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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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Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe

Looking for an easy appetizer for your next holiday party? How about these delicious smoked salmon roll-ups. They are super easy to make and look beautiful on the plate which will make you look like a kitchen Goddess. If you have guests that do not love seafood you can use anything from thin cold cuts of meat or even veggies only. The possibilities are endless with this recipe. 

smoked salmon roll-ups

The key is to use the best quality salmon and my brand of choice is Blue Circle Foods because their smoked salmon is free from antibiotics, GMOs, growth hormones, sugar and synthetic pigments. I used full cream cheese but here you can go with a low fat cream cheese if you like. Spinach can be substituted with lettuce, arugula or any soft green leaf. The dill, capers and lemon zest elevate the flavor of this appetizer really well. 

Blue Circle Foods Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 block (4oz) cream cheese, softened
  2. 16 oz Blue Circle Foods smoked salmon
  3. 3 flour tortillas
  4. 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  5. 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onions
  6. Juice and zest from 1 small lemon
  7. 2 tbsp. fresh dill leaves chopped
  8. 2 tsp capers
  9. 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, stir together the cream cheese, lemon juice, zest, dill, capers, red onions and black pepper.
  2. Lay tortillas down flat on cling wrap. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the tortillas, leaving about 1/2 inch edges.
  3. Line with a layer of spinach, followed by a layer of smoked salmon.
  4. Roll tortillas up, wrap tightly in cling wrap and chill until ready to eat.
  5. When ready to serve, remove from cling wrap, place on cutting board, and trim off the ends. Slice each roll into 1 1/2 inch pinwheels and serve.
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What is your favorite appetizer? I am always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Good Eats Boston: Bancroft & Co.

This weeks good eats Boston feature is the super stylish and inviting Bancroft & Co. restaurant located north of Boston at the North shore mall. I was there for brunch last weekend and loved everything about it. This modern American steakhouse impressed me the moment I stepped in. Velvet and leather upholstered seating, fun phone booths, plenty of seating and most importantly delicious food. 

Bancroft & Co BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH

One of my favorite meals was the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with chipotle aioli and sweet potato fries. The chicken is perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The slight smokiness off the chipotle aioli paired with the sweetness from sweet potato fries is a flavor bomb in your mouth. 

Another favorite of mine were the polenta fries. The crispy polenta fries were perfectly made with a delicious truffle aioli on the side. Not to forget the Bancroft burger with aged cheddar, crispy onions and house brioche. Everything I ate was just delicious. 

Bancroft & co polenta fries

Bancroft burger

No meal is complete without something sweet. If there is one thing you should try for brunch when you visit Bancroft & Co. is the crisp malted Belgian waffle with caramelized banana and rum butter sauce. This waffle was epic and could possibly be the best I have had. The inside was soft, fluffy and combined with intense sweet flavor of the caramelized banana, it is just pure heaven in your mouth. 

If you have been to The Bancroft location in Burlington you will find a lot a similarities with Bancroft & Co. Some have described The Bancroft as Prince William and Bancroft & Co as Prince Harry. This is because one is more classic and serious while the other is more playful but both have the high quality and standards as they are cut from the same cloth. I totally agree with this comparison but I say you be the judge and head out there for your next meal. You will not be disappointed. 

Bancroft & Co

210 ANDOVER STREET
PEABODY, MA 01960
978-817-3670

FYI: My meal at Bancroft and Co was complimentary but as always the opinions

Alove Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

This post is sponsored by Alove in collaboration with Dent Agency. all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Welcome to October everyone! Did you know that October was the eighth month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar? The name October was derived from the Latin word ‘octo’ which means ‘eight’. When the Romans switched to a 12th month calendar they never changed the name which we still use today. Interesting, considering it is the 10th month, right?

