I don’t buy or bake bread products often so when I crave a breakfast sandwich, it gets bit tricky unless I have something stashed away in the freezer. But then I saw this recipe for a 90 second English muffin and breakfast cravings were satisfied! This English muffin is prepared in the microwave and is truly ready in just 90 seconds. From there, spread it with peanut butter or stuffed it with egg, cheese, and bacon like I did. Part of a complete breakfast.
In other news, I’ve been visiting my friend Becky this weekend who lives in the Nashville area. I haven’t seen her in a year! Last time I saw her she was about to be shipped over to Afghanistan, but now she’s back! I’m not sure who needed this visitation more, me or her? But either way, to finish off our weekend we are running the Color Run today. I ran one last year in Memphis and it was fun, so I’m looking forward to doing it again.
One year ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars
Every now and then one of my friends will come to me for help finding a certain item online for cheaper than they saw in stores. I have a certain talent with Google searches apparently. The other day Kita asked me to find her a pair of pants. All she had was the picture, no designer, no store, just a picture of black pants that zip off to become capris (this is why when you pin something on Pinterest you should make sure the source exists). I told her I would do my best despite having little hope but after only a few minutes on Google, not only did I find pants that looks like the picture I found the exact pair for sale. Same exact picture – go me! Is superior key word Google searching a skill I should add to my CV? It does help me locate relevant research papers quite efficiently.
But anywho, that is not an invitation for everyone to start sending me all your online shopping needs. Instead I am going to distract you with food. Oh look over here I made you breakfast! Ever since posting the recipe for stromboli, it’s been pretty popular so I decided it was time for another version – breakfast stromboli! This recipe uses the same techniques for rolling up and sealing the dough, but with a different filling. I used breakfast sausage, eggs, cheese and a little bit of chopped pepper, but it’s easy to modify based on what you like most mixed in with your eggs in the morning. Or at night if you are like me and enjoy breakfast for dinner.
Today I commence a little project I came up with called Single Serving Sunday, where I will share recipes that serve just one. Being a grad student, living alone and being a food blogger is an interesting mix sometimes when it comes to cooking and baking. I don’t have a very large budget, I prefer to not eat the same thing for an entire week, and yet I like to make things that the general public can relate to on my blog. As a result of this combination, I scale a lot of recipes from their original sources in half when I make and post them on my blog. But sometimes I need a recipe that just serves one, and certainly there are other people out there just like me.
Sometimes I will share recipes that make two servings for those of us that like leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. The plan is to keep these recipes simple for one and occasionally two servings. The biggest challenge is going to be tackling the problem with single servings, which is the inevitability of having leftover ingredients. In those situations I will offer suggestions on what to do with what remains, or offer a post the following Sunday using the leftovers. If any other bloggers feel like joining me in this adventure feel free to do so!
Today’s breakfast taco does have some leftover ingredients, and I can already hear you asking “But what am I supposed to do with the remaining 3/4 avocado and corn tortillas?” For the avocado you could whip up a simple guacamole, or you could make these for breakfast another day. I actually did make these two days in a row because I enjoyed them so much and then used the remaining 1/2 in a pasta dish that I will share next Sunday. As for the corn tortillas, they keep in the fridge for a long time but you could also make baked tortilla chips to go with that guacamole . Or have friends over for a taco night dinner!
Do you have any single serving ideas, suggestions or requests? Please share! I may even get a fancy button if this project is a hit.
Homemade breakfast sausage is not something that normally crosses my mind to make, but with the availability various ground meats provided at the grocery store it’s pretty easy. Using ground turkey, these made a healthier breakfast sausage option. They are prepared similar to burger patties, just a little smaller and then pan fried. You can even save some in the freezer for later. But I decided to take it a step further and assemble them into sandwiches using buttermilk biscuits, eggs, and cheddar cheese, and then frozen for later.
