Simple Breakfast #Recipe: Pampered Chef Brownie Pan Omelettes

I’m soo excited to finally use my brownie pan from Pampered Chef.  After seeing so many delicious recipes on Pinterest and Pampered Chef parties, I had to try it this morning.

Mini Omettes

You can make this recipe ahead to use as a quick breakfast on the go during the week. Use whatever veggies you have on hand or crumble sausage in place of the veggies.

This recipe makes 6 mini omelettes.

Heat oven to 350F.

What you’ll need:
1 Pampered Chef Brownie Pan
Spray oil
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
Diced veggies – mushrooms, spinach, etc
Shredded cheese
Herbs (I used my own garden mix and dill)
Salt and pepper,  as needed

Prepare:

  1. Spray each square cup with spray oil

Pampered-Chef-Brownie-Pan2. Crack 6 eggs (or 1 per square cup) in a mixing bowl
3. Add 1/2 cup almond milk (milk or substitute)
4. Whisk, and set aside
5. Chop and dice veggies
6. Sprinkle veggies in each square cup
7. Pour egg mixture into each square cup.

Veggies and Egg Mixture - Mini Omelettes

8. Sprinkle cheese and herbs atop egg mixture.

Cheese on Mini Omelettes

9. Bake at 350F for approximately 20 minutes or until eggs are light and fluffy.

oven-350-degrees

Remove from oven.

Using a small non-stick spatula, remove from brownie pan and serve. If baking ahead, allow to cool then place in microwave safe containers like the Pampered Chef Leak Proof containers.

This was my first attempt and they turned out fluffy and delicious!

fluffy mini omelettes

I cannot wait to try the mini lasagnas using cheese ravioli this week too!

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Can Ohio Save Lake Erie?

Lake Erie with too much phosphorus and nitrogen.
Lake Erie with too much phosphorus and nitrogen.

Have you been to this Great Lake, lately?

It’s in dire need of a cleanup. From “toxic” green algae blooms to high levels of phosphorus from farm manure. Do you really know what’s in your water supply?

Water pollution is one of the top 30 environmental issues America is facing, so what is the solution for Lake Erie?

According to The Detroit News, “Ohio lawmakers approved new rules for farmers and water treatment plant operators to … reduce the spread of algae blooms in Lake Erie.” However, much more is needed to combat the spread of toxins and pollutants into our most precious  natural resource.

How do you think lawmakers should approach the cleanup of the 12th largest lake in the world?

Look for more posts about water pollution.

 

 

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DIY Canning 101: How to Select Tomatoes for Canning

garden-tomatoes
Fresh garden-picked tomatoes.

It’s July and canning season for tomatoes will be upon us in 4-6 weeks. Now is the perfect time to prepare yourself to can summer’s harvest of tomatoes.

Before you sanitize your first jar, you’ll need to take into account the following:

1. Where you purchase the tomatoes. You can find the best tomatoes in several places, such as:

  • Your Own Garden
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Roadside Stands
Local farm markets like this one in Alvada, Ohio are a great resource for fresh produce.

2. Price. It’s not worth it to can if you’re paying exorbitant prices. The least to the most expensive options are:

  • Your own garden – is always a good choice and the least expensive option.  You control the insecticides used so you know exactly what you’re eating.
  • Farmer’s Markets – patronize local farm markets use a limited amount of pesticides (hopefully, but always ask).  If you start checking every week in early  August, then you’ll know when canner tomatoes are available. They’re not as pretty as the tomatoes from the  beginning of the season, but they’re considerably cheaper and still taste wonderful.

If you want to save even more money, there is the option of purchasing “seconds.” These are the flawed tomatoes that aren’t as in good shape as the regular canning tomatoes. You’ll need to cut off some spots, but they are oftentimes much cheaper.

Remember to have a good rapport with the employees of these places. Sometimes it’s possible they will call you when the canner tomatoes are ready, or they can hold back regular or second canning tomatoes just for you.

  • Roadside stands – I would advise against this because these places sell  mostly tomatoes that look pretty but are higher priced.
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Tomatoes ready to be cooked and canned.

3. When are you planning to can the tomatoes? It’s best to can them within 24-48 hours to maximize your investment by making sure you are able to use the tomatoes before they spoil.

Next is how to can tomatoes for the beginner canner.

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