This pretty bowl of oatmeal

There isn't much to this post except this pretty bowl of oatmeal.

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Waffle love

Texas,

I know I am dangerously falling in love with you when I freak out at the complimentary breakfast over the waffles.

Look at them!  I mean, I get excited over Belgian waffles as it is, but Texas-shaped ones???  Come on, you're going to give me a heart attack.  I need to buy one of these waffle makers, and make my favorite delicious Oatmeal Almond Waffles every. single. day.

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Superfood Spotlight: Chia Seeds (and Overnight Chia Oats)

Ch, ch, ch, chia (seeds)!  These little guys have become quite popular in the health and nutrition realm.  After receiving a few questions from friends about them, I decided to do a little research and try them out.


Just a little background: Chia seeds are part of the Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant of the mint family.  This plant is cultivated in Mexico and Guatemala.  Chia seeds have been a staple food source for Native Americans for centuries. Aztec warriors (yes, warriors!) would eat chia during hunting trips, and on trips to trade products in which they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean.  

In summary:  Eat chia = run for hundreds of miles= become a warrior.  Need I say more?

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Spinach Egg White Quiche with Brown Rice Crust

This quiche is a great breakfast idea- simple and delicious.  I am only cooking for myself, so since it made a whole pie, I saved the leftovers and packed it for work for the week!  It was a great breakfast and snack, and I'm sure kids would love this fun "pie" breakfast.
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Oatmeal Almond Waffles

This is my new waffle recipe, from now until forever.  I was inspired by Green Lite Bites’ pancake recipe to make these.  I wanted to make waffles, so I looked at a few of her waffle recipes to see the difference in the batters.  There wasn’t much of a difference except the waffle recipes had a little more sugar or maple syrup.  I took her pancake recipe and added a little more sugar to get these delightfully grainy, hearty and nutty waffles.  

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Apple-Cinnamon Oat Bran Muffins

I bought oat-bran for the first time because I have been wanting to make bran muffins (my favorite) for awhile now!  I finally got the time to make some last night.  I attempted to bake something healthier but still yummy, which led me to this recipe.

Apple-Cinnamon Oat Bran Muffins (from Women’s Health Magazine)
makes about 24 muffins

1 c. oat bran
2 c. whole wheat flour
.5 c. flaxseed (I used an extra .25c of oat bran instead)
2 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. baking powder
2.5 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 eggs
8 T. canola oil
.5 c. sugar
2/3 c. applesauce (I used 2.25 c. for moisture)
.5 c. chopped nuts
(I also added 2 tsp vanilla extract.. I love that stuff!)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together bran, flour, flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and oil until smooth. Stir in applesauce and sugar (and vanilla extract). Combine mixtures and fold in pecans.
  4. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.


I sprinkled a pinch of oatmeal on each one, just for looks 🙂  They were very tasty!  The added applesauce definitely gave it moisture, but I would like to try adding a bit more cinnamon and use brown sugar.  They make for excellent breakfast muffins.  Plus, they are whole wheat and have 3 g of fiber each muffin!

mixing in the oat bran

Fresh out of the oven!

so fresh and steaming hot 🙂
I also made little baby muffins!

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories
141.6 cal
Fat
8.6 g
Saturated Fat
.9 g
Cholesterol
17.6 mg
Sodium
162.4 mg
Carbohydrates
16.2 g
Sugars
5.1 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
Protein
3.3g
Enjoy!!