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Our Favorite Pumpkin Muffins- Cleaner Version

P1020761My children’s eyes light up when they discover that pumpkin muffins are for breakfast. They absolutely love them. And yes, they are pretty tasty- moist, slightly sweet, and hinting with flavors like cinnamon, ginger and cloves- classic pumpkin companions!

I posted my original recipe for these favorite Pumpkin Muffins of ours a while back. Since then, however, I have cleaned them up a bit by drastically reducing the sugar (originally 3/4 cup white sugar – now down to 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup) and using healthier “oils and fats”- real butter and coconut oil- instead of canola oil. The kids can’t tell the difference, and I am much happier. The muffins taste just as delicious, if not better!

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Orange Burst Pancakes

P1050552I’ve been on a real pancake kick lately! It started with a steak and eggs and pancake dinner at our house last week, followed by several pancake breakfasts!

Pancakes are great because you can whip them together in one bowl- for quick and easy cleanup, and you can cook them in minutes- for all those growling bellies.

I really like this recipe because, like My Favorite Pancake Recipe, you still get the health benefits of oats and wheat flour in the pancake, and then an added surprise of little bursts of orange that are just enough to brighten up the flavor. Top with a little buttery maple syrup and you’ll enjoy very bite!

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Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Caramelized Onions

P1040536Looking for something new to make for dinner? You must try these dressed-up scrambled eggs!

This was our dinner last Friday night along with yummy Blueberry Muffins. (I’ve mentioned before how much better I like breakfast for dinner rather than at breakfast!) These scrambled eggs were absolutely delicious…maybe my favorite way I’ve ever eaten scrambled eggs. Tim took a bite and said “Wow!”.  I took a bite and said “Mmmm!” He took another bite and said “Wow!” again! Oh-Yes! That’s what I like to hear.

The ingredients are very basic- added to the eggs are sausage, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onion, green pepper, and garlic.  But, all of these flavors compliment each other so well, they create an absolutely delicious meal.  I think the sweetness from the onions, though, might be the key ingredient that just makes these eggs so good!

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Cinnamon Biscuits (melt-in-your-mouth)

P1040278I’m excited to share this recipe with you today because these Cinnamon Biscuits were SO good..and yes, melt-in-your mouth good!

I’ve made cinnamon biscuits many times before- but each time I’ve improved my outcome little by little. Last night I  made these along with dinner and WOW! They turned out perfect, and I now have a new love. 🙂 So, ditch the canned biscuits. (move over, Grands!-You’ve been replaced!)P1040275

I like this recipe because:

  1. Moist and tender…not dry or crumbly.
  2. Filling is made with only honey and cinnamon- not extra sugar and butter
  3. Added nutritious ingredients- when I’m making something a little more on the indulgent side of things- like these- I like to see if I can bump up the nutrition a bit. So, in these, I used half wheat flour and added milled flax seed and some wheat germ. Even your picky eaters will never know there is anything remotely healthy about these.
  4. The glaze. Oh yes- this glaze completes the cinnamon biscuit. Pour it on when the biscuits are hot from the oven and it melts down all around them, and creates the perfect finish. It’s made with a little bit of cream cheese.
  5. Quick to make. Cinnamon “Rolls” are very yummy, too- but they use yeast, which will require time to let the dough rise. These biscuits are much faster!
  6. And lastly- they are finger-licking DELICIOUS!

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Perfect Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

P1030748I so love Biscuits and Gravy. You know, any person who fancies themselves to be a southern cook, really should know how to make this dish- and hit the ball outta the park with it!

I do think this is the PERFECT Sausage gravy. Here’s why:

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Healthy Oatmeal-Raisin and Molasses Muffins

oatmeal raisin muffinsBreakfast options at our house were a bit ‘blah’ this morning. Clearly, something was begging to be baked. But just “what” was the question.

Since I have been wanting to add a good oatmeal muffin recipe to my go-to list, I decided that was a good idea for this morning. However, the last recipe I tried for these, I only halfway liked. I also knew I wanted something with lots of good-for-you ingredients in it. So, I tweaked this, added that… and these little guys were created. And I think they will do!

