Sweet Waffle: Cinnamon Waffle with Blackberry & Basil Sauce

sweet and savory waffles

After an impromptu waffle iron buy last night, we decided to make waffles this morning! This sweet waffle is delectable with the blackberry and basil sauce. And the best part is, it is so easy to make!

Cinnamon Waffles with Blackberry & Basil Sauce

cinnamon waffle

Ingredients (Makes 4-6 waffles, or 1 Belgium waffle)
Waffles:
1 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 of 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp of cinnamon

Blackberry and Basil Sauce:
6oz fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp of basil, chopped

Directions
Waffles:
1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
2. Whisk the milk, the cooled melted butter, and egg in a separate bowl until combined; pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. (A few small lumps are fine.)
3. Preheat a waffle iron; lightly brush with vegetable oil, then fill with batter three-quarters full and cook until the waffles are golden and crisp.

Blackberry and Basil sauce:
1. Combine the blackberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and cook at a boil for 5 minutes, scraping the bottom as needed to keep from burning.
3. Reduce heat to low; simmer the mixture until thick, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Drizzle the sauce over the waffles to serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/top-notch-waffles.html and http://allrecipes.com/recipe/214834/blueberry-and-raspberry-pancake-topping/

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

I took my favorite healthy comfort food and turned it even more healthy! These lettuce wraps are the best way to add healthy to your diet while still getting the protein and yumminess you deserve.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

buffalo chicken quinoa lettuce wraps

Ingredients

1 head of Boston, Bib, or Butter Lettuce
1 cup quinoa (measured uncooked)
2 cups water
3/4 lb boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut into cubes or strips
1/2 cup Sambal (or any hot sauce)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups shredded carrots
2 Avocados
1 tsp salt
Chives-chopped (optional)

Directions

In a medium pot, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and then turn heat to low. Cook until all the water is absorbed. It usually says on the quinoa package how long to cook it until.

While the quinoa is cooking, make the buffalo sauce. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, hot sauce, and salt. I usually use Sambal chile sauce for my  “hot sauce,” so feel free to use any hot sauce you like. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and add chicken to saute until cooked through. Add half of sauce mix, saute for two minutes and cook the chicken for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. For me, its easier to cook the chicken breast whole first, then after its cooked cut it up.

Now its time to assemble! Take 1 piece of lettuce, add the quinoa to the center, and a couple pieces of buffalo chicken on top of that. Then add a little shredded carrots and a couple pieces of avocado. Top with chopped chives if desired, roll up and serve!

Recipe source: http://natashaskitchen.com/2014/08/02/chicken-quinoa-lettuce-wraps-with-peanut-sauce

Buckwheat with Lemon-Parsley Pesto

My husband grew up on buckwheat so we decided to give it a try. We found this barley recipe and decided to use buckwheat instead. Adding pesto, pine nuts, and a little red pepper flakes makes this side dish a must-try!

Buckwheat with Lemon-Parsley Pesto

buckwheat with lemon parsley pesto

Ingredients

1 cup buckwheat
2 cups parsley
1 garlic clove
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions

Cook 1 cup of buckwheat as the label directs; transfer to a bowl.

Pulse 2 cups parsley, 2 tablespoons each olive oil and toasted pine nuts, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a food processor until smooth.

Add the mixture to the buckwheat along with 2 more tablespoons toasted pine nuts and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; toss. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little something extra.

TIP: If the mixture is too sticky, just add olive oil until your desired consistency.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/barley-with-lemon-parsley-pesto.html

Mustard-Roasted Fish

I love mustard. And I love finding new fish recipes to try, because with our busy schedule we need a quick and healthy dinner. So when I found this mustard roasted fish, I was more than in! It is as good as it looks too! And as any fish recipe, super easy!

Mustard Roasted Fish

mustard roasted fish

Ingredients

4 (8-ounce) fish fillets such as red snapper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces crème fraîche
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 teaspoons drained capers

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or aluminum foil.) (You can also use an ovenproof baking dish.) Place the fish fillets skin side down on the sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Combine the crème fraîche, two mustards, shallots, capers, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Spoon the sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it’s barely done. (The fish will flake easily at the thickest part when it’s done.) Be sure not to overcook it! Serve hot or at room temperature with the sauce from the pan spooned over the top.

