Category: Brunch


I didn’t actually get a picture of this one, but instead put pictures of two previously posted “Empty the Fridge Chowders”  Making a chowder or chili is one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers.

4-5 c. leftover meat and starch (I had about 4 or 5 cups of some delicious boneless lemon pepper chicken thighs and brown rice and black beans that weren’t getting eaten fast enough.  I chopped the chicken up into smaller pieces)

1 bag Dole Chopped salad (I save the salad toppings and dressings from the chopped salad for future use).  Broccoli slaw would also work well as the fresh add-in.

 

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Combine the leftovers with the greens from the Chopped salad, and place in crock pot.

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Add in:

1 jar salsa (I used Muir Glen organic that was on sale)

3 Tbsp. bacon jam

1 Tbsp. dehydrated minced onion

2 C. chicken broth

Any leftover meat and starch will do.  I sometime even freeze leftovers I know will work well in a chowder or chili.  Make sure you label them, though.  They are often unrecognizable when you look at them in a container in the freezer.

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To the chicken, rice, bean, and chop salad mixture, I then added salsa, bacon jam, dehydrated minced onion, and chicken broth.

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Cook on low in the crock pot for 8 hours.

Optional toppings:  Shredded cheese, nuts, sour cream, crushed chips, etc.

Optional add-ins:  Any leftover veggies or starches.

 

 

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3 packages Stonefire Naan Bread (I used garlic)

12 eggs (fresh from a farm my daughter and son-in-law just purchased!)

1/4 c. sour cream

2 Tbsp. minced dehydrated onion

1/2 tsp. salt

2 packages fully cooked turkey sausage links

2 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Whisk eggs, sour cream, onion, and salt together.  Soft scramble and set aside.  Keep it a little liquidy.

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Place naan on baking sheets lined with foil and sprayed with coconut oil.

Top with egg mixture.

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Chop defrosted sausage into small pieces and top egg mixture.

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Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes.

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1 1/4 c. milk  – I used coconut almond milk

1/2 c. agave syrup – the recipe called for sugar, but I prefer agave

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice – I left this out, since I used pumpkin butter that was seasoned

3 large eggs, slightly beaten

1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)  – I actually used up the pumpkin butter instead!

4 1/2 c. cubed  bread  – I used a seedy whole wheat and the seeds gave it a nice crunch!

Cooking spray

Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk until frothy.  Add bread and toss gently to coat.  Spoon into an 8 inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350.  Place baking dish in a larger dish with an inch of water.  Cook covered for 25 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 10 – 15 minutes until knife in enter comes out clean.

I served it warm topped with vanilla yogurt and some stewed strawberries.

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With so many gatherings, we decided to have a Christmas Eve Brunch.  I made Cheesy Apple Grits, Apple Dumpling Casserole, and a Egg, Cheese and Sausage Crock Pot Casserole.  All previously posted, super easy recipes.   When I was young, my dad used to make Christmas breakfast of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar.  We loved it!

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My son in law brought Mini Beef Wellington Bites, and Cousin Laura brought Cheese Blintzes and Green Beans.  Lots of dessert type stuff too.

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Olivia brought Bailey’s to make yummy coffee too!

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Grandma Tina made cookies with my oldest grandson and they were delicious and pretty!

Now, Christmas day will be nice and quiet and relaxing – watching the Steelers play and nowhere we have to go!

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Merry Christmas to all!!

 

I’m also going to make my mom’s famous apple cake for Thanksgiving.  This time, though, I will add some dried cranberries and pistachios in with the apples to give it some pizzazz.  The two cakes can bake side by side.  While they are baking, Donnie and I will be making pies, too.

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3              C. flour

2              C. sugar

1              C. oil

4              Unbeaten eggs

½             tsp. salt

7              Tbsp. orange juice

2 ½         tsp. vanilla

3              tsp. baking powder

Combine cake ingredients.

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Filling:

Mix together 4 to 5 (or more!) sliced peeled apples, 2 tsp. cinnamon and ¼ C. sugar.

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Pour half of dough into 13 x 9 dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Layer apples over dough

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and top with remaining dough.

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350° oven 60 minutes until golden.

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Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with whipped cream, and serve!

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This is a great choice for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning!  It makes the whole house smell delicious!

