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No Batter Blackberry Stuffed Waffles

No Batter Blackberry Stuffed Waffles

What a week! So if you didn’t read my previous blog post I will catch you up on the week’s festivities.  After being swept away by the Kendrick Lamar Grammy performance I decided to restructure my content and recipe development this week to pay homage to his song “The Blacker The Berry”.  As a result blackberries took the spotlight this week and boy did they shine in these four new recipes.

Yaaasss to kitchen hacks! The secret ingredient helping us avoid a potentially messy batter situation is Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. These things are magical. I roll the biscuits out with a  rolling pin, stuff blackberry filling between two biscuits, pinch the edges closed and cook in a waffle iron. The biscuits make perfect waffles, with crispy outside and soft pillowy inside.

 

No Batter Blackberry Stuffed Waffles

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8

No Batter Blackberry Stuffed Waffles

No Batter Blackberry Stuffed Waffles- The use of biscuits makes these waffles easy to make and clean up takes seconds.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Pillsbury Grands biscuits
  • 2 cups blackberries, halved
  • ½ cup sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
  • flour
  • Optional: powdered sugar or creamy maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Cut blackberries in half and in a large bowl mix together blackberries, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir together until sugar crystal disintegrate and set aside.
  2. On a floured surface, use floured rolling pin to roll out and flatten two biscuits. Add a tablespoon of blackberry mix on top of one of the biscuits; try to drain excess syrup prior to adding on the blackberries. Make sure to leave the perimeter of the biscuit uncovered. Place the second biscuit on top of and press the edges to secure the waffle is closed. Place the stuffed waffle in the waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or pour over creamy maple syrup.
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Coffee Crusted Skirt Steak

Coffee Crusted Skirt Steak

Queue Music: Go shortay its ya birthday, we gonna party like it’s ya birthday!!! Yes my loves, its my Birthday and I am so excited to have the chance to celebrate another year of life. So much has changed for me in the last year. As a matter of fact, next month I will be celebrating the anniversary of me “chucking up the deuces” to my corporate gig in exchange for pursuing my passion. It is just something about the months of July and August that get me fired up, must be the leo in me.

Coffee Crusted Shirt Steak - Coffee isn't only for breakfast. If offers a flavor explosion that pairs well with steak and adds a great crust.
Coffee Crusted Shirt Steak - Coffee isn't only for breakfast. If offers a flavor explosion that pairs well with steak and adds a great crust.

Continuing with my coffee craze I absolutely have to share with you this delicious recipe for Coffee Crusted Skirt Steak. Don’t turn up your nose at me, the robust character and texture of coffee enhance the flavor of meats like beef and pork. I promise, its actually a thing.

Coffee Crusted Shirt Steak - Coffee isn't only for breakfast. If offers a flavor explosion that pairs well with steak and adds a great crust.

I like to let the skirt steak rest in the coffee and spice blend for 20-30 minutes to soak up the flavor but then it’s a simple pan cook on each side for 2-3 minutes to achieve a perfect medium rare. And don’t forget, you need to let steak rest for 5-10 minutes before you even thinking about cutting into it to make sure the meat holds its moist, tender juiciness.

Coffee Crusted Shirt Steak - Coffee isn't only for breakfast. If offers a flavor explosion that pairs well with steak and adds a great crust.

With both of these yummy coffee inspired recipes this birthday girl is definitely sitting on cloud 9.

Coffee Crusted Skirt Steak

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Coffee Crusted Skirt Steak

Coffee Crusted Skirt Steak - I love to find ways to use leftovers and this is recipe was created when I discovered I did not have enough ground coffee for my morning cup of Joe.

Ingredients

  • !Steak
  • 1 – 1½ lb skirt steak
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • !Coffee Spice Blend
  • 2½ tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons of finely ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in cast iron to high. If refrigerated take out steak to reach room temperature. Combine coffee, brown sugar, garlic, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in a bowl.
  2. Massage the marinade into the meat (optional: let meat marinade for 20-30mins) and once the oil in the cast iron starts to smoke add in the steak. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5-7 minutes before thinly slicing at an angle. Serve warm.
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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake - I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and after a great work this keeps me from going to the donut shop.

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of Chocolate Cacao Raw Protein Powder
  • 1 tablespoon PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth then serve
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Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Quiche with Potato Chip Crust

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Quiche with Potato Chip Crust

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Quiche with Potato Chip Crust

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Quiche with Potato Chip Crust

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Quiche with Potato Chip Crust - I created this recipe from leftover caramelized onions, mushrooms and potato chips from a burger recipe I made the night before.

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 8-9oz bag of potato chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 15 crackers (saltine or butter)
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Quiche Filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced button or crimini mushrooms
  • ? cup heavy cream
  • 1./2 cup milk
  • ½ cup feta
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Crust Instructions
  2. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  3. In a food processor pulse potato chips until they turn into a fine crumble.. Pour chips into a large mixing bowl. Add crackers to the food processor and pulse into a fine crumble and pour into the bowl with the chips. Whisk to mix the dry ingredients together.
  4. Pour in melted butter and stir.
  5. Pour mixture into a lightly oiled tart pan (my pan size was 9.75” in diameter)
  6. Prebake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes then remove from the oven to cool.
  7. Quiche Filling Instructions
  8. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  9. In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high and add in sliced onions. Sauté the onions for 8 minutes then add in balsamic vinegar. Reduce heat to low and cover for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and place onions in a bowl.
  10. In the same pan on medium, heat the last teaspoon of olive and add in the mushrooms. Sauté mushrooms for 10 minutes or until all liquid as evaporated.
  11. Add the onions back into the pan and add in salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  12. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, egg whites, milk and heavy cream.
  13. Take the tart pan with the potato chip crust and add in a layer of feta. Top this with the onion and mushroom mixture. Add on top the final layer of mozzarella cheese and then pour the egg mixture across the top.
  14. Place tart pan on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  15. Let the quiche cool for 10 minutes before serving,
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Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

What a week! So if you didn’t read my previous blog post I will catch you up on the week’s festivities.  After being swept away by the Kendrick Lamar Grammy performance I decided to restructure my content and recipe development this week to pay homage to his song “The Blacker The Berry”.  As a result blackberries took the spotlight this week and boy did they shine in these four new recipes.

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie - If you haven't tried Kefir you haven't lived life. In this smoothie it adds a creamy tartness that goes perfect with blackberries.

Blackberry Kefir SmoothieBlackberry Kefir Smoothie

I was recently introduced to kefir, which is a yogurt like probiotic drink that offers superior health benefits. What’s even better is that the beneficial yeast and bacteria in kefir make it digestible for the lactose intolerant.  When added with blackberries, mint and banana you get the perfect start to any day.

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie

Blackberry Kefir Smoothie - I'm a huge fan of quick treats and this smoothie here is definitely is a treat after a busy day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries, frozen
  • ½ cup kefir
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 mint leaf
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • optional: granola

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately
  2. Optional: Sprinkle on toppings of your choice or pour onto of granola to make a parfait.
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Best Smoothie Ever

Best Smoothie Ever

Best Smoothie Ever

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Best Smoothie Ever

Best Smoothie Ever - Imagine a hot day after a fantastic workout what you need is the best smoothie ever to cool you down.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Lifeway Original Frozen Kefir
  • 5 pineapple chunks
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 20 large mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
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