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Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I gathered some of my favorite breakfast and brunch recipe ideas and made this tasty roundup. I hope you guys find it helpful and perhaps make something from my list. If you do make it, please tag […]

Brunch Bagel Sandwich – egg, bacon, cheese, avocado and lettuce

Brunch Bagel Sandwich – egg, bacon, cheese, avocado and lettuce

KEEP CALM AND EAT BAGEL… There are many ways to jazz up your bagel sandwich and I believe that this is one of them. I love pian and simple cream cheese bagel, just like my whole family. We also have a love affair with lox and cream […]

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge is one of those perfect comforting foods during cooler weather.

Ah, don’t you just love the smell of cooler weather approaching, beautiful Autumn scenery and comfort food?

Alright, perhaps we look forward to comforting holiday food more than anything else, but fall weather and scenery is up there, too?!

I just love going to mountains this time of year and breathing fresh air, enjoying gorgeous nature and looking at trees that look like man-made color placements.

To be honest, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a quiet time in nature. I worked so hard this year that I need one more short weekend getaway, preferably with my hubby only. Just two of us!

Well, to be honest, I’d miss my kids and kitties way too much. Needless to say, the weekend getaway does sound like a dream right now.

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Let’s talk more about this tasty and sweet pumpkin porridge. It is a simply delightful comfort with every spoon you take.

I understand that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, nevertheless, it is so delicious and above all fulfilling as well as healthy.

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Since it is Pumpkin season I wanted to share pumpkin recipes and some of its health benefits.

  • Pumpkins/squashes are not only delicious but like I said healthy; they relieve stress, they’re good for weight loss, good for eyes and skin, it boosts the immune system and helps the digestive system and yes, they could reduce risk of cancer. I believe it is in the category of super-foods! 

When I was growing up, rice porridge was usually offered to the kids. Which is not as flavorful.

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

However, it was mostly eaten when we felt sick and needed something light just to keep us going, and through the days of illness.

Any porridge is good for the digestive system because it’s light and texture is easy to digest.

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I made a twist, a huge one on Korean traditional pumpkin porridge called Hobaak Jook (juk). I am not saying that Korean pumpkin porridge is not delicious, on the contrary, it is very comforting, especially if you like pumpkin.

First, instead of boiling, I roasted pumpkin. The best one for porridge or even soups is winter squash such as Butternut, Lakota, Kabocha, Buttercup squashes/pumpkins. My favorite is Kabocha, which I found in Trader Joe’s.

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Pumpkin is naturally sweet, but the winter squash that I wrote above is just a little sweeter. I like to mix different pumpkins as it gives better and different levels of flavor.

Also instead of sugar, I used organic honey, and spices such as ground ginger, cinnamon and pumpkin spice which made a huge difference. With all the changes and twists you are increasing the flavor as well as health benefits. 

Comparing rice that you granulate yourself vs. sweet rice flour in pumpkin porridge, I like granulated rice because even though that coarse rice is cooked it still gives you little nuttiness.

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Sweet Pumpkin Porridge
Yield: Serves 4

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge is one of those perfect comforting foods during cooler weather

Ingredients

  • 3 lb pumpkin or winter squash (Salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar - Few pinches on each slice)
  • 1 cup Sweet Mochi Rice/Glutinous Rice (or Flour)/Water, enough to cover over the rice for soaking
  • 1-1.5 cup water, for cooking
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • Organic Honey, to taste /or other sweeteners
  • Pumpkin seeds for garnish, or any nuts

