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Monday, January 30, 2017

Easy Waffle Iron Meals and Ideas

Easy Waffle Iron Meals and Recipes - Beyond Waffles

The Waffle iron is an appliance with two hinged metal plates, molded to create honeycomb patterns we all know. A Waffle iron is the appliance we use for only one thing, making waffles, but this appliance has a few other menu ideas up its sleeves.

Other dishes can be prepared with this appliance like sandwiches, French toast, chewy cookies, and hash browns. With the waffle iron, you are cooking ingredients directly over the heat, so no pans, grills, or sauce pans are necessary.  Think no bake cooking with kids!

Thanks to the direct heat source the cooking time is cut by half, as well as the cooling time, which is quite handy when you are hungry, having lack of time, or just want something sweet and you want it fast.

Do you want some grilled cheese, or fast brownies? A Waffle iron is the only appliance you need and within no time your favorite meal will be served. Another benefit of the waffle iron is that you do not have to wash big piles of dishes, or suffer with scrubbing browned bits.

A big plus is the waffle iron is easy to clean, if you spray your waffle iron with a cooking oil or spray. Also look for a waffle iron with removable plates for easy clean-up.

Waffle Omelet

Try a Waffle iron to cook the perfect omelet or Spanish frittata.
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1

    -    2 eggs
    -    3 tablespoons heavy cream
    -    1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese
    -    1 breakfast sausage, chopped
    -    Salt and pepper, to taste

    1.    Preheat your waffle iron and coat with cooking spray.
    2.    Crack the eggs in a bowl and beat with heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
    3.    Stir in the remaining ingredients and slowly pour the egg mixture onto the iron, not covering more than ¾ of iron.
    4.    Cook for 2 minutes and serve after.


Waffle Brownie

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 mini brownies
    -    ¾ cup flour
    -    ¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa
    -    ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    -    3 tablespoons chopped almonds
    -    2 eggs
    -    1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
    -    2 eggs
    -    ¼ cup applesauce
    -    1/3 cup brown sugar
    -    1 pinch salt
    -    3 oz. dark quality chocolate
**Don't have time for brownies from scratch, prepare a brownie mix and pour batter into hot waffle iron.

    1.    In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, baking powder, almonds, brown sugar, and salt.
    2.    In a microwave, melt the coconut oil and chocolate until smooth.
    3.    Beat the eggs with applesauce, and melted chocolate. Fold the liquid ingredients into dry ones and stir until blended.
    4.    Heat the waffle iron and make sure to coat with cooking oil.
    5.    Drop the batter onto iron, making few small mounds and cook for 2 minutes.
    6.    Repeat with remaining batter and serve after.

More Waffle Making Meal Ideas

Quesadillas Waffles

Lay a tortilla on a hot waffle, top with shredded cheese and other ingredients you'd like in your quesadilla. Top with another tortilla. Press waffle iron closed and cook until golden brown.

Waffle Hash Browns 

Using frozen shredded potatoes, Add onto a hot waffle iron. Sprinkle with seasonings. Cook until golden brown.

Try These Ideas for Waffle Meals Too: 

Corn dogs in the waffle iron- Use corn muffin mix and add chopped hot dogs into the batter. Pour on hot waffle iron. Cook until firm.

What have you cooked in the waffle iron?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Allergy Free Recipes for Kids

Anyone living or having a kid knows how it is sometimes difficult to prepare a meal for them; from cutting their sandwiches in the wrong way, serving a wrong color, just getting a kid to eat something, sometimes feels like a miracle.

As if it is not hard enough to deal with getting your kids to eat, sometimes kids suffer from allergies. Kids can have allergies to a variety of foods, including gluten, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, dairy, and soy. Sometimes they can be allergic to one and in some cases to a multiple allergens.

When parents have to prepare meals around allergies, they are facing a big challenge. Some cannot find appropriate ingredients, while sometimes the finished product can turn out rather bland. Allergy free food does not have to be boring or bland, but very colorful, interesting, and super delicious.
Every kid deserves a quality meal that will meet all nutrition needs, while being safe and without causing any problems. When preparing allergy free foods you must not neglect authentic taste.
What can you serve to a kid allergic to the eggs and dairy? How do you make a gluten free and dairy free bagel? What are your fast and healthy options when in a rush and cannot serve milk and cereals?

Here are some allergy free recipes:

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters (dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, tree nut-free)
The corn fritters are simply great because you can prepare them in almost no time and they are simple yet delicious breakfast option.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 fritters
    -    1 ¼ cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
    -    1 ½ cups corn
    -    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    -    4 tablespoons corn flour
    -    2 tablespoons cornstarch (or potato starch)
    -    2/3 cup sorghum flour
    -    2 tablespoons sugar (or honey or maple syrup)
    -    2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
    -    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1.    In a bowl, combine the ground cumin, corn flour, cornstarch, sorghum flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2.    Stir in the coconut milk and corns until you have a thoroughly mixed batter.
    3.    Heat 2-inches oil in a skillet. Drop the batter by a rounded tablespoon and cook for3 minutes per side.
    4.    Serve after.

