Category Archives: Breakfast

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal, but during the week I fly through the house getting ready for work and can only manage to grab something quick. At the most I scramble a few eggs or an omelet. Just so you know it is a really crazy looking omelet that is actually just fancy scrambled eggs. For those of you that have kids, my hat is off to you. You are pretty friggin’ amazing in my eyes, because I can’t even imagine how frantic my mornings would be if we had kids.

Ahh but that wonderful feeling on the weekends, where I wake up slowly and I plod down the stairs to my quiet kitchen. Turning the knob on the stove, hearing the clicking of the igniter, seeing the crown of blue flames warming the water kettle; I know coffee will be coming soon.

This morning as I sipped my coffee, I decided I would like to bake some bread. Baking bread permeating the house is one of my favorite smells.  And the smell of cinnamon sugar swirled in the middle takes it to the next level. Yum!

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Dough
1/2 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed
3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 large egg
5 tablespoons soft butter
2/3 cup lukewarm water

Filling
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup raisins

Directions
To make the dough I combined all of the dough ingredients in my bread machine set on the dough cycle — to make a soft, smooth dough. Allow dough to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until it’s just about doubled in bulk.
While the dough is rising, make the filling by stirring together the sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface.
Roll and pat the dough into a rough rectangle approximately 6″ x 20″.
Brush the dough with the egg/water mixture, and sprinkle it evenly with the filling and raisins.
Starting with a short end, roll the dough into a log. Pinch the ends to seal, and pinch the long seam closed.
Transfer the log, seam-side down, to a lightly greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Cover and allow the bread to rise until it’s crested about 1″ over the rim of the pan, about 1 hour.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes, tenting it lightly with aluminum foil after the first 15 to 20 minutes. The bread’s crust will be golden brown, and the interior of the finished loaf should measure 190°F on a digital thermometer.
Remove the bread from the oven, and gently loosen the edges. Turn it out of the pan, and brush the top surface with butter, if desired; this will give it a soft, satiny crust. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing.

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Skillet Fried Breakfast Potatoes

I love making this dish for a filling and delicious breakfast. Plus it is very economical. Win Win!

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My yoga teacher is pretty inspirational, she is constantly trying to beat positive thinking into our heads with her little “isms” that she throws out during an intense pose. I like it because I need the positive reinforcement to keep me at it. Of course, I show up to get rejuvenated, but most of the time I leave enlightened.

This last class, two of her statements stuck out to me that I thought was pretty cool. In the beginning of class after basic stretches, we normally go through a couple of sun salutations. On that particular morning, it was pretty overcast and she said, “Remember guys, you may not see it, but the sun is shining behind the clouds.” It made me smile, because it was an updated version of my mother’s “And this too shall pass…” It is true, each storm in our life will move on and the…

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Winter Meal Plan – 10

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen Black bean burrito and Apple

Handful of dried fruit

Taco Salad

Tuesday

Omelet and Yogurt Handful of Nuts or seeds Leftovers and apple String cheese BBQ chicken and broccoli salad

Wednes-day

Omelet and Yogurt String Cheese Leftovers Hummus and baby carrots Broiled Salmon in herb mustard glaze and side salad

Thursday

2 Scrambled Eggs and 1 large grapefruit Hummus and snap peas Turkey Wrap and Apple Handful of almonds and a Yogurt Linguini in garlic oil and side salad

Friday

Baked Oatmeal and grapefruit String cheese Leftovers Broccoli Salad Roasted Chicken with Mediterranean Farro Salad

Saturday

Peanut butter on Toast and 1 banana

 

Hummus and cherry tomatoes Chicken salad Sandwich and apple Handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

 

Skillet breakfast potatoes

Gorilla Bar Frozen Black bean and cheese burrito and apple string cheese Grilled Tri Tip & Mediterranean Farro Salad

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Winter Meal Plan – 9

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen black bean burrito and an apple

Handful of dried fruit

Ham and Bean Soup and cornbread

Tuesday

Omelet and grapefruit String Cheese Leftovers and apple almonds Glazed Salmon and broccoli rice

Wednes-day

Peanut butter on Toast and Grapefruit Yogurt Turkey Avocado Club Sandwich and apple String cheese Asian Chicken Salad

Thursday

Oatmeal and grapefruit Yogurt Leftovers Almonds Grilled Sausage, Sautéed Cauliflower and Brown Rice

Friday

Omelet and Yogurt Gorilla Bar Frozen black bean burrito and an apple String Cheese Veggie Burger and sweet potato fries and side salad

Saturday

 

Peanut butter on Toast and Grapefruit

Cherry tomatoes and hummus hummus and veggie pita and apple Yogurt and a handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

French Toast and banana String Cheese Eat Out Popcorn Glazed Salmon and broccoli rice

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Winter Meal Plan – 8

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit

25 almonds or other nuts or seeds available

Farro Salad and Apple

String Cheese

Cabbage Rolls

Tuesday

Omelet and banana Yogurt Cabbage Rolls and apple Gorilla bar Grilled Chicken, Farro Salad, steamed broccoli

Wednes-day

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit Yogurt and 25 almonds or other nuts or seeds available Cabbage Rolls and apple Banana and String Cheese or favorite cheese Leftovers

Thursday

Omelet and a banana Dried fruit and nut/seeds Tuna Sandwich and apple Gorilla bar Salmon roasted in butter and Sautéed green beans