So, not only do these muffins taste good, they are also a pretty healthy option for breakfast or to go along with dinner. Other than a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar on top, the only sweetener used is molasses, giving you a subtle sweetness that is backed up with the deeper flavor of the molasses. (which is also full of vitamins!) Plain yogurt is used instead of oil, which kept them really moist, and white- wheat flour and oatmeal give you a good dose of whole grains. Raisins were the perfect compliment to the flavors, and I think the perfect finishing touch. Try ’em! (I think I might just go eat another..right now…even though I’ve already had two!)

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Crustless Quiche

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I know I’ve been posting a lot of recipes lately that include pork. Recently I’ve shared Brown Sugar and Garlic Pork Chops, Easy Cheesy Baked Hash Browns and Sausage, and Sausage Rice and Bean Soup. But, as I mentioned before, we recently had a pig butchered and I am stocked up on pork now! So, there’s the reason, and please excuse the redundancy! (I hope you like pork!!)

This quiche was delicious! Yum Yum! I have found that I personally like quiche just as much, if not better, by omitting the traditional crust on the bottom. And that always makes preparation quicker and the whole dish a little healthier.

A very thick quiche that is stuffed full of sausage, zucchini, onions, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese is what this one is all about. The finished product is buttery, moist, and bursting with wonderful, savory flavors. It puffs up beautifully in the oven and boasts a great, golden brown top.

This was another of our “breakfast-for-dinner” meals. But, quiche hold heat in so well, it would also be perfect to take to a brunch or to a family as a gift.

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Easy Cheesy Baked Hash-browns and Sausage

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Though I love to cook, Saturdays are hard days for me to get the motivation to stop what I am doing and prepare dinner. We are usually busy working outside or catching up on projects around the house. So, a dinner that is quick and easy is in order!

This is another “breakfast-for-dinner” meal. As mentioned in a previous post, I usually make a ‘breakfast-y” meal once a week. We really enjoyed this baked version of hash browns, peppers and onions, ground sausage, and cheese! (Sometimes it seems it’s the simplest dishes that taste the best.)

The steps to prepare and make this dish are simple and quick- the ingredients are few, and the result is yummy! What could be better, right?

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Eggs over Fried Onions and Potatoes (sweet potato and white)

P1020901We love to have Breakfast for Dinner around here! We raise chickens, so we have the wonderful benefit of always having fresh eggs available. (so nice!) And so I like to make use of this great commodity by preparing Breakfast for Dinner on a regular basis.  It’s a great way to incorporate a meatless dish into your menu and it’s also budget-friendly.

This recipe includes three separate features, put together to create a pleasing blend of flavors and textures. On the bottom is sweet potatoes and russet potatoes, baked until tender and simply seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. Right there you already have some sweet and savory flavors going on.  The next layer is fried onions. I think these are what really make the dish, because they have such natural sweetness that really brings everything together and really compliments the eggs. And then, the top layer is a fried egg that breaks open to cover everything with it’s delicious yolk.

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Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

P1020783Smoothies are cool and refreshing, and a great way to get a lot of goodness in just one glass!

When my son, Adam, was a toddler, I had a hard time getting him to eat well. He was so picky! Fruits were something I definitely could not get him to eat. That is when I started to make smoothies on a regular basis. He loved them, and I loved that he was getting the nutrition from the fruit and protein from the yogurt.

Smoothies make a great breakfast, snack, or even lunch- which is when we usually enjoy them. Paired with something salty like cheese, or something with peanut butter, it makes a nice lunch.

Of course there are limitless varieties of smoothies. This one is pretty basic with fruit and yogurt, but it’s one that we like the best.

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt (I use Dannon Natural since it does not have a lot of extra ingredients)
  • 2 whole bananas, peeled
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups frozen tropical fruit (a frozen tropical blend of: strawberries, pineapple, and mango chunks)  or frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk 

Place the ingredients in the blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth. Add more juice or milk if needed.

Makes 4- 5, 1-cup servings

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