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice 3-4 times and soak in a big bowl for about an hour.
  2. When the rice is soaked at least 1 hour (although, it's the best if you soak it for a couple of hours) place rice into a food processor with a bit of water and puree until it gets completely granulated. READ NOTES
  3. Preheat oven on 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  4. Pumpkin Prep: Slice the pumpkin into thicker slices (be careful), take out the seeds and reserve for later; Season pumpkin with few pinches of salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar to taste. Rub all over and place in baking pan. Roast until the pumpkin slices are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Once done, separate skin from the pumpkin flesh (be careful it could be still hot) and Puree in a food processor, and add a little bit of water so it's easier to puree. I ended up with little more than 2 cups of pumpkin puree. 
  5. In a large pot add 1 cup of water and pumpkin puree. Stir until it bubbles, then start adding the rice puree, keep stirring and add pumpkin spice, salt, and honey. 
  6. Stirring is very important because it can stick to the bottom of the pot very fast. Lower the heat on simmer, and slowly just stir for 5 minutes. Add more water when porridge becomes too thick, and cook for 20 more minutes on simmer. It's done when rice becomes smoother and cooked. Taste the porridge and add more sweetener to your taste preference. 
  7. Garnish with roasted and peeled pumpkin seeds OR chopped nuts. Serve on room temperature. 

Notes

  • You can skip the part of soaking the rice and instead use sweet Glutinous rice flour ..just make sure to mix it into a smooth texture (with water). You can find videos regarding this type of porridge. When you are using flour, it will be more smooth. I like the texture of granulated rice in porridge. You can also make it thick or thinner just by adjusting it with water. When you taste that rice is cooked take it off the stove and cover. It's all in the taste senses, so use them! 
  • For pumpkin seeds, I wash them, dry with kitchen paper towels and then toss on the newspaper then outside to air dry completely. Preheat oven on 400F then put sea salt, I used actually sriracha salt and it was fantastic. Bake until they are toasted. However, if you going to garnish porridge with pumpkin seeds, of curse peel them. 
  • For baby food, I would definitely either make rice cooked with adding more water or use flour because it gives you a smooth texture. If the baby is not at least year and a half please do not use honey, and add some other natural sweetener. Of course, you got to keep it a notch down because babies can't handle sweet like adults.


French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

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Chaffles – Low Carb Keto Waffles

Chaffles – Low Carb Keto Waffles

If you are following a low carb lifestyle, then you probably heard of or made these yummy keto-approved waffles. What are Chaffles-Low Carb Keto Waffles? I know, by the name you would never tell what it is. I have no idea who gave the name. […]

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PB2 Foods. All opinions are entirely my own. 

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

These PB2 Gluten-free Chocolate Waffles are an absolute delight. I genuinely love having a protein-packed breakfast or brunch almost every single day, and I must say, these were not disappointing at all.

I heartily enjoyed a plateful of these with my regular coffee after a long, peaceful, and chilled morning walk. Almost instantly these hit the spot. What a satisfying treat?!

With that being said, I partnered with PB2 Foods – Organic Peanut Butter Powder to create a delicious recipe that everyone could enjoy.

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

I carefully put some thought to create the most enchanting waffles packed with amazing ingredients to make your belly happy and your irresistible cravings for sweets at bay.

The pleasant taste will delightfully surprise you completely. You wouldn’t believe how amazingly delicious these waffles are, so please, you must attempt them as soon as possible.

These are fantastic to make for your loved ones over holidays, maybe for Valentine’s Day, or perhaps to surprise that special person in your life for his or her birthday. I know you will want to graciously thank me later.

Recipe

However, you can just enjoy them each and every morning, or afternoon especially after a workout.

As we are all aware, organic peanut butter, a classic and much-adored treat, has been satisfying so many of us for years. It has been incorporated into a variety of different indulgent sweet treats that are beyond well known.

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Such an original and unique flavor has entered a new realm, powder form. PB2 organic powdered peanut butter is a phenomenal spin on the authentic, mouth-watering indulgence.

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

The process of properly making this product typically includes pressing out most of the natural oils from roasted peanuts and then grinding the nuts into a fine powder.

The result of this is a powdered peanut product packed with flavor.

I am most definitely one of those people that hail PB2 as a low-calorie and low carb solution for all peanut butter lovers out there.

Waffles

Please check the PB2 website for more details about the product and grab their tasty recipes.

