Posts filed under ‘Breakfast’

Snow Day!!!

Look at the poor tree in front of my apartment! He must be so darn cold. You can’t really see his buddy to the left, but I’m sure they’re chatting about all the snow. (Please, forgive the poor quality of the picture, I took it through my kitchen window, that’s why it looks like it was taken through a screen or something. Because it was. Anywhoooo…)

I’m sure everyone in Jersey probably has a similar view when they look outside, but I just wanted to capture the real essence of  today’s snow-day-ness.(Random Thought. Snow always makes me think of Christmas? I know it’s come and gone already, but I’ve been humming Jingle Bells all day and I can’t stop. Does anyone else have this problem?? Resume Post.)

Snow day means no class AND no work. I’ve got a pile of dishes in the sink, a room to be cleaned and homework I could get a head start on. What’s a girl to do when she’s stuck inside all day?????

MAKE QUICHE!

Delightfully comforting on such a snowy day,
this Bacon, Broccoli
and Cheddar Quiche was the absolute perfect
brunch meal.

Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

  • 1 frozen, ready-made pie crust (thawed)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 bag steam-in-a-bag frozen broccoli (yes, that’s the technical term), prepared to package directions, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Prick the bottom of your pie crust all over with a fork (to prevent bubbles from forming during cooking) and place in the oven for about five minutes, just until you begin to smell it. Remove and set aside.
  3. Place the chopped bacon into a large frying pan. Cook over high heat until brown and crispy, about seven minutes Add the red onion during the last minute of cooking time. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and pepper until it forms a smooth mixture. Add the cheese, broccoli, and bacon. Mix to combine.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the reserved pie crust. Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Cook for 40 minutes or until the eggs are set and the cheese on top is melted and brown.
  7. Let cool about 15 minutes before serving.


February 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm 2 comments

Sunday Brunch

After an insanely busy first week of school, I had the weekend to sleep in and recuperate. So of course, I slept until noon. Bwahahahahahaha!

Anywhosers, nothing makes me happier in the morning/afternoon than a delicious meal with my love bug. So I woke up, got my tush in the kitchen, popped on my new iPod (complements of the aforementioned love bug this Christmas – golly he’s the best) and I got to work.

What was on the menu, Jen?!” I know you’re all dying to know.
  1. Jiffy Corn Muffins. *Gasp* From a box?! Yes.  Because they are cheap and delicious and take all of seven seconds to mix up and bake.
  2. A fresh, hot pot of coffee.
  3. Fresh naval orange segments.
  4. A Caramelized Onion and Spinach Frittata.

Is your mouth watering yet? Don’t lie to me, I know it is.
And if for some insane reason it’s not, let’s take a look shall we.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Brunch.

You can’t tell me you don’t want some of that. I really insist you make this for yourself. Perhaps this weekend. You won’t be sorry. 🙂

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Frittata

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large white onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, washed and dried
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • ¼ cup italian cheese blend, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the onions. Season with pepper and italian seasoning.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and allow the onions to cook until a caramel color is reached and onions are soft. (This takes patience, as it can take about a half an hour for the onions to caramelize completely. It’s worth the wait.)
  3. Add the garlic and the spinach and allow it to wilt and reduce in volume.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs,milk, and italian cheese blend. Pour over the onion and spinach mixture. Raise the heat on the pan to medium high and allow the eggs to set for about 10 minutes, using your spatula to keep the sides loose.
  6. When the eggs are mostly set and the top still appears runny, sprinkle with reserved cheese and place in your preheated oven until the top is set and the cheese is melted and brown, about 7 minutes.
  7. Let the frittata cool for ten minutes before removing it from the pan.
  8. Slice into wedges and serve!

January 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Walnut Muffins with Cinnamon Orange Glaze

I was absolutely super-duper completely 110% beside myself when I opened up my brand new kitchen aid stand mixer on Christmas. (Love you Mom & Scott 🙂 )

See look! Me - really freakin' excited!

As soon as I got back to my apartment I had to make something. There was no other option. It was completely necessary to christen it, and to do so with something scrumptious while simultaneously attempting to stick to my New Year’s Resolution.

What to do, what to do?

The pantry pickings were slim. Johnny and I picked up a few things from the grocery store, but nothing too extravagant. I saw some molasses leftover from the tasty ginger snaps I made during my christmas cookie extravaganza and that’s when it clicked, gingerbread muffins! Om nom nom!! (Actually, my first though was gingerbread CAKE, but then I shook my head at myself and decided muffins would be a wiser decision…)

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Walnut Muffins
with Cinnamon Orange Glaze

For the Muffins:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsulphered molasses
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda, mixed into one cup of boil water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • The juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg

Begin by mixing together the oil, sugar, and molasses.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. Add the flour and the oats, followed by all of the spices, vanilla, and orange zest.Slowly mix in the water and baking soda mixture.Gently fold in the walnuts.
Transfer the batter into a greased or lined muffin tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° until fragrant or
when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Remove muffins from tin and let cool for about 10 minutes before glazing.
For glaze, whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
If it’s too thin, add more sugar. If it’s too thick, add some more juice or water.
Drizzle over muffins before digging in! 🙂

January 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm 3 comments

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend at home with my family which, I must say, I do not get to do often enough and admittedly I had a jolly good time.
(Happy Mom? :))

I was also pleased because I was able to pick up a brand spankin’ new cookie sheet while out shopping at  The Christmas Tree Shop .

