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Baked Kale Meatballs and Is it Spring? Are you sure?
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Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese
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Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry
4
Game Of Thrones Sweet Oatcakes
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Leftover Spaghetti Casserole
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Chinese Takeout General Tso’s Chicken
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Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken
8
Soft Dipping Bread Sticks
9
Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting
10
How to Make It Green for St. Patrick’s Day
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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew
12
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
13
Lucky Charms Martini
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Chinese Takeout Chop Suey
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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup
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Quick French Toast In A Mug
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Baked Kale Meatballs and Is it Spring? Are you sure?

It’s Spring, right?  Are you sure?  I mean snow and sleet storms happen when it was just 75 degrees a few days ago, right?  Wait.  What is going on?

Spring was here.  The sunshine was blasting.  I had my sunglasses on and short sleeves.  I was planning picnics in the park.  I was ready to get the tomatoes outside.  I was excited for walks for ice cream.  I took my mittens out of my bookbag.  Winter coat? No way, that was packed away.

Then Tuesday night came.  We were on our way home from the last regular season home Brooklyn Nets game (note: The Knicks killed us, but who cares, we’re going to the playoffs unlike you Knicks) when suddenly it just started sleeting and snowing.  We’re talking sleet that comes down and cuts you in the face.  We’re talking a storm where you get home and you have to throw your clothes right in the washer because you’re soaked.  We’re talking weather where there’s no way of not looking like a wet dog (note: I do not look cute like a dog does.  I look like a monster).  This all happened…. in Mid April!

So immediately worries set in for the garden.  Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Lettuce, Peas, Carrots, Radishes, Kale, Onions and more were already planted.   We were historically set to not go below freezing again and we were definitely set for not having snow again until Winter.  Then Mother Nature had to go out and have a bad day…

There’s not  much you can do to protect a garden in mid storm.  Yes, you can brave the sleet while getting soaked to throw on some fabric to protect them from the freezing temperatures (which is what we did), but there comes a time where you just have to hope the plants are going to be ok and just leave them be.    The wait is the worst feeling.    During the next morning we ventured to the roof to find our peas in snow, with more fabric being pressed into the plants due to snow weight on top.  

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The kale didn’t look good.  The lettuce didn’t look great.  The sugar snap peas looked frozen.  The onions were knocked over.. but it was too early to tell as they still needed some afternoon sun to bounce back.
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One thing was certain though, the kale had to be picked. If you guys remember, this kale was planted last Summer (!) and it somehow survived Winter (!) so in terms of how long it’s been planted, it was a real true survivor.  I was a bit bummed that this freak storm was the one to finally destroy it, but time was not on it’s side. Kale, Sleet Snow Storm April 2014_1

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So with my winter coat on with a somber heart (I’m so dramatic, I know) I picked all 6 kale plants.  These kale plants really grew fantastically and even though they were destroyed by the weather, it was close to time to pick them anyways as they were starting to flower.   I got pounds of kale off these plants and my entire bottom shelf of the refrigerator is now full of kale. 
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But first I had to take a dramatic photo of me with my baby kale and title it “Kale Mother” to post on Instagram.  I love my friend Avery’s comment: PAMALEESI: MOTHER OF KALES
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How did the other plants do after they thawed out? We think everything is ok.  A few leaves got burned by the frost, but the lettuce bounced back beautifully and the peas are still standing tall (alongside the onions).    Let’s take a collective sigh of relief as it could have been a real disaster with months of seedling planning ruined.   I guess we had a little luck saved! 

So now with a ton of kale.. what are we going to do?  I wanted to make something right away so I could use up a few full cups of kale, as I get a little stressed with too much kale!  We love our kale turkey meatballs, especially on a hoagie,  so I decided to make a double batch and put a spin on this recipe with mixing the meats.  This was the perfect solution because I got 1 dinner that night out of it, and 2-3 extra dinners to freeze.  Lately we’ve been craving meatballs with pasta but we’re too lazy to make them when hunger hits, so now they’re all ready to be eaten (after being defrosted!)

