Showing posts with label Breakfast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Breakfast. Show all posts

Breakfast in a Jar - Overnight Oats with Berries

As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but so many people skip it because they say they don't have time. Totally understandable in this day and age (been there done that) but I can not function without breakfast.  Always hungry am I so actually I can't function without lunch, or dinner either for that matter.

Anyway, back to breakfast and I say breakfast in a jar is the way to go and is far better for you than a piece of toast. You could even eat it straight from the jar whilst on the train to work šŸ˜‹ but if you drive to work, this is never going to be a good idea so please don't attempt it!

Breakfast in a Jar

Transform your breakfasts and make them not only wholesome and filling but healthy too.

Rolled Oats - Porridge Oats, what's the difference?
Porridge oats, usually, are not just flattened, but also ground so they are broken up into smaller pieces. The whole oat is still there, but the result is more powdery.  Rolled oats are good  for making a chewier and larger-textured porridge, and take slightly longer to cook. Oh yes, full of knowledge me.

So for this reason I say rolled oats such as Scott's or Quaker work better simply because after soaking they don't end up mushy. But with that said if you prefer mushy then go for porridge oats.  Just for goodness sake don't use Ready Brek or you'll end up with a jar of glue.
  • Fill a 500ml jar to just below half way.  Now add milk until the oats are covered plus a tiny bit more. You can of course use soy milk, almond milk or whatever it is you fancy.
  • Add a squeeze of of runny honey and throw in some berries such as raspberries and blueberries.
  • If you don't like honey, try adding cinnamon to sweeten.  You can also add a dollop of yogurt and a few nuts if nuts are your thing.
  • Put the lid on and pop the jar into the fridge.

Overnight Oats with Berries

If you really don't have time to eat it now you can eat it as soon as you get to work.

Top Tips!
You can make ahead a couple of jars at the same time, so tomorrow and the next days breakfast are sorted. But with that said this really does take two minutes so I'd say do it the night before for the next morning.

Prepare and leave in the jar for at least an hour but overnight for best results.  But actually you can eat rolled oats straight away as you don't have to cook them. In a list of questions and answers Quaker say 'Yes, you can eat rolled oats without cooking them as during the milling process they are cleaned and heat treated'.

If you don't like the idea of cold oats just pop the jar into a microwave (without the lid if it's metal of course) for a minute or so, remember they are already soaked so they just need warming.

You can add frozen berries if that makes life easier for you; whatever works for you, do it.

You can use any jar really as long as it's thoroughly washed and squeaky clean; but I like to be all fancy so I use Kilner or Mason  jars.
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See How Myleene Klass Makes Busy Family Mornings a Breeze

According to a recent 'Stay Strong' survey carried out by Actimel 55% of Mums find that getting themselves and their children ready in the morning can be the most eventful time of the day.
With that in mind, Actimel has teamed up with celebrity and busy working mum Myleene Klass to inspire the nation’s mums to stay strong during the hectic morning rush and to give families a fun boost in the mornings.

Actimel

Myleene has joined forces with the Stay Strong Brothers, a band helping Actimel bring a smile to people’s faces; their ‘Every Morning Mum’ song is a happy and humourous song which sets mum up in the morning to face life’s daily little challenges head on.

As over half of UK mums said getting their children ready in the morning was the biggest struggle, the song cheekily brings to life this reality and will resonate with mums across the nation and give them a much needed boost.
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ProCook Carbon Steel Crepe Pan - Giveaway

Yes I know pancake day was yesterday, but I say pancakes are good any day of the year!  Whether you like your pancakes made thick or thin, served with lemon and a sprinkling of sugar, drenched in maple syrup or smothered in chocolate the one thing you will need to make the perfect pancake is a good pancake or crepe pan.  

Enter my giveaway to be in with a chance of winning this rather nice ProCook Kitchenware 24cm Carbon Steel Crepe Pan (pictured below) which of course can be used to make regular pancakes too.


Follow this Super Simple Pancake Recipe by ProCook Kitchenware - great for an indulgent weekend breakfast.
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The Best Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bar Recipe

My breakfast bars are just the thing to stop craving sweets and chocolate.  Okay they do contain chocolate but really not very much; just enough to do the trick.  Great for kids lunch boxes since you can cut them even smaller in order to make 36 mini bites.  These are also far nicer and cheaper than shop bought bars too since you know what's gone into them and they don't contain nasty sounding ingredients such as emulsifier (eeeeek)!
    
Low in salt compared to shop bought and packed full of good things; oats, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and dates and can be made in next to no time.  That said you do have to chill them in the fridge for about 4 hours which is a bit of a nuisance; but it has to be done in order for them to set. 

Breakfast bars with chocolate

The recipe can be adapted to suit you.  Just as long as you use the same amount (100g) of nuts they can be whatever nuts take your fancy!  Same goes with the dates, if you don't like them just replace them with raisins, chopped goji berries or I dunno, apricots!

