Category Archives: Breakfast

Breakfast for Dinner

I am a huge fan of breakfast foods. However I am far from being a morning person lol. So what better way to enjoy the foods you like then to make Breakfast for Dinner. I also had my youngest asking me for some Greek yogurt pancakes I had made previously. The kid has taste as these pancakes come from my Pioneer Woman cookbook. Don’t worry here’s a link I found to the recipe we used. These pancakes are delicious and fluffy and we may have added a few chocolate chips when cooking them.

I wanted to have something besides pancakes so I decided to make a breakfast Casserole. It was delicious and more then enough to feed us for a few day. So leftovers for breakfast lol. This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make come together. I used some frozen potatoes that had bacon bits, onions and bell peppers already in it, some shredded cheese, some cottage cheese and some eggs. Don’t worry I’ll give you the measurements down below in the recipe card. But if you’re comfortable in the kitchen you can pretty much add whatever you want to this casserole.

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Breakfast Casserole

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Servings 15

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk or mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups Frozen potatoes O'Brian this dish will cook faster if you defrost your potatoes first but if you forget just a longer cook time
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Bacon bits or cooked diced bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir all the ingredients together. Pour into the greased 9×13 baking dish
  • Cook for 40-60 minutes or until eggs are set and everything is cooked thru.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe reheats well and freezes well if you want to meal prep. 

Oatmeal Banana muffins

Do you ever have the urge to bake with your kids but then suddenly change your mind because you don’t want all the dishes that go with baking? Well then this recipe is for you. You throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend on high to combine. The best part of this besides not having a bunch of dishes is you can let the kids make these on their own and sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. The kids will feel proud and you can enjoy the fruits of their labor 🙂

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Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Easy and delicious recipe that even kids can make on their own!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • muffin tin

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar You can use white sugar if that's what you have on hand or a sugar substitute
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 very ripe bananas if your bananas are very ripe you won't need to cut into chunks but feel free to do so
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.
  • Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in blender and blend till smooth. If using chocolate chips stir in them in by hand now.
  • Pour muffin batter into greased or silicone lined muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted come out clean.

What did we find in the kitchen and Harry Potter

Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.

 

I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.

 

The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!

On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate

yogurt

berries

double chocolate breakfast bakes

chicken parmesan wrap

chicken cordon blue wraps

chicken nuggets

home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket

roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)

and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.

We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.

 

Holiday Leftovers

Now I know your probably thinking what? Did I miss a post? No no you did not but since I cooked a ham the other day which is on many tables at Christmas and had leftovers I decided why wait lets show them some delicious meals they can have with leftovers as well as do the holiday cooking posts.

So here’s the recipe

Egg wraps ( this is just an egg cooked really thin into a crepe or wrap, you can   add seasonings if you wish I usually add a bit of Italian seasoning)

1 pepper diced ( I used yellow)

1 small to medium onion diced

Diced leftover ham ( I had about a cup finely diced but you can put more or less)

Pasta sauce

Cheese of choice

In a bowl mix pepper, onion and ham. Take one egg wrap and put in about 3 tbsp of ham mixture. Add 1/2 tbsp pasta sauce and sprinkle of shredded cheese. Roll up and top with 1-2 tbsp pasta sauce and another sprinkle of cheese. Repeat to make as many as you need.  Put in microwave for 30-40 seconds or until cheese is melted and filling is warm.

I usually make one ham roll at a time for myself so what I like to do is actually saute the ham mixture before putting it in the wrap but that step in optional. I would only saute the 3 tbsp I was going to use.

The best part about this recipe is you can have it for breakfast, lunch of supper!

Hope you enjoy this recipe and look at how delicious this looks before its cooked and after.

 

Holiday Cooking part 1

As I mentioned in my last post I want to arm you with some recipes that are healthy and tasty this holiday season. I know I really should start with the main course or the veggies but I’m going to break the rules and go straight to dessert.

A few months after my weight loss surgery I rediscovered protein balls. These delicious little balls packed with flavour and meeting my nutritional requirements while allowing me to feel like I was have a treat. So today I am going to share with you a recipe for Cherry Cheesecake protein balls. I made these ones cherry but you can you a mixture of dried fruit of mango if you prefer.

This recipe will make 8 servings of 2 protein balls per guest. I didn’t fancy these ones up as I really like the flavour of them as they are.

Here’s what you need

1 cup quick oats

1/4 cup dried cherries ( I used unsweetened)

3 tbsp ground flaxseed

1.5 scoops of vanilla  protein powder ( I used GNC Iso burst French Vanilla)

3 tbsp light cream cheese

1 tbsp all natural almond butter

3 tbsp of milk

In a food processor add oats, cherries, protein powder and flax seed. Process by pulsing until it’s crumbly. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese and the almond butter once combined add to the food processor along with the milk and pulse till it starts to come together in clumps. Using a 1 tbsp measuring spoon, scoop out the mixture into your hand and roll. Refrigerate or freeze and pull out when needed to entertain or just a quick snack while shopping for the holidays.