So let’s make some meatballs! First the kale was picked.  But first I had to weigh in. This year I’m going to keep track of how much we grow to see.  I’ve been telling myself to do this every year but this year I’m going to do it! (I hope..)
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 In my other meatballs recipe I usually pan fry them but I didn’t feel like babysitting them so I decided to bake them instead.   I loaded 2 cookie sheets full of meatballs!
Baked Kale Meatballs

These meatballs turned out beautifully! They were crisp on the outside, moist in the inside and full of flavor.    These might be some of the best meatballs I ever made so I was happy to see them made alongside our garden kale.  Having a bit of homegrown in every meal always makes it better, right?    Also these are going to make your home smell great.  When someone walked in our front door about 2 hours after baking they said “It smells so good in here!”.  It totally did.

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 To freeze them, I separate them into meals and put in a freezer bag.  When it’s time to enjoy them, I’ll let them sit out for a bit to defrost, then warm them up to eat, or throw in a pot to cook alongside the pasta sauce.

Baked Kale Meatballs

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Baked Kale Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked chopped fresh kale
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 pinches each of dried rosemary parsley and oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add kale and spices. Cook until your kale is wilted.
  2. Put kale mixture and garlic into a food processor and chop it up. Add your turkey and egg and pulse until it's combined. Depending on food processor size you might have to do 2 batches.
  3. Form this mixture into 1-2 inch balls.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Put meatballs on foil and cook 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees.
  7. Enjoy right away, or freeze for later.

Recipe Notes

Makes 30 meatballs.

Have a great weekend everyone!
How’s the weather where you are?  Is it finally Spring?

Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese

“Hey quick, come over and check out this béchamel sauce” I yelled to Matthew.
“What?” he responded.
“Get over here, you have to check out this sauce.  It’s so beautiful!” I demanded.  Nicely.
Begrudgingly he arrived at the stove.  “What?”
“What? Did you just what this sauce? Look at it!”.  
“What?”
Am I married to a man who can’t see and appreciate the beauty of this white sauce?  “What?  What again?  Look at it! Look at how beautifully the milk has cooked making it oh so creamy.”
He nods.
“Get out of here.  Right now! No sauce for you!”

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Sometimes other people just can’t see the beauty in things, but what are you going to do?

I am obsessed with the béchamel sauce that holds together this macaroni and cheese dish.  You’d think by looking at it the dish is full of cheese, but there is only 1/4 cup of cheese in this dish!    The sauce is made slowly cooking the milk until it turns creamy, patience is key here.  The sauce is velvety and oh so rich making it hold together your elbow noodles perfectly.  

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Pasta al Gratin Macaroni and Cheese

Servings 3
Author Anna Del Conte

Ingredients

  • 2 oz fontina grated
  • 2 oz Parmesan grated
  • 12 oz penne or macaroni elbows
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. To make the bechamel sauce, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat.
  2. Melt the butter, remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the flour. Put the pan back on the heat and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat an add the milk gradually. Return the pan to the heat and cook until the sauce comes to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and a generous amount of nutmeg. Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. To finish the sauce, leave cooking on low for 10-15 minutes, only stirring occasionally. This long, slow cooking makes it a rich sauce you would not be able to achieve if you cooked for a shorter time.
  5. Add the cheeses to the sauce.
  6. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, as instructed on box. Drain.
  7. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Coat a shallow baking dish with a little of the sauce. Dress the pasta with about 2/3 of the bechamel and transfer to the prepared dish. Spread the rest of the sauce all over the top. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend while cooking a little.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Italian Kitchen

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe.  Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

This chicken and cherry tomato toss is a gardeners dream serving up a fresh and delicious stir-fry dish!  When tomato season hits I like to be prepared for recipes because once one it starts…. then it will start to rain tomatoes!    

When tomato insanity hits we often have days where we are picking 10 pounds of tomatoes.  I make plenty of sauces to last us through winter, but I love to enjoy our cherry tomatoes super fresh for dinner!  This Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry is totally going to be a Summer time favorite!
 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

The combination of chicken stock, soy sauce and ginger root gives this a great “Asian” tasting meal.  I can totally see this being a Chinese dish served over rice.  In my case I served it over thick lo mein noodles which was a perfect compliment to the chicken and tomatoes.    After dinner I was declaring this delicious so next time you set your eyes on some cherry tomatoes, grab them and make this Stir-Fry!  

