WannaBe Chef

Recipes and randomness from Amanda's kitchen.

Double Duty April 27, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast — WannaBe Chef @ 11:41 am

We had another one of my favorites for dinner last night… breakfast!  I’m starting to build up a little stash of freezer meals for after the baby is born, so I decided to make a big ole batch of pancakes… some for dinner and some for the freezer. 

Those are all double stacks!

Whole Wheat Choc Chip Pancakes
Recipe from Macaroni and Cheesecake

I doubled the recipe and followed it exactly, with the exception of using the old substitute-for-buttermilk trick.  These pancakes were thick, fluffy and very filling.  I made some with mini choc chips and left the others plain. 

As for our dinner, I had one big pancake topped with bananas, chia seeds, and syrup.  The eggs were equally delicious because they were scrambled with Trader Joe’s Chile Feta, mmm!


Another Brinner February 2, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast,Sweets — WannaBe Chef @ 2:14 pm

Hello, all.  I hope you aren’t up to your neck in snow!  For once, we’re not the ones who got buried in it.  Even though it’s barely 0 degrees here, the big storms missed us.  So today I have another delicious breakfast-for-dinner to show you.  This could probably be considered a dessert too. 

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Don’t they just look incredible??  Oh, they were.  The pancake on its own was very soft and fluffy, and I will be making these again in the near future, I’m sure.  The pecans and glaze definitely took these over the edge, but I think they would be just as good with syrup and a few plain pecans sprinkled on.  I also put some I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter on them to cut the sweetness a little, and I added some light syrup for moisture because the glaze was way too sweet to be used much more than a drizzle.  The recipe only makes 5 medium-sized pancakes (maybe an ooch bigger than a CD), which was fine for the two of us, but I would recommend doubling the recipe if you want more.  We had ours with turkey sausages so I wouldn’t feel too bad about eating dessert for dinner 🙂 


Crispy January 9, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast — WannaBe Chef @ 7:47 pm

I’ve always been a huge fan of breakfast-for-dinner.  Some people call it “Brinner,” but for some reason, I would rather say “breakfast-for-dinner” haha.  I usually revert to it when I have an empty spot on the weekly menu and can’t think of anything else to cook.  It’s also good for the end of the week when we don’t have much fresh produce or meat left.  This week, I was craving french toast.  I wanted a bit of a heartier version, so I decided to try something new: coating it with crushed cereal!  It worked really well and tasted even better! 

All I did was dipped whole wheat bread into a mixture of eggs, a splash of milk, cinnamon and honey.  Then I dunked the wet bread into crushed cereal and sauteed it in a little butter (! – I find that a little butter helps with the crisp factor) until golden brown and crispy on both sides.  You could use any flake-style cereal, but here’s what I used…

Yeah, so we have carb on carb on top of carb here, but I read that women in their second trimester need more carbs!  Hehe  :-p


Last night in MI September 26, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Potato — WannaBe Chef @ 7:34 pm

Happy Sunday, bloggies!  I’m sitting at my mom’s with cats sleeping all around me and anxiously awaiting the season premier of Desperate Housewives.  After a nice, long visit back home, we’re heading back to MN in the morning.  I’ve had a great time seeing family, work friends, new babies, college friends, pets, and hanging out with my mommy.  The two of us had a random shopping trip yesterday, and I purchased my first Halloween decorations!  If you know my mom at all, you know she’s ob-freaking-sessed with Halloween, so it was only a matter of time before I started to catch the fever a little bit.  Here’s mom’s main purchase yesterday…. a 6-foot tall skeleton she has named “Slim.”

Yeah, that’s right, she sat him up in the back seat of the car and welcomed all the strange looks!  This morning, I saw a container of leftover pumpkin in the fridge and decided to make pumpkin pancakes (I halved the recipe)…. delicious and perfect on a cool fall day!

Dinner was also fantastic… we had grilled BBQ chicken, squash, broccoli, biscuits with honey, and twice-baked potatoes.  It was quite the feast!

Those biscuits were waaay smaller than they look in the picture!

There’s really no recipe for the potatoes, but I’ll tell you how I made them.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

  • Potatoes – baked and halved, insides scooped out
  • Light sour cream
  • Butter
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Broccoli – slightly cooked, chopped
  • salt, pepper, garlic salt, dried parsley
  1. Mash potato insides with the rest of the ingredients, to taste
  2. Fill potato shells with mixture, top with more cheese
  3. Bake at 375 for awhile until cheese is melted and bubbly

Grocery Strike July 15, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Oatmeal,Sandwiches,Turkey,Vegetable,Ziggy — WannaBe Chef @ 8:06 pm

Hello, friends.  I have random eats for you today.  I’ll start with last night’s dinner.  I’ve kinda been on grocery strike all week (aka, I just didn’t feel like going shopping).  All I had in the fresh produce department were 3 zucchinis from the farmer’s market that needed to be used up.  I sent out a plea via Twitter for ideas, and my blog friend Jill gave me the great idea of making zucchini noodles.  All you do is scrape the zucchini with a potato peeler to get long “noodles.”  Once you hit the seeds, you stop.  Now I need an idea of what to do with the zucchini inards!  Paired with some ground turkey, onions, jarred spaghetti sauce, and freshly grated parmesan cheese (secret ingredient!), this was a pretty darn decent meal! 

