Perfect Wedding Day Brunch: Apple Coconut Waffles and Breakfast Casserole

Man, has life been crazy these last few weeks! Sorry for not posting much lately. I was on a roll there for a bit and then it came to a sudden STOP. Sadly, this means I also haven’t been cooking much 😦 I don’t like when this happens as cooking relaxes me and also helps me control my bad eating habits! However, when work gets crazy (which is pretty dang hectic right now) I don’t get to spend as much time in the kitchen. Well, I am finally back to share a breakfast item I did a few weekends back that I haven’t had time to write about. I actually have two to share, but will post them separately πŸ™‚

Two weekends ago was my brother-in-laws wedding! What a weekend. So much fun but by Monday I was exhausted (and we all probably read what happened that Monday….)! There was lots of family in town and lots (I mean lots) of fun. The wedding was awesome and the weather cooperated. It was a gorgeous Seattle fall day! Josh & Kylin’s wedding was held on an old ferry-boat on Lake Union with an amazing view of downtown. It was held in the evening so the view on such a clear day was gorgeous! The bride and groom both looked stunning and I am so happy to have Kylin as a sister!

Over the wedding weekend, the Mr. and I were able to open our home for out-of-town family to hang out at and even have some stay at. Thankfully we have two extra bedrooms so we were able to have 4 guests on any given night!The first night we had the hubby’s parents and grandma and grandpa. On the next two nights we had cousins.

As I love any excuse to cook, I hosted a brunch for 10 on the day of the wedding. The groom had stayed with us the night before so I wanted to be sure he had a hearty meal in him and also it gave the family a good excuse to come see him before the ceremony.

There was no question on what I was going to cook. A few weeks early at my book club brunch, my friend Amanda had made the most amazing meal! I just knew it was perfect to cook for the family. They were Apple Coconut Waffles and a breakfast casserole. Both recipes came from a blog Amanda introduced me to called Multiply Delicious. So far, all recipes I have tried from this blog are amazing and healthy. I loved the flavors in both of these. The casserole has sweet potatoes in it (YUM) and the waffles have coconut which I absolutely LOVE!

Overall these were pretty easy. Some of the ingredients were definitely ones I didn’t have on hand, but thankfully I had no problem finding them at our Whole Foods! Overall I think they were a big hit as I didn’t have any leftover waffles and I had very little of the casserole.

If you want to try something different, I highly recommend either of these recipes. They are great each by themselves. Recipes are below.

Apple Coconut Waffles (from Multiply Delicious)

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ΒΌ cup water
  • 1 Β½ cups almond flour
  • Β½ teaspoon salt
  • Β½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • Β½ apple, peeled and grated (yes grated, never done this before but was super easy!)
  • ΒΌ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions: In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and water until smooth. Add the almond flour, salt, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and cinnamon and mix thoroughly.Β  Add apples and coconut and mix to combine. In a preheated and greased waffle iron, scoop batter onto iron and cook until golden brown or as your waffle irons instructions. You can top waffles with additional coconut, toasted pecans, apple slices, berries, etc. and serve along with maple syrup or jam.

Breakfast Casserole (from Multiply Delicious)

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium to small, diced
  • 2-3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 10-12 large eggs
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9Γ—13β€³ baking dish with coconut oil or whatever you choose. Set aside. Prepare veggies. Dice sweet potatoes, chop spinach, and dice up green onion. Let each separately aside. Heat skillet over medium-high heat.Β  Remove sausage from casing and add sausage to skillet.Β  Cook until browned and cooked through.Β  Remove sausage from skillet keeping the sausage grease.Β  Add sweet potatoes to grease and cook until tender, stir occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove sweet potatoes and place in bowl. Toss sweet potatoes with spinach, green onion, sausage, and salt and pepper until well combined. Place the mixture into your prepared dish, spreading evenly across the bottom of the dish. In another large bowl, whisk eggs. Pour egg mixture evenly over the sausage and veggie mixture in dish. Bake in preheated over for 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Cut into squares and serve. Serves 8-10.

As I had 10 people, I doubled the waffle recipe and I did 1.5x the casserole recipe. Just writing about these make me crave them again. This will definitely go in my list of brunch ideas for the future. Just amazing! Definitely recommend checking out the blog where these recipes are from…there are a lot of other interesting ones that I look forward to trying!

Hope you are well!

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Total Experiment = Success!

With the Mr. out of town, making dinner just for myself isn’t very exciting. And, right now, I am trying to be really good and work my way through stuff we have in the cupboards/freezer/fridge. When he travels I tend to get in the habit of picking up sushi from the grocery store (I know, not the best but I still enjoy it), or eating cottage cheese, etc. But this week, I am making myself eat from what I have at home and use up some items so we don’t waste food!