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry

Author Courtesy of 300 Best Stir-Fry by Nancie McDermott © 2014 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • 12 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into 11⁄2-inch
  • 1 ⁄3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 ⁄4 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine chicken stock, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, if using, sugar and salt and stir well. Set aside.
  2. In a wok or a large deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger and toss well, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add chicken and spread into a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, until edges turn white, about 1 minute. Toss well. Cook, tossing occasionally, until no longer pink, about 1 minute more.
  4. Add chicken stock mixture, pouring in around sides of pan. Cook, tossing occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and coated in a thin, smooth sauce, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  5. Reserve a generous pinch of green onions for garnish, and add remaining green onions and cherry tomatoes to pan. Cook, tossing once, for 1 minute more.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle reserved green onions over chicken. Serve hot or warm over rice, couscous or noodles.

Recipe Notes

Serves: 4

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

Game Of Thrones Sweet Oatcakes

A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  – sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you’re watching your favorite show!

Game of Thrones Recipe

You guys, the season premiere of Game of Thrones is on this Sunday, are you excited as me?

A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

You either have 2 responses:
YES!
I don’t watch Game of Thrones

If you say “YES!” then I slap you high 5, hug you and give you my love!
If you say “I don’t watch Game of Thrones” I still hug you because you’re nice, but I need to know why you don’t watch it!

A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

If you haven’t been watching the last few seasons, then you need to catch up because it is my favorite show on television and I get so much thrill from Sunday nights that it’s hard to put into words.  Recently I finished reading all the Game of Thrones books which left me in sadness for about a week because I had no idea what to do with my life anymore without these books.   I’m also interested to see how this is going to change how I watch the show, as I know so so so so much, but the show likes to change things a bit.  

A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

You want to know how excited we are? We just ordered HBO specifically for Game of Thrones.  That’s dedication.  And then once it’s done for the season, we’ll remove HBO.

Sweet Oatcakes Recipe

A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

To get in the spirit I wanted to make a sweet that would be the perfect treat to bring to a Game of Thrones party.   Along with your Cersei wig and your white cloak, I think you should totally whip up a batch of the Sweet Oatcakes!   You already know Sansa is obsessed with Lemon Cakes, so let’s stay in the cake family but give it a oat twist!  

These oatcakes are sweet but have plenty of crunch making them the perfect and addicting snack! I dare you to eat one….! 🙂 If you eat more than one though, it’s ok, they’re only 113 calories a piece!

Even Jon Snow likes them. PS. Hi Jon Snow.  *Wiggles Eyebrows*. 
A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

I’m House Stark all the way, even though my Starks are disappearing. What House are you?

 A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

Game of Thrones Sweet Oatcakes

A Game of Thrones recipe for House Stark  - sweet oatcakes! Make this easy oat cake recipe while you're watching your favorite show!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword game of thrones recipe, house stark recipe, oat cake recipe, sweet oatcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 113 kcal
Author King Arthur

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats ground in a food processor

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease two 9 inch round cake pans with nonstick spray.
  2. In a bowl cream together butter, salt, brown sugar and vanilla. Add in the baking soda, flour and oats and continue to mix.
  3. Divide the dough in half and press into cake pans, smoothing out so it takes up the entire base of the pan and is smooth on the top. Prick the dough on top with a fork in a pattern if you'd like.
  4. Bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. My time is always 37 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and loosen edges with a butter knife.
  6. Wait 5 minutes then carefully turn cakes upside down to get them out. Immediately after, using a pizza wheel, cut each round cake into 12 pieces.

Leftover Spaghetti Casserole

LEFTOVER spaghetti casserole recipe!  Don’t panic, I got a easy casserole recipe for you that’s delicious!  You’re going to love this cheesy spaghetti casserole!

Do you like leftovers?  I am pretty picky about them.

Last week I made my favorite Crockpot Tacos and we had them 4 days in a row, and every single night I looked forward to them.  That’s one leftover I love!  Then there are those leftovers where you just don’t  know what to do with.  Usually I can talk Matthew into eating them for lunch, but sometimes there’s even still a few meals left over (I tend to cook for a army).  

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Leftover Spaghetti

When I make spaghetti, there’s usually always leftover noodles.    I’d rather not have spaghetti two nights in a row, so I wanted to find something a little more exciting to do with the leftover spaghetti so I came up with this casserole.