Before I digress into more October fun facts, let’s get to today’s recipe. Alove Yogurt Parfait layered with fruit. Yogurt parfaits are probably one of the simplest things to make and you can layer them with whatever your heart desires. They can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack. Since I am all about eating well I love to use fruit for my layers and have started using the Alove brand yogurt for my yogurt choice.

The key to a good yogurt parfait is the yogurt. You can always find yummy fruit but the yogurt is the glue that binds the parfait so to speak. You don’t want a yogurt that is too tart or too sweet and this is where Alove yogurt wins for me. Alove yogurt is aloe vera yogurt made from a mix of creamy yogurt and the inner flesh of the aloe vera leaf. This Japanese-style yogurt is the smoothest and silkiest I have ever had.

For this recipe I used pineapple chunks, strawberries, sliced kiwi and blueberries however you can use any fruit you like. I used the original flavor as I did not want the yogurt flavor to clash with the fruit. Alove comes in a variety of flavors including vanilla, strawberry, kiwi, peach and blueberry so there is something for everyone. I started off with a layer of yogurt, followed by the fruit then another layer of yogurt and fruit. This yogurt is not super thick so be prepared for the yogurt to slightly overlap with the fruit which is perfect.

As we slowly move into gloomy weather, a dish like this is a perfect breakfast sitting on the deck or even for those rushed mornings. It has become one of my favorite breakfast treats and I love how pretty it is when layered in a glass dish. I love margarita glasses or globe glasses for beautiful presentation. If you are leaning towards a dessert parfait you can use cookie crumbs, cake or brownie crumbles and graham crackers for your base layer.

Have you tried Alove yogurt? What are your favorite ingredients to use for parfaits? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Alove Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
Course Breakfast
Keyword Alove Yogurt
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Alove Original Flavor Yogurt
  • 1 cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pinapple chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Sliced Kiwi
Course Breakfast
Keyword Alove Yogurt
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Alove Original Flavor Yogurt
  • 1 cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pinapple chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Sliced Kiwi
Instructions
  1. In a large glass, layer 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup each of strawberries,pinneapple chunks, sliced kiwi and blueberries. Repeat layers.

Beauty Bites: Strawberries, Food For Beautiful Skin

When the makeup artist was getting my face done for the wedding, she at one point called her colleagues and said “look at her skin, it is just perfect” and they all asked what products I use to maintain it. I have been asked this question so many times and each time I always have a different answer as I am always trying a different skin care brand when one runs out.

This got me thinking that I must be doing something else that is making my skin glow as it was clearly not the products. After much thought I realized that it is the food I eat because it is the one consistent thing I do.

Strawberries in a bowlElk Head Stoneware Bowl

One thing that our household never skimps on is the purchase of fresh produce. My shopping cart is usually about 70 percent produce and the rest is dry goods and meat. As a result we have been able to maintain healthy weight, good skin and well-being.

Strawberries are one fruit that I absolutely love and eat as often as I can. Yes, I know they can be expensive especially when they are out of season. The way I rationalize it is that those few extra dollars I am trying to save, I would have most likely spent them on something useless anyway. Why not spend them on something delicious and good for me.

Beauty Benefits of Eating Strawberries:

  • Strawberries are high in antioxidants which prevent collagen damage. This in turn prevents wrinkles from forming and makes the skin smooth and supple. The anti aging benefit of strawberries is amazing.
  • Strawberries are high in vitamin C which helps prevent and treat ultraviolet damage. Have a bowl of strawberries after a day in the sun, it will do your skin some good.
  • Eating strawberries also helps with lightening blemishes and scars caused by acne. The lightening extracts and ellagic acid in strawberries reduces dark spots on the skin.
  • Having strawberries regularly will increase overall skin health. Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid, a key substance that helps eliminate dead skin cells and cleanses the skin

So next time you are at the grocery store, grab some strawberries and you are on your way to better skin and health!

Check out another beauty Bites post on Using Lemons for your Skin. Lusting over my strawberry bowl? You can find it at Vagabond House. They have the best table ware.

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