February 28, 2011

Love Nest

Isn't this cute??? We made these for breakfast on Valentines Day and the boys LOVED them. They were sooooo delishious! Lets be honest, you could make these for any holiday or any occasion. I think I am going to do it again for St. Patrick's Day and cut out a 4 leaf clover!

Love Nest
1 piece of whole wheat bread.
1 egg

Butter both sides of the bread. Using a cookie cutter cut out the center of the piece of bread. Place both the center and the piece of bread and break an egg into the middle. Let cook until the bread is toasted and the egg is fried. Flip to the other side and toast.

Hint: Small or Medium sized eggs work best unless you have a very large cookie cutter.

Both my 3 year old, and my 18 month old LOVED this!

February 25, 2011

Poached Eggs

Have you wondered how to make those delicious eggs I always have with my waffles and pancakes?? I am an egg hater!...however, I LOVE it when they are poached. Luckily, my husband is AMAZING and poaches them for me :). He also is the one that makes all the pancakes and waffles. (I make the syrup, he can't take credit for that one :))

Here is how you do it.

Fill a frying pan or small pot with at least 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil. Once it has boiled bring it down to a simmer and immediately crack your eggs into the water (like boiling making a boiled egg without the shell). Cover with a lid for 5 1/2-6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove them from the water and EAT THEM!

Children and babies: Both will love these. Cook them for 7 minutes so they are completely cooked through. The center will be like a boiled egg. Cut them into small pieces for them.

February 21, 2011

Fruit Syrup

...so, I have had a change in texture preference lately and wondered if you may have too. I originally posted this Berrylicious syrup recipe but it is fairly runny and chunky...which is fine and tastes excellent but I wanted something thicker. So, here you have it. I like to make lots because we have pancakes and waffles A LOT and I don't like to make it every time. I store it in the fridge and I LOVE it cold on my waffles!

Fruit Syrup
2 cups fresh or frozen fruit pureed in a blender
1/8 cup 100% Orange Juice Concentrate
1/8 cup Sugar
(you can add an extra 1/2 cup of actual orange juice if you want it more runny.)

Blend frozen fruit until it is mostly pureed. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and boil for 5 minutes.

Yep, that is all!

Kids and babies: All of my kids LOVE having a little syrup on their plate. We rip their pancakes or waffles into little pieces and they dip it in the fruit. LOVE IT!

February 15, 2011

Chicken Quesadillas

These are delish and SUPER simple. They only take about 1/2 hour to make. I was going to cook my chicken in the crockpot and shred it but I forgot so I ended up just cooking it in the pan and cutting it into small pieces. I made this for my kids to eat (and adults) so I cut everything into small pieces. You don't need to cut it into such small pieces if you are serving it to older kids.

Chicken Quesadillas
1 tsp Olive Oil
2 Chicken Breast
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1 1/2 cups cheese
8 Whole Wheat Tortillas
1/2 Sweet Onion

Season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper. You can either cook them normal (in a pan) and then cut into strips or small pieces or on low in a crockpot for 4 hours and then shred the meat.

Heat another pan over medium with oil and add the onions. Cook until they are almost transparent and add bell peppers. Cook until tender (about 5 min).

Evenly distribute chicken on half of your tortilla. (I like to fold them in half rather than using 2. The folded side holds in the ingredients better for the kids.)

Top with cheese. (I like to put it in between the 2 other ingredients. I think it holds everything together better.)

Top with the vegetables and fold over.

Using a cooking spray, lightly coat the pan and put your folded tortillas onto the pan. Cook them on medium heat until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is browned. Flip to the other side and cook.

Children: Cut into triangles so it is easier for them to hold onto.
Babies: Cut meat extra small. Give them shredded cheese and small pieces of tortilla if they are able to chew it. They may also like the softened veggies.

February 7, 2011

The Most Amazing Pumpkin Pancakes

Ok...So I admit that I am starting with a repeat if you already read my family blog. I found this on a blog that I read regularly. Her name is Connie and I have know her.....pretty much forever. I grew up across the street from her and her kids and one of them was my bff back in the day....anyway, she had THIS AMAZING recipe on her blog in October. Head on over there if you wanna see pictures of how to fix it. We are still eating this as a regular...dinner. It is THAT good! Here is her recipe:

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 egg whites - beat to soft peaks

Directions: Beat the egg whites first, set them aside. Don't forget to save one of the yolks for your recipe. Put the first 8 dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, add pumpkin, brown sugar, egg yolk and water. Stir together then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Stir in whipped egg whites. Add more water if too thick.

Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour onto a 350 degree griddle. If you make the pancakes too big, they won't cook in the middle.

Top with warm apple sauce.

This is what mine looked like:

This is how we felt about them:

Kids: When we have pancakes or waffles we usually tear them into pieces for the kids and put a spoon full of applesauce or fruit syrup on the side.

February 6, 2011

Ohhhh Buddy!

Lets ALL get excited for the return of FEED ME HEALTHY! It feels SOOOO good to not be pregnant! WOOOHOOO! Lets all get ready to eat healthy cause I have a truckload of healthy recipes a comin' your way! I will probably just post one a week for this first little while and then hopefully we can get more coming after that.

It's a DATE!