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Coconut Pancakes

by Koko on February 21, 2017 · 0 comments

in Breakfast, Cooking, Recipe

I was SO lucky these past few weeks because I got to spend them with Q! He had a little break from work, and I took some vacation days so that we could spend time with each other before Q heads out for more training. I found my love of the kitchen again, and remembered how much I LOVE cooking for another person (amazing how cooking for two is SO much better than cooking for one!). For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to try a new recipe, so I made these Coconut Pancakes. It made a bunch (I actually cut this recipe in half since it was two of us and there was still a ton left over!). I put them in a freezer ziploc bag and freeze them for the future. They were delicious and really not that much work, who knew? Enjoy!

 

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Easy Stovetop Spanish Rice

by Koko on February 14, 2017 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Grains, Recipe

The other night I wanted to make a fun Mexican-themed dinner. Instead of doing my usual brown rice on the side, I decided to try and make some Spanish rice. This recipe is easy, delicious and tastes super authentic. I put it on the stovetop the same time I made my fajita chicken (recipe to come) and it was a delicious meal.

A few hints: this makes a LOT of rice (like 4 cups), which you can easily portion out and freeze or make for a small crowd. Also, I used brown basmati rice because that’s what I had. Feel free to play around with what type of rice you want to use, just be mindful of liquid to rice ratio and cooking time.

 

 

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waffles

Let’s talk about breakfast for dinner. It could be one of my favorite types of meals, but instead of doing the usual cereal/oatmeal/eggs, I decided to make savory waffles, fried eggs and pan-roasted chicken for dinner the other night. The waffles were SO good, honestly better than I thought they were going to be. They are filled with herbs and cheddar cheese and then topped with a fried egg.

This recipe uses what felt like a lot of pots and pans in the kitchen, and required some time management (frying eggs and making waffles at the same time isn’t as easy as it seems), but the end result is totally worth it. I made all of my waffles before I fried my eggs. I made them and then popped them in a 200 degree oven, so they stayed warm while I used up all of the batter.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Herb Waffles

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  •  2 1/2 cups gluten-free baking flour (if you don’t need to be gluten free, use regular all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  •  1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 6 eggs, divided
  •  1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
  •  1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  •  2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup packed, grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, chives and basil), plus more chives for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and yeast. Make a well; add two eggs, milk, water, honey and oil. Whisk until smooth. Stir in cheddar and herbs. Set aside until batter is doubled in volume and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Cook according to waffle iron instructions.
  2. Place a medium frying pan on the stove. Heat the pan on high heat for at least 30 seconds and then add your olive oil. Make sure to coat the bottom of pan. Crack eggs into pan. Let the eggs sit and cook for 2-4 minutes. They are done when the whites are cooked through and the edges begin to turn up. (I like to pop mine in a 350 degree oven for 2 minutes at the end to make the eggs more like over-medium, but if the oven isn’t on that can be a pain).
  3. Divide one waffle into four servings and arrange on plates. Top each with an egg. Garnish with chives.

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Stuffed Peppers

by Koko on May 2, 2016

in Cooking, Grains, Main Course, Recipe, Turkey

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This is one of those OMG-this-is-the-best-weeknight-dinner-ever sort of meals. These peppers and the stuffing were SO delicious and tasty that I ate one every day for lunch and dinner for the three days after making them. And if you aren’t a fan of peppers, make the stuffing alone and eat it with some fried eggs (like I did). Trust me, it is GOOD.

If you don’t feel like making your own semi-homeamde pasta sauce, feel free to skip step 2 (where you blend fresh basil and garlic with tomato sauce and instead use whatever pasta sauce you have on hand). I made 7 peppers (whatever fit in the baking dish), and still had the filling left over (which is great). There is no real science to filling them or how many you can fit, just use up as much as you can (keep it as easy as possible for you!).

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