the go.  thanks to realsimple.com, here’s some ways to dress them up:

They’re not just for breakfast anymore. Try these delicious ideas for waffle sandwiches.

by Kate Merker

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Heat the sandwich, pressing occasionally and flipping once with a spatula, until the waffles turn crisp.

Frozen waffles can be more than just a vehicle for butter and maple syrup. When used to make grilled cheese or panini-style sandwiches, they really are the greatest invention since sliced bread. Using your choice of fillings or any of those below, assemble a sandwich, then follow the directions.

  • Bacon, avocado, and Cheddar
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Red onion, black olives, and Feta
  • Egg, spinach, and Swiss cheese
  • Smoked turkey, watercress, and Brie
  • Butter, banana, brown sugar, and cinnamon
  • Chocolate bars and marshmallows or Marshmallow Fluff

<3 kt

the best morning glory muffin recipe!

i was feeling extra adventurous this morning!  i decided to try this whole foods market recipe and it was seriously fabulous!  (bonus: they give you the nutritional info too.)  what i love about it, is that there is an alternative gluten free option as well.  -please do yourself a favor and try this!  you can make the batter  beforehand and put it in the fridge, preheat the oven in the morning, and bon appetite!

Makes 16

Whole wheat pastry flour combines with apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts in these nutritious and satisfying muffins. Also try our Gluten-free Morning Glory Muffins.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed natural brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Fuji apple, cored, peeled and diced
1/2 cup seedless raisins  (i used 1/4 cup raisins & 1/4 cup dried cranberries)
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dried flaked unsweetened coconut, divided  (i didn’t use coconut because i’m not a fan)

**i used a teaspoon of brown sugar and sprinkled it on top of each muffin before baking it!

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; break up any brown sugar lumps with your fingers or a wooden spoon.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla, then add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Add apples, raisins, carrots, walnuts and 1/4 cup of the coconut and stir gently until well combined.

Spoon batter into 16 paper-lined muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full. Top evenly with remaining 4 teaspoons coconut and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

Nutrition

Per serving (1 muffin/about 2oz/55g-wt.): 200 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 3g protein

<3 kt

breakfast taquitos!

i scrounged around my fridge this morning, in search of inspiration for today’s brunch.  i had leftovers from taco night, and decided to whip up from breakfast taquitos (something i haven’t made before, but thought i would give it a whirl!).

first, preheat the oven for 375.  next, i browned up some chorizo.  you can use leftover taco meat, bacon, ham, etc.  (i don’t eat beef or pork, so i used some spicy black beans.  you can use refried beans too.)  while the meat was cooking, i started making a little homemade salsa:

ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • tomato (diced)
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (i didn’t have cilantro, so i used parsley!)
  • 1/2 lime
  • seasonings (i used cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and sea salt)

directions

combine all of the ingredients into a bowl, squeeze with lime juice, and let it marinate in the fridge for awhile.

when i finished making the salsa, i scrambled some eggs.  next i took my corn tortillas and dipped them in vegetable oil.  next i filled the oil soaked tortilla with a little chorizo, egg, and cheese (you can use whatever cheese you like!  i had fresh mozzarella, which melted great!  queso fresco would be perfect!  goat cheese would be yummy too!).

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next i rolled the tortilla and put the flap side down on a baking sheet.

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i baked these for 10-12 minutes.  the last minute or two, i switched to broil, to ensure that the taquitos became nice & crispy!

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serve with the homemade salsa, guacamole, and sour cream!  enjoy! :)

<3 kt

bacon breakfast cone

from the beloved site, this is why you’re fat, wake up to this breakfast masterpiece:

oh boy!  it’s the BACONE: A bacon cone filled with scrambled eggs and country gravy topped with a biscuit.

<3 kt

Bacon cupcakes

Yet again apologies for the slow week. Ive been laid up in bed all week with a nasty cold so my brain hasn’t been functioning properly since Monday. However I just saw a tweet from one of my friends about the most amazing thing ever created and it gives me hope for a better tomorrow.

Bacon Cupcakes

I wish I had more information on these little lovelies but sadly all I have to go off of is a picture and my dreams.

<3 seanalyn

Live bloggin Martha Stewart

In the fallout of my father’s passing Ive been working from home (dont want to make anyone in the office uncomfortable with spontaneous crying and what not) and the one benefit of this is daytime television. Ok so I dont really like much daytime television but I do enjoy my occasional dose of Martha. Today looks like an interesting show with recession busting ideas and Aussie chef Pete Evans and I figured those of you not able to watch the show live might enjoy a play by play account (or not haha. This could be epic fail). So lets start the show!

1:03 Pete comes out, Im slightly disappointed with his Aussie accent. I have a few super Aussies at work and they all put his accent to shame. Oh well, theyre flipping through his cookbook to decide what to cook today.

1:05 Oh theyre cooking Huevos Rancheros and Steamed Arctic Char. Not very Aussie but delicious sounding regardless.

1:05 Wow Martha brought in eggs from her own chicken! I want Martha’s eggs!

1:06 Apprently all dishes should have color, flavor and texture. The crispy tortilla ads the texture to the Huevos Rancheros.

1:06 Pete is talking about hout Australia is such a new country that they dont really have their own cuisine yet, they are like America and mostly a melting pot with a few emerging specialties. Ive always been a fan of vegemite and toast ;)

1:08 wow they are already done with the Huevos Rancheros and they look DELICIOUS!

