Breakfast

Mini Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar Quiches

Mini Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar Quiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Mini food gets lots of love for being cute. Mini cupcakes, mini burgers, mini quiches; it’s all, “Aw, they’re so tiny and cute!” Let’s get to the truth of the matter though. Everyone’s just excited because it means they get to eat a whole bunch of them. What they actually mean to say is, “Aw yeah! They’re so tiny I can eat a whole bushel of them! Let’s go!” Or something like that.

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These Mini Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Quiches are so savory, fluffy and packed with flavor that you are definitely going to want to eat a whole bushel of them.

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I like to make a batch of these on Sunday so that Matt and I have them for throughout the week. One minute in the microwave and they are good to go for breakfast or a quick snack. Supplement them with a big arugula salad (or some Perfect Buttermilk Waffles!) for a satisfying meal.

Mini Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar Quiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Not a fan of ham, broccoli or cheddar? Simply swap them out for your favorite veggies, meat or cheese. Some other combinations I love are spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese and bell peppers, sausage and provolone. I’ll even let you in on a little secret: I ran out of broccoli while making these so half of the mini quiches photographed here have spinach instead of broccoli. It’s that easy to customize these bad boys! Whip some up this weekend and enjoy!

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Mini Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar Quiches
 
Yield: 12 mini quiches
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, whatever you have in your fridge is fine
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 10 ounces frozen broccoli, thawed, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced ham, or 12 slices deli ham, chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and milk. Sift in the flour and baking powder, stir to combine.
  3. Add the chopped broccoli, cheese and diced ham. Stir to combine.
  4. Evenly divide into the 12 cups of the muffin pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the edges have browned and a tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
Notes
You can substitute any fillings you would like, just add about 1 cup of veggies, 1 cup of cheese and 1 cup of meat, or another vegetable. If you want to try different flavor combinations in the same batch you can wait to add the fillings until after you have spooned the egg mixture into the muffin cups, then put a tablespoon or two of toppings into each cup and give them a little stir. Just be sure not to overfill!

Recipe slightly adapted from Moneywise Moms.

How to Host a Waffle Bar Brunch

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I am still not done talking about those Perfect Buttermilk Waffles from last week! They are so full of crispy-fluffy goodness that I needed to drag them into a second post. And what better way to put waffles on a pedestal than by hosting a waffle bar? A waffle bar is an easy (and delicious!) way to impress your guests, whether you’re hosting a friend get-together, a baby shower or even celebrating a waffle-lover’s birthday.

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I threw my first waffle bar the other month for breakfast following a girls night and it was a big success. To provide a break from the sweetness I also made mini broccoli, ham and cheddar quiches, which can be made the night before and reheated in the microwave.

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To allow yourself more time to hang with your guests I would suggest doing as much prep as possible before they arrive. You’re going to need quite a few serving dishes so pulling those out along with the serving utensils ahead of time will help. Certain ingredients that can be left out, such as the candies and nuts, can be poured into their serving dishes and covered until you’re ready to eat.

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Once the guests arrive it’s waffle making time! Make sure to keep waffles warm in the oven until you’re ready to eat- they will lose their crispiness if you keep them warm on a covered platter. I factored two waffles per person, but it depends on the group.

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A full list of ideas is below. Pick a fun mix of each of the three categories for a delicious waffle brunch!

Fresh Fruit
Bananas, whole
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cherries, pitted
Kiwi
Peaches, sliced
Raspberries
Strawberries, quartered

Toppings
Caramel sauce
Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate syrup
Fruit jam or syrups
Greek yogurt
Honey
Lemon curd
Maple syrup
Nutella, warmed
Peanut butter, warmed
Whipped cream

Add-ons
Almonds
Browned Butter Peaches
Coconut flakes
M&Ms
Mini chocolate chips
Oreo crumbles
Peanut butter cup pieces
Pecans
Reese’s Pieces
Sprinkles
Toasted walnuts
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

To inspire you even more, here are a few of my very own waffle bar combinations:

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Strawbanana Love: strawberries, bananas, whipped cream, Nutella
Lemon Blueberry Blast: lemon curd, blueberries, sprinkled with powdered sugar
Ice Cream Sundae: chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, rainbow sprinkles (and actual ice cream if you have any!)
Peanut Butter Cream Pie: peanut butter, chocolate syrup, peanut butter cup pieces, whipped cream
The Vermonter: blackberries, toasted walnuts, maple syrup
Coco for Waffles: raspberry jam, coconut flakes, raspberries
Health Nut: Greek yogurt, blueberries, almonds, maple syrup
Trust Me: strawberry syrup, strawberries, Reese’s Pieces, whipped cream

How would you top your waffle?!?

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Perfect Buttermilk Waffles

Perfect Buttermilk Waffles  |  Lemon & Mocha

Waffles. Just typing the word makes me want to shout with excitement. WAFFLES! There, that’s better. Great waffles are crispy on the outside with a soft, subtly sweet interior. Who doesn’t love great waffles? Pile them high with butter and maple syrup, layer them with whipped cream and fresh fruit, smother them in melted Nutella and banana slices… the combinations are endless. And you know how I feel about flavor combinations.

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We can all agree that great waffles are, well, great. But what if you want more? What if you want your waffles to overachieve, to be the best of the best, to reach for the stars?! Then you need to be able to strip the waffle platter down, remove all the syrups, fruits and toppings, and be left with just a damn perfect waffle that can stand on its own. As I’m sure you’ve seen from the title, these, my friends, are Perfect Buttermilk Waffles.

