Sunflower Seed Butter, Banana and Chocolate Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be boring.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Sunflower seed butter is used in this recipe as a nut-free alternative but feel free to use peanut butter or almond butter.  Recipe serves 1.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 large ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shaved dark chocolate

What you’ll do:

  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in the oats and a dash of salt.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Slice the banana.
  • Mash 1/3 of the slices in a small bowl.
  • Stir the sunflower seed butter, brown sugar and mashed banana into the warm oats.
  • Top with the remaining banana and chocolate shavings.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Applesauce Muffins

Bake at the beginning of the week, and you’ll have breakfast all week long.  Recipe makes 1 dozen.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose baking mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Whisk together the baking mix, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the applesauce, milk, oil and eggs in another bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir just until moistened (don’t overmix).
  • Spoon the batter into lightly greased muffin pan, filling almost completely full.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

Recipe and image from Southern Living.

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Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Feta Quiche

Using a combination of convenience products, like frozen hash brown potatoes, frozen chopped spinach, and refrigerated breadstick dough, to cut down on prep time never hurts.  This dish is great for breakfast, brunch or breakfast for dinner.  Serve with a fruit salad.  Recipe serves 8.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Southern-style hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated breadstick dough
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup (5 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, sugar and salt; cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Unroll the dough, separating in strips.
  • Working on a flat surface, coil one strip of dough around itself in a spiral pattern.
  • Add a second strip of dough to the first strip by pinching together at the ends to seal.
  • Continue coiling the dough and repeat with all strips.
  • Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle and place in a deep-dish pie plate that has been coated with cooking spray.
  • Spread the potato and onion mixture onto the bottom of the prepared crust and top with spinach.
  • Combine the milk, egg whites, eggs and cheese.
  • Pour over the spinach.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until set.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Orange-Banana Smoothie

This creamy and refreshing drink is perfect for breakfast, after a workout or as a afternoon snack.  Feel free to use any flavor of yogurt you want.  Recipe makes 2 servings.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced

What you’ll do:

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Mini Bacon and Egg Tarts

Perfect for a breakfast-for-dinner meal or for brunch.  Feel free to omit the green onions if you’re not a fan – though they add color and flavor.  Recipes serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 (1-ounce) slices of whole-gran bread, crusts removed
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Lightly coat both sides of the bread with cooking spray.
  • Press each slice of bread into the cup of a muffin tin.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  • Cook slightly.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, Combine the milk and eggs, whisking.
  • Divide the egg mixture among the bread cups.
  • Sprinkle evenly with onions and bacon.
  • Top each with 1 tablespoon of cheese.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until set.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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