Sweet Potato Crust Vegetarian Quiche Cups

November 10, 2014 in Breakfast, Vegetarian Entrees

Sweet potato quiche cups

Crispy Sweet Potatoes make a fabulous crust!

Some folks might like these little quiche cups because they are grain free and gluten free. Some because they are vegetarian and make a great Meatless Monday treat. Some folks are looking for whole food recipes. As for me, I just make them becasue they’re delicious.

Thin strips of sweet potatoes make delicious, crispy crusts for these fall flavored quiche cups. You can serve them for breakfast or as a breakfast for dinner treat.

You just oil the muffin tins and place thin strips inside, patting down to form the crusts. Then, you spray the tops of the strips with oil and bake for a few minutes to give the crust a head start. Then, you’re off!

These little gems would be so pretty on a platter to feed a crowd, so if a holiday breakfast is in your future, try these flavorful and comforting mini quiches to please a crowd.

– posted by Donna

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Pumpkin-Shaped Pumpkin Mini-Quiches

October 16, 2014 in Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Holidays, Vegetarian Entrees

More pumpkin goods! An easy, dairy-free autumn breakfast or savory snack.

Pumpkin Mini-Bundt Quiches

Pumpkin Mini-Bundt Quiches

Pumpkin in both shape and content. You could just as easily bake these mini-quiches in regular muffin tins if you don’t have one of these snazzy numbers, and they’d be just as tasty a savory fall breakfast or snack. But if you want to add a little extra seasonal flair, I loved how the quasi-pumpkin shapes turned out. Totally dairy-free, and if you omit the pretzel stick garnishes for stems, paleo as well.   Read the rest of this entry →

Frittatatouille Breakfast Skillet

October 6, 2014 in Breakfast, Entrees

Turn leftover ratatouille into Provencal-inspired breakfast magic.

Frittatatouille

Frittata + Ratatouille. What else could you possibly call it?

 

A late-late summer discovery: Leftover ratatouille is the perfect content for a ridiculously easy frittata the next morning for breakfast – especially it it’s also a Meatless Monday Morning. Practically effortless, delicious, low-carb, and happens to be dairy-free if you swing that way. The first step, a night or two beforehand, is making Francis Lam’s Weapons-Grade Ratatouille. It’s seriously spoiled me for all other ratatouilles, and I make it at least 3 or 4 times in late summer now. So, do that, ENJOY, and make sure to reserve about a cup to a cup and a half for the frittata. Then proceed accordingly:  Read the rest of this entry →

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

August 7, 2014 in Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Vegan Recipes

Cheesecake for Breakfast? With this creamy vegan blueberry smoothie, YES.

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

As Donna is an intrepid go-getter who’s always on the move, I’ve never gotten the honor of helping take care of my inspirational blog partner and mentor before. But I recently had the opportunity to help out just a little last month, when she was in need of a non-chewing diet for a thankfully short spell. In my ensuing exploration of the latest in smoothies, from green to protein and everything in between, I encountered this great collection by The Blender Girl.   I only had a few days to fill Donna’s freezer with smoothie-stock (frozen into ice cube trays then cubes stored in ziploc bags) and gazpacho, but I’ll happily come back for another round of TLC someday.

Of all the fantastic, ridiculously healthy recipes in Blender Girl’s book, my personal favorite was the luscious Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake. The innovation, used here and in several other smoothies, is using soaked raw cashews for the creamy texture. Brilliant! I’ve made it for myself at several times since getting back hope, and experimented with variations, my favorite of which is the blueberry version here (in no small part thanks to it being berry-picking-with-kiddos-season in Portland). As with any smoothie, add probiotics, flax, or any other supplements you like.  Read the rest of this entry →

Zucchini Petals Frittata Recipe

June 20, 2014 in Breakfast, Vegetarian Entrees

Don’t you just love zucchini season?

Zucchini Frittata Recipe

Pretty zucchini petals top a luscious frittata

I am one of those strange people who loves zucchini season – for more than just zucchini bread. I love it in so many things – and I look forward each year to when it is abundant and cheap!

As proof that I love zucchini, I have made it in many, many creative forms: I have made zucchini rolled into a one pot meal, turned into savory s’mores, baked in ramekins with eggs, made into salsa verde, and stirred into zucchini crudo salad.

My latest zucchini fest involves a skillet and eggs: a frittata. Instead of just dicing it and stirring it into the egg mixture, I decided to try a more attractive way of using the zucchini – it turned out so pretty – sort of an edible breakfast centerpiece. The zucchini slices look just like flower petals arranged artistically.

You need an 8 to 10 inch non-stick skillet for this recipe – I used an 8 inch, and the frittata puffed up to the top and was the perfect thickness.

This is an easy, quick dinner with just a few ingredients – yet pretty enough to impress friends and neighbors. A summer staple at our house, for sure!

– posted by Donna

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Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

June 16, 2014 in Breakfast

Homemade sausage lettuce wraps for breakfast. 

Home made chicken sausage

Chicken Sausage Lettuce Wraps

When I thought about the term “homemade sausage,” I thought of meat grinders, casings and spending hours and hours in the kitchen. Turns out, none of this is true. Sausage is fun and easy to make. Turns out, you can make sausage with a food processor in minutes.

