The Home Depot Man Breakfast

For me breakfast is my favorite and most important meal of the day, to the extent that when Will’s not home leaving me flying solo for dinner I generally turn to a bowl of cereal as my meal of choice.  Give me a box of Cap’n Crunch, and I will be a happy camper.  Seriously, my college roommate Melanie and I used to take a box of cereal to our night class to set between our desks as a snack for the 3 hour long class. At soccer nationals I used to keep a box of Cinnamon Sugar Chex in my soccer bag to keep me going.  Actually, the first picture of Will and I dating…. There’s a box of Chex behind my head.

All this to say that I adore breakfast! Will not so much.  UNLESS it’s my pancakes or “The Home Depot Man Breakfast.”

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The Home Depot Man Breakfast is what we are going to talk about today.  It’s just a skillet breakfast that has been affectionately renamed because Will asks for it before literally every long, busy Saturday shift.  This breakfast is savory, delicious, sticks to your ribs for a while, and is extremely versatile.

I made it with some homemade bread for toast and homemade strawberry jam for WIll for "Pawther's Day" on Sunday.  And yes, that is Izzy Pup's paw print on the card.

You can make it in 15 minutes easily. You can make it even quicker than that if you happen to have a bunch of chapped veggies in the fridge already.  OR if you want to take your time then it can easily take you half hour or more if you just want to chat and sip your coffee while making brunch and enjoying the smell of bacon/sausage filling your kitchen… Who doesn’t want to enjoy that!

If you are in a pinch, but still want a protein & veggie loaded breakfast you can cut some corner by microwaving the chopped potatoes for a few minutes and then while the potatoes and veggies are sautéing microwave the sausage/bacon then crumble it and add it to the mix.

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Like I said very versatile dish that can be made to your tastes.  I like it best with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, sausage, cilantro, and some cumin (that’s the secret ingredient in that combo).  But my hard working Home Depot man prefers regular potatoes, onions, peppers, jalapenos, hot sauce and cheese.  Most of the time what we have on hand allows us to compromise and have normal potatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, jalapenos, and sometimes cilantro. We use either bacon or sausage, whichever I bought at the store that week.

Give this a try this weekend… or tonight for dinner!

The Home Depot Man Breakfast

this versatile skillet breakfast is sure to please everyone and hold you over for quite a while.

Ingredients
  • 1-2 small red potatoes or you can use ½ a large sweet potato or a small normal potato
  • ½ a small-medium onion
  • ⅓ of a large Bell pepper
  • 4 mushrooms
  • ¼ jalapeno (optional)
  • 3 sausage links/patties or pieces of bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • shredded cheese
  • cilantro (optional topping)
  • Hot Sauce (optional topping)
Instructions
  1. While the bacon/sausage cooks in the skillet dice all of the vegetables. (If you are in a hurry see my paragraph above about how to do this more quickly)
  2. Remove the meat from the skillet and dump out any excess grease save some for frying the potatoes and sauteing the veggies. (you won’t have much if you go the sausage route). Once the meat is cool enough, tear or cut it into bite sized pieces.
  3. If you didn’t choose to microwave your potatoes first then you will need to add them into the skillet with the leftover grease. If you used sausage you might actually need to add some oil. let the potatoes cook for a few till they begin to turn a little golden and then add the rest of your veggies. If you are using cumin or black pepper or any spice add it now.
  4. Once your vegetables have reached your desired tenderness, add in your meat pieces, push it all to one side of the skillet, beat your eggs and add them to the empty side of the skillet. (see a photo of this below)
  5. When the eggs are about half way cooked begin mixing everything together.
  6. When the eggs are cooked through top with chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, and hot sauce.
  7. serve, devour, and have a great day!

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National Doughnut Day: Mini S’Mores Doughnuts

Happy Hour Friday/Happy National Doughnut Day everyone!

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When I discovered (thanks to facebook) that it was national doughnut day I just had to tell Will.  He happens to LOVE doughnuts.  Sometimes I think that He is about to go into depression about the fact that he can’t eat as many Krispy Kreme’s in one setting without getting nauseous as he used to be able to. But I know he was happy when he saw this spread in the break room at work today:

How do they expect you to focus with those sitting there? Sorry for the bad quality picture.  I figured cropped and a little blurry was better than including the rest of the break room.

I thought it was just him, but to my surprise both my father and my sister texted me telling me to go eat a doughnut today!  Now for most people, that’s easy. Walk to the gas station down the block or stop by your local Krispy Kreme while the free doughnut light is on (did you know there’s an app for that?!) For me however, not so much.  Dang Gluten.

Will's manly sized doughnut with contraband graham cracker bits.

For me to be able to celebrate, I had to do some homemade doughnut making. Which I don’t mind at all!  And thanks to my awesome mother-in-law I have a regular and a mini doughnut pan! I love using them when I have extra batter from things.  Like when I have too much muffin batter.

yeah.... those were amazing little muffin bites.

Or when we have chili, I make “corn holes.”  It’s cornbread, but dunkable!

Dunkable Cornbread for our Spicy Chili!

I was unaware that it was National Doughnut day till I was already at work – blogger fail.  I feel like bloggers are supposed to know about these weird “holidays” so that we can have the perfect post ready ahead of time.  Not me!  So I am making doughnuts for dessert tonight!  These babies are fresh out of the oven and this recipe is hot off the presses!

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I decided that I wanted to make s’mores doughnuts because it is s’mores time of year.  I mean the evening weather is that perfect temperature where it’s not too hot for a fire and not too cold to sleep outside, which means I want to go camping, which means I want s’mores…..

