Everyday Good Thinking http://everydaygoodthinking.com The Official Blog of Hamilton Beach® Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:09:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 16 Best Spring & Summer Slow Cooker Recipes http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/04/28/16-slow-cooker-recipes-perfect-for-the-spring-summer-seasons/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/04/28/16-slow-cooker-recipes-perfect-for-the-spring-summer-seasons/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:45:53 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=7691 While we love using the slow cooker to warm up with hearty soups and stews in the winter, the humble slow cooker doesn’t quite get the accolades it deserves as the temperature rises. Whether you don’t want to heat up the entire house by using […]

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While we love using the slow cooker to warm up with hearty soups and stews in the winter, the humble slow cooker doesn’t quite get the accolades it deserves as the temperature rises. Whether you don’t want to heat up the entire house by using your oven or it’s just too darn hot to stand outside by the sizzling grill, you can use a slow cooker to make a ton of warm weather recipes. From easy weeknight dinners to appetizers perfect for a neighborhood cookout, here are 16 of our favorite spring and summer slow cooker recipes.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Sauce

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Short Ribs from A Simple Pantry

Balsamic Glazed Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak 

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak

Slow Cooker Glazed Hawaiian Kielbasa from Sprinkle Some Sugar

Glazed Hawaiian Kielbasa

Slow Cooker Triple Berry Cobbler

Slow Cooker Triple Berry Cobbler

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese from Fit Slow Cooker Queen

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Slow Cooker Barbecue Sauce 

Spicy Barbecue Sauce from @hamiltonbeach everydaygoodthinking.com #BBQ

Brisket Tacos with Spicy Watermelon BBQ Sauce from The Fit Fork

Brisket Tacos with Spicy Watermelon BBQ Sauce and Pickled Rind Relish

Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob 

Corn on the Cob

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken | @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker North Carolina Barbecue 

Slow cooker North Carolina style pulled pork bbq barbecue @hamiltonbeach everydaygoodthinking.com

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili from Mountain Momma Cooks

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

Slow Cooker Beer Brats with Peppers and Onions

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes 

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dogs from Oh, Sweet Basil

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dogs

Slow Cooker Eggplant Caponata 

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Rice Krispies Treats 3 Ways http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/04/26/rice-krispies-treats-3-ways/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/04/26/rice-krispies-treats-3-ways/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:30:40 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=7102 There is something about homemade Rice Krispies treats. Eating the cereal treats covered in stringy, sticky marshmallow automatically makes you feel like a kid again. While we can’t argue that Rice Krispies treats are delicious on their own, we decided to dress up the classic […]

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There is something about homemade Rice Krispies treats. Eating the cereal treats covered in stringy, sticky marshmallow automatically makes you feel like a kid again. While we can’t argue that Rice Krispies treats are delicious on their own, we decided to dress up the classic recipe. Adding a little chocolate here and there couldn’t hurt, right?

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Chocolate and peanut butter are a dynamic duo. Why not add this classic combination to Rice Krispies treats? These peanut butter treats are baked on top of a bed of mini chocolate chips then drizzled with even more chocolate. Cut them into squares and find the nearest hiding place. These won’t last long in your house.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Treats
Serves 40
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package (12 ounce) mini-chocolate chips, divided
  2. 3/4 cup peanut butter
  3. 1 package (10 ounce) marshmallows
  4. 1/2 light corn syrup, divided
  5. 1 box (9 ounce) rice cereal
  6. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  7. 1/4 cup butter
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line a 17x12-inch baking pan with foil and spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 cup mini-chocolate chips onto baking pan.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter, marshmallows and 1/4 cup corn syrup.
  3. Add cereal and stir until cereal is coated.
  4. Press mixture into prepared pan. Cool.
  5. In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat heavy cream, butter, remaining corn syrup and vanilla until butter is melted and mixture is hot.
  6. Remove from heat, then add remaining chocolate chips.
  7. Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Cool until slightly thick. Drizzle over cereal. Cut into squares.
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Banana Almond Rice Krispies Treats

Banana Almond Rice Krispies Treats

Adding instant pudding to the cereal and marshmallow mixture is an easy way to add flavor to these classic treats. We added banana instant pudding and pie filling before coating these Banana Almond Rice Krispies treats with a white chocolate and almond icing. Sprinkling slivered almonds on top adds both crunch and a nutty flavor to these delicate treats. 

