Puff Pastry Cups with Spinach & Eggs

I’m on a bfast quest for some weekly fun not sweet breakfasts. I used my all-time-fav freezer ingredient: creamed spinach! These breakfast cups are so flavorful, full of texture, and couldn’t be easier. Easy like 3 ingredients easy. Puff pastry, eggs, frozen creamed spinach. Easy peasy!

The Three Bite Rule - Puff Pastry Cups with Eggs and Spinach

Ingredients:

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
1 package creamed spinach
3 eggs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375-degrees.
Scramble eggs until cooked through, but not over cooked.
The Three Bite Rule - Puff Pastry Cups with Eggs and Spinach
Warm the creamed spinach according to the package.
Roll the puff pastry out until even. Cut into 6 squares. Lay each square into a muffin tin.
The Three Bite Rule - Puff Pastry Cups with Eggs and Spinach
Divide the egg into each cup, and spoon the spinach on top.
The Three Bite Rule - Puff Pastry Cups with Eggs and Spinach
Pinch together opposite corners.
The Three Bite Rule - Puff Pastry Cups with Eggs and Spinach
Bake for 15-20 minutes until puffed up and golden brown.
The Three Bite Rule - Puff Pastry Cups with Eggs and Spinach
Enjoy!

I was making them in advance so I took them out of the oven on the earlier side. I toasted them in the toaster oven for breakfast time. I loooved these guys. How cute are they? The creamed spinach was so perfect in these functioning as sauce. The puff pastry is crispy and buttery.

Lentils with Carrots, Spinach Topped with Chicken Sausage

I had never cooked lentils before but this was the perfect dinner for winter-y comfort, a balanced dinner, and for speed! The lentils were so fast in the pressure cooker, or would be an easy one to prep the night before and the chicken sausage was fully cooked so they just needed a quick sear. Voila!

The Three Bite Rule - Lentils with Carrots & Spinach topped with Chicken Sausage

Ingredients:

8 oz lentils
2 cups water (I used half water, half chicken stock)
2 cloves garlic
salt & pepper (I used Krazy Pepper)
3 carrots
2 small potatoes
2 cups fresh spinach
chicken sausage

Directions:

Chop the potatoes, carrots, and garlic. Add to a pressure cooker with the lentils, water, salt & pepper. (See below for stovetop directions)
Cook according to your machine. Mine cooked for 10 minutes.
Bring a skillet to medium heat and sear the sausage in a drizzle of olive oil.
When the lentils are cooked and tender to the bite, stir well. Add in a splash more water if most of the moisture has evaporated.
The Three Bite Rule - Lentils with Carrots & Spinach topped with Chicken Sausage
Add in the spinach and stir again just until it wilts from the heat.
Serve a scoop of the lentil & veggies onto the plate.
The Three Bite Rule - Lentils with Carrots & Spinach topped with Chicken Sausage
Slice the sausage and serve over the top.
The Three Bite Rule - Lentils with Carrots & Spinach topped with Chicken Sausage
For stovetop lentils:
Bring lentils & water to a boil in a heavy pot. Then reduce the heat to medium low for 20-30 minutes. Here’s a good lentil tutorial.

This hit the spot. It was so fast and was such a great side dish that got to be the star of the plate! The little one enjoyed the lentils and I have another stash for a rainy day. It made plenty for 2 of us to have for dinner, Mr. J to take for lunch, and for the little guy to have some the next night for dinner…so 4 servings.

Lentils are speedy in the pressure cooker but since they reheat well, if you’re making them on the stove: put the pot on the night before and store them in the fridge once they’ve cooked. Then you just warm them and add the spinach before serving. They don’t need a ton of stirring or babysitting so you can catch up on The Bachelor, or whatever you do before bed.

January 2016 Recap

It is official. I have a 1-year old. I think it went by sooo fast. Mr. J feels like since the little one has changed so much that it seems about right. T is so funny right now. He LOVED the cake…mashing it, eating it, and having frosting hands. The Little Man Party was fun and he’s one lucky guy. WE are a lucky family.

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January is off to a good start. I’ve used the pasta attachment 2x and the pressure cooker at least 2x…maybe 3? I love that thing. Dinner has to be super fast, or prepped in advance. That’s the only way it can happen after getting home from work, the little one wanting to eat ASAP, tub time, and bedtime. For now, the babe eats with me and then sits with us while we eat for a few minutes….that point of his patience is low. He’s onto drinking whole milk and pretty soon we’ll be off bottles. Woohoo!