How good was it?  Matthew asked if we could have it again, which made me feel pretty happy in having a meal requested from leftovers!

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So next time you have leftover spaghetti, don’t you dare toss it.. make this Leftover Spaghetti Casserole!

Leftover Spaghetti Casserole

Do you eat leftovers?  Are there any leftovers you won’t eat?  Do you also cook for a army? 

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Looking for more delicious dinner recipes? Try my Stuffed pepper casserole

Leftover Spaghetti Casserole

LEFTOVER spaghetti casserole recipe!  Don't panic, I got a easy casserole recipe for you that's delicious!  You're going to love this cheesy spaghetti casserole!

Course Main Course
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces leftover spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup leftover pasta sauce
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • optional: 1/2 cup shredded leftover chicken

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix leftover spaghetti noodles and pasta sauce with egg, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese and shredded chicken (optional).
  3. Place spaghetti mixture into baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  4. Spread mozzarella cheese and mushrooms on top and bake for a additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Chinese Takeout General Tso’s Chicken

I’m back with another Chinese Takeout recipe!  If you haven’t noticed I have a crush on Chinese takeout, but not so much on the ingredients that sometimes can be added in the restaurant kitchen.

Some past recipes I’ve made that are Chinese inspired:

Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli
Egg Drop Soup with Sugar Snap Peas and Greens
Chinese Vegetable Noodle Soup
Chicken and Broccoli In White Sauce
Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup
Chinese Takeout Chop Suey
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

I love it!
I also love the comments that the Chicken and Broccoli recipe gets.  Nothing makes me happier seeing a new comment that someone made it for dinner and loved it.  It makes my Chinese Takeout loving heart so happy!  

So after I completed the Chicken and Broccoli recipe I had one more on my “Must Master” list.  That was General Tso’s Chicken.  How do they make it so good? How does the sauce stay on so well? How do you keep the chicken crispy with the sauce?  How do you get a hint of spice?  I must have tried to make this dish a million times (ok not that much, but you get the idea) and every time it just didn’t turn out right.  Then finally I got it!  It was a beautiful moment. I cheered, I cried, I ate it, I made it again and ate more.  I love this General Tso’s Chicken!  Finally… you can have the takeout version at home! No wok required! 

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Chinese Takeout General Tso's Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast - cut up into bite size pieces.
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 6 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons rice wine
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chopped red chilies
  • vegetable oil to fry

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix 1/2 cup of cornstarch with eggs. Add chicken and mix to coat.
  2. In a small bowl mix 6 teaspoons cornstarch, rice wine, sugar and soy sauce.
  3. Heat 1-2 inches of vegetable oil in a large pan to medium heat (use a thermometer to get it to 350 degrees).
  4. Carefully add the chicken and fry just long enough until it's cooked.
  5. Remove the chicken carefully to paper towel to let sit and absorb grease.
  6. Leave two tablespoons of vegetable oil in pan, remove the rest.
  7. Add chopped red chilies to pan and fry until fragrant.
  8. Return the chicken to the pan and stir fry until crispy brown.
  9. Add sauce mixture and toss with chicken to coat and turn into a glaze (about 1 minute).
  10. Serve over rice with steamed broccoli.

Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken

CRISPY chicken made with RANCH dip and baked in the oven!  This easy Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken recipe only needs a few ingredients and makes a healthy dinner!  Serve with a salad or some fresh vegetables on the side!  I love making this recipe with chicken breasts and drumsticks so my entire family is happy!

This chicken is:

Baked – I always prefer this method!
Crispy – Thanks to some bread crumbs, it has a great crunch to it.
Moist – The meat is still juicy inside!
Flavorful – Thanks to marinating in Buffalo Ranch Dip this chicken is bursting in flavor boldness.

CRISPY chicken made with RANCH dip and baked in the oven! This easy Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken recipe only needs a few ingredients and makes a healthy dinner! Serve with a salad or some fresh vegetables on the side! I love making this recipe with chicken breasts and drumsticks so my entire family is happy! 

And even better, I made this with assorted pieces, drumsticks and breasts, so everyone was happy at the dinner table. I’m a drumstick kinda girl, Matthew is a breast kinda boy (too easy, going to ignore) so when we both get our chicken of choice then it’s a happy night.
CRISPY chicken made with RANCH dip and baked in the oven! This easy Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken recipe only needs a few ingredients and makes a healthy dinner! Serve with a salad or some fresh vegetables on the side! I love making this recipe with chicken breasts and drumsticks so my entire family is happy!