Here’s a little secret with these delicious Cherry Cheesecake balls you can eat them year round! you can have them for breakfast, snack or a dessert that doesn’t require ustencils.

Just in case you were curious here’s the nutritional information for two protein balls(1 serving) I used MFP to calculate the nutrition.

Calories 134

Carbs 14 g

Sugar 11g

Fiber 1 g

Protein 8 g

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I look forward to sharing some more tasty ideas with all of you.

How long does it take you to eat?

I’ve been asked by people that are contemplating weight loss surgery how long it takes me to eat. And there really isn’t a set time I can give you because it depends on the type of food that your eating and also if your new stomach is giving you pain. I can eat cloud bread in 5 minutes and not feel any pain but I can eat two bites of chicken and feel like my stomach is going to rip open. So today while I was eating my pancake I decided to take pics as I went along. I could not finish the pancake in one sitting it’s actually two meals for me. It’s the first time I’ve had pancakes since surgery and they were delicious but quite labor intensive to eat. This was my pancake. It’s not a regular pancake I used a high protein pancake mix to make these. But this would probably take someone 5 minutes to eat well it took me 45 minutes to get thru half lol.

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Here is 15 minutes into my eating adventure

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This is a very close picture of the size of pancake I can eat at a time

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This is 45 minutes in

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And this is an hour in when I decided to stop cause I was full

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So as you can tell by my pictures eating is quite the process for me these days. I also can’t drink while eating so that can suck at times.

Hope you enjoyed the visual of how long it takes to eat for me right now. Have a goodnight 🙂

 

 

Fajita Omelette

This recipe came together without really thinking about anything except I have some leftover beef fajitas that I cannot let go to waste. And I am glad that I took the time to make this omelette because it was amazing.

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So what do you need to make this delicious recipe?

leftover crockpot fajitas (recipe on this post)

4 eggs

a hand full of baby spinach

Whisk your eggs in a bowl with some water. Cook at medium high heat in a non stick pan. While eggs are setting ( I can’t flip an omelette for the life of me so here’s a trick put a lid on your pan and your eggs will cook without having to flip them) reheat leftovers in microwave or in another pan. Add baby spinach. Fold omelette in half and serve. This recipe made enough for two people. If you want to make it for one simple decrease the amount of eggs and fajitas mix your reheating 🙂

Banana nut oatmeal

I’ve decided to give oatmeal a try for the next 7 days.  I will be adding pictures later on this week to my posts but for now here’s the recipe! And I am posting pics on my facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/FastHealthyClean?ref=hl  if you can’t wait to see the pics 🙂

What you need (makes 2 servings)

1 cup water

1/2 cup oats

1 banana. sliced

1 tbsp walnuts ( I used chopped)

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Bring water and oatmeal to a boil reduce heat and cook until desired doneness. Separate oats in two bowls top each bowl with 1/2 banana, 1/2 tbsp walnuts and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.  Serve and Enjoy!

Always read your labels

So this weekend I had plans of blogging, baking the kids some healthy snacks and cleaning the house. Well that didn’t happen. We had a wind storm on Saturday and it knocked out our power all weekend. In fact we never got power back till Monday around 7 am.

Since we didn’t have any power and everyone was out of ice we had to go to the store and rely on shelf stable foods. Let me tell you even if something is marked as healthy if it’s not a fruit or a vegetable their probably lying to some extent. And yes this even includes protein bars. Did you know that some protein bars have over 10 grams of sugar in them? And the amount of crap in some of them is ridiculous.

Anyway after browsing the store for awhile and giving up on looking at labels I decided to just get something that I could feed my family. I came across these Belvita cookies and I though how bad can they be  will check it out before I eat them. Well their basically just a bear paw in a grow up package. Don’t believe me check out the nutrition facts from bear paws that I bought the kid and my grown up cookies.

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Healthy pancakes!

As well as trying to make healthier choices for myself I am also trying to get the kids to eat healthier without having a huge battle at every meal. My oldest son is an extremely picky eater and has been eating cheerios as his breakfast since he was old enough to eat them. Now I don’t have anything against Cheerios but I wanted some protein into this little guy since he has always been slightly underweight. He is so picky he doesn’t like any of the typical breakfast foods like eggs or bacon. After a lot of trials I have found a protein pancake winner! The pictures shows pumpkin protein pancakes but my sons favourite are apple cinnamon. So I will post the recipe for the apple cinnamon and I hope your family enjoys them as much as we do.

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Apple Cinnamon pancakes

6 egg whites

1/2 cup apple sauce or cut apple(without the peel)

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 cup oatmeal

1 tsp cinnamon

Put everything in the blender and mix. You might need to add some more oatmeal if you don’t find the batter thick enough. Cook pancakes in a non stick skillet on medium high until cooked thru.

 

* if you would like to make the pumpkin recipe remove applesauce and add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree and replace the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice.