Thursday, March 19, 2009

Apple Muffins

These were very flavorful. I used my food chopper to mince the apples after they were peeled.

12 muffins

1 cup brown sugar, divided
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup peeled chopped apple (firm apples, such as Granny Smith work best)
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided

  1. Spray muffin tins with non stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Blend remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  5. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until barely blended.
  6. Add apples and stir to combine.
  7. Divide batter into 12 miffin tins.
  8. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly over top of muffins.
  9. Bake in preheated 325F degree oven for about 20 minutes

Pizza for Breakfast

An interresting twist on breakfast is to make a breakfast pizza. You can combined scrambled eggs, cheese and any breakfast meat you choose. I used a pre made pizza crust from Whole Foods. These are great, they come in a 2 pack for under $6 and you only need to do a thin coat of olive oil on the crust, then put your toppings then cook for 10-12 minutes. Fast and easy

This morning I make one with sausage and my kids loved it

Monday, March 2, 2009

Basic Meatballs

This is a easy basic meatball recipe. You can add more seasoning to your preference if you like garlic, basil, oregano. I have even used these when I make swedish meatballs.

The one thing I always add is zucchini and carrots that have been chopped very small in my mini food chopped, as always trying to add more veggies to my kids diet.

1 lb beef, ground (you can also used ground turkey)
1 large egg
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup italian herbed breadcrumbs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Shape mixture by Tablespoonfuls into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  3. Place the meatballs in a lightly greased 13 X 9 X 2 or 15 1/2 X 9 1/2 X 1-inch baking dish and bake, uncovered, in a 400 degree oven until light brown, about 20-25 minutes.
    Drain off any excess fat and use meatballs as desired.

Freezing: Cool meatballs before freezing

Allow meatballs to thaw about 30 minutes at room temperature before using - use as desired with your favorite recipes.

These are uncooked. I made some for dinner tonight and some to freeze