Almond and Banana Cream Treats
Serves 40
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 package (10 ounce) marshmallows
  3. 1 box (3.4 ounce) banana cream instant pudding and pie filling
  4. 1/2 light corn syrup, divided
  5. 1 box (9 ounces) rice cereal
  6. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  7. 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  8. 1 tablespoon butter
  9. 1 package (12 ounce) white chips
  10. 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  11. 3/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Line a 17x12-inch baking pan with foil and spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add marshmallows, instant pudding and 1/4 cup corn syrup. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is blended, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add cereal, then stir until cereal is coated.
  4. Press mixture into prepared pan. Cool.
  5. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat heavy cream, corn syrup and 1 tablespoon butter until butter is melted and mixture is hot.
  6. Remove from heat, then add chips and almond extract.
  7. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, 2 minutes. Spread over cereal and sprinkle with almonds. Cut into squares.
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Chocolate Eclair Treats

Chocolate Eclair Rice Krispies Treats

We wanted to transform one of our favorite pastries into a Rice Krispies treat. Chocolate eclairs are fluffy pastries filled with cream and topped with rich, chocolate icing. To mimic that flavor, we added vanilla instant pudding to the cereal and marshmallows before topping the treats with a chocolate ganache-like icing. If you’re a chocolate lover, these are a must-try. Grab a napkin (or two) and enjoy.

Chocolate Eclair Treats
Serves 40
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, divided
  2. 1 package (10 ounce) marshmallows
  3. 1 box (5 ounce) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
  4. 1/2 light corn syrup, divided
  5. 1 box (9 ounce) rice cereal
  6. 1 cup heavy cream
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 package (12 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line a 17x12-inch baking pan with foil and spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add marshmallows, instant pudding and 1/4 cup corn syrup. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is blended, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add cereal and stir until cereal is coated.
  4. Press mixture into prepared pan. Cool.
  5. In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat heavy cream, remaining 1/2 butter and vanilla until butter is melted and mixture is hot.
  6. Remove from heat, then add chocolate chips and corn syrup.
  7. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, 2 minutes. Spread over cereal. Cut into squares.
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Yesterday, we posted our slow cooker version of the Philadelphia classic, Philly Cheesesteak. Today, we wanted to show you another version of the sandwich because in our opinion, two phillies is always better than one.

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly

This Chicken Philly is also made in the slow cooker. In the crock, combine chicken tenders, sliced green peppers, onion slices, rotisserie seasoning and salt. Cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 ½ hours or LOW for 4 to 5 hours. Once the chicken is cooked through, take the tenders out of the crock and slice them. Add the chicken back to the crock then prepare your chicken Philly sandwiches.

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly

Divide the chicken mixture among sliced hoagies rolls and top with Italian dressing and a slice of sharp cheddar or american cheese. Place the sandwiches under the broiler until the cheese is melted.