Recipe source: http://www.barefootcontessa.com/recipes.aspx?RecipeID=336&S=0

Reuben Dip

I love reuben sandwiches so when I came across this reuben dip my jaw dropped. The dip is just as good as the sandwich, especially when served along side of little slices of rye or pumpernickel bread 🙂

Reuben Dip

reuben dip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound diced corned beef (have the deli cut a large chunk for you, or I have found it packaged before)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • cocktail rye or pumpernickel bread

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, combine corned beef, cream cheese, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, sour cream, ketchup and mustard. Spoon into a greased, 1-quart baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve warm with rye bread.
  • I added more cheese on top afterwards because I wanted it to be more cheesey 😉

Recipe source: http://noblepig.com/2008/09/reuben/

Crab and Lemon Aioli Bruschetta

My favorite new appetizer!! I love having crab in the summer, there is just something so light but meaty about it! Mixing the crab with the lemon aioli definitely makes this app what it is!

Crab and Lemon Aioli Bruschetta

crab and lemon aioli brushetta

Ingredients

Toasts:
1 ciabatta loaf, cut into 12 (1/2-inch thick) slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
Crab:
8 ounces lump crabmeat
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Aioli:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 large lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the toasts: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet. Drizzle both sides of the bread with the oil. Season with salt and bake until light golden, about 10 minutes. Cool for 1 minute, and then rub the toasts with the cut side of the garlic.

For the crab: In a small bowl, gently combine the crab, lemon juice, chives, and salt.

For the aioli: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon zest, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Mix the crabmeat with the aioli mixture and place on top of the toasts.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/crab-and-lemon-bruschetta-recipe.html

Parmesan Baked Chicken Strips

This has become a staple in our household. We like to call them “Grown-up chicken nuggets.” Baking the chicken instead of frying, and a little special spicy ketchup brings these chicken strips to the next level!

Parmesan Baked Chicken Strips

parmesan baked chicken strips

Ingredients
1 lb chicken tenders, or chicken strips
1 1/4 cup panko, bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten cooking spray

Spicy Ketchup
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 tbsp – 1/4 cup Sambal chili paste (or any hot sauce), I recommend you taste as you go so it’s not too spicy
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
Pinch of Salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients for the Spicy Ketchup and set aside.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Prepare a baking sheet by adding a wire rack on top of it and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Add the panko to a shallow dish and mix in the Parmesan and coarse salt. Drizzle the oil and mix well. Set out the flour and eggs both in separate dishes.

In small batches, coat the chicken in flour, shaking off any excess, dip in egg, and lastly coat well with panko. Transfer to the rack. Bake the chicken until desired tenderness, about 12-14 minutes, turning when halfway through. Serve nuggets with the Spicy Ketchup.

Recipe Source: http://rasamalaysia.com/baked-chicken-nuggets/2

5-Minute Healthy Frozen Yogurt

You can now enjoy your favorite dessert right at home, anytime you want! By far the healthiest, easiest, frozen yogurt you will ever make. Mix up the fruit choice to create your favorite fruity concoction!

5-Minute Healthy Frozen Yogurt

healthy frozen yogurt

Ingredients:

1 (16-oz.) bag frozen fruit, frozen solid (I used a tropical medley)
3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (non-fat or whole)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Add the frozen fruit, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.

Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe source: http://www.justataste.com/2013/08/healthy-easy-peach-frozen-yogurt-recipe/

Avocado-Pesto Stuffed Peppers

I made this finger food at my last girl’s night for a healthy twist on our typical wine and cheese night. The mix of avocado and pesto might be my new favorite combo!

Avocado-Pesto Stuffed Peppers

avocado pesto stuffed peppers

Ingredients

  • mini sweet bell peppers
  • ripe avocados
  • tablespoons of your favorite pesto
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Cut the stems off of the peppers and use a spoon to remove the seeds.
  2. In a bowl with a fork (or in a food processor) mash up the avocados and pesto until creamy. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Using a big ziplock bag with the corner snipped off (the stronger freezer bags work the best), pipe the mixture into mini sweet bell peppers and enjoy!

Recipe source: http://food52.com/recipes/22340-avocado-pesto-stuffed-peppers

Roasted Veggies with Chipotle Cream

For a light and healthy dish, try this vegetarian concoction. Adding a spicy cream takes this dish to the next level!

Roasted Veggies with Chipotle Cream

roasted veggies with chipotle cream

Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
One 1-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Chipotle Cream:
1 cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tbsp Chipotle “mayo” (vegan mayonnaise, I used Just Mayo)
1 teaspoon of Sambal (chili paste)
1 teaspoon agave
1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Spray a heavy baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

For the vegetables: Toss the zucchini, bell pepper, squash, oil, cumin, oregano and salt in a medium bowl. Spread the mixture in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast until the vegetables are golden and tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

For the cream: Mix the greek yogurt, lime juice, agave, paprika, sambal, and “mayo” until smooth in a small bowl.

Spoon the vegetables onto a plate and serve with a dollop of the chipotle cream. I served on top of tortilla chips but feel free to serve in a crunchy tortilla, or simply on their own.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/roasted-vegetable-tostadas-with-chipotle-cream-recipe.html