This super quick Greek Flatbread with hummus, chicken sausage, feta, and arugula was one of my favorite things this month. It would work well as a wrap too, depending on your preference!
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I’ve been on this bfast quest for weekday savory breakfasts. I had hoped to sneak one more in this week, but alas, I had a cold this weekend and didn’t cook a ton. These breakfast bowls have cracked wheat, bacon, egg, and everything-bagel seasoning. So fun! You could use rice, beans, lentils, barley, oatmeal? or whatever strikes your fancy.
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My other fav this month was a Mexican-inspired BLT with a smear of refried beans and taco-spiced aioli. Sooo good. I served these guys with Mexican Street Corn that I made in the morning before work. Then I used the leftover beans to make bean & cheese quesadillas for the little one. He loved them!
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I’ll keep the savory breakfast going…I have a few more ideas I didn’t get to yet! 

2016 Goals:
The Year of the: Seasonal Decor I got the birthday string, thank you Target Dollar Section! and this awesome tree…so perfect for some “winter” decor versus Christmas.
do something a different way: ehh. I’m not sure where I was going with this, but switching the little one to a big-guy carseat and to milk means we definitely aren’t stuck in old ways of doing things!
drink more water: I’m tracking it, which at least makes me aware, and I’m making sure to get 10 oz in before coffee. #winning
make more interesting side dishes: yes! This risotto was so great!
cook more soups & sauces: I made broccoli & cheddar soup while it was snowing…that seemed appropriate.
watch more movies: we went to the movies 200% more than the last few months! I saw Mocking Jay and Spotlight in the theatres. We watched Foxcatcher, Inside Out, and 22 Jump Street, at home too.
make working out a higher priority: ehh. Not succeeding here but I got all into some fitbit daily challenges which got me moving a bit more.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

I’m trying to work through some freezer items. Some frozen ground chicken was my next victim. Muhh-haha.

I decided to use it for meatballs and thought they’d be perfect being Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. I love homemade meatballs and don’t make them nearly enough. Part of my love is for the crisp bits, though I detest frying stuff so I make my life a little harder and bake them, turning them often but filling the house with scents of garlic/parmesan/meaty goodness. I almost wanted to partially bake them, then coat them in breadcrumbs, and fry them (do it!) but alas, I didn’t have the energy when it came down to meal-time.
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I made these the night before and they were all ready to heat-and-serve after work.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken
1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
3 tbs milk
3 tbs chopped garlic
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Italian seasoning

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375-degrees.
Stir the breadcrumbs and milk together.
Gently mix together the ground chicken, breadcrumb mixture, garlic, Parmesan, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Roll into golf-ball sized meatballs.
Bake on a sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes then roll onto another side. Repeat again to bake a total of 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve immediately, or cool on a cooling rack or paper towel.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Add into tomato sauce in an oven-friendly skillet or pot over medium low heat for about 20 minutes if the meatballs are cold or 10 minutes if they’ve just come out of the oven.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Cook some pasta to serve the meatballs over, or warm baguette rolls for subs!
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
When the meatballs are warmed, sprinkle some cheese over the top and return to the oven just to melt the cheese.
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Serve and enjoy!
The Three Bite Rule - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
These are so flavorful and fluffy. There’s some serious garlic and salty Parmesan flavors in these. The babe loves meatballs – probably because he’s still growing teeth so they’re not too tough to munch. Sometimes I add some red wine into my meatballs but for these, I really wanted the Parmesan to be front and center.

Bacon, Egg & Grain Bfast Bowl

I’m on a bfast quest for some weekly fun not sweet breakfasts and these were so fun! I prepped them Sunday night and they were so perfect to quickly warm and have something delicious to start the day with. These breakfast bowls had bacon, hard boiled egg, everything-bagel-spices, and cracked wheat.

The Three Bite Rule - Breakfast Bowls

Bacon, Egg, & Grain Bfast Bowl (4-5 servings)

Ingredients:

1 cup cracked wheat/rice/lentils/barley
1/4 tsp dried onion
1/4 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper
3 strips of bacon
4 eggs, hard-boiled

Directions:

Cook the cracked grain according to the package. (Mine was cracked wheat).
While the grain is cooking, pan fry the bacon and hard boil the eggs.
In a dry pan over medium low heat, toast the spices, stirring regularly.
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Drain the bacon onto a paper towel, saving 1 tsp of the bacon drippings. Add the drippings and the bacon into the cooked grain.
Stir the toasted spices into the grain too.
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Chop the hard boiled egg and add that into the grain.
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Serve and enjoy!