20 slices Pepperidge Farm pumpkin spice swirl bread (perfect for holiday breakfasts!)

2 blocks Neufchatel cheese, softened

½ c. sugar or other sweetener.

12 eggs

2 c. milk

1 c. pumpkin butter (I used Kauffman’s – tastes like pumpkin pie!)

Pan spray

This recipe makes 10 large portions.  Leftovers don’t last long, though!

I love when a new flavor of swirl bread appears.  It means another variation on the cheese stuffed French toast my kids love so much.

Mix softened cream cheese and sugar.

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Spray 2 baking dishes (13 x 9).  Place bread in dishes to adjust fit.

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Spread all 20 slices of bread with cream cheese mixture.

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Top each bottom slice with pumpkin butter.

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Place top slice on each portion.

Whisk eggs and milk.

Pour slowly, evenly over bread, being careful not to leave any dry spots.

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Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

No syrup or topping required.  You can top with powdered sugar for appearance, but it is sweet enough without.

Once it has cooled, I place it in a tupperware and everyone eats it as they get up.  No need to reheat.  It’s delicious cold too!

All I can say is YUMMMM.

 

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8 eggs

3 Tbsp. sour cream

1 can golden mushroom soup (or other cream soup – leftover homemade is ideal)

1 package fully cooked turkey sausage crumbles

2 cups leftover roasted potatoes

1 onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 c. shredded cheese

Combine eggs and sour cream.  Soft scramble in a skillet sprayed with olive oil or coconut spray.  Mix in soup.  Set aside.

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Heat olive oil over medium to medium high heat.  Cook onions until softened.  Add potatoes and increase the heat to create crisp brown edges.

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Spray crockpot with spray or wipe down with oil.

Pour half of egg/soup mixture into crockpot.

Layer sausage crumbles next.

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Layer potatoes and onions next.

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Layer remaining egg/soup mixture next.

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Top with cheese.

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Cook on low for 30 minutes.  Reduce to “keep warm” setting.  Everyone can eat at their leisure as they get up.  I keep spreading the remaining casserole around in the crock pot to keep it from getting dried out at an edge from a spoon.

 

 

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1 package Pastamore Thai Citrus Ginger Linguini

2 packages al fresco Roasted Pepper & Asiago Chicken Sausage

2 packages Eat Smart Vegetable Stir Fry

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper blend

Heat water for pasta.

Slice sauce and chop onion and set aside.

Heat olive oil in large skillet and cook onions and sausage until onions are translucent and sausage is golden.

Meanwhile cook vegetable stir fry in the microwave and cook pasta in heated water.  It cooks very quickly, so put it in only when the sausage and onions are close to done.

Toss sausage with cooked vegetables, adding in butter and salt and pepper.

Toss with pasta and serve immediately.

We all loved this!  Some of the kids added some heat with red pepper flakes or sweet thai chili sauce.

 

 

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Fresh Market had a sale on some interesting looking artisan salad mixes from Canterbury Naturals.  I bought the orzo cucumber one and it was yummy.  It’s a little higher in sodium than I like (370 mg  per 1/2 cup serving) so I will make my own from scratch next time!

1 Package Canterbury Naturals Orzo Cucumber Salad Mix (it contains whole wheat orzo, garlic, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and celery and a yummy dressing mix)

2 cucumbers, cubed

8 campari tomatoes, cut into quarters

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

2 Tbsp. Panera Tangerine Honey Dressing (too sweet by itself, but nice mixed with the dressing in the salad mix)

Cook orzo veggie mixture for 10 minutes, drain and rinse well.

Prepare dressing pursuant to directions on the package (you add olive oil and water).  Add in tangerine dressing.

Gently fold in tomatoes, cucumber, and garbanzo beans.

Everyone had seconds and some even thirds!  I can’t wait to try this from scratch!

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8 slices bread crumbled ( I used swirl with cinnamon and raisin and super seedy Ezekiel bread.

1 – 1 1/2 c. ricotta cheese

1/4 c. butter, melted

1/4 c. honey

1 can pineapple tidbits, drained

1/4 c. peach preserves

Spray 9 x 9 baking dish with coconut oil.

Mix Bread, ricotta, butter, and honey.

Spread into bottom of the sprayed baking dish.

Mix pineapple and preserves.  Spread over bread mixture.

Bake at 375 F for 25 minutes.

 

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