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Eggtastic

This past week, all that I have been snapping pictures, making mental notes of things that need to go up here, and just never really biting the bullet and getting down to it. This week I ventured to Shreveport, LA for a meeting and spent my Tuesday and Wednesday in the airport. NOT FUN. Shreveport, by the way, is really out there. It’s the north west corner of Louisiana and is REALLY close to where Duck Dynasty is filmed.

We went on a St Patty’s Day run and had some green beer to celebrate. Then went to the St Patty’s Day parade in Southie in Boston. For everyone that isn’t from Boston, Southie is the area of Boston notorious for their Irish population. This is also the place, along with Charlestown, that you see in the movie, The Town. Phenomenal. (Pictures of all of this to follow.)

So, waking up this morning, I decided to start chipping away at my long list of things that I wanted to share. First, and yummiest, are these delicious Cajun Turkey Breakfast Cups. They are the easiest thing in the world to make, but look quite fancy.

Cajun Turkey Breakfast Cups

 

Ingredients:

6 Slices of Turkey 6 Eggs
Cajun Seasoning

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. In each cup, put a slice of turkey lining it.

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2. Crack an egg in it.

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3. Put it in the oven for 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked through. As soon as it comes out of the oven, tip it with cajun seasoning to your liking.

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I used the Louisiana Cajun seasoning that I had received as a gift. It tastes a bit differently than the cajun seasoning that you would get anywhere else. If you have ever had it, you know what I’m talking about. It’s got a bit of salt in the flavor as well.

But, this is the second time that I have made these and am already brainstorming on the different ways that you can spin this. I love how easy these are and how fancy they look. They would be perfect for a brunch or breakfast party. You can make a ton of them at a time and they are yummy.

What are some other ways that you can make these Breakfast Cups??

 

I’m thinking Ham and Cheese may be a good option.

Banana Apple Streusel Muffins!

I brought these along on my trip to Boston and they were a huge hit. They didn’t exactly look all that great when they got up there because the cat seemed to find the bag with the muffins in them to be a great place to sleep the whole way up, but they still tasted great!

The fam voted that these were the best of the two (the Blueberry Banana were a bit heartier tasting because they are made with whole wheat flour). They are really moist and can serve as a light breakfast or a nice little dessert. One great substitute to bring the calories down and make them just a bit healthier is to add applesauce instead of oil. In this recipe, you can use chunky applesauce to add to the apple streusel flavor, but which ever applesauce you have in your house works great!

 

Apple Streusel Banana Muffins:

 

Ingredients:

2 Ripe Bananas                                                 1 Cup Applesauce, can be chunky

1 Egg                                                                     1 1/2 Cups Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder                                        1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon                             1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoon Melted Butter

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375. Mash the bananas and add applesauce, egg and melted butter. Mix it all up.

2. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Then pour the wet mix, into the dry mix and combine the two.

3. Pour the batter into your muffin tin, with paper or the foil cups. If you want to add the crumbly top, combine:

1 Tablespoon Cold Butter                                        1/4 Cup Sugar

3 Tablespoons of Flour                                            1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

In a small bowl. It will come out lumpy, and just add that little mix to the top of your muffins.

 

Bake it for 20 minutes and you are good to go!

There’s only about 150 calories in 1 muffin. And only 15g of Sugar. Not too bad for a nice little breakfast.

Whenever you have bananas that are past ripe to eat normally, ALWAYS freeze them (peel off the skin first) because there are so many things that you can do with ripe bananas. Smoothies and muffins are just the tip!

Let me know what you think!

 

Happy Eating!

 

 

 

Great Road Trip Food

This past week, I went for a longer vacation up to Boston to visit my family and to also be a part of my friends wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and a perfect vacation. The only thing that makes this such a daunting trip, is the drive. Yes, I drove from Orlando, FL to Boston, MA. It’s not exactly a short trip and making it with two dogs and a cat just makes it an even bigger trip!

