Today, I baked these Breakfast Burrito Cups because I like the idea to keep them in the fridge or freezer and pop them in the microwave for a quick, healthy, hot breakfast. Sweet Stackers layer foods using a stackable food storage system in a variety of containers. This prevents foods from sticking together or getting soggy.
Happy New Year! Personally, I have never been into making resolutions. This year is different and I am setting a goal that is taking one more step to eating better for the whole family. Drumroll please…..I am not buying cereal!
Overall, I believe that we do well eating well rounded meals. But breakfast is the one area where I think we can do better! The mornings are hectic. First, I am NOT a morning person. My kids know that Mom needs to have a few sips of coffee before we can start discussing any aspect of the morning routine. Three young kids bring the typical morning rush trying to get them out of the door on time. Cereal is the perfect quick breakfast. But even the cereal that we have considered to be the “less-sugar” cereals are still packed with sugar and limited nutrition. I myself quit eating cereal for about 2 years because I realized I was starving by 9 or 10 A.M. Unfortunately, my kids LOVE cereal and will even eat it as an afternoon snack since they can make it themselves. So if I don’t have cereal in the house, no one will eat it.
I have been doing some research as how to make quick heathy breakfasts! This is one of the make ahead recipes to keep in the freezer. A variety of fillings can be used, so get creative!
Breakfast Burrito Cups
yields 12 individual cups
3 – 10 inch flour tortilla
variety of diced veggies/cooked meat [green pepper, mushrooms & ham]
2 TB milk
shredded Cheddar cheese – optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 count muffin tin with oil.
Cut the tortilla into quarters. Press gently into the muffin tin to form cups. Sprinkle the diced veggies and meat into the cups. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Poor even amounts of egg mixture into each cup. Sprinkle a pinch of shredded cheese on top of each cup. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the egg is cooked through and lightly browned.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of the most special gifts you can give is homemade! These brownie truffles are extremely easy and super fun to decorate. Create a beautiful variety, uniquely decorated with just a handful of supplies.
The easy part is using a box of brownie mix baked following the instructions on the box. The brownies filled a 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Once removed from the oven, slightly cool, then crumble into a bowl to cool completely. Create uniform 1 inch balls (easiest using a cookie scoop) and place in an air-tight container until ready to decorate.
Dip each brownie ball into melting chocolates:
There are a few different ways to melt chocolate, but I prefer the double boiler method. Boil 1 inch of water in a large sauce pan, placing a larger heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan. This technique prevents the chocolate from scorching. Once the water is simmering, place the chocolates in the bowl on top and stir until melted. Note to add 1 teaspoon of Crisco to create a smooth finish. Roll each brownie ball in the chocolate removing with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or foil. A few truffles were decorated with sprinkles or sanding sugars immediately.
I started with a 1/2 cup of white chocolate melting wafers to decorate a quarter of brownie balls. Then added milk chocolate wafers to the same bowl and mixed with the remaining white chocolate.
Any leftover chocolate? Don’t toss it…pipe mini chocolate hearts onto wax paper and let them cool completely. They will easily peel off to use as decorations.
The undecorated chocolate covered balls were enhanced with glaze. Starting with plain white glaze – 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of corn syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of milk. Mix until a thick, smooth consistency. Pipe a few, drizzle a few, add a drop of red food coloring to create pink…have fun!
Once the decorations have set, the truffles should be place in an air-tight container. Each truffle could be placed in mini cupcake liner to separate. Give a beautiful gift showing off your little works of art using a pretty container! This red tin with a clear see-thru lid is perfect!
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Do you love the chill in the air, the change of color? All reminders that it is apple harvest time! This recipe will remind you of apple pie, but in dessert bar form. Layers of a buttery crust, spiced apples and a lightly sweet topping. Let the aroma fill your kitchen!
Apple Harvest Bars
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 2/3 cup sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 2-3 large apples)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan.
In a food processor, add flour, 1/3 cup sugar and salt, pulsate once to combine. Add butter and pulse a few times until the mixture turns to dry crumbs. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
In a medium bowl, toss the sliced apples in lemon juice. Arrange the apples slices in rows on top of the crust.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the layer of apples. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the coconut, egg, condensed milk, vanilla and pecans in a medium bowl. Remove the pan from the oven and spoon the coconut mixture evenly over the layer of apples. Bake for an additional 20 minutes until the coconut is golden brown.
Slightly cool in pan and cut into bars while still warm.
The aroma of apple pie fills the house!
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