So upon my return to school, cookie sheet in hand, I knew there was only one thing left for me to do – bake! I scoured my kitchen for inspiration. What kind of cookies should I make?

*Zoom in on my basket of overripe bananas.*

Banana cookies????

WHY NOT?!

Banana bread has always been one of my favorites, so why not make it in cookie form? I looked through my pantry to see what else I could add to this already interesting sounding cookie. Oats, chocolate chips, walnuts – I was beginning to get excited!

I checked my handy little recipe book for my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe as a base, made some tweaks (as usual) to try and make it a little bit healthier, and Voila!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mash the two bananas with a fork.
    Mix in the egg, oil, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Gently fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
  5. For large cookies – drop tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
    For small cookies – drop teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the edges are browned.

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November 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Kath inspired oatmeal

For those of you unfamiliar with Kath Eats Real Food, I suggest you change that. Kath Younger has been blogging (about food of course) since 2006. Her story is pretty inspirational, and she’s currently studying to become a registered dietitian.

For those of you unfamiliar with me, before my time spent here at Rowan,  I was studying to become a registered dietitian. I changed my path at the end of my third semester at Montclair State University, when I decided that not only did I want to be fluent in nutrition but that I wanted to express my love for food and nutrition in writing, which I’ve loved to do for as long as I can remember.

So that’s essentially where I am today. Although my fascination with nutrition has never escaped me, my focus today is also on finding affordable ways to enjoy healthy (and alright sometimes not-so-healthy but realllllyyy tasty) meals and sharing them with you in whatever which way I can.

Now, back to Kath. If you head over to her blog, you’ll notice that this young women has an obsession with oatmeal. This is totally cool in my book. Although it took me quite some time to grow a fondness for oatmeal, I’m finally able to appreciate not only the wonderful nutritional value, but its versatility. Kath helped.

Here is my Kath inspired oatmeal. I hope you like it as much as I did!

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal

  • 1 cup water, nonfat milk, or a combination of the two
  • 1/2 cup plain, quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, toasted walnuts
  1. Begin by heating the water or milk in a small saucepan.
  2. When it begins to boil, stir in oats. Continue to stir, about five minute, until the liquid is absorbed and oats are desired consistency.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, mix in the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and Splenda.
  4. Pour into bowl, top with cranberries and walnuts.

1105091025a**I served mine with a steaming mug of Tazo Joy tea.**

November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm 3 comments

Good morning sunshine!

1029091053I guess technically it’s afternoon now. Regardless, I love the early morning and I LOVE my great big mug – or bug as I shall refer to it from now on –  and I love tea with milk and honey! This morning was particularly lovely because not only did I get to enjoy a steaming bug of tea, but I also remembered I had a loaf of Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread that I made and saved for a rainy day in my freezer. HOORAY!

So I defrosted a few pieces, sliced up an apple to enjoy with it and snuggled up on my couch to watch the Rachel Ray Show, which I do when I can in hopes of finding inspiration for an upcoming meal.

1029091052Delicious &
Nutritious

Anyway, this last week has been kind of lame for me. I’ve been working nights all week and have hardly had any time to cook anything at all. And that, my friends, makes me sad. 😦

In the upcoming weeks,however, I plan to take culinary journeys to Germany, Jamaica, England, and maybe even a brief trip to Texas. I’m also hoping to snag an interview with someone who – for the time being – shall remain nameless because I don’t know if I can get it. FINGERS CROSSED! So be on the lookout for new posts containing interviews and new, scrumptious recipes! I can’t wait to get cooking again!


October 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Spanish tortilla de patatas y chorizo

So here’s a fun fact; Johnny loves The George Lopez Show. He watches it from time to time. This, of course, results in me being forced to listen to The George Lopez Show from time to time as well. Ha.

The other night, after having successfully zoned out on my computer,
I’m disrupted by my darling Johnny shouting, “SILLY! I WANT CHORIZO AND EGGS!”

Que???

“Johnny, do you even know what chorizo is?”

“Well, kinda. George Lopez likes it. It sounds tasty. Can you make it for me?”

*Shakes head* “Sure, babe. I’ll make you chorizo and eggs.”

And there, my friends, was my inspiration for breakfast…and of course, this post!

A Spanish tortilla is a traditional Spanish dish, often served as tapas. The recipe is typically quite simple, usually containing nothing more than olive oil, eggs, potatoes, onions, salt & pepper. I chose to spice mine up with some chorizo to please my man. 🙂 Here is my recipe for it!

Spanish tortilla de patas y chorizo

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 small red potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 c bell pepper. diced
  • 2 links spanish chorizo, casings removed
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
Add the potatoes and onions. Season with salt and pepper.

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In a separate pan, brown the chorizo.

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Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.

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Add the peppers and cooked chorizo to the potatoes and onions.

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Arrange ingredients in one, even layer in the pan. Add the eggs.

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Allow to cook about 10 minutes, or until the eggs are mostly set,
making sure to use your spatula around the edges to keep it loose in the pan.

(Note: Traditionally when the eggs set, you flip the tortilla onto a plate and slide it back into the pan. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for it. This morning I was not,so rather I placed the pan into a preheated oven
at 400º for 5 minutes more to set the top.)

Remove from oven and let set for about 10 minutes before serving.

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To serve, carefully flip tortilla onto a plate.

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Slice into wedges and enjoy!

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October 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm 4 comments


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