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My dad shares my waffle love. Breakfast is his favorite meal so whenever we go out we do it right. Over-easy eggs, bacon, toast, sausage, hash browns, omelets, English muffins; we order it all. And yes, I did mean all those items at the same time. No matter what else we order, my dad and I always, always order a waffle to share.

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We’ve been questioned on the volume of our breakfast order, we’ve been told we will never finish everything and one surly waitress even made us shift to a larger table, huffing that our food order would never fit! We laugh at their remarks and then dive in, waitstaff eyes wide as we do serious damage on the spread in front of us. We always judge a breakfast place by its waffle and if these Perfect Buttermilk Waffles came out of the kitchen it would go right to the top of our list.

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If you don’t have a waffle iron, this Cuisinart is the one we currently have in the Lemon & Mocha kitchen and we use it at least every few weeks. If you aren’t looking to start up Waffle Wednesdays (it’s a thing!) in your kitchen, simply thin the batter slightly with milk to make crispy outside, fluffy inside pancakes.

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Perfect Buttermilk Waffles
 
Yield: 8-10 waffle squares
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled in a medium mixing bowl
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Turn on the waffle iron to get it hot and spray with nonstick cooking spray, depending on manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine then create a well in the center for the liquid ingredients.
  3. Add the eggs to the cooled butter mixing bowl and beat until frothy. Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Beat again until well-combined.
  4. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the well in the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. The buttermilk and leavening will create a batter full of air bubbles.
  5. Pour the batter onto your waffle iron in batches and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. If working in batches, let waffles rest on a cooling rack after they are cooked, or place them directly on the rack of your oven or toaster oven on a low heat to stay warm.
Notes
If you don’t have buttermilk handy, you can use the following substitution. Put 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup with milk (I use skim, any milk-fat percentage should work) until it equals 1½ cups. Let sit for 5 minutes before using in the recipe.

Recipe from Food.com.

Avocado Toast

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Have you heard of avocado toast? This simple breakfast dish has been trending all over Pinterest and Instagram for the past year. It’s been blogged about, tweeted, favorited, snapped, and of course consumed like crazy. Even with the flurry of social media, I first heard of avocado toast at a work breakfast potluck last spring. Side note:  work breakfast potluck is the absolute best way to start a workday. Between all the bacon, waffles and egg casseroles, the person doling out slices of avocado toast seemed more than a little bizarre to me.

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My love for avocado and my foodie curiosity led me to try some and wow. Just wow. Why had I never thought of this before? The crunchiness of the toast, the creaminess of the avocado, the slight tanginess of the teeniest bit of mayonnaise and the saltiness from the sea salt flakes… wow, oh wow. Those of you who have experienced avocado toast before are currently nodding your heads and walking to their kitchen to pop some bread in the toaster. Those of you who haven’t experienced this simple phenomena should take note and go do the same so you can add a new breakfast staple to your routine.

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Avocado Toast
 
Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 piece of whole wheat bread
  • 1 schmear of mayonnaise, roughly 2 teaspoons
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, or coarse sea salt
Directions
  1. Toast the bread. Spread a very thin layer of mayonnaise on the toast. Top with the sliced avocado and a very generous sprinkling of sea salt flakes.

 

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos

This post was originally published on 8/29/2014. It was updated with new photos and content on 2/5/2019.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

Sometimes the best dishes are the ones that take you under ten minutes to make, but still cause you to dance around the kitchen shouting, “Omg, this is SO good!” in between mouthfuls. Before getting reminded that your excited eating habits need to be worked on so the heimlich doesn’t become necessary. But sometimes these things cannot be controlled. I’ll work on it though.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

These mini breakfast tacos are the perfect mid-week breakfast, weekend brunch, after school snack, quick dinner and picnic staple. Okay, maybe not the last one. But for everything else this dish is up for the job. The recipe is so simple, but we like simple around here. Especially if it means we can have breakfast tacos for breakfast on a regular basis.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

I like to add some creaminess to my scrambled eggs by adding a little cream cheese. It’s a great trick someone taught me years ago. It doesn’t impart the cream cheese flavor on the eggs, it just makes them creamy and fluffy. If you don’t have any cream cheese, you can use a little milk instead. The eggs won’t be as creamy as when you use cream cheese, but they will still be fluffier than just plain scrambled eggs.

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How easy is this dish? Well let’s see, first you scramble up some eggs. Then you pile them on top of softened tortillas shredded cheese, salsa and avocado slices. Done! This is just a base recipe and you could definitely get more creative with your taco toppings. Roasted red peppers, corn salsa and pickled red onions are just some ideas off the top of my head. What would you pile on your breakfast tacos?

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

These 10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos are so easy it’s dangerous. How can breakfast tacos be dangerous? Because while you’re chomping away and exclaiming in delight how good they are you might require the heimlich. So eat responsibly folks.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos
 
Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese or milk
  • Salt, pepper and a sprinkling of any other favorite seasonings (I like to sprinkle on some garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cumin)
  • ½ tablespoon butter or cooking spray
  • 2 6-inch corn or flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack and pepper jack are all great options)
  • Salsa, avocado slices and any other desired toppings
Directions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the cream cheese or milk, salt, pepper and desired other seasonings then lightly beat to combine. If you use cream cheese it won't be mixed in; that's fine.
  2. Melt the butter, or heat the cooking spray, in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Once melted, add the beaten egg mixture. Let the eggs cook a little then begin to scramble them, making sure to flip them over and break them up often so they remain light and fluffy without getting crispy.
  3. Meanwhile cover the tortillas with a lightly damp paper towel and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  4. When the eggs have cooked through and are still fluffy (I like to take mine off when they are still very slightly wet) remove from the heat and divide over the top of the tortillas. Top with the shredded cheese. Add salsa, the avocado slices, and whatever other toppings you like.