Friday, March 27, 2015

Oatmeal Muffin for One (or Two)

I know, I know . .you are likely thinking "another oatmeal recipe?".  Well, what can I say . . . I (heart) oatmeal.  And this recipe is perfect for when you are craving a little something sweet.  You can add chocolate chips or raisins to it - even nuts would be yummy too.  It's really up to you!  It is best eaten right out of the microwave though . .. so give yourself a 5 minute break and make this yummy muffin  . deserve it!  And it's oatmeal . . .so it's healthy, right?

Oatmeal Muffin for One (or Two)

1/2 cup oats
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/3 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips or Raisins
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Step 1:  Lightly spray an over-sized coffee mug or a cereal bowl with pan spray.  Please be sure that it is microwave safe ;)

Step 2:  Add all ingredients to the mug or bowl and stir to combine.

Step 3:  Microwave for approximately 1 minute - 1 minute 30 seconds.  Check it at 1 minute, if it is firm, it is done.  If it still seems a little too soft, microwave a bit longer.

Step 4:  Let rest for a 1 minute before diving in!  Enjoy :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake

THAT is how good this french toast bake is.  
SERIOUSLY.  Hands down, this is the best french toast bake I have ever had.  Not.Even.Exaggerating.  It's made with King's Hawaiian rolls which offer a little sweetness to the french toast, without making it too sugary.  As well, it doesn't taste like coconut, even though it uses coconut milk as a main ingredient.  Once baked, you can top it with almost any fresh fruit.  We have served it with bananas - which is divine.  I've also eaten it  topped with strawberries (as pictured) - equally divine.  Just go with whatever you like!
Easy peasy - this would be a great Easter brunch addition.
Please Note:  this recipe can also be found here.
And some mad props to my hubby who not only found the recipe, but made it too!

Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake

1 package KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
1 Can Regular Coconut Milk
1 Cup Milk
7 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Optional Extras for Topping:
Turbinado Sugar
Sliced Bananas
Sliced Strawberries
Flaked Coconut
Maple Syrup or Coconut Syrup

Step 1
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Tear the bread into bite-sized pieces. Arrange evenly in a greased 9x13 baking dish.

Step 2
2.Whisk the coconut milk, milk, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the milk mixture over the bread, covering all pieces. Bake for 40-45 minutes, keeping an eye on the top and covering with foil if it starts to burn. When finished, the french toast bake will be puffy and firm (shouldn't jiggle when you shake it back and forth).

Step 3
3.Optional: After everything is fully baked, top with turbinado sugar and banana slices and return to the oven uncovered for a few minutes until golden brown. Remove and let stand for 15 minutes. Top with strawberry slices for a big color pop!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Boiled Corned Beef & Cabbage with Potatoes

Looking for an easy St. Patrick's Day dinner?  Here is my favorite way to serve corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.  This is a very uncomplicated way to cook everything in one large pot - and it turns out soooooo yummy.  And the leftovers are just as yummy.

Boiled Corned Beef & Cabbage with Potatoes
Serves 6 - 8

2-3lb Corned Beef Roast
6-8 Small Red Potatoes (scrubbed clean - leave skin on)
1 Medium Onion (quartered)
1 Small head of Cabbage (cleaned and cut into wedges)

In a large stock pot or Dutch Oven, cover the roast with water and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.  Add potatoes and onion to the pot and cook for 20 minutes.  Add cabbage to pot and cook for 15 minutes.

To serve, remove roast and place on platter.  Slice to serve.  For the potatoes and veggies, drain before serving.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cinnamon Popcorn

Any popcorn lovers out there?  And do you also love cinnamon candy?   If so, you have just got to try out this recipe for Red Cinnamon Popcorn.  It's so easy, even the kids can help make it.  You will love it!

Cinnamon Popcorn

1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
3/4 Cup Red Cinnamon Candies (such as Red Hots)
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
6 Cups Popped Popcorn
Wax Paper

Step 1:  Place popped popcorn in a large bowl (bowl will need to be large enough to stir the popcorn with out spilling over the sides).

Step 2: In a medium pot over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar, syrup and cinnamon candies. Stir and bring to a boil until the candy is dissolved (approximately 5 minutes).  Continue to  boil for  3 minutes  with no stirring.  Remove from the heat and mix in baking soda.  Stir thoroughly.   

Step 3:  Pour the candy coating over the popcorn and gently stir until all popcorn is coated.  Cool on a large sheet of wax paper.  

Step 4:  Once cooled, break into chunks and enjoy.  Store in an air tight container.