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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Easy 30 Minute Recipes

Easy 30 Minute Recipes

 

An easy way to eat healthily and economically is by preparing food at home, but busy schedules can derail even the best of efforts. That’s why it’s important to have a few 30 minute meals in your repertoire so you can serve your family a healthy, quick meal on the most hectic of days.

 

SAUTÉED OR STIR FRIED

Sautéing or stir frying may be the simplest and versatile option for 30 minute meals. Pick a protein: chicken, pork, beef, even beans and cook in a large skillet with a bit of oil (the beans can go into a sauce pan with a little bit of chicken stock or water to soften up). Marinade the meat if you have time, or just season well during the cooking process. When the meat is cooked, remove from the skillet and add a bit more oil if needed to sauté the vegetables.

Any vegetables you have on hand will work, just be sure to cut into uniform pieces and add to the pan according to cooking time, for example onions and carrots before mushrooms, and spinach or kale at the very end just to wilt. Season the vegetables just as you did with the meat.

When the vegetables are tender, add your protein back into the skillet and mix everything together. Serve over rice, quinoa, with a piece of bread, or enjoy alone.

The versatility of this process comes from what you have on hand in terms of ingredients and seasonings, any direction is possible: Asian, Italian, Mexican, or even experimental.

 

QUICK PROTEINS

A key to 30 minute meals is average cooking time, which usually is dependent on the type of protein chosen. Seafood, cooked beans, and smaller pieces of poultry or meat will cook the fastest. Try taking a filet of tilapia, salmon, mackerel, or any other thin filet, place it on a bed of vegetables on a sheet of parchment paper. Season well, fold up the paper then roast in a 400 degree oven for 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

 

STEAM AND ROAST

When it comes to vegetables, steaming and roasting are excellent and quick preparation methods. For steaming, place small pieces of your chosen vegetable in a steamer basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for about 4-6 minutes. A pat of butter, salt and pepper completes the dish, or for a bit of crunch mix 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs in 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle on top.

Roasting vegetables caramelizes the natural sugars, adding a depth in flavor. Most vegetables can roast in a 450 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes depending on how small you cut them. Simply dice up your chosen vegetable, mix with oil, salt and pepper, and any other seasonings, then spread in a single layer on a sheet pan. A casserole dish can work, however your won’t get as much caramelization due to the higher edges trapping steam.

Halfway through just mix up the vegetables, then let it cool before digging in.

 

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Best Weekend Getaway Simple Foods

best weekend getaways simple foods

 

Everybody loves taking mini-vacations on the weekends, particularly when the weather is nice. Of course, one of the most important parts of any getaway is bringing awesome food and snacks. If you aren’t sure what to bring on your next weekend trip, check out these recipes for the best weekend getaway simple foods.

 

Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

  • 1 cup unsalted pumpkinseed kernels
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

 

  • Combine the first 6 ingredients from the above list in a small bowl and stir with a whisk.

 

  • Place egg white in a large bowl and stir it with a whisk until it becomes foamy. Add in the almonds, pumpkin seeds, and the cashews; toss them well to coat. Sprinkle the mixed nuts with the spice mixture and toss well to coat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the nuts in an even layer on it. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn the oven off and remove the pan from oven. Stir the snack mix one more time. Immediately return the pan to oven for an additional 15 minutes (but make sure you leave oven off). Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to allow the nuts to cool completely. Store the snack mix in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

Citrus Shortcake

  • Cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar

 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

  • In a large bowl beat the sugar and the butter with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add in the eggs one at a time, making sure to beat them well after each addition. Add in the juice and rind, and beat well. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup (you can also weigh it), and level off the top with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) from the list, and stir the entire mixture well with a whisk. Add buttermilk and the flour mixture alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

 

  • Spoon batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

 

  • Cut shortcake into 9 squares. Reserve 4 squares for Brandied Peach Shortcakes and 3 squares for Mixed Berry Trifles; freeze remaining 2 squares for another use.

 

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Four Ways To Make Stuffing

Stuffing

Stuffing is a Thanksgiving tradition, but it hearkens back to a much earlier time. The act of putting dried bread, celery, and onions in a meat product dates back to ancient Rome. Medieval people called it "farce," while Victorians called it "dressing." While the FDA now recommends that we cook the stuffing separately, it's still an integral part of our holiday meal.

Stuffing has long been a flexible food. The ancients stuffed creatures like dormice and hares with nuts, cereals, and vegetables. While stuffing now traditionally comes in a bag, it can be bland on its own. Luckily, its flexible nature- it can absorb the taste of many different ingredients- gives you plenty of room to get creative.

