Breakfast

Coconut Pancakes

by Koko on February 21, 2017

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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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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Acai Bowls

by Koko on October 12, 2015

in Breakfast, Cooking, Recipe

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Acai bowls are both ruining and ruling my life right now. Each morning last week I woke up, went to the gym (whatever ClassPass class I pick that day) and immediately followed my workout with an Acai bowl from Backyard Bowls. This fun routine lasted exactly a week, at which point I realized I had spent $50 on fruit smoothie bowls. Face palm to the face. (Quincy don’t be mad!).

After 5 smoothie bowls in a row, I decided to try my own at home to save my bank account and some time in the mornings. And for the hefty amount of about $2.50 per homemade bowl, my inner frugal self was happy again. It’s really not much different than my usual protein shakes, just a little thicker and with fun toppings (ohhh toppings!). Have some fun with your bowls with different fruits and toppings!

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I’m an oatmeal girl through and through. I’m either making oatmeal or a green smoothie before work each and every morning. Q on the other hand is a breakfast sammie guy. He loves his egg, cheese, and breakfast meat on English muffin sandwich. And I’ve been a bad wife recently and I’ve been letting him eat grocery story pre-made sandwiches! Oh the shame! So this weekend I took it upon myself to make him the best breakfast sandwiches ever.

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These sandwiches are SO easy and can be frozen individually for a quick morning heat up on the way to work. I made a dozen sandwiches, half with sausage and half with bacon. I labeled the sammies so Q has his pick each morning.

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