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Hansells Yogurt Maker - Review

Having recently been sent the Hansells easy-to-use yoghurt maker to try, here's how I got on.  The Hansells Yoghurt Maker Starter Kit contains mixing tubs and six sachets of yoghurt for £15.00 which personally I think is a great price.


It's really simple to use too - just 3 steps.
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Weetabix Breakfast Smoothie with Berries and Chia Seeds - Lose 9lb in 9 Weeks

For anyone that doesn't know,I am trying to loose 9lb in 9 weeks.  Can I do it?  I say yes I can!  Why 9 weeks; because we going on holiday and I want to look better.
Although we don't eat junk food and do eat more veg than I care to mention.  BUT we do love cheese and eat far too much of it and it has to stop.  Not entirely but we do need to cut down, not just to lose weight but to stay healthy.

Smoothie

Everyone knows that eating a lot of bread is a sure way of piling on the pounds and usually for breakfast I have two slices of toast.  On the days I go to work in my morning break I have another slice of toast.  We get 15 minute break which isn't time to eat properly but I know I could do better, it's just for quickness I think.

At weekends when I'm not working we (me and Paul the husband) have a bacon and egg sandwich and that too has to stop.
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SPAMTASTIC™ Brunch Frittata with Potatoes Spring Onions and Tomatoes

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta.  Easy, filling, delicious and takes next to no time to make.


Did you know it's SPAM® Appreciation Week?
Oh yes indeed - from 2nd to the 8th March 2015 the annual SPAM® Appreciation Week brings together fans new and old to celebrate the world’s most famous meat.  For 2015 it’s time to celebrate just how perfect SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is for a hearty and delicious breakfast.
After all, no other meat can claim to have such an incredible 78 year history and still be as popular to this day around the world.
So what really makes SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham stand out from the meat crowd and have its very own appreciation week?

Here are some facts about SPAM:
More than eight billion cans of SPAM® Products have been opened since its launch back in 1937

They may only be islands, but Hawaii and Guam go crazy for SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  In Aloha State more than 7 million SPAM® products are sold per year and Hawaii even hosts its own annual SPAM JAM® festival in Honolulu.  While in Guam an average of 16 SPAM® products are consumed by every person per year.  

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made from more than 90% prime shoulder pork and ham

In South Korea, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is considered a gourmet delicacy and is often given as a gift.


Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/spam-brunch-frittata-with-potatoes-spring-onions-and-tomatoes




Serves 6-8
340g can SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 2cm cubes
7 large free range eggs
4 tablespoons milk
a few leftover cooked new potatoes - halved
6 baby plum tomatoes - halved
4 spring onions - finely sliced
50g Cheddar cheese - grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
a couple of pinches smoked paprika
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

How to do it:
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the milk and the salt and pepper and mix well using a fork.

Get yourself a nice big frying pan add in the cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  Add the cooked potatoes along with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.  Fry until golden and lightly browned.

Now add the oil into the hot frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.  Keep bringing the cooked egg and SPAM mixture into the centre of the pan and swirling the mixture around until the egg has formed a “pancake” but is still soft on the top.  Make sure the SPAM and potatoes are evenly distributed
Scatter on the tomatoes and spring onions.  Top with the grated cheese and another sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling and the egg is finished cooking.

Cut the frittata into slices and serve hot straight from the pan and enjoy!

You can find out more about SPAM and the different varieties available over at the SPAM website.

Disclaimer:  I was compensated to cover my time creating this recipe.
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Jus Rol Bake it Fresh - Pain au Chocolat Review

I'll be honest (as always of course) I'd never thought about buying Jus Rol 'Bake it Fresh' products before - although I always buy Jus Rol ready made pastry since personally I think it's the best out there.  But having been sent some vouchers to try a few Bake it Fresh products off out I went to get some, and I'm glad I did.
Oh my, it has to be said I am really impressed with the quality of the the end product and how very easy they are to prepare. 


The rather ingenious packaging consists of what looks like a tin but with cardboard sides.  All you do is pull down on a tab and the tin pops open and out comes the ready made dough and appropriate filling - marvelous!
For example the Pain au Chocolat dough is ready made and once out of the tin it just needs unraveling since it's rolled up like a Swiss roll.  The portions are ready marked out and almost cut through so all you do is separate them.  Included in the pack (amazingly since the package is really quite small) are sticks of chocolate.  You place one stick of chocolate at either end of each slice then roll towards each other.  Pop onto a baking sheet seam side down, glaze with beaten egg and bake for 12 minutes at 200c - simples. 

