Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Granola Chai Muffins

 I love Costco, and even though I technically don't NEED a whole pallet of toilet paper I love getting a good deal when I can find one. I recently purchased a large box of Pumpkin Flax granola thinking that I would use it as cereal for the kids in the morning and to make parfaits with yogurt and fruit. But, as much as I tried to push it,  my kids just are not going for it. So that leaves me challenged with sneaking healthy pumpkin flax granola into baked goods so they don't know that they are eating it.
And I am happy to tell you that I have succeeded. I took some of my granola and soaked it in chai tea concentrate (another delicious Costco find) and put it in these muffins with raisins, honey and buttermilk. They are not overly sweet and are really delicious warm!
I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!

Granola Chai Muffins
1 cup granola (I use Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax Granola)
1/2 cup Chai tea concentrate (I use Tazo Chai Tea Latte Concentrate)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup raisins

In a small bowl combine the granola and chai tea concentrate and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray muffin pan with cooking spray or use liners.
In a large bowl pour the chai granola mixture with the oil, honey, vanilla, eggs, and buttermilk and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl measure and whisk the dry ingredients together. Mix all ingredients together until combined. Spoon muffin mixture into muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Maple Apple Oat Muffins

 Maple, Apples, Oats and Granola all come together to make one amazing fall breakfast when you are on the go. My kids gobbled these up and I think this is on the top of their list of favorite muffins that we've made. I had homemade applesauce left over from crock pot applesauce we had made earlier in the week, but feel free to use store bought applesauce or totally change it up and use a different fruit puree. Bananas, pumpkin and even sweet potato would be a great substitute for the applesauce!
I say smile, and at least one of them makes a face....what can I say?!
My apple peeler/corer/slicer made such an easy job of breaking down the apples, and the kids love to use it. The apple comes out in a spiral which is a fun snack all on its own!
Maple Apple Oat Muffins
1/2 cup sugar
3 oz maple syrup
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon spice blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup granola
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, maple syrup, eggs, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon spice blend, and add them to the wet ingredients in the bowl. Mix in the oats, applesauce, and granola. 
Pour the mixture into muffin liners, and bake in a preheated 350°F oven 17 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when tested. Remove the muffins from the oven, and cool completely.  
Yield: 16 muffins  recipe adapted from here 

Be sure to visit my Pampered Chef Facebook Page as well, where I post a new menu each Monday to get you through the week without ever having to wonder what you should make for dinner!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yummly Love

It goes without saying that my blog has been neglected lately. 
I knew that my son starting kindergarten would make him tired and very busy, but I had NO IDEA how much him starting school would affect my schedule! Between having a ton of fun with my Pampered Chef business, new kindergarten routine for M, new pre-school for B, swim lessons and soccer twice a week we are always on the go and by the time I would be able to photograph any food to share, it's dark outside!

Yesterday I received a very unexpected note letting me know that my
was featured on Yummly! A totally unexpected fun surprise which was the perfect thing to nudge me along and get back to blogging!

Thanks so much Yummly for featuring my soup, I can't wait to try out all of the other delicious soups included in your "Simple Soups to Warm You Up This Season" feature! It's perfect for this newly cool weather we've been enjoying!
Now, please don't judge me by the quality of this picture- remember how I said it's dark by the time we're eating?!
This is one of my new favorite "crazy busy day" meals that is so easy, healthy and delicious I promise you will love it!
In the morning I made the tzatziki sauce in my Manual Food Processor, one of my Pampered Chef faves, and threw it in the fridge. (If you don't have one of these and want one- email me, I can help you get one for a discount or free!!) Then when we got home all I had to do was cook the fish, warm the tortillas in the microwave and assemble the salads. Dinner was done in 15 minutes!

Greek Isles Fish Tacos
Easy Tzatziki Sauce:
1 garlic clove
¼ cup red onion
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ of a cucumber seeded and peeled
Juice of ½ lime
1 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
1 teaspoon Pampered Chef All Purpose Dill Seasoning

1 pound cod (or any firm white fish)
Salt and pepper
Pampered Chef Greek Seasoning

8 Flour tortillas
½ cup kalamata olives, sliced
2 cups salad greens

Place the garlic and red onion in the manual food processor. Pump the handle 3-5 times until diced. Add salt, pepper, cucumber, lime juice, yogurt and dill seasoning. Pump the handle 5-8 times until everything is mixed and place in the fridge until dinner is ready.

Season fish with salt, pepper and Greek rub. Heat a grill pan or large non-stick skillet on medium high heat and spray with kitchen spritzer. Cook fish 4-7 minutes per side until flaky, turning only once.

Once fish is cooked, put in warm tortillas with salad greens, top with Tzatziki sauce and olives and serve.

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