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Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie is an easy recipe for a delicious smoothie that tastes like a berries and cream dessert.  This is one of my favorite smoothies! {vegan, gluten free}

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

With school in full swing, to say that mornings are hectic is an understatement.  I wake up before the crack of dawn to get in a quick workout before the kids are awake.  Then I get home, hop in the shower, get the kids fed, dressed and we’re out the door.  Sitting down for a leisurely breakfast is definitely not in my future for the next…15+ years?  Healthy, easy breakfast recipes are key, like this Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie!

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Pizza Frittata | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Pizza Frittata #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Pizza Frittata is everything delicious about pizza with a protein-packed, egg-based crust.  Made in minutes, this fun twist on pizza is perfect for a quick dinner, last minute meal or any time you want a healthy pizza fix!

Pizza Frittata | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

When life gets busy, we always default to frozen pizza for dinner.  It is easy to have on hand, and what can I say, we love pizza!  While frozen pizza can be a simple dinner solution, sometimes I just want the taste of pizza but would rather have something healthier and with more protein.  Enter Pizza Frittata….

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Oreo Cookies and Cream Scones | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #scones

Cookies and Cream Scones

Cookies and Cream Scones are light, buttermilk scones studded with chunks of cream-filled chocolate cookies! 
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Pastries, muffins, doughnuts and scones are often enjoyed as a delicious breakfast treat. However sometimes I find there is a grey area as to whether or not those treats actually qualify as breakfast.  They may not quite be dessert either, but perhaps more suitable for an afternoon treat, such as an old-fashioned afternoon tea.  At least that is what I envisioned while putting a modern twist on a traditional scone recipe for these Cookies and Cream Scones!

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Classic Vanilla Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #muffins #takebackvanilla #cgc

Classic Vanilla Muffins

An easy recipe for Classic Vanilla Muffins with a double dose of vanilla flavor that is classic, simple, delicious vanilla!

Classic Vanilla Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #muffins #takebackvanilla #cgc

We are always trying to come up with creative muffin recipes, often inspired by the season or a favorite flavor combination.  While it is fun to try unique flavors of muffins, there is something simply delicious about a Classic Vanilla Muffin.  This is an easy recipe for Classic Vanilla Muffins, made with a double dose of vanilla that makes a real vanilla impact!    …

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Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies are chewy, fruit-filled cookies made without any added sugar or butter.  They are vegan, nut free and can be gluten free.   

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

This recipe for Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies recipe is inspired by one of my favorite healthy cookie recipes – Healthy Banana Cookies.  These cookies are naturally sweetened with dates and bananas, which is always a delicious combination.  I decided to give that recipe a coconut twist by using coconut oil and adding some coconut.  Coconut was such a tasty addition that goes so well with the banana.  …

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Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger | protein packed quick and easy healthy breakfast made in minutes!

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger | protein packed quick and easy healthy breakfast made in minutes! Get a protein-packed breakfast in minutes with this Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger.  Perfect for when you want something quick, healthy and delicious!  

Lately, I have been feeling more tired than usual and end up hungry in the late mornings. With intense morning workouts and spending long days caring for the kids, I am thinking it might be time to change up my breakfast routine and get a little more protein. My usual breakfast consists of oatmeal with cocoa powder, flax seed meal and a banana.

While I occasionally deviate to something with a little more protein,  like Greek yogurt with berries or a smoothie, it always comes back to carb-heavy oatmeal.  It’s quick to make, and I really like a hot breakfast.  Thankfully this Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger has become the protein-packed solution to my breakfast woes.

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Mocha Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

Mocha Smoothie

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Kick start your mornings in minutes with chocolate and coffee in this delicious, and easy to make Mocha Smoothie. 

Mocha Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

With school coming to an end and early morning summer camps on the horizon, I wanted to come up with a wake-me-up breakfast  that can be made quickly and enjoyed on the go.  Since coffee is already a mommy essential, I was on a mission to create a coffee-inspired smoothie.   …

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #bundtcakes #factsupfront #spon

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake is a lemony buttermilk cake made with whole wheat flour and studded with poppy seeds.

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This Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake is made with fresh lemon zest and juice, buttermilk, poppy seeds and whole wheat flour.  It is a delicious coffee cake that is great for a special breakfast, snack or light dessert.  This cake is so lemony, bright and cheery, it reminds me of spring.  Now that we have warmer temperatures and snow melting, spring is finally on its way! One of my favorite things about spring is finally getting outside and being active as a family.  We love to run, go on bike rides or just kick around the soccer ball.  When kicking our healthy habits into high gear, I also find that we start paying more attention to what we eat.  I recently used this Nutrition Calculator to find out my daily caloric needs, as well as fiber, protein and other important nutrients.