….to be honest, I don’t care what time of year it is.  I will ALWAYS eat a s’more.  BUT same dang gluten issue.  I don’t always have Gluten Free Graham Crackers so I opted to make a sort of warm-cinnamon flavored doughnut as the base to make up for the lack of graham crackers.  I used a recipe I have tried before from Pinch of Yum as my go by.

Mini S’Mores Doughnuts

 These are easy, but fancy. They satisfy your every desire for the campfire classic. They aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. The ratio of marshmallow to chocolate to doughnut is pretty good too!

Ingredients

Doughnuts
  • 1⅓ cup Flour (I used ⅔ cup oat flour, ⅓ cup white rice flour, ⅙ cup brown rice flour, ⅙ cup tapioca startch + 1 tsp guar gum)
  • ¾ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger
  • ¼ cup Sugar (I think brown sugar would work even better)
  • 1 Egg
  • ⅓ cup Applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 1 taspoon Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons melted Butter
Chocolate Ganache
  • 4 oz (2/3 cup) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Syrup
Other Toppings:
  • Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Toasted Marshmallows
Instructions
Doughnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients.
  3. To the dry ingredients add the egg, applesauce, milk, and butter. Batter will be very thick
  4. Spoon or pope the batter into your doughnut pans. You want them to be about ½ way full.
  5. Bake for about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Remove the doughnuts from the pan.
Ganache:
  1. Place the chocolate, cream, and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate chips slowly in the microwave.
  2. Dip your doughnuts in the ganache and give them a little twist as you pull them out.
  3. For the rest of the topping I sprinkled crushed graham crackers on Will’s and toasted marshmallows in the broiler to put on top as well. For the mini doughnuts I had the marshmallows cut in half so that they would be more proportional, but I think there wouldn’t be anything wrong with leaving them whole! There is a picture of the marshmallows on a cookie sheet fresh out of the broiler below.

here's the marshmallows fresh from the oven! they are just the way hubster likes them. =)

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Other Doughnut Recipes on the Blog:

Refined Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Vegan.... and still so good!

Easy as opening a can of Pillsbury biscuits! (these would make good S'Mores Doughnuts too!)

Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

Yesterday I posted about using Leftover Pulled Pork to makeBBQ Nachos.  Today I am going to share how to use that same pulled pork to make pizza!

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Since I am gluten-free pizza is a special thing in our house because it requires a lot of extra effort.  But on Saturdays I try to put extra effort into having an awesome meal ready for Hubster when he get homes from his long, sunny shift of chucking bags of mulch and loading paver stones all day at Home Depot. He’s great at what he does!  I have stalked him at work.  He’s always ready to help someone and is always friendly and approachable.  So as a reward for having to work all day in the sun on Saturday I have an especially good meal ready and on the table when he walks through the door with his fresh layer of farmer’s tan.

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A couple Saturdays ago I had this pizza ready for him.  He loves pizza.  We were in a rush to leave the house for his brother’s birthday party, so pizza seemed like the perfect meal that would satisfy the hard-working man but be quick to eat.

It was.  This pizza is like a party in your mouth! It’s not greasy like pizza usually is.  It’s filling, refreshing, and a perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  Maybe you think that is weird for a pizza.  That’s ok.  Just try it anyway.  Growing up I was your regulation pepperoni lover. Extra pepperonis please! Somewhere along the line I became a grease blotter, trying to mop up the pools of grease before they found their way to my arteries. That was the beginning of a slippery slope into trying different pizzas… now I prefer veggie loaded pizzas of all different flavors.  Including taco pizza; that’s definitely one of my favorites!

You’ll notice nothing has measurements…. That’s because pizza is a very intimate food.  Everyone has their own preference and specification for sauce to cheese ration and meat to veggies, toppings under the cheese or toppings on top of the cheese.  You see where I am going with this.

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Instead of having normal, tomato-paste-based pizza sauce, this pizza has a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce.  What I did was put a couple tablespoons of some BBQ sauce (KC Masterpiece – have to represent my homeland/we were out of Will’s favorite) and then I mixed in a few shakes of hot sauce.  Neither of us are big pizza sauce fans; we care more about having a mountain of toppings. So you will need to eyeball how much sauce you need and how spicy you want it to be – only you can answer those questions about your own pizza.

Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

This pizza is like a party in your mouth! It’s not greasy like pizza usually is. It’s filling, refreshing, and a perfect blend of sweet and spicy.

Ingredients

  • Your favorite pizza crust recipe (I used this one from Betty Crocker http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pizza-crust/dfd30165-0b22-47aa-b192-268be25e138d for Will’s pizza)
  • Pulled Pork
  • Hot Sauce (we used Franks)
  • BBQ Sauce (we used KC Masterpiece)
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Pineapple (I sliced up some canned rings)
  • Shredded Cheese (we used “Queso Quesadilla”)
  • Finely Diced Purple Onion

Instructions

  1. Make your pizza crust according to the instructions. Mine called for being pre-baked some. So while it is pre-baking slice up your onion and pineapple and get out your cheese and jalapenos.
  2. Mix together the BBQ Sauce and Hot sauce (see post for more on this). I used about 2-3 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce and a couple teaspoons of hot sauce.
  3. When the crust is done prebaking, brush on your desired amount of sauce. Top with your desired amount of onion, pineapple, and pulled pork. Then cover it with the cheese and top with jalapenos. I do it this way because I want to be able to see my jalapenos coming.
  4. Put back in the oven for 8-10 minutes until everything is very warm, crust is baked through, and cheese is starting to brown.
  5. Remove from oven, slice, and devour. Your taste buds will thank you.