It’s such a simple meal to make, one that  I’ll definitely keep coming back to for dinner time.  I hope you enjoy!

Make sure to check out my dinner section for more dinner recipes!
 

Crispy Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Buffalo Ranch Dip
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts can also do 1 breast, 2 drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dry Italian bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Mix Buffalo Ranch Dip and brown sugar together in bowl. Add chicken and coat completely. Put chicken in refrigerator (covered) and let marinade for a few hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease baking sheet with vegetable oil.
  3. Dip chicken into bowl of Italian bread crumbs to coat. Press on chicken so bread crumbs stay attached.
  4. Arrange on baking sheet and cook 50-60 minutes or until the internal temperature of chicken is 165 degrees.

 CRISPY chicken made with RANCH dip and baked in the oven! This easy Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken recipe only needs a few ingredients and makes a healthy dinner! Serve with a salad or some fresh vegetables on the side! I love making this recipe with chicken breasts and drumsticks so my entire family is happy!

Soft Dipping Bread Sticks

One of my fondest memories as a kid was Pizza Hut.  

Remember Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT program where they talked students into reading as a activity in return for free pizza?  If there’s one way to get kids into reading, it’s pizza. I’m totally serious.  When I found out the more reading I did meant more pizza, I turned into a library monster.  One of my life achievements is winning my city’s Winter Reading Contest.  I received a picture in the newspaper with my gold medal in one hand, a book in another.  Sounds pretty cool, right?  Well it was because it meant pizza!

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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I had a donut.  Are you that way too?

I have a bit of a sweet tooth that I’ve always battled, basically my eyes tell me to eat all sugar treats in front of me.   Most recently I broke open a bag of Halloween Oreos that I have been saving.  Do you want to know what is the most depressing thing about these delicious cookies? They’re 100 calories, a cookie.  My heart breaks just thinking about that.  These cookies are so good I’d like to eat 6, not 1.    And then there’s my middle of the night chocolate kisses I have been eating.  I found a bag of kisses in the back of my cabinet and suddenly I feel like I need to eat multiple ones when I wake up during the night.  Do you hear someone opening a plastic bag at 4AM in the morning?  Don’t worry, it’s just me, standing in the dark, eating kisses, while cats circle me because they think it’s time to play.   Then with chocolate melting in my mouth, I make my way back to bed.  Horrible, aren’t I?  Do you have a sweet right now that you are misbehaving with?

What else do I love? These peanut butter donuts with vanilla frosting.  I had it in my head I wanted to start baking more with peanut butter so these sweets were made.  I’m so happy I made this choice, the peanut butter is a great addition and it sure makes a filling donut. These would be pretty perfect for breakfast too.  Start out your day with a donut, talk about a reason to wake up in the morning!

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Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Frosting

 

Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 1/3 cup chocolate peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the vanilla frosting

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • very small pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter

Optional

  • Sprinkles

Instructions

For the donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. Add milk, oil, egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then pour this dry mixture into your wet mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour into your donut pan bake 9-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes.

For the vanilla frosting

  1. Add all ingredients together in small bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. One at a time, dip your donuts into the vanilla glaze. If you using sprinkles, then dip into bowl of sprinkles.

Recipe Notes

Makes 6 donuts.

How to Make It Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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So here’s the situation.  You were really busy with work this week, time got the best of you, your schedule got changed a few times, and you’re about to kick back for the weekend. Suddenly you realize it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend which means that party that you totally agreed to bring a snack to a few weeks ago is happening.  You look on Pinterest and although those custom shamrock glitter icing cookies look great, you’re feeling a bit exhausted and now overwhelmed.  Take a deep breath, I got some Duane Reade seasonal ideas for you.

Let’s make it easy green for  St. Patrick’s Day.

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Not everything has to be complex or require a bunch of special ingredients for the holidays.  In fact I stopped by my local Duane Reade  and picked up multiple things that are totally in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit without any work needed. 

