5 Things to “Waffle”—Besides Waffles

Happy Waffle Iron Day! You ARE celebrating, right? If you’re old-school like me, you’ve probably only ever made waffles in your waffle iron, but oh, OH there is so much more you can waffle!

Have you hopped on this trend yet? There are even whole cookbooks and websites devoted to answering the question of the day: Will It Waffle? Cooking say, brownies or grilled cheese in your waffle iron is a good idea for a number of reasons. First, it takes something familiar, maybe something you even make all the time, and gives it a new spin. Second, figuring out what “waffles” (yes, it’s a verb) can be a fun summer activity to get the kids involved with. Give them a box mix of brownies and let them develop their skills of measuring and mixing and of course, seeing if it will waffle! Here are 5 recipes to get you started.

First time moving beyond waffles in your waffle iron? Start off with these easy transitions.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – this one takes no more effort than buying one of those tubes of ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls an plopping a few of them onto a heated waffle iron. Don’t forget the icing! Cinnamon-y, gooey deliciousness!

via Little Bit Funky

Waffle Brownie Sundaes – this recipe from The Food Network only takes 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand. But no shame if you just pick up a box mix too.

via Food Network

Hash Brown Waffles – I do love crispy warm hash browns on a weekend breakfast, but I don’t love standing over a hot pan of oil trying to flip the sucker. Hash brown waffles to the rescue! You can make this easy breakfast side with fresh grated Russet potatoes or by even smashing any frozen tater tot type thing into your grill. Done and done.

via Sheri Silver

Grilled Cheese – there’s not a wrong way to enjoy a grilled cheese, but making one in the waffle maker will certainly put a fun spin on this classic. You can keep it simple like the recipe below or get all fancy by adding in extras like strawberry jam or tomatoes.

via Fifteen Spatulas

Ready for something more advanced? How about, oh I don’t know, Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops and Mango Cilantro Dip? Shut the front door. This recipe takes your waffling game to a whole. new. level. And you can be pretty positive that no one else will show up with this same appetizer.

via Snappy Gourmet

Happy waffling!

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Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata

Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata

Photo by Ben Dearly

Yum! This Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata  is on our favorites list. We are finally almost settled into our new apartment after our move last month. As someone who likes to organize and put everything in its place, it has been a challenge to live out of boxes with two kids. My older daughter has has been asking to have her friends over so that they can see her new room, which was the perfect motivator this past month as we chipped away at the boxes and created a new space for our family. To celebrate we had some friends over last weekend for a playdate/brunch. I always associate eggs with brunch, but I wanted to mix up the omelet or scramble concept and make a frittata.

Since this was my very first frittata, I decided to locate a recipe on FoodandWine.com and instantly loved the combination of broccoli rabe and ricotta cheese as well as how easy it sounded. Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate broccoli rabe at my local grocery store, so I decided to use kale instead as well as some leeks that was a hit! My guests also loved the frittata, and I was really excited to try this again – maybe  next time with spinach, broccoli, or squash. Enjoy and happy brunching!

Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata – Recipe from FoodandWine.com

Ingredients:
3/4 pound broccoli rabe, tough stems removed – (I used kale)

9 eggs
3/4 cup ricotta (about 1/3 pound)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Directions:
Heat the oven to 325°. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli rabe until almost tender, about 3 minutes. Drain. Rinse the broccoli rabe with cold water and drain thoroughly. Cut the broccoli rabe into 2-inch lengths and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and the pepper.
In a medium cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the blanched broccoli rabe and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Evenly distribute the broccoli rabe in the pan and then add the egg mixture. Cook the frittata, without stirring, until the edges start to set, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top and bake until firm, about 25 minutes.

What are you cooking this week? For more breakfast inspiration check out these three easy ideas. 

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Strawberries for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert

Strawberry season has arrived. Those big, plump, juicy red delights are sweeter (and cheaper!) than ever.

My kids eat strawberries all day, everyday, and I love incorporating them into my daily smoothies and salads… and in cocktail and champagne glasses! We’re taking the littles strawberry picking this coming weekend, and I know we’re going to bring home a bounty of berries for ourselves, for family, and for friends–plus extra for cooking, making, and baking!

I’m sharing a few favorite ways to use strawberries for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert… I can’t wait to make a few of these with the fruits of our freshly picked labor. That is, if we don’t eat them all first!

