Cake Batter Pancakes, 2 Ways

I’m a big fan of chocolate chip pancakes, but lately I’ve been experimenting with making some other types of pancakes. Today i’m sharing recipes for red velvet pancakes and funfetti  pancakes.

Red Velvet Pancakes – Makes 2 pancakes

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1 box of  Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix + ingredients listed on box

2 tablespoons of butter

2 ounces of cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Recipe – 

  1. Make red velvet cake batter following directions on the box.
  2. Follow these directions to make cream cheese frosting.
  3. Heat large sauté pan and spray with canola oil.
  4. Once pan is hot add two 1/3 cups of batter to pan.
  5. When batter starts to bubble flip over to the other side.
  6. Once pancakes are cooked through remove for pan.
  7. Drizzle cream cheese frosting on top of pancakes.
  8. Enjoy warm!

 

Funfetti Pancakes – Makes 3 Pancakes

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Ingredients – 

1 box of funfetti cake mix + ingredients listed on the box

2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon of milk

1/2 cup of heavy cream

1 tablespoon of rainbow sprinkles

Recipe – 

  1. Make funfetti cake batter according to the directions listed on the box.
  2. Add confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and milk to a small bowl and mix throughly to make a glaze for your pancakes.
  3. Beat heavy cream using a hand mixer to make whipped cream.
  4. Heat large sauté pan and spray with canola oil.
  5. Once pan is hot add three 1/3 cups of batter to pan.
  6. When batter starts to bubble flip over to the other side.
  7. Once pancakes are cooked through remove for pan.
  8. Add glaze, whipped cream and sprinkles on top of pancakes.
  9. Enjoy warm!
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Red Velvet, 3 Ways

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up on wednesday I wanted to share some festive red velvet desserts. These recipes are perfect to make for your significant other or would be a nice touch to your Galantine’s Day party.

 

Red Velvet Mini Cupcake with White Chocolate and Vanilla Frosting – Serving Size: 12 Mini Cupcakes

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Ingredients

1 box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix + ingredients listed on the box

1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips

1 tablespoon of vanilla frosting

Valentine’s day sprinkles

Recipes –

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make red velvet cake batter according to directions on box.
  3. Put a tablespoon of cake batter into each mini cupcake tin cavity.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcakes comes out clean.
  5. Microwave white chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Mix until smooth.
  6. Put a teaspoon of melted white chocolate into center of each cupcake.
  7. Cover melted white chocolate with a teaspoon of vanilla frosting.
  8. Top cupcake with valentine’s day sprinkles.

 

Red Velvet Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting – Serving Size: 6 Cookies

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Ingredients

1 box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix + ingredients listed on the box

2 tablespoons of butter, softened

2 oz of cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

3/4 cup of powdered sugar

Valentine’s day sprinkles

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make red velvet cake batter according to directions on the box.
  3. Put a piece parchment paper or tin foil on baking sheet.
  4. Put a tablespoon of batter onto baking sheet and continuing adding tablespoons of batter onto your baking sheet until you have 6 tablespoons on the sheet.
  5. Bake batter for 15 minutes.
  6. While cookies cool make your cream cheese frosting following these directions.
  7. Spread a tablespoon of cream cheese frosting onto each cookie.
  8. Top with valentine’s day sprinkles.

 

Red Velvet Mini Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting – Serving Size: 8 Mini Donuts

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Ingredients – 

1 box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix + ingredients listed on the box

2 tablespoons of butter, softened

2 oz of cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

3/4 cup of powdered sugar

Valentine’s day sprinkles

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make red velvet cake batter according to directions on the box.
  3. Put a teaspoon of red velvet cake batter into each mini donut cavity. Batter should fill less then half of each cavity.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. While donuts cool make your cream cheese frosting following these directions.
  6. Take donuts out of pan.
  7. Spread a tablespoon of cream cheese frosting onto each donut.
  8. Top each donut with sprinkles.

Mini Pulled Pork & Black Bean Salsa Cornbread Cup

Since I started this blog two years ago with a Super Bowl post I thought it was only fitting to carry on the tradition and share another recipe idea that’s perfect  for today’s big game. This time I’m sharing  a pulled pork & black bean and corn salsa cornbread cup recipe, which combines all the classic Super Bowl flavors into one tasty bites! You can also kick the bite up a notch and add  a dollop of guacamole on top!