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I haven’t had Rolo’s since I was a kid so picking up a bag made me feel pretty nostalgic quickly. What do these caramels in milk chocolate look like in their wrapper? Little pieces of gold!  What leprechaun can resist some treasure at the end of the rainbow?   Put these out on your table and watch people come collect their milk chocolate gold.
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Need other candy options? The candy aisle has so many green gummy ideas too!
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This is such a easy trick! Get some chip dip, like this French Onion Dip, and throw a few squirts of green food dye (a little goes a long way) in it.
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Mix it around a little bit and you’ll be left with a festive green chip dip that everyone loves! Arrange a bunch of different potato chips around the dip and let people dip away!  This is also a great idea for a small personal snack tray.
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 Other Ideas thanks to #DRStPattys and #CollectiveBias:

Want a festive dinner for St. Patrick’s Day? Easy.  Instead of making your regular pasta, substitute spinach pasta for it. This will give you a nice looking green dinner dish.

Need a dessert? Get some Lime gelatin and create personal size cups of it, or be even more creative and get a clover mold to pour it into. 

Want a green drink?  Grab some Lemon Lime sparkling water. I love Nice! variety of lemon lime as it’s 0 calories and delicious.

 For more Duane Reade information:

 

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew

Just in time for St. Patrick’s day I bring you a delicious potato stew!
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Even better? It’s a slow cooker recipe so relax for the day.
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Even better better?  There’s peanut butter in it!
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Head on over to Peanut Butter & Co to get my Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew recipe!

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Enjoy and have a great hearty dinner!

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Potato Stew recipe can be found here.

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

I made this soup a few nights ago and I loved every bit of it, especially how long it takes to make.  Want some delicious Chinese soup in less than 15 minutes? Done.  You just throw in your soft doughy udon noodles, your vegetables (want more vegetables? pile them in!), your broth and some seasoning and your soup is done.  
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Can we also talk about how delicious udon noodles are? I found this pack of noodles in my local grocery and immediately knew they were destined to be in a soup.
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Enjoy this soup, let me know how you like it!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Servings 4
Author Courtesy 125 Best Vegan Recipes by Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney © 2014 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1 ⁄3 cups snow peas ends trimmed and cut (can also use frozen peas)
  • 1 can baby corn
  • 1 bunch chopped bok choy
  • 3 green onions white and green parts coarsely chopped
  • 1 ⁄4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ⁄4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb udon noodles

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine vegetable stock, snow peas, baby corn, bok choy, green onions, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add noodles. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.

Recipe Notes

For a more heartier soup you can add broccoli florets, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts or 1 inch cubes of tofu. Add this when you add the bok choy.

Adapted from 125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Lucky Charms Martini

Lucky Charms Martini recipe using Lucky Charms cereal.  You’re going to love this sweet drink recipe!

Lucky Charms Martini

Lucky Charms Martini recipe using Lucky Charms cereal.  You're going to love this sweet drink recipe!
Lucky Charms is my childhood.  Do you have a cereal that is like that?

To get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and to show some yummy green love, why not use Lucky Charms to make something not expected, like a Rainbow Martini?  

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This is a adult Martini here, but why not be creative and make a juice martini for the kids?  Little Sally can have a orange juice with marshmallows crushed on the cup lid while Mom boozes it up along side her on a Monday afternoon.   Cheers.

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Lucky Charms Martini

Lucky Charms Martini recipe using Lucky Charms cereal.  You're going to love this sweet drink recipe!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lucky charms martini
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 10 marshmallows from Lucky Charms® cereal red, orange, yellow, green or blue
  • 1 oz vodka or gin
  • 4 oz tonic water lemonade or white cranberry juice, well chilled
  • Splash of fresh lemon or lime juice

Instructions

  1. Place marshmallows in the bottom of martini glass. Pour vodka over marshmallows; stir slightly to dissolve if needed. Top with tonic water and lemon juice.
  2. Rub fresh lemon slice around rims of martini glasses to moisten. Dip moistened rims of glasses in crushed marshmallows.

Chinese Takeout Chop Suey

Do you love Chop Suey in the can? I’m totally guilty of loving it. I’m also totally guilty of eating that sauce by the spoonful. Goodness, it’s delicious.    

If you love it you can probably agree that it’s not the most healthy for you.  Low in calories, sure, but not exactly the best homemade ingredients that a dinner can offer you, so I set out to make a homemade version of La Choy’s Chop Suey.