I was going to add in some cheese, but I ended up thinking it didn’t even need it. This was so good. The grain makes it really filling! I split it into 4 servings and I mini serving of the cracked wheat for the little guy. The everything-bagel totally amped up the flavor and I looooved that addition. These would pack up really easily if bfast travels with you to work too. Yum. This is where good morning comes from.

Greek Flatbreads with Hummus & Chicken Sausage

This is such a winner for a quick dinner that feels wayyy different than others during the week. Hallelujah for naan. I love it for individual pizzas and the naan gives good options for a soft, doughy base or a crisp thin-yet-even pizza crust. I went with the latter. This flatbread has hummus, mozzarella, feta, chicken sausage and is topped with arugula or you could have the arugula salad on the side. I like the freshness and crunch.

The Three Bite Rule - Greek Hummus Flatbreads

Ingredients:

3-4 naans
2 chicken sausages
1/2 cup hummus
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 tsp dried oregano and dried thyme
1/4 cup feta
2 cups arugula, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400-degrees and place the naan directly on the oven racks for 5-10 minutes (towards 10 minutes for a crisper crust).
Pan-sear or grill the sausages until caramelized and crisped. They come fully cooked so cooking the exterior is for taste.
Spread the naan with hummus, then top with cheese and dried herbs.
The Three Bite Rule - Greek Hummus Flatbreads
Slice the sausage at an angle and place a few slices on each naan.
Sprinkle with feta, then bake for 5-7 minutes – just until the cheese melts.
The Three Bite Rule - Greek Hummus Flatbreads
Top with fresh arugula, slice, and enjoy!
The Three Bite Rule - Greek Hummus Flatbreads
I loved these. The hummus as “sauce” was so great, such a creamy element with very little mozzarella. This flatbread was a great way to use only a small amount of the chicken sausage, a small amount of cheese, annnnd a small amount of feta. I loved the cracker-ish crunch to the naan but it is so perfectly chewy when barely cooked.

This is such a fast one that I’m sure I’ll repeat it soon. I love to make dinner most nights but there’s such a short window of time from getting home at 6 with the babe to fit in his dinner, a tub, playing, and his 7:45 bed time. This was a dinner I could be super quick with so we could all have dinner together, plus one leftover for Mr. J’s lunch the next day. Hooray!
The Three Bite Rule - Greek Hummus Flatbreads

Spinach Parmesan Biscuits

So I felt a little guilty even sharing hummus & cukes on English muffins but instagram didn’t seem to mind and I’m on a bfast quest for some weekly fun not sweet breakfasts. This week was all about these savory biscuits to go with a green smoothies. These were just what I needed for some toasty savory bites in between sips of a greens/cranberry/citrus smoothie. I don’t like just drinking my breakfast. The smoothies leave me wanting to chew something too.

The Three Bite Rule - Spinach Parmesan Biscuits
I mixed up some regular biscuit mix with chopped fresh spinach (frozen would make it all green) and some grated parmesan.

Ingredients:

Biscuit mix (mixed according to package)
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan

Directions:

Mix up the biscuit mix with spinach and parmesan.
The Three Bite Rule - Spinach Parmesan Biscuits
Roll out the dough on a floured surface.
The Three Bite Rule - Spinach Parmesan Biscuits

Cut the biscuits with a round cutter, jar, or juice glass.
Bake according to the package.
Optional: brush with melted butter.
Cool and enjoy!

The Three Bite Rule - Spinach Parmesan Biscuits
I liked these, especially for the 10 minutes they took to mix up and the 10 minutes to bake. So easy. I’ll probably toss a few in the freezer once I’m over them and onto the next bfast quest. The parmesan is a light salty touch but these are fresh and fluffy. There are more quick breakfasts, comin’ up!

Mexican BLT with Taco Spiced Mayo

The cutest & tastiest taco joint just opened near my work. The owners are so lovely and the tacos are getting RAVE reviews. I’ve had shrimp tacos, chicken tamales, and a pork torta. All have been fantastic…I dream of the torta. I saw their special for a Mexican-inspired BLT and totally copied the idea. Theirs also had an egg and avocado, which would be great, but I was on a mission for a fast dinner. Thanks Chilicates!

Mexican BLTs for 2

Ingredients:

bread or rolls
2 tbs mayonnaise
1 tsp taco seasoning
~4 tbs refried beans
3-4 slices of bacon, halved
1 large tomato
butter lettuce or greens

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400-degrees.
Bake the bacon on a sheet pan, with a (non-stick sprayed) wire rack on top of it. Bake 15 minutes, or until crispy.
While bacon is cooking, slice tomatoes, lettuce, and toast the bread. Then mix together mayo with taco seasoning.
Spread one slice of toast with refried beans and other side with Mexican mayo.
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Assemble the BLTs.
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Enjoy!

