Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cinnamon Apple Compote

It’s my last morning to make myself a good American breakfast before I go out of the country for a bit, so what’s better for the occasion than pancakes and sautéed apples? I used this recipe:

https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/fluffy-whole-wheat-pancakes-with-cinnamon-apple-compote/

It was a very tasty recipe that was so easy and quick to do too! Definitely a way to celebrate my last American breakfast!

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Baked Creamy Stuffed Acorn Squash

For dinner tonight I bought an acorn squash, and I have officially discovered what is now one of my top 5 favorite meals! To start, I based my dinner off of this recipe:

https://www.myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/creamy-parmesan-baked-acorn-squash

I baked my squash at 375 for 35 minutes with just some olive oil, pepper, salt and a splash of heavy cream sprinkled with Italian seasoning inside of it. Then while that was cooking, I sautéed some kale, cherry tomatoes, cream cheese and heavy cream together and set it aside. After the 35 minutes, I took the squash out and put the creamy kale/tomato mixture inside the squash halves and then sprinkled everything with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and put it back in to bake at 375 for 10 more minutes. After it cooled off, I was surprised with an incredibly delicious and tasty meal!

Overnight Chia Steel Cut Oats

I have been craving steel cut oats but have honestly been more on the lazier side when I wake up and haven’t wanted to wait around forever while they cook on the stove! Because of that, I googled overnight steel cut oat recipes and found this one that I loved the looks of:

http://marinmamacooks.com/2016/04/overnight-refrigerator-steel-cut-oats-chia-strawberries/

I am very glad I have been lazy because this sealed the deal! Great find of a recipe and will be making these a lot when I need to start meal prepping for the week days again! I kept the recipe all the same but I added in some semi-sweet ghiradelli morsels as well!

Potato Lasagna

I have a handful of potatoes leftover from when I made the gnocchi, so I googled ideas for recipes for potatoes and was excited to try this one:

https://tasty.co/recipe/potato-lasagna

I mixed it up quite a bit though and used Muenster cheese and Mortadella (Italian bologna) only because I found them really cheap at my local grocery store! I also made a ricotta and parsley mixture to put in between the layers as well on top of all the Muenster cheese pieces. I loved my variation a lot and was glad to find this recipe idea. Someday would like to try the other lasagna recipes from Tasty linked on the page as well!

Peach French Toast Casserole Bake

My sister just went out of town for a week and left a peach in the fridge, so I researched ideas to use it for breakfast and found the perfect recipe…

https://www.thereciperebel.com/overnight-peach-cobbler-french-toast-casserole/

I was really excited after finding this and boy did it do right! Not sure if any other recipes could have beaten this one because it was awesome. I definitely loved it with the rye bread too. I made the recipe in half and then put it in a bread pan and it worked perfectly. Definitely needs to be a future brunch party recipe!

Hint of Lime Chip Encrusted Chicken

For dinner tonight, I created something I have been waiting forever to do! I have had a couple of hint of lime chips left in the bottom of the bag for a while and have been saving them to try out this concept:

https://www.foodiecrush.com/potato-chip-crusted-chicken-breasts-recipe/

I followed the steps of this but of course used a different type of chip. I loved the idea of slicing the chicken in half lengthwise though so that it made two chicken breasts. For my side, I sautéed kale with some onions, grape tomatoes, broccoli, chives and roasted chickpeas. Definitely a delicious dinner!

Banana Upside Down Cake

My sister and I bought 2 bunches of bananas last weekend and turns out we didn’t really need that many because we didn’t eat too many of them throughout the week! When I saw all of them, I remembered this recipe from my tasty cookbook a friend got for me and decided to use up the bananas on the recipe:

https://tasty.co/recipe/upside-down-banana-bread

I have always wanted to try it and I’m glad I finally got to try it! It was an easy recipe and definitely tasted well in the end.

Homemade Gnocchi with Baked Turkey Meatballs

Today I had a friend in town from Austria who also loved to cook, so I wanted us to make a delicious dinner together! I am subscribed to this blog and receive emails, and once I received this one a couple weeks ago I knew that this was the one! It was a really easy looking homemade gnocchi recipe that I wasn’t afraid of giving a try:

https://pinchofyum.com/how-to-make-homemade-gnocchi

And coincidentally a couple of days after she sent out the gnocchi recipe, she sent out this baked meatball recipe, so I added a pound of turkey to the cart to make these as well with the gnocchi:

https://pinchofyum.com/best-anytime-baked-chicken-meatballs

The meatballs took all of 5 minutes to make, but I cooked them a tad long and next time need to do 23-25 minutes. The gnocchi was incredibly easy! I don’t know much about cooking gnocchi, but it was really sticky so maybe it needed more flour? I would definitely make it again though to keep practicing and get better at it! It was still great for the first time though and was fun to make with a friend!