Recipe Review Wednesday

I don’t know about you, but I tend to fall in a rut when it comes to planning dinners.  The same 7 recipes cycle through our menu.  We get bored, opt for take out and then feel horrible about ourselves.  I know I can’t be alone in this?  Anyone else? Bueller? Bueller?

So to help remedy this situation, I plan to cook and review a new recipe every week and I’d like to take you along with me.  Maybe I will save you some time and even some tastebuds lol.

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This week I made Monte Christo Bake.  It’s a recipe I found on Pinterest.  And who doesn’t love a well made Monte Christo.  A fried sandwich with meat, cheese, sweet jam and powdered sugar.  Whats not to love?

Overall I would give this dish a 4/5 stars.  Super yummy and easy, but there are a few changes/additions I would make when I make it again.

All of the ingredients were very easy to come by.  I shopped at Aldi and was able to easily find everything I needed and all for less than $10.

Assembly was quite simple and maybe took me 10ish minutes.  Its hard to say exactly when you have 3 little people underfoot.  But I do remember it was easy and thinking this would be a great recipe to teach to a young child learning to cook.

This is a bread pudding, so the oven did all the hard work.  Way to go oven, high five.

The dish came out of the oven, crispy on top and gooey in the middle.  It was very yummy and would easily feed 4-6 people.  Maybe even 8 when paired with a side (I paired ours with home made homefries).

So if it was so good, what would I change/Add you ask?  The title of the recipe was a bit misleading.  When I think of a Monte Christo, the jam and the powdered sugar are pretty much signature ingredients, but were not included in this recipe.  So it was more like a ham and swiss bake.  So when I make this again, I will likely add a drizzle of raspberry preserves in the casserole and top with some powdered sugar once it is finished.

But overall, super yummy, easy and budget friendly.

Link to the original recipe here.

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments.  Also let me know if there is a recipe you’d like me to review.

 

Happy Eating Friends!!

Breakfast Cookies

So I’m still getting up every few hours with my baby and even my toddler most nights.  This gives me free reign to sleep as much and as often as I possibly can… which is almost never, but that’s besides the point.  Every once in a while I get to sleep in… like till about 7am.  These mornings my boys are usually hungry way before I even open my eyes.  My husband does a lot of amazing things, but cooking isn’t one of them.  So usually on those mornings I wake up to see my boys eating cookies for breakfast.  Now, grace is something I like to give… but cookies for breakfast… I mean… come on.

Now, I love cookies… but there is a special kind of mom guilt that comes from letting my kids eat chocolate chip cookies first thing in the morning. That is, unless the ingredients are the same exact ingredients found in your favorite bowl of oatmeal.  Cause oatmeal is good for breakfast right?

So make these cookies for breakfast, watch your kids light up with joy, and watch your mom guilt fly right out the window.

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BREAKFAST COOKIES

2 mashed ripe bananas

1 cup quick oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup of mix ins of your choice (chocolate chips are the obvious favorite in our house)

Mix together, spoon onto a baking pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.