Brunch

Bran Muffins

Bran Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat bran cereal (e.g., Nabisco 100% Bran or Kellog’s All Bran)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 optional ingredient (select from below)

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (my favorite)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine bran and milk; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, combine next four ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda); set aside.
  4. Slice the butter and microwave in a glass measuring cup for 40 seconds. Mix into the bran mixture along with the egg and optional ingredient. Stir in flour mixture just until blended.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pan cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out mostly clean.

COOK’S NOTES: The optional ingredients listed above are tried and true. Next up to try is 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (with zucchini?).

Carrot Zucchini Multigrain Muffins

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– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
– 3/4 cup oat flour
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 3 eggs
– 1/2  cup vegetable oil
– 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
– 1 cup white sugar (NOTE: Next time try only 1/2 cup)
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 cup shredded zucchini (~1 medium zucchini)
– 1 cup shredded carrot (~1-2 large carrots)
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
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[RECIPE-DIRECTIONS]
1. Preheat oven t0 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 24 muffin cups.
2. In a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Mix the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in the zucchini, carrots, and walnuts.
3. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
4. Bake 18-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
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Banana Pancakes

This is a quickie recipe with one purpose: to sneak wholesome goodness into my kids’ diets with minimal fuss. Thankfully, they both love it. No syrup required.

Banana Pancakes

INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe banana
2 eggs
salt, to taste
3 tablespoons flour
approximately 1/4 cup milk
butter, margarine, or other oil for cooking

DIRECTIONS:

Mash the bananas. Add the eggs and beat together until well-blended. Add the salt to taste (we like salty food and I add 3-4 shakes from our table salt shaker, which is the same amount I would add to the eggs if I were scrambling them alone). Add the flour and mix and stir until well-blended. Add the milk and continue mixing until the batter has a somewhat smooth consistency (apart from the chunks of banana).

Cook on a griddle or in a skillet as you would ordinary pancakes . I prefer using margarine for flavor but ordinary vegetable oil or cooking spray will do.

The yield depends on the size of the banana, but using a 1/3-cup measuring scoop to pour the batter typically results in two medium-sized pancakes.

CREDITS:

I put together this recipe based on my memory of a recipe that my mother used to prepare for my baby sister, who was an incredibly picky eater as a little girl. Just like my older son.

Bacon & Egg Stuffed Avocado

Bacon & Egg Stuffed Avocado

INGREDIENTS:

1 large avocado, halved and pitted
1 small (16-oz) carton liquid egg (you will have a lot left over)
approximately 2 tablespoons real bacon bits

OTHER ITEMS: Cooking spray, small baking dish, two squares of aluminum foil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare the baking dish with cooking spray (this will make cleanup easier if the egg spills). Crumple the squares of aluminum foil gently into two rough nest shapes to hold the avocado halves stable. Place the avocado halves into the foil nests with the faces parallel to the bottom of the dish.

Using a small spoon, scoop out each avocado half until the hole is about the size of an egg. Fill each avocado half with liquid egg then sprinkle generously with bacon.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, just until the egg is no longer liquid.

CREDITS: Adapted from http://annanimmity.com/avocado-bacon-and-eggs/.

Bacon & Broccoli Egg Muffins

I love it when a small risk leads to a big reward.

As I was foraging around in my fridge this morning, looking for the ingredients to make Kale & Cheddar Egg Muffins, I noticed the leftover steamed broccoli from last night’s dinner. I love broccoli and I’m always looking for ways to cut down on prep time, so I said, “What the heck, it can’t turn out too badly, right?”

It was a brilliant idea, if I do say so myself. Chopping the steamed broccoli was a lot faster than prepping kale greens and the result was delicious. This variation might just be my new favorite!

Bacon & Broccoli Egg Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2.5-oz package real bacon bits
  • approximately 2 tablespoons freeze-dried chives (to taste)
  • approximately 1.5 cups broccoli florets, steamed until tender and coarsely chopped
  • approximately 1/2 cup shredded cheese (to taste; I usually use sharp cheddar but I’ve used a variety of cheeses and blends that have all turned out well)
  • 32-oz carton liquid egg whites (I actually prefer whole egg but they were out at the store and the egg white variety turned out well, too)

Other Item(s) Needed: 12-muffin pan, cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare the muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Using a small spoon, divide the bacon bits evenly between the muffin cups. Sprinkle each cup with chives to taste (I use approximately 1 teaspoon per cup). Fill each muffin cup with kale and sprinkle a large pinch (1.5 to 2 teaspoons) of shredded cheese over the top. Top off with liquid egg, using a small spoon to re-distribute the liquid as necessary for an even fill.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before eating. Serve warm.

Cheesy Bacon Biscuits

Cheesy Bacon Biscuits

Cooks Notes: Consider increasing the cooking temperature (and decreasing time) to 400 degrees (for 15-20 min) or 450 degrees (for 10-12 min). Also consider trying these add-in ingredients with a rolled buttermilk biscuit recipe.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2.5-oz package (approx. 1/2 cup) real bacon bits
2 tablespoons dried chives (optional)
3/4 cup shredded cheese
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup milk

OTHER ITEMS: Baking sheet, cooking spray.

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl and blend well. Add remaining ingredients and mix just until combined. Using 1/4-cup measuring cup, drop dough onto baking sheet.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

CREDITS

The following source materials were consulted in creating this recipe:

Migas

Migas are a favorite for brunch in Austin. This version is quick and easy but still delicious. ~K

Migas

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 4-oz can chopped green chiles
1/2 tomato, chopped
6 large eggs
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips, or to taste
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
salsa, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir green chiles and tomato in the melted butter until tomato is softened, about 5 minutes. Crack eggs directly into the skillet and stir until yolks break; cook until eggs are scrambled and slightly set, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Sprinkle tortilla chips over eggs; mix chips into eggs. Move egg mixture to the side of the skillet, turn off heat, and sprinkle egg mixture with Cheddar cheese. Cover skillet and set aside until cheese is melted and eggs are cooked through, about 5 minutes.

3. Stack flour tortillas on a microwave-safe plate; microwave until tortillas are warmed, about 30 seconds.
Spoon egg mixture onto each tortilla and top with approximately 1 tablespoon salsa.

CREDITS

Original recipe source: AllRecipes.com’s Tex-Mex Migas.