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Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brunch #FreshTake #cbias #shop

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake

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Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brunch #FreshTake #cbias #shop

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake is made with a mix of vegetables, quinoa, three cheeses and seasoned bread crumbs.  It takes minutes to prepare and then bakes into delicious brunch perfection!

With Easter Sunday only a few weeks away, I am working on planning our brunch menu. We always like to have something carrot cake-inspired (Carrot Cake pancakes are definitely a favorite!)  We also enjoy having  a savory egg bake, packed with lots vegetables and cheese.  This year, I wanted to give our egg bake a southwestern twist.  Then I discovered that Kraft Fresh Take has a new Southwestern Three Cheese flavor.  The savory blend of garlic, cumin and red chili pepper bread crumbs along with the Colby, mozzarella and cheddar cheese sounded just perfect for this Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake!

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Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast #SundaySupper

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is made with custard soaked French bread cubes and studded with juicy fresh blueberries and cream cheese throughout.  This dish is perfect for brunch, but I love it for breakfast for dinner because it is so easy.  It takes minutes to prepare, can be made ahead, and then just bake in the oven until golden and delicious.  The result is decadent, yet made on the lighter side using a ‘secret’ ingredient….

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Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #vegan #breakfast #cookies #mybloom #spon

Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are a healthy breakfast treat made with simple, wholesome ingredients such as bananas, almond butter, and oatmeal. {vegan}

We are always looking for quick and easy breakfasts – something healthy that can be eaten on-the-go. And when that means eating (healthy) cookies for breakfast, even better! When I stumbled upon these vegan breakfast cookies, I could not get to the kitchen fast enough to whip up a batch. Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are really easy to make, using ingredients commonly found in the pantry. They taste even better the second day (or third, if they last that long). Since they are so moist and chewy, I stored them in the refrigerator. They were really tasty chilled as well! From the bananas to the oatmeal to the almond butter, Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are like a healthy bowl of oatmeal in cookie form….

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Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes

Start your morning off right with whole wheat pancakes infused with coffee and creamer to make Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes!

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What is your favorite breakfast?  Are you a cereal person?  Do you like smoothies?  Pancakes?  My usual breakfast rotates between a few different options, however one guarantee each morning is a hot cup of coffee.  There is nothing better than holding that warm mug in your hands, watching the steam rise, and taking that first sip.  Then it occurred to me – why not combine a breakfast staple (coffee) with a breakfast favorite (pancakes) to create Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes, the ultimate breakfast treat!

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Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini is a creamy, fruity snack (or appetizer) that is as tasty as it is simple to make.  

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Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini | alidaskitchen.com

This winter has been one of the snowiest I can remember.  As if we didn’t already have enough snow, a few days ago, we were blessed with another 12 inches in less than 12 hours.  By now, I am yearning for the abundance of fruits, vegetables and sunshine of summer.  While we still have a several months to go, I am turning toward other ways to satisfy those summer cravings.  Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini unites traditional ingredients, such as light cream cheese and Smucker’s® Natural Fruit Spread, to create the perfect pairing to spread a little sunshine on top of mini toasts.  These are great for a light lunch or an after school snack, yet they are pretty enough to make for company….

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com #BakeWithGhirardelli #CleverGirls #spon

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes are a hearty oatmeal buttermilk pancake studded with chocolate chips!  

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Every Valentine’s Day, I like to make something special for my family, whether it’s a breakfast treat or a special dessert.  These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes combine the two – they taste like a chewy, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in pancake form.  This recipe is adapted from my Oatmeal Raisin Pancake recipe, so they are a bit healthier, with a little decadence from the chocolate chips.  For the ultimate indulgence, I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips (60% Cacao).  The smooth, rich bites of chocolate studded throughout the oatmeal buttermilk pancakes really made them delicious!  In fact, I used these same baking chips in my Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding recipe, and they really add such a deep, wonderful chocolate flavor.  …

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Almond Butter Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

Almond Butter Waffles

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Almond Butter Waffles are a light, buttery, buttermilk waffle made with almond butter for a delicious and healthy breakfast! 

