Recipe – Cottage Cheese And Apple Pancakes

Recipe – Cottage Cheese And Apple Pancakes
Cottage Cheese And Apple Pancakes

With fall upon us, it is apple season, so here is a quick recipe to use some of those fall apples and have a hearty breakfast.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Dry Cottage cheese – 250 gr
  • Egg- 1 large or jumbo
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoon
  • Vanilla sugar- 1 teaspoon
  • Flour – 1 tablespoon
  • Semolina – 1 tablespoon
  • Apple- 1 small
  • Lemon zest
  • Pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of salt (optional)
  • Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Breadcrumb- 1 tablespoon
  • Oat bran- 1 tablespoon

Recipe Directions

  • Apple wash and peel.
  • Cut into small cubes.
  • To prevent browning, coat the apples with lemon juice.
  • Mash the cottage with a fork

Note

Use dry cottage cheese. Otherwise, the recipe will need more flour.  If the cottage cheese is wet, then strain the cottage cheese through a cheesecloth.

  • In cottage cheese, add Apple and mix.
  • In cheese with Apple, add egg, sugar, vanilla sugar, a pinch of salt, lemon zest, add cinnamon to taste, and mix thoroughly.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Mix oat bran and breadcrumb.
  • Roll the balls and roll them in the breading. Form cheese pancakes.
  • Fry the cheese pancakes on both sides until golden brown.

Recipe – Oatmeal With Pumpkin And Cinnamon

I’ve been seeing the usual fall selection of pumpkins and winter squash in the market for a couple of weeksnow, so, I thought it might be nice to put them to some use. Here is a quick and easy way to have some fresh pumpkin or winter squash (Butternut, Hubbard, Tan Cheese…etc.) to use for breakfast.

Ingredients

  • Oatmeal – 50 gr (1.8 ounces or 5/8 cup)
  • Pumpkin – 70 gr (1/2 cup)
  • Milk -250 ml (1 cup)
  • Pinch of cinnamon – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Vanilla sugar -1 teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon

Directions

  • In a saucepan combine milk, honey, butter, cinnamon, vanilla sugar, and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat.
  • Grate pumpkin with a coarse grater.
  • When the milk with spices starts to simmer, add the pumpkin, and stir gently.
  • When milk with pumpkin starts to simmer again, add oatmeal, and slow simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and let the oatmeal to infuse for a few 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Servings

  • Makes one serving

Mario’s Marine Corps Mash Recipe

My Fit Foods, which has since closed their doors permanently, introduced me to this dish. Marine Corps Mash was a favorite of mine, so I once made a copycat version of the dish, which I found on my computer today and thought I would post before I lose it.  Admittedly, this recipe is less spicy than the My Fit Foods version, but I like it, so, I hope you will as well.

Mario’s Marine Corps Mash Ingredients:

Mash Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup canned kidney or black beans, rinsed (optional)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup diced fresh tomato (Optional)
  • Pepper to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • shredded cheese
  • diced fresh tomato

Mario’s Marine Corps Mash Directions

  • Cook quinoa according to directions on the package.
  • Over a medium-high heated skillet, add cooking oil, garlic, and onion.
  • Cook them, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to turn translucent (about approximately 3 minutes).
  • Add ground turkey and remaining mash ingredients (except cooked quinoa) and cook for about 10 minutes until turkey is well done.
  • Once is mash is cooked, add in the rinsed kidney beans, cooked quinoa, and fresh tomato stir thoroughly.
  • Add optional topping and garnish, if desired.

Reheating Recommendation

  • If you intend to reheat and serving later, then the following changes are suggested:
    • Treat tomato as an optional topping (and cheese) and add to the dish after it has been reheated.
    • Divide the prepared mash into its four serving and place in a vented reheatable contains.  Once chilled close vents.
    • Place in refrigerator and do not stack until thoroughly chilled.
    • The mash will be food-safe for about three days if stored in this way, so, you don’t want to prepare too much at one time.

Cooks Notes

  • The beans have been listed as optional in the ingredients, because some folks don’t like beans much, but they do add volume, flavor, color, and vegetable protein to the mash.

