For those who eat expired food, please be careful. I got food poisoning from a yogurt yesterday and it wasn't fun at all. In my quest to 'use it all up', I decided to drink DS's 2 yogurts (not all at once) that had an expiration date of 2/5/23 (yep, Sunday). He has a weak stomach, so I never give him expired food. I'm one of those people who check expiration dates and will rarely touch expired food. I do the whole FIFO (first in, first out) thing with food. Yep, I'm bad...lol. Anyhoo, after DS got home yesterday, I decided to have a yogurt (we have yogurt daily),because I know that yogurt & milk are good for at least a week after it's expiration date. An hour later, I got severe stomach cramps, followed by nausea. I just felt sick, I didn't know how to sit. Now, I have a strong stomach - I rarely toss my cookies, so I just had to suffer through the cramps & nausea. I decided to just go lay down with the wastebasket next to the bed (just in case). I didn't even have dinner, because I had no appetite. I did make a few trips to the bathroom (TMI), then went to bed early. I, thankfully, slept through the night and felt a lot better this morning. I had a big breakfast (I always do), so I guess I'm better. I did lose 1 lb though, so there's a silver lining to skipping dinner. I'm just so over getting sick. I never get sick this much. Crazy.
As promised, here are our favorite muffin recipes. I like to rotate the recipes every week, so we don't have the same flavor more than once per month.
Please note that I like to put my own spin on food. I'm a flavor girl. I will sometimes combine the best ingredients from 2 similar recipes, to make my own (it works...lol). I've been cooking since I was 12, so I don't always measure everything. I just eyeball it. My tweaks are optional. I'm adding notes of it, in case anyone wants to try it too.
With the exception of blueberry & cranberry muffins, sugar is replaced with crushed raisins. I crush the raisins in the blender, so that the sweet taste can be spread evenly throughout the batter.
Bran apple muffins. It's actually called Flax muffins, but that sounds unappetizing (translation - boring...lol).
This is definitely my favorite, because it's loaded with so many good ingredients and nutrients. If you want a 'healthy' muffin, this is the one to try.
I recently started adding crushed bran flakes so DS can get some iron and extra nutrients.
I use fresh cranberries instead of the sauce. I just add milk so that my batter's not too dense. Sometimes I skip the almonds and add vanilla extract and lemon zest instead. I know that orange goes with cranberries, but the lemon works great too.
This is one of those 'slap ya mama' muffins. I can eat this muffin every single day. The orange zest is optional, but if you want a taste of the holidays, please do add the zest. This muffin is a 'show stopper' with the zest. Just use the zest of a large orange. This muffin is great with or without zest. Definitely a winner in my book.
I add crushed/grated carrots, because I love carrots & it pairs well with ginger.
I use both fresh & frozen blueberries. I crush frozen blueberries in the blender. I'm a blueberry girl, so I want a taste of it in every single bite. I also add a tsp vanilla extract, cause who wants bland muffins? Alternatively, add lemon zest for a lemon blueberry muffin. So good!
I don't add the crumble to the muffins, because I don't like 'sweets' for breakfast. The muffin is still good without the crumble.
The muffin recipe is no longer available on their site (I see that I printed it in 2015). I will type the recipe when I get a chance. In the meantime, enjoy this oatmeal banana bread recipe. The ingredients are similar.
I hope that everyone will enjoy some of these recipes.
Bon Appetit Peeps!