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PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles
Yield: Makes 10-12 Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The pleasant taste will delightfully surprise you completely. You wouldn't believe how amazingly delicious these waffles are, so please, you must attempt them as soon as possible

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 GF flour, 7 oz/187g
  • 1/8 cup organic raw cocoa powder, 1oz/17g
  • 4 tbsp. PB2 Foods Organic Powder, 26g
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. Truvía cane sugar, 50g
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 60 ml
  • 2 large eggs, 4oz/100g
  • 1/4 cup oil, 60ml
  • 6 oz/200ml Filtered water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

TOPPING OPTIONS

  • Maple Syrup
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients first, then measure and mix
    wet ingredients.
  2. Heat waffle iron to medium heat if possible.
  3. Combine dry and wet mixtures and mix until the batter is
    smooth.
  4. Following instructions of your waffle maker, add about 1/4 cup of batter for each waffle.
  5. Continue making waffles until all the batter is used up.
  6. Serve them hot with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and dark
    chocolate chips.

Notes

You can make these waffles with regular flour. Some small adjustments in addition to liquid might have to be adjusted.

For Low carb option, you may use Almond Flour. They are a bit different but nonetheless fantastic. I have tested using almond flour.

If you are sensitive to gluten just make sure to use ingredients with Gluten-Free labels.

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

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Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

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These tasty, moist and beautiful Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins are absolutely amazing for breakfast, brunch or dessert. We were quite impressed by the gluten-free all-purpose flour and the way these muffins turned out. Yes, my family tried to eat gluten-free most of the time if […]

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

What a better way to start September than with warm and appetizing sage and brown butter gnocchi. This delightful dish screams comfort food to me. Fall food should be comforting, don’t you agree?

Well, I genuinely love Autumn and everything that comes with the Fall season; Autumn foliage, tasty food and the fragrant air that smells more like cinnamon and spice.

Anyhow, I wanted to let you all knowthat I partnered with Minerva Dairy Butter once againto bring you one more amazing recipe.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

By the way, did you know that Minerva Dairy, is America’s oldest family-owned creamery? They just revamped their brand and packaging this year in honor of their 125th anniversary.

That is impressive, my friends. I absolutely love their story as well as working with a brand like Minerva Dairy.

So, after thinking of some wonderful and yummy ideas, this classic recipe popped in my head. It is sincerely loved all around the world and most importantly my family loves it.

It was a win-win situation here. I post homemade recipes that my family dearly likes.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

You will never find fake food whatsoever. I style food that I post here, of course. However, after each photoshoot, we devour food that I made. Every so often I need to heat it up but after doing this for nine years, they know the drill.

That being said, we enjoy gnocchi prepared with Minerva Butter. I love unsalted but for savory sauces or any other dishes, I use garlic and herbs to give a bit more character.

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Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

It’s extremely delicious. Sea salt Minerva Dairy Butter is very tasty as well. I love smearing on my morning toast. I’m more of savory breakfast or brunch gal.

Nevertheless, I heartily hope youguys like these sage and brown butter gnocchi. They are reallyunbelievably tasty.

Happy Cooking!

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Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi
Yield: 4 Servings

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi is easy, tasty a perfect dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potato gnocchi, you may make your own if you wish
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • Salt, and Black Pepper to taste

Butter Sage Sauce

  • 5 tablespoons Minerva Dairy garlic and herbs butter
  • 6 sage leaves, thinly sliced or leave them whole

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup shaved or grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Cook, stirring until the butter develops brown flecks and smells nutty. Watch it closely to keep the butter solids from burning. Turn down the heat and add sage and fry it for 30 to 40 seconds. This takes a few minutes or less so be close by. Transfer the butter and sage to another bowl.
  2. Bring a larger pot of salted water to a rolling boil then add the gnocchi. When it floats to the surface it is done. Allow it for about half a minute more in the boiling water before removing the gnocchi from water.
  3. Scoop the gnocchi from the pot with a spider or slotted spoon, transfer to the skillet and toss until some of the brown-butter flecks stick to the gnocchi. Be careful and stay a bit back.
  4. Pour over brown butter and sage and keep tossing gnocchi.
  5. Add a few tablespoons of the gnocchi cooking water and a gentle squeeze of lemon, about 1 teaspoon or so; toss again.
  6. Remove from the heat and add half of the cheese. Divide among bowls and top with the cheese.
  7. Serve it with a bowl of greens such as Cesar salad.


Notes

You may use any pasta for this dish, even ravioli as long as you have sage and herbs and garlic butter.

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