Some of the things I have a lot of right now are zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes. My mother-in-law was so nice and brought us a ton of stuff from her garden! They are all so good/fresh, however, for just one person it is a lot to get through. I can do it though…I love a good challenge πŸ™‚

When it comes to using up items in the fridge, I often create stuff that sounds pretty odd. However, most the time (not always) they taste delicious! And thankfully this latest experiment turned out great and was totally satisfying.

It was BBQ Hawaiian Zucchini Pizza. Odd I know, but man did it taste GOOD!

It was super easy too. I took the giant zucchini I had and sliced off four pieces each about a half-inch thick and placed on a baking sheet. I then broiled them for about 7-10 minutes until they started to soften (flipped half way through). Next step was I spread a tablespoon of BBQ sauce on each slice, then topped with fresh mozzarella slices, Canadian bacon and pineapple chunks. I then put them back in the oven on broil and cooked them until the cheese was melted. End result in my mind was delicious. I made enough so that I could have it for lunch the next day!!!

To go with my pizza and to use up a few of the other items I sliced up a small cucumber and a bunch of tomatoes and a few sliced black olives and tossed them together. I then topped with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Wish I had a picture as it too was yummy.

Back to work for me! Enjoy your day!

Locked Out Of The House, To Exhausted To Do Anything Caprese…

Monday night was quite the night. I laugh about it now, but man, was I one extremely unhappy, exhausted person by the end of my day. Here is a high level summary of my night…

After a long, hectic, fun-filled weekend with the husband’s family in town for my brother-in-law and now officially my sister-in-laws wedding (more on the weekend in another post…I know I have several of those I have said I will post on and I promise I will…I just need more time) and having worked a full day when I was originally supposed to have the day off (thanks to a meeting that I had to be at being scheduled) I was ready to go home, watch a movie and go to bed!

However, after finally leaving work and running a few errands, I got home and realized I got locked out 😦 Yes, true story, I actually got locked out of my house. With all the chaos of having people in and out of our house all weekend, my key got taken off of my key chain and never got put back on. I didn’t realize it at the time and when I left home on Monday I didn’t need to lock the door as people were still there, so no clue that I was key less.

Anyhow, at first I thought no big deal, there is a key under the doormat as the family that left after I went to work was supposed to use the extra key and put it under the mat when they left to travel home. Sadly, this didn’t happen as the newly married couple stopped by to pick up a few items we had of theirs and used their key copy we gave them in case of an emergency to lock up as everyone was heading out. No ones fault obviously, just an unfortunate happening!

Then, I quickly realized that all of the people with spare keys were out-of-town (yes all of them). And, even the Mr. was out-of-town so he couldn’t come to my rescue. Next I thought, maybe our 3rd story balcony door is open. It had been open while people were staying in that guest room so I climbed up the rock way along the side of the house to the back (mind you, all while in my work clothes which was a fairly fitted dress) to check it out. Go figure….it was locked too. Someone had checked it and locked it. URGH!

At that point I was really, really frustrated. Not knowing what else to do, angrily, I called a lock smith (after several calls to complain to the Mr.) to come to my rescue. After getting in touch with one, I was told it would be up to 40 minutes before someone called. Sadly by this point, I had to use the bathroom incredibly badly and the neighbors were gone. Knowing I had a little time, I quickly rushed to the Starbucks down the road to use their ladies room. And, in the process, bought myself a treat of a pumpkin spiced latte (I deserved it right?) to help me calm down!

About 25 minutes later the guy shows up after calling multiple times needing directions as he got lost. How, I am not sure as he mentioned he lived in Magnolia (just my luck!). 20 minutes later he still can’t get me in. By this time I was to the point of screaming (well, ok maybe I already was but by this point I was LIVID) so I took matters into my own hands as this so called lock smith couldn’t figure it out. I won’t share what I did as I don’t need people trying to replicate it and get in my house πŸ™‚ But lets say it required serious climbing and strength on my side all while in my work clothes, which of course meant short, fairly fitted dress! URGH.

Thankfully my master plan worked and I got in as getting back down to ground level was going to be fairly difficult/dangerous! To top it all off, I still had to pay the guy $75 for coming out and doing nothing. I guess he was there in case I fell and hurt myself which is a positive way to look at it! Oh well, I got in my house and rescued the pup so he could take care of business!

After all this, I still had to figure out something for dinner. Of course I didn’t really have any leftovers…well I did, but it was all DESSERT items so that was outta the question. Scanning the fridge/kitchen I realized I had a gazillion tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and my basil plant is exploding with fresh basil so I decided on a caprese salad. So easy and so, so tasty!

Recipe which I will call “Locked Out of the House, To Exhausted to Do Anything Caprese” (one big serving – all estimates as again I forgot to measure! You can’t really go wrong, any amount of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil is good!)

  • 1 1/2 cups small tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella cut into bit size pieces
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (thinly sliced)
  • Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut up mozzarella, tomatoes and basil and toss together. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over mixture. Top with a little salt and pepper. ENJOY!

