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Category: Breakfast

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Winter means citrus to me.  In Arizona January is quite mild and often we are still enjoying sunny days, that are a little crisp, but really we are blessed.  Today’s recipe is including some citrus and is a spin on a breakfast favorite.   Our daughter loves pancakes, it is one of her favorite breakfast items, and who can blame her.  On her third birthday the theme of her party was “Pancakes and PJs” we borrowed the idea from one of my best friends, and it was a hit!   These lemon ricotta pancakes are quite good, they have that lemon note I wanted and are a great texture.  We topped them with blackberry compote, but they taste just as good with butter and maple syrup.  This compote is made with frozen berries, but you can use whatever berries you like that are in season.  A compote is just when fruit is cooked down with a liquid, and some flavorings typically.  It is a nice addition to pancakes, waffles, desserts and even a fluffy biscuit.  You don’t usually have to use a thickener when…

Arroz con Leche

I have been really into family recipes this month.  I think this time of year has me feeling very in touch with my culture and the traditions our family has made.  Having a little one also has me very excited to share them and create some of our own.  We already made so many lovely dishes as a nod to our family’s traditions, I can’t wait to share even more next year.  This recipe today is my version of another family favorite.  My Nana used to make rice pudding, or “arroz con leche” but honestly as a kid it was one dish I decided I didn’t “like” but really I never tried it.  So as an adult I made my own and decided, yep, this is delicious.  My nana has her own recipe, and I need to get a copy of that, but today this is my take on it.  I have made it free of lactose, which in our house is helpful.  However, the milks can be substituted with whatever milk you are into.  Last week I used regular…

Pumpkin Scones

It is still November, so I am still on the pumpkin train.  I hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving this coming week!!  We just pulled our turkey out of the freezer to start thawing, so it is ready to go on Thursday.  Lots of savory cooking will happen in our house this week.  But we also enjoy the sweets that come with the holidays. These pumpkin scones have been on our morning menu for a couple weeks!   Scones remind me of when my husband and I first got married.  We would go on morning walks to a local bagel and coffee shop to have breakfast, but then before walking back home we would get these mini scones to share.  It is such a fond memory.  I am so thankful for my little family and my husband has always been my best friend, you know, the kind you are willing to share your yummy scones with 😉  I hope this week brings you all joy and I hope you like this recipe.  Happy Thanksgiving friends! Print Pumpkin Scones Ingredients 2 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour + 2 tablespoons, plus another…

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Back with a recipe today!  This week has been a busy one.  I had a slight head cold and work was just packed.  Some great things happened though.  At work specifically there were so many wonderful conversations with clients about being more flexible with food and seeing people feel more empowered is amazing.  This was also week two of my seminars on intuitive eating with Evelyn Tribole.  This weeks’ session came with a helpful exercise I wanted to share with you all.  Plus, I’ve got a very tasty snack or breakfast treat that is perfect for a cozy fall day. The idea of listening to our bodies seems difficult and maybe a tad hippie-hippie.  But turning inward is very possible, and really helps you let go of any previous rules and/or just negative thoughts about food and/or your body.  You don’t need anyone telling you what or how much to eat or exercise, you can just list to what feels good.  It does take practice, and it takes being able to listen. So the exercise: asking ourselves to tune in and feel…

Pumpkin Muffins

Do you ever just want to cook or eat something made with real flour and plain sugar?  On my journey to heal my relationship with food, I have been more aware of my true cravings and really noticed I have no intolerances to foods, none.  So I made “normal muffins” today.  I used ingredients I had in my home, I didn’t feel like experimenting ways to make them “modified” this time, I just wanted a simple muffin recipe using regular flour and regular sugar.  And we thought they came out quite good.  The recipes also includes a strudel topping that is optional, I’ve made these muffins with and without, and both are lovely.  The topping just makes them a little more festive and adds a texture element.  When I first started this blog, I felt an immense amount of pressure (put on by myself, mind you) to make foods that were trendy in the “wellness” world, I felt really boxed in.  I was in a different head space then, and just didn’t know what I know now.  The beauty…