Wild Rice Stuffing

Traditionally, stuffing uses dried bread. But for the gluten-free crowd, you can also use wild rice instead of gluten products. For a nice wild rice stuffing, use a cup and a half of wild long-grain rice instead of regular stuffing. Begin by cooking the rice: bring it to a boil and let simmer for ten minutes. Stir in celery, chicken broth, onions, and dried cranberries. Once the mixture is done, you can cook it in the oven for 50 minutes until the rice has absorbed all the broth.

Using wild rice is a slightly healthier way of making stuffing. Regular stuffing is composed of dried white bread, but wild rice adds protein and fiber to the dish. If you're looking for a fiber-rich alternative to regular stuffing, consider using long-grain wild rice.

Orange Juice Stuffing

This recipe uses store-bought stuffing from the bag, but spices it up with the addition of orange juice, sliced apples, and chopped walnuts. Instead of cooking the stuffing in a regular chicken or vegetable broth, try substituting orange juice instead. Add the sliced apples and walnuts, then cook in the oven according to the package directions. It's a low-sodium alternative that gives the dish a delicious, fruity taste.

Many other fruits work well in stuffing. In addition to adding fruit juice to your stuffing (we recommend fresh-squeezed), you can add dried cranberries, sliced apples or pears, or raisins. You can also use lemon or orange zest in your stuffing if you like a fruitier flavor.

Challah Stuffing

For many people, Thanksgiving falls around the same time as Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday. You can use challah, which is the traditional Jewish Shabbat bread, in your stuffing. Chop up two loaves of challah and leave for a day to go slightly stale. You can then substitute it for store-bought stuffing packages and make in a regular recipe.

Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing

Stuffing doesn't always have to be about sweeter flavors. You can add more of a savory taste with wild mushrooms, bacon bits, and chopped walnuts. Other savory stuffing foods include figs and toasted brioche cheese, which both go great with mushroom and bacon. When it comes to stuffing, the world is yours- you can customize it to your favorite flavors, whether they're sweeter, spicier, or more savory.

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Great Crock-Pot Meals

Great Crock-Pot

Now that it's getting colder outside, you're looking forward to a nice, warm, hearty dinner that's ready when you get home. It's the perfect time of year to break out that crock-pot or slow-cooker to make a thick, beefy chili or a chunky vegetable stew. We've got some suggestions for great crock-pot meals that'll warm you up after a long, cold fall day. 

Meatballs

This is a versatile dish because you can customize it to taste. If you like a more tangy and fresh option, you can add ingredients like citrus dressing or lemon zest; if you like them more traditional, add tomatoes and cilantro. Just add the flavorings that you like to a bag of frozen meatballs, leave it in the crock-pot, and come back in a few hours after watching a movie or running errands.

One option is to make honey garlic meatballs. Mix together a quarter cup of honey, ketchup, and brown sugar, then add a few minced garlic cloves and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Pour the mixture over a bag of frozen meatballs and leave it on the crock-pot for four hours.

Lasagna

You don't just have to bake lasagna in the oven- you can make it in the crock-pot as well. It's a great, hearty family meal for those colder fall nights. Start by cooking a pound of ground beef round until it's no longer pink. Layer the bottom of the crock-pot with tomato sauce, then add a layer of frozen ravioli. Over top of the ravioli, add some ground mozzarella cheese. On top of the cheese, add a layer of beef. Continue adding layers until you've got your lasagna. This should be ready in about 4-6 hours.

Chicken

Chicken is a great option for the crock-pot because the slow cooking time allows the chicken to really soak up the flavor and moisture. Chicken is also such a versatile base: you can make anything from barbeque chicken to cacciatore. Or you can make a simple, inexpensive chicken and rice dish. Pour a few cans of vegetable stock or cream of chicken soup into the crock-pot, add your boneless skinless chicken breasts, and it'll be done in about 7-8 hours. Then mix the chicken with some rice and you've got a family dinner that everyone will love.

Beef Stew

This is the ultimate winter comfort food. While it has more ingredients and it takes slightly longer to make, you can cook a lot at one time and freeze it for later. Add chunks of potato, cooked beef, corn, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, onions, flour, celery, and beef broth into the crock-pot. The stew should be done in about 6-7 hours.

You can also add variations to the traditional beef stew. If you're a vegetarian, substitute tofu or soy for beef. Likewise, if you're not a fan of certain vegetables, you can substitute those in and out as well. Crock-pot stew gives you a wide range of options to slow-cook the foods you love in order to retain the moisture, flavor, and texture of a great autumn meal.

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