By 8:30pm I was happily sitting on the couch with my caprese, a big glass of wine and a movie on to watch with the little guy (Leo) curled up beside me!

All in all I survived and can laugh about it now. But man, I was in really bad shape come 8pm on Monday. Thankfully no one had to see me and experience my bad mood! On our list for this weekend…figure out who else we can give a spare key to and fix the garage door so we actually have openers that work.

Hope you are all having great Wednesdays! I have two great brunch recipes to share with you so hopefully by tomorrow I can give you the scoop on those. Until then, farewell!

Dinner in a Hurry – Pesto Orzo

These last few days/weeks have been crazy! I don’t really feel like I have been able to cook. (Well, with the exception of Becca’s baby shower where I did a ton of cooking on Sunday! But more on that in a later post…that one will take some time!) Instead, we (the Mr. and I) have been going to others houses for dinner/fun events (game night, family birthday, etc.), or out to eat, or quickly grabbing whatever we can find to eat in the house.

Monday was the first night the Mr. and I were both home with no major plans. FINALLY! However, we got home kind of late from work and I haven’t been to the grocery store in ages to do proper shopping so it was a what do I have that needs to be used up kinda night!

Thankfully, it was a success. I happened to have a lot of stuff on hand that all went together very well. I ended up quickly making Spinach Pesto Orzo with Zucchini, Tomato and Spinach and a Caprese Salad. YUMMY! I say quickly as I think it took less than 20 minutes for me to make this meal and I was talking on the phone most of the time I was making it πŸ™‚

Here is my guess on the recipe. I really need to start measuring when I make things I am going to blog about so that I can give you all an accurate recipe! Trust me, this is probably pretty close. And, with these ingredients you can’t go wrong with more or less. It will still taste good! πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Dry Orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomato (chopped – seeds removed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup spinach pesto (any pesto will work – I just happened to have some spinach pesto in the freezer that I had made a while back)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Cook orzo according to package. While orzo is cooking, chop up the zucchini, and tomatoes. Heat small amount of olive oil in pan and cook zucchini for about 5 minutes (or until it starts to slightly soften). After orzo is cooked, drain and return to pan. Add in spinach and stir (spinach will start to wilt). Add in zucchini and tomatoes and mix. Add spinach pesto and salt and pepper and toss. Serve and Enjoy! Also, I added a little bit of Parmesan to top it off.

For the Caprese I took sliced tomatoes and sliced fresh mozzarella and alternated each on a plate. I drizzled it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and topped with fresh sliced basil! Simple and delicious!

Hopefully after this week/weekend things slow down and I can get back to cooking more often! I have so many recipes I want to try!

Feta, Watermelon and Basil Salad

When we were in Greece on our honeymoon we had a watermelon and feta salad that we absolutely loved for lunch one day. After sitting on the beach in the heat all morning, it was so refreshing and such a delicious combination of flavors. Ever since we have been talking about recreating the salad.

Well, the other day when we had our friends Luke and Michelle over for dinner, we just happened to have all the necessary ingredients on hand! So at the last minute, I decided to make my own version of the salad! Originally I wasn’t going to do any of the cooking as we had a Zaw Pizza coupon to use and as we had been so busy I didn’t have the energy to do my usual form of entertaining. However, I just couldn’t resist as a) we had all the ingredients, b) it is super easy to make and c) I felt we needed to add something sweet to the mix πŸ™‚ Although it didn’t really go with the pizza (BBQ Chicken) and spinach salad, I still decided to add it to the menu!

If you haven’t had Zaw Pizza I highly recommend it. I love their pizzas. All the ingredients are super fresh, the pizzas are made but not cooked so you take them home and make them when you are ready (take like 10 minutes to cook), the crust is thin and comes in wheat, original or gluten-free and they have some really unique types of pizzas (pear, blue cheese and prosciutto for example)! It is the perfect dinner to pick up when you are tight on time!

Anyhow, back to the salad…here are my quick instructions/ingredients:

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

Cut rind from the watermelon, then chop into 1 inch chunks. Sprinkle crumbled feta on top of watermelon. Drizzle balsamic glaze over watermelon/feta. Top with basil. Enjoy!

We have a big weekend coming up. Tomorrow night is game night! Morgan and Chris are hosting this month and we will all be bringing ingredients to make our own pizza’s. Then on Saturday my mom is hosting a Birthday Party for me (yup, my birthday is in just over a week…the big 3-2!). Family and some friends will be going to my parents house to BBBQ and watch UW play LSU (GO HUSKIES). Then on Sunday, I am helping host a baby shower for a very close friend of mine. As I love to cook, I am in charge of all the food. As I know Becca (mom-to-be) looks at this blog I can’t go into details of all that I am making but will be sure to post about it after the big event!

Have a great Friday and weekend!