Monday, January 17, 2011

Whole Wheat Waffles

This is a great mild whole wheat waffle, where you can make a healthier choice, but don't have to completely change the taste. I have another recipe I usually use that is a multi-grain waffle. This recipe is great if you don't usually like wheat as much. I love wheat so I enjoy a nice hardy waffle, but I use this recipe when I'm making waffles for other people.

3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 whole wheat flour
2 tablespoon wheat bran
1tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons wildflower or orange blossom honey (or regular)

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Add wet to dry slowly stirring. Don't over mix.

Use with Strawberry and Honey Sauce

Thanks Williams-Sonoma

Strawberry and Honey Sauce

This is a delicious way to spice up an ordinary waffle. Seriously way good.

In small sauce pan over low heat warm 1/2 cup honey stirring until thinned but not hot, about 1 minute. 
Remove from heat.
Add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup diced fresh strawberry's
Stir until blended.
Cover and let stand at room temperature until served

Thanks Williams-Sonoma

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wheat Pasta

This may not be the easiest way to make pasta, 
for flat wide noodles its tasty,
for smaller noodles maybe stick to the store.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of fine salt
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Make a well with the flour

2. Add eggs and oil in center of well
Stir oil and eggs in center of well until blended, don't let it breach wall.
Slowly stir 

4. Use your hands
When the mixture is to stiff for fork, use your hands. Draw in flour at the bottom until you have soft, moist, not sticky ball of dough

5. Knead the dough
Clean surface and dust it lightly with flour. Knead for 12-14 minutes until smooth and elastic

6. Let the dough rest
Shape dough into ball, cover with over turned bowl, and let it rest for 15 minutes. Don't let it sit for longer or it will dry out.

7. Roll out the dough
Cut dough into four equal pieces, leave three under bowl for now.
Roll dough away from you, lift dough, re-flour. Turn dough 90 degrees, roll again.

8. Roll and cut into desired thinness

9. Fold and cut

Thanks Williams-Sonoma for this great recipe

Mother's Meaty Pasta Sauce

One of my favorite things my mom makes is her pasta sauce. Pasta is one of my favorite foods and its because I've been eating this sauce for as long as I can remember.


1 pound extra lean hamburger meat
2 cans tomato paste
1 can of water
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans of stewed tomatos (blended)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of basil
garlic salt to taste

Brown the beef, mix in everything else,
add water if to thick,
add paste if to thin,
add ingredients to your taste.

This isn't the exact amount that we use of everything, we usually make it to taste. Try different things until its just how you like it.

Use with Whole Wheat Noodles

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Homemade Buttermilk Syrup

This recipe puts syrup on a whole other level.  It is seriously so yummy and easy to make.  


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter {2 sticks}
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup

Combine ingredients in a large heavy pan.  Stir until syrup comes to a boil.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and add:

2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Stir until soda is completely dissolved.  {Be careful - if your pan isn't large enough it could boil over after you add the baking soda!}  Refrigerate any leftover syrup and reheat in the microwave.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Teriyaki Rice Bowls

Rice bowls are one of my favorite go-to meals.  They are equally delicious and healthy and are incredibly easy to put together.

chicken breasts or tenderloins {enough for your family}
rice {white or brown}
chow mein noodles
teriyaki sauce {we love mr. yoshida's from costco}
any other veggie you would like

Marinate chicken in teriyaki sauce for 3+ hours.  Grill chicken on barbeque or bake in oven, meanwhile cook rice and steam veggies.  Heat up some extra teriyaki sauce in the microwave to drizzle over your rice bowl.

So delish.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mango Chicken Quesadilla

This is my new favorite


Chicken grilled and diced, cooked with tabasco, red pepper flakes, and a little lemon
Sliced avocado
Mango salsa (homemade is better but if not any store bought will work)
Mozzarella or Parmesan lightly sprinkled over everything
Wheat tortilla

Then I throw in panini maker and its quick, easy, and healthy