MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chik’n Patty
 Burger

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Monday, July 28, 2014


With my DF’s picky palate, my cooking is pretty limited. I stick to the same meats with the same ol’ seasonings. We eat quite a bit of meat in my household, so I decided to change it up a bit with MorningStar Farms. They are always introducing new flavors and products, including Spicy Black Bean Burger, Mediterranean Chickpea Burger, Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger, Buffalo Chik Patty, and Original Veggie Sausage.

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I started off with the Buffalo Chik Patty because I wanted my DF to eat the food without me having to convince him first. He’s very… stubborn when it comes to trying new foods. The best way to disguise it was to use it in a burger since it looks exactly like a chicken patty. Little did my DF know that his “burger” was actually meat free, vegan, and gluten free!

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He took a bite and I questioned him what he thought. Since I was staring at him the entire time he was chewing to see if he noticed anything strange, he finally asked me what was in the burger. I told him that there was, in fact, no meat in the burger that he just swallowed. He was so surprised! The meat-only eater liked eating a meatless burger. Imagine that.

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These Buffalo Chik Patties would be great in place of chicken parmesan. You could also cut them into strips and use them to top a salad or on a bowl of pasta. Actually, I would love using these in a spring roll and dipping them in a buffalo-mayonnaise sauce. I’m coming up with plenty of ideas just sitting here typing! Imagine all of the other possibilities that you could come up with.

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I could slowly replace the meat in our meals and my DF wouldn’t even notice! That’s how close they are to the real thing. Since they’re so tasty, MorningStar Farms makes it easy to eat smart. Plus, all twelve MorningStar Farms veggie burgers have a great source of protein, just like meat.

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MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chik’n Patty
 Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chick'n Patty
  • 1 sandwich bun
  • half of a tomato, sliced
  • mixed greens
  • 1 slice of pepper jack cheese
  • couple dashes of Frank's Buffalo hot sauce

Directions

  1. Toast your bun and cook the chick'n patty as directed.
  2. Create your burger as desired, stacking all of your ingredients. Serve immediately.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/07/morningstar-farms-buffalo-chikn-patty%e2%80%a8-burger.html

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Banana Waffles with Caramelized Bananas

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Monday, July 21, 2014

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Bananas are a no brainer for breakfast items. There are banana muffins, banana pancakes, sliced bananas on oatmeal, banana bread, bananas on yogurt, and banana french toast. Well, I took it a step further and made bananas waffles with caramelized bananas so you can add another goodie to that breakfast list.

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Don’t forget that you can always eat them as is. That’s usually how my DF prefers them.

As for me, I’ll take them caramelized or flambéed any day.

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This dish is definitely restaurant worthy. If I ever open my own breakfast spot, these waffles would be on the menu.

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Instead of using whipped cream on top, Cool Whip would make it even better since it could stand up to the heat of the waffle without melting. I had to take these pictures quickly before I had a puddle of whipped cream dripping down the sides of the waffles.

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The caramelized bananas were sweet enough on their own, so you don’t need to add any maple syrup. A little sprinkling of powdered sugar would be sufficient if you really needed that something extra. I chose to use cinnamon.

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Another tip when it comes to making waffles is that when you remove the waffle from the waffle maker, don’t put it on a plate immediately after. Place it on a cooling rack so that the bottom can cool a little and crisp up. If you place the waffle on a plate straight from the grill, the bottom will get soggy from the heat having no where to escape.

You can also place them in the oven to keep them warm while you’re making another batch.

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As for the caramelizing part, it’s a beautiful sight.

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Yes, just yes. Give me a spoonful of that, please!

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Thank you, Dole® Bananas, for making my day so delectable. They actually have a Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour that’s making its way across the US right now. It’s coming through the LA area from July 31-August 3, but you can find specific dates for other cities here.

Banana Waffles with Caramelized Bananas

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bananas, mashed
  • For the topping:
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Directions

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla, and banana until smooth. Make sure not to over mix.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter into your waffle maker and cook as instructed.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the topping, place the butter, honey, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat while continually whisking.
  4. Once the mixture bubbles, turn the heat down to low-medium and add the sliced bananas. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned. Immediately pour over waffles and serve.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/07/banana-waffles-caramelized-bananas.html

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Goji Berry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Monday, July 14, 2014

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I think the worst part about planning a wedding is waiting for the RSVP’s to come back in. Whenever I receive a wedding invitation, I usually send it back within the first week after receiving it. Well, mine have been out for over three weeks and I only have 50% of them back! The longer it takes, I’m sure the more likely they’ve been forgotten about.

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I’m not one to stress about wedding details, but I think I’ve just become more impatient than anything. I still have to put together the seating arrangements! So far, this whole wedding this has actually been quite laid back. We’re more focused on the bar than anything. The countdown to the bar is only two weeks!

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While my DF is studying, I’m baking. I’m in the kitchen all day trying to figure out what to make with the new ingredients that come in the mail. This time, I was sent some goji berries from Oh Nuts! This was the first time I’ve ever had goji berries and I was a bit caught off guard with the taste.

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You’d think that since they were berries, they’d be sweet like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Nope! They’re actually quite bitter and have a strong aftertaste. They start out okay, but then have such a strong taste afterward that leaves you feeling tricked.

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I threw them into some cookies to see if the the dough and white chocolate chip could help with the goji flavor. No such luck. Baking them in the oven in cookie dough doesn’t change or mute the berry taste at all.

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Let’s just say goji berries are an acquired taste, kind of like pickles and mustard. You have to enjoy eating goji berries alone in order to like these cookies. Otherwise, it’s a lost cause.

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The cookie itself, however, is wonderful. Sub the goji berries with craisins, raisins, nuts, or just about anything else and you’ve got one solid cookie.

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks. The only thing I did differently was sub the cranberries for goji berries. Stick with the cranberries. :)

Goji Berry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars
  2. Add the egg, cream, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Gradually mix in the flours, baking soda, salt, and mix until just combined.
  3. Stir in the goji berries and white chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Roll cookie dough into tablespoon sized balls and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/07/goji-berry-white-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

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