Breakfast Dishes

Who loves to make breakfast? I do I do!!! I really do, it’s easy and yummy! I think these recipes are great for weekend mornings, make ahead, and even some brunches or quick and easy breakfasts to go!! 

Healthy Breakfast Wrap and 21 Day Fix Challenge Completed

Healthy Breakfast Wrap and 21 Day Fix Challenge Completed

Today marks my 21st day of the 21 Day Challenge.  I feel good but it can get discouraging at times. For example, when you've been busting your butt getting up at 5 am to workout 6 days a week before the kids get up, searching and searching for healthy recipes, meal prepping even before you go camping so you stay on track, and then your husband gets compliments on how good he looks. REALLY??!!  I hate how I still have to moderate a lot of moves. I'm trying to concentrate on the fact that I am indeed stronger than I was 3 weeks ago and that the people in these video's seem to struggle a lot to get through and they are in REALLY good shape. I'm only down 3 pounds and have 6 more to go but remind me that I wasn't in this to loose weight. I was in it to gain some sanity from being a work at home Mom to 2 beautiful kids and to teach my kids that staying healthy is important. (My 4 yo now stays in her bed in the morning and says she waits for Mommy to finish her workout!! How awesome is

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A Healthy Day From Start to Finish #beachbody

A Healthy Day From Start to Finish #beachbody

So as you all know I jumped on the beachbody band wagon. Whether I'm loosing weight or not, whether I'm loosing inches or not, I don't care. I'm feeling great and I have more energy than I've ever had.....and I'm saner than I've ever been! HA! So I've been experimenting with some fresher foods, healthier and cleaner recipes and trying my hardest to cheat, yes I had Pizza on my son's birthday, I'm only human. I however did not have ice cream or anything else at the party so I'd say I did well. I'm going to take you through a day of my meals and trust me when I say these recipes are EASY and DELICIOUS! I'm up at 5. I workout from 5:15-5:45. Right now I'm on the 21 Day Fix. I'm not expecting the results they are promising because I'm not following the eating plan to a T. I watch my portion control and use the Shakeology Shakes! I'm currently on my third week of this challenge and I plan on doing another round of it. Why you ask?? Simple. I'm still needing to moderate a lot of moves and

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A New Me!! Healthy Breakfast Ideas

A New Me!! Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Well if your a follower of me on Facebook you must know by now that I've jumped on the BeachBody band wagon. It's not that I never wanted to. I just always used time as my excuse. I didn't have time. Who has time to workout when I barley have time to pee some days! Then I was introduced to my coach Kelly. We were laughing the other day because we forget how we got connected but we did and that's all that matters. I then joined a free Abs and Butt Challenge for the month of May with Kelly. Each day she'd post a round of exercises and off I'd go to fit them into my crazy life. Doing a plank here, a wall sit there, and situps as I watched TV at night. As the month went on I jumped back onto my CoreBody Reformer and started walking/jogging with my son on nice days. Then I contacted Kelly with a simple problem. Every sit up I did past 10 I peed myself.  Yes I'm openly admitting that. You can laugh. It's funny and gross all at the same time.  I knew she had two kids and I wanted to know

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Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

This is my new addiction. A serious addiction. It's creamy, crunchy and filling!! I found this Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese a few months back, it has the lowest fat and calories of any kind of cream cheese or butter I've found, I do not feel guilty eating this stuff, some days I am strict and have half a serving and some days I'm bad and I have the full 2 tablespoons. I know, the rebel that I am huh! If you love avocado's this is your breakfast dish! Or snack....or lunch! Ingredients: 1-2 tbsp of greek yogurt cream cheese (if you can't find it use low fat cream cheese) 2 slices of whole wheat or low carb bread 1/2 avocado 1/2 tomato, diced Pepper What to do: Toast your bread, layer it with the cream cheese, top with avocado and tomato, sprinkle with pepper..........oh and ENJOY!