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly

Serve this chicken Philly with extra Italian dressing, banana peppers, ketchup, or hot sauce. The whole family can mix and match toppings until everyone finds their favorite combination. Serve both the chicken Philly and the Philly cheesesteak at your next watch party or trade off between both recipes for a hand-held lunch or dinner. Extra beef or chicken? Leftovers can easily be used to make fajitas or as toppings for rice bowls throughout the week. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 to 2 pounds chicken tenders
  2. 2 large green peppers, cut in strips
  3. 2 medium onions, sliced
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons rotisserie seasoning
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
  7. 4 hoagie rolls, split
  8. 4 slices cheddar or American cheese
  9. 1/4 cup banana pepper rings, optional
  10. Hot Sauce or ketchup, optional
Instructions
  1. In slow cooker crock, combine chicken tenders, pepper strips and onion slices with rotisserie seasoning and salt.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or LOW for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Heat oven broiler. Open rolls and place on a cookie sheet
  4. Slice chicken tenders. Place back in slow cooker. With a slotted spoon, divide chicken, peppers and onions among rolls and drizzle with Italian dressing. Top with cheese slices.
  5. Place under broiler until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Serve with banana peppers, hot sauce or ketchup, if desired.
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While the cheesesteak definitely has roots in Philadelphia, there’s no denying the love for this sandwich stretches far beyond the Pennsylvania state line. According to Google, Philly Cheesesteak was one of the most searched recipes in the United States during 2015. We decided to put our spin on this sought-after, Philadelphia classic and make cheesesteaks using the slow cooker.

In your slow cooker crock, combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Then add beef round, mushrooms, onion and garlic, stirring until the beef is coated. Cook on HIGH for 3 ½ to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak

Once the beef is fully cooked, it’s time to assemble your cheesesteaks. Divide the mixture between sliced sub rolls and top with a slice of provolone cheese (some prefer Cheese Whiz or American cheese). Place your cheesesteak under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and it’s time to eat.

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak

Enjoy the cheesesteak in its simple glory or add your favorite condiments and serve alongside crispy fries or kettle chips. Pour yourself a beer and prepare to enjoy the pride of Philadelphia.

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can (14.5) beef broth
  2. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon coarse pepper
  5. 1 pound (1-inch thick) beef round steak, sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
  6. 1 package (8 ounce) mushrooms, sliced
  7. 1 medium sweet onion, sliced
  8. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 4 (4-inch) sub rolls
  10. 4 slices provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. In slow cooker crock, combine beef broth, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.
  2. Add beef, mushrooms, onion and garlic to beef broth mixture. Stir until beef is coated.
  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
  4. Heat broiler. Open sub rolls and place on a cookie sheet.
  5. Divide beef mixture between sub rolls and top with a slice of cheese.
  6. Place under broiler until cheese is melted.
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Spring is here and with it comes an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. I usually start to incorporate more smoothies into my diet as the temperature rises. Not only is swimsuit season swiftly approaching (let’s not think about that), I can’t resist all the colorful produce at the grocery store this time of year.

Freezer Pack Smoothies

Smoothies are an easy way to incorporate fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. When you find your favorite fresh produce at the grocery store, make it into handy freezer packs to save yourself some time and effort the next time you crave a smoothie. Whether you want to blend a quick breakfast for the kids or fuel-up after a workout, all you have to do is add these freezer packs to your blender along with juice (and in some cases yogurt) and your smoothie is ready with the push of a button.

Freezer Pack Smoothies

Freezer Pack Smoothies

During recipe development, the test kitchen found that using room temperature juice works best when making smoothies with frozen fruits and vegetables. We know most of you will use juice that you already have in the refrigerator and that’s just fine. You may need to add more liquid to achieve the consistency you want, or use the tamper to help mix the ingredients as the smoothie blends. You can also leave the freezer pack on the counter while you hop in the shower or run the plastic bag under warm water in the sink for a few seconds to help thaw out the ingredients a bit before blending.

Freezer Pack Smoothies

Try our Green Fruit Smoothie, Berry Smoothie, Pineapple Orange Cream Smoothie or Hidden Green Smoothie to get started. While these are just  a few of our favorite smoothie recipes for spring, have fun with it and experiment mixing and matching your favorite fruits, vegetables, and juices until you find your favorite refreshing combination.

Freezer Pack Smoothies

 

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I remember as a kid as we were making lasagna for family dinner my dad would always take a big spoonful of ricotta cheese and just eat it plain. And to me that seemed odd because ricotta was always something that I thought you had to bake for it to taste good. Now that I’m an adult and my palate has evolved, I realize that my dad had the right idea all along. 

