Power Breakfast- Baked Egg in Avocado

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I had been looking to change up my breakfast for a while and my good friend, Chelsea, gave me this idea. Disclaimer: This was my first time making it so it got a little messy! Here’s what you’ll need:

½ avocado
1 egg
cayenne pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Cup the avocado in half long ways, take out the seed, and use a spoon to take out a little bit more of the avocado so the egg can fit.

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Crack your egg into a bowl.

Make a little doughnut from foil and place on a cookie sheet or something to bake the avocado in.

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Use a spoon to spoon in the egg into the avocado. This is where I got messy. In retrospect I should have separated the egg from the yolk, put the yolk into the avocado first, then spoon in as much egg white as can fit. Finally, sprinkle some cayenne pepper; I added a sprinkle of salt too.

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Place the avocado into the hole of the doughnut.

Bake it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

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When done, let it cool for a few minutes then enjoy!

This is REALLY a power breakfast. It’ll keep you going for hours. Add a piece of toast and coffee and you’re good for a long time. Needless to say, for avocado lovers- this is a dream breakfast.

Enjoy!

-Ena

Skinny Aunt Annie’s Pretzel Copy Cat Recipe

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Oddly enough, I was getting sick of bread and wanted a new carb (who am I?). So, I found a few recipes for pretzels and then created one with what I had in my kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup warm water
1.5 cups white all-purpose flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 large egg
Sea salt

First, combine the warm water with the active yeast in a large bowl. Let it sit for about a minute before you mix it. Mix until the yeast dissolves.

Then add in both of the flour mix a little. Then add the salt and brown sugar.
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Mix until the dough is not sticky. Cover the bowl and let it sit for about an hour. The dough should double.
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When ready, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Take pieces of the dough and place on your counter. Use your palms to create a long snake like piece.
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Then make a U shape with the dough. Take the two top pieces twist them twice and place on the bottom of the U.
Making the pretzel shape.
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Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. And place the pretzels there with about 1 inch between each one.

Sprinkle sea salt on the pretzels and let them sit/rise for another 15 minutes.
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Finally, beat the egg and brush the tops of the pretzels with the egg wash.
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Place in the oven at 450 for 15-20 minutes.
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When done, let them cool for a couple minutes then enjoy! These were delicious dipped with a salsa and with a little cheese. Yummy, great alternative to some bread or another carb!
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Enjoy!

-Ena

Banana Base Mini Pancakes

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Sundays are my days to try new recipes and I’ve been dying for a good pancake one since I LOVE breakfast and brunch. I looked at a bunch but they all made an absurd amount so I sort of finagled a couple recipes to come up with this one. My favorite part of this recipe is that it makes 4 mini pancakes…PERFECT! If you want more, obviously double and triple the recipe but this is really super easy AND you probably have everything in your kitchen already! Here’s what you’ll need:

1 medium sized ripe banana
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoons of vanilla extract (I used vanilla sugar)
1 egg
1 tablespoon of butter (I used the “butter light” from Trader Joe’s and it worked just fine even though it says not to use it in cooking)
1 tablespoon of canola oil
3 tablespoons of milk (I used 1%)
1/3 cup of any type of flour (I used unbleached white but plan on doing whole wheat next time)

First, mash up the banana with the baking powder.

Then add in the salt, vanilla, egg, butter, oil, and milk. Mix it up for a little bit.

Finally, add in the flour. You’ll know how much to add when the dough starts to firm. You want this dough still a bit runny.

Spray some nonstick cooking spray in a pan- any kind will work- and heat it on medium/high for about 3-4 minutes.
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Then using an ice cream scooper, scoop the dough and place it on the pan. Don’t over crowd. I put all 4 pancakes in
mine and almost messed up their shape.
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Let them sit on each side for 3-4 minutes then flip and wait 3-4 minutes. And serve!
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These were REALLY delicious! The banana is subtle but just enough to give them some flavor. NOTE: No added sugar!!! I did not want to add any because the maple syrup we put on these bad boys is plenty. I really liked these and they were nice and fluffy. I’m going to try to make a chocolate version of these sometime soon…stay tuned!
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Enjoy!

-Ena

Bosnian Przenice

 

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Okay friends, this is my first Bosnian recipe on the blog (I believe) and it’s basically our version of French toast minus the cinnamon. It’s so delicious and if you have bread that is hard and you’re about to throw away, do this for breakfast or brunch instead and save it!! Here’s what you’ll need:

Bread
Eggs
Milk
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil

Notice I didn’t put amount in there because it varies! I just wanted to make 4 pieces, so I used 4 pieces of bread and 1 egg. I would say that for every 3-4 pieces you need an egg!

Cut up your bread so it is a little bit thinner than Texas Toast.