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Cannoli Stuffed French Toast for #SundaySupper

Cannoli Stuffed French Toast for #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday everyone!! Spring has Sprung where we live in New England! I don't know about you but when the Spring weather is upon us I get the jitters to bake and make breakfast! I know I know, crazy but this is my fourth Spring since I've realized how happy the kitchen makes me so I must admit I'm guilty of these Spring time treats I must whip up! When #SundaySupper came up with the theme of Stuffed, Roll or Wrap I knew exactly what I was going to make!! So a special thanks to Amy of kimchi MOM!! I've had this recipe in mind since I saw it on a cooking show I tune into every now and again called The Hungry Girl. I made some changes to make it to my families liking so feel free to adjust to what yours would love!  I've made a few recipes of hers, and this one I knew my family would fall all over. Though they tasted like a piece of heaven in my mouth, the pictures aren't so great so I apologize for that. I realized that they weren't easy to photograph. I decided to go with this

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Poached Pear Bread with Dixie Crystals & #SundaySupper

Poached Pear Bread with Dixie Crystals & #SundaySupper

Since I'm still mastering this thing called baking, I tend to have to repeat recipes. Sometimes the second one comes out better than the first and sometimes it comes out A LOT worse than the first. When I find one I've mastered a few times it becomes a favorite that I go back to over and over again for my family. When the SundaySupper group said they were partnering up with Dixie Crystals, bringing you the theme of, Springtime Sweets, I knew I had to try something different. For some reason I love baking in the Fall and Spring, call me crazy but Spring just makes me want to bake tasty, sweet and delicious treats. While flipping through one of my favorite cooking magazines I came across a picture that lured me right in! I knew I had to create something like this, since it didn't come with the recipe, nope it didn't, I needed to go on-line to get it however it also said I could use my own bread recipe to make this fabulous recipe. I figured I'd have the best of both worlds I'd get to

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Granola and Yogurt Parfaits to go w/Ladera Granola

Granola and Yogurt Parfaits to go w/Ladera Granola

When Ladera Granola reached out to me a month or so ago to do a review on their product there was no way I was going to say no, one because I love helping people and two because I love love love granola! I know a lot of Granola's can be good for you but I've never really found one that was low enough in Fats to be satisfied with paying the $8-9 a package can sometimes cost. When I received my Granola in the mail I was excited to see what it was all about. It has an great sweet taste but not too sweet, I loved the texture, it wasn't too "bulky" and "chunky", just the right amount of almond for this Momma! So let's talk about Ladera Granola a bit, I actually found their story quite  fascinating. When I researched it online I was quite surprised that the founders were so young! Well maybe surprised isn't the word but I had that "Wow that's so awesome, you go guys" kind of feeling when I read about it. Ladera was started in the kitchen of Karen Butterfield, a mother of three boys, not

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Pear & Cottage Cheese Breakfast

Pear & Cottage Cheese Breakfast

I found this recipe in a new cookbook I got for Christmas this year. I have to admit it sounded a bit "weird" when I first read the ingredients but then I realized......hey I like everything in it so why wouldn't it work! I was looking for a change up, something light to have for breakfast, and then I realized it could also be for lunch or a snack too! So when I made it, I originally had it for breakfast, then I had it for lunch the next day, then I had it as a snack the following day! That is a Win-Win-Win in my book! The celery and walnuts gives it just the bit of crunch you need! What you'll need: 2 Pears, diced 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese 1/4 cup of glazed walnuts or pecans, chopped 1/2 cup of red grapes, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped How to make it: Mix the above ingredients leaving a few of the pecans out. Refrigerate and sprinkle with remaining pecans when ready to serve.

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Food Lust People Love – Featured Friday

Food Lust People Love – Featured Friday

Oh sweet Friday how we all love you! Another Friday which means another awesome blog gets to be featured today!! Let me introduce Stacy to you all. She blogs, bakes, writes, cooks and all that other stuff over at Food Lust People Love. Welcome to Momma's Meals Stacy! I'm pretty sure I met her through the #SundaySupper team as well. Stacy lives in Dubai, how cool is that??!! She explains herself to be a "Career expat wife who just passed the 50-year mark, with almost 26 years living overseas (as an adult) under her belt.  She loves cooking and writing and writing about cooking." Now I'm going to be honest with you here and tell you I had to look up the word expat because I had no idea what it meant. Here is what I found: An expatriate (often abbreviated to 'expat' or sometimes 'ex-pat') is a person 'temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person's upbringing or legal residence'. In other words, somebody who isn't from 'around here'. I know

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The Savvy Kitchen – Featured Friday

The Savvy Kitchen – Featured Friday

Happy Friday everyone!! My Featured Friday hiatus is officially over!! I'm so happy to at least have 5 more wonderful blogs to introduce you to for 2014, I'm already working on finding others but for now let me introduce you to Amy, she blogs over at The Savvy Kitchen. She is a newlywed, well she got married in 2012, to me that is a newlywed!! She currently resides in Northern Virginia and though Amy does market research for the government (sounds cool!) her passion and joy is being in her kitchen. Amy comes from a large Italian family and between them and her husband she has quite the taste testers! She tries to cook mostly low-calorie, low-carb and gluten-free meals to accommodate the diet restrictions of her friends and family. Amy learnt to cook from her mother and hopes to someday cook just as good as she does, so she turned the Savvy Kitchen into a place where she can share her journey with............well everyone!! Aren't we lucky! Here is my cute little helper who has

