For the 10th year of a Birthday Burger, we had this breakfast burger on a waffle with sausage mixed into the patty, a maple aoli, and some goey gouda cheese. Happy birthday my love!
Waffle Breakfast Burger Ingredients: (serves ~4 with a smaller burgers like sliders) 1 Belgian waffle ~3/4 pound ground beef/pork/chicken ~1/4 pound breakfast sausage 2 tablespoons mayo 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 4 slices gouda cheese 1 small sliced tomato
Directions: Prepare waffle (optional: I added some shredded cheddar into the batter) and let it cool. Slice into 4ths, and sliced in half width-wise for 4 ‘buns’. (2 ‘buns’ pictured). Toast them before serving if they were made in advance.
Mix together the ground meat and breakfast sausage until incorporated but not overworked. Preheat the grill. Grill the burgers until cooked through (depends on the ground meat and the pork). Top with cheese. While the burgers cook, whisk together the mayo, maple syrup and hot sauce.
Assemble the burgers with a spread of sauce on the insides of the waffles (since I halved mine) and add the burgers and sliced tomato. Enjoy!
These were so fun! I had ground pork with the breakfast sausage. I could definitely taste both flavors. Maple breakfast sausage might be very sweet but give it a go!
They would be so fun for a brunch. Using formed sausage patties on tiny waffles (with the cheese and tomato and sauce) would be a great finger food for a breakfast spread!
Adaptations: Use frozen waffles (a standard one, like an Eggo waffle, would need a whole waffle as the top bun and a whole waffle as the bottom bun – those cannot be halved width-wise! They could be cut smaller to fit a slider-size burger too) Swap any cheese! Add a fried egg! Use maple sausage! Go for all the hot-sauce you’d like – for me, it was really to keep the sauce from being so so sweet.
Hot weather brings on the smoothies! I rarely make them in the winter and this one is so so summery plus I have lots of adaptations for you!
It is a bit sweeter than my usual which I credit to a lemonade. Kids would love this and blueberry based smoothies are ideal for hiding greens. I don’t pretend they’re not there, but you also don’t see them in the finished one.
Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie Ingredients: (for 2 small servings as snack, or 1.5 large servings as meal) 1 1/2 cups greens (mine is baby spinach, then frozen) 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt 1 cup lemonade 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 1 teaspoon lemon juice lemon zest
Directions: Blend together the greens, yogurt, and lemonade. Then add in the blueberries, protein powder, flaxseed, and lemon juice. Blend well and add a splash of water if needed for consistency and pour into cups. Top with some lemon zest. Enjoy!
I loved this one and like them to be a breakfast meal – sometimes with a handful of cheerios or 1/2 a granola bar or a hard boiled egg. I often workout in the morning and hate to feel like I’m only on liquids when I’m starving.
Adaptations: – swap lemonade for: lemon juice + water + honey/agave (doesn’t even have to be mixed- just dump it in!) – skip the protein powder and/or skip the flaxseed – increase the yogurt or swap for Greek yogurt – skip the yogurt all together or substitute banana for creaminess in a dairy free smoothie. – if using fresh fruit & greens, it won’t be as think/cold but adding in some ice helps. – if sharing with the kids, I usually water theirs down with whole milk and serve it as a drink, alongside their breakfast (~2 oz smoothie + 2 oz milk).
Since mine are usually a meal, I go for yogurt as a dairy serving and the protein powder to keep it filling (I like this kind best).
The best way to blend the greens is to incorporate with the liquids blending well then adding in other fruits. A high speed blender will blend them all at once. I blend all at once with a Vitamix and used to blend in 2 stages with a Ninja for the best consistency.
I buy baby spinach fresh in a bag and pop the whole thing into the freezer. Pulling out a bunch for the smoothie has such a satisfying splintering effect. Also in real life, I dump into the blender without measuring!
So I hear the difference between a taquito and a flauta is the tortilla (taquito=corn & flauta=flour). I had no idea. In my head, flautas were bigger – like with a larger tortilla and taquitos were more like snacks, smaller and more like a nacho than a meal.
While I don’t bring any authenticity to these, I whipped some up in the air fryer and they are adorable AND delicious. They could also be baked or pan-fried too with lots of filling options.