Mini Pulled Pork & Black Bean Salsa Cornbread Cup – Serving Size: 12 Cornbread Cups

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Ingredients –

1 box of Cornbread Mix (I used Trader Joe’s Cornbread mix) + ingredients listed on the box

4 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Smoke House Pulled Pork

1/4 cup of corn kernels, I like Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn, thawed

1/4 cup of black beans

2 tablespoons of diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Make cornbread  batter according to directions on the box.
  3. Put  1 teaspoon cornbread batter into 12 mini muffin tin cavities.
  4. Bake cornbread for 13 -15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. While cornbread cups are baking heat pulled pork according to directions on the package.
  6. Make the black bean and corn salsa by  putting the corn kernels,  black beans, diced tomatoes, lime juice and chopped cilantro into a bowl and mixing thoroughly.
  7. Let cornbread cups cool for around 15 minutes.
  8. Once cooled take the cups out of the mini muffin tin and using the handle of a spoon, fork or knife make a small indent into the middle of the cornbread cup.
  9. Fill each indent in the cornbread with the heated pulled pork and black bean and corn salsa.
  10. Enjoy warm!

Strawberry & Nutella Waffle Bite

I’m usually not a big fan of breakfast, but one of my favorite breakfast recipes is this Waffle & Dinges Copycat Throwdown Waffle & Mini bite. Today i’m sharing another waffle bite variation, but this time I used strawberries and Nutella for the filling, enjoy!

Strawberry & Nutella Waffle Bites – Serving Size: 12 Bites

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Ingredients

1 box of frozen Trader Joe’s Belgium Waffles

4 strawberries, cut into bite sized pieces

4 tablespoons of Nutella

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Bake waffles according to package directions.
  3. When waffle is cooled enough that you can touch break off a small piece and put into mini muffin tin cup to get waffle to form cup shape. I didn’t have to bake, but if that doesn’t work for you preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
  4. Cut strawberries into bite sized pieces.
  5. Put tablespoon of Nutella  into waffle cup and top with cut strawberries.

Trader Joe’s Frozen Falafel, 2 Ways

I always like to switch up the Trader Joe’s products I get so recently I picked up the frozen falafel. Today i’m sharing a recipe for a falafel and veggie sandwich and a falafel bite.

Falafel and Veggie Sandwich – Serving Size: 1 Sandwich

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Ingredients –

1 piece of ezekiel bread

1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Misto alla Griglia

2 pieces of Trader Joe’s frozen falafel

2 tablespoons of hummus (I like Trader Joe’s horseradish hummus)

1 tablespoon of crumbled feta, optional

Recipe – 

  1. Cut piece of ezekiel bread in half.
  2. Toast bread in toaster oven or bake in the oven set at 350°F for 8 minutes.
  3. Microwave veggies for 1 minute or until heated through.
  4. Microwave falafel for 1 minute.
  5. Spread hummus on one half of bread.
  6. Top piece of bread with hummus with falafel.
  7. Put heated veggies and feta on the other half of bread.
  8. Put piece of bread with veggies on top of  the piece with falafel.

Falafel Cup with Tomato, Cucumber & Feta – 1 Cup

Falafel Bite

Ingredients

1 piece of Trader Joe’s frozen falafel

1 tablespoon of of hummus (I like Trader Joe’s horseradish hummus)

1/2 tablespoon of roma tomato, chopped

1/2 tablespoon of cucumber, chopped

1/2 tablespoon of crumbled feta cheese

Recipe

  1. Microwave falafel for 1 minute.
  2. Put heated falafel into mini muffin tin cavity to form cup shape.
  3. Chop roma tomato and cucumber into bite sized pieces.
  4. Add humus to falafel cup.
  5. Add chopped tomato, cucumber and feta to falafel cup.

 

Trader Joe’s Turkey Bolognese, 3 Ways

Today i’m sharing three recipes using one of my favorite Trader Joe’s products Trader Joe’s  “Just Sauce” Turkey Bolognese.