Almond Butter Waffles | www.alidaskitchen.com

We recently discovered the wonders of almond butter (or rather, got the OK from the doctor to try it).  As a mom, I am so happy to cross almonds off the list of potential allergens.  As a food blogger, I am so excited – a new ingredient to play with in the kitchen!  My list of recipes to make got long, but at the top of the list was Adam’s favorite – either waffles or pancakes.  I decided to experiment with my Sunbutter Waffle recipe, which is a solid buttermilk waffle recipe that we enjoy often.  However, this time, not only did I swap out the sunbutter for almond butter, but I also decided to use melted I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter ® Deliciously Simple ™  spread in place of the oil.  

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Avocado Green Smoothie - a healthy, #vegan smoothie made in minutes | www.alidaskitchen.com

Avocado Green Smoothie {health key™ system}

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Avocado Green Smoothie is a nutritious, vegan smoothie made in minutes.  Combining fresh fruits and vegetables, this healthy pick me up is a delicious way to get your little ones to eat their veggies!

Avocado Green Smoothie - a healthy, #vegan smoothie made in minutes | www.alidaskitchen.com

The other day I went to my local Rainbow Foods to pick up some produce.   Their cored, fresh pineapple is a favorite, and a welcome addition to our diets as we make an effort to increase our fruit and vegetable intake after the New Year.  As I continued shopping the produce section, I noticed little tags that said ‘organic,’ ‘gluten free,’ and ‘vegan.’  I learned this was part of their health key™ system, which is a wellness program designed to simplify your shopping experience and make it easier to select healthier foods….

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Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins combine two of the best flavors of the holiday season – cranberry and gingerbread – into a delicious breakfast treat.  The tart cranberries complement the sweet and spicy gingerbread beautifully.  These muffins would be a wonderful treat for Christmas morning, or any time you’re craving something festive for winter that is easy to make….

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Poppy Seed Cake from Alida's Kitchen

Poppy Seed Cake

Poppy Seed Cake from Alida's Kitchen

This Poppy Seed Cake is a classic buttermilk coffee cake studded with poppy seeds and a cinnamon swirl in the middle.  It is perfect for a dessert, brunch, or even a special breakfast treat.

This Poppy Seed Cake recipe is from my mom.  It is one of my favorite treats that she makes for special occasions.  She got this recipe many years ago (we’re talking decades) from the hostess of a ladies luncheon.  She said everybody at the party was asking for the recipe.  That’s always a good sign!

I made a last minute decision to whip up this cake, and as a result had to make a few changes from the original recipe based on what I had on hand.  I used vanilla extract since I was out of almond extract.  I also used oil in place of butter because I had one stick of butter left that I was planning to use to make cookies!  Feel free to use almond and/or butter in place of what is noted below.  Either way works great!…

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Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts

Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts

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Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts are healthier doughnuts, baked (not fried) made with whole wheat flour and topped with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Icing.

Clearly we all know what I love best about Fall…pumpkin recipes!   We have gone pumpkin crazy over here this year, with pumpkin cake, muffins, pasta, cake again, and now doughnuts.   After finally acquiring a couple doughnut pans, naturally my first go-to recipe is for Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts….

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bring on Fall with this easy recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!  They are light and moist, made with buttermilk, pumpkin and chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Fall is my favorite baking season.  I love all the fun apple recipes and pumpkin recipes, making old favorites and trying new recipes.  These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are a wonderful, easy recipe to kick off pumpkin season!  When I came up with this recipe, I wanted something simple, similar to my Banana Buttermilk Muffins.  These recipes use common pantry ingredients, so they’re easy to make any time….

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Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles

Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles

Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles

Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles are made with buttermilk, whole wheat flour and sweetened with mashed bananas.  They are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy chocolate for breakfast!

While usually a pancake house, we recently branched out into the world of waffles with Sunbutter Wafffles.  I was excited to find these Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles because the flavor is similar to my everyday oatmeal – cocoa powder and naturally sweetened with banana.   The chocolate and banana are subtle, yet together with the buttermilk, produce a wonderful breakfast treat.  These waffles are delicious and are a welcome addition to our breakfast rotation!…

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Zucchini Bread | Bundt Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a moist, chocolaty bread made with zucchini and a delicious way to use up all of that zucchini taking over your garden! 

Chocolate Zucchini Bread | alidaskitchen.com

I love the entire season of summer produce, from the abundance of berries and herbs, to everything in between. However what I really look forward to is the end of summer produce.  Mainly…zucchini!   All summer long I compile zucchini recipes in anticipation of the great bounty of summer squash….

