breakfast

Blueberry Cake Donuts

My daughter loves baking and dreams of owning a bakery one day (you can read more about thatย here). She ran across a donut recipe in a magazine one day and I helped her modify it to make it a little healthier. They turned out super yummy!

We have these Donut Pans ย and love them!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Cake Donuts

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray, butter, or coconut oil for greasing the pans
  • 3 Cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 1 gallon sized ziplock bag

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350, and grease the donut pans.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and lemon zest.

In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Whisk for 2 minutes.

Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula. Fold in the blueberries, being careful not to over mix.

Pour the batter into a gallon sized zip-lock bag, and cut a 3/4 inch hole in one of the bottom corners. Pipe the batter into the muffin pan, filling each hole approximately 3/4 full.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove from pan and dip in sugar, if desired.

Notes:

  • We prefer the taste of white whole wheat flour,ย but regular whole wheat flour, or even all-purpose flour would work too.
  • *If you don’t have buttermilk, make your own! Just place 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar, or 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice in a measuring cup. Add milk until it reaches 1 Cup. Stir, and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Adapted from a recipe in a magazine (I copied it down while sitting in a waiting room and don’t remember which magazine it was from). We changed the type of flour, reduced the amount of sugar, and used blueberries instead of chocolate chips.

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breakfast

Sausage Gravy

There’s nothing healthy about biscuits and gravy, but that doesn’t stop me from making it on occasion. It’s my husband’s favorite, and it’s total comfort food. ย I use sausage for the gravy, but growing up, my dad always made us hamburger gravy using ground beef- so good! He’d serve it over toast instead of biscuits, so we do that sometimes now too! If you have leftover gravy, put it in the fridge, then just add a splash of milk when you’re reheating it!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 3 to 4 Cups Milk
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

Place the sausage in a large skillet, and break it up with a spoon. Cook over medium high heat, until it’s browned and cooked all the way through, stirring frequently.

Sprinkle the flour over the sausage and stir for about a minute. Slowly stir in 3 cups of milk and lower heat until it just barely at a simmer.

Cook, stirring frequently, until it reaches the desired thickness. If it gets too thick, just add a little more milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

 

 

breakfast

Microwave Eggs

Did you know you can cook eggs in the microwave? Yep, a total game changer! My mom made them like this when I was a kid. It’s such a simple idea- all you need is a microwave safe mug or cup, and eggs. I taught my kids how to make them and it’s such a huge help on busy school mornings! If they don’t have time to eat before we leave the house, they can just take the mug in the car with them and eat on the way to school! I’m lucky enough to have a kitchen at my office, so sometimes I’ll take a carton of eggs to work with me and keep them in the fridge. Then I just use a disposable coffee cup and whip them up anytime I want!

Microwave eggs

How to:

Crack an egg or two into a microwave safe mug. Give the eggs a quick scramble with a fork (make sure you puncture the yolk, or it might explode ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). Cook in the microwave for about approximately 30 seconds per egg. All microwaves seem to cook a little different, so the first time you try this, you might start out with less time, then add a few seconds at  a time until the eggs are how you like them (and then remember how long it took for next time!). In my microwave, 30 seconds for 1 egg, or 60 seconds for 2 eggs is just perfect! After the eggs are cooked, season with salt & pepper if you want. My kids like to add a sprinkle of shredded cheese and salsa. You could add anything you want…some leftover ham, bacon (yeah, you’re right, I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as leftover bacon ๐Ÿ˜†), or some cooked veggies would be great!