Friday

Omelet and grapefruit Yogurt and banana Farro salad and apple Hummus and carrots Pan Roasted Chicken with steamed green beans and rice

Saturday

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich and Grapefruit  String cheese or favorite cheese and nuts Tuna sandwich and apple Popcorn Leftovers

Sunday

French Toast and citrus Dried fruit and string cheese Tuna sandwich and apple Hummus and carrots Steak Tacos

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Winter Meal Plan – 7

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

Oatmeal with Dried or Fresh Fruit

25 almonds or other nuts or seeds available

Kale and White Bean Soup and Apple

String Cheese or favorite cheese

Lasagna with a Side Salad

Tuesday

2 Scrambled eggs  and a grapefruit Dried fruits and seeds Leftovers Yogurt Fennel Roasted Salmon and a side salad

Wednes-day

Oatmeal with Dried or Fresh Fruit 25 almonds or other nuts or seeds available Frozen Black bean and cheese burrito and apple String Cheese or favorite cheese Veggie Burger, side salad, oven fries

Thursday

Toast with jam and a yogurt  Hummus and snap peas Kale and White Bean Soup and apple  banana and string cheese Cuban Chicken with Mexico Inspired Rice

Friday

Berry Smoothie Granola bar Salad and 25 almonds Hummus and carrots Leftovers

Saturday

 2 scrambled eggs and a banana  String cheese or favorite cheese Apple Cheddar Bagel-wich  Hummus and cherry tomatoes Argentinian Empanadas with side salad

Sunday

 2 scrambled eggs and a banana Hummus and carrots  Out to Eat  Yogurt Leftovers

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Maple Pecan French Toast

Maple Pecan French Toast is decadently delicious! A perfect start to the weekend.

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Every time I have french toast, I think why don’t I do this more often. It is one of my favorite meals. I mean honestly, what is better on a lazy Sunday than a brunch consisting of a thick slice of french toast, custard-y in the middle with slightly crisped edges. Delicious and easy and quick. My three favorite words.

In the past few years, I graduated from the sticky sweetness of “pancake” syrup (which is just another name for flavored corn syrup) to maple syrup. Maple syrup is just so much better in so many ways and though it costs more money up front, I have started to train my brain to not justify buying pancake syrup because of price. Along with the hint of a few toasted pecans, mmmm…. delicious.

Maple Pecan French Toast

Maple Pecan French Toast topped with sliced Banana Maple Pecan French Toast topped with sliced Banana

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Winter Meal Plan – 6

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit

2 handfuls of dried fruit

Turkey Wrap and Apple

Gorilla Bar

Fish Tacos

Tuesday

Maple Pecan French Toast & banana 2 handfuls of dried fruit Salad and apple Carrots & hummus Jambalaya

Wednes-day

Omelet & Yogurt Gorilla Bar Frozen Black Bean Burrito & apple String Cheese Leftovers

Thursday

Banana Crumb Muffin 2 handfuls of dried fruit Salad and Apple Carrots & hummus Veggie Burger, side salad, beer battered zucchini fries

Friday

Scrambled eggs and Grapefruit String Cheese Mediterranean Hummus Wrap and Apple Almonds Fancy Fish Sticks with a side salad

Saturday

Omelet & Grapefruit

 

String Cheese Leftovers and apple Almonds Rotisserie Chicken, side salad, peas and carrots

Sunday

Omelet and banana Gorilla Bar Eat Out 2 handfuls of Dried fruit Leftovers

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Winter Meal Plan – 5

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen Black bean burrito and Apple

Handful of fruit

Taco Salad

Tuesday

Omelet and Yogurt Handful of Nuts or seeds Leftovers and apple String cheese Grilled Chicken and broccoli salad

Wednes-day

Omelet and Yogurt String Cheese Leftovers Hummus and baby carrots Broiled Salmon in herb mustard glaze and side salad

Thursday

2 Scrambled Eggs and 1 large grapefruit Hummus and snap peas Turkey Wrap and Apple Handful of almonds and a Yogurt Lo Mein with Mushrooms and Snow Peas

Friday

Baked Oatmeal and grapefruit String cheese Leftovers Broccoli Salad Garlic Roasted Chicken with carrots and potatoes

Saturday

Peanut butter on Toast and 1 banana

 

Hummus and cherry tomatoes Chicken salad Sandwich and apple Handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

Omelet

Yogurt

Gorilla Bar Frozen Black bean and cheese burrito and apple string cheese Grilled Hamburger, side salad and Rosemary Cayenne Oven Fries

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Winter Meal Plan – 4

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen black bean burrito and an apple

Handful of dried fruit

Chicken and broccoli casserole and side salad

Tuesday

Omelet and grapefruit String Cheese Leftovers and apple almonds Glazed Salmon and broccoli rice

Wednes-day

Peanut butter on Toast and Grapefruit Yogurt Turkey Avocado Club Sandwich and apple String cheese Caribbean Rice

Thursday

Oatmeal and grapefruit Yogurt Leftovers Almonds Grilled Italian Chicken, Steamed Broccoli and Brown Rice

Friday

Omelet and Yogurt Gorilla Bar Frozen black bean burrito and an apple String Cheese Veggie Burger and sweet potato fries and side salad

Saturday

 

Peanut butter on Toast and Grapefruit

Cherry tomatoes and hummus hummus and veggie pita and apple Yogurt and a handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

French Toast and banana String Cheese Eat Out Popcorn Glazed Salmon and broccoli rice

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!