Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Eating a healthy breakfast is very important. It gets your metabolism started, gives you energy long term energy and helps you to make smart choices though out the day. This recipe for banana oatmeal bars is an easy way to get your fruits and whole grains while on the go. This is also a fantastic recipe for young children that are picky eaters.

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

  • 2 Banana
  • 1 C Oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar (Optional)
  • 1/4 C Walnuts, chopped (Optional)
  • Place all of the ingredient into a bowl and smash together to combine. Spoon 1-2 tbsp. portions onto a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes. Allow the bars to cool completely and remove from the baking sheet. These will last 1-2 days before they spoil.

    Breakfast Guacamole

    This recipe for breakfast guacamole is a great way to spice up your morning. I first had this while working in the morning shift in a kitchen. Thought breakfast is not my favorite meal, I can eat taco related food anytime of the day, so this was right up my ally. I like to prep a bunch for the week, wrap it up in a tortilla and take it on the road.

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    Breakfast Guacamole

  • 2 Avocados
  • 2-3 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1/2 C Tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 C Onion, chopped
  • 1/3 C Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Hot Sauce
  • 1-2 Limes, juiced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • * You can also use 1 cup of jarred salsa, but results may vary.

    Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and smash to combine. Serve warm or cold with tortillas.

    Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

    Apple and cinnamon oatmeal was a childhood favorite of mine. But as I grew up, so did my taste for really good food. Instead of powdered oatmeal dregs and little dehydrated apples, this recipe calls for hearty oats and whole sautéed apples. If you want to get hard core you can add flax seeds, wheat berries and farrow. You can also with up the fruits to sautéed peaches or mangoes; dried fruits like raisons, crayons, apricots and figs, or throw in fresh berries and bananas.

    Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

  • 2 servings Hearty Oatmeal, cooked
  • 2 Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Honey, Brown Sugar or Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 C Chopped Nuts or Seeds
  • Place a small skillet over medium/low heat, add the butter and apples to the pan and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add the honey and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute until you can smell the cinnamon. Place a serving of the cooked oatmeal in a bowl, top with apples and garnish with some chopped nuts or seeds.

    5 Tips for Great Potato Latkes (Pancakes)

    Hanukah time is here my friends and I want to share a great recipe for classic and super authentic potato pancakes or "Latkes". Latkes in this new golden age of the home gourmet can also include spinach, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets. They are easy to make, fun to eat and go well with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    How can you go wrong with fried potatoes? Well, a great latke is thin, golden brown, crispy and best straight out of the pan. A bad latke is soggy, mushy, undercooked, and oil logged.

    Follow these 5 tips for great potato latkes and don't forget to make extra to put under your Hanukah bush!

    1. Drain the potatoes well so they latkes get crisp and brown.

    2. Utilize the potato starch to help thicken the mixture.

    3. Use a mixture of chicken fat (schmaltz) and oil to fry the latkes. This will give them that authentic flavor.

    4. Make sure you cover the bottom of a heavy skillet with oil and that it starts to smoke a little before you add the potato mixture.

    5. Once you drop the shredded potato in the pan, do not touch and let it brown then turn and repeat. When the latkes are done, remove them from the pan, drain on paper towels and keep in a 225 F oven until service.

    Homemade Potato Latkes

    • 2 lbs. Potato, shredded
    • ½ Onion, shredded
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 C Canola Oil
    • 4 oz. Chicken Skin or rendered chicken fat (schmaltz)
    • 1 tbsp. Salt and Pepper
    • Place the shredded potatoes and onion into cheesecloth or a kitchen towel and press out all of the water. If you don't squeeze out the water your pancakes will become sticky and gummy. Let the potato water sit for 5 minutes, pour off the water and remove the potato starch from the bottom. The starch will help bind the latkes together. Add the starch, onions, eggs and seasoning to the bowl and mix well to combine.

      Place a large pan over low/medium heat, add the chicken skin to the pan and let the fat render until the skin is crispy then remove. Add a quarter of the oil to the pan and bring up to heat. When the fat starts to smoke, place a spoonful of the potato mixture into the pan and flatten to ¼ of an inch. Allow the latkes to fry until golden brown on one side then turn and repeat. Remove the latkes from the pan, place on paper towels to drain and season with salt and pepper.

      Serve hot with fresh applesauce and sour cream.

    Breakfast Sweet Potato Hash

    Breakfast Sweet Potato Hash
    Serves 2

  • 2 tbs Butter
  • 6 oz Pork Maple Sausage (Optional)
  • ½ Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Apple, Diced
  • 2 C Sweet Potatoe, Diced
  • 2 tbs Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter and sauté the sausage for 3 minutes. Add the next 4 ingredients and sauté for 20 minutes, tossing every 3 minutes. When the potato is soft and has browned, add the spices and syrup, cook for 3 more minutes and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

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    Tex Mex Tortilla Egg Scramble

    I love taco's and just about anything taco related. When it comes to taco related breakfast dishes, this recipe for Tex Mex "Migas" or "Chilaquilles" is right up my ally. "Chilaquilles" is a Mexican dish made by scrambling eggs together with sautéed onions, jalapeños, browned tortillas and topping with fresh pico de gallo and cheese. This is also a great recipe to get creative with by adding canned beans, bottled salsa, spicy sausage or chopped chicken and veggies.

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    Tex Mex Tortilla Egg Scramble

  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • ½ Onion, Chopped
  • ½tbs Jalapeno, Minced
  • 2 Corn Tortillas, Sliced
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tbs Water
  • ¼ C Cojita, Cheddar or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1 Tomato, Diced
  • ¼ C Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 Lime, Juiced
  • 2 tbs Onion, Minced
  • Place the olive oil in a large skillet over low heat, add the onions and jalapenos and cook for two minutes or until soft. Turn the heat up slightly, add the tortillas to the pan and toss to brown. While that is cooking whisk the eggs and water together, season with salt and pepper and pour over the tortillas. Slowly scramble the egg mixture until the eggs are soft but firm.

    Toss the tomato, onion, cilantro and lime in a bowl, top the chiliquillas with the salsa and garnish with crumbled cojita cheese.

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