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In a bowl, beat your egg, add a splash (JUST a splash of milk) and a splash of salt and pepper.

In a skillet, add in a splash of olive oil (enough to coat the pan). Turn the stove top on medium.

When the oil is hot, take your bread slices and dip both sides in the egg mixture.

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Place on the skillet and fry each side of the bread for about 3-4 minutes. Don’t over crowd the pan!

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Place on a paper towel when done to let the extra oil drip off.

If you don’t know by now, I’m about to tell you- breakfast and brunch are my FAVORITE meals! This is an easy way to make yourself feel like you did something fun for yourself or friends or significant other. I fried an egg and made a sandwich! I also added avocado too J NOMMMMM! These are amazing as sandwich bread, with soup, with a meal, and on their own with a little bit of any kind of spread. Because they are neutral tasting, I’ve eaten these with everything from jam to an egg sandwich. Seriously, these are so delish. Surprise someone and make these for breakfast or brunch this weekend. They will think you slaved!

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Enjoy!

-Ena 

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Crisps

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I was super in the mood for a fall recipe today! And I wanted my apartment to smell like cinnamon  Also, I had just bought a bunch of honey crisp apples (my absolute favorite) from a farmer’s market…PERFECT. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 and a half apples (you can use more but I didn’t need more!)
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
¼ cup of sugar (I used brown, but I imagine you can use white and it would be just as good)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

First I sliced the apples very thin horizontally.
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Then I used a paper towel to dry them off a bit. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
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Line a cookie sheet with foil or wax paper. I used the cookie sheet with slits in it (not sure what this is called) to ensure nice and crispy apples.
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Take each apple slice and put in the cinnamon sugar mixture, making sure both sides get a good coating.

Line the coated apples on the cookie sheet.
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Sprinkle some more cinnamon and sugar combo on top.

Bake for an hour on one side, then flip the apples and bake for another hour and a half.

Leave these in the oven while it cools for up to half an hour, if you can. It’ll help them get crispy and delicious!

What a healthy, delicious, yummy snack! I love these with a little peanut butter or with Greek yogurt. So easy and great to take to a fall party too! Especially if you made a Greek Yogurt inspired dip. Nom nom.

-Enjoy!

Ena

Easy Homemade Wheat Bread

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So a few weeks ago I took my first shot at bread. I was nervous to try making bread with yeast so I opted out of that. This time, I got BOLD! Aka…I used yeast. This bread is very easy but it is an over-nighter (meaning you need to let it rise overnight) so it requires some planning ahead. Here’s what you’ll need:

1.5 cups warm water
1.5 cup wheat flour
1.5 cup white unbleached flour
½ cup of white flour
1 teaspoon of yeast
1 teaspoon of salt

You can opt to use just one type of flour. The original recipe called for only white but I was feeling bold!

Mix the dry ingredients, aside from the ½ cup of white flour, well.

Add in the water and mix until it is a wet dough.
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Cover with either clingwrap or foil and then a kitchen towel over top. Let it sit in a warm place over night.

When ready, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead and use the extra ½ cup of flour to form it into a ball.
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Spray your bread pan lightly with nonstick spray.
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Place the dough into your pan and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes. Keep an eye on the bread. Once the top crust looks done, leave in the oven for about ten more minutes.
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Once done, take out of the oven. Wait at least 10 minutes before you dig in!
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The bread is easy and DELISH. So ultra fluffy on the inside and extra crunchy on the outside. I really like the recipe and the taste of the bread is wonderful. Will be making this again for sure!

Enjoy!

-Ena

Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls- 10 grams of protein in ONE serving!

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NO BAKE, NO FUSS! I literally made these in 6 minutes…I’m all about healthy snacking. And I’m one of those people who needs a snack every 2-3 hours. SO I decided to stop buying processed foods and make something yummy at home. I wanted a snack that would be healthy, DELICIOUS (aka sweet), and would keep me full for a little while. TWO of these = 100 calories and 10 grams of protein! Here’s what you’ll need:

3 oz Greek yogurt (that is about half of a single serving cup you buy- I use 0% fat)
1/8 cup of dark chocolate chips
2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter (I use organic smooth)
1 heaping tablespoon honey
½ cup of chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder (I used chocolate)

In a bowl, mix everything together.
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On a baking sheet, put down wax paper and roll the mixture into small balls (about an inch).
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Stick in the freezer for an hour. Put in the fridge after and take out as you need it. I actually leave mine in the freezer…I also put my candy in the freezer so this is a personal choice! THESE TASTE LIKE COOKIE DOUGH. They’re amazing…this is a smaller batch because it’s just for me, it makes about ten. But, they turned out delish and they are so healthy. They are so delicious I was licking my fingers….And, uh, it’s CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER…the end.

Enjoy!

-Ena