Top left to bottom right: Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts via Saving Dessert / 2. Keep You Full Strawberry Smoothie via Womanista / 3. Strawberry Banana Muffins via Melanie Makes / 4. Strawberry Pancake Skewers via BuzzFeed

Top left to bottom right: 1. Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad via Yellow Bliss Road / 2. Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese via The Foodie Affair / 3. Avocado and Strawberry Wrap via Food Folks and Fun / 4. Strawberry and Mango Lettuce Tacos via Veggies Save the Day

Top Left to Bottom Right: 1. Barbecued Strawberry Chicken via Taste of Home / 2. Cilantro Lime Chicken With Strawberry Salsa via Closet Cooking / 3. Strawberry and Arugula Pizza via A Mindful Mom / 4. Pan Roasted Pork Chops in Balsamic Strawberry Sauce via Our Life Tastes Good

1. Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream via a Latte Food / 2. Strawberry Slab Pie via Miss in the Kitchen / 3. Strawberry Shortcake via Self-Proclaimed Foodie / 4. Strawberry Cobbler via Add a Pinch

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Outrageous Doughnut Recipes

DONUT even try to tell me that you’re not obsessed with doughnuts! Deep-fried and loaded with frosting and sprinkles, they’re the perfect breakfast eat, dessert treat, or anytime sweet!… And they’re definitely having a trendy moment in food right now. (Move over pretty pastel macarons and kitschy-cute cupcakes. Make room for the almighty doughnut/donut!)

To celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 2nd, we’ve rounded up a few totally out-of-this-world doughnut recipes! Because, you could get a regular one for free? Or you could make it look like a Pokemon! Stock up on those rainbow sprinkles… you’re gonna need ’em.

Hello Kitty Donut Milkshake via Bento Monsters

Donut Cones via Wilton

Mini Donut Cake Pops via Spring Lane

Cookie Monster Donut via Miss Blueberry Muffin

Watermelon Donut via Paper & Stitch

Rainbow Donut via Paper & Stitch

Disney Donuts via Huffington Post

Marble Donuts via Sprinkles for Breakfast

Giant Donut Cake via the Cake Blog

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Pizza Party Day

It’s National Pizza Party Day! But then again, isn’t every Friday?

We have an awesome TGIF routine in our home, and it’s the best way to kick off a weekend, in my opinion. We pop some corn, put on our pajamas, order a pizza, and set up a picnic in the living room for a family movie night.

Best part: it requires minimal effort and includes maximum snuggle time. Want to host your own National Pizza Party Day tonight? Here are four fun and simple ideas.

Make Your Own Pizza: Build your own pie (but you can cheat and get pre-made dough!) with all the fixings: sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice!

Treat Yourself to a Fun Goodies: A fun pillow, some silly socks, a pizza purse! Celebrate National Pizza Day without the calories with these kitschy-cute finds.

Order in and Relax: This is my preferred means of pizza-party celebrating! Order a pie and enjoy it picnic-style! Paper plates are even better… No mess, no fuss, no dirty dishes. (Did I mention yesterday was National No Dirty Dishes Day?!)

Make a Giant Pizza Cookie: It’s not a party without dessert! Make a big giant cookie pie, like this one by Sally’s Baking Addiction, and enjoy. There’s no sweeter way to kick off the weekend.

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Best Salad Recipes and Tools

Did you catch our Facebook Live today? We had our own mini Salad Celebration (a Saladbration if you will!) at the office. We couldn’t let National Salad Month pass us by without sharing a sneak peek at our lunch menu, now could we?

Yes, on any given day, you will find most of the MT ladies munching, crunching, and lunching on salads. (It’s quite a noisy scene in our little office come noon-o’-clock.) We’re like a bunch of rabbits let loose in a garden. Hehe!

Nevertheless, based on the awesome response and interaction we had during our FB Live today, we’re guessing you guys love your salads too! Whether it’s meant as a meal, an appetizer, or a side dish, a salad can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. It’s a vehicle for flavor and protein and all sorts of deliciously colorful and healthy delights!… Just thinking about it makes me want to start dicing and chopping and chewing!

We’ve rounded up a few of our fave veggie-filled creations and some awesome gadgets to take your salad game up a notch. Happy Saladbration!

Asparagus Caprese Salad via Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Southwest Cous Cous Salad via Savory Tooth

Kale Salad via The Garlic Diaries

Chicken Fajita Salad via The Londoner

Mediterranean Chopped Salad via Family Food on the Table

Cucumber Watermelon and Basil Salad via Foodie Crush

Mexican Street Corn Salad via As Easy as Apple Pie

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad via Foodie Crush

BLT Salad via It All Started With Paint

  1. Sur la Table All-in-One Salad Station, $50 / 2. OXO Grape Tomato Cutter, $10 / Trudeau Toss & Clip Salad Shears, $25 / 4. Microplane Salad and Herb Mezzaluna, $14 / 5. OXO Salad Dressing Shaker, $15 / 6. AquaChill Bowl and Servers, $20

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Cinco de Mayo Mango Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo Mango Margaritas – just go ahead and try to say that five times fast! Actually, skip that and let’s get to the mixing, the making, and the margarita-ing (yes, it’s a verb). If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday, you don’t have to worry. The weekend is here! And there’s a good chance you have everything you need on hand to whip up a batch of these tasty mango margaritas.🍹

I haven’t yet found a margarita I didn’t want to get to know better, but this mango version boasts all kind goodness. I know it’s a margarita we’re talking about here, but mangoes do a body good. Mangoes are naturally sweet so you can usually avoid adding sugar to your margarita and one cup of the little yellow guys has over 20 different vitamins and minerals, including 100% of your daily Vitamin C.