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Lori’s Culinary Creations – Featured Friday

Lori’s Culinary Creations – Featured Friday

  Meet Lori from Lori's Culinary Creations! It's Friday and it's that day of the week where I get to introduce to you another new blog that has become a new favorite of mine! When I go through someone's recipe section and I click on almost everyone because each name sounds mouth watering, well that's when I know I NEED to feature them!! That's what happened when I came across Lori's blog! Lori takes her adventures and mis-adventures (don't we all have those) from her kitchen and turns them into creations to share with her readers. She enjoys trying new recipes, trying other peoples recipes and especially experimenting with recipes from other cultures and ethnic cultures. Lori was inspired by numerous trips to Europe, tasting the incredible cuisine of Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Isn't that amazing???!!!! It's funny that I had no desire to travel to other countries, my husband is a history buff and would probably go anywhere, but since I've started cooking and and experimenting in

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Broccoli, Mushroom & Cheese Strata #SundaySupper and #FamilyDinnerTable

Broccoli, Mushroom & Cheese Strata #SundaySupper and #FamilyDinnerTable

**This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.** #SundaySupper and AmFam are partnering up again!!! I'm so happy to be a part of it this month, AmFam's Back to the Family Dinner Table Campaign is being hosted by the wonderful Isabel at Family Foodie.  They've selected 20 SundaySupper bloggers to take part in this event and we are all sharing "Meals made with Cheese!" Yup you read that right, Cheese! It's so nice to see other families that feel the same way I do about gathering the family around the table each week. A lot of days that 30 minutes my family sits around the dining room table are the only 30 minutes my husband and I even get to talk. We have little ones right now and meeting up during that time provides me with some kind of comfort. Speaking of comfort, could they thought of a better theme?? Cheese is a huge comfort food for me. Whether I cut up a few pieces and have it with my favorite wine at night or if it's warm, melted and

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Juggling with Julia – Featured Friday

Juggling with Julia – Featured Friday

TGIF my friends!!! I love me my Friday's!!! Of course for a lot of reasons but one of them is because I get to Feature a new blog, share an awesome new recipe and well help out another dear blogger is always a good thing! Today's Momma is another favorite of mine. I never actually Featured Julia I was just always a big follower of her website because she cooks clean and healthy and she's a Mother of three, so of course I'm going to love her!! I have made a recipe of hers though, do you remember this post, Just Because We Could, It was a post I had written back in April of 2012 when my family had my daughter over night. Another night that my husband and I got to live the "single" life together, actually when I read back on it, I was pretty funny, wonder what happened to that witty light humor I used to have!! :) Then do you remember the Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes I made that very weekend my daughter was away? Well those came from Ms. Julia too! Oh I remember them well I actually made them

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Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

I got the idea for these pancakes from a magazine a few months back. I wanted a way to make them a little on the "healthier" side, if that's at all possible for pancakes! If it's one thing I miss a lot since our whole world just changed from the birth of our second child it's making breakfast. I was always a breakfast girl because believe it or not I used to work out faithfully 3-4 mornings a week which meant veggie egg white omelets were cooked up daily in my home! Again something else I used to do before the kiddo's came along. Then it became about them and making fun pancakes, french toast sticks and egg creations! Then I got pregnant with my second child, we moved and my daughters favorite breakfast became nutrigrain bars and cookie monster cereal. I need to get back into BREAKFAST mode and start cooking up these babies again! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:32]

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Magic Maple Muffins & My Kitchen Aid Mixer

Magic Maple Muffins & My Kitchen Aid Mixer

This is a great muffin for any occasion. Make it for your next brunch, your next mommy date or a random Sunday!! It's easy and Madison approved!! Which is saying a lot since she doesn't give her approval on much these days! They are sweet and awesome nice and warm!! This is another recipe from my Kitchen Aid cook book, I have yet to be disappointed by this book and I'm FINALLY figuring out how to use this Kitchen Aid beast of a machine! I have to admit that I've found it difficult to use since I've broken it in. I knew I had to be doing something wrong and sure enough.........I think I've been using the wrong attachments. Over Easter weekend my mom and I were talking about mashing our potatoes in the beast, I call it the "beast". She chose the whisk attachment and I said oh I'd use the thicker paddle, she said no because the bumps and lumps won't come out with it.......then I had a Ah Ha moment!! It's why every time I made a baked good (cupcake, muffin or cookie) I've had a hard

