Bacon, Eggs and Cheese Breakfast Puffs

What's your favorite kind of breakfast? With a majority of us never paying attention to what we put in our mouths in the morning, it's time you unraveled the many benefits presented by eating a healthy breakfast, such as bacon, eggs and cheese breakfast puffs. Not only do these puffs give you the required energy and nutrients that will make you focused and productive during the day but, they will also play a key role in enabling you maintain a healthy body weight. Here's a recipe to guide you on how to make the best bacon, eggs and cheese breakfast puffs.

Breakfast

Ingredients:

To make 12-15 puffs, you'll need:

  1.  10 lighten beaten eggs
  2.  Four chopped green onions
  3.  Four cups of grated Parmesan cheese
  4.  Four strips of bacon (chopped and cooked)
  5.  Two cups of cottage cheese
  6.  Half a cup and one tablespoon of cubed butter
  7.  One teaspoon of baking powder
  8.  Half a cup of all-purpose flour
  9.  Half a teaspoon of salt
  10.  Half a pound of sliced fresh mushrooms

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin cups. You can choose to grease your cups by spraying them with no-stick cooking spray or by dipping a paper towel in shortening and then using it to grease each individual cup.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat, add a tablespoon of butter and once melted, sauté onions, bacon and mushrooms till tender. Then, thoroughly combine the all-purpose flour with salt and baking powder over a large bowl. Take another bowl and combine the cheeses (Parmesan and cottage cheese) with eggs and whisk them thoroughly.

Melt the remaining butter (half a cup) and add it to your egg mixture. Now, take this egg mixture as well as the bacon mixture and stir them into your other mixture - dry ingredients mixture. Before you can proceed to the next step, ensure that they are perfectly combined - with no lumps whatsoever.

Baking:

Fill each of the greased muffin cups three quarter way and put them in the preheated oven. You should let them bake for 35-40 minutes. Alternatively, you may make use of a knife test - insert it near the center and if it comes out clean, know that your puffs are ready.

For easier removal of the muffin cups, carefully run the knife around their edges.

Serving:

There are numerous ways through which you can serve your puffs. For instance, you can serve them with salsa on top or with whipped cream.

Each of these puffs contains a significant amount of protein, carbohydrate fiber, sodium, saturated fat, calories and good cholesterol.

Summary:

These amazingly delicious breakfast puffs are great for all. Having them for breakfast is indeed guaranteed to enable you have a very productive day for they contain all of the essential nutrients that the body requires to perform. Above all, they are quite filling hence prevents you from overeating.

 

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Quick Energizing Breakfast Recipes

mango smoothie

If you just woke up hangovered (sic), woke up at dawn to hit the gym, are currently recuperating or want to jump-start your day, the only way of making this possible is by having an energizing breakfast. Basically, such a breakfast encompasses foods that contain high amounts of healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins. To get the best out of them, here are 5 quick energizing breakfast recipes that you should give a try:

Sunny-Side Up Eggs

When making sunny-side up eggs for four, you'll need fours slices of bread, four anchovies, four eggs, Parmesan cheese shavings, olive oil, lemon, capers, black pepper, coarse sea salt and kale. To make the eggs, start by sprinkling cheese over the bread and heating in the toaster till it melts. Over medium high heat, heat the olive oil, add anchovies and mash till a paste forms. Add kale, season with salt and pepper and wait till the leaves become soft and bright green and stems tender. When done, remove and serve beside the toast. In another skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil, heat over medium high heat and crack the eggs directly over the pan. Let them cook for 2-5 minutes. When done, serve your eggs with the greens and have them topped with cheese and capers. Also, add a squeeze of olive oil and lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Yogurt Parfait

Other than being an energizing breakfast food, yogurt parfait makes breakfasts less boring. To prepare a cupful, you'll need low fat plain yogurt, two tablespoons of dried fruit and flaxseed meal, unsalted raw almonds or walnuts, sugar and ground cinnamon. Start by stirring flaxseed meal, nuts and dried fruit into the yogurt and finish off by sprinkling sugar and cinnamon at the top. Alternatively, you can choose to create a layered parfait; flaxseed meal at the bottom followed by a later of yogurt, dried fruit and then another layer of yogurt and finally nuts followed by a more yogurt.