So breakfast this morning was equally as creative since we had no bread, no milk, or fresh fruit.  I came up with oatmeal (made with water and leftover evaporated milk from Wayne’s bday cake!) topped with banana soft serve and PB.  Wowwww, this was really good!  The temperature contrast reminded me of that ice cream topped brownie dessert you see in restaurants everywhere.  I will definitely be eating this again. 

This little man joined me while I ate breakfast in my PJs…

Lunch was the most pathetic of all… canned soup!  I didn’t photograph it for obvious reasons.  Blech.  I finally got my butt to the store after lunch.  I didn’t have a list or any meals planned… just wandered and picked stuff that looked good.  I never do this, so it was a little anxiety-producing and I kind of feel like I got $100 worth of what??  Anyway, I decided on simple wraps for dinner.  I would say at least 50% of what I bought was produce, so I will be eating stuff like this for awhile. 

On the side are blueberries and snap peas.  The wrap, from bottom to top has: 

  • Sabra Classic Hummus
  • Yellow tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • BBQ sauce
  • my first ever Sriracha <—-Holy tongue-burning
  • Chicken
  • Red bell peppers

That’s all for today, everyone!  I’m off to watch SYTYCD and nurse the pounding, splitting headache I’ve had all day.  So far, I’ve tried:  taking my contacts out, drinking a jug of water, taking a nap, laying down, and now I’m drinking a Diet Coke for a little caffiene (I didn’t have my coffee this morning).  Nothing is working.  I know I should just take some Advil… but eh.  What do you do to remedy a headache?


Our First Visitors: Part 3 June 23, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Chicken — WannaBe Chef @ 6:04 pm

Today, I bring you the third and final installment of my long weekend with mom and auntie:  Sunday.  We started out with a bang of a breakfast… Overnight French Toast.  This time, I used a loaf of multigrain bread that had sunflower seeds and honey in it (!!).  On the side and top is Morningstar sausages, fruit and syrup.  Soooo yuumy.

We didn’t really have anything planned for Sunday, so we decided to go mini-golfing… something we all used to do everytime we went on vacation as kids!  If you don’t hear from me again, it’s because my mom killed me for posting a picture with her in it.  But technically, she said don’t post the pics of her from the festival!   

After that, we had lunch at Wayne’s favorite place on the freaking planet:  Buffalo Wild Wings, aka B-Dubs.  No pictures to share, though.  I just had a chicken salad anyway.  We also went to Coldstone (!) for lunch dessert and rented some movies.  I had the tart and tangy berry yogurt with Oreos mixed in.  I seriously slacked with the pics here, my apologies.  We were all pretty tired when we got back.  We watched Alice in Wonderland and all of us were struggling to keep our eyes open.  The movie was pretty disappointing!  Didn’t like it.  Awhile after that (I’m talking like 8PM since we were all so full), it was time for dinner.  For the last supper, I had my favorite chicken ever planned:  Bourbon Chicken.  SO.  GOOD. 

Then we watched our second movie, The Hangover, which mom/auntie hadn’t seen yet.  I don’t think that movie will ever get old.  You must see it if you haven’t, it’s hilarious.  We called it an early night since the fam’s flight left at 5:41 AM.  Yes, that’s right, we got up just past 3 AM.  It was awesome.  We said our goodbyes and that’s it!  It was a great weekend and I’m so glad we finally had our first visitors!  Thanks for coming out Mom and Auntie!!


Our first visitors: Part 2 June 22, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Life — WannaBe Chef @ 3:39 pm

Part 2 = Saturday.  First, we had to start off the day with a proper breakfast.  I had my Quick Crustless Quiche planned, so we had that with some toast and fruit.  I’ve made this quiche many times before, and this one had spinach, onions, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and turkey bacon.  I topped mine with lots of salsa. 

We decided Saturday would be “downtown Minneapolis” day.  Wayne did some googling and found out that the Stone Arch Festival was going on, so that’s where we ended up! 

There were a TON of vendor booths full of pottery, paintings, and everything in between.  My cousin is going to be a pilot and is obsessed with everything to do with planes, so my aunt bought him this plane… handmade from a Sprite can!

We also dabbled in some festival food, of course.  First up was homemade kettle corn.  It might not look like much, but this was hands-down, no question, the BEST popcorn I’ve ever had.  Ever.  It was very light and crispy with just a hint of sweetness, therefore making it extremely addicting!  I would have been happy just eating this for the rest of the day.

Then we saw a booth labeled “Walleye on a Stick,” and Wayne couldn’t resist.  I had one of the little nuggets, and it was amazing, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. 

We wandered around for awhile longer and stopped at a very busy bar/restaurant for lunch.  Can’t remember the name of it for the life of me, though. 

Adult beverages

Chili cheese fries and chips and salsa shared among the table

After our fat lunch, we walked for what seemed like hourssss trying to find a museum that Wayne saw online.  We finally found it, and I thought it was just OK.  These are some pics from the walk and from way up high in the museum.  The view was pretty spectacular!

Whew, that was a lot of pictures!  I do have a couple pics of Wayne, the fam and I, but I think my mom would fly back here and kill me if I posted them!  Perhaps I will be brave and post the ones I took on Sunday 🙂  Stay tuned for the last part of the weekend!