Easy Brunch: Ham & Cheese Muffins

This week, I am at the beach with my kids in a condo with a full kitchen.  We are having lazy mornings where breakfast happens around 10:30-11am (right before we head down to the beach and eat a late lunch).  I brought some handy Biscuit mix with me because there are many quick and easy things I can make that are kid friendly and portable.  Yes, I am not a big fan of ‘mixes’ but we are on vacation!  I made these ham and cheese muffins for brunch yesterday and will be serving them with a salad for lunch today!  Can you say fast and deeeeeelicious!

Prep time: 10 min.  Total time: 30min   Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups Bisquick mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 TB vegetable oil/melted butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped fully cooked ham

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400°F. Spray bottoms and sides of 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. (Spray will work better than greasing or using paper muffin liners.)
  • Beat eggs slightly in medium bowl with fork. Stir in Bisquick mix, milk and oil just until moistened. Stir in 3/4 cup of the cheese and the ham. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese evenly over tops of muffins.
  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm. Wrap and refrigerate any remaining muffins.

 

   
   


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Nutritious Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins for Families On the Go!

With summer being in full swing, many of us have finally gotten into a routine -again.  Whether it’s summer camps, sitters, family members, activities or staying at home,  many of us feel overwhelmed with the long day ahead and skip breakfast.  During the school year, I always have things my kids can eat with their hands on the way to school (home made waffles & pancakes, home made pop tarts, etc.).  Sadly, we do not have an official breakfast time at our house and with the morning rush to get to school I have to be prepared!  Summertime, is no different.  I have two or three ready-made breakfast options my kids can enjoy each morning.

Meet my friend Mrs. Oats. I am an oatmeal lover.  It’s healthy, loaded with vitamins, fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates that will ensure my kids makes it through the morning with a positive attitude (no sugar peaks from processed breakfast foods).  After testing many recipes, these one bowl oatmeal muffins are a winner!

One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins: Basic Recipe

Oatmeal is one of the constants in the recipe and provides, in my opinion, necessary texture.

Be sure to read the recipe all the way through before getting started. You will note that the oats soak in the milk 1 hour prior to assembling the rest of the ingredients, so take that into consideration before starting out.

Makes 12 medium muffins

  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups of added “toppings” total (chocolate chips, fruit and nuts, shredded carrots & raisins, coconut & PB chips)

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, vinegar and oats in a large bowl and let stand one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a twelve-cup muffin tin and line with cupcake papers.
  3. Crack the egg into the oat and milk mixture; add brown sugar and mix to combine. Stir in melted butter.
  4. Sift remaining ingredients into the bowl: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, & spices. Gently fold into batter, taking care not to over mix.
  5. Sprinkle add-in and flavorings of your choice and combine muffin batter gently.
  6. Use a large ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake until light brown and tops spring back when gently touched, about 10-12 minutes. Note: Muffins will take slightly longer to bake if you are adding fresh fruit such as blueberries or rhubarb.
  7. Remove from oven and cool in tins. To remove, run a sharp knife around the edges and pop muffins out. Enjoy!

 

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Photo Credit: Simple Bites

 

 

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Make Your Own: Instant Oatmeal Packets

Photo credit: Life as MOM

There is something very convenient about grabbing a flavored oatmeal packet in the morning and calling it “breakfast.”  My husband takes two or three to work each morning.  You should know, however, that traditional flavored instant oatmeal packets are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings… a big no-no in my book.  Anyhow, with a husband that takes 2-3 every morning, this convenience can get costly.  Back in March, Life as MOM wrote up a post on her frugal Fridays about how to make your own at home and I decided to give them a try. I’m so glad I did! Since then, I’ve gotten MUCH more creative and made homemade, healthy versions of store-bought flavorings!

Her great tip on using fun snack sized bags has turned a “blah” pouch into a breakfast made for little boys and princesses!

Photo Credit: Life as MOM. TIP: You may want to make an assembly line style layout on your kitchen counter. This makes the process very quick and easy!

 

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Recipe:

(as written in Life as MOM)

What you’ll need for each bag

  • 1/4 cup instant oats
  • 1 tsp instant dry milk powder
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

To serve:

Empty contents of one packet and add 1/2cup of hot water.  Stir and let it sit for 5minutes and ENJOY!

 

You can say that I LOVE the convenience and the options this gives us! Here are some variations of the typical store bought flavors I’ve developed:

Peaches & Cream: oats, 3tsp milk powder, 1 TB dried peaches, 1/2 tsp brown sugar

Banana Nut Muffin: oats, 2tsp milk powder, 1TB dehydrated banana slices (crushed up), 1/8tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1tsp crushed walnuts

Strawberries & Cream: oats, 3tsp milk powder, 1TB dehydrated strawberries (crushed), 1/2tsp brown sugar

Apples & Cinnamon: oats, 1tsp milk powder, 2tsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 2TB dehydrated apples (cut in small pieces)

Cinnamon Raisin: oats, 1tsp milk powder, 2tsp raisins, 1/4tsp cinnamon, 2tsp brown sugar

Blueberry muffin: oats, 2tsp milk powder, 1TB blueberries, 1/2tsp brown sugar, pinch lemon zest

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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