Belgian Waffles for Starbucks Lovers

macchiato       chai tea

This recipes was inspired by (created for) all the late night party-goers, the hungry all-nighters students and the workaholics that need a delicious and fulfilling pick me up to help them recover for a long day ahead. Also, this is a concept that Starbucks would be able to capitalize from it if they were to use my idea in creating Belgian waffles based off of their already popular coffee and tea drinks.
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cheesecake pudding stuffed french toast

stuffed french toastyou are the french to my toast
French toast is seriously one of my favorite breakfast foods. Speaking of which, have you had a chance to check out D.A.T. Chef’s layered french toast post?  His post reminded me that its been a while since I’ve had it so I decided to make some! This came out so delicious; I love it when I make something and immediately I’m like “why go to a restaurant when I can make something this good at home?”. After eating this, those were my thoughts exactly… and I also get the satisfaction of knowing exactly what went into it.
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Multi-layer French Toast Bake: Naughty or Nice?

Welcome D.A.T. Chef!
Hello everyone! So, exciting changes on tastearoo! I’ve partnered up with a college friend to provide you guys with a little diversity in recipe ideas. I’m super excited about this, Clarel aka D.A.T. Chef will be posting his own creations on tastearoo, so you can expect something from him twice a month. This is his first recipe post and doesn’t it look amazing? I’m definitely trying this! Ok, Take it away…

Layered French ToastMorning or Anytime Snack
I am a breakfast-and-anytime-snack type of guy which led me to dream (yes, I dream about food and recipes from time to time, that’s what real foodies do) about this multi-layer french toast recipe. In my dream there were three things that kept going through my head; breakfast, snack, and lasagna (which I interpreted as something with different layers of flavors). After writing down the recipe I had dreamt about, I challenged myself to come up with a healthier alternative that’s just as flavorful. This led to the “no carb” version of this multi-layer french toast recipe. So with that said I’m sharing my delicious dreams with you and hope that you will enjoy it.
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wonton breakfast delight

wonton breafkast delightbreakfast in a cup
I bought wonton wrappers a few weeks ago to make crab rangoon. If you follow me on instagram (if you don’t, you should!) then you probably saw them but I didn’t use all the wonton wrappers. I saw a few online sources that use them to make small cups. So I did just that but added eggs to make a yummy breakfast. There is a little bit of coordination needed since you’ll have a few different things cooking. The final product is basically the assembly of all of its parts. It was pretty darn delicious, so no regrets here.
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homemade granola: honey, nuts, and zante currants

homemade granolaoatty nutty goodness
This was my very first time making granola and I absolutely loved the way it came out. I’m so excited about this recipe that I can’t wait to make more and experiment with different fixings and flavors. This is such a great DIY recipe; mixing up the ingredients is the easy and fun part but it will need some of your love and attention while it’s in the oven (further explained below). Use this as a basic recipe but feel free to add and/or replace the different fixings. I purposely noted the fixings separately so that you can add or remove ingredients as you see fit; any kind of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and/or candy and chocolate pieces are all fair game (just make sure to add fruit and candy pieces at the very end) … the possibility are endless!
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2 super easy ways to make a valentine’s day inspired meal

valentine's day oatshappy valentine’s day!
It’s the day of love. Yes, the day where flowers are over priced and chocolates sell by the boxes. Personally I don’t like getting flowers on days like this because, well, it’s the “easy” thing to do and I’ll pass on the carb-centric, heart-shaped chocolates. But I’m not high maintenance either, a simple dinner would do just fine. So, wanna know how to make a valentine’s day inspired meal? simple:
1. use heart shapes
2. use the color red

Looks like I just nailed it with my oats :). Perhaps I’m being a little facetious but if you want a real and useful list head on over to Heather’s post from Better With Veggies, 14 ways to say I love you. There’s also one more way, the 15th way is via a blog post for the world to see. On that note… baby, I love you!

pomegranate oat bar

pomegranate oat bardelicious pom poms
Pomegranates are now in season so you’ve probably seen them in your local grocery store. They can be used in just about everything; cooking, baking, smoothies and even in alcoholic beverages (like martinis!). A couple of weeks ago I made jelly using the juice from the pomegranate fruit. Although I had some issues getting my jelly to “jellify” I was determined to make something with it. Dave helped me make these. Initially I was indifferent about how they came out but after a night in the fridge they somehow transformed into a delicious, nutty, addictive treat. Although Dave preferred them fresh out of the oven I thought they were better cold. Try this recipe and let me know how you like them.
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