Delicious Breakfast Recipes for the Non-Breakfast Lover

Do you dread making breakfast every morning? Are you one of those people who just doesn’t like breakfast foods? Well, have no fear! This blog post will give you some breakfast tips that will change your mind about this particular meal. So whether you’re a sweet tooth or a savory lover, there’s something here for everyone!

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1) Work with ingredients you love

If you love working with ingredients, breakfast is a great place to start. Choosing fresh, seasonal ingredients can be an enjoyable experience that adds flavor and texture to any meal. Consider shopping at local farmers’ markets for the freshest produce or seeking out organic sources at health food stores – either way, you can be sure you’re getting high-quality ingredients. You can also opt to buy pre-made or frozen items like smoothie packs or oatmeal cups to help streamline the process.

When it comes to recipes, look for ones with fewer ingredients and steps that won’t take long to prepare. This way you get tasty results without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Additionally, try experimenting with different flavor combinations and spices, such as adding nutmeg or cardamom to your oatmeal or using honey instead of sugar in your pancakes.

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative when creating new breakfast dishes! Consider combining unlikely ingredients like sweet potatoes and eggs in a frittata or making breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs and black beans for a more savory option. And why not top it all off with some fresh fruit for added nutrition? Whatever your breakfast preference is, there are many delicious ways to enjoy this important meal every morning!

2) Make it the night before

If you’re not a morning person and prefer to sleep in, try prepping your breakfast the night before. This can be as simple as making overnight oats or chia pudding for a grab-and-go option. You can also make savory dishes like frittatas or quiches that can easily be reheated in the morning.

Having a time-saving plan will help you stay motivated to prepare something when you don’t feel like cooking. Plus, if you make enough food ahead of time, you can freeze individual portions and have ready-to-eat meals at your disposal all week long!

3) Get creative with leftovers

Leftovers are one of the easiest ways to get breakfast on the table quickly. Whether you have leftover grains, vegetables, proteins, or even sauces from dinner the night before, all of these can easily be turned into tasty breakfast dishes.

For example, try cutting up roasted potatoes and caramelizing them in a skillet with onions and garlic for a savory breakfast hash. Or, if you have extra grilled chicken from last night’s meal, mix it together with scrambled eggs and cheese to create an easy strata that can feed a crowd. You could also learn how to make omurice using leftovers! The possibilities are endless when it comes to transforming leftovers into delicious breakfasts.

No matter what your breakfast preferences are, there are plenty of ways to get creative and make delicious meals that you’ll love. Try using some of these tips to give your mornings a tasty boost!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Best Ways to Make Exciting Meals with Chicken

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Let’s face it, chicken isn’t always the most flavorful of meats. It can even be pretty bland compared to some other options. However, the relatively mild taste of chicken also means that it’s perfect for taking on all kinds of flavors. You can cook it in many different ways, giving it new textures and flavors. Cuisines from around the world use chicken, so you can find inspiration from just about anywhere you can think of. Whether you like it spicy, buttery, or served up with plenty of vegetables, you can make chicken a whole lot more interesting if you’re willing to explore some different ways of cooking it.

Marinate It

One of the best ways to get lots of flavor into meat is to marinate it. A marinade will slowly infuse your chicken with flavors so that, when it’s time to cook it, it will taste delicious. After marinating, you can grill your chicken, bake it, fry it, or do whatever you feel like doing. There are so many different options for marinades too, so you can choose whatever flavors you like. You could opt for some Asian flavors, some classic BBQ, some Mexican spices, Italian seasonings, or whatever you feel like having.

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Roast It

Roasting a whole chicken is a really economical way to cook with chicken. Once your chicken is roasted, you can use different parts of it for different meals. Start off by serving slices of the breast with roasted vegetables and other sides. Then use the leftovers for whatever you feel like, whether it’s a curry, burritos, stir-fry, or anything else that calls for shredded chicken. You can roast your chicken with plenty of different flavors, from simple rosemary and garlic with salt and pepper to some more spices or other seasonings. You can even use the bones to make a stock.

Bread or Batter It

If you want to give a different texture to your chicken, adding a bread crumb or batter could be the way to do it. These are typically added before frying, but you can also bake for a low-fat alternative. You could make a perfect breaded paillard chicken, some Southern-fried chicken, or maybe some sweet and sour chicken or General Tso’s chicken. Whether you choose to bread or batter your chicken, you can add whatever flavors you like to create a delicious coating. Just make sure you take the right steps to get it to stick.

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Fry It

Instead of deep-frying your chicken in oil, consider sauteeing or stir-frying it. This gives you a huge range of options, from fajitas or tortillas to chicken fried rice. By frying things on the stovetop, you can add whatever seasoning or flavors you want. Just be careful not to overcook it, because it can easily end up dry if you’re not careful. Your pan should be hot, and you should cook it for as short a time as you can while ensuring it’s cooked through.

Chicken is incredibly versatile and goes well with so many different flavors. You can do what you like with it and create some delicious meals.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Ways to Make the Food You Cook, Taste Amazing

Flavour and seasoning are often overlooked when it comes to recipes. That being said, they are an essential part of cooking. This is especially the case if you have some fussy eaters in your family. So, how are you meant to know how to add flavour, if you have never been shown? Find out here.

Learn how to Taste

A lot of people have no idea what they are tasting for. When they do taste, if it’s a little flat they end up adding more salt. If this sounds familiar then you need to remember that when the areas of the mouth are stimulated, your food will taste far more balanced. If one area of your mouth isn’t stimulated then food can taste too salty, sweet or fatty. If you think about French fries then you may normally add salt, which is fine. When you add vinegar, and then dip it in ketchup, you will be ticking all of the flavour profiles of salt, fat, sour and sweet. It’s all about balance, and when you are able to take this approach and taste your food properly, you will soon find that you see way bigger improvements in your cooking. If you want something to experiment with then find a great recipe on smoking a whole chicken at jerkyholic.com.

