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Easter Brunch French Toast

I recently made an overnight french toast recipe that I found while searching through stacks of recipes.  I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I added a couple ingredients, adjusted some of the measurements of the ingredients I kept, and omitted a few things.  I have to admit that I really liked it and it was simple.  I will be adding this to my Easter brunch menu this year because of the simplicity, taste and the fact it can feed a lot of people.  The secret to this french toast is the delicious challah bread and added butter!  I used almond milk because I don’t drink regular milk and oftentimes don’t have regular milk on hand, but you certainly can use regular milk.  Full disclosure: this is not a healthy recipe, BUT it’s a fun dish that is suitable for the holidays and should please a crowd!!! Make it your own by adding a layer of your favorite fruit on top like bananas, blueberries or apples.

I actually doubled the recipe, if you would like to do that just double all the ingredients listed below…

Ingredients:

1 loaf of challah bread

6 eggs

1 1/2 C almond milk (vanilla flavored)

1/3 C white sugar

1 tsp bourbon vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

butter

For Glaze:

1/2 C white sugar

1/2 C brown sugar

1/4 C flour

1/2 C butter

1/2 C almond milk

2 tsp vanilla

Tear bread into 1 1/2 inch thick slices and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, beat eggs with 1 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup white sugar, and 1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla. Pour egg mixture over bread slices.  Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons white sugar over bread and egg mixture. Dot entire dish with butter, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake toast in preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup white sugar, flour, and margarine. Stir in brown sugar, 1/2 cup almond milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a small saucepan. Cook until thick. Serve French toast hot with warm sauce.

 

 

 

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Quinoa Chili

Don’t you love chili this time of the year?  I do!  I ran across a quinoa chili recipe a few years ago and messed around with it to make it my own.  It turns out, it’s healthy and very yummy.  My teenage boys were not thrilled when they learned it was a vegetarian quinoa chili, but once they tasted it, they were hooked.  You can play with the spices and hot sauce to your desired taste or try adding corn to the chili.  Add more or less of the vegetable broth to make a more soup like consistency or less to make it thicker.  You may want to add more stock to the leftovers because the quinoa will soak up all the liquid.   This chili is a hearty winter time comfort food.  It has become a staple for our table during the cold winter months.  It makes a great weekly meal and even better left overs.  Add some sliced avocado and squeeze a bit of lime over each bowl before you serve, it’s a fresh and nutritious dish that will certainly please a crowd.

2 TBS Olive Oil

1 Onion, chopped

2 Garlic cloves, minced

3 Carrots, finely chopped

1 Can Tomato Sauce (15 1/2 oz)

2 Cans Black Beans, rinsed and drained (15 1/2 oz)

4 C Vegetable Stock

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

2 tsp Cumin

2 TBSP Chili Powder

1 1/2 C. cooked Quinoa

1 Sweet Potato, cubed

Salt to taste and hot sauce to taste

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat.  Saute the onion, garlic and carrots for about 5 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce, black beans, vegetable broth and spices.  Stir in cooked quinoa and bring everything to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.  Add the sweet potatoes and cover.  Simmer for about 30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.  Add desired amount of hot sauce and salt.

 

 

 

 

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Cheesy Squash Casserole

This squash casserole recipe has been a part of our Thanksgiving family tradition for many years.  It’s easy to double for crowds at the holidays and is such a great fall dish.  It’s so cheesy and yummy, it has all the ingredients for ultimate flavor.  Make sure to drain the squash well after it is cooked before adding it to the rest of the ingredients, this will prevent the casserole from becoming too runny.  You can add more cheese to make it even cheesier or substitute the cheese in this recipe with your favorite variety.  I sometimes use panko bread crumbs instead of the regular buttered bread crumbs, it just depends what I have on hand.  This is a very simple addition to any meal but has become one of our families favorite Thanksgiving additions.

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2 LBS Yellow Squash, sliced

2 Eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 C Chopped Green Pepper

1/4 C Chopped Onion

1 C Mayonaise

1/2 C Grated Cheddar Cheese

1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Buttered Bread Crumbs

Cook squash until tender; drain well. Add remaining ingredients.  Taste for seasoning.  Place in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  When almost done, sprinkle with crumbs.  Return to oven to complete baking about 5-10 more minutes.

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Cranberry Relish

We are in the last stretch of Thanksgiving planning and shopping! Where has this month gone? One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is this cranberry relish dish.  It was passed along to me from a dear friend and I’ve tweaked it over the years.  It’s a fun addition to your Thanksgiving menu, and adds beautiful color to your table.  You can costomize it to your to your taste by adding more sugar to make it sweeter or less sugar for a nice tart relish.  You can make it in advance and freeze it as well for your convenience.

1 bag of fresh cranberries (finely chopped in food processor)

1 small can crushed pineapple

3 TBS honey

1/3 C – 1/2 C Sugar (depending on your preference)

1/2 C walnuts or pecan pieces

zest of naval orange

Juice of one naval orange

Combine all ingredients together

Wonderful for ham, pork, turkey and chicken

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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Easy 3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos

I’m always looking for quick but tasty ideas for dinner during the busy work week.  This taco recipe is hands down the easiest one I have in my dinner rotations.  There are literally only three ingredients.  Not only is is simple and inexpensive, it’s one of my boys’ favorites!  I will usually double the recipe so that we will have great leftovers, a lot of times I’ll use the leftover chicken to make chicken tortilla soup the next night.  I simply put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning before I leave for work.  When I get home later in the afternoon, the house smells so good!!!  Serve the chicken tacos with all your favorite fixings, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro and refried beans.  Add some chips and salsa and it’s a great family meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar of your favorite salsa, (I like to use Herdez mild Salsa)

Directions

  1. Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  3. Pour salsa on top.
  4. Cook on low (for 6-8 hours) or high (for 4 hours).
  5. Just before serving, use two forks to shred the chicken.
  6. Stir to evenly distribute salsa throughout chicken.
  7. Serve immediately favorite toppings.