In preparation for the trip, I was trying to come up with some great foods that are portable, would clear out your fridge of all of the things that would go bad, and also help you stay healthy along the way. With so many terrible fast food restaurants out on the road, it makes it really hard to find something that isn’t going to sit in your stomach like a greasy brick.

So here is what I came up with!

1. Hard Boiled Eggs: These ended up being me and Brent’s favorite snack. It was perfect to just munch on and filled you up fairly quickly. They are also high protein and low calorie, so you don’t have to worry about these sitting in your stomach too long or making your feel uncomfortable. By hard boiling them you also can make sure those guys don’t go bad in the fridge while you are away. Yes, eggs have expiration dates, which they have now started to print on the eggs! Whooo

2. Fruit Roll Up: I took my left over strawberries that were for sure going to rot in the fridge while I was away and turned them into something that was fantastic to snack on, packed with flavor, and great for the road. You don’t have to worry about your fruits going bad on you and it is extremely easy to do. (The recipe for this will be posted this week)

3. Banana Apple Streusel Muffins: These muffins were delicious. They travel really well, and were a perfect breakfast on the road. You can take care of the bananas that you have turning brown on you, or use up the ones we all have in the freezer. They also make a great gift for when you arrive. (Recipe will be posted this week)

4. Banana Blueberry Muffins: I went a little muffin crazy, because I couldn’t decide which ones I wanted to make. These were a lighter muffin than the Apple Streusel because I used wheat flour in the previous batch. But these are just another example of how you can get rid of some of your fruits that will go bad and turn them into a gift and a perfect snack or breakfast. (Recipe will be posted this week)

5. Pepper and Cheddar Cheese Pasta Salad: When I came up with this idea, I was looking for something that was going to suit well for dinner without needing to be heated up. A pasta salad travels extremely well and tastes great cold or at room temperature. (Recipe will be posted this week)

6. Apples and Peanut Butter: Although this isn’t terribly complicated, I just chopped up some apples into slices and brought a little tub of peanut butter. As we were driving, this was our snack at 4 AM and it was perfect. The apples were still cold and woke us right back up and gave us the energy to finish out the trip. They were extremely refreshing and would highly recommend this on your next trip.

– Another take one the apples and peanut butter is sliced green peppers and Hummus. This is another thing that would be great to munch on on the road, but you run into the need to keep things cold there.

Each of these foods was great to have on the road for its own reason. We obviously needed to have Breakfast, lunch and dinner available so this is just what I thought would fit in well with our travels.

For drinks: I strongly recommend the Tazo Tea. It is lightly sweetened and gives you a great pick me up right when you need it without getting the awful crash that comes with a lot of coffee or high sugar drinks.

WATER: You are definitely going to need water. A trick is to freeze your water the night before because then it will not only act as a refreshing drink but also a freezer pack to keep your food cold. I did this with 2 liter bottles and it was still frozen 24 hours later. The food was still cold, but we needed to grab some more water on the way. So try a 1 liter bottle instead 🙂

I also found some Tupperware at Target that allowed you to snap a cooler pack into the lid of the Tupperware. All you do is freeze that pack the night before and throw it in the container right before you leave. It worked fantastically.

Try not to load up on energy drinks early in the trip because you WILL CRASH and it will make driving later in the day much harder. Have your coffee and energy drinks only when you need them and you should make it the whole way.

And my little secret weapon and new love….My Cooler Bag! I packed everything into this guy and it stayed cold the entire way to Boston. I was never expecting that. I just got it the weekend before for 30 bucks at Dillards, and they have a whole bunch of other patterns.

I love love love it. It’s perfect to bring to the beach with some beers or cocktails in it. The only downside is, Brent doesn’t really like carrying a pink bag around. BUT, if I throw some beer in it, he’ll take the ego hit.

Anyways, the trip to Boston and the wedding were unbelievable. I just can’t believe it’s over. So stay tuned for a bunch of the recipes for the food that I brought on the trip, and a few things that I picked up in Boston!

Happy Eating!