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Super Easy Pancake Recipe

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like pancakes. They are one of the most comforting breakfast treats and they have remained popular since the old ages. Pancakes remind me of lazy Saturday mornings and they are such a happy meal. There are many good pancake mixes out there however these can easily be made from scratch. This super easy pancake recipe is perfect if you like simple and quick recipes. 

Super Easy Pancake Recipe

We made these when my sister came to visit around Thanksgiving time last year and they came out great. As you can tell, they all don’t have the perfect shape and uniform look as those you see in magazines and instagram but I actually like them this way. There is something about effortless, non-perfect and rustic meals that I love. 

The trick is to mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately then adding them to the same bowl. Also avoid over mixing as this can lead to tough pancakes, having some small lumps in your batter is fine. 

Pancake toppings are endless. You can do tangy yogurt, syrup, butter, whipped cream, strawberries, honey and so much more. We had ours with raspberries and maple syrup and they were delicious. 

Super Easy Pancake Recipe
Serves 2
A super easy pancake recipe you can make anytime.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. salt
  5. 1 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
  6. 3 tbsp melted butter
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  9. coconut oil for brushing pan
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in one bowl. In another bowl, whisk milk, butter, vanilla and egg
  2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and mix gently making sure not to over mix.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat until drop of water sizzles; brush with oil.
  4. In batches, scoop batter by about a 1/4-cup into the skillet and spread the mix.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes or until you see bubbles and edges are dry.
  6. Turn each pancake and cook another 2 minutes more or until golden brown.
  7. Transfer to serving dish or keep warm on a cookie sheet in 200°F oven.
  8. Repeat till batter is finished and brush griddle with more oil if needed.
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Follow me on Instagram for more meal ideas. If you need something more savory for breakfast, check out my Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs Recipe

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

I am happy to have had a few days off before the new year began as it meant more time to do the hings I love including cooking. On most weeks I find myself settling for scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast but whenever I have time I like to make something a little more special than scrambled eggs. These Toaster Oven Baked Italian eggs are a great way to up your breakfast game. Eggs baked in a garlicky marinara sauce topped with melted cheese. Its absolute heaven!

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

This recipe sounds like a lot of work but is actually super easy. The ingredients speak for themselves i this dish. I am a big believer that good quality ingredients are what makes a meal great. You could be using the most advanced technique to cook but if your ingredients are not the best quality your final result will just be ok.

I like to make this dish with leftover homemade marinara sauce but you can use a good quality store bought sauce if you don’t have time to make your own. The Rao’s Homemade brand makes one of the best sauces as far as I am concerned, I highly recommend. Next thing is to make sure you are using nice fresh eggs. I think free range organic eggs always taste a little better but regular eggs will so work. Last but not list make sure you have some fresh basil and good quality cheese to finish the dish. 

You can make this recipe in the oven however I like to use my Ninja Foodi toaster oven for something like this. Advantages of a toaster oven is that it is right on your countertop for easy access, it doesn’t require long preheating times, uses less energy and has less clean-up. 

How to Make Italian Baked Eggs in a Toaster Oven

Step 1: Place Marinara Suace in a Ramekin dish. 

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Step 2: Add Eggs. You can gently remove the white string attached to the york at this point if it bothers you. 

Step 3: Add milk and top with cheese. 

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Step 4: Bake in toaster over at 325 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes till egg is set to your liking and cheese has melted. 

Final Result is perfectly cooked eggs in a delicious garlicky sauce. Top with fresh basil and toast your favorite whole grain bread to dip into the eggs. 

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs Recipe
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Eggs (Organic, free range preferably)
  2. 1/2 cup Marinara sauce
  3. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese mix
  5. 2 tablespoons milk
  6. 1/2 cup fresh basil
  7. 1 tsp olive oil
  8. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rub inside ramekin dish with olive oil then place 1/4 cup marinara sauce in each ramekin.
  3. Gently crack 2 eggs in each ramekin, followed by a tsp of milk in each then top with cheese.
  4. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees and cook for about 12-15 minutes till eggs white is set and yolks are set to your liking.
  5. Remove from oven, top wth fresh basil and serve immediately with whole grain toast.
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Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

My 80/20 meal plan is still in full swing and I am proud to say I have managed to stick with it. If this is your first time here, you are probably wondering what the 80/20 meal plan is. It is a plan I set where I eat 80% plant based foods and 20% everything else. Eating a mostly plant based diet feels great and encourages creativity in the kitchen. I’ve already seen benefits of this meal plan like weight maintenance and more energy. One of the recipes I have added to my repertoire is Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta ToastKale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

Kale Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

The creaminess of the ricotta paired with the earthiness of the mushrooms and texture of the kale is a match made in heaven. This is a toast recipe you don’t want to miss. 

The key to making this Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast shine is using the absolute best ingredients. I got the kale, ricotta and mushrooms from my trusted local store that sells the best produce in town. What elevates the kale from good to amazing is the use of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base in the cooking process. Not only did I use it in the kale, I also mixed the roasted garlic base in my butter for the toast. This recipe is packed with flavor, which is why it is one of my favorites.

If you are not familiar with Better Than Bouillon, it is a concentrated paste that can be used to elevate the flavor of meatless dishes. It’s awesome for creating delicious plant-based versions of meals and has become my best friend when preparing vegetarian meals. I also got my husband hooked on it. 

I used roasted garlic base for this recipe but there are more flavors to choose from if you are not a big fan of garlic. The Better Than Bouillon vegetarian and certified vegan flavors include Seasoned Vegetable Base, Vegetarian No Beef Base, Organic Seasoned Vegetable Base and Vegetarian No Chicken Base. I love that you can also use Better Than Bouillon bases to make broths or as a marinade to add flavor any dish. I love using them when making some of my favorite dishes like glazed carrots or butternut squash soup. 

