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Anytime Breakfast or Brunch Recipes With a Savory Twist

break and brunch with the family

We put a spin on waffles and grilled the fried chicken. When they are mixed together, it’s a savory breakfast or brunch that beats all others.

Each recipe can be eaten alone or combined to make a fantastic brunch plate. I’ll show you how. We are dividing into two teams: 1) inside cooking and 2) grilling specialists, in order to tackle this menu.

Bacon Waffles

We do the bacon waffles inside. You’ll need:

waffle iron or grill
frying pan or grill
waffle mix
bacon
butter
syrup

Decide how many guests are coming and make these according to serving size.
In frying pan, cook one piece of bacon (to your taste) for every guest
Place cooked piece of bacon on waffle iron or grill
Pour waffle batter over piece of bacon and cook til done
You can serve with butter and syrup as a simple breakfast OR with grilled chicken for a homemade chicken and waffle dish.

Mom’s Grilled Chicken

This juicy mix of sweet and savory chicken is great alone or as a partner to complete the bacon waffle. You’ll need:

BBQ grill
dish to marinate chicken in
chicken breasts
brown sugar
garlic
olive oil
honey
salt
pepper

The marinade for this dish will depend on how many pieces of chicken you are grilling.
Clean chicken, cut off fat
Mix marinade in large glass baking dish: brown sugar, garlic (to taste), olive oil, honey (use to taste but sparingly if serving with waffles and syrup), salt and pepper
Place chicken in dish and make sure saturated with marinade
Allow chicken to marinate for at least one hour
Grill on medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked
This chicken is fantastic when served on top of bacon waffle and then topped with syrup!

Super Fruity Green Salad

Mix all these ingredients in bowl and toss with a raspberry vinaigrette before serving. (Ingredients can be modified to your taste but these go great together!) You’ll need:

romaine lettuce
diced strawberries
candied walnuts
diced avocado
red onion

This is my favorite simple summer salad. It is refreshing and healthy.

Variations:

Fresh fruit salad
Egg salad
Plain waffle
Whole chicken (instead of breast)

5 Anytime Weekend Appetizers for the Family

Quick Burger
Quick Burger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

These favorites are perfect for small and large crowds. Each recipe can be customized to taste, and serving size.

 

The list of favorite appetizers with my family is large, but here are our top five.

 

 

Barney Connie’s BLT Deviled Eggs

These are a crowd favorite at every function. They are simple to make and packed with flavor.

Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portabl...
Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portable Potluck Project on March 23, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 12 eggs
  • 6 pieces butcher bacon
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Relish
  • Lettuce (as garnish)

Fry bacon and break into pieces. Set aside. Boil eggs, peel and slice in half. Scoop out yolk and place into mixing bowl. Place halved eggs on tray garnished with lettuce. In bowl, gently mash up yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, and relish. Use preferred amounts to your desired taste. Mix in crumbled bacon pieces. Spoon egg yolk mixture into individual egg halves and garnish each egg with half of a cherry tomato.

 

 

Nick’s Slider Burger

This is the favorite of my 8-year old. It is a “play” on his favorite cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger. The secret is the special space. My secret is the substitution of mayonnaise and ketchup for Mexican crema and salsa.

  • ¼ pound ground beef
  • 12 slider buns
  • 2 T. Mexican Crema
  • 2 T. Salsa (You can choose texture and spiciness!)

Form twelve, 1 inch burgers and place on barbecue. Barbecue to preferred wellness. Mix together crema and salsa. To build burgers, spread crema and ketchup on buns, add beef patty and serve.

Optional: Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic or other family favorites

The salsa acts as condiments but slice tomato, onion and lettuce to add more veggies

 

 

Teresa’s 3-Ingredient Tomato Salsa

My friend taught me this recipe and we make it all the time. It’s so simple. You can add or subtract tomatoes and jalapenos to change the amount and the spice level.

Bowl of salsa
Bowl of salsa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 10 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • 1 Clove of Garlic

Boil all ingredients for 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel skin off tomato and garlic. Add all to blender and mix. Serve with chips or use as condiment. This is a perfect partner for Nick’s Slider Burger.

 

 

 

Tyler’s Cream Cheese and Crackers

This is as easy as it gets. The recipe is a favorite of my eighteen-year old.

 

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • Jar of jalapeno jelly

Unwrap cream cheese. Pour jalapeno jelly over the top. Serve as spread for variety of crackers.

 

 

 

Tim’s Bean Dip

This recipe is all about flavor and with fresh veggies, it is refreshing and goes great with any BBQ.

 

  • Can of refried beans
  • Package taco seasoning
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • Can of diced green chilies
  • Can of chopped olives

 

6-Step Crisp Cucumber Salad For Summer

Cucumbers
Cucumbers (Photo credit: karenandbrademerson)

Summertime always means fresh fruits and vegetables. The backyard garden is a source of variety, and freshness once a year a lot of families.

 

This Crispy Cucumber Salad makes great use of the garden bounty and mixes together flavor and freshness that is unique and multi-cultural.

 

 

 

Crispy Cucumber Salad

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cucumbers

 

2 large tomatoes

 

1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

 

1 bottle Italian dressing

 

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

 

 

  1. Before preparing the salad, wash the vegetables and allow them to air-dry for 30-minutes. Cleaning fruits and vegetables prior to cooking, or eating; will remove any excess soil and pesticide residue that may have been left behind during the harvest.

 

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin off the cucumber. After the skin in removed, use a knife to cut the cucumber in half, long-way, right down the middle.

 

  1. From there, slice the cucumbers into bite-sized 1/2″ pieces. Finally, add the sliced cucumbers to a mixing bowl, toss in a pinch of salt and pepper and give them a quick stir with a spoon.

 

  1. Next, use a sharp paring knife to remove the skin and stems off two tomatoes and dice them into 1″ chunks. Before tossing them in with the cucumbers, sprinkle a dash of salt over each piece. Salt brings out the flavor in tomatoes and makes them more vibrant.

 

  1. Mix ¼ cup of roughly chopped cilantro in a separate bowl with a half a jar of Italian dressing.

 

6. Pour the dressing over the top of the vegetables and serve immediately.