Sunday, April 1, 2012

Yummy Energy Bites!

These are so yummy and so quick to make!  I found the link to Gimme Some Oven (cute!) on Pinterest.
You can customize them in so many ways -- add dried fruit, different butters, different chips, etc.  I mostly followed the recipe except I used unsweetened coconut and dark choc chips.  YUM!

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes (I used 3/4 unsweetened coconut)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dark choc chips)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.  (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.)  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

Breakfast Burritos

I'm always looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas.  I came across these Breakfast Burritos on Pinterest from Mom On Timeout and decided to give them a try.  I made up half a batch and they're chillin' in the freezer right now.  All the components taste good (I'm eating the handful of leftovers as my lunch;-)).  Hopefully they'll freeze nicely and be easy to grab and go on my way to the pool in the morning.

Breakfast Burritos (adapted from Mom On Timeout blog)
Ingredients:1 lb breakfast sausage
5 medium size red potatoes, diced
8 oz cheese (any kind you like)
12 soft taco tortillas (I used multigrain) 
8 eggs, extra large
1/4 c milk
2-3T  olive oil (enough to coat the potatoes)
1 tsp each:  Seasoning Salt (I used Tony Chachere's) , salt and pepper 

Roast the potatoes: Preheat oven to 450 degrees.Pat dry potatoes to remove excess water.  coat the diced potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and seasoning.  Bake on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Start checking after 20 minutes.

Brown the sausage.  You could also use ham and / or bacon.

Cook eggs: Whisk eggs and milk together.  Add oil or cooking spray to pan and heat on medium.  Add eggs and cook until done.

Just before you're ready to assemble,  heat the tortillas.  Place 4-5 on a plate and cover with a wet paper towel.  Cook for 30 seconds at 50%.  Repeat with all tortillas.

Assembly line:

Fold in the sides of the tortilla.
Roll burrito up.
Make sure the burrito is tightly rolled.

Let's freeze these burritos:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place burritos on the sheet, seam side down.
3. Press down on the burritos again lightly making sure that the edges are tucked in.
4. Place baking sheet in the freezer for an hour to flash freeze the burritos.
5. Remove from freezer and wrap burritos in plastic wrap individually.
6. Place in a ziploc bag.
7. I ended up with 8 burritos. 

To heat the burritos:
1. Remove plastic wrap.
2. Wrap burrito in wet paper towel.
3. Heat for 3 minutes on 50% power.
4. Serve with fresh salsa - yummy!