Wild Blueberry And Honey Parfait

I love parfaits of all kinds. This is one of my favorites. It is very simple to make. It requires little energy and it fills you up and gives you a great boost for the day. Here are the ingredients.

1/2 c. Greek Yogurt ( plain)

1 Tbsp. Honey

Wild blueberry Preserves or Whole fruit Jam

Granola of your choice ( I make my own with nuts and dried fruit)

Fresh Blueberries ( you can use frozen. Just let them thaw completely before using)

 

(1) In a bowl whisk together the Yogurt and Honey until combined and smooth.

(2) In a small glass mason jar or individual trifle dish layer the Yogurt on bottom and then 1 to 2 Tbsp of the Blueberry preserves, Blueberries and Granola. Keep layering until container is full. Top with a little more Granola to make it look pretty. Add a spoon and enjoy.

Yumm. Does’nt that look good enough to eat for Breakfast..

Homemade Oat Bisuts

Love Biscuts, Then You will love this recipe. This recipe is made with Ground Oats and is a great way to get more fiber in your diet. Not to mention that they taste great. They are light and fluffy and you can eat them the same as regular biscuts.  They have more flavor as to regular biscuts but still really good.

 

2 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour

1/2 c. Ground Oats ( just place 2 c. Oats plus 1/2 c. Flour in processor and pulse until gorund. keep in airtight container)

2 Tbsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

3 Tbsp. Butter

3 Tbsp. Crisco

1 Egg, Beaten

1 c. Milk

 

(1.) Heat oven to 400*.

(2) In a bowl whisk together the Flour, Ground Oats, Baking powder and Salt. Add in the butter and crisco and using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in until the size of small peas.

(3) Beat the egg and milk together and add to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour onto a floured surface and pat or roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out piecces using a biscut cutter and place on to a sheet pan or biscut pan about 1/2 inch apart. Using your Thumb gently press down slighty on top of the biscut making a slight indention. Bake for 20- 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and carefully place in serving bowl or dish and serve.

Pepperoni Scramble

This is a one person dish, although you can make more to serve more people. This is one of my favorite breakfast meals when I have no one else to cook for but me. It is all made in one dish. I use a 6 inch Cast Iron skillet to make it. If you do not like pepperoni then you can substitute for something else.

 

1/4 c. Pepperoni, Skin removed and diced small

2-3 Eggs, Room temperature

2 Tbsp, Milk

Salt and Pepper

1 Tbsp Parsley, Chopped

1 Slice of bread ( your choice) Cubed

2-3 Tbsp Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated

 

(1) Heat the broiler to high heat.

(2) In a small oven safe pan over medium heat add the pepperoni and cook for 3-4 minutes or until slightly browned.

(3) In a small bowl beat the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and parsley together and add the pan. Let cook 1 minute before turning with a rubber spatula. Let set one minute before turning again. Do this until desire consistency is reached.

(4) Top the eggs with the bread and then the cheese evenly. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and golden. Keep an eye on it because it will burn easily. About 3-5 minutes.  serve.

Candied Nut And Fruit Granola

I love Granola. You can make awesome yogurt and granola parfait for breakfast, eat it for snack or a great pick me when your on a hike. This is one of my versions of this great good for you pick me up snack. It stores really well and keeps for a while if tightly covered in a jar or airtight container. I make a big batch of it for the week.

 

For the Candied Nuts:

1/2 c. Sunflower Seeds

1 c. Sugar

1/8 Tsp. Cream of tartar

1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon

2 1/2 tbsp. Water

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

 

For the Granola:

Non-stick Cooking spray

1/3 c. Maple Syrup

2/3 c. Brown Sugar

1/2 c. Orange Juice ( fresh)

1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1 c. Cranberries ( dried)

3/4 C. Apricots (dried and Chopped)

4 c. Rolled Oats ( old-fashioned)

 

(1.) In a sauce pan with high sides add the sugar,cream of tartar, cinnamon and the water.Bring to a boil and cook until soft ball stage. It is between 100 and 115 degrees on a candy thermometer. About 10 minutes or so. Add the Vanilla and the Nuts and stir together with a wooden spoon. Pour on to a greased sheet pan evenly and let cool completely. About 1 hour. Break apart and set aside.

(2,) In a sauce pan combine the Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, orange Juice and Cinnamon. Stir to combine and let cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Set Aside.

(3.) In a large bowl combine the Oats, Salt, sugar mixture and the nuts. Pour onto a greased sheet pan evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 325*.

(4.) remove from oven and add the Dried fruit and toss to combine.Spread in an even layer and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with a spatula again and let cool completely. About 1 to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.

I like adding in about 1/2 c of chocolate chips after they are completely cooled so the chips do not melt.

This also travels well if your on the go and need a snack.

Creamy Grits

3 c. Water

1 Tsp. Salt

1 c. Grits

1/2 Tsp. Pepper

3 Tbsp. Butter, Room Temperature

1/2 c. Grated or Crumbled Cheese ( Cheddar, mozzarella or 1/4 c. Blue Cheese ) Optional

1/4 c. Sugar ( optional) or Honey (optional)

1/3 c. Dried Fruit (optional)

1 Tsp. Creole or  Cajun Seasoning (optional)

 

(1.) In a large sauce pan ( with fitted lid) add the Water and bring to a boil. Add the Salt and stir to dissolve. Slowly whisk in the grits until it just starts to thicken. While whisking cook for 3 minutes. Turn heat off and place the lid on. Let set for 20 minutes. This steams the grits and makes them nice and soft.

(2.) After 20 minutes remove the lid and  vigorously whisk in the butter. This makes the grits creamy. Add in the pepper and more salt if needed. At this point you can add any of the above add ins for your favorite taste.

 

This is the easiest recipe for grits that I have. It is super easy and requires little work. They are creamy and soft and very basic so you can add in any type of Cheese, Seasonings or Dried Fruit you want.  Grits in the South are very Traditional. Every family has their own way of making them. The way that I make Grits eliminate the lumps and makes them creamy and delicious. Not to mention after you only stir for 3 minutes just to get them going you just place on a lid , set a timer for 20 minutes, Turn off the heat and walk away. when you whisk in the butter it makes it very creamy.

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