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Waffle-tastic

I don’t know why, but I’ve always found the idea of making waffles a little intimidating. It’s a bit silly really, if you have a waffle iron it really isn’t all the different than making pancakes, but alas my waffle iron sits lonely on the shelf collecting dust. This weekend, I found this post on  Merry Thought for 10 ways to top your waffles, and it has inspired me to reconsider my stand on making waffles.  Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all….

10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

1. Pumpkin Snap
A delicious pumpkin spice waffle topped with crushed ginger snaps, maple cream sauce (recipe below), maple syrup and fresh whipped cream.
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

2. Tutti Frutti
Top waffles with raspberries, bananas, fresh whipped cream and maple syrup for this fun creation.
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

3.Baked Potato
Gather all the fixings for a delicious baked potato and top your waffle with some hashbrowns, cheddar, crispy bacon, sour cream and some scallions.
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

4. Banana Split
Keep it classic with an old school banana split. Cut up some bananas, scoop a few generous scoops of vanilla ice cream and add chocolate syrup, a few peanuts and mini chocolate chips, and whipped cream. And don’t forget the cherry on top!
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

5. Apple Crisp
Top your waffle with homemade apple crisp (we’ve got a yummy recipe for that here), fresh whipped cream and some salted caramel sauce drizzled on top.
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

6. Merica
Proudly top your waffle with some red, white and blue – strawberries, fresh whipped cream and blueberries!  (And don’t forgot that maple syrup too!)
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

7. The Lumberjack
This loaded waffle is sure to satisfy the hungry lumberjack in your life. Mix some cooked sausage into your waffle batter and cook it. Add generous helpings of sausage gravy, hashbrowns, a couple fried eggs and some crispy bacon.
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

8. Kiddie Sundae
A waffle that the kids are sure to love! Drizzle some chocolate syrup over your waffle and let the kids throw on some of their favorite snacks – whipped cream, chocolate chips, gummy bears, sprinkles…whatever their little heart desires!
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

9. Maple Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwich
Spread maple cream cheese frosting between two waffles, top with sugarmon (cinnamon and sugar mixed together), and salted caramel sauce.
10 Waffle Toppings | The Merrythought

10.Southwestern
For those that enjoy huevos rancheros, top your waffle with seasoned black beans, eggs, avocado, salsa, sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese.

 

Maple Cream Sauce*:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1-2 drops maple extract

In a medium saucepan, combine the syrup and butter and cook over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved and remove from heat. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, soften the cream cheese until it can be stirred smooth by hand. Gradually pour the maple butter mixture into the softened, stirred cream cheese, mixing well as you add the maple mixture. Add a drop or two of maple extract (or as much as you would like to taste) and stir until combined.
Leftover sauce should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. To use, heat in the microwave until it reaches desired consistency.

 

Images and recipe from here.


Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa Recipe

Perfect for the lingering cold weather, this recipe from the article How To Eat Vegan For A Week & Love It is a slightly more sophisticated take on the instant oatmeal I like to eat for breakfast. While I can’t say I’m willing to go through the whole 20 minute process all the time, it is more than worth the effort on the days when my mornings are a little less hectic.

*Just to clarify, I am not going vegan for at least the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean I am going to miss out on amazing recipes that just because they happen to fall in the “vegan” category.

Quinoa

2 cups water
1 cup rainbow quinoa, (hs note: rinse quinoa)
2 cups fresh berries (I used strawberries since they were already in my fridge)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted*
2 teaspoons clover honey

Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in berries and cinnamon; transfer to two bowls and top with toasted pecans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon clover honey over each serving.

*While the quinoa cooks, roast the pecans in a 350F degree toaster oven for 5 to 6 minutes or in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

Serves 2.

It’s so good, I swear. The only thing I want to caution you about is the sound the quinoa makes when it’s cooking – every now and again there may be a popping sound, sort of like the sound popcorn kernels make. And if you’re not expecting it, you might jump or duck or something the first time it happens. Not that that happened to me…twice. But it was totally worth it because it scared the crap out of Octavian too, and he literally ran out of the kitchen and into the bathroom where the litter box is when it happened.

Original recipe and photo from 101 Cookbooks


The Most Important Meal of the Day

Ahh breakfast, my favorite meal of the day.  Unfortunately, i’m not much of a morning person so until I married Andy my breakfast usually consisted of coffee and whatever I could grab on my way out the door.

Now, my very wonderful husband makes me breakfast every morning before we head our separate ways (lately I can’t seem to get enough oatmeal with orange blossom honey!).  On the weekends I do my best to return the favor, I love the variety that breakfast offers. You can go light or heavy, savory or sweet, there is a little something for everyone.  As soon as things quiet down a bit at the office (only a few more days of tax season left!) I am going to persuade Andy to take a day off so we can sleep in, make some pancakes and a hot cup of tea and have breakfast on the couch in our pajamas surrounded by furry little beggars.

Images from here.


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

One of the most difficult parts of dieting is trying to figure out how to incorporate some of your favorite dishes into your new limited calorie allowance.  I am a huge fan of breakfast for dinner. There was a six month run my senior year of college where my roommate Rebecca and I made pancakes at least twice a week. My pancake intake has gone way down since then, and I have been lucky enough to find some caloric short cuts that still allow for the occasional short stack.  A few weeks ago I received the monthly newsletter from The Foley House (the B&B where Andy and I honeymooned) and it included a decadent recipe for lemon ricotta pancakes topped with buttery spicy apples. The topping alone was almost half my daily calories so I set the recipe aside, out of sight, but unfortunately not out of mind. So I made some healthy substitutions, ditched the topping and here is what I came up with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup egg beaters
  • 1 cup egg white beaters
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp of Splenda
  • 1 1/3 cup low fat Ricotta
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flower
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

In a bowl whisk together the egg beaters, the ricotta, the sugar, and the zest, add the flour, and stir the mixture until it is just combined.

In a separate bowl use an electric beater to beat egg white beaters and a pinch of salt at high speed until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold the egg whites into the first mixture.

Heat your griddle until it is hot enough for water droplets scatter when dripped on the surface. Use a 1/3 measuring cup to pour batter onto the griddle, cooking pancakes 1-2 minutes per side.

Serve pancakes plain or with sliced fresh berries.

Makes 15-20 pancakes

The verdict: Delicious, the egg whites make these pancakes taste more like thick crepes than a traditional pancake, but I will most assuredly be making these again.  Maybe next time with blueberries added to the batter.