Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite of mine, because who doesn’t like a tall stack of em’? These pancakes are fluffy and have a hint of orange in them. The ricotta adds a touch of creaminess to these! You can even freeze these in the freezer and pop them out when you want to have a delicious quick breakfast by popping them into the toaster!

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Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

These fluffy, zesty, and sweet pancakes are bursting with a delicate orange flavor and are perfect when topped with warm maple syrup and melted butter!

Ingredients

1/2 cups whole wheat flour

3 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 large egg

1 cup ricotta cheese

3/4 cup low-fat milk

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 tsp grated orange zest

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, ricotta cheese, milk, orange juice, butter, and orange zest; set aside.
  3. Make a well in center of the dry ingredients; pour in milk mixture and whisk very gently until just combined (a few lumps should remain). Do not over mix.
  4. Heat a 12-inch nonstick frying pan/skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes; add 1 teaspoon oil or butter and brush on skillet evenly.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto 3 spots on frying pan/skillet. Let pancakes cook until large bubbles begin to appear, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on second side, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer. Serve immediately, and repeat with remaining batter. Top with more orange zest, a pat of butter, and drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/06/ricotta-orange-whole-wheat-pancakes/

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Baked Crab Rangoons

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They say you should never go to the grocery store hungry..because you just shouldn’t. Well I did one day and I passed by the refrigerated aisle that had wonton wrappers. I usally don’t ever crave wontons but that day I sure did. I also remembered that I had cream cheese in my fridge and that’s when I came up with creating this; simply by passing the seafood section where the crab is! I’ve only had crab rangoons a few times, and the few times I’ve had them they were delicious; but they were fried. I’m wanted to skip the frying part and bake them instead.  I didn’t really expect them to turn out as perfectly as they did but I am sure glad I gave it a try! Dunk these into soy sauce for the perfect bite!

Baked Crab Rangoons

Baked Crab Rangoons

These crunchy on the out-side, creamy on the inside crab wontons make the perfect appetizer! They are also quick and easy to make!

Ingredients

8 ounces of low-fat cream cheese

8 ounces of immitation crab meat; chopped

1 clove of garlic; minced

2 green onions; thinly sliced

1 Tbsp chives; thinly sliced

1 1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 eggs

24 2-inch won ton wrappers (rounded shaped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bow, mix together the cream cheese, crab meat, garlic, green onions, chives, sesame oil, soy sauce, worcesteshire sauce, and salt/pepper. Mix until everything is combined.
  2. Take about 1 Tablespoon of the crab filling and place onto the center of each wonton. Beat the eggs and then brush onto the edges of the wonton. Press together with your fingers until they are sealed. Take a fork and press on the edges.
  3. Place wontons onto a greased cookie sheet. Brush the tops of the wontons with the remaining egg wash (this will make them nice and golden). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or just until golden brown. Serve with soysauce and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/04/baked-crab-rangoons/

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Easy Apricot Baked Brie

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This is such a great quick and delicious appetizer! It literally is so simple to make, even kids can do this! Feel free to add your favorite jam flavor; I found that apricot jam goes perfectly with this app. This was my first time making baked brie; as it is one of my favorite apps of all time! I guess you can say I’m a sucker for cheese…especially brie cheese when it’s melted…and covered yummy cresent rolls. Yummmmmm-O!

Ingredients:
1 can of Pillsbury™ crescent rolls
1 round 8 oz brie cheese
1/4 cup apricot jam ​
Crackers and thinly slices apples or pairs

Steps:
1. Remove crescent rolls from can and spread out on a greased cookie sheet or an ovenproof serving platter.

2. Press rolls together to form a large rectangle, making sure that all seams are sealed well. Place cheese in the center of dough. Spread apricot jam on top of cheese until even. Wrap the dough around the cheese brick until it is completely covered. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Serve on a platter with crackers and thinly sliced apples.
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Healthy Apple Crumble

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Do you ever buy too many apples at the grocery store like me!? I believe in the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” so I tend to always have one too many apples laying around. When this happens, this is always the first thing I love to bake because its so easy and delicious! If you love apple pie (like me) this is the perfect alternative for a healthy version of course 🙂 You can even enjoy this for breakfast like me and my fiance did!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
6 small apples; sliced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
For the crumble:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup cinnamon graham crackers; crushed
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter; cubed
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl add sliced apples, lemon juice, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Mix until apples are coated evenly.

2. Pour apple slices in a pie dish and set aside. Using the same mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the crumble topping! (this part is easy!)..Mix with a fork until it has a crumby consistency. Pour on top of apples and let bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
*The is best if served with vanilla ice cream..or vanilla frozen yogurt if you are trying to be extra healthy 🙂

Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

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These are almost too cute to eat! I grew up with my Nana making a very similar dish but instead she would get a piece of toast, cut a hole out, add an egg and it was so much fun to eat. This is a great breakfast to get your day started, I usually put my Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole in between a piece of toast with some avocado, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. Let me just tell you, this is what you can call a “breakfast of champions”.

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
3 slices of bell peppers; cut into 1/2 inch rings (use any color)
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkle of pepper

Steps:
1. Drizzle olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. In the mean time, wash bell pepper(s), remove seeds, and cut into rings.

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2. Place rings on frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Carefully with a fork, flip bell pepper rings and add cracked egg in the center of the bell pepper (be sure not to get any shells!). Sprinkle top of eggs with salt and pepper and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes until egg whites are white and yolk is still runny.

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