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Healthy Banana Mango Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Healthy Banana Mango Smoothie

 

Healthy Banana Mango Smoothie

This Healthy Banana Mango Smoothie is a thick, frosty, fruity smoothie with a protein boost from Greek yogurt.  I often add ground flaxseed for additional health benefits.   

Ever since I made my Diet Mixed Berry Smoothie recipe, I have been on a real smoothie kick.  While I have enjoyed coming up with several different recipes, I think this Healthy Banana Mango Smoothie recipe is my favorite.  When made with a perfectly frozen banana and chilled mango, this smoothie whips up to the consistency of soft serve ice cream….

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Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes {Alida's Kitchen}

Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes #BiscoffSpreadsLove

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Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes are light and fluffy, whole wheat, buttermilk pancakes made using Biscoff Spread.  

I am excited to tell you about something that I recently discovered.  It’s made with all natural ingredients, is preservative-free, vegan, and nut free.  It’s Biscoff Spread, and it’s fabulous!  This sweet, creamy, decadent spread is perfect over toast, with apples slices, or simply grab a spoon and dig in!…

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Banana Buttermilk Muffins

Banana Buttermilk Muffins are healthy muffin recipe that is not only delicious, but takes 10 minutes to prepare. These are sure to become a household favorite!

a healthy banana buttermilk muffin recipe

While I thought it was safe to assume that Pumpkin Banana Muffins are Adam’s favorite muffin, these Banana Buttermilk Muffins  may quickly take the top spot, if they haven’t already.  Within the first week of making the first batch, I had to make another…and another!  It seemed that Adam and Mike (and I too!) were devouring these faster than I could make them.  Fortunately, they are super quick and easy to make!  The hands on time takes about 10 minutes, and for some reason, these just seem easier to make than other muffins….

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sunflower seed butter buttermilk waffles

Sunbutter Waffles

Sunbutter Waffles are whole wheat, buttermilk waffles made with sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter (or other nut butter), making them a nut-free alternative.  While perfect just as-is, we also enjoy them topped with additional sunbutter, berries or maple syrup.

We have had a waffles iron for years, but for whatever reason it hasn’t been used much…well, until recently.  If you’re a regular reader, you know how much my Adam loves pancakes.  At least once per week, I make his favorite kind(s) of pancakes to load up the freezer and/or just to have on hand.  Sometimes I would end up making a double (or triple!) batch.  On my small little griddle, this exercise could take hours.  A labor of love I guess.  These days, with a newborn in the house, it’s a bit tricky to devote that much time to cooking or baking anything.  On a whim, I decided to try my hand at waffles.  Due to Adam’s peanut allergy, I opted to transform my beloved peanut butter waffles into sunbutter waffles.  I was pleased to discover cooking waffles is much quicker than flipping pancakes.  And Adam had 5 waffles for breakfast that day.   Operation waffle was a success!

 

For another recipe using sunbutter, try these Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars.  They make a great snack!

Sunbutter Waffles
 
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, with a hand mixer, beat oil and sunflower seed butter until smooth. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and stir until incorporated.
  3. Add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until combined. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat waffle iron. Cook waffles according to the manufacturer directions for your waffle iron.
Notes
Note: Store leftovers in the refrigerator and toast to reheat. These also freeze well.

Adapted from Everyday Food

 

Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins

Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins are a tasty vanilla muffin studded with large chunks of chocolate sandwich cookies throughout.  If you like Oreos (or Joe Joe’s!) and are looking for a fun recipe to try with them, these muffins are for you.    While Oreo muffins are not something that I would make every day, after making the crust for my Lighter Chocolate Cheesecake Bars, I found myself with leftover Oreos (if there is such a thing).  Why not try something new for a change!  Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins are glorious and definitely something worth trying if you’re a cookies and cream lover, like myself!

Oreo Cookies and Cream Muffins
 
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cold butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 Oreo cookies, chopped
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a standard muffin tin, line 12 muffin cups (or spray with cooking spray) and set aside.
  2. Make topping: In food processor, combine flour, sugar and crushed cookies until combined. Add cold butter, pulsing until crumbly. Put in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Make muffin: In a food processor, put flour, sugar and baking powder and process until combined. Add cold butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour into large bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, egg and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Gently fold in chopped cookies.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with topping. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
Source: Taste of Home

 

Baked Cinnamon French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

Baked Cinnamon French Toast

Baked Cinnamon French Toast is a decadent yet simple breakfast (or breakfast for dinner, as we talked about yesterday).  Made with cinnamon swirl bread that is drenched and baked into a rich custard, Baked Cinnamon French Toast toast is beyond delicious.  It takes 10 minutes to prepare and then you can bake it right away since this is not an overnight French toast.  While it’s not an overnight variety, you certainly can make it ahead and store covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake


This Baked Cinnamon French Toast is not something that I would have every day, simply because I like to have my boring old breakfast of old fashioned oats with a banana every day.  But this French toast is definitely a wonderful treat worth enjoying for a special occasion…like perhaps for Mother’s Day this Sunday (hint hint Mike!)

