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Tater Tot Waffle, or what happens when I get an idea in my head

June 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Tater Tot Waffle

I love tater tots. However, frying them with oil isn’t something I like to do very often, and baking them kind of dries them out. I’d heard of folks using their waffle irons for savory dishes, and I thought, why not try tots? Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and all I used was cooking spray for the iron.

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • Tater tots (frozen)

Directions: In a bowl, microwave the tots for about 4 minutes. Pre-heat the waffle iron and spray with cooking spray top and bottom. Layer the tots into the waffle iron and really get them squished in there in all edges. In the pic you can see I missed some spots, unfortunately.

My waffle iron is a standard size, and is the type that you can turn over during the cooking process. I had to squash the tots down pretty hard to get it to turn over, and that’s a good thing. Let cook for 8-10 minutes (I did 9).

Mmm mmm good, and none of the extra fat with oil. I’ve seen posts where some folks add bacon and cheese. Knock yourself out with your extra ingredients. Mine is just plain jane, ready for my favorite ingredient, KETCHUP!

Good times.

Oatmeal and Cream of Wheat Pancakes… a tasty healthy alternative

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment
Isn't it purdy? :)

Isn’t it purdy? πŸ™‚

If you’re like me, you loooooove buttermilk pancakes with a passion. Its a weakness. But what to do if you’re trying to eat cleaner and healthier? Buttermilk pancakes on the regular won’t fit into that equation, moving into the “once in a while treat” zone.

Here’s a healthier, lower in fat version of the real deal, using whole grain ingredients like oatmeal and cream of wheat and nonfat milk instead of buttermilk.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry Cream of Wheat
  • 1/4 cup dry oatmeal (1 minute quick cook variety)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • powdered cinnamon (optional)

Directions: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add in egg and milk and mix again. Let the mixture sit and heat up the pan with your choice of cooking spray or 2 tsp canola oil. When the pan is heated up, pour in half of the mixture. It’ll be pretty thick so you’ll have to spread it around a bit in the pan for a thinner pancake. Flip over when browned. Yields: 2 large pancakes.

Enjoy… I sure did πŸ™‚

Breakfast… to eat or not to eat? (recipe inside)

July 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Studies show that eating a good breakfast will get your body in great shape to take on the day. But what is a good breakfast these days? A lot of folks grab a doughnut and a coffee and head out the door. However, if you have some time to really get a good one that’s high in protein and fiber and includes good fats to get the metabolism rolling.

Jen’s Ultimate Breakfast Scramble

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs – if you don’t want to deal with the yolks, use egg whites or egg substitute. Entirely up to your tastes.
  • 2 slices turkey bacon
  • chopped spinach (I like it fresh)
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped mushrooms
  • chives
  • cooking spray or oil – olive and canola are good essential oils
  • slice of cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat up oil or spray in frying pan. Add chopped up turkey bacon and mushrooms and let cook for a couple minutes.
  2. Add in chopped spinach and chives, and let wilt. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  3. Add in tomato first, stir up, then the eggs. Let it cook away until done.
  4. Top with a slice of cheese (I like 2% cheddar) and you’re ready to rock and roll. Salsa is a good addition too, if you’re in the mood.

There you have it… protein, fiber from the vegetables, and calcium from the cheese. Major food groups represent πŸ™‚

Categories: Breakfast recipes

Recipe: Apple Cottage Cheese Pancakes

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Sounds weird, yes. But, the ingredients are all good for you things, and very tasty. I got this off the ‘Net, but changed it up a bit because the original was a bit dry.

Ingredients (yields about 8 pancakes)

  • 4 eggs separated (I put the yolks and egg whites into seperate bowls)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (used 1% because that’s all I had. It worked πŸ™‚
  • 1 grated apple (peel and grate with a cheese grater. First time I ever did this, no lie. It worked out great)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp finely minced walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp canola oil (gotta get those essential oils in)

Step-By-Step Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix cottage cheese, egg yolks, apple, flour, walnuts, lemon juice, oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until well combined.
2. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff and form peaks.
3. Fold the egg whites into the apple mixture.

Looks kind of like meatloaf, no? Pancakes!

4. In a large hot and greased skillet, drop batter into pancake forms. Smooth out the batter with the back of a spoon to flatten them a little. I used about 1/4 cup of the mixture for each pancake.

A little cooking spray goes a long way

5. Cook until firm and golden brown on both sides.

Ready to rock and roll

It’s great for a healthy way to start the day. Top with maple syrup, honey, or whatever you like.

Categories: Breakfast recipes

Migas… the fast and easy way like Grandma used to make

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Printable version here: Migas Recipe

If I had to think back as to what the very first thing I tried to cook, I would say it was Migas. My grandmother taught me at probably six years old so that I could make breakfast for me and my cousins whenever we’d stay at her house on summer vacation. My twin sister and cousins could not be trusted around the stove since we already had a few incidents where things ignited in the kitchen.

So that’s where my cooking career began… in my grandmother’s kitchen. My mother found out shortly after and wasn’t too happy with my grandmother, but she got over it.

I think the genus behind Migas is someone back in the day was trying to figure out what to cook for breakfast, but there was no bacon, sausage, frijoles refritos, nothing! Just eggs, tortillas, sauce, and that’s it. Voila! Migas was born… and it was good.

Migas Recipe (Basic)

Ingredients:

  • Corn tortillas (usually 2 per person so it depends on how many you have to feed)
  • Cooking oil (canola or vegetable)
  • Eggs
  • 1 can Tomato sauce (I recommend Hunt’s because it’s tasty)

Directions:

  1. Add oil into a frying pan and allow to heat up. The amount you use is your preference, but minimum would be 1 tsp.
  2. Shred up tortillas (I just tear them up into little pieces) and fry up in the pan.
  3. Add eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add tomato sauce and let incorporate into mixture.

Add-ins: Some folks like onion, chiles, shredded cheese. It’s purely up to you and your imagination as to what you want to add in πŸ™‚

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