Ahh.. naptime! It’s when I get a chance to get caught up on emails, eh- who am I kidding, Pinterest, and do some reading (and cleaning, and meal prep, and laundry, and all those other things that are hard with a two year old running around). During a recent naptime, I saw a picture on Pinterest about pumpkin spice and how people add pumpkin spice to everything in the fall, and it made me laugh but also think about the official start of fall (you know – the day when Starbucks starts selling their infamous pumpkin spice lattes), and what I could do with pumpkin spice in my kitchen.
Thus, I started raiding my pantry, came across the abundance of rolled oats that I bought last week at Sprouts for $0.49 a pound and thought – granola! I love making homemade granola. It tastes good, fills the house with a magnificent smell and I feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that there are no extra sugars or nasty preservatives in it.
Salt and Pepper
- Use a cup, and cut a hole in the center of bread. Remove bread circle.
- Melt butter in a non-stick skillet. Once melted, place bread in the middle, and shake around in the pan, until coated with butter. Flip, and do the same to the other side.
- Once both sides of the bread are coated in melted butter, crack one egg in the hole.
- Cook until firm, and flip
- Continue cooking until desired doneness.
- Don’t forget to fry up your bread circle in the pan as well!
- Serve with bacon, or sausage!
cooked breakfast sausage
pickled jalapeno peppers
This recipe doesn’t actually have the ingredients listed in increments because it is really up to you how many you want make, and how hungry you are.
- Scramble eggs and set aside.
- Cook breakfast sausage (or even chorizo) in a skillet. When ¾ done cooking, add jalapeno peppers – as many as you like
- Meanwhile, turn your oven on (350 is fine).
- Add cheese to tortilla shells, and place on the rack of your oven. You don’t necessiarly need your cheese to melt, but keep them in the oven for about two minutes, until the tortilla is warm and soft
- Remove tortillas from oven, and add eggs and sausage.
- Roll into a burrito, and enjoy with salsa or just on its own.
Making egg cups or egg muffins is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies, and is a great way to get them to help in the kitchen.
½ cup milk
½ cup cheese of your choice
2 cups veggies, chopped
½ cup crumbled bacon or ham (optional)
salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin tin by spraying with Pam or brushing it with olive oil
- Whisk eggs and milk together and pour into prepared muffin tin
- Add desired amount of cheese, meat and veggies to each muffin cup
- Bake 10-20 minutes until the eggs have risen and are firm to the touch.
- Let cool about 2-3 minutes and use a butter knife or an offset spatula to remove from muffin tins, and enjoy!
Place 1 strip of bacon around the edges of the muffin tin after spraying with Pam. Fill with egg mixture and add cheddar cheese.
Add jalapenos, cilantro and leftover chicken. Top with a sprinkle of paprika and garlic powder.
Add spinach, feta cheese and mushrooms.
Finely chop up the tops of a head of broccoli and add to egg cups with cheddar cheese.
Add mozzarella cheese, basil and fresh tomatoes. Top with a sprinkle of parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Ham & Cheese
Add cubed ham and swiss cheese. Sprinkle the tops with a little mustard powder.
Add steamed and chopped asparagus, Canadian bacon and top with hollaindaise sauce once you remove them from the oven.
1/2 cup milk
3 cups spinach
4 sausage links, casing removed
1/2 container ricotta
salt and pepper
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- In dutch oven, or oven safe pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil
- Sautee onion and garlic – about two minutes
- Add spinach, and wilt. (Cover with a lid until it becomes limp)
- Remove spinach from pan and set aside
- Add sausage and cook until golden brown
- Add spinach back to pan.
- Whisk eggs, milk and ricotta
- Pour over sausage and spinach
- Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese
- Cook for 3-5 minutes, until bottom is set
- Transfer to oven and cook for 20-25 minutes
1/2 container ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar
2 cups ham, cut into small pieces
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 sweet onion, minced
2 tbsp butter
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
- In an oven safe pan, heat butter and cook ham until it is brown and crispy around the edges. Remove, and set aside.
- Add 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to pan and sautée onions and garlic until translucent.
- Meanwhile, mix eggs, cheese, milk, salt and pepper in a separate bowl. Be sure to whisk, whisk, whisk!
- Once onions and garlic are cooked, remove from pan and add to egg mixture. Stir in ham and return egg mixture to pan.
- Cook for about 3-5 minutes until the bottom starts to set.
- Transfer to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until it is set throughout.
1 pkg bacon
1 pkg breakfast sausage pattys
1/2 ham steak, cubed
6 slices American cheddar, cubed
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 tbsp softened butter
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large pan, start cooking bacon. Once entire package is cooked, let drain on paper towels, or coffee filters.
- Cook ham in bacon fat, once browned, remove with a slotted spoon, and let drain.
- Finally, cook the sausage. Make sure to crumble it up like you would cook ground sausage.
- Meanwhile, in a large measuring cup, or bowl, whisk eggs with milk, ricotta and butter.
- Once meat is cooked and drained, add to egg mixture and stir.
- Add cheddar and American cheese to egg and meat mixture stir.
- In a large oven-safe pan, heat about 1 tbsp olive oil.
- Pour in egg mixture and cook until bottom starts to set.
- Transfer to oven and bake for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven, and lightly blot excess oil with a paper towel.
- Slice and enjoy!
1 1/2 cups yogurt of your choice (I usually get plain organic yogurt)
2 tbsp lime juice or juice of your liking to compliment fruits (optional – use if you choose a plain yogurt)
1 cup fresh fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, mango, peach etc.)
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/8 cup raw honey
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon, optional
- To make granola: In a medium sized bowl, mix granola, honey, olive oil, salt and cinnamon, if using. Pour onto a prepared sheet pan (with parchment or a sil pat) and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. stir, and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Make flavored yogurt, if you’re making your own. Mix juice and yogurt together, and stir really well.
- Start assembling your parfait: – Place yogurt in bottom of a dish (or wine glass) – Top with fruit of your choice – Top with granola
- Keep layering in that order (yogurt, fruit, granola), until you have reached the top. Top with granola, and chill until ready to serve.