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WIAW – Cereal Muffincakes and Second Chances

Instead of complaining to you about the snow that is falling once again outside, let’s jump right into What I Ate Wednesday. Not that I am encouraging emotional eating or anything but food at the moment is our savior.

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Just when you think you can’t further your level on the Food Genius Scale, a lightbulb goes off in your hungry head and you manage to reinvent breakfast.

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I felt like cereal the other morning which never happens for me. Instead of pouring a bowl since I know that cereal would do nothing in the satisfy-the-appetite department, I got a tad creative.

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I took Nature’s Path Flax Plus Bran Cereal (like raisin bran without the raisins mixed in the box) and crushed it a bit in a mug, poured in egg whites for protein and puffiness, added in some raisins and into the microwave it went for about 90 seconds.

You can eat it right out of the mug or pop it out onto a plate.

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Of course I topped it off with some peanut butter and a sprinkle of granola (which I added into the mixture yesterday morning before microwaving).

 

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I think I use yogurt store spoons because they add a perfect additional scoop of peanut butter to my meals.

Quick Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup cereal of choice (you can add more but I found it to be TOO filling when I used the full cereal serving – I was too full when running right after)
  • 2 egg whites (or about 6 tablespoons if using liquid egg whites)
  • any mix-ins you wish – banana, raisins, strawberries, apple, blueberries, nuts, peanut butter etc.

Slightly crush cereal in a mug. Add in egg whites and toppings of choice and mix. Microwave for about one and a half minutes. Top with peanut butter, granola and/or additional fruit.

I do believe these cereal muffincakes would work well with any cereal you choose. And the egg whites? Perfect protein source in the morning. We are talking like 10 grams people. Combine that with the healthy does of carbs, fiber and filling fat from the peanut butter and you have yourself my idea of perfect breakfast.

I am so glad I gave cereal another chance at breakfast because I have missed it’s texture and flavor.

Speaking of second chances, do you ever give a restaurant you didn’t love but think you should learn to love a second chance?

I gave Zinburger a second chance on Sunday. If you recall, I ate there last weekend and wasn’t impressed.

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Sunday however, I ordered the Ahi Tuna salad and loved every bite.

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As well as the onion rings. The barbeque sauce was divine as well. I love BBQ sauce in case you didn’t know.

FACT: I love dessert but only after dinner.

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NEW FACT: If someone orders the chocolate cream pie at Zinburger I will break my daytime dessert rule because it is too good to pass up.

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Adding whipped cream from the pie into your coffee is never wrong.

Dinner lately has been the same old same old so rather than bore you with which vegetables were roasted this week, I was able to gather some photos of quick weeknight meals that occured for the little boy over the past few days. And one salad picture because we need a dose of our five-a-day in this post.

dinner

Whole Grain English Muffin Pizzas, Omelettes with roasted potato wedges and Chickenless tenders with sweet potato tots and natural applesauce.

You kind of want to dine at our house on a random weekday night, don’t you. Admit it.

DESSERT:

Sometimes I fascinate myself with new ways to reinvent the apple peanut butter wheel.

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However, you will have to wait until tomorrow for the full dessert details.

I am such a tease. I know.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the What I Ate Wednesday fun!

I must go now to determine the snow situation outside.

To my friends down south who experienced unheard of snow and weather conditions yesterday, how are you doing? Please let us know!

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What are you having for breakfast today?

Do you eat dessert during the day or save it for at night like me?

Favorite type of pie? I am more of a cake person but I will take chocolate cream pie any day.

 

 

 

 

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  • Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom.com January 29, 2014, 7:27 am

    I’m terrible with second chances when it comes to restaurants. I guess since we don’t go out much I want to know I’m going to get something good!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 29, 2014, 2:11 pm

      Totally agree – I hate messing around when I go out to eat. I want to know my money is going towards something terrific!

  • Natasha January 29, 2014, 8:24 am

    Ya I’ll usually give a restaurant a second chance…sometimes I just order the wrong thing on the menu. I mean there are obvious exceptions, but I usually have an open mind! And btw I’m with ya on the Ahi Tuna – that would have definitely been my choice. It is one of those foods that is so healthy/nutritious and DAMN delicious!

    For breakfast today I had a HUGE bowl of oatmeal with pumpkin, egg whites,a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon, PB, some stevia, and about 4 laughing cow light swiss wedges. I also had an egg afterwards lol. I was so hungry that I woke up b/c my stomach was begging for food…ooops!

    My rule for dessert is it can never be eaten before noon, or before lunch I guess. Otherwise, it is fair game. I usually never have dessert though b/c I fill up on my dinners and have zero room lol.

    If I had to pick a favorite pie it would be Apple Crumble forrr shizzzz. If I had to choose a favorite dessert though it would be a vanilla strawberry cake :)!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 29, 2014, 2:11 pm

      I love a good apple crumb pie too! And oh how I understand waking up with a super hungry stomach – I had a major hungry day yesterday but thankfully today feels a bit more normal.

  • pickyrunner January 29, 2014, 8:35 am

    I only like dessert after dinner too. Most people think it’s so weird! But for a cake or pie like that I think I could make an exception too 😉

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 29, 2014, 2:10 pm

      I like dessert after dinner because I hate walking around during the day super super full.

  • jumpeatrun January 29, 2014, 9:33 am

    Oh how I love an ahi tuna salad!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 29, 2014, 2:09 pm

      It’s so good, isn’t it? I didn’t start really eating it until I went vegetarian. Or shall I say pescatarian? lol

  • Courtney @RunningforCupcakes January 29, 2014, 10:46 am

    That cereal muffincake is a genius idea!! I would’ve never thought of that!

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl January 29, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Those cereal muffincakes are SUCH a clever idea! I have tons of cereal that I need to use up, so these are perfect. I bet they would make for an awesome evening snack :).

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 29, 2014, 2:42 pm

      We always think alike – I thought the EXACT same thing as I ate it for breakfast! lol. It really would make a great night time snack or dessert – with the addition of some chocolate chips and more peanut butter of course.

  • Kaitlin January 29, 2014, 3:49 pm

    I’m really not a pie person. But I could always go for ice cream pie or pudding pie or pumpkin pie 🙂

  • Davida @The Healthy Maven January 29, 2014, 7:13 pm

    This might be the most creative recipe I’ve ever seen! So impressed!!! Like for real…WOW.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 29, 2014, 7:31 pm

      Aw thanks – you just made me day! Let me know if you try it, it’s really good and I wonder why I never thought of it before.

  • Nikki Fahey June 18, 2014, 10:47 pm

    Do you cook the cakes with the cereal? Do you have any other muffin cake recipes? Do you every use soy flour!
    <3 breakfast!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 19, 2014, 8:15 am

      I have to look at the recipe again to confirm but I am pretty sure all I was doing was microwaving the egg whites with crushed cereal. I don’t think I have posted other muffin cake recipes such as this breakfast one aside from the snack type muffins listed in the recipe section in the menu bar at the top of the page. Did you check that out yet? I never use soy flour, in fact, I don’t do much baking of these types of recipes with flour aside from the occasional whole wheat or oat flour. Now, when it comes to true desserts and cookies, white flour and “real” stuff all the way! Everything in moderation, right?