Foolproof Crepes & Fillings | Recipe

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As a cook, crepes have always intimidated me. The flipping and the thin texture seemed like a recipe for a big mess. When I mustered enough courage, I turned to my kitchen guru, Alton Brown for a recipe. He did not let me down. So this recipe I’m sharing is his, however I am also providing my own filling options and cooking tips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter

Method:

  1. Place ingredients in blender as listed.
  2. Blend 7 to 10 seconds – no longer!
  3. Place blender in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to rise and mixture to settle.
  4. Heat a small non stick pan on the stove. I used the #4 on my stove, you want low to medium heat.
  5. When the pan is good and hot, take a stick of butter and rub it on the surface. The butter will bubble and start to brown.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of batter in your pan.
  7. Pick up the pan and rotate it so the batter fills the bottom of the pan evenly.
  8. Place on the heat and cook for 30 seconds to a minute. Eye it,  you can tell it’s ready to flip when the sides pick up off of the pan and the crepe starts to becomes solid.
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  9. Flip with a silicone spatula or if you’re really talented flip it out of the pan!
  10. Cook on the other side until browned and cool on a rack.
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  11. Once you decide what you want for a filling, place a crepe back in the warm pan and put down your ingredients, whether it is cheese, nutella, peanut butter,  yogurt, cream cheese, etc…
  12. Top with fruit or vegetables.
  13. Roll up and serve immediately.

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Check out a few filling ideas from my family:

Tori’s Apple Pie & Ice Cream Crepe:

Cinnamon Apple Crepes

Fill crepe with vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon, fold sides up and top with hot apple filling.

Cinnamon Apple Topping:

  • 1 Apple, sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Method:

  1. Melt butter in a pan.
  2. In a bowl mix apple cinnamon and brown sugar.
    Apple Topping
  3. Add apple mixture to the pan and cook until apples are soft.

Lacie’s Nutella and Strawberry Crepe:

Strawberry Nutella Crepes

Strawberry Nutella Crepe

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Nutella
  1. Fill warmed crepe with nutella and top with strawberries.
  2. Flip sides up and top with strawberry sauce.

Lindsay’s Banana and Almond Crepe

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Banana & Cocoa Almond Crepe

  • Bananas, sliced
  • Cocoa Almond Spread, Trader Joe’s
  1. Fill warmed crepe with almond spread and top with sliced bananas.
  2. Flip sides up and top with chocolate sauce.

Kathy’s Yogurt Crepe

Yogurt Crepe

  • 1/4 Cup yogurt
  • Fruit topping
  1. Fill warmed crepe with your favorite yogurt and top with fruit.
  2. Flip sides up and top with fruit to garnish.

What are your favorite crepe fillings?

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Vegetable Ricotta Quiche | Recipe

Vegetable Ricotta Quiche Recipe

When on my recent vacation I had an amazing vegetable quiche. It inspired me to try baking one of my own. This recipe is suitable for brunch, breakfast, or dinner with a green salad. I like a crisp crust, so I decided to blind bake my crust first. I think you can get away with raw dough. Let me know if you try it that way!

Feel free to change the vegetables with what you have on hand. I think spinach would be a nice addition and some mushrooms. Saute all veggies first. Drain tomatoes if you choose to include them. Continue reading

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Antioxidant & Protein Parfait | Recipe

Antioxidant and Protein Parfait

Kickstart your breakfast with this antioxidant and protein parfait. It’s easy to make and can be put together ahead of time for a breakfast on the go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup pomegranate seeds
  • Special K or cereal of your choice

Method:

  1. Layer pineapple on bottom of your serving dish. Feel free to use blueberries, stawberries, or raspberries for this step.
  2. Spoon in half of the greek yogurt.
  3. Top with pomegranate seeds and then sprinkle enough cereal to cover the seeds. You don’t need much, just a little for crunch.
  4. Add remaining yogurt.
  5. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and some cereal on top.
  6. Enjoy!

Why is this parfait so good for you? One cup of greek yogurt boasts 20 grams of protein and the pomegranates and pineapple are full of antioxidants, vitamin c, and fiber. The cereal adds a healthful crunch to your parfait.

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Apricot Oatmeal | Recipe

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In the cold weather, I love oatmeal. It is so warm and filling. This recipe is for apricot oatmeal. Sweeten things up without using raisins.

  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • Ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 Cup water
  • Honey
  • Walnut, optional

Combine water, oatmeal, salt, and apricots. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes. Top with a bit of honey, a shake of ginger and a handful of walnuts.

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5 Low Calorie Drinks for the Holidays

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One of the biggest rules with healthy eating is… don’t drink your calories.  However, with the holidays in full swing you might be temped to indulge and do some serious damage. Here are 5 low calorie drinks for the holidays.

  1. Sparkling Cranberry Water – Pour a glass of seltzer water and add a dash or two of low sugar cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh cranberries or lime wedges.
  2. Spiced Coffee – I love pumpkin spice lattes, but they can be calorie bombs. Add a few good shakes of pumpkin spice seasoning (or any of the following cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, all spice) to a mug of steamy coffee. Add nonfat milk and lightly sweeten.
  3. Lady Grey Tea – My favorite tea drink for chilly nights. Tea can be a great center piece for a get together or a warm treat at the end of a long day.
  4. Apple Spiced Tea – Brew a cup of black tea, add a splash or two of apple cider and a cinnamon stick.
  5. Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa – Heat low fat milk on the stove and add dark chocolate cocoa powder, stevia or your favorite sweetener, and a handful of chocolate chips. Warm until chocolate melts but be careful not to scorch the cocoa. Add some peppermint extract if desired.

Drinks to stay away from or be diligent with eggnog, sugary sweet cocktails, punch, extra dollops of whipped cream, and lattes. You don’t have to over indulge to enjoy the holidays.

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