Pumpkin Cacao Muffins or Bread

Pumpkin cacao muffins (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, wheat-free, peanut-free)
The pumpkin muffins may be served as a delightful dessert, snack, or an aromatic breakfast bite.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
    -    1 ½ cups Gluten Free flour mix
    -    ½ cup melted coconut oil (or plant based oil)
    -    1 ½ cups organic pumpkin puree
    -    1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or carob powder)
    -    1/3 cup water (of almond milk)
    -    1 ½ cups sugar (or ¾ cup maple syrup)
    -    1 teaspoon baking soda
    -    ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
    -    1 pinch nutmeg
    -    ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    -    1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
    -    1 pinch salt
    1.    Place all ingredients in a food blender.
    2.    Blend on high until smooth.
    3.    Heat the oven to 350F and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases or grease a loaf pan.
    4.    Pour in the batter, up to 2/3 and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the muffins are firm to the touch.
    5.    Place the muffins onto wire rack and serve at room temperature.

More Gluten Free Recipes
Sweet and Savory Pastries Dairy and Gluten Free 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

10 Things You Can Make With a Bread Maker

Owning a bread machine can be a lifesaver when you have ten errands to run, a house to clean, and a baby to take care of all while getting dinner ready. Just toss in the ingredients, set the timer and forget about it until you hear the ding.

10 Things You Can Make with a Bread Maker


This is kind of a no-brainer, after all, it is a bread machine. The standard bread machine today has numerous settings for various types of breads, from sourdough and cracked wheat to your standard white bread and rye. Higher-end bread makers have special settings that you can even customize for breads not listed in the manual. Since bread is what bread machines were originally designed to do, it is the easiest set it and forget it setting.  Here is help in teaching your kids (or yourself) to use the bread machine.

Pizza Dough 

When making bread, the bread machine takes all of the ingredients combines them and mixes and kneads them to the perfect consistency. So why not allow your machine to do all of your work for your pizza dough. Bread makers usually have a setting for this and the dough will be mixed and kneaded until it is perfect every time. Try a homemade pizza dough recipe here.

Cinnamon Rolls 

These gooey, delicious delights are a pain to get mixed correctly, especially if you like to add nuts and raisins to your cinnamon rolls. Many of the bread makers today are specially designed to be strong enough to incorporate larger items into the dough. Once you take the dough out, you should be able to roll it out, make the cinnamon rolls and pop them back in the bread machine for the final cooking. This is about as little hands on as you can get when it comes to cinnamon rolls, other than the break and bake kind you find in the store.  Here is a bread machine cinnamon rolls recipe.

Specialty Breads

Pannetone, Asiago, chocolate sourdough and even Raisin Walnut breads can be made with a bread machine. And that is just naming a few. Bread makers are so durable these days that even the toughest of breads to mix can be easily man-handled by these machines. Pick out your favorite recipe and give it a go.


Believe it or not, you can even make jam with your bread maker. With the heating and mixing that bread makers do, it is a perfect environment for making jams, jellies, preserves, conserves and marmalades. Just prep your favorite fruit, toss it all in with the needed ingredients and by the time you get home, your fruit will be properly mushed.

Pasta Dough

Making perfect pasta dough can be tough by hand because you don’t want to over work the dough. With a press of a button, your bread maker can crank out the perfect pasta dough, ready to roll out, cut and cook.


Your multitasking bread maker can mix and cook the wildest cakes you can imagine. There are plenty of recipes out there, even for Udon, a type of delicate Japanese rice cake.

Bread Pudding

Yes, bread makers can even make pudding. This can be done one of two ways, either with the bread being made first by the machine, then being turned into pudding, or using the day old bread you recently made and adding it back into the machine.

King Cake

A traditional Mardi Gras favorite in the South, king cake is a mix between a bread and a cake, both of which your bread machine should be able to achieve. Why not have the best of both worlds? Just don’t forget to decorate it. Learn more about Mardi Gras King Cake.


Pretty much any breakfast breads can be made in your machine, including bagels. The machine offers the combining, mixing, rising and baking of the perfect bagel. All you have to do is create the round shapes you want and voila, you have the perfect breakfast bagel.

There are tons of other things your bread maker can do. Just be sure to read the manual on how to set up the operation for each.

More Cooking Bread Ideas:

20+ Easy Bread Recipes for Kids

Ideas for using day old bread

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sweet Potato Burritos

Change up this sweet potato burrito recipe by adding or taking away whatever vegetables or beans your family likes.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp curry powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2-3 fresh rosemary sprigs, chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced very small
1 potato, peeled and diced very small
2 Tbsp water
salt and pepper to taste
1 can black beans, drained, rinsed, optional
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
8 small or medium whole-wheat tortillas, wrapped in foil and kept warm in low heat oven
sour cream, salsa, avocado, lettuce, or whatever you like

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and onion, cooking until onion is softened. Add the garlic, curry, and cumin, stir and cook for 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Add the chili powder and the sweet potatoes, mix well, then cook for about 2 minutes, stirring to combine the flavors.
Add water, cover, turn heat down to low, and cook until sweet potatoes are fork tender, about 5 minutes.

Uncover the skillet, slide the sweet potato mixture to one side, and add the black beans to the other side of the skillet.  Cover again and cook just until the beans are hot.
Assemble burritos:  lay out the warmed tortillas on a work surface.  Spoon sweet potato mixture into the center of each tortilla, then evenly distribute the hot black beans on top, then distribute the cheese on top of each.  Add any other toppings you like, then roll up and serve immediately.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quick Black Bean Burgers

Try this vegetarian style burger for a quick meal change in your family dinner plans.

1 can (15 oz size) black beans, drained
1 egg, whisked well
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
dash black pepper

Put the black beans in a large bowl and mash with a fork or a pastry cutter until mostly smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended.
Form the mixture into patties.
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
When hot, carefully add the bean burgers to the skillet; let cook until well browned, then flip and cook other side until well browned.  Get a good crispy finish.
Serve as you would any burger, with all the condiments you like.

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