Everyone loves shaped pans these days, especially around the holidays. But these pans tend to be used for a single purpose. Therefore I have taken it upon myself to discover new ways to use the various seemingly single-use pans I own. I’ve already used doughnut pans for pancakes, and a muffin top pan for cookies, now it’s time to show you that the Wilton Non-Stick Mini Holiday Cookie Pan can be used to make buttermilk biscuits – gasp!
Although I am sure this pan would’ve made beautiful cookies (or whoopie pies, anyone?), I thought outside the box and decided to make buttermilk biscuits for breakfast. Some of the shapes were more difficult to identify, but most of them came out great! The gingerbread pan, Christmas tree and star were my favorites and are pictured below. Festive treats are not only for dessert now!
I finally caved and made something fall-ish. With the high temperatures still in the 80s or 90s here it’s been very difficult for me to accept the appearance of all the fall recipes. Don’t even get me started on the fall (and even winter) decor seen and sold in stores. But unfortunately the end of peach season meant my cravings had to be directed elsewhere. As a result, while in Boston most recently I made not one but FOUR recipes that use sweet potato. I’m going to space the recipes out a bit, but to start I figured we should begin with the most important meal of the day –
These sweet potato breakfast biscuits are the perfect carb to sandwich around your favorite breakfast sandwich ingredients. These biscuits were loved so much, some were actually eaten all by themselves. I bet a nice homemade cinnamon-honey butter would’ve been great on them too, if they had lasted long enough for the idea to pop into my head. Wishful thinking.
Today Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious will have you uttering those very words with her guest post. This should come as no surprise after seeing some of her other posts such as Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins, Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic Peach BBQ Sauce, and Brown Butter White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats. To top it off her pictures are fantastic.
One year ago: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich with Au Jus
I am so honored to be here today guest posting for Erin. I was able to meet her through twitter and other food blogs and I have to say that she is pretty amazing. She has the absolute best recipes, from homemade gnocchi to her most recent post, s’mores ice cream sandwiches (I know, amazing, right?). On top of all this amazing cooking, baking and blogging, she’s getting her PhD in biomedical sciences. Can you say brainiac?!
So with all the excitement of being here at The Spiffy Cookie, I’ve decided to share these smoked salmon eggs benedict for you guys. I made these not too long ago when Jason had a friend over and they were an absolute hit! The flavors were wonderfully balanced from the salty smoked salmon to the bright hollandaise flavors and the fresh avocado slices. Plus they’re a cinch to whip up, making it a perfect breakfast/brunch dish when you have guests over!
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (adapted from The Shiksa in the Kitchen):
Yields 2 servings
- 2 English muffins, split and toasted
- 4 slices smoked salmon
- 1 avocado, thinly sliced
- 2 poached eggs, for serving
- Easy hollandaise sauce
To assemble the eggs benedict, place the sliced smoked salmon on each English muffin. Top with the sliced avocado and poached egg, drizzling the tops with hollandaise sauce. Serve immediately.
I know it says Breakfast, but I totally ate this for dinner last night. I lacked the patience to wait until the morning to make it because it just looked so good! After all, I have been saying that I need to cook more Breakfast-y things to share with you all, but no one ever said that it had to be eaten at a Breakfast hour.
The goat cheese adds a little tang making to jazz up these quesadillas, but not too much to overpower the rest of the ingredients. The hardest part was flipping the quesadilla over (some of the filling fell out but it recovered), and the recipe is easily doubled for a larger number of hungry bellies.
Writing this post makes me wish I had it again for Breakfast this morning – why did I only eat cereal? Guess I still need to work on cooking things for the Breakfast hour.