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Featured Friday – girlichef

Featured Friday – girlichef

Oh that sweet day of the week again.........it's called Friday and it's here!! Today's Co-Host is not only a #SundaySupper contributor but a great gal that chose to forgive me because she was actually signed up to be featured in February!!! For the first time in Featured Friday history this Momma messed up her dates! So again I owe Heather an apology and a special Thank you for rescheduling with me. I'm so glad she understands the blogging world can sometimes get the best of us because this is one Feature I did not want to miss. Heather blogs over at girlichef and has some AMAZING recipes that I can't wait to introduce you to! Heather compares her love of food to the sight of something that looks devine, to a touch that we may use to hold a handful of goodness or our ears when a drop of food hits a hot sizzling pan, and of course the smell of that wonderful something when the aroma hits your nose. It's a great way to to describe not only her love for food but also for her

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Momma’s Ultimate Oatmeal

Momma’s Ultimate Oatmeal

So this Momma is pregnant. Pregnant Momma has cravings. A lot of cravings. Mostly something sweet once a day. Sometimes a bowl full of greens with ranch dressing. Even pickles, pickles and more pickles. Well one morning I woke up and craved oatmeal. Don' ask. It's an odd craving, but then again it can't be as odd as pickles one hour and ice cream the next! There is the boxed/bagged oatmeal, you know the artificially flavored kind, the kind that you need to eat two bags of just to fill up! Then their is the kind that tastes like cardboard, I throw in a few fresh strawberries and blueberries and it tastes a little better. Well I had this genius idea waking up with my craving one day so I had to share it with you because Madison stared at it, pushed it around on her spoon and even tried it!!! That is practically Madison approved!! I'm going to give you the measurements that I had when I ate, but feel free to make what you'd like. I'm always wondering how to add more flavor or make

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Breakfast Casserole – #CrockPot Challenge Day 2

Breakfast Casserole – #CrockPot Challenge Day 2

I've always wanted to make breakfast in the crock!! So when thinking about my Crock Pot recipes for this challenge I went on a search!! The thought of putting something in the Crock and waking up to breakfast gave me the warm fuzzy's, no really it did. Once upon a time ago, I could never do this because it requires you to put it in between 11 and 12 at night and who wants to stay up for that? Or who wants to actually prepare food that late at night. Then this lovely blog was born, and I started to "need" the time at night to unwind and zone as I like to call it. So my nice and early bed time of 10PM has slowly become 11 or even twelve recently. I know I'm crazy but I long for that time alone at night. When the CPC came up again I knew this one was going to be on the list! Don't forget the lovely ladies who are participating in this challenge with me....keep scrolling!! Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole Recipe Inspired From: All Kinds of Yumm Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 bag

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Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

I was kind of in a "Fall" mood a few weeks ago, I had just recently started attending some classes at the gym I've belonged to for the past year but haven't actually gone to for  two years. I needed a recipe that had protein in it for after a good workout, help repair those hurt muscles (or the hurt muscles the next day I should say!) I had also recently bought a can of Protein powder so when I came across this recipe I literally did "Run to the Kitchen." :) Thanks for sharing Gina, I've made these twice in the past few weeks! Protein Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe From: Running to the Kitchen  Yield: makes 6 small pancakes 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 3 tablespoons pumpkin 2 tablespoons non-fat yogurt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup skim milk 1 egg white Directions: Preheat a pancake griddle or pan to medium heat and grease. Combine all dry

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Pecan Crusted French Toast Sticks

Pecan Crusted French Toast Sticks

I love breakfast. I love making breakfast. I love eating breakfast. Yes sometimes we have breakfast for dinner. I found this recipe in a parenting magazine (I think). I made it a few weeks back and LOVED it. I made a few without the pecan crust just in case my picky child decided she wasn't having it. Which I'm glad I did because she wouldn't eat them, so I gave her the plain ones. The only thing I would do differently next time (and there will be a next time) is I may try putting the pecans through the food processor a few times to get them even smaller in size. Other than that, this was an awesome breakfast. Serve it at a brunch by making them ahead of time and placing them in  fancy dish and leave them in the oven! I didn't give exact measurements because this is where you have to really make it "your" dish. Ingredients: Bread (I've used, whole wheat, I sometimes use thick bread, like I did here, and sometimes I use low cal/carb bread too.) 1 Egg 2 Egg

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