Serves

  • Makes about four servings

Onion Pie Recipe

For the onion lovers amongst us here is an easy onion pie, which is suitable for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Onion Pie Ingredients

For dough

  • Flour – 195 gr (6,8 oz\ 7\8 cup)
  • Oil – 40 ml (1,4 oz)
  • Provencal herbs – 1 tsp
  • Salt and spice to taste – optional
  • Water – 75 ml (2,6 fl. oz \ 1\3 cup)

For filling

  • Onion – 450 gr (16 oz)
  • Seasoning – optional (salt, sugar, red pepper, dry garlic to taste)
  • Tomato paste – 70 gr (2,5 oz)
  • Water – 200 ml (7 fl. oz)

Onion Pie Direction

1. Prepare the dough. Combine water oil and salt with herbs de Provence. Knead the dough, if it turns out too liquid, then add water, if not going into a lump, then a little more flour. The dough should be smooth elastic dough. Cover it with cling film and leave until you prepare the filling.

Dough Seasoning
Remained Of Dough Ingredients
Mixed Dough

2. Prepare the fillings. Cut the onion into half rings and fry it until half-cooked, mix water and paste. Add to onion and simmer until tender. Add spices.

Quartered Sliced Onions
Quartered Sliced Onions
Half Fried Onions
Half Fried Onions
Fried Seasoned Onions
Fried Seasoned Onions

3. Roll out the dough and put it in a mold, from the sides. The form does not need to be lubricated with additional oil.

Dough Lined Baking Pan
Dough Lined Baking Pan

4. Spead the filling out evenly.

Filled baking pan ready for the oven
Filled baking pan ready for the oven

5. Bake at 180C for About 30 to 40 minutes.

6. Remove onion pie from oven and cut into servings. There your very tasty and simple onion pie is ready. Enjoy!

A smoothie primer

Smoothies have been around for a long time and are an excellent way of working in some low effort, health, food into your diet.  The term smoothie came out of the 1970s but some form of the drink has been around since about the time that blenders became commercially available in the 1930s.

Smoothie Basics

All you really need to get started is a good blender, some fruit, and berries (fresh or frozen), vegetables, ice, fruit or berry juice and, usually, some dairy product or a dairy substitute.  

Smoothies As Time Savers

Smoothies can be a very quick, easy, and tasty way to work some fruit and vegetables into your day.  I will admit a preference for the fruit smoothies, but there are a large number of perfectly good vegetable or green smoothie recipes available, as well. They can be consumed as meal replacements, when in a hurry, as a tasty relaxing dessert, or simply as a nutritious and refreshing drink.

Smoothies As A Hot Weather Beverage

Because smoothies are usually made with frozen fruit, ice or ice cream, smoothies are a cool drink will which can be very refreshing and a nice break from the heat of a hot day. The ease of creating smoothies can make them a crowd pleaser when entertaining or juice a healthy tasty drink for your family.  few children would turn down a tasty fruity drink after some hard play time.  The children really don’t need to know or care that it can good for them.     

Beware Of Commercially Prepared Smoothie Mixes

I recommend that you use a combination of fresh and or frozen fruits and berries.  However, take care if you are considering buying a commercial prepacked smoothie blend.  Unfortunately, many commercially prepacked smoothie’ blends have added sugars, food coloring, and other less desirable ingredients.  For the healthiest smoothies use fresh fruit or unsweetened frozen fruit and or berries, and vegetables (if you are into green smoothies). Even a little unsweetened juice can be used as a dairy substitute, to add some color, and flavor to your smoothie.

Smoothie Experimentation

Smoothies are easy to experiment with you simply switch out an ingredient or two and see if it meets your tastes.  I do recommend starting with a couple of recipes which you know you like already and use them as a foundation by adding or swapping an ingredient or two at a time, that way you ease your way into new flavor combinations.

Time To Get Started

 Well, if you are still reading this article, I assume you are ready to get started, so, go find some recipe which appeals to you and has a fun wonderful smoothie adventure.

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Irish-Inspired Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish-Inspired Foods for St. Patrick’s Day
Irish-Inspired Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

Every year, millions of Americans join the rest of the world in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Other than wearing green, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations cannot be complete without traditional St. Patrick’s Day foods in America, and possibly everywhere in the world. Whether it is a small family gathering or a party filled with friends and family, Irish-inspired foods take the center stage of every St Patrick’s day feast.