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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. 

Cream Puffs Recipe

Do you guys like Cream Puffs? What kind of question is that?  Do you like soft pastries with a vanilla pudding cream mixed inside?  Of course you do.   As a kid I remember Cream Puffs fondly from our weekly market trip we would take.  They would always be in a refrigerated glass display and I would always make a mess when eating.  Some things never change.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.
Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

These puff pastries will bake extra light and fluffy.   They taste just like the bakery!  I love all the cracks that form when baking. 

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. When you fill the cream puffs you can use a pastry bag or a good ol spoon.  

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 These are great for finger desserts, a sweet afternoon snack, bake sales and holidays! Enjoy! Try not to eat them all at once!

Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients

For the Vanilla Pudding Cream Filling

  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the pastry puffs

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Mix together pudding mix powder, heavy cream and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to a light boil and stir until it forms a pudding consistency. Take off burner, put into bowl, cover and put in refrigerator to set.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large pot bring water and butter to a boil. Lower heat and stir in flour and salt. Stir until the mixture forms a dough ball. Take off heat.
  4. Add eggs to the pot and mix with hand mixer until combined well.
  5. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool to touch, then slice each puff in half. Fill the bottom part of the puff with pudding mixture with a spoon or pastry bag. Put the other side of the puff on top.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 10-12 cream puffs.

 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Chocolate Cake In a Mug

I made this Chocolate Cake In a Mug for Lunch yesterday.   I know, the things I do for you guys.

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Even though this is made in a few quick minutes in the microwave, it still is so chocolaty and rich.  It definitely tastes like warm chocolate cake that will treat your sweet tooth.   I also love this recipe because it’s individual servings. If you’re in the mood for chocolate cake but don’t want to feel the guilt of eating a entire cake (real talk) then this will totally do the trick.   I totally think this would be adorable for serving multiple friends their own mugs, or even making one mug with 2 forks to share with a friend.

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And how does it do when you tip it out of the mug? Beautifully…..

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Chocolate Cake In a Mug

Ingredients

  • 4 dessertspoons flour
  • 4 dessertspoons sugar
  • 2 dessertspoons cocoa
  • 1 small egg beaten
  • 3 dessertspoons milk
  • 3 dessertspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, sugar and cocoa in a mug. Stir in the beaten egg, milk and oil, then add vanilla drops and chocolate chips.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, and then eat in the mug or tip out on to a plate.

Recipe Notes

A dessertspoon equals approximately 2 teaspoons.
Want to make it extra chocolate? Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on top after it's cooked.

Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe – tastes just like Campbell’s!

How many times have you tried to make a recipe and it calls for Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup so you go into your cabinet and realize you have zero cans?  Don’t let this happen to you anymore!

This scenario has happened to me so many times in life.  Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is something I use often in soups and casseroles but somehow I always manage to forget to buy a can.  If you have some mushrooms on hand, then I bet you have the rest of the ingredients as well to make your own!

I have to say as well that not only is this easy to make (we’re talking 10 minutes) but it tastes a million times better then the canned version.  There’s something about the fresh mushrooms in this that makes me weak in the knees, but if you don’t have fresh on hand feel free to used canned mushrooms instead. Also I made this with regular milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk for a vegan recipe and both turned out great!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup regular milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup of mushrooms sliced (fresh or canned)

Instructions

  1. Put all your ingredients except mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until it's smooth.
  2. Add your mushrooms to food processor and pulse a couple times to chop them up.
  3. Pour mushroom mixture into a saucepan on the stove.
  4. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you find it's too thin, add a bit of extra cornstarch and stir. This will thicken it up.

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe – just like how Mom used to make it!  The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Guys, is this winter just crazy?  

Besides a few wild snowstorms over the past few years winter has been on the mild side.   Sure, we had a record setting snowfall a few times during those years, but that was it for the winter.  This year, it’s just winter, all the time.  We’re talking snow, ice, slush and cold all the time.    It seems to me that whenever I check the weather forecast there’s some type of snowy mix being talked about.  And can we talk about how much it stinks to have to walk in the snow?   Living in a city is great for so many reasons, one being that I can walk and get anywhere that I want to go, but that means walking through the snow and slush  and trying not to fall in the process.  It’s a nightmare.   On every single corner there will be a giant puddle of slush just waiting for you.  

