Went to the Orchard + Recipes

2 weeks ago we went to the Orchard to pick fresh apples.  We were back home with 18 pounds of Cortland apples.  My favorite are Empire but it was too early in the season.  So I’ll have to go back soon 😀  And also I used all these apples in these recipes :

Honey Roasted Applesauce (my son really liked this one)

Puffed Apple Pancake (so yummy, it was perfect for the mornings before going to work, just reheat in the microwave)

Crock Pot Applesauce (great taste, and the smell was amazing while cooking)

Scalloped Apples Ann (great dessert easy to do and not too sweet)

Apple Broccoli Salad (I used half yogurt and half light mayonnaise in it)

Applesauce and Peanut Butter Spread or Dip (this recipe is really good, I tried it on toasted bread this morning)

What are you favorite recipes with apples?  Please share 😀  I love apple pies and apple crisp.  I’ll have to do that soon 😀

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Seasoned Scrambled Eggs

Yesterday morning, when I woke up, I didn’t know I would do this recipe for breakfast.  I opened the cookbook of Taste of Home and noticed I had all ingredients and it seemed easy to do.  So I made it.  And I loved it.  Wow!  I’m going to do it again very often I presume.

Seasoned Scrambled Eggs
From Taste of Home

2 servings of 251 calories each.

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced (I used fresh chives)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (I omitted it)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil (I used pam)
  • 1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites and eggs. Stir in the salad dressing, mustard, parsley and garlic powder. In a non-stick skillet, cook egg mixture in oil over medium heat for 2 minutes or until eggs are almost set. Stir in cheese. Cook for 1 minute longer or until eggs are set and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Orange-Cinnamon French Toast

For the weekend of Valentine’s Day (yeah for me it was all weekend), I made the healthy oatmeal pancakes on Saturday morning and Sunday morning it was these healthy French Toast.  Both breakfast were yummy.  And I loved how easy were the French Toast.

I made it with only 4 slices of bread. And we didn’t add maple syrup cause it’s already sweet with the honey and the flavor is great.

I made a little heart with whipped cream.  🙂

Orange-Cinnamon French Toast
From Taste of Home Guilt Free Cooking cookbook

6 servings (1 slice each serving)

  • 2-4 tablespoons butter, melted (I used 3 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 6 slices bread
  • additional honey (optional)
  1. In a bowl, combine butter, honey and cinnamon. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan; spread to coat the bottom of pan. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, orange juice and salt if desired. Dip bread into egg mixture and place in the prepared pan.
  2. Bake at 400 F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Invert onto a serving platter; serve with honey if desired.

Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes

This morning I made pancakes.  My son was happy and even though there was whole wheat flour, he loved them.  It was my first time using whole wheat flour.


Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes
From Taste of Home Guilt Free Cooking cookbook

4 servings of 3 pancakes each
Prep/Total time : 30 minutes

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I didn’t use it)
  • 1 egg, lithly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk (I used 1 1/4 cup skim milk and 3/4 cup 2% fat milk with 2 tablespoon vinegar and let it rest 5 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • assorted berries, optional
  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.  In another bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla; mix well.  Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray.  Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until the second side is golden brown.  Serve with berries if desired.

Some of my favorite food/drink photos

1. PMS Cure-All (Cocktail), 2. Brussels Sprouts & Apple Salad, 3. Lemon Squares with Cream Cheese – 90 calories, 4. Chop Soui from Ricardo, 5. Minestrone, 6. Halleluiah Waffles, 7. Stoli Spiced Pear Martini, 8. Maple Syrup Pie, 9. Hpnotiq Margarita, 10. Peanut Butter Maple Syrup, 11. Berks County Bread Machine Pizza Crust, 12. Baked Cranberry Nut Bread Oatmeal, 13. Millionaire’s Pie, 14. I’d Like a Baked Apple Right Now, 15. Avon Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, 16. Apple Peanut Butter Cookies, 17. Warm Strawberries in Strawberry Sauce for Ice Cream, 18. Eight Animals Bake-a-cake Pineapple Upside down Cake, 19. Kellymac’s Baked Grapefruit, 20. Spinach Salad With Warm Maple Dressing, 21. Tomato and Garlic Crouton Salad, 22. Marinated Chicken, 23. Grilled Cheese with a Twist, 24. Creamy Clouds over Tranquil Turquoise Seas, 25. White Sangria

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Homemade Yogurt / Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I found great recipes on the blog of Two Peas and Their Pod.  I think it’s the 3rd recipe I do in 2 weeks.  Today I plan on looking at the archives to find more recipes to try.

So on Sunday I made Homemade Yogurt.  I have a old yogurt maker from my mother.  The brand is Yogourmet.  This is exactly what you can see on this photo.  But the one I have is yellow cause it’s so old LOL

This recipe was very easy to do.  I used skim milk and fat-free plain yogurt.  I let it in the yogurt maker for at least 15 hours cause I was sleeping.  It could be more thick but anyway I’m used to not-so-thick yogurt. To show you, I did 2 bowls, one with blueberry jam and one with raspberry jam.  Both jams are ultra-light in calories (only 20 calories per tablespoon).  And I added Splenda to both.  My son ate the raspberry yogurt and said it was really good.

If I want thick yogurt, I can take a coffee filter on a bowl?  How many hours to have thick yogurt?

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Then yesterday when I came home after work, I took the time to do the Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.  I ate mine with leftover chicken and spinach topped with italian dressing.

This side dish is very filling, healthy with lots of good vegetable.  I don’t always like spinach but combined with the other ingredients, it’s delicious.  I left out the garlic (was too lazy too chop it finely).  I left out the breadcrumbs, cause I don’t really like breadcrumbs and also it made less calorie.  I used a part skim mozzarella cheese.  I used about 60 g of grated mozzarella.

I roasted diced red bell pepper in a non-stick skillet. After the 10 minutes at 375 F, I put the oven to broil and let the cheese turn golden.  It was so good.

If you like mushrooms, you have to try this recipe.

I love my gift

It’s been maybe over a year since I wanted to have a waffle maker.  I have almost all small appliances but this one I didn’t have.  So I asked my boyfriend a waffle maker.  I saw the one from Cuisinart and that’s the one I wanted and I got it 😀

He gave it to me only when we were back in Montreal (on Saturday).  So I was looking for recipes to try.  And on Sunday I made this recipe :

Basic Batter Waffles
from RecipeZaar

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups milk (I particularly like canned evaporated milk for some of it) (I used what I had : 2% fat milk)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all purpose flour  (you can substitute wheat germ for 1/4 cup of white flour) (all white for me)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I always omit salt)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract (optional) (I didn’t use it)

This morning I tried another recipe that caught my attention yesterday.

Waffle of Insane Greatness


from the blog of Inn Cuisine

Click here for the recipe 🙂  This recipe is even better than the one I made on Sunday.  And it’s so easy to do.  Just wait 30 minutes.

I can’t wait to try more waffles recipe.  For the next weeks I’ll be looking for healthier, low-fat waffles recipe.  Does that exist?  LOL