Almonds Butter and Bacon Sandwich

To make this delicacy, you'll need three pieces of whole grain bread, natural almond butter, bacon, olive oil, tart apple and coarse sea salt. When making the sandwich, you'll be required to first toast two slices of bread before spreading them with butter. Next, lay the apple over the butter and top each piece with crisp bacon. Finish off by drizzling some olive oil and sea salt on the bacon and assembling your sandwich - with the plain slice in the middle.

Fancy Fresh Toast

To make fancy French toast, you'll need two slices of whole grain bread, an egg, low fat milk, canola oil, canola margarine, low calorie syrup and cinnamon. While the pan heats with margarine and canola oil, beat and combine the egg with milk and cinnamon. Dip the bread into the egg mix and toast over a pan till it turns golden on both sides. When done, top with syrup and serve.

Re-hydration Ginger-Mango Smoothie

This quick energizing breakfast recipe demands that you use low fat vanilla yogurt (gives a creamy and thick texture), peeled and chopped mango (adds a sweet flavor), soft tofu, chopped crystallized ginger, flaxseed oil, ground flaxseed and cardamom. To make the smoothie, put all of these ingredients in the blender and puree till smooth.

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Scrambled Eggs with Cheese and English Muffins

Scrambled eggs with cheese and English muffins are what many would regard as the perfect breakfast delicacy. Not only is this combination too yummy but is also highly rich in a wide range of nutrients thus, excellent for both kids and adults. So how easy or hard is it to make this super delicious dish? All there is to learn about preparing them is to follow this simple recipe:

Ingredients

To make the muffins, you only need seven ingredients. These include:

  1. a) Olive oil or butter
  2. b) Cheddar cheese
  3. c) Salt and pepper
  4. d) English muffins
  5. e) Green onion
  6. f) Large eggs
  7. g) Milk

Cooking the scrambled eggs

To enable you make the perfect scrambled eggs, you'll need to beat the eggs in to a bowl and thoroughly mix them with milk, salt and pepper. Next, in a large non-stick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until hot before pouring in the egg mixture. Once the eggs start to set, use an inverted turner to pull them across the skillet. Doing this causes them to form larger yet softer curds. As they continue to cook, keep on pulling, lifting and folding them, till all liquid egg remains disappear and the eggs become fully thickened.

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Preparing the cheese and muffins

The only requirement needed in preparing your cheese is to have it grated. You can do this before starting to cook the eggs or while toasting the muffins.

In terms of the English muffins, you can spice them up a little by toasting them. To do this, first slice them in halves and lay them on a baking sheet before putting them in the oven (at 350 degrees) for about 10 minutes.

Making the sandwich

To make the perfect scrambled eggs with cheese and English muffins, you'll need to take the first half of the muffin, add some cheese on top of it, then the egg and lastly, the other half of the muffin. In case you'd like to add more flavor to your muffins, you can add a tiny smear of butter or even more pepper or hot sauce. Similarly, you can top with diced herbs or in this case, green onion to garnish the sandwich.

At this point, you can start enjoying your stuffed muffin or, can stick it/them back to the oven for a few minutes so as to melt the cheese or warm them up. In case you'd like to store them for later, stick them onto a baking sheet and put them in the freezer - unwrapped and uncovered, for about 1-2 hours. Doing so will enable them lose excess moisture hence freeze a bit. After this, you can go ahead and wrap them using a plastic wrap or foil.

- The reason why people are discouraged from heating these muffins in the microwave is that, microwaving them makes them soggy and well, no one likes eating soggy sandwiches.

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4 Easy No-Cook Breakfast

If it were possible, we'd all give anything and probably everything to have someone serve us breakfast in bed, or wake up to the smell of bacon, pancakes and coffee. But all these are mere wishes for reality-wise, cooking breakfast is one of the hardest tasks there are. All this is due to the fact that a majority of us barely ever have enough time to eat breakfast, let alone fix some. This though doesn't mean that you should leave the house without putting something in your stomach. Instead, you should devise alternative breakfast options that don't require cooking. Some cool examples of no-cook breakfast options that you can borrow include:

Easy No-Cook Breakfast

1) FRUITS, NUTS AND YOGURT: This combination is highly encouraged as it presents one with abundant amounts of vitamins, protein, fiber and minerals all at once. What makes it even more awesome is that, you can eat your breakfast on your way to work or school. Perfect examples of fruits and nuts to adopt include an apple and a banana plus some cashew and macadamia nuts.

