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The Best Waffles

4 Nov

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  When I wake up in the morning I’m usually already hungry and look forward to a warm, comforting breakfast.  I really enjoy oatmeal, quinoa, pancakes, french toast and eggs for breakfast, but for some reason thought waffles just took to much time.

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Not sure where that thought came from because it seems to take less time than pancakes.  The nice thing about making waffles is that once you pour the batter into the waffle maker it does the work for you.  I don’t have to keep a close eye on it and once the light changes it’s cooked perfectly.

This recipe for whole grain cottage cheese waffles is similar to my butternut squash cottage cheese pancakes, but a more basic recipe.  It’s a good base to start with if you want to add in variations.

Jacob has even said these are the best waffles he’s ever had!  I’ve made them at least once or twice a week for the past 3 weeks.  The extra waffles hold up well in the fridge.  It’s nice making a big batch and having waffles ready in the fridge.

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The Best Whole Grain Cottage Cheese Waffles

makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/4 cup whole wheat pasty flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • optional: 1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions

  1. Turn your waffle iron on and begin to heat it up while you make the batter.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a blender combine the eggs, cottage cheese, milk and vanilla (plus optional maple syrup).  Blend until smooth and pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients.  Mix until well combined.
  4. Once the waffle iron is ready,coat it generously with olive oil spray.  Pour the batter into iron (about 1 cup batter) and cook until your waffle iron lights up as done.  Repeat with remaining batter for 4 waffles.

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I had my waffles with some quick homemade cinnamon applesauce and almond butter, but you can top them with whatever you enjoy.

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Quick Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce 

makes 1-2 waffle topping servings , depending on the side of your apple

Ingredients

  • 1  apple, finely chopped with the skin left on
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • optional: honey or sweetener

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the sweetener in a microwave safe bowl. 
  2. Cook on high for 60-90 seconds, or until the apples are completely soft.
  3. Mash with a fork or potato masher until it reaches you desired consistency.  Taste and add sweetener if you’d like.

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Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes A Day (Book Review)

19 May

A while back I tried to bake a loaf of bread or rolls each week.  I love having fresh, homemade breads in the house.  Even though I tend to eat way more than I need to it is still something I cherish having. 

The breads I like to bake are whole grain and filled with good for me ingredients.  Homemade breads can be a lot of work when made from scratch.  There is tons of kneading and waiting involved.  Sometimes I just don’t have the time or want to make the effort.

What’s the solution?

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I was so ecstatic when I received this book in the mail (thanks Monica!). 

You’re probably thinking – how do I make bread in 5 minutes a day?  Well I thought the same thing, hello it has to bake longer than that.  The 5 minutes are of active work, not including rise and bake time.  

I wanted to dive in and make bread right away, but I thought to myself… if I want to bake their bread properly I need to read through it first.  So I did.

The book starts out with great information about ingredients.  There is a lot of detail about different flours, grains, wheat extracts and gluten free options, liquids, yeast, salt, oils, nuts/seeds, sweeteners, dairy products.  This section really gets into the heart of bread baking – what goes into it.

Next the authors talk about equipment.  To get the nice crust on the breads you need steam in your oven.  They gave a few different options for how to achieve this – a nice feature for those in a standard home kitchen.  They also list out different pieces of equipment that can make baking easier and yield better results (like a baking stone that I wish I had!).

Before getting into the Master dough recipes they dish out tips and techniques.  The section includes a SUPER handy measurement table.  It lists the ingredient, for example whole wheat flour, the volume (1 cup), weight in ounces (4.5) and weight in grams (130). 

About 99% of the time I use measuring cups when baking, but this time I thought I would use my scale to get exact measurements (not required though).   

Now for the fun stuff – baking time!

This book has SO many recipes in it.  They are broken down into categories: the master recipe, whole grain breads, breads with hidden fruits and vegetables (can’t wait to make one of these!), flatbreads and pizzas, gluten-free breads and pastries and lastly enriched breads and pastries from healthy ingredients.

See – a ton of sections filled with even more recipes.

I decided to make the 100% whole wheat bread with olive oil for my first attempt.  I followed their recipe and instructions and made a batch large enough for 4 different loaves.  The dough doesn’t require any kneading (bonus), and can easily be mixed with a sturdy spatula because the dough it very wet.  I was able to keep the dough in the fridge for up to 14 days, but it only lasted about 12 I believe.

I made 2 oblong loaves, a corn-chili pepper flat bread we had with steamy chili and the super yummy pesto pizza with grilled chicken from the book.

Having the dough ready for me in the fridge made bread making simple.  For those of you out there that are afraid that your bread won’t turn out right, you should give this a try. 

I would very much recommend this book to anyone looking to explore baking bread from home.  This book in particular because there is a huge focus on whole grains, which are very important to get in the diet.

The authors, Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François, put together a video demonstrating their Master Recipe to show you really how simple it is. 

 

Let me know what you think!

 *I was sent this book free of charge for reviewing purposes.

Pina Colada for breakfast and dessert

22 Mar

Gosh it’s Monday morning already huh?           

What a busy and fun weekend I had!  Friday evening I had my aunt Arlene and Arneta and sister in law Natalie over for girls night.  We enjoyed some yummy eats.           

Roasted butternut squash, portobello mushroom and sweet onion

Spelt, kamut and oat groats

Tender spring lettuce with goat cheese and blood orange vinaigrette.

Roasted beets

The next day mom and I ran a 4 mile race with the Clark County Running Club.  It was such a gorgeous day, we talked the whole time and still ran it in 36 minutes… 9 minute miles!  I’m real proud of that 🙂           

We surprised my parents with a party on Saturday to celebrate their 25 year anniversary.  Since every year they vacation and cruise, we made the theme of the party vacationing.  I made a pina colada cake to go along with it.  The cake was super tasty and moist, but I didn’t have time to experiment with a more healthy version.           

            

Sunday I wanted to recreate the yummy flavors of pineapple and coconut in the cake.           

The Pina Colada Breakfast bar was created I(recipe coming tomorrow).           

            

I also made a bunch of freezer breakfast sandwiches for Jacob and I.  Thin whole wheat buns and spinach-eggs (pork patties added for Jacob).           

           

I do love my oatmeal in the morning, but if I bike to work a couple times this week I need something quick I can eat before I leave and after a bit when I get to work.   

After spending a ton of time in the kitchen I was ready exercise and get my body moving.  I heated up our workout room and had an amazing 90 minutes of P90X yoga.  I felt truly amazing afterward.  It was just what my body needed.         

 Remember to enter my Amazing Grass giveaway before Friday!          

     

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