Sunday, June 2, 2013

Greek Yogurt Pancakes (with a twist)

I know I've been kinda slow with posts lately.  May was a crazy busy month for me.  Even when I'm not posting to this blog, I'm still trying out new recipes and pinning to my pinterest boards: Tried It, Loved ItTried It, Not Worth It, and Recipes To Try.  Be sure to check those out and give me some suggestions: Recipes Jenn Should Try. I'm going to *REALLY*try to put up more posts in June!  

I posted about Greek Yogurt Pancakes last month.  This morning, I made them again but with a twist: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes!  

Use the same basic ingredients for the pancake recipe:

6 ounces Greek Yogurt
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup flour
 1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients as normal.  Then add:

5-6 sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

I also added:

1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Here's a pancake cooking:

I added some whipped cream and fresh strawberries to the top.  Chocolate chips and syrup would also work well.

I still LOVE this recipe!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Something fast and easy to make for breakfast on my way out the door to work is always good.  That usually that consists of microwavable oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches, and when I have a little extra time, a breakfast burrito.  So when I saw this pin for a grilled cheese breakfast-style, I was excited to try something else that was fast and easy, and most importantly, new! I kept asking myself why this never occurred to me before-to use waffles for a sandwich! Here's the recipe.

Ingredients needed:

1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar, plus more for topping
4 frozen waffles (untoasted)
1 to 2 tablespoons jam (any flavor)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more if needed
ground cinnamon, for topping
I'm not going to lie, when I first clicked on this recipe and saw that it had cottage cheese in it, I cringed.  Texturally, I can't stand cottage cheese, but I decided to try it anyways.  I reasoned that if I didn't like the outcome, I could try it without it the next time.


Mix the cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl.

Spread 2 waffles with the jam, then top with the cream cheese mixture; cover with the remaining 2 waffles.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

 I decided to do what I normally do for grilled cheese sandwiches: spread the butter directly onto the bread, or in this case, waffles:

Add the sandwiches and cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan if needed. (Adjust the heat if the waffles are browning too quickly.)

I put the stove on medium-low heat and cooked it about a minute and a half on each side.  My stove seems to run extra hot though, so you might want to try it on medium...

Let the sandwiches rest 1 minute before serving. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon.

(It would be prettier if I sifted the powdered sugar)

And the result?  DELICIOUS!

Who cares if there's cottage cheese in the middle?  You can't taste it, and I did my best to squish the chunks of cheese when I was mixing it, so the texture didn't bother me either.  The sandwich was actually pretty sweet tasting, almost dessert like.  I was in love.  I was craving this a couple days later, and made it again.  

Bottom Line: LOVED IT!  

Monday, May 6, 2013

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I made these a while back before I started this blog, and loved them.  I'm trying to eat more protein and healthier in general, so I decided to make them again with a few tweaks.  Here's the original recipe

The Ingredients you need:
  • 6 oz of your favorite Greek yogurt (I used 0% plain Chobani)
  • 1 egg
  • scant 1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
I also added: 
  • 1 tsp vanilla (per the comments on the everyday belle post)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (I always add these to my pancakes)
As for the instructions:
Open the yogurt container and stir the yogurt until it’s smooth and creamy. Crack an egg over the yogurt and stir to combine leaving. The resulting mixture should be pale yellow in color and have a few lumps here and there. I also added the vanilla. 


In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda.  Pour yogurt/egg mixture into the bowl with the flour and baking soda. Stir to combine. The batter will be extremely thick.


Then I added the chia seeds.


Spoon the batter onto a sprayed griddle or pan heated to medium-high. I usually make four big pancakes, but you could also make 8 smaller ones. (I made 4 pancakes)


Flip the pancakes when they start to bubble a bit on the surface. Cook until golden brown on both sides and serve with butter, syrup, fruit, Nutella….anything! 


These pancakes come out very fluffy and taste like normal pancakes, but have more protein and less fat than your average flapjack.  

I figured out the nutrition information based off the ingredients I used:
(This is for 1 pancake)
Calories 100
Fat 1.75g
Carb 13g
Protein 8.5g

Adding chia seeds adds (per pancake):
Calories 15
Fat 1g
Carb 1.5g
Protein .75g
Plus the health benefits of omega-3's! 

Not bad :)

Bottom Line: LOVED IT! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

It seems like I am always rushing to work and I don't have time to make breakfast, so I resort to the same couple of grab and go items everyday, which is getting really boring.  I've seen a lot of pins that say make this on Sunday and have breakfast for the whole week.  Sounds amazing, right?  So, I decided to try one of those recipes


Here's the Pin description:
Chowing down a big bowl of quinoa is a satisfying and delicious way to de-bloat. Not only is quinoa protein-packed and rich in fiber, but it's also chock-full of potassium! If you want to mix up your typical bowl of quinoa in an oatmeal setting, then opt for this creative spin that has metabolism-boosting properties. A cinnamon quinoa bake is a sweet, protein-packed treat to start off your day.

Here's the description of the recipe from POPSUGAR:
This sweet take on quinoa is perfect for breakfast or a midmorning snack. It's even better with a dollop of nut butter and a cup of tea!  Recipe from Gabby's Gluten-Free
Ingredients you need: 

2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional) (I left this out since I don't like maple syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and place the quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with lightly greased parchment.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, soy milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Add maple syrup (if using) and whisk.