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Always Finish with Acid

Lime juice, lemon juice, wine or vinegar are all very good options here. If you can add some freshness to the dish then this will lift the flavours and it will also cut through some of the heaviness, or the fat. A lot of people are used to seeing a lemon wedge on their dinner if they are having fish but don’t think about using acid for other meals. Acid is great at transforming vegetables and if you add this, along with some salt and butter then you will see a huge improvement in your cooking.

Mix up Textures where Possible

The way that you taste your food isn’t at all limited to the flavours that you have. At the end of the day, the texture of what you eat is very important. Just make sure that your meal contains a lot of textures, whether it is crisp, soft or crunchy. You also need to try and mix various textures by trying to layer your bowl. If you can do this then you will soon find that things work in your favour. Top your meals with toasted seeds if you want a crunch or drizzle some yoghurt on top of things if you want that mouthfeel.

Don’t Limit your Dressings

Why not make your own dressing? Homemade dressings are very quick to make and they are also very low in sugar and salt. Don’t limit them to salads though. You can also add them to vegetables, stews, soups and more. If you can do this then you will find that you can get the best result out of your cooking experience and you can also get more flavour too.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Find New Recipes Your Whole Family Will Enjoy

Finding new recipes that the whole family will enjoy can be a challenging task, especially if you have picky eaters or dietary restrictions to consider. However, with some effort and creativity, you can discover tasty and satisfying meals that everyone will love. Here are some tips to help you find new recipes your whole family will enjoy.

Involve your family in the process

One of the best ways to find recipes that your family will enjoy is to involve them in the process. Start by asking for their input on what they like to eat and dislike. This can help you narrow down your search and find recipes that are more likely to be well-received. You can also encourage your family to help you search for recipes and plan the weekly menu. This can be a great way to get everyone excited about trying new recipes and to ensure that everyone’s preferences are taken into account.

 

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Look for recipes that can be customized

Many recipes can be easily adapted to suit different tastes and dietary needs. For example, you can use different vegetables, proteins, or sauces to customize a recipe to your family’s preferences. You can also experiment with different cooking methods, such as grilling, roasting, or sautéing, to give a recipe a different flavor profile. Look for recipes that can be easily customized and make a note of any changes you make so you can replicate them in the future.

Experiment with different cuisines and ingredients

Trying new cuisines and ingredients can be a great way to find new recipes that your family will love. You might be surprised by how much your family enjoys a recipe from a different culture or a dish that includes an unfamiliar ingredient. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try something different. You can start by trying a few dishes from different cuisines and seeing which ones your family likes the most. If you want to try Indian cuisine, for example, this easy butter chicken recipe might be worth a try.

Use recipe websites and blogs

There are countless websites and blogs that offer a wide variety of recipes for all kinds of dishes. Many of these sites allow you to search for recipes based on specific criteria, such as ingredients, dietary restrictions, or cooking time. This can be a great way to find recipes that fit your family’s needs and preferences. You can also use these resources to find inspiration for new meals and discover new ingredients and cooking techniques.

Get inspiration from your favorite restaurants

Do your family members have a favorite restaurant or takeout dish? Try to recreate it at home! Many restaurants and takeout places are happy to share their recipes or give you tips on how to recreate their dishes at home. You can also find copycat recipes online that mimic popular restaurant dishes. This can be a fun way to try new recipes and bring a little bit of the restaurant experience into your own kitchen.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Step Up The Quality Of Your Meals

If you’re going to do something, you may as well do it right. And this is especially true when it comes to the food that we eat. All too often, people have low standards for their dinners, and we think that’s a shame. While preparing meals is something that we have to do, it’s also something that can be deeply enjoyable and rewarding. But that’ll only be the case if we do things correctly.

In this blog, we’re going to look at some useful tips that’ll help to step up the quality of your meals. Take these on board, and you’ll find that you feel much better about getting into the kitchen

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Research New Dishes

Looking to make your dinners more interesting? Then look at researching some new dishes. All too often, people tend to fall into the habit of making the same old recipes over and over again. While there’s something to be said for having some comfort dishes, it’s also recommended that you branch out from time to time! In doing so, you’ll be expanding your range of cooking skills and diversifying your food, too. 

Quality Ingredients

You could follow the same recipe twice and get two different results. The influencing factor would be the quality of the ingredients that you use. If you use the best that you can get, then your dish will taste a lot better than if you used the lowest quality ingredients on the market. This is especially true when it comes to sauces. If your meal requires tamarind paste, then look at making it yourself, rather than buying it pre-made from a store; it doesn’t take much effort yet will make your dish taste much better. Don’t assume that you’ve got the best ingredients in your pantry. There could be another option out there that makes your food taste even more delicious.

Focus on Presentation

You’ll have noticed how restaurants put a lot of effort into not only the taste of the meal but also the presentation. So why not incorporate some of that thinking into your own meals? Making your plate look nice doesn’t take much time — in fact, it can take as little as thirty seconds — yet it will help to set the tone for the meal. It’ll make it feel like you’re having a restaurant-worthy meal, which, in actual fact, you are. 

Taste Critically 

You should be proud that you’ve put together a great dish. But that doesn’t mean that you should give yourself a massive round of applause each and every time, at least not automatically. You can improve your cooking skills by thinking critically about the quality of your meal. When you eat it, try to really taste all the flavors that are coming through. You might find that you’ve added too much salt or not enough. There could be one ingredient that doesn’t quite work. Whatever it is, you’ll know for next time, which means you’ll be able to steadily improve as you continue your cooking journey. 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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