Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate Smoothie
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This is my absolutely favorite breakfast right now. I am totally addicted to it!! It is like eating a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast, but it is loaded with vitamins and nutrition! It is high in protein and fiber, so it is a great way to start your day! You can make this into 1 serving (which is what I do) or share it with someone else as a snack or part of a larger breakfast. This recipe actually makes 2 glasses of this smoothie. And trust me, you don't taste the spinach or kale at all!!! The entire recipe contains: 330 calories 12 g. fiber 5 g. fat 22 g. protein lots of potassium, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron As always, you can change the recipe to your liking. Substitute milk for the water, leave out the cottage cheese, change up the fruits, use frozen sweet cherries if you don't like the seedy texture of the berries, use a different (or no) protein powder.... I combine the frozen items (spinach, kale, berries, pineapple and banana) and freeze them in quart ziploc bags. Then I combine the dry ingredients and store those in small jelly jars. Then when I get ready to make it in the morning, I just need to combine the 2 containers, add water and cottage cheese, and blend. It is very quick!
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1 serving 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
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Chocolate Smoothie
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This is my absolutely favorite breakfast right now. I am totally addicted to it!! It is like eating a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast, but it is loaded with vitamins and nutrition! It is high in protein and fiber, so it is a great way to start your day! You can make this into 1 serving (which is what I do) or share it with someone else as a snack or part of a larger breakfast. This recipe actually makes 2 glasses of this smoothie. And trust me, you don't taste the spinach or kale at all!!! The entire recipe contains: 330 calories 12 g. fiber 5 g. fat 22 g. protein lots of potassium, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron As always, you can change the recipe to your liking. Substitute milk for the water, leave out the cottage cheese, change up the fruits, use frozen sweet cherries if you don't like the seedy texture of the berries, use a different (or no) protein powder.... I combine the frozen items (spinach, kale, berries, pineapple and banana) and freeze them in quart ziploc bags. Then I combine the dry ingredients and store those in small jelly jars. Then when I get ready to make it in the morning, I just need to combine the 2 containers, add water and cottage cheese, and blend. It is very quick!
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. If you like it thinner, add more water or milk.
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Easy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage

This originally came from 40aprons.com.  The only change I made to the ingredients was to add a little extra salt.

The only ground pork I could find in the grocery stores near me was so lean that it didn’t make good sausage, so we decided to grind our own from pork shoulder.  It was a much better consistency!

Easy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage
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Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Easy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage
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Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: lbs.
Instructions
  1. If you are using pork shoulder, cut the meat into cubes and grind the meat through a meat grinder. Mine is a KitchenAid attachment.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well, using a stand mixer or your hands.
  3. From into patties and fry in a little coconut oil or ghee, if desired, or brown and crumble in a skillet and use in a recipe.
  4. Freezes, well, especially in patties.
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Instant Pot Southern Cheesy Grits

This was slightly adapted from the recipe by This Old Gal, Pressure Cooker Southern Cheesy Grits.  My husband, who has never liked grits, loved these!!

Instant Pot Southern Cheesy Grits
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Southern Cheesy Grits
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using saute or browning function, allow pot to heat and then add bacon grease or oil. Add grits and toast for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Turn off pressure cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cheese.
  3. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow a 15 minute natural release and then open pressure valve to manually release remaining pressure.
  4. Serve with cheddar cheese and additional butter, if desired.
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Instant Pot Perfect Soft Poached Eggs

I tried many ways of making eggs the way I like them in the Instant Pot before I discovered this method.  I like them with a runny yolk, but a completely cooked white.  This works!

Instant Pot Perfect Soft Poached Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 2 minutes
Instant Pot Perfect Soft Poached Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Use just a little butter to grease 2 silicone cups. (You can make more than this if you would like. The time will remain the same.)
  2. Put 1 cup of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot, then put a rack in the pot. Place the silicone cups on top of the rack.
  3. Crack 1 egg in each of the silicone cups. Salt & pepper if desired.
  4. Put on lid, seal and set valve to "sealing". Set time for 2 minutes high pressure by pressing the Manual button, the Pressure Cook button or the Egg button and adjusting the time using the + and - buttons.
  5. When the 2 minutes is up, leave the lid on and let it naturally release pressure for 2 minutes. This works perfect in my 3 quart IP every time! But my 8 quart IP requires 2 1/2 minutes NPR time.
  6. Manually release remaining pressure and remove lid. Use tongs to remove silicone cups from pot and place carefully onto plate.
  7. The eggs should slide right out of the silicone cup onto your plate. Some brands of silicone cups require you to loosen the egg a bit with a spoon.
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Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

These come out perfect and are super easy to peel!