3. Add egg mixture to cooked and cooled quinoa. Stir with a large spoon to combine. Pour into the parchment-lined baking dish and spread it around to ensure that it’s even.


4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set and golden.


5. Using parchment, remove bake from pan as soon as possible so that it doesn’t steam.


6. Cool completely and cut into squares. Serve with a dollop of nut butter. I put Trader Joe's cookie butter on it!


The bake tasted good, but was not sweet enough, probably because I opted to skip the 1/3 cup of maple syrup.  I added the cookie butter rather than peanut or almond butter to add some sweetness, and it worked.  I want to try it again with some agave syrup in the batter to sweeten it up. 

Bottom Line: LOVED IT! 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Zebra Striped Cake

One of my best friends, Megan, loves zebra print everything, so when I stumbled across this pin to make a zebra striped cake, I knew this was totally happening for her birthday!  Here's the site the pin lead to, and here's the site with the detailed description on how to make zebra stripes.

First step, make the cake batter. The tutorial page said they used Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake and Duncan Hines French Vanilla.

We chose these because they don’t have pudding in the mix (like Pillsbury & Betty Crocker, which can be a little thick for this project–although I love them for anything else). We made slight changes to the box directions: French Vanilla Cake– We used 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons Water rather than the 1 cup that it calls for. Devil’s Food- We used the box directions, no changes

I chose to make my cake from scratch.  Here's their advice for that:
As a side note, if you would like to try this cake with a scratch recipe, you can choose your favorite white or yellow cake recipe and then divide it approx. in half– you can stir approx 3 tablespoons or so of dutch processed cocoa powder into one of your bowls of batter to create chocolate batter.

Here's the recipe I used.  I read the recipe on the unsweetened cocoa powder box for a chocolate cake said to use 3/4 cup of cocoa powder.   I gradually added the cocoa powder and tested the batter.  I ended up using the whole 3/4 cup.  

Here's my finished batters:


We started by dropping 1/4 cup of vanilla batter into the middle of our 8″ pan.  It will spread a little bit. Then...Measure out a 1/4 cup of chocolate batter and pour it in the center of your vanilla batter. Repeat this process, continuing with 1/4 cup scoops of alternating flavors, each flavor of batter dropped into the center of the previous circle of batter. The batter is thin enough that it does not take long at all for the batter to spread out a little bit.

My cake batter was too thick:

I added 1/4 cup more of milk, and it started spreading better...but not well enough.  Looks like I need to use thinner batter to make this work better:

Time to bake the cake.  This was how it turned out.  I was really nervous to cut into it...

But, it came out with stripes and the birthday girl loved it: 

My cake's stripes were thicker than the picture from the tutorial, but it still looked cool.  Maybe using 1/8 of a cup of batter at a time would have been better since my batter was on the thick side.

Overall, it was a success.  It was definitely time consuming to make two batters and layer them, and it was frustrating since my batter was thick, but it worked!  The cake itself tasted great, and would be a great cake to make for an occasion instead of using a box mix that contains trans fat.

Bottom Line: LOVED IT!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Crescent Pizza Rolls

If you read my blog, you can tell what my favorite foods of them being pizza! Here's another pizza recipe I stumbled upon on Pinterest and tried. 

You only need 5 ingredients: 

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls (I used Walmart brand since they contain NO trans-fat!)
40 slices turkey pepperoni (but any kind of pepperoni would work)
4 pieces of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half
garlic powder
pizza sauce

And it's super easy to assemble:
Unroll crescent rolls and separate into 8 triangles.  Place 5 slices of turkey pepperoni on each crescent roll.  Top pepperoni with string cheese half and roll up.

 All rolled up:

Sprinkle crescent rolls with garlic powder.  Place rolls on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Serve with a side of warm pizza sauce.

Here's my finished product.  The cheese was a little messy:

 So, next time I know not to put the cheese too close to the edge and to fold the sides up after rolling! I guess I missed that little technique.  

These rolls are not only super easy to make, but super tasty.  I love pizza so anything with bread, cheese, and sauce is usually okay in my book.  The one complaint I have is that there's a lot of bread and not enough filling, so next time I would try to either put more cheese and/or turkey pepperoni.  

Bottom Line: LOVED IT!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Oven Roasted Broccoli

I eat broccoli all the time as a side dish with my dinner.  I usually steam it in the microwave and eat it plain or with a little cheese on top.  Boring, right?  So when I saw this pin I was excited to try something new with my Costco-sized bag of broccoli!  

The pin description (from Foodie):

This is our favorite way to eat broccoli of all time! My husband says he would rather eat this than fries. I put a few Tbsp of olive oil in a ziploc with some salt and pepper and the broccoli and shake. Then spread on a cookie sheet and spread minced garlic over it and roast at 425 deg F for 20-25 minutes.

I wish that there were more specific measurements.   I used 3 cups of broccoli, 3 T oil and 2 cloves of garlic.

Here's the broccoli after shaking it in the bag:

And before I popped it into the oven:

This is after baking for 25 minutes:

Both me and my mom loved the flavor of this broccoli, but agreed that I put too much olive oil and not enough minced garlic.  So next time I will add less oil, probably 2 Tbsp and double the garlic (4 cloves).  I don't think this is better than fries, but definitely beats the same old, plain, steamed broccoli I generally eat. I probably won't turn the oven on to make this side dish, but it's definitely worth it if the oven is already on for dinner.

Bottom Line: LOVED IT!