Baked Cinnamon French Toast
 
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 slices cinnamon bread or cinnamon raisin bread
  • 2 cups half and half (fat free works fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (light better works fine)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13"x9" pan with cooking spray.
  2. In prepared pan, place six slices of bread and top with remaining 6 slices of bread.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together half and half, eggs, butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread, pressing bread down so some liquid is absorbed.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes until bread is golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Source: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

easy vegetable frittata

Easy Vegetable Frittata

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easy vegetable frittata

We love breakfast for dinner (or “brinner” as it’s often called), whether it’s waffles, pancakes, egg scrambles or frittatas.  This Easy Vegetable Frittata is a frequent “go-to” dinner because it’s quick, easy, and we can easily use up whatever vegetables or cheeses we have on hand.  Mike can make it too, which is another plus!

easy vegetable frittata

 In this frittata, for the veggies, I used sliced red pepper, chopped broccoli florets, chopped red onion, and some garlic, and I used cheddar for the cheese.  It was such a delicious combination and so colorful!  I paired my frittata with a mixed green side salad, because that’s generally what I have with any dinner.  Mike skipped the salad and enjoyed his with a beer ~ it is dinner after all!

With Mother’s Day just a few days away, this frittata would be an excellent dish to enjoy at your celebratory breakfast/brunch or for a breakfast for dinner.  Tomorrow I will be sharing another great brunch recipe…and it’s even easier to make!

easy vegetable frittata

 

Easy Vegetable Frittata
 
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! spread, divided
  • 4½ cups sliced/chopped vegetables (I used red pepper, broccoli, onions)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 eggs (or 4 eggs and 8 egg whites)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used cheddar)
Instructions
  1. In a large oven-proof nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! over medium heat. Add your vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender (about 5 minutes). During the last minute, add minced garlic and Italian seasoning, stirring to combine.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the remaining tablespoon of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, melted I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! and 3 tablespoons water for about 1 minute, or until frothy. Stir in ½ cup cheese.
  4. Pour egg mixture over vegetables, stirring gently, and cook over medium heat until eggs begin to set. (Occasionally lift the edges of frittata to allow uncooked mixture to go to the bottom)
  5. Top with remaining cheese and broil for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden brown and eggs are set. Cut into wedges and serve.

Source: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

 

For  more tips about making this delicious frittata, check out the Breakfast After Dark Episode “Fabulous Frittata with Lisa Vanderpump

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

healthy blueberry strawberry blackberry yogurt smoothie

Diet Mixed Berry Smoothie

healthy diet mixed blueberry strawberry blackberry yogurt smoothie

This Diet Mixed Berry Smoothie is quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast on a busy morning, a post-workout recovery drink, or an afternoon pick me up.  Made with just a few healthy ingredients, it’s a vitamin-packed smoothie that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime (and portable too for when you’re on-the-go!).

 

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try Ocean Spray’s Diet Juice Drinks and thought it would a tasty addition to this smoothie recipe.  At only 5 calories per serving, swapping out full-calorie juices in favor of Ocean’ Spray’s Diet Juice Drinks can help save calories (and carbs, if that’s a concern), while still tasting delicious.   For this recipe, I used Ocean Spray’s Diet Cranberry juice and it went nicely with the berries used in the rest of this smoothie.  For next time, I have my eyes on the Diet Blueberry Pomegranate!

To learn more about Ocean Spray’s Diet Juice Drinks, visit http://www.oceanspray.com/Products/Juices/Diet-Light/Diet-Cranberry-Juice-Drink.aspx.

 

 

Diet Mixed Berry Smoothie
 
Yields: 1 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Diet Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Drink, any flavor
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries)
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen and cut into slices
  • 3 ounces fat free plain or berry-flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (or Magic Bullet). Blend on high speed until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour into a chilled glass. Enjoy!
Notes
Tip: slice banana before freezing...it's much easier!

 Adapted from Ocean Spray

 

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