Another alternative to eating your fruits and nuts would be by bringing along Greek yogurt - which is highly rich in protein and, sprinkling in a few berries such as rasp and blackberries and maybe some granola.

You may also create yogurt parfait by simply adding a layer of your favorite yogurt in a cup, followed by a sliced fruit, then a few nuts and granola, and another layer of yogurt…till the cup is filled.

2) SMOOTHIES: From the very young to the very old, everyone seems to be a huge fan of smoothies. And, since they are as nutritious and as healthy as any other cooked meal, why not have them for breakfast? Despite being easy to make, it's wise that you make them beforehand and refrigerate them so that come morning, you won't have a lot to do. You may similarly add all the ingredients in the blender's pitcher beforehand so that in the morning, the only thing you'll be required to do is puree them.

3) CEREALS: Cereals with milk are the ultimate lifesavers. Now that the market is over flooded with different types of cereals, there's no way you can ever miss to find one that will best satisfy your taste buds. However, instead of relying on plain cereal and milk for breakfast, you should also include a whole fruit like an apple or banana. Also, you may go ahead and add a few berries or nuts into your cereal or even, add a bit of honey to sweeten it.

4) LEFTOVERS: If it was good enough for dinner, then it's definitely going to be good enough for breakfast. And so, whenever you have some left over pizza, spaghetti, meat loaf or chicken fingers, you shouldn't find it weird serving them for breakfast, though after re-heating them. However, to give the leftovers a breakfast look and feel; serve them with a glass of milk and a fruit on the side.

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The Ultimate Protein Smoothie Recipes

Oatmeal and eggs may be great breakfast foods, but there's no better way to start your day than a great protein-packed smoothie. It boosts energy, aids in critical thinking, and keeps you full until your lunch break. You can include fruits and vegetables in there to get your daily nutrients. Whether you're trying to build muscle or lose weight, protein is a great way to help you get in shape.

An ideal way to make a protein smoothie is to use fruits, vegetables, soy or almond milk, and a little scoop of protein powder if you want. You can get protein powder at your local grocery store or pharmacy. If you're not into using a powder, the smoothies themselves provide a good amount of protein from the soy and almond milk alone.

 

Sarah's Protein Smoothie

This is the ultimate breakfast protein smoothie. You're getting over ten grams of protein plus two servings of fruits and vegetables. You can also add in protein powder for a little extra boost; the soy milk and ice cubes keep it from getting that grainy texture. Blend and enjoy!

  • Toss a handful of spinach, two cups of soy milk, and a banana into the blender. Blend for a minute.
  • Add ice cubes to cool it down and put it on the "crush" setting for a minute. If you don't have an "ice crush" setting, just blend for an additional few minutes.
  • You can add protein powder in here for a little extra kick.

 

Blueberry and Kale Protein Smoothie

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This combines the protein of almond milk plus the nutrients and antioxidants found in berries and kale.

  • Blend a cup of frozen blueberries, a cup of kale, and two cups of soy milk or almond milk.
  • Add two ice cubes if it's not cool enough, but the blueberries should cool it down pretty effectively.

 

Strawberry and Egg White Protein Smoothie

Egg whites are another great way to get more protein into your diet. If you don't have the time every morning to make an egg white omelet, you can always throw some egg whites into your smoothie.

  • Blend 2/3 cup egg whites, one and a half cups of strawberries, a cup of ice cubes, and a few teaspoons of mint or fresh basil.
  • If it's not sweet enough, you can always add organic honey or maybe even a little bit of brown sugar.

 

Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie

We all know the benefits of Greek yogurt: it's a high-protein, low-fat food loaded with helpful probiotics for digestion. You can also use it in smoothies as a replacement for soy milk or almond milk.

  • Combine a cup and a half of Greek yogurt with two cups of fresh or frozen fruit. Blend on high.
  • Add ice cubes if you're using fresh fruit.

 

You can also customize these recipes for your taste to make the ultimate protein smoothies for you and your family. If blueberries are in season, you can substitute them for strawberries or another ingredient. It's fun to experiment with protein smoothies for a healthy breakfast.

 

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