  1. Turkey Bolognese Tacos – Serving Size: 2 Tacos

Turkey Bolognese Taco

Ingredients

1/2 cup of “Just Sauce” Turkey Bolognese

1/4 cup of corn kernels, I like Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn

1/4 cup of black beans

2 tablespoons of diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon of chopped red onion

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro

2 tortillas

 Recipe – 

  1. Microwave turkey bolognese according to package directions.
  2. Microwave tortillas for 30 seconds on each side.
  3. Add all salsa ingredients (black beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes, red onion, lime juice and cilantro) to a bowl and mix throughly.
  4. Enjoy salsa cold or at room temperature.
  5. Add turkey bolognese and corn and black bean salsa to warmed tortillas.

2. Turkey Bolognese and Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant – 1 Eggplant 

Turkey Bolognese and Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant

Ingredients

1 full eggplant

1/2 cup of “Just Sauce” Turkey Bolognese

1/4 cup of Ricotta

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven 350°F
  2. Bake eggplant for 45 minutes.
  3. Microwave turkey bolognese according to package directions.
  4. Add turkey bolognese and ricotta to baked eggplant.
  5. Put eggplant back in oven and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm!

3. Turkey Bolognese Zoodles – Serving Size:  2 servings (each serving 1/2 cup)

Turkey Bolognese Zoodles

Ingredients

1/2 cup of “Just Sauce” Turkey Bolognese

1 cup of zucchini noodles

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Parmesan cheese, optional

Recipe

  1. Microwave turkey bolognese according to package directions.
  2. Peel your zucchini using a julienne peeler (I have this peeler) or you can find premade zucchini noodles in most grocery stores.
  3. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan.
  4. Sauté zoodles for 3-5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Add heated bolognese to cooked zucchini noodles.
  6. Serve warm!

 

Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs, 3 Ways

While grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s I  noticed the meatless meatballs and had been curious to try them out.  Below are some easy weekday recipes I developed all using the Trader Joe’s  meatless meatballs. Of course if you prefer turkey or beef meatballs you could use those instead.

  1. Zoodles and Meatballs  – serving size: 2 servings (each serving 1/2 cup)

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Ingredients – 

1 cup of zucchini noodles

1 tablespoon of olive oil

6 meatless meatballs

1/3 cup of tomato sauce (I like to use vodka sauce)

parmesan cheese, optional

Recipe – 

  1. Put tomato sauce and meatballs in a small sauce pan and simmer for 10 minutes
  2. While meatballs are simmering peel your zucchini using a julienne peeler (I have this peeler) or you can find premade zucchini noodles in most grocery stores.
  3. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan.
  4. Sauté zoodles for 3-5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Once zoodles are cooked through add to the saucepan with the meatballs.
  6. Serve warm!

 

2. Meatless Meatball  Mozzarella Sandwich  – Serving Size:  1 Sandwich

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Ingredients  –

1 piece of bread, cut in half (I used Ezekiel Bread)

3 tablespoons of tomato sauce

3 Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs

2 tablespoons of mozzarella, cut into bite sized pieces

Recipe – 

  1. Cut piece of ezekiel bread in half.
  2. Add mozzarella on top of one of the pieces of bread.
  3. Toast ezekiel bread and cheese  in toaster oven or if you don’t have a toaster oven you can bake in the oven at  350°F for 6 -8 minutes or until cheese is bubbling
  4. While your bread is toasting microwave meatballs according to directions on the package.
  5. Add tomato sauce to your meatballs and microwave for another 30 seconds.
  6. Add your meatball and tomato sauce mixture to the other half of toasted ezekiel bread and top with the piece of piece of bread with melted cheese.
  7. Enjoy warm!

3. Meatless Meatball Naan Pizza – Serving Size – 1  Naan Pizza

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Ingredients – 

1 piece of naan (I use Trader Joe’s Tandoori Naan)

3 tablespoons of tomato sauce

3 Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs

1/3 cup of mozzarella, cut into bite sized pieces

 

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to  350°F
  2. Microwave meatballs according to directions on the package.
  3. Spread your tomato sauce onto your piece of naan.
  4. Top naan with remaining ingredients (cooked meatballs and mozzarella cheese).
  5. Bake naan pizza for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.
  6. Enjoy warm!