Makes 2 quesadillas
4 large flour tortillas (I used whole wheat)
4 eggs, lightly beaten with a pinch of salt
1 cup raw baby spinach
2 chicken, pork or soy sausage patties, cooked and roughly chopped
1 Tbsp butter, divided
1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Hot sauce to taste
- Scramble the eggs in a small skillet with half of the butter. Once scrambled, scoop eggs into a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat up a large skillet and drop the rest of the butter in. Lay a tortilla flat down then sprinkle with half of the eggs, sausage bits, goat cheese, spinach, mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of hot sauce. Lay other tortilla on top and press down. Cook quesadillas until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Slice into quarters and serve.
Source: Eat, Live, Run
The best way to describe these is quick little Breakfast pizzas. Soft bread layer on the bottom covered in pesto and a slice of tomato, all topped with eggs mixed with some Alfredo sauce and sprinkled with basil and more tomato. And it’s warm and ready to eat in under 20 minutes. Don’t you love warm Breakfasts? Especially when it’s pouring rain outside, and I’d much rather stay in bed than go into work. It’s a little treat to reward myself for not being a complete slacker.
This serves six, but if you are like me and cooking for one this is what I did: Cook only one egg to go in one of the baskets and put the rest in a sealed container in the fridge. Then later just pop them into the toaster oven while making fresh scrambled eggs.
1 medium tomato
1 can (11 oz) refrigerated original breadsticks (12 breadsticks)
1/4 cup basil pesto
1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp milk
1-1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup Alfredo pasta sauce
- Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut 6 thin slices from tomato; finely dice remaining tomato for garnish. Set aside.
- Unroll dough; separate into 12 breadsticks. Shape each of 6 breadsticks into a coil; place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out each coil into 3 1/2-inch round. Twist remaining breadsticks; wrap 1 twisted breadstick around edge of each round to make 1/2-inch rim; press edges to seal.
- Spread 1 rounded teaspoon of the pesto in bottom of each round; top with tomato slice. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat eggs and half-and-half with wire whisk until well blended. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the basil. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt butter in skillet; add egg mixture. Cook 4 minutes, gently lifting cooked portions with spatula so that thin, uncooked portion can flow to bottom, until eggs are thickened but still slightly moist. Stir in pasta sauce.
- Divide egg mixture evenly among bread baskets. Garnish with diced tomato and remaining 1/2 tablespoon basil.
I’ve had glasses since I was about 2 years old. For some reason my brain decided it only wanted to look through my right eye, then my left became weak and developed a strabisthmus (turn in toward my nose). Bring on the sexy glasses!
Although glasses straightened it out most of the way, junior year of highschool I had surgery to completely straighten it out. That also meant I could finally wear contacts for the first time in my life! It was such a strange transition. I had phantom glasses syndrome, where I’d try to push them up on my nose even thought they weren’t there anymore. I got used to the contact world quickly, but my vision was still unfabulous even with them.
You know your vision gets worse as you grow older? Well my younger self asked my dad once, since my vision was already terrible could it get better instead? He told me he didn’t see why that couldn’t possibly happen so I kept my hopes up… Then I went to my eye doctor yesterday, and he reduced my prescription for the second time in the past to years – I can now see 20/25 with my contacts! Even he was even impressed – “Not bad for a blind lady, right?”. I know that sounds sad to most of you with perfect (I hate you) vision, but I feel like I am slowly seeing more of the world that we live in and it makes me happy.
Since I woke up still happy about my eyes this morning, I decided to make myself a bigger-than-usual weekday Breakfast. I promise it still only took me 30 minutes to cook this, eat it, get dressed and get out of the door (granted I do shower at night). And it was so good! I love my various food magazine subscriptions but Women’s Health rocks for this one.
2 Tbsp salsa
1/4 C shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 C fresh cilantro
1 large egg plus 4 large egg whites, beaten
1/2 C diced lean ham
1 large (8”) whole-wheat tortilla
- In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the diced ham over medium-high heat, just until the surface starts to brown. Place the cooked ham in the tortilla, then add more cooking spray to the skillet and scramble the eggs together with the cilantro. Add the eggs to the tortilla, top with the cheese and salsa, and fold.
Source: Women’s Health Magazine