Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

This is one of my favorite things to eat around Christmas!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees!

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 8 oz of warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of yeast
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of softened butter cut in fourths
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter

Put the water, yeast, and sugar together and let it sit until you can smell that the yeast has been activated. (It smells like bread when the yeast is activated).

Add the flour, salt, eggs, and softened butter and mix until the dough forms.

Let the dough rise for 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough on a pastry mat and sprinkle flour on the bottom of the mat and around the rolling pin. This makes it so the dough will roll out instead of sticking.

Melt 1/2 cup of butter and spread it around the dough with your fingers so it is evenly spread across the dough. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the dough and the butter.

Roll the dough together. Cut the rolls using dental floss.

Place in a pan and let them rise for between 30-60 minutes.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Place your favorite cream cheese over the cinnamon rolls!

 

 

 

Homemade Pesto Sauce

This is seriously so yummy! It does take a lot of time to make it though.

Pesto FINAL

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 2 cups of crushed Basel leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 crushed walnuts
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 dash of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

You do need a food processor to make this! I would start by crushing up the Basel leaves. Gradually add in the olive oil. Add the other ingredients one at a time while mixing with your food processor… and that’s all!

Green Salad

This one is for all of you who are trying to eat more green vegetables!

Green Salad

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Baby spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Green onion
  • Broccoli
  • Cilantro

I diced up the green onions, broccoli, and lettuce and plated this!

Mushroom Pizza

This is another really quick fix if you have a yummy pizza crust!

Pizza

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Marinara sauce
  • Pre-made pizza crust
  • Butter
  • Chicken
  • Garlic powder
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley (if you’re feeling fancy)

I started by grilling the chicken in butter and garlic powder on my stove. I diced up the mushrooms and spread the marinara sauce over the pizza crust. My pre-made pizza crust said to bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes!

Stuffed Pepper

If you have a rice cooker that does a good job at making brown rice, then this is a quick fix!

Stuffed Peppers

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Brown rice
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro

I made the brown rice in my rice cooker. Then, I diced up the green onions and cut off the cilantro and mixed them all together. I took out all of the seeds from the pepper and washed it and threw the rice combo in it… And you’re done!

If you want to make this a more balanced meal, then I would recommend adding some meat as well!

Granola Bites

Truth is, I am way too lazy to make banana bread when my bananas are ripe. So I’ve been coming up with lots of different ways to make granola/protein balls.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Granola Bars

Here’s what you need to make them:

  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Muscle Milk Whey protein powder)
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter (I used a natural peanut butter so if your peanut butter isn’t runny then you should melt it first).
  • 3 cups of oats

Start by mashing up the bananas. Then add the peanut butter and protein powder and mix. Add the oats in last! Ball them up and bake for 8-10 minutes.

That’s it! You’re done!

Bacon and Green Beans

This recipe is always a crowd pleaser!

Bacon and Green Beans

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Bacon
  • Fresh green beans
  • Mozzarella cheese

Put the green beans at the bottom of the pan.  Drizzle the chicken broth over the green beans. Cook the bacon separately and cut it into bite sized pieces. Add the bacon to the pan with the green beans. Bake for about 20 minutes. Drizzle the cheese on top to finish! (You can put the dish back in the oven to speed up the process of melting the cheese for about a minute).