Cereal Muffins

My humble attempt to get more good stuff into our bodies. Here is a recipe that uses those good -for-you cereals that we sometimes buy, but goes stale before the box is empty. Using 1-1/2 cups in each batch of this will help deplete that box.

1/3 cup canola oil or very light olive oil
1-1/2 cups Kashi Brand “Go Lean” Cereal
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup dry milk powder
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs beaten in a separate bowl
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup whole frozen cranberries or 3/4 cup dried fruit of choice
3 Tbsp. honey

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for a loaf, 400 degrees for muffins. Lightly spray a loaf pan or muffin tin.

In a medium saucepan, place the oil and 1 cup of water – bring to a boil then add the cereal and keep cooking/boiling for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes while the oven preheats.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, milk powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Stir well with a wooden spoon; add the eggs and cereal mixture – mix to blend. Fold in in the fruit and honey. Pour into the loaf pan or fill muffin tins 2/3 full.

Bake loaf about 60 minutes, bake muffins about 25 minutes – check with a cake tester or until thin knife comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan then turn out onto rack to cool.

Turkey Burgers

A delicious alternative to beef. Grill them outdoors, broil them in a conventional oven, or pan-fry. Use your imagination and enjoy them!

1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil (I use extra virgin)
1 cup minced onion (or 1/2 cup onion and 1/2 cup diced scallions)
2 lbs. ground turkey breast
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. your favorite ketchup
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Optionally add a dash or two of hot sauce, or cayenne pepper, or you can add almost any of the McCormick’s seasonings – they’ve got lots of them to choose from.

6 whole wheat buns (the whole wheat ones are so much tastier than the white)

Fresh tomato slices, herbed mayo, relish, etc., – whatever fixin’s you want, we like a nice slice of fresh goat cheese or mozzarella cheese.

Over med-high heat, melt the butter and oil. Add the onion and cook about 10 minutes – until tender. Remove the pan from the heat and put it into a large bowl; let it cool off about 15 minutes before you use your hands to mix everything. When it’s cooled down, add all the remaining ingredients up to the buns and mix well, but gently, with your hands. Divide into about 6 patties and grill till done.

Ground Chicken Meatballs

These are really delicious and don’t need to be added to a tomato sauce recipe.  I make these and serve with a garlic pasta alongside.

2 lbs. ground chicken
1 cup flavored breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino-Romano cheese
1 egg slightly beaten
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease or foil a baking sheet, set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix all ingredients together well, with a light but thorough touch.  If you mix it too much the meatballs will be tough.  Shape into golf-ball sized balls (or smaller if you wish) and place on baking sheet.  Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until done.  If you made smaller meatballs, then adjust your cooking time.