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Ham and Cheese Waffle

(Leftover) Ham and Cheese Waffle

If you are like my family (which is highly unlikely) you have a spiral ham for New Years.  I personally like spiral ham.  It occurred to me that I’ve never made a savory ham and cheese waffle, though I’ve done bacon…so why not do ham too.  (but not spam).

Ham and Cheese Waffle Ingredients:  

1 cup chopped ham

½ cup cheese (I prefer cheddar)

½ cup flour (wheat flour, all-purpose flour, whatever you prefer)

1 egg (or 1/4 cup egg whites)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tablespoon oil

½-1 cup milk or water depending on what you like

Spices I added: cinnamon

Ham and Cheese Waffle Recipe:

  1. Preheat a waffle maker
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Add wet ingredients together (including the cheese) and mix in a separate mixing medium bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  6. After cooked, put your ham and cheese waffle on a plate and add a layer of melted butter, maple syrup, greek yogurt, and more ham if you prefer!
  7. Some people prefer to serve their ham and cheese waffles with lemon zest, lemon juice, or fresh dill.

 

topped with greek yogurt

topped with greek yogurt

Savory waffles have become a staple for me lately! Plus a ham and cheese waffle is the perfect way to use ham and cheese from the holidays. Or extra ham and cheese you might have in your house.

Question for you:

 What is your favorite waffle combination? Do you prefer light and fluffy pancakes or waffles warm? Have you tried a ham and cheese waffle? 

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Lightening up Pancakes

So as part of the Monday pancake series, instead of a recipe this week I am actually posting a few helpful hints of how to make recipes healthier.  Let’s face it-pancakes are not always the healthiest recipes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them that way.  While I’m not saying diner pancakes are made in this regard…you can!   While I realize not everyone wants to lighten up their pancakes, many people do.

Instead of adding oil you can substitute a half cup of pumpkin, applesauce or greek yogurt.  All three make the pancakes especially moist and delicious.

pumpkin pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

If you don’t want to consume a lot of carbohydrates, think about using a high protein flour such as peanut flour.

Instead of using high sugary maple syrup top your pancakes with sugar free syrup, peanut butter, greek yogurt, Nutella (well…that is just me), jam and jellies, fruit.

topped with basically an entire container of greek yogurt…maybe there is pancakes in there? maybe…

greek yogurt sandwich pancakes.

topped with apples

 

 

Another thing you can do (disclaimer…I personally don’t prefer the taste) is switch an egg to egg whites saving fat cholesterol.  You need something to bind the pancake together and make it fluffy but if you would prefer egg whites to egg that is for you.

Questions for you:

  1. How do you lighten up pancakes?
  2. How do you lighten up any recipe? 

Chocolate Pancakes

Here’s the thing.  Like my pumpkin pancake recipe, I thought I had a chocolate pancake or waffle recipe on the blog.  Sadly, if I did I can’t find it anywhere and I have close to 700 posts so I’m not about to look through all of them.  Similar to all recipes, it has a very small list of ingredients and very small amount of directions…because more then 5 directions and I’ll mess it up.   

Anyways, I love chocolate.

I love peanut flour.

I love pancakes.

Therefore, I love chocolate peanut flour pancakes. 

 

Ingredients:

½ cup peanut flour (you can sub in 2/3 cup flour of choice…)

¼ cup cocoa powder (I prefer hershey’s cocoa powder)

1 tablespoon baking powder (more is needed for peanut flour pancakes)

½ cup-3/4 cup milk (depending on if you like thicker/thinner pancakes)

1 egg

Sweetener to taste

I love that this recipe is 6 ingredients.  Mix the dry to the wet and pour on the griddle.  Cook at 375.  It’s that easy!

I like topping it with greek yogurt (milk and chocolate…yes please) or peanut butter (because who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate). 

Or nutella. Because we all know I’m addicted to that…

 

Questions for you:

1.       Do you use peanut flour?  If so, for what?

2.       How was your weekend? 

Smoked Salmon Waffle

Smoked Salmon Waffle (Nova Lox Waffle)

Okay so I know I say this a lot, but I can’t help myself.  If you tried a smoked salmon waffle, you would probably say the same thing.  If you followed my blog last year, you know I had a mini addiction to smoked salmon bagels at a little restaurant near my college.  (I still do, only commuting 150 miles everyday for a bagel would take a large toll on my gas station coffee funds).

Remember this guy?

Well needless to say eating nova lox bagels was the inspiration behind this waffle.  After all, waffles are bigger, and have more room for salmon and more room to be delicious. More room for a smoked salmon waffle? Plus more carbs?

Smoked Salmon Bagel Recipe: 

2/3 cup all-purpose flour, wheat flour, or flour of choice
¼ cup feta cheese
1 package of thin slices of smoked salmon (nova lox)
1 egg
1/2 cup water or milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
Spices I chose to add:  garlic, onion
½ cup plain greek yogurt or cream cheese
¼ cup capers

Smoked Salmon Waffle (Nova Lox Waffle) Directions:

  1. Preheat a waffle maker
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Add wet ingredients together and mix in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  6. After cooked, put on a plate and add a layer of greek yogurt (or cream cheese), capers, then top with slices of smoked salmon.
  7. Some people prefer to serve the waffles with lemon zest, lemon juice, or fresh dill.

Smoked salmon waffle before adding bonus salmon and greek yogurt!

Walaa. 

Why greek yogurt? 

They added cream cheese on the bagel when I buy them, but I was feeling a bit healthy and wanted to protein.  Smoked salmon waffles have become one of my healthy breakfast splurges.

Questions for you:

Do you like smoked salmon? Have you tried Nova Lox Waffles?  

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