Archive | April, 2014

Broccoli, Sausage and Cheese Egg Muffins

17 Apr

I am a lover of breakfast. When I’m up and running out the door I don’t exactly have time for the big breakfast I love i.e. eggs, grits, toast and/or English muffin and maybe bacon or sausage. I read Lauren Conrad’s post about Busy Girl Breakfasts and figured why not give it a try.

I didn’t do a full pan of muffins since it was an experiment.

What you need:

3 eggs

1/4 cup of any variety of shredded cheese

2 sausage links (I used low fat)

2 tsp herbs de provence

Salt and Pepper

3/4 cup of broccoli (if you want less you could do less)

1 TBS of skim milk

Non-stick spray

Splash of water

Preheat the oven to 370 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I used silicone cupcake liners. Spray the liners with non-stick spray. Fill each about 3/4 full because they rise. Bake for 20 minutes or until they seem set. I haven’t had these next day yet but I’ll see how they are as an on the go breakfast! C’est si yum!

photo 1-2egg muffins

Finished

Baked Cauliflower Bites

14 Apr

I know that I made cauliflower bites in my cupcake maker a while back but I made an updated version tonight and they are delicious! I’d made a cauliflower puree in my food processor and decided I wanted something different.

Here’s what I did for the puree:

3/4 head of cauliflower (it was a huge cauliflower. If you have a normal size one, you could use one whole head of cauliflower), shredded

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper

1/2 tablespoon of herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning

3/4 cup of low sodium chicken broth

non-stick cooking spray

Spray the saute pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Swirl the extra virgin olive oil and add the garlic. Remember not to let it burn! Add the cauliflower. Season with salt, pepper and spice mix. Saute and then as it seems tender, pour in the broth.

Break down the cauliflower in a food processor and let cool.

Puree

For the bites:

3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

cauliflower puree (the above makes almost 2 cups, pureed)

1 egg white (if you have closer to 2 + cups, use two egg whites)

Preheat oven to 385 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I got suckered in to buying a Quick Whisk yesterday so I used this to whip the egg whites a bit. Don’t overbeat them! I have this fun macaroon pan that I have actually never used to make macaroons in that was perfect for this. I baked these for about 12 minutes on one side, then flipped them over and baked them again for another 5-8 so it got crispy on each side. These would go great with some sort of Greek yogurt dip or sour cream.

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C’est si yum!!

 

Taco Rice (Side Dish or Main Dish Base)

11 Apr

Taco night is a great night. They are so easy and I am a big fan of the taco kits that come with everything you need. I made this super easy rice to go with the tacos last night. This would also be a good base for a taco bowl (just top with meat, lettuce, cheese and guacamole).

What you need:

2 cups cooked Jasmine rice (really any rice will do)

1/2 a container of those single serving Fage (or any Greek yogurt) cups

1/2 cup of shredded cheese

1/4 – 1/2 cup of salsa

Salt and Pepper

Fixins Rice

There are two options for this prep. 1) When you cook the rice and it is still hot, add all the ingredients and serve hot! or 2) Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 – 5 minutes and stir halfway through.

A great side or start to a main dish. C’est si yum!

Easy Spicy Guacamole

4 Apr

My boyfriend recently listed his favorite things to eat and this guacamole was on the list. It’s quick, easy and delicious. You can also add optional ingredients depending on what is in your fridge.

guac

What you need:

1 avocado

1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Sriracha sauce

1/2 a scallion, green only, chopped

Salt and Pepper

Optional items:

lime juice

peas

chopped tomato

minced garlic

I usually mash the avocado by hand but this one was slightly less ripe than I expected. I put the avocado, Greek yogurt and Sriracha in the food processor and just pulsed a couple of times to break up the avocado. If you like your guac smooth, keep processing it or hand mixing it to your consistency preference. If you add peas, I recommend frozen and letting them thaw a little. They add an extra flavor that doesn’t overpower the rest of the guac.

Scoop the guace out of the processor and continue to mix by hand if it’s not all combined. I use the processor purely to chop the avocado. Finish with a sprinkling of the scallions. Serve with your favorite chips! C’est si yum!