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Banana French Toast

Banana French Toast
Banana French Toast

Banana French Toast

When I think of banana french toast, I immediately think of the camping trips we took when our girls were little. We would take our little pop-up camper and fill it to the brim with food and toys and set off for a weekend adventure. We finally sold our pop-up last year and it was kind of sad but we made a lot of great memories!

Here is the banana french toast recipe that I cooked on our gas cook stove outdoors. Read the rest of this entry

Steel-cut Oats in a Mason Jar!

Steel-cut Oats in a Mason Jar!
Clean steel-cut oatmeal

Clean steel-cut oatmeal

 

The HH and I love steel-cut oats for breakfast because they are a filling breakfast and hang with you for a while.  When school started back, I would get up in the morning and cook our steel-cut oats in a process that took about 25 minutes on the stove top.  Recently on Pinterest I saw recipes for an almost no-cook version of steel-cut oats and I LOVE it!  This method has made my morning routine so much easier and we always have something in the fridge for breakfast.  Here is how you make them:

  1.  Fill a pan with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Put 1 cup of steel-cut oats into pan and cover with a lid.
  3. And then you……oh yeah….That’s it!  Leave on the stove overnight and the oats are ready the next morning.

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Be careful the oats do not boil over when you put the lid on, especially when the stove is still hot.

On Sunday around 1:00, I “cook” my oatmeal and then by the evening, they are ready. Using mason jars, I put in about 2/3 cup of oatmeal. You can put more if you like! : ) I then add 1/2 tablespoon of flax-seed, chopped pecans or walnuts, and blueberries. The HH likes brown sugar and strawberries in his oatmeal the way Panera serves it. The good thing is you can put any toppings in the jar that you like. Banana, of course, would turn brown but almost anything else works! Put on a lid and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. The next morning, remove the lid and microwave for 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes.

Having breakfast ready to pop in the microwave has been a huge morning time-saver!

Enjoy!
Blessings….Lucy!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

I know what you are thinking…cream cheese in sausage balls? OH. MY. YES! These were a big hit at Christmas and would be great for a Super-Bowl party!

We like our sausage balls with a little spice to them so I buy hot sausage but mild works fine.  The original recipe called for 4 ounces of cheddar cheese but I decided to double it and I put in 8 ounces. Add cream cheese and Bisquick and you have a yummy, easy appetizer.

Enjoy!
Blessings….Lucy!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb (I used hot), uncooked
  2. 8 oz cream cheese, softened ( I used fat free)
  3. 1 1/4 cups Bisquick (or all purpose baking mix)
  4. 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Shape into 1-2 inch balls.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes.
Notes
  1. I used a broiler pan so the extra grease would drip off the sausage balls.
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Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

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Now that school has started, I have been looking for a smoothie that tastes good, is healthy, and is quick to make. We are always making a fast dash out the door and I like drinking my breakfast on the way to work, seems like multitasking!

To make the process faster in the morning, I put all my frozen items together (bananas and frozen fruit), grind the flax seed and put with the protein powder and measure out my kale or spinach. This way I just dump it into the blender quickly instead of having to measure, grind, etc.

The banana and prunes add a little sweetness to the mixture.  If you like the mixture not so thick, do not freeze your bananas.  The DH likes to eat his smoothie with a spoon  If your mixture is too thick after blending, just add a little more water.  Instead of the water, you could use almond milk, coconut water, etc.

We had never eaten kale until I bought it for smoothies.  A big bundle of kale is .97 at our local grocery store so it is cheap and very good for you. Girl #1 prefers spinach saying kale has a stronger taste.  We didn’t notice a difference but maybe we have older taste buds.

The great thing about smoothies is you can change the ingredients to things you like or have on hand. I hope you enjoy!

Blessings….Lucy!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of water
  2. 1 cup loosely-packed kale or spinach
  3. 1 scoop of protein powder, I use soy
  4. 1 Tablespoon flax seed, ground (I use a coffee grinder)
  5. 1 cup of frozen fruit, I use frozen pineapple, mango, and strawberries
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. 2 prunes (yes...prunes!)
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Add more water if you like your smoothie less thick.
Notes
  1. This recipe is easily doubled!
Adapted from Simple Green Smoothie
Adapted from Simple Green Smoothie
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