With lots of Irish delicacies to choose from, you can never be short of meals to prepare for a March 17th party. Below are some traditional St. Patrick’s Day foods in America that are worth trying to add that Irish feel. You don’t have to be in Ireland to indulge in Irish-inspired inspired culinary delights.

Irish Breakfast

  • A traditional Irish breakfast consists of a large selection of food. It comprises of fried eggs, bacon, white pudding, and black pudding. You can also include baked beans, tomato slices and Irish potato bread for a truly Irish feel. Down this hearty meal with tea and begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebration the right way.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

  • Corned beef and cabbage are undoubtedly one of the most popular traditional St Patrick’s Day foods in America. You can decide to purchase ready-made corned beef or cure it yourself. The brined brisket and cabbage combination is easy to make and full of flavor. Add potatoes and carrots to the corned beef and cabbage. Cut them into large chunks before adding them to your cooking corned beef to prevent them from being mushy.

Soda Bread

  • Irish soda bread uses bicarbonate soda to make it rise. Made from only salt, buttermilk, flour and salt, the traditional Irish soda bread is uncomplicated and can be baked even by beginners. Give the soda bread a twist by adding spices, berries or nuts to give it a unique, distinctive flavor. This traditional Irish classic can be served for breakfast or dinner.

Irish Nachos

  • It’s almost impossible to mention Ireland without potatoes coming to mind. Irish nachos are basically potato chips topped with cheese and bacon and then baked. Add sour cream and tomatoes to it and you are set. The Irish nachos make for the perfect appetizers or side dish as one of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day foods in America. You have the option of adding whatever toppings fits you and your loved ones.

Colcannon

  • Colcannon is mashed potatoes with a little twist to it. Prepared by mixing kales or cabbage with butter and mashed potatoes, colcannon is a creamy delicacy best for a St Patrick’s day feast. Substitute butter and cream with low-fat milk and olive oil for a low-calorie dish. Take it a notch higher by adding sautéed onions, chives and leeks then serve it garnished with parsley.

Shepherd’s pie

  • Being one of the traditional St Patrick’s day foods in America, the shepherd pie is meat pie topped with mashed potatoes. You can use cauliflower mash for a lighter topping and add a pinch of green in the form of peas and other green vegetables. If you are vegan, you can do away with the meat and opt for lentils or mushrooms.

Chocolate Mint Shamrock Cupcakes

  • Incorporate both mint and chocolate into your cupcake recipe for a St Patrick’s day celebrations. Add shamrock decorations to really bring out the mood of the day.

Cabbage Rolls

  • Sautéed cabbage or cabbage soup is a common way most people eat their cabbage. Another way to enjoy a cabbage delicacy is by making it into rolls. Prepare cabbage rolls by stuffing cabbage leaves with vegetables or meat fillings.

Bacon and Cabbage

  • The bacon used in this St Patrick’s Day meal is Irish bacon from the loin and comes cured and unsmoked. This dish is prepared by boiling the bacon with cabbage and potatoes. It is then finally topped with cream sauce.

Coddle

  • Although they came up as a way of using leftover foods, coddles are an Irish comfort food that you can add to your St Patrick’s Day menu. Prepare coddles by boiling sausages and Irish bacon with potatoes and onions. You can also add parsley if it suits your taste.

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Recipe – Peach and Blueberry Porridge

Peach and Blueberry Porridge in a cast iron skillet
Peach and Blueberry Porridge in a cast iron skillet

This gluten-free, and easy to make porridge is a tasty breakfast you can make with limited time on your hands. Simple cook right into your skillet and serve. The perfect dish for up to 4 people.

Recipe Ingredients For Peach and Blueberry Porridge

  • 1 ½ cups (510g) old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup (170g) sliced almonds
  • 1 cup (340g) quinoa cooked
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup (70g) brown sugar
  • ½ pint blueberries
  • 1 peach, fresh or canned is good too
  • 1 ½ cup (315 mL) milk, separated

Recipe Instructions For Peach and Blueberry Porridge

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  • In a large bowl, toss together oats, almonds, quinoa, maple syrup, honey, and brown sugar.
  • Add tossed mix into a small skillet (8 or 9 inches)
  • then add blueberries and peaches.
  • Pour in 1 cup milk.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until starting to brown.
  • Remove from heat and pour in the remainder of the milk.

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