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Waffles – Family Recovery Meal

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An easy meal for us – a guaranteed delight around here is waffles.  We’ve all been a little under the weather for the last couple weeks.  Not incapacitated, just not thriving.  Blogging about food is just tough when you just don’t have the energy to think about food.  So, we missed a day of recipes yesterday and hope to all be on the mend soon.  Waffles are a great way to recover – they can be dressed down, just plain, not too spicy or complicated or they can be dressed up with honey and peanut butter, maple syrup and apple butter.  And my whole family just loves waffles.  Waffles ought to be simple but I’ve worked to make them crunchy and fluffy enough.  I was quite satisfied with the results this week.  If there’s any leftovers, just take a cookie sheet, line with wax paper and lay them out individually.  Freeze them and pop them in a plastic bag.  When you need a quick breakfast, put them in the toaster.  As convenient as Eggos, just homemade (and possibly healthier :))

Waffles – Printable recipe (Waffles)

Makes about 12 4×4″ waffles.

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 cups milk*

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1/2 cup crispy rice cereal*

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

*I’m sure this recipe is good without the cereal addition. If you choose not to add in the cereal, just reduce your milk to 1 3/4 cups.

 

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Turn a skillet on medium high and put in your stick of butter. Melt and then brown the butter. Set aside to cool.

Mix eggs on medium high until airy, add milk. Mix until frothy.

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Stir in flour, cereal, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix together.

Stir in melted butter until well combined.

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Pour onto a hot waffle iron. Cook approximately 4 minutes or until done.

Top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy.

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Peanut Butter

ImageWe love peanut butter.  When we first got married, we would buy peanut butter in 4lb containers…and eat it in a month!  Slowly, grocery stores stopped stocking them, so we would check for stores on road trips.  I think one time we bought 10 containers of it!

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Fast forward a few years and we still love peanut butter.  But now we have a Vita Mix!  Possibly the most utilized gift our family has received was the gift of time and labor and resources from our parents to create our wonderful kitchen in our new house.  But the second most utilized gift is probably our Vita Mix.  We use it at least 4 times a week.  During the summer, Brad and the kids make smoothies several times a week, we make soup and sauces, refried beans and PEANUT BUTTER!  The concept is simple enough.  Dump in peanuts, turn it on, tamp the peanuts into the blades and voila!  My mom helped with a suggestion of a bit of coconut oil (2 teaspoons) and I drizzle in some honey.  This is spreadable, delicious, natural goodness!  If you don’t have a Vita Mix, just ask us for some…we love making peanut butter and are happy to share 🙂

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1 lb peanuts (50% salted is great.  If they’re unsalted, you should just add some salt to the peanuts – maybe 1/2 teaspoon, otherwise the peanuts don’t grind as smooth)

2 teaspoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons honey

Put everything in, turn Vita Mix on, slowly increase to 8.  Blend and tamp until peanuts start to grind.  It takes about a minute.  Scrape into a jar and top.  What doesn’t get scraped gets turned into a peanut butter smoothie 🙂

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Homemade Staples

 

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