Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ahhhh, nothing gets me going in the morning quite like a delightful refreshing smoothie. Starbucks has those strawberry banana Vivano smoothies which I love so much but  sometimes I don’t have the time in the morning or I don’t want to shell out the money for something I could easily make at home. These are super healthy and give you the kick start you need for a productive day.

Makes: 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

1- 6oz container of any flavor yogurt

1 Large Banana

2 Cups Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup Milk

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. If you like your smoothies a little thicker put less milk in and if you like them pretty liquid-y then put more milk in. Can’t get much easier than that!

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July 19, 2010. Tags: , , , . Beverages, Breakfast. 2 comments.

Weekday Breakfast Sandwich

So… my husband and I have started trying to eat dinner earlier lately because we realized eating a big dinner around 8:30 or 9 then heading to bed is probably not so hot on our health. It’s great eating earlier, we LOVE it… i’m talking like 5:30 early! but that means we wake up in the morning starving. Here is a 10 minute breakfast sandwhich that is healthier than fast food and more exciting than a bowl of cereal. Once you’ve made it a few times…you’ll probably be finished before the coffee is done brewing.

Note: there are a lot of delish variations that could be added to this but this is the least messy option because my husband eats it while on his way to work so this is car friendly. Variations: avocado, tomato….

Servings: this makes one sandwich

Ingredients:

2 slicese of any bread (we like sourdough the most)

2 slices or 2 little handfuls of sharp cheddar cheese (anything works well except parmesan)

2 eggs

salt

2 slices of your favorite deli meat (I think ham or canadian bacon work best)

3 TBSish of pesto (optional)

1-2 TBS butter

First: throw your two pieces of bread in the toaster.

Second: get your littlest pan and melt 1 TBS butter over medium heat. If you don’t have a little pan… try to keep the egg about the same size as your bread by ‘shaping’ it with a spatula. Fry your eggs however your enjoy it (easy, over easy, well done BUT if you’re eating this on the go I suggest cooking the yolk all the way through to prevent making a mess). Once you flip the egg for the last time, immediatly sprinkle one small handful (or one slice) of cheese on top of the egg and remove the egg from the pan.

Third: put the meat in the egg pan to heat it up a bit. Once it’s warmed put the meat on top of the eggs and put the last small handful (or slice) directly on the meat.

Forth: at the point the bread should be done toasting and as soon as it comes out spread the pesto on each side (or just butter it a little if you don’t have/like pesto) and put the egg, cheese and meat on the bread and top it off with the second slice of bread.

Note: you don’t have to wait till step 4 to pesto and stack the sandwich, take it out as soon as its done toasting, pesto it, egg (cheese), and meat (cheese) and top it off in that ever order they’re done cooking.

Wrap your sandwich in foil or a paper towel to keep it the neatest possible and you’re out the door. (Don’t forget  to turn off the stove).

May 24, 2010. Tags: , . Beverages, Recipes. Leave a comment.

Eggs, Sausage & Toast (simple weekend breakfast)

One thing I look forward to every weekend is being able to make a delicious, leisurely breakfast. I usually don’t do anything extravagant but I like to love my husband through his stomach. I buy a lot of my food from Costco which usually means at least half of it ends up in the freezer. So this morning I pulled out frozen chicken sausage and made fried eggs, sausage and toast.

Ingredients:

Chicken Sausage (frozen or fresh…I like apple chicken sausage best)

Eggs (however many will be eaten)

Any type of bread (sourdough is our favorite, but whatever is your fav)

4 TBS(ish) butter

Salt

3 TBS water

I like to start with a fun plate then whip up something I have on hand (kids aren’t the only ones who like fun plates and it’s a fun simply way to add some flare to your meal…especially breakfast).

SAUSAGE

First: take a small pan and put in water in the pan.

Second:  turn the stove to medium/low heat.

Third: put the sausage in the pan and cover and leave until warmed all the way through.

You can keep it in the pan until the eggs and toast are ready to be plated.

If you like your sausage crispy  then once its heated through, pour out the  water and brown the sausage on each side for a minute or so.

EGGS & TOAST

Now…I don’t like to make to toast in the toaster on weekends, instead I like to cook it in a frying pan. The butter soaks into the bread better and for some reason its ahhhh heavenly. If you have a little extra time, this is the way to go)

First: butter one side of the bread (by doing only one side it allows you to keep the dry side on the counter or a plate without making a mess).

Second: put half the remaining butter in the pan and let melt (be careful not to let in burn)

Third: once the butter is hot, crack the eggs but keep them to one side of the pan.

Forth: Now take the bread and put as many pieces as will fit on the other side of the pan unbuttered side down. There should be some butter left in the pan so slide the bread around to soak up any butter.

You’re on the home stretch now…. Simply cook the eggs the way you like (salt the eggs right before you flip them) and keep an eye on the toast and once it’s a golden brown (5ish minutes) flip it to toast the other side.

Plate everything up and enjoy.

May 22, 2010. Tags: , , , . Breakfast, Recipes. Leave a comment.