Rolled Tacos with Pork and Black Beans Ingredients: (serves 2 entrees, or 4 appetizers) 1 cup pulled pork 1 teaspoon taco seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon each: cumin & chili powder) 5-6 small tortillas 2/3 cup black beans 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon lime juice cilantro
Directions: Warm the pork through to get it crispy. Warm the tortillas (I microwaved mine for 10 seconds). Whisk together the sour cream and lime juice.
Warm the beans and mash them with a spoon to spread onto the tortilla. Add pork onto each tortilla. Warm the air fryer/oven/skillet with oil. Carefully roll the tortillas and use two toothpicks to form an X to keep them rolled. Spray or brush with oil and cook until crisp. (I air fried mine for 10 minutes, flipping once.)
Drizzle with lime crema, sprinkle with cilantro or serve with shredded lettuce or chopped avocado and dip into salsa to dip.
These are so fun! They are cute and dipable and they stay together so well! I liked the beans spread onto it instead of taking a bite and beans rolling out.
Shredded chicken or ground meat or roasted sweet potatoes would all be great fillings too and any beans would work. These rolled tacos are an easy way to use small amounts of leftovers or to prep in advance.
This month has given us a peek at some light at the end of the tunnel! We have had both doses now and waiting out the timing. Tee-ball started and has been great. I love the time home to get outside and to work outside! I’m becoming a plant person from the buy-nothing group.
I made a Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad that was super fun! It was a lunch for me a few times and is a great chance for flavors I love but the rest of the fam doesn’t care about. I loaded it with arugula and some good flavor.
For breakfast, we had some Banana Pancakes with Nutella Whipped Cream. It was such a fantastic pairing. For some shocking unknown reason, the kids were anti-banana pancakes. I still don’t get it. The nutella whipped cream is delightful and is delicious even by itself.
Crispy Fish with Poppyseed Slaw came from wanting to turn the crispy fish we like into something besides tacos! The slaw is sooo simple – take that tip to make your summer sides easier.
June will be bananas at work- the end of the fiscal year is always a lot. We made some summer plans so that has me feeling hopeful. I’m not sure what’s ahead for meals – likely a lot of grilling!
The Little Girl: She is zooming on the balance bike. The other side of the street got new sidewalk and she loves riding on it. She turns this little deep voice during meals to say “it is very very good”. She’s been eating pretty well and her weight check was great. A unicorn book from the library has been a recent fav.
The Big Guy: We read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and he loved it. Seeing his eyes open wide and his excitement warmed my heart. He jumped right into playing and now is chatting with kids and has embraced it. Gosh, they just love the dirt. He’s still 24/7 on the granola/fig bars for breakfast.
Goals: Year of the fun mail! I mailed a quick thank you note to the sweet teacher who welcomes C during the outside music class. I also sent along a birthday card to a blogger I follow who is adopting a teen – this gal hasn’t ever lived anywhere that should really get mail except through a social worker and the blogger’s followers FLOODED her with cards. It was fun to be part of! More breakfasts:Banana Pancakes with Nutella Whipped Cream! Lunches coordinated or prepped in advance: I’ve been into bfast for lunch (like eggs!) and Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad I’d like to get the house a bit neater: ehh. I’m not sure I did much here Bullet journal – still keeping a meals list. What I’m reading: I finished My Year Abroad– mostly in April but finished in May and didn’t care much about it. I read The Four Winds and absolutely loved it. Since it is the same timing, at bookclub we re-read Grapes of Wrath and it isn’t great. I zipped through You Too? and it was really great. This Close to Okay was a captivating one. Wow, that’s a lot! What I’m Watching: We tried out Farmhouse Fixer and it is so fun! We’re also into $50K 3 Ways.
Such a fun way to have buffalo chicken and there’s lots of ways to customize yourself! I went mild on the spicy scale and below are lots of swaps to up the veggies.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Ingredients: (for 2 meals, or 4 sides) 2 cups pasta 2 breaded chicken tenders 2 cups arugula 1 tablespoon hot sauce 3 tablespoons blue cheese or ranch dressing
Directions: Cook the pasta and the chicken and let cool to room temperature. Chop the arugula. Whisk together the dressing and hot sauce.
Mix together the pasta, arugula and dressing. Then add in the chopped chicken just before serving. Enjoy!
Go as spicy as you like! I like minimal but you could really go for it by tossing the chicken in buffalo sauce AND making the buffalo dressing! To go super mild, the hot sauce could be totally separate and sprinkled on per serving.
To make in advance, keep the chicken separate but the rest could be mixed ahead of time. Greens get a little wilty but a few hours lead time would work, or mix the pasta & the dressing and add in the chicken and veggies before serving.
While I was into the simplicity of it but more veggies would be great. Cucumbers and bell peppers would be awesome. I detest celery but that’s a natural fit and maybe chunks of carrots.
If nothing else, make this nutella whipped cream to even just eat by itself!
These pancakes are ebelskivers or pancake balls and all this would be just as delightful as a regular pancake but these little dip-able balls are a fun treat. Dipping into nutella whipped cream was pure magic.
Banana Pancakes with Nutella Whipped Cream Ingredients: Pancake mix + water (according to the mix) 1 ripe banana 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon nutella
Directions: Put a metal mixing bowl and beaters into the freezer for at least 30 minutes before making the whipped cream. Mix together the pancake batter according to the package (mine was 1 cup mix to 2/3 cup water but did 1:1 for a runnier mix which helps when making ebelskivers). Chop the banana into slices for flat pancakes or dices for ebelskivers. Add the pancake mix to the warm, sprayed pan and add in the banana. Flip & keep warm when cooked. For the nutella whipped cream, beat the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and confectioners sugar into whipped cream. Then add the nutella and beat until mixed. Serve the nutella whipped cream to dip & enjoy!
These were so fun! I forgot how much I like ebelskivers – it is the pancake version of a doughnut! Pieces of fruit and any kind of chips are great. Jelly is like molten lava and messy to add so we don’t do that anymore! They take a tiny bit of patience and practice but the small batch size is so helpful and they don’t stick to eachother when kept warm (or to freeze) so they’re easy to make in advance or bring somewhere!
You just might find me eating nutella whipped cream as dessert on the regular over here!
Crispy Fish with Poppyseed Slaw Ingredients: (for 2 servings) 4 breaded fish fillets (I use a variation of these) 2 cups shredded brussels sprouts 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup poppyseed dressing 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 pita pockets – optional
Directions: Cook the fish – I airfried mine for 12ish minutes. (They do well in the toaster oven for 15-20 minutes.) While the fish is cooking, mix together the shredded brussels sprouts, cranberries, dressing, dijon, lemon juice.
Serve the crispy fish over the slaw or in a pita with the slaw.
I loved this! It was great to have something I pigeon-hole into one set of flavors in a new way.
The slaw would be great with broccoli slaw, or cabbage, or shredded carrots- whatever you want! I intended to use broccoli slaw but it was sold out. The dressing is my go-to for slaw – coleslaw isn’t a signature dish and this bottled dressing is perfect. I never pick it for a regular salad but it is great to have on hand to mix slaw as needed.
Make your tacos for cinco de mayo and have the remaining fish around for these!
April has been lovely! We’ve turned the corner in my brain not needing to juggle nearly as much. T is at school full-time now and I think/hope that the multitasking nature of our own schedules with a kindergarten zoom schedule wrapping up means I less often feel like I’m just treading water.
This month, I loooved these Cuban Rice Bowls – maybe the most in my fam. It has great flavors and really diversifies pulled pork.
I made Breakfast Totchos, like nachos but with tots as the base with breakfast goodies like bacon, eggs, cheese, beans, green onions. I added a spicy maple drizzle. Delicious!
April was a good chance to intro some summery things while getting those last chances for wintery foods! We grilled and also ate lasagna. April to me is that reminder from Mother Nature of ‘did you want to wear a sweater one more time?’
The Little Girl: She suddenly wants to walk out of the stroller more often. The pace is slow but she listens well to hold hands or to get back in so I’m OK with it. For about a week straight we watched the diggers building sidewalks up the street. So fun. It is a-dor-able to hear her say “I’m so happy for chocolate/daffodils/swinging”. She occasionally wants “some lots” for desserts and also asks why things have the name they do- why is that called the deck? She’s so cute.
The Big Guy: School 5 days a week has been great. He loves it- though finds it tiring. He is into school lunch and I love giving him the 2 choices and guessing what he’ll pick. I have 99% accuracy. The convenience factor of not prepping or cleaning up from lunch is greatly appreciated and his astonishment that chocolate milk exists is comical. He’s starting tee-ball and I’m psyched he’s being brave and doing it. We just finished reading aloud Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Goals: Year of the fun mail! I sent off a birthday treat and also sent cards for the very best college friends as we’ve dubbed our apt number to be a holiday on that number-turned-into-a-date. More breakfasts: Totchos! Lunches coordinated or prepped in advance: it’s all leftovers or these Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Warm Wraps I’d like to get the house a bit neater: I’ve been going to town with a magic eraser. Bullet journal – I’ve been keeping a meals list. What I’m reading: I read Eight Hundred Grapes which was light and moderately entertaining and The Only Woman in the Room which was stellar and I couldn’t put it down. What I’m Watching: the Food Network Tournament of Champions is hands down, the best competition out there – they’re judging blindly! We did a few movies during school vacation: The Lands Before Time and Cars 2.
Think of a broccoli & rice & cheese but as a warm wrap- instead of a casserole! These wraps were so fun and an ideal way to use some leftovers!
Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice Warm Wraps Ingredients: (for 2 wraps) 1 cup brown rice (+ water/broth according to required prep) 1/2 broccoli head, cut into small florets 1 cup roasted chicken 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, chopped or grated 2 large wraps 2 tablespoons dressing (optional – creamy caesar or Parmesan Peppercorn)
Directions: Prepare the rice (mine was brown rice for 10 minutes in the pressure cooker). Keep warm. Roast the broccoli with a drizzle of olive oil in a 400-degree oven for ~10 minutes until getting golden and crispy.
Assemble the wraps with half of each the rice, warm chicken, broccoli, and cheese.
Drizzle dressing, if using any. Heat a pan to medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. If the wraps had been refrigerated (or a touch stale!) warm in the microwave for 10 seconds to be the most pliable. Roll the wraps by tucking the sides in then rolling from the bottom and tucking the sides in further until completely rolled. Then pan sear on each side, starting with the seam side down first. Cook for a few minutes on each side- a cover will help the cheese to melt. Let sit for 1-2 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
I loved these! It is like a burrito – just without any particular identity. I like the balance of a whole grain (rice), as much veggie (broccoli) as protein (chicken) and some decadence (cheese & dressing) with just a few ingredients!
Most of this could be prepared in advance: the rice, the chicken, the roasted broccoli. These freeze well too – when freezing any burritos, I wrap in plastic and defrost overnight or in the microwave. Then to finish, I pan sear or bake the in toaster oven with a spray of non-stick spray. The goal is to defrost or warm slowly enough to heat all the way through, then give a little crunch to the exterior.
The technique to roll a burrito takes some practice not to over-fill and roll keeping the ingredients in, here’s a video of tucking the sides in as you roll away from yourself:
Tots turned into nachos, for breakfast! We’ve been watching The Great Food Truck Race: Alaska! and there’s a truck called “Some Like it Tot” and while I don’t envision them winning, the concept is still fun (spoiler: also their serving is about 6 tots with toppings for $15 so let’s make these at home, shall we?)
These are like a loaded breakfast hash of sorts but with tator tots. I’m always seeking savory breakfasts and this was so fun! It has tots, beans, cheese, eggs, bacon, green onions, and an optional spicy syrup!
Breakfast Totchos Ingredients: (for 2) 3 cups of tator tots (about 8-10 tots per person) 4 strips bacon 2 cups cheese 3 eggs 1/2 cup beans 2 green onions 2 tablespoons salsa 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Directions: Bake the tator tots according to the package (mine were 20 minutes at 375 degrees). While the tots cook, pan fry the bacon until crisp- discarding the drippings. In the same pan, with a coating of drippings, cook the eggs to a soft-scramble. Layer half the cheese onto the tots and melt in the oven. Then assemble with half of the tots as a base layer, topped with half of the eggs, half the beans, half the green onions. Top with remaining tots and repeat, finishing with the remaining cheese. Bake to melt. Stir together the hot sauce and maple syrup. Out of the oven, add the salsa and a drizzle of spicy syrup. Enjoy!
There are lots of ways to customize these- any kind of beans, guac/avocado would be excellent, a sunny side up egg sounds good, or whatever you’re into for nachos. It is also a great use for any leftover nacho ingredients- not leftover nachos, that’s terrible.
Make them a build-your-own situation! There are a lot of tots made into a casserole for breakfast but the thought of them not being crispy is blasphemy in my book.
Normally I’d be very against maple syrup touching eggs but I was thinking of it like hot honey and the bacon seemed to be the connection there- and I went really minimally. Skip it or go just for hot sauce if you’re not feeling it!