Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal - Yogurt Breakfast Ideas

Yogurt is one of those items that I always keep stocked in our refrigerator. From smoothies, yogurt parfaits, cooking, baking or just eating, we can go through quite a bit. I find myself grabbing several containers on just about every trip to the grocery store. 

Yogurt is great for an easy breakfast as well as for a quick snack. I use Greek or plain yogurt for cooking, baking and as a substitute for sour cream. Lately I've been trying to find quick and easy breakfast options not only for my kids, but for me as well.

My kids get up pretty early for school, so the last thing on their mind is breakfast. Sometimes I feel like I am forcing them to eat, but I don't want the going off to school hungry either. Most times I'm lucky to get a smoothie, oatmeal, cereal, fruit or muffins and fruit down them.  

This Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal has been a wonderful option. This idea has been more adult friendly than with my kids. I just recently got my little guy to start eating hot oatmeal, so he wasn't too crazy about the whole cold oatmeal idea, but for me...... I love it!

Refrigerator oatmeal is an easy no cook breakfast perfect for any one on the go, or for someone who doesn't make time for breakfast. I make these up the night before and place them in individual mason jars for a perfect grab-and-go breakfast option. 

Each of the flavors start with the same basic ingredients, vanilla or plain yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, almond milk (plain or vanilla), ground flax seed (not pictured), and fruit and nuts of your choice. Use honey or agave nectar to sweeten the oatmeal.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pretzel Caramel Chip Cookies & Reynolds New Baking Sheets

I've had these Pretzel Caramel Chip Cookies on my to bake list for quite a while now. I came across this recipe last year on Pinterest and couldn't wait to make them. I love sweet and salty, so I knew these cookies would be nothing less than fabulous.

This isn't your regular chocolate chip cookie. These cookies are packed with caramel bits, pretzel pieces, and two types of chips, chocolate and butterscotch. Everything all mixed together is a match made in heaven! 

My whole family seriously polished off these cookies in two days, so I have declared these as our new favorite cookie. These cookies were so awesome that more than likely they will be ending up on my Christmas Cookie trays this year.

Speaking of baking cookies do you use parchment paper to cook and bake with? I do and I'm super excited about the new pre-cut parchment baking sheets from Reynolds? I was not aware of these new sheets until Reynolds sent me a package to bake with.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Easy Kid Friendly Taco Cups

Today I have a yummy kid friendly recipe to share with you. We love tacos in our house, but sometimes the same old tacos can get a bit boring. I had seen a recipe for taco cups made with cut and shaped flour tortillas on Pinterest, but I had another idea in mind.

I had wonton wrappers left over from making my daughters favorite Ranch Sausage Stars, so I decided to try them out and make some Easy Taco Cups. Everyone loved them and the kids gobbled them right up.  Finger foods and bite size items are always appealing to kids, so these these
taco cups are sure to please.       

What I love best about this recipe is that you can interchange the ingredients for a variety of tacos. Use chicken, ground beef, shredded beef or even pork. Our favorite is ground beef mixed with beans for added protein. This is especially great for a crowd because adding beans to your meat mixture can easily turn one pound of meat into almost two pounds of taco filling.

I like to pre bake the wonton cups just a bit before adding the filling. This gives the taco cups an extra crispness as a taco should be. Baking the cups first is a huge time saver, and also comes in handy for parties, potlucks, or football games.  Just bake up the cups, cool and store in a zip lock bag until ready to use.