Jus Rol products can be found in all good supermarkets and are located near the butter.  The range includes Cinnamon Swirls, Apple Danish, Pain au Chocolat, Croissants, Focaccia, Crusty Rolls and even Pizza Bases with Tomato Sauce.  To find out more pop over to Jus Rol.

Disclaimer:  I was sent vouchers to buy some Jus Rol products.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 
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Weight Watchers Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge

I was recently asked to join in the Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge organised by Weight Watchers.  For us to take part in their challenge they sent over a whole bunch of goodies!  Everything needed for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including a few more treats too.

Pictured below, left to right - the Weight Watchers Goodies, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  
   Weight Watchers Meals

The challenge was to share our day with video clips starting with breakfast of course.  Oh my I'm not really a one for making videos but since I've now done a few I'm getting much more used to it - Paul however wasn't too keen on being filmed so we only done a few minutes of him!  

 We were both really pleased to see we could still have our Saturday night Indian Curry with poppadoms too!

Weight Watchers Curry

I'm glad I took part in the challenge as I've actually learnt a few things:
The Weight Watchers ProPoints system looks easy to follow - much better than trying to fathom out the back of packaging to see how many calories you're eating and attempting to add them up.  I just don't have the patience for all that and would soon loose interest.  Okay for me to talk, we're lucky in the fact that we've never had to go on a diet but if I ever did then I think I would honestly choose Weight Watchers.

I love the fact that you can still have pretty much the kind of food you're used to eating - or want to eat.  Biscuits and cakes are still allowed you just have to be sensible - unlike Paul who actually managed to eat 5 cakes in one go - I really don't think he could do a diet if he had to, he is a worry!

Liven up Food with my Top Tips!
There's nothing wrong with Weight Watchers Tikka Masala sauce but like any sauce in a jar it doesn't have to be cooked on the hob just because the instructions on the back say so - it works just as well in a slow cooker, in fact I'd say the chicken will have more taste if done that way. 
I say you can liven up any ready made sauce or other foods without adding very much in the way of calories.  Diet or no diet - food should be enjoyed and I personally think if you get into cooking you can dabble about a bit and liven up any diet without going over the top.

Now for the video of our Feel Good Food Day:
See my Top Tips including a couple of side dishes for Indian curry that wont get you piling on the pounds!


For more information on Weight Watchers pop over to their website or follow on Twitter @WW_UK
#WWFeelGoodFood and #TweetWhatYouEat

Many thanks to Weight Watchers for the goodies - we really did enjoy our day.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a hamper of goodies and a supermarket voucher for other ingredients used to make the meals complete.  I was compensated to cover time filming, photographing and writing up this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   
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Yogurt Ideas - Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip

Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip - which would you choose? 
You may have seen my post 'How to Make Yogurt using the Judge Digital Yogurt Maker' which was my first attempt.  I made Summer Berry and Vanilla yogurt but if you missed it just click the link and have a quick read.  I said I'd come up with a few more ideas and since this yogurt maker is so very easy to use, I've not stopped using it since it arrived!


I made yogurt in the usual fashion following the easy to follow instructions that came with it.  As before, I used Jersey milk and Yeo Valley Natural Live Bio Yogurt as the 'yogurt starter'.  
But time I wondered what would happen if I added banana flavoured Nesquik to the prepared milk (once it had reached the cooled down to 40C stage and after mixing in the yogurt starter (live yogurt).  
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How to Make Yogurt using the Judge Digital Yogurt Maker

I'd wanted to make yogurt for ages but had never got round to it apart from using an EasiYo yogurt maker - more on that later.  Having recently been sent this brilliant electric yogurt maker by Judge Cookware I couldn't wait to give it a go.
If you've ever wondered about buying one then I say if you love yogurt this gadget is the very fellow for the job as it really is so easy to use.  This was my very first attempt and it worked out really well - Summer Berry Yogurt with Vanilla.

    
More about making yogurt with the EasiYo - which has to be said it is a great invention.  I really like mine but I have stopped using it as I found it to be too expensive to keep buying the powered sachets you need.  

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Goji Berries

Goji-berries, also known as Chinese Wolfberry, grow on the common matrimony vine, a shrub up to 4m high.  The fruits can be harvested from August to October. The name "goji" is derived from the Chinese term "Ningxia gouqi", which apparently means something along of the lines of "from the region of Ningxia wolfberry". In China, they have been revered as a vitality and energy source for millennia.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Goji Berries
  
Goji Berries are Good for You!
These amazing little berries are rich in high levels of iron including B12, vitamins and carotenoids (pro-vitamin A) B vitamins and other ingredients.  Containing over 20 trace elements and minerals as well as all essential amino acids.  It is especially valued for its "adaptogenic effect" (promoting vitality and resistance to stress).  They can be eaten raw or used in any recipe to enrich your meal.  
Western medicine is only beginning to discover the goji berry.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji berry has been used for a long time.
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