Quick and Delicious Cornbread Recipe

Good morning! I hope that your Monday is off to a good start. It's starting to really feel like Fall around here - it's chilly! That means it's time to pull out our chili and soup recipes, friends! And what goes better with a hearty bowl of chili in the fall than cornbread?

As yummy as cornbread is, some of the recipes I've seen have a whole lot of sugar hiding in that bread! I was so happy when I found a recipe that tastes good AND is sweetened with honey, not sugar. Thanks Red Apron Girl!

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I love that this cornbread is just sweet enough that it can stand alone, but it compliments any chili or stew recipe so nicely because it isn't too sweet. You know what else I love about this recipe? It's easy and quick. Have you guys noticed that I love easy and quick recipes by now? I'm sure you guys are right there with me!

Alright, enough of me chit-chatting, let's get into the recipe!

The ingredients you'll need are...

The simple steps to make your cornbread are...

  1. Mix all ingredients. 
  2. Put in greased 8x8 pan (or double batch in a 9x13). 
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 22 minutes.
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Yup, that's all it takes! It's so easy and SO good. Stay tuned for my turkey chili recipe - it's been in our recipe line-up for a good three years now, and rightfully so! This cornbread goes great with it, and it's the perfect Football Sunday meal (besides pizza, of course).

Catch ya guys next time!

What's For Dinner Tonight? An Easy, Healthy, & Delicious Meal!

Helllllllo, hump day! It's almost the weekend, people - you can make it! What do you have planned for dinner tonight? Are you feeling stumped for a dinner idea? Wanting to cook something healthy but don't have the energy for a complicated or long recipe? Well, I have the answer for ya in this post!

Healthy dinners don't have to be hard. 

Healthy dinners don't have to be expensive.

Healthy dinners don't have to be time consuming.

Healthy dinners CAN be easy!

This dinner can be prepared in just one pan, which means less clean up - woooo! All you'll need for this dinner is a package of chicken sausage, your favorite tomato sauce, and some veggies. I like Trader Joe's chicken sausage since it comes in a variety of flavors and the ingredient list is minimal, which is always a good thing! I also chose to use: 4-5 garlic cloves, a half of an onion, 1 red bell pepper, asparagus, and mushrooms, but you can use whatever veggies your little heart desires!

I chopped up the ingredients that I just told you about, and then I added about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to my pan with the garlic, onions, and red peppers. I let those hang out in the pan by themselves until the onions started to become translucent and the peppers began to soften. After that, I threw in the sausage (I cut it into slices before putting in the pan) and the asparagus. I let those ingredients cook for a few minutes and then added in my last veggie, mushrooms. 

It's that easy, pals! After that, just put some on a plate, top it with your favorite tomato sauce, and enjoy! I paired it with my usual salad and homemade dressing (find the recipe HERE) and it made for a delicious, healthy, and easy meal. 

Try this recipe out tonight or jot it down for a meal for next week! I promise you won't be disappointed :) 

What's your favorite easy and healthy dinner? I would love to hear your ideas! Let me know in the comments!

Jenna

Healthy AND Delicious Waffles!

Hello, hello and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine included some car shopping for my mom, a housewarming party for a good friend, and some relaxing :) If this is your first time here, thanks for visiting and I hope you'll come back again! You can subscribe so you never miss a blog post - the subscription tool will be on the right side of your screen if you're on your laptop, and on the bottom of your screen if you're own your phone. 

Sometimes on the weekends, or even the weekdays I really crave something other than my usual oatmeal with fruit, yogurt with fruit and granola, or smoothie for breakfast. Growing up, my dad would make my sister and me waffles or pancakes every single Sunday. It was something that Alie and I would look forward to each week, and we had so much fun helping our dad in the kitchen. On Holidays, like Christmas, my dad would even try to make a Santa shaped pancake adorned with red and green sprinkles! So, waffles and pancakes definitely remind me of some great memories. 

I've been looking for a healthier waffle/pancake recipe for awhile now since we would just use the Bisquik mix growing up, which is loaded with sodium! Thanks to Lisa Leake's blog 100 Days of Real Food, I think I've found myself a winner - woohooo!

You'll obviously need a waffle iron for this recipe, so if you don't have one, click HERE to check out one that got good reviews. The other ingredients that you'll need for this recipe are:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk (I used 1%, but you can use whatever you'd like, even thick buttermilk for added creaminess)
  • 1/4 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour (I used Trader Joe's white whole-wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • A splash of vanilla extract 
  • Warmed 100% pure maple syrup for serving (Trader Joes and Target usually have good prices)
  • Fresh fruit for serving (my favorites are blueberries and bananas)

Once you have all of your ingredients, the steps are pretty simple!

  1. Preheat your waffle iron
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda until combined. 
  3. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lump disappear. 
  4. When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter (or cooking spray) and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron. Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3-4 minutes). 
  5. Keep the waffles warm under some foil until you finish cooking them all. Top with pure maple syrup and fruit. 

Voila, you have delicious and healthy waffles to enjoy! You could also make a batch of these on Sundays to freeze and eat throughout the week. They make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast with some almond butter or peanut butter spread on top with a sliced banana!

Did you grow up eating waffles and pancakes on the weekends with family? Or do you have a favorite go-to recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Jenna