5 more ways to use Better Than Bouillon Bases

  1. Mix it with oil and add to your roasted vegetables before cooking. 
  2. Add it to your Fettuccine Alfredo sauce for an even bolder flavor.
  3. Use some in your homemade hummus dip recipe. 
  4. Add it to your favorite stir fry recipe or any sauteed veggies. 
  5. Mix it in your veggie burger mix for a super flavorful veggie patty. 

Kale Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

For more recipe ideas and to learn more about Better than Bouillon products, visit their website here. What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? How do you make them taste amazing? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below!

Kale, Mushroom and Ricotta Toast
Serves 2
This kale, mushroom and ricotta toast is packed with flavor thanks to the use of @betterthanbuillon roasted garlic base. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's an absolute winner!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small bunch fresh roughly chopped kale, about 6 cups
  2. 3 cups sliced Shitake mushrooms
  3. 3 tbsp Whole Milk Ricotta
  4. 1 1/2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base
  5. 2 tbsp softened butter
  6. Olive oil
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 4 slices whole grain bread
Instructions
  1. Mix 1/2 a tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base with softened butter. Spread over bread and broil in the oven till browned and slightly crispy.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until they are crispy and brown then set aside.
  3. Add kale to the same pan, add 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base and cook until kale is wilted.
  4. Season with some freshly ground pepper.
  5. Add a little pepper to the ricotta and spread over toasted grainy bread then place kale and mushrooms on top.
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The ultimate Hatfield® Ham Monte Cristo Sandwich

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With Easter around the corner you will most likely need creative ways to use leftover ham. How about serving Monte Cristo sandwiches made with delicious Hatfield Ham for Easter brunch? I couldn’t think of a more crowd pleasing and delicious sandwich for brunch. The Monte Cristo sandwich is a decadent sandwich that is insanely delicious.

What is the monte cristo sandwich you ask? It is simply a sandwich made with with ham, swiss cheese slices, dipped in an egg mixture and fried in a little butter. I like to think of it as a upgraded grilled cheese sandwich. It is rich and is the ultimate comfort sandwich.

How to make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Making this sandwich is easier that you would think. The name makes it sound fancy and complicated but just follow these steps and you’ll be golden. 

First, you will need good quality ingredients; especially the ham as it is the star of the dish. You may have noticed from previous posts that I love to cook with Hatfield products. Hatfield pork products are high quality, full of flavor and simply delicious. I also like that they are a family owned, American made company that uses ethically raised meat. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their products. If you follow a gluten free diet you will be happy to know Hatfield is gluten free!

 For this recipe I used the classic Ham Steaks which are very versatile. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Ham steaks are super convenient as they come fully-cooked and are sliced perfectly. You could grill them and have them with mashed potatoes and gravy. Another way would be to cut the hame into small peaces and mix them in a breakfast hash or even a creamy pasta dish. Using Hatfield products like the Ham steaks certainly makes meal time easy, fast and brings out my creativity in the kitchen. 

In addition to the ham you will need fresh eggs, good quality swiss cheese and white bread. This is not the kind of dish were whole grain bread will work, white bread simple gives the best results for this recipe.

Now the fun part. Layering the ingredients. The order in which you layer the ingredients is important. Start with bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread. The cheese is strategically placed to bind the sandwich.

Next step is to beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Where to find Hatfield Products

Hatfield products can be found at Stop and Shop, Hannaford, Acme, Shoprite, Giant Carlisle, and many more stores. Just head to the meat department in the ham section. Learn more at Hatfield.com

Hatfield Ham Store in store photo.

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The ultimate Monte Cristo Sandwich with Hatfield Ham.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
  2. Spread each slice of bread with the mayo and mustard mix. start layering the sandwich with the bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread.
  3. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter ad 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been meaning to post a smoothie bowl recipe for quite some time now and today I finally did it! It almost seems un-foodblogger-like not to have a smoothie bowl recipe since they are one of the hottest items in the food world right now. I am starting off very simple with a easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients.

easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are basically thick smoothies served in a bowl. Whoever came up with this idea deserves props as the bowls are so much fun and are a great alternative to the drinkable smoothies. From my research online the bowl frenzy started with Acai bowls which originated in Brazil and later made their way to San Francisco. Since then, there have been so many variations of the bowls but one thing that can’t be denied is how delicious and good for you they are.

Thanks to Instagram, smoothie bowls have also become a trendy food. If you just type the words smoothie bowl on Instagram you will find the prettiest and artistically decorated smoothie bowls out there. Sometimes they look too pretty, you wonder if the person who made it actually ate it. My only problem with those perfect smoothie bowls is that they are unrealistic. Nobody has time to add pretty flowers and sprinkles to their food. This is why it was important to me that the recipe I share today includes day to day ingredients that can easily be found.

 smoothie bowl
easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen bananas, frozen berries and almond milk. Frozen fruit works better for smoothies in my opinion but you can certainly use fresh fruit. I love the texture that frozen fruit brings to smoothies. I also used almond milk instead of cow’s milk because I wanted a smoothie that wasn’t too creamy but had more of a sorbet taste. For those days when I want a really creamy smoothie, I use milk instead.

This easy banana & berry smoothie bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes. I topped it with pre-sliced fruit for convenience sake but if you want to save money I suggest cutting the fruit yourself. Sometimes I find pre-sliced fruit worth the extra bucks since my time is so limited. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Easy Citrus Sour Cream Mousse Recipe too!

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Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until completely smooth but still thick. Add more liquid as needed to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Serve in a bowl and top with the sliced fruit and granola. So easy!

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