Strawberries With Mint and Lime

Sunday’s I love to spend the morning trying new recipes and creating a delicious brunch.

We bought some beautiful duck eggs at our local farmers market to enjoy this morning.

If you have not had duck eggs, they are pretty amazing. They have thick, hard shells. Vibrant yellow yolks and are super creamy.

Look at those yolks

A couple weeks ago, we went strawberry picking with our grandson so we have a bunch of sliced strawberries in the freezer.

Perfect to top some waffles. I used a a gluten free box recipe, so use your favorite recipe.

This would also be delicious on some ice cream or I am going to use the leftovers on some bread pudding I am making for dessert tonight.

To wrap up this delicious brunch, I topped the duck eggs with fresh parsley from the garden and grabbed some fresh mint for the strawberries.

If you do not have a lot of space for growing, herbs are great for container gardening and are a great place to start. Having fresh herbs on hand just elevates all your dishes.

Parsley

I thawed out some strawberries, mixed in fresh lime juice, powdered sugar and mint. Topped our waffles with our favorite bourbon aged syrup, then the strawberries.

The best syrup
Duck egg with fresh parsley and waffles with strawberries and leftover pork tenderloin slices.

Poured a mimosa and had a wonderful, relaxing brunch at home with fresh, local ingredients. What is your favorite brunch?

Strawberries with Lime and Mint

Recipe:

One cup of sliced strawberries

(Fresh or thawed from frozen)

Juice of half a lime

1 Tsp powdered sugar

1 Tbp fresh mint (plus extra to garnish)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 5 min. Serve as a topping to favorite brunch item or dessert. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun French Toast

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll French Toast

My Trader Joe’s find this week….Cinnamon Bun Spread! So I knew right away French Toast would have you happen this weekend!
I had some canned pumpkin in the fridge, so this delicious breakfast was an easy, delicious weekend treat.

1 serving:
2 slices gluten free bread (or your favorite bread)
1 egg
1 tsp Pumpkin puree
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsps almond milk (or your favorite milk)
Toppings:
Cinnamon Bun Spread
Powdered Sugar (optional)

Combine egg, pumpkin, spices and milk. Soak bread in mixture. Pre-heat skillet to med-high heat. Melt butter or add oil or oil spray to prevent sticking. Place soaked bread in. Cook until golden brown (about 3 min) flip and cook other side.

Top with Cinnamon Bun Spread and Powdered  sugar and enjoy.

Cooking With Kids-UFO’s

One of the 1st things I learned to cook when I was a kid was UFO’s. My mom had a cookbook with a section for kids and this recipe was in there. Next I moved on to French Toast. This is still the easiest way for me to cook eggs with the perfect runny center.

Step 1: use a small glass or circle cookie cutter to make a circle in the middle of your bread (my bread is small because it is gluten-free)

Step 2: butter both sides of your bread.

Step 3: Have a skillet or griddle ready at medium heat. Place bread in and light toast on each side

Step 4: break egg into the hole, let bottom of the egg cook, then flip to cook other side.

Step 5: serve with the toast circles and enjoy

Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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My favorite way to start Sunday, is brunch! Coming up with new, delicious recipes to share with my family, relax and just hang out in our PJ’s. Before I even got to try it I heard my son “this is really good”. I knew it would be a keeper. Super moist, delicious, and you would never know it is gluten-free, vegan and low sugar.

Recipe:

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Oat Flour (ground oatmeal)

1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 Tbs Cinnamon

2 Tbs Chia Seed

3 Tbs Sugar (or coconut sugar or Stevia)

Dash of Salt

Mix all together in a bowl

2 Tbs ground Flaxseed (for flax eggs) add water and let sit 10 minutes

In another bowl mix together:

3 overripe bananas, mashed

1 grated zucchini (peeled optional)

3 Tbs Maple Syrup (can sub honey if not vegan)

3 Tbs Peanut Butter (can sub any nut butter)

add the flax eggs mix together, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix by hand, fold in 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips (your choice)

Pour mixture in greased pan, top with crushed pecan and raw sugar (totally optional) Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick come out clean. 

Let cool  slightly (the chocolate chips will be little lava pockets) and enjoy 🙂

 

 

Sunday Morning Coffee Cake

Inspired by my kids fondly remembering the coffee cake of their school-age years. I whipped up a batch of the good old Bisquick recipe for them and went to work on a gluten-free, vegan version for me. Then we made a pot of coffee, brunch on the patio, enjoyed a beautiful Sunday morning. My coffee cake received a thumbs up and ” that’s really good”, even next to a gluten filled cake.