When my favorite grocery store was out of my usual favorite – their own store-made chicken sausage – I decided to try my very first foray into making sausage at home. Just chill your meat really well (part frozen is best!) and cut it into chunks. Then, you just pulse everything in your processor until the meat is in tiny bits. It is a revelation, I tell you!

I added both fennel and sage, because those are two classic “sausage” tastes, in my kitchen at least. You could pretty much use any of your favorite spices or herbs.

And, chicken needs just a little fat added to the mix, so I used pancetta, which is mostly fat. If you choose beef or pork , you could probably skip the added fat. Whatever ingredients you use, this sausage has so much less fat and artificial ingredients than most store bought sausages.

Since this is so much easier than I thought it would be, I plan to make sausages again and again, trying out different meats and veggies and spices. I highly HIGHLY recommend this to you as a fun kitchen adventure!

– posted by Donna

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Foolproof Oven Poached Eggs

April 7, 2014 in Breakfast

Perfectly poached eggs will change your life. Or at least your brunch.

Oven poached eggs

The perfect tool for poaching eggs? Your oven!

Poached eggs are such a Julia thing to make, don’t you agree? Yet, they are the Achilles heel of many a home cook like myself.

So, when I had a group of women coming over for brunch, I wanted to go for the Oooh’s and Aaah’s. I wanted to serve Eggs Benedict with asparagus, but was afraid to attempt poaching eggs for 6 people. But, there is a really simple tool to use to make poached eggs almost effortlessly: your oven!

Turns out you can poach eggs perfectly in your oven! Yes, sorry Julia Child, but eggs just aren’t that easy to poach on the stove top. Even if you are a dedicated foodie like Deb Perelman at Smitten Kitchen, it’s still a complicated and arduous task.

I tried this technique as a test a few days before I wanted to serve them, and they came out perfect the very first time. Perfectly cooked whites. Perfectly oozy yolks. Perfect perfect. And as easy as cracking eggs into muffin tins.

Happy Brunch, Everyone!

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Chocolate Pancake Love Letters

February 5, 2014 in Breakfast, Holidays

Love messages written in pancake letters for your valentines.

Chocolate Valentine Pancakes for your Sweethearts

Chocolate Valentine Pancakes for your Sweethearts

There is no better way to write “I love you” than with pancake batter!

Do you own a pancake pen? Well, you should. You can be a kitchen skillet artist for less than $10, and that includes the pancake batter.

Once in awhile, I just have to make “cutesy food.” And on Valentine’s Day – it’s mandatory for me.

Some wise person once said “Honey comes from bees, and apples come from trees, but pancakes come from heaven.” Pancakes are so warm and comforting and the perfect way to start your Valentine’s Day, I say.

X O Means more written in pancake letters, no?

X O Means more written in pancake letters, no?

 — posted by Donna

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Breakfast Lettuce Wraps Recipe

January 13, 2014 in Breakfast

Lettuce Wraps for breakfast. Why didn’t we think of this before?

Lettuce Wraps - Breakfast Edition

Lettuce Wraps – Breakfast Edition

I love, love, LOVE lettuce wraps. They are a Must Order for me whenever I see them on a menu. Anne and I are both huge fans of the Asian Lettuce Wraps at Kalyn’s Kitchen – I make them all the time. And so I don’t know why I never thought of lettuce wraps for breakfast before. But. Now this is my new breakfast obsession, especially on Sundays when we do a more relaxed morning meal.

I love to serve dishes like this where diners can assemble their own dish – and at a slow pace so you can have conversation as you go. Like fondue – Such fun!

So just plate up the cooked components and set them in the center of the table and let diners scoop out their favorite fillings into their own lettuce leaves.

If you’re like The Hubs, who can’t eat most things – let alone scrambled eggs – without ketchup, You can serve drizzling sauces like ketchup or salsa or an Asian sauce. But I like this dish very simple. Without any sauce, these are a fabulous low carb way to start your day!

The restaurant classic Asian first course. Only for breakfast.

The restaurant classic Asian first course. Only for breakfast.

– posted by Donna

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Farmer’s Market Baked Eggs in Zucchini Recipe

August 7, 2013 in Breakfast, Vegetarian Entrees

Zucchini Shirred Eggs Square

Baked Eggs. Eggs in Cocotte. Shirred Eggs. An egg by any other name would be as yummy.

And what did we ever do before farmer’s markets? This week is Farmer’s Market Week, and I’m a believer!

In honor of Sneak Some Zucchini on to Your Neighbor’s Porch Day tomorrow I am sneaking some zucchini into a breakfast dish. Whaaaa??? Zucchini for breakfast??? Trust me on this one – yummy and easy and garden fresh! Baked eggs are yummy and easy to make, and I love this pretty presentation with the zucchini wrapping around the eggs.

I did a spinach and ricotta base for the eggs, then placed a long zucchini slice around the edge of the ramekin and cracked an egg into the middle. Simple. Pretty. Delicious. And a bonus: helps get rid of zucchini!

If you have a ton of the green squash lurking in your garden, or if your neighbor sneaks some on to your porch, I highly recommend 
50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes
 over at Kalyn’s Kitchen. She always inspires me – especially this time of year with my garden overflowing!

- posted by Donna

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