Get the recipe here

1:13 OMG Pete’s fish that he brought with Australia to cook was confiscated at LAX. Epic lols. Also I just realized that Martha and Pete kind of look like twinsies, they are both wearing light purple button up shirts. How cute.

1:14 Hmm never realized how much Arctic Char looks like salmon. They are adding the soy sauce and other ingredients. Fun fact: In Australia they call green onions either green onions or spring onions.

1:15 learned a new tip! Peel ginger with the back of your spoon. I never knew…

1:15 Interesting Pete is using the garlic for texture. Wonder what hes going to do with it…fry it maybe?

1:17 Yup fried it with some red chili. Wow that was an easy recipe! Only a few ingredients and very simple. Prep time was like 5 minutes and cook was about 8! Amazing!

Get the recipe here

1:18 Ahaha Martha just corrected Pete because he kept calling the green onions shallots. Martha BUUUURNNNNN!

1:18 Annnnd everyone in the audience is getting a copy of Petes book and the crowd goes WILD! But not as wild as Oprah’s audience

1:21 Ohh up now is a woman showing how to make a cardboard box and other recyclables into a toy oven! I want to make one…anyone have a kid I can borrow? Because it would be weird to make a toy oven for myself.

1:22 So the woman showing how to make the stove says one day she was in her basement and a box started to look like a stove. This woman must grow shrooms in her basement.

1:23 Aww she originally made it to cary pies in! Now I have an excuse to make one!

1:26 Wow the bottle cap knobs on the oven actually turn!

1:27 Huh using CDs for burners by drawing grooves with a sharpie. How cute!

1:30 Man, Martha must be on speed or something because she does her show in lightning speed! Either that or she is a domestic robot sent from the future to destroy us with cupcakes. Mmmm apocalyptic cupcakes.

1:32 Oops the rack inside the oven wont stay up. Martha is not amused and is scolding her guest. Im sticking with the evil Cylon Martha theory right now.

1:34 And the oven is done! How cute! Theres even a light inside that turns on and off when you open and close it

To learn to make your own cardboard oven, click here

1:35 Up next things to make to go along with your toy oven.

1:38 “What would an oven be without play food” Yeah Martha, what would an oven be without play food? Nothing a sad sad little oven

1:39 Wow absolutely adorable handmade felted food from Lilly Bean Market. I have a soft spot in my heart for felted toys. I just want to add little smiley faces to all the food for extra cuteness

1:40 Martha boasts that shes made more lattice top pies than anyone in the studio and then stares ominously into the camera like shes looking into your soul to make sure shes made more pies than you.

1:42 Heres some of the felt foods they showed.

cuteness overload!

1:43 Oh nice she sells kits to make her felted toys online! Click here to buy the felt pie kit for only $6! What a steal!

1:45 Martha is impressed with this guest, she compliments her neatness and says the pie looks better than the real thing. I just realized that the girl has the same haircut as Martha….I fear that Martha has made another skin job to help her quest to dominate the world with cuteness.

1:47 And the pie is done! Very cute!

You can buy the kit for a mere $6 or click here to learn how.

1:50 Another cardboard crafter is up next! Wow shes a 19th century literary major with 1 kid and another on the way. Martha shows off the cardboard washing machine and table that she made for her kid. They are going to show us how to make a cardboard furniture

1:52 How neat, all of the furniture is made of interlocking pieces so you dont have to glue them together to assemble. That way kids can take them apart and travel with them. The pieces are all very modern looking.

1:52 Wow the drawing of the furniture that she made for reference were done in Photoshop. My design geek heart just went pitter patter.

1:54 I just learned a new word “take-apart-able”

1:55 Wow the doll furniture is like a mini cardboard version of Ikea furniture. Everything just locks into place! Nifty!

1:58 And the furniture is done!

Cardboard table and chair are VERY cute (hmm I notice a theme here) although that doll sitting in the chair is kind of creepy… Im a little frightened. Maybe it was a former guest that angered Martha and she used her evil cupcakes and turned them into an ugly toy. Oh well instructions for the furniture including templates can be prnted outhere

1:59 Well the show is over! Martha promises tomorrow will be another great show and Im inclined to believe her mainly out of fear.

Hope you enjoyed the first live blog! I know it was silly but hey…who doesnt want a little dose of Martha in the afternoon!? Before you answer remember that Martha is a Cylon and has super strength and does not fear death because she made her own resurrection hub out of cardboard and jell-o. Im just sayin…

<3 seanalyn

Tomato Mushroom Gruyere Breakfast Casserole

My friend and fellow domestic geek, Katie, was telling me this morning about this amazing sounded breakfast she made….Tomato Mushroom Gruyere Breakfast Casserole! Thankfully she wrote up the recipe on her blog for us all to enjoy.

Tomato Mushroom Gruyere Breakfast Casserole!

Whats great about this recipe is that it can be prepared the night before then cooked in the morning for quick deliciousness. I just wish I had the morning stamina Katie has because on weekday mornings my breakfast usually is a bowl of oatmeal and some grapefruit. Yet everyday shes describing some amazing sounded breakfast she whipped up before fabulously dashing off to work. For me weekends are about the only time I make a full breakfast, so I’ll have to give this bad boy a try on Sunday!


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