Whipped Ricotta with Lemon and Olive Oil

Whipped ricotta has become one of my favorite appetizers to serve at a party. Once you add a few flavors into the fresh cheese and spread it onto toasted bread, it transforms into heaven in your mouth.

Whipped Ricotta with Lemon and Olive Oil

No, seriously! It’s so light and airy that you feel like you’re on a cloud while you enjoy each bite. This appetizer or snack is perfect for any time but I especially enjoy serving it in the spring and summer because of the crisp lemon taste. Since I hate firing up my oven in the middle of summer, I like to use my Easy Reach Toaster Oven as a quick way to toast my bread. It heats up quickly, doesn’t overheat my home and makes it so easy to remove all of the slices of bread without burning my hand.

Whipped Ricotta with Lemon and Olive Oil

 

You may want to make a double batch of this deliciously whipped ricotta because you won’t want to share it with your guests. This appetizer comes together so quick that you’ll have plenty of time to sit down and enjoy!

Whipped Ricotta with Lemon and Olive Oil
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 loaf crusty baguette
  2. 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  3. 2 cups whole-milk ricotta
  4. 2 tablespoons whole milk
  5. Coarse sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, lemon zest, olive oil to serve
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Stop the mixer and add ricotta and milk. Beat on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is fluffy.
  3. Remove from the mixer and place in a bowl or on a platter. Sprinkle generously with sea salt, black pepper, lemon zest, and a good drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Slice the baguette into ½” thick slices. Brush each slice with olive oil and place oiled side up in the toaster oven. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve immediately with whipped ricotta.
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Grilled cheese sandwiches combine two of my favorite things – cheese and more cheese. I love mixing and matching cheeses with other ingredients to find my flavor of the week. Whether I’m throwing together a quick lunch or I need something to pair with a stew or soup, grilled cheese is always my go-to.

Panini Press

These sandwiches are foolproof, especially if you make them in your Breakfast Sandwich Maker or panini maker. We came up with four varieties that we hope inspire you to go beyond two slices of white bread and American cheese.

Turkey Club Panini 

Turkey Club Panini

This grilled cheese was a favorite with our tasting panel. It combines turkey, tomato, sautéed onions, sharp cheddar and (wait for it…) bacon and barbecue sauce into a not-so-average grilled cheese. We spread mayonnaise (but you could always use butter) on the outside of Italian bread. Mayo adds a golden brown color and extra crisp crunch to the bread once it’s cooked. If you’re a fan of easy cleanup and perfect grill marks, make this in your panini maker. Make enough to share and serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.

Three Cheese Avocado and Bacon Panini 

Three Cheese Avocado and Bacon Panini

Three different cheeses, check. Avocado, check. Bacon, check. This grilled cheese was cooked on the panini maker and is packed with flavor. A tangy mixture of mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard tops bacon, avocado, and three types of cheese – Jarlsberg, mozzarella and cheddar – to make a filling sandwich perfect for lunch or dinner. Mix and match your favorite cheeses and try adding a fried egg for a breakfast version.

Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwich 

Pizza Breakfast Sandwich

While the Breakfast Sandwich Maker is a time-saver in the mornings, don’t forget about it when preparing lunch or dinner. Fresh mozzarella, sliced pepperoni and pizza sauce are sandwiched between two slices of buttery, garlic bread to make this Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwich. Serve with a side of your favorite marinara sauce for an Italian take on grilled cheese that the whole family will enjoy.

Monte Cristo Sandwich 

Monte Cristo Sandwich

Our version of a Monte Cristo cooks to perfection in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Beat an egg and soak both halves of your english muffin in the mixture before adding them to the Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Swiss cheese, turkey, ham and cranberry sauce complete the Breakfast Sandwich Maker Monte Cristo Sandwich. Add extra cranberry sauce or even powdered sugar and serve for a quick lunch or dinner that is the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

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Hamilton Beach has been developing recipes for over 100 years. While the ingredients you’d find in a typical kitchen and appliances have evolved over time, the Consumer Test Kitchen still works to develop recipes each and everyday that you can make with your favorite Hamilton Beach products.

Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies

We wanted to create a chocolate chip cookie recipe that spoke to the Hamilton Beach tradition – both in stand mixer innovation and in recipe development.

Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies

When developing Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies we flipped through a Hamilton Beach Food Mixer recipe booklet from 1948 that sold for 25 cents (I don’t think you can buy anything for 25 cents these days). We noticed most of the cookie recipes called for shortening and decided to make a few different cookies for the tasting panel to try. We put three different cookies in front of them – one made with butter, one with shortening, and one with both butter and shortening – and had them chose their favorite.

Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies

While some of the panel members chose the cookie made with butter (what’s not to like about a buttery, moist cookie?), the majority preferred the cookie recipe that called for shortening. I guess the recipe developers of the past were onto something.

Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies

Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies are dense, sweet, and nostalgic in the best way. Remember the days spent in the kitchen with your grandparents or make new memories with your own children while baking these cookies. Pour yourself a glass of milk and grab a chocolate chip cookie or three.

Heritage Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 large egg, unbeaten
  5. 1/2 cup shortening
  6. 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  7. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 1 tablespoon milk
  10. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in large mixer bowl. With electric mixer on low speed, beat until ingredients are mixed. Gradually increase speed to medium and beat 3 minutes, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
  3. Add chocolate chips and beat on low until blended.
  4. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a small scoop, place 12 scoops of cookie dough about 1-inch apart on parchment.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are browned. Slide parchment with baked cookies onto rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
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Center Stage: Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie for One from The Fit Fork http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/04/08/chocolate-speckled-and-seeded-breakfast-cookie-for-one-from-the-fit-fork/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/04/08/chocolate-speckled-and-seeded-breakfast-cookie-for-one-from-the-fit-fork/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:30:06 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=7526   Jennifer Fisher of The Fit Fork is an award-winning recipe creator, food & fitness blogger, healthy cooking coach, spokesperson and competitive runner, obstacle course racer, CrossFit enthusiast and yoga dabbler. Jennifer offers ways to quickly and confidently prepare healthy, well-balanced meals with delicious taste. […]

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Jennifer Fisher of The Fit Fork is an award-winning recipe creator, food & fitness blogger, healthy cooking coach, spokesperson and competitive runner, obstacle course racer, CrossFit enthusiast and yoga dabbler. Jennifer offers ways to quickly and confidently prepare healthy, well-balanced meals with delicious taste. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

As a mom of three teenage boys, you’d be surprised how often I’m flying solo for breakfast these days. While I make sure the family is sitting down for dinner together as much as humanly possible, convening for a morning meal requires super powers that exceed my skill set. However, skipping breakfast is out of the question. I wholeheartedly endorse getting some quality grub down the hatch upon waking up, especially something easy to make and balanced with healthy complex carbs and protein to provide long-lasting energy until lunch. My recipe for a single-serving Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie is a go-to solution when we’re heading in a million different directions – sports practices, jobs, dog walking, early tutorials, yoga sessions or even pure lazy sleeping in.  

Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie

The recipe makes just one big, single-serving cookie that is packed with gluten-free whole grains, seeds, and just a smattering of chocolate to soothe a sweet tooth (only 268 calories when prepared as directed). I like to toss in protein powder to boost the overall intake (16g protein per cookie), as I find this keeps the “hangries” from sneaking up later and also assists with overall muscle maintenance.  If you’re not into protein powder, just swap out this ingredient with a gluten-free baking mix, measure for measure.  If you have other dietary concerns, this healthy cookie recipe is not only gluten-free and higher protein, but also nut-free and about 99 percent dairy-free and sugar-free (ahh, the mini chocolate chips, but they can be omitted).  

Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie

A toaster oven is the perfect appliance for both “taking care of yourself” training and cooking for one. I hear our 4 Slice Easy Reach™ Toaster Oven with Roll-Top Door humming and dinging from morning into the wee hours as the kids make their culinary creations, from variations of this breakfast cookie recipe to nachos, pizzas, eggs, bacon and, yes, even toast! While their only concern is the edibility of the finished product, I really appreciate the fact that my whole kitchen is not turning into a hot inferno and that the appliance is super-easy to clean thanks to a roll-top, removable door.   

Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie

Of course, you can bake my Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie in a conventional oven, although I highly suggest the toaster oven. It’s just so amazingly convenient. Enjoy!

Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie

 

Chocolate Speckled and Seeded Breakfast Cookie for One
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup gluten free oats
  2. 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (or gluten free baking mix)
  3. 1 tablespoon stevia baking blend (1/2 cup measures like 1 cup sugar)
  4. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  6. 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  7. 2 tablespoons egg white
  8. 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
  9. 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips
  10. Baking spray
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, stevia baking blend, baking soda and chia seeds until combined.
  2. To these dry ingredients, add coconut oil and egg white and stir until incorporated. Mixture will be slightly crumbly, use hands to form into one large dough ball.
  3. Spray center of toaster oven tray with baking spray. Set dough ball on top of this spot.
  4. Spray a flat-bottomed bowl with baking spray and press down on dough ball until spread out approximately 5 inches in diameter. Use hands to shape sides, if needed.
  5. Top cookie dough with pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips and lightly press down with bowl again to “set” them.
  6. Bake at 350 F degrees in the toaster oven (or conventional oven) for approximately 10 minutes, or center set and edges and top turning light golden brown.
  7. Remove from toaster oven and let rest on tray for 2 minutes. Eat.
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While you’re probably used to cooking chicken marsala on the stove-top, try making this classic Italian-American dish in your slow cooker. The slow cooker helps seal in the juices while the chicken cooks, leaving you with moist, flavorful meat AND easy clean up.  Pick up bottle of Marsala wine on your way home and make Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala tonight. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

We recommend searing the chicken breasts before putting them in the slow cooker. Dredge the chicken in flour seasoned with salt and cook skin-side down for about 4 minutes. Once the skin is golden brown, transfer the the chicken, skin-side up, into the slow cooker crock. Add wine, mushrooms, onions and salt to the crock and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours.  

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

When done, transfer to a serving platter and set aside. Now it’s time to make the sauce. Transfer the remaining slow cooker liquid to a skillet and stir in a mixture of cornstarch and water that will help to quickly enrich sauce. Cook for about 3 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

Place the chicken breasts atop a bed of linguine and pour the finished sauce over top. Serve with a side salad and crusty, Italian bread for a restaurant-worthy, family-style meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  3. 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  4. 1/3 cup butter
  5. 4 1/2 to 5 pounds chicken breasts with bone and skin
  6. 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  7. 1 small onion, sliced
  8. 1 1/2 cups Marsala wine
  9. 2 tablespoons water
  10. 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  11. Chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, add flour, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Seal and shake. Shake a few pieces of chicken in bag at a time to coat with flour mixture; set aside. Repeat with remaining breasts.
  2. In a large skillet over medium, melt butter. Add chicken, skin-side-down, cooking about 4 minutes until skin is golden brown. Place chicken skin-side-up in slow cooker crock.
  3. Pour Marsala over chicken and add mushrooms, onions and remaining 1 teaspoon salt.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours until chicken is cooked through and tender.
  5. Remove chicken to a serving platter. Cover with foil and keep warm.
  6. In a small bowl, stir water and cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved.
  7. Transfer liquid from crock to a medium skillet. Stir in cornstarch mixture.
  8. Place skillet over medium-heat. Cook about 3 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened.
  9. Pour mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.
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