Monday, August 25, 2008

Blueberry Yogurt Coffee Cake (My Birthday Breakfast 2008)

Blueberry Yogurt Coffee Cake

Category: BreakfastYield: 9 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tbs butter

Preheat oven to 350. In a lg. bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture. Add yogurt and mix. Gently stir in blueberries. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts. Pour half the batter into a buttered 8" square pan. Sprinkle with half the topping mixture & top with the remaining batter. Cimbine the remaining topping with 2 T. butter and sprinkle over the top. Cook about 45 min.

Nutritional facts per serving (daily value): Calories 388kcal; Protein 6g (12%); Total Fat 23g (35%)(Sat. 9g (47%)); Chol. 82mg (27%); Carb. 42g (14%); Fiber 2g (8%); Sugars 26g; Calcium 95mg (9%); Iron 2mg (10%)----------

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Concentrating on Breakfast

Graycen has IOWA testing next week. In reading about how I could help her prepare for this, I read that having a really great breakfast would help her with focus and stamina during the lengthy testing. Breakfast is always fast here, so it is an area that I could use some help in anyway. I found a few recipes in my ShopNCook database that I am trying. The Baked APple Frech Toast was one and here is another.

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

Category: BreadsMuffinsBreakfast

Finding a muffin recipe that is both healthy for your toddler and great tasting may not always be the easiest challenge. The following apple cinnamon muffin recipe has lots of healthy ingredients like apples, cinnamon and rolled oats.
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 apple
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400F. Combine oats and buttermilk in a medium mixing bowl and stir to moisten oats, set aside. Peel the apple and cut into small pieces (with core removed). In a separate mixing bowl add eggs, brown sugar and oil and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add the oat mixture to the egg mixture and mix until blended together well. Now add flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Use a mixing spoon to mix ingredients just until the dry ingredients are mixed in (don't over beat). Stir in the apple. Pour into greased muffin cups. In a separate, small bowl mix together the granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, then sprinkle this mixture over the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a fork inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Baked Apple French Toast

Baked Apple French Toast

Yield: 8 servings
3 large green apples
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup (or more) brown sugar
12 ounces cream cheese (cut this into tiny cubes)
12 slices firm bread - (I used eight grain and it was yummy and full of Omega 3)
8 eggs
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vanilla

Set rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Core and cut the apples into thin wedges, leaving the skin on or you may remove skin. In a skillet, melt butter with brown sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Add the apples and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes.Transfer to the baking dish and let cool. Cut cream cheese into cubes and arrange evenly over the apples. cut the slices of bread in half diagonally and layer over the apples to cover the whole dish. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, taking care to dampen all the bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until golden and puffed. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.


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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Shop N Cook MENU

I think I have mentioned it before, but I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the Shop N Cook Menu software! It allows me to enter in all of my recipes, plan my menu (for as many days as I need to ahead) and then it automatically uses those recipes make my shopping list. If you go to the link above, you will see that there is a free 45 day trial. Try it out, but know that when you purchase it there is a whole other world of recipes available to you!!!

Last night while we watched Phelps win his eighth gold medal, I went ahead and planned all of my next set of menus (8/24-9/7). It is just a matter of looking through the cookbook databases and clicking the add button. When I am ready to go to the grocery store, I just take a look at the list and add whatever else I need (snacks, household items, and anything else). Then, this wonderful software prints me a gorgeous, organized list to take with me to the store.

With five children, you can IMAGINE how expensive a trip to the grocery store could be. However, with the list I stay right on track and we don't end up at home with a bunch of things we don't really need.

I LOOOOOOOVE it! So, go and try it out for FREE!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Baked Zucchini Quiche


Became THIS for dinner tonight:

Baked Zucchini Quiche
3 cups of thinly sliced or shredded,unpeeled zucchini
1/2 cup of grated cheese
1 cup of Bisquick *
1/2 cup of chopped onion **
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
2 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt (opt.)
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 cup of oil
4 beaten eggs

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients. Bake in 13"x9" greased dish, 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Cut into squares, about 2"x1".

*I got all my veggies sliced and realized that Nathan had used the last bit of my Bisquick for pancakes! I found this mix substitute online and it worked well. I used this recipe converter to make it is a MUCH smaller batch.

** I also added finely minced red and purple peppers for color.

I also grated three peeled potatoes on the trusty box grater. I added some green onions, salt, pepper and a bit of good olive oil. Using an ice cream scoop, I placed piles onto a very hot skillet. These have to cook for a fairly long time, because you want the outside to crisp up and brown, but you also want the inside to cook. They make YUMMY hash browns that go GREAT with any egg dish like this.


Friday, August 8, 2008

For Sandra!

Here is the recipe for the Mexican Chicken Dinner that I Served on my china for the first time!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat chicken, completely, with taco seasoning. Place in greased 9x12 and bake for 25 minutes. In a small saute pan, I heat up 2 cups of black beans with 1/2 cup of salsa and cumin. I also cook Vigo Mexican Rice according to the package directions.
At the end of the 25 minute cook-time for the chicken, pull chicken out and cover with about a 1/2 cup of salsa and a sprinkling of cheddar (or jack) cheese. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
I usually layer the chicken on top of the beans and rice.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Busy, busy, busy, and busy today!

We leave on my Crazy Mama Road Trip in one week, so this week is scheduled to get us ready! I *hate* the last-minute packing push, so I am trying desperately to avoid it this time. The kids have TOO MANY CLOTHES, so I am going to go ahead an pack a few things that I can just wash while we are gone. I have lots of stuff to do in the next week including organizing travel-mates (leapster, batteries, movies, etc), so blogging may take the back burner. In the meantime, hop over to my irl friend's thrifty- finds blog, screaming pennies. You could spend days scrolling through the free stuff and discounts she organizes there! She is also a coupon maven, so I am looking forward to a coupon 101 session very soon!!!!!

Happy thriftiness and tell Cheryl that I said hello!!!