Monday, January 31, 2011

Breakfast Apple Crumble

Yesterday I really wanted apple pie for breakfast. Weird? Maybe. But since apple pie isn't the most nutritious food, I made a breakfast version. It totally hit the spot.
Breakfast Apple Crumble
4 extra large gala apples
2 T. all purpose flour
1/3 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 T. lemon juice
1 c. oats
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. ground flaxseed
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, softened
pinch salt

Peel and core apples and cut into thin slices.
Add flour, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Toss together.
Pour apples into a pie pan and set aside.
In a bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, and flaxseed. Cut in butter and add salt until the mixture is crumbly.
Pour the oat mixture on apples and spread evenly to cover all the apples.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until top is nicely browned and apples are tender.
I ate a big bowl with milk. If you serve it as a dessert it would be delicious with ice cream!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tomato Basil Soup

Okay, so this recipe is not really homemade, but it's quick, yummy, and versatile. I was in the mood for tomato soup and I had some fresh basil on hand and this is what was born.
Tomato Basil Soup
2 cans tomato soup
2 canfuls water
2 T. fresh basil, minced
grated cheese
1 can diced tomatoes (optional)
cooked noodles (optional)
canned beans (optional)
any vegetables (optional)
cooked chicken or pepperoni (optional)

I used fresh minced basil because I love it. You could also use 2 t. dry.
I used fresh mozzarella for my cheese. It's available at most grocery stores and it has a very mild, creamy flavor.
I just cut it up in small squares instead of grating it.
Prepare soup with water. Add basil (and any additional ingredients you like) and heat thoroughly. To serve, put a handful of cheese in the bottom of each bowl and top with hot soup. Garnish with more basil or black pepper. The cheese gets all melty and yummy! Mmmmmm.
I am a sucker for tomato soup. It's filling and healthy! I didn't add any extras to mine this time, but I will in the future. This is such a fun shortcut recipe and you could really add anything you want. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Whole Grain Cookies

Yay for cookies! I love 'em. This recipe came from a neighbor and it is outstandingly good for being whole grain. You could feed these to your kids (and your husband, for that matter) and they'll never even know they're eating healthy cookies.
Whole Grain Cookies
1/2 c. butter, slightly melted
1/2 c. coconut oil, slightly melted
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 c. ground flaxseed
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 c. oat bran, oat flour, or oats (I used oat bran)
1 c. (or more) chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine butter, oil, and sugars.
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
Add salt, baking powder, soda, and flaxseed.
Finally, stir in flour and oat bran.
Add chocolate chips.
With a cookie scoop (my favorite tool) scoop balls of dough onto and ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 400 F for 8 minutes. Makes about 48-50 cookies.
The finished product is a golden brown, chewy piece of heaven.
I've heard things about coconut oil that suggests it's actually a very healthy fat. It's a naturally occurring fat that contains no cholesterol. I'm not going to promote it or pretend that I know much about it but it's interesting to learn about. You could probably use all coconut oil in this recipe but I'm not sure how they would turn out. If anyone tries it let me know! :) Enjoy!

P.S. Any kind of chips would be great in these cookies: butterscotch, white chocolate, cinnamon, etc. Go crazy!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blueberry Muffins

I've always wanted to find the perfect blueberry muffin recipe. I actually love the prepackaged varieties, but I've just had this desire to make a homemade recipe that I love just as much. I've tried several recipes and I'm always disappointed. This one, however, (that I found on is a winner. They are moist, flavorful, and delicious.
Blueberry Muffins
3 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
1 egg
1 (heaping) c. plain yogurt
1 t. vanilla
1 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add wet ingredients (except blueberries) and mix just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
Divide into 12 greased or paper-lined muffin tins.
Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes.

I am excited to try these muffins with different fruits. I'd like to try raspberries or cranberries. Go ahead and mix it up. Dried fruits and nuts would be kind of fun, too. Enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Poppyseed Chicken

This recipe came from my sister-in-law and it is delicious. I used cream of chicken soup and she prefers cream of mushroom soup but either way it's a winner at my house! It's quick and easy and my whole family loved it.
Poppyseed Chicken
2 (12 oz.) cans chicken breasts (or 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped)
1/4 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup
1 T. poppyseeds
1 roll ritz crackers
1/4 c. butter, melted

Combine chicken, broth, sour cream, soup and poppyseeds.
Spread into an 8x8" baking dish. Top with crushed ritz crackers. Drizzle with melted butter.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.
I served mine over rice with tomatoes and peas and I mixed it all up on my plate. I gotta say it was great. The warm chicken mixed with the veggies was perfect.
If you're pressed for time, this is a great chicken dish to try. It might be fun to experiment with some different flavors, too. Try adding garlic, cheese, mushrooms, or any of your favorite spices to really make it your own. Enjoy!