I loved the slight tweak on this BLT. Do you bake your bacon? It makes cooking it sooo much easier, plus it cooks totally flat! The bacon grease is well contained and you don’t even have to flip it. This is definitely my preferred method. I love not needing to babysit the bacon.

The Three Bite Rule - Mexican BLTs

What I Ate: Hummus & Cucumber Toast

What I Ate’ is a series of posts for so-easy-this-doesn’t-need-a-recipe but I’m sharing with you for the idea or inspiration.

Seriously, I feel guilty sharing something as basic as this breakfast, but I am seeking inspiration. I’m on a bfast quest for some weekly fun not sweet breakfasts. Come along!

Why does all the breakfast have to be a) sweet or b) eggs? Answer: it doesn’t. I’m making myself get creative and vary week-day breakfasts that aren’t sugary.
The Three Bite Rule - Savory Weekday Bfast Quest

I layered my English muffin with hummus and a couple slices of English cucumber. I love the English ones because they’re not as seedy as regular one.  I can see myself eating this before/after a morning workout or as a light late dinner after a work event too. I like the creaminess of this while not being cheese. I wasn’t striving for dairy-free but this fits that bill if you’re needing that. On the other hand, a sprinkle of feta on top would add some salt if you wanted more flavor!

Avocado toast would probably be my daily breakfast of choice but avocados are so dang expensive on this side of the country. Plus, they sometimes escape me and are brownish mush.

Disclosure: My real-life breakfasts are often eaten right off the cutting board while I buzz around getting ready. Breakfast-on-the-go is for real. This would easily sandwich-ize if you were taking it out the door with you. I have a new car so I do not take my breakfast on the go anymore!

Sweet Corn Risotto with Arugula

HAP-py New Year! I didn’t exactly make it to midnight. I kept dozing, Mr. J dutifully would gently wake me and I was drowsy/cranky/confused. Dec 30th (a “school-night”) and Jan 1 I had no trouble at all getting to being awake at midnight. Ohh well. Christmas is packed away and the little one now points and says “oooo” at the snowmen I pop into place where Santas once stood. 2016 is going to be fun & tasty, I can feel it.

Ohhmygosh. I’m so excited. I got a pressure cooker for Christmas and I broke it out the other night for risotto. I know, I too thought they were only helpful for big pieces of meat until talk at lunch enlightened me. Risotto in 6 minutes? Sign me up! Spoiler: it was awesome…slightly longer than 6 minutes, but I pretty much dumped it in and let it do the work. Isn’t she pretty? 710RlNjhJ6L._SL1299_ This risotto would work perfectly in a pot on the stove as well. It has Parmesan cheese, corn, and chopped arugula. The Three Bite Rule - Pressure Cooker Risotto

Sweet Corn Risotto with Arugula (serves ~4)

Ingredients:

2 tbs butter 1 tbs garlic, smashed or chopped 2 cups arborio rice 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth) 3 cups water (or sub white wine) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1-2 cups Arugula, chopped 1-2 cups corn

Directions:

In a pressure cooker (see below for stovetop directions*), saute the garlic in the butter for 1-2 minutes. Add in the rice and stir well, cooking for about 2 minutes until the rice gets a bit more opaque than white. Add in the broth and water and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. While rice is cooking, cook the corn and chop the arugula. Release the pressure. The Three Bite Rule - Pressure Cooker Risotto Stir in parmesan, corn, and arugula. The Three Bite Rule - Pressure Cooker Risotto Enjoy! *For stovetop risotto: In a medium pot warm the broth and water over low heat. Melt the butter and cook the garlic over medium heat. Add in the rice and cook for a few minutes- until the rice gets opaque versus white. Add in the liquid 1 cup at a time. Wait for it to absorb and then add another cup. Repeat for all the liquid – likely 30 minutes.

The Three Bite Rule - Pressure Cooker Risotto
I loved this. It was cooked PERFECTLY. It was creamy but not mush. The corn was living in my freezer but had been cut off the cobb awhile back. The chunks still connected make me smile…like finding a double Cheez-it! I chopped the arugula really well partly because the baby was going to eat it too, and partly because I love using it like an herb! I’d use wayyy more next time.

The baby loved the risotto! He ate quite a lot. Mr. J and I did a his/hers entree and shared risotto. He had grilled steak and I had grilled salmon with some dijon/lemon/garlic/salt/pepper. Poof. Insta-dinner.