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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Servings
1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Servings
1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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Servings
1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Servings
1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put inner pot into Instant Pot. Pour water into insert. Add steamer rack.
  2. Add eggs directly to steamer rack or put into a steamer basket. Put lid on and set to Sealing mode. Press Egg button or set manually for 4 minutes. This will made medium boiled eggs. If you would like them more or less well done, add or subtract 1 minute and continue.
  3. When timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 4 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure manually. After that, put eggs in an ice water bath for 4 minutes.
  4. They are ready to peel and enjoy!
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Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits

These actually have more the consistency of muffins, but they are wonderful, regardless!  I make them for me and our grandsons with raisins, but substitute chocolate chips for the raisins for my husband.

Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Glaze
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If you are using a baking stone, place that in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter. You can make up a large batch and store it at this point, in the freezer or refrigerator.
  3. Add sour cream, milk and raisins or chocolate chips, stirring just until combined.
  4. If you are not using a baking stone, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out onto baking sheet (I use a 2 oz. scoop). Bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then drizzle with glaze.
  5. This will make 11-12 mini muffins. Just use a 1 oz. scoop and bake in the mini muffin maker for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

The biscuit ingredients before adding the milk, sour cream, and raisins or chocolate chips measures 1 3/4 cups and weighs about 236 grams, so if you want to, you can mix up a big batch of the flour mixture, store in the refrigerator or freezer, then measure out just what you need and continue with the recipe.

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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This is a very popular breakfast casserole at our family get-togethers.  Obviously, you can make substitutions.  If you don’t like sausage, you can substitute ham, Italian sausage, bacon or whatever.  If you don’t want cream of mushroom soup, use cream of celery, cream of onion, or whatever cream soup you like.  I make my own soup for this because of my food allergies.  However, if you would like to use canned soup, use 1 can of soup and 1 can of milk.

Cream of Mushroom Soup


Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
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Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
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Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: 9x13" dish
Instructions
  1. Place sausage in large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly browned. Drain, crumble, set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs and soup. Stir in sausage; pour into prepared pan. Add tater tots, distributing evenly on top of egg mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on cheese, bake an additional 10 minutes.
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Amish Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole uses meat, onions, peppers, potatoes and eggs, along with a generous amount of cheese.  We made a double batch of this for a family vacation and combined sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon for the meats, and used a variety of cheeses, including Swiss, Italian, sharp cheddar, Mexican blend, and more.  It was a huge hit!

Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute the bacon in a large skillet. When it starts to brown, add sausage, onions, sweet pepper, garlic and jalapenos (if you are using them). Saute until the sausage is fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder as it is cooking. Drain fat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees if baking now.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, hot sauce (opt.), meat and veggies. Stir in cottage cheese and all but 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of Swiss cheeses. Add beaten eggs.
  4. Grease a 9x13" pan. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with reserved cheese.
  5. At this point, if you are making this ahead, cover the casserole with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before you will bake it, remove it from the fridge so that it can start to come to room temp. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted and bubbling, and the casserole has set up in the middle. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.
  7. This is what was left.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe is from www.centercutcook.com/amish-breakfast-casserole/

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Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes

This recipe came from www.thebusybaker.ca/2015/04/healthy-buttermilk-pancakes.html.  The idea is that the butter and sugar is replaced with mashed banana, which makes it healthier.  They were pretty good, light and fluffy, had a bit of a banana taste, but not too much.  I cut the recipe down because it made a huge batch!

Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes
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Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes
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Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 4-5" pancakes
Instructions
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mash banana. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. I just used a fork.
  3. Add banana mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture. Stir everything just until combined.
  4. Heat well seasoned cast iron (or your choice) griddle over medium heat. Add a little butter or oil if necessary. Ladle about 1/2 cup batter at a time onto griddle. When you see some of the bubbles around the edge begin to break, flip the pancakes over. Cook on the other side just until a nice golden brown. Serve immediately!
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

Nutrition info for 2 pancakes (1/4 of the batch):

179 calories, 4 g fat, 301 mg potassium, 30 g carb, 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 8 g protein

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