The mango margarita recipe is ridiculously simple to make, but you can spruce up your serving of it by choosing from two different glass rim options.

  • Option 1: Sweet & Citrus – Mix together lime zest and sugar (let the lime zest dry for a few minutes before adding the sugar).
  • Option 2: Salty & Spicy – Mix together chili powder and sea salt.

Ingredients (makes two)

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup of OJ, triple sec, or orange-flavored liquor
  • 1 squeeze of lime juice

Directions

  1. Rim glass with desired flavors.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  3. Enjoy with your favorite chips and salsa!

Find even more of our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes here!

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Fiesta-Worthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

If there’s one type of cuisine I can get behind, it’s Mexican. If it was up to me, I’d eat it every night of the week. Lucky for me, my husband and I are on the same palatable page. Too bad my kids have yet to discover the joy of Mexican food. But I say, the spicier, the better… paired with a margarita por favor. Cinco de Mayo might just be my favorite spring “holiday.” It’s a bonafide excuse to indulge in cheesy, crunchy, flavorful fiesta-ready food… and to sip tequila. I mean, what’s no to like?!

To celebrate the ultimate Mexican Friday feast, we’ve rounded up a few favorite recipes, perfect for a festive gathering on the Cinco, Seis, Siete, or even Ocho of Mayo. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Mexican Casserole via Well Plated

Mexican Cornbread Casserole via Kid Friendly Things to Do

Chicken Fajitas on a Stick via Dinner at The Zoo

Mexican Pasta Salad via Home. Made. Interest.

Loaded Mexican Fries via Chef Savvy

Mexican Pasta Salad via Home. Made. Interest.

Pineapple Salsa via Always Order Dessert

Mexican Street Corn via Baking Beauty

7-Layer Taco Salad via The Life Jolie

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Easter Brunch Recipes

Easter is a diet-free day in our home. You can just check your calorie-counting ways at the door if you plan on coming to my house on this special spring Sunday. Wear your comfy pants and bring your appetite, there’s going to be some serious feasting and foodie-ing.

Between the obligatory basket-candy tasting, the crushed decorated hard-boiled eggs that need to be eaten, and the giant ham that boils in beer for hours on the stove, you better believe that there will be ample eats for everyone. Of course, if I had to pick just one standout meal on Easter (and why would I?!), it would be brunch. The big annual morning egg hunt leaves everybody feeling hungry and energized, and a big meal (complete with eggs, of course!) is just what the Bunny ordered.

We’ve rounded up a few favorite breakfasty brunch recipes for your Easter planning pleasure. May your hearts and plates be full.

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks via Julie Blanner

Carrot Cake Waffles via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Bunny Fruit Platter via Worth Pinning

Italian Eater Bread via Bake With Christina

Cheesy Bacon Spinach Frittata via Joyful Healthy Eats

Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole via Baker Bettie

Easter Bunny Shaped Rolls via Plated Cravings

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Family-Friendly Food Pranks for April Fool’s Day

Whilst researching for this April Fool’s food post, I alternated between laughing out loud and gagging internally. Yeah, you can find some really nasty jokes to play on your loved ones on the Inter-webs… But, lucky for you, we like to keep it pretty (and classy!) here at Momtrends, so we’ll share only the funny and cute tricks to fool your kids with on April 1, and avoid the nausea-inducing options (like, um, edible cat litter with chocolate poop). Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there. But marshmallow treats that look like meatloaf and mashed potatoes that resemble sundaes? Those are tasty tricks we can get behind. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly food pranks!

Meatloaf Rice Krispies via The Stay at Home Chef

Pulled Pork “Cinnamon Rolls” via Food Pusher

Mashed Potato “Sundaes” via Bake at 350

Pizza Cake via Betty Crocker

Breakfast Dessert Tacos via Fork and Beans

“Not-Really Chicken” Pot-Pie Vanilla Pudding via Food.com

Asparagus Cake via Sweetapolita

Veggie-Filled Chocolate Bunny The Decorated Cookie

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