 

The good thing through all this cold and snow is seeing all the creatures the kids (and adults) create on the sidewalks to cause some smiles.  This always cheers me up.
Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

What else cheers me up?  Coming inside from a super cold day and warming up with a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.  That totally cheers me up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

The secret I’ve found to some great Chicken Noodle Soup is always to use a whole chicken.   Not only is this going to provide the meat in your meal but it gives you that real rich chicken broth that no bouillon or boxed broth can give.   Pair this with some fresh vegetables and spices and you’ll have one big bowl of soup that will be sure to warm you up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut up
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 12 oz bag of egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  1. Cover chicken in 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from pot carefully. Remove all the meat you can from the bones, but carefully as it is hot. Set meat aside. Put bones back into broth and simmer for 45 minutes, covered.
  3. Remove the bones from both, be sure to get them all out.
  4. Add carrots, celery, salt, turmeric, white pepper, thyme and parsley flakes to the pot. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn heat back to high and add in egg noodles and chicken. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until your noodles are cooked.
  6. Mix your flour with a few tablespoons of water until smooth in a small bowl. Pour into soup and continue to stir to make the broth creamier.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Quick French Toast In A Mug

If you’re anything like me you  love French Toast.   It’s one of my favorite breakfast foods.  If I go to a diner, no matter what time of the day it is, I will probably order French Toast (with a side of turkey bacon too!).   One thing I don’t love about French Toast is that if I want it on a lazy morning, well, it’s not happening.  No, French Toast is not hard to make, but it’s not something you can just throw in the microwave while you get your first cup of tea brewing.   Now French Toast in 2 minutes is possible!

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 This recipe calls for you to gather all your ingredients right there in the mug.   If you want to make it even quicker, you can prepare it the night before, which means in the morning you just pull it out of the fridge and it goes straight into tho microwave.

I also wanted to test this recipe to see how it would hold up outside of the mug – would it fall apart or would it hold it’s mug shape?   This is important if say you only have 1 mug and want to make 4 servings for your family, or if you want to put everything on plates for presentation purposes.   Guess what – it held it’s shape perfectly.

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And of course we can’t forget the maple syrup on top..

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Hope you enjoyed this Quick French Toast recipe and I hope you give it a try tomorrow morning!

Quick French Toast In A Mug

Author Courtesy 250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla V Saulsbury © 2014 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Ingredients

  • 16- oz mug
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups bread cubes preferably stale or small plain croutons

Toppings

  • pure maple syrup confectioners sugar or butter

Instructions

  1. In the mug, use a fork to whisk sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla until very well blended. Add bread cubes, stirring and pressing them down into the custard to absorb the liquid. Let stand for at least 15 minutes (so the bread absorbs the liquid). Press bread down with a fork to compact.
  2. Microwave on High for 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 minutes (checking at 11⁄2) or until firm to the touch and liquid is absorbed. Top with syrup, sugar or butter if preferred.

Recipe Notes

Tip:
Add up to 2 tbsp raisins or chopped dried fruit, or 1 tbsp miniature semisweet chocolate chips with the bread.

Prep Ahead Option:
Whisk the sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla in the mug, then add the bread cubes; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family’s favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Oh hello beautiful chocolate chip muffins, come give me a hug.

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins make me kinda crazy happy.  They’re light, they’re moist and they are full of chocolate bites.  When you rip one open the chocolate will be soft and just melt on your tongue.  

I love a breakfast that is there for me ready in the morning, so these muffins win all types of rewards for being the perfect breakfast treat.  

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

They also win love for a afternoon pick me up, a post dinner dessert, or just being there to greet me whenever I need a sweet tooth fix!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Fluffy Muffins

The comments for these muffins don’t lie – the recipe makes extra fluffy chocolate chip muffins! Very much in the style of a bakery muffin, but made in your kitchen! 

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Try these Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins, I think you’ll like them too!
Check out my Mini Banana Muffins recipe too!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

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FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

 

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk or vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease your muffin cup holder.
  3. In a bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl stir together milk, butter, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and vegetable oil.
  5. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and gently mix to equally distribute them.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling them 2/3 of the way.
  8. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until slightly browned on the sides.
  9. Cool and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes 10-12 muffins

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