{SRC} Easy Mexican Breakfast Braid

easy breakfast braid

Remember when I used to actually add new recipes to my (sadly neglected) “Cooking for One” page? I started out with good intentions but, quite frankly, cooking for myself is no fun.  On the nights that Shawn works, I usually grab leftovers, make English muffin pizzas, or skip dinner all together and go straight for the ice cream. I know, it’s terrible! Anyway, when I realized that the end of the month was coming up (again, already!) and I would be forced to complete my Secret Recipe Club assignment on a night that he was working, I got kind of bummed out. It seemed like such a waste of time and effort to make an elaborate meal that I wouldn’t be able to share with anyone.  Luckily the blog I was paired with, Fried Ice and Donut Holes, is filed with easy recipes that I didn’t mind cooking for myself.

I considered making the Buffalo Chicken Shepard’s Pie or the Lemon Thyme Chicken, but I knew what I really wanted was breakfast for dinner. I ended up making the Easy Breakfast Braid. I love making stuffed breads, but had never considered a version filled with scrambled eggs before so this was a totally new concept for me. I loved how adaptable the recipe was!

Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Sausage

Vietnamese Summer Rolls


Summer rolls are the perfect light meal in this stifling heat. They’re similar to Chinese egg rolls/spring rolls, but are eaten raw instead of fried. They’re stuffed with thin noodles, fresh herbs, raw vegetables, and, optionally, a (cooked) protein like shrimp or sausage.

In my attempt to recreate the restaurant version, I made my own sausage. A google search resulted in tons of recipes, so I mixed and matched to get something that seemed right. The sausages themselves were really easy to make and tasted phenomenal. My version was a little more mild than what I had originally hoped for, but I’ll definitely make them again.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

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When we lived in DC, Shawn was obsessed with Taquitos from 7-11. You know the ones that sit there all day on the little rollers? Yeah, those. When I discovered how easy it was to make baked flautas, it was only a metter of time before I recreated his favorite version, stuffed full of Buffalo Chicken. This was the result of trying to satisfy his craving.

I was always too sketched out to try the ones from 7-11 – I stuck with coffee or, if I happened to be at the one location genius enough to make them, Slurpees made with Crystal Light pink lemonade – so I didn’t have much of a guideline to work with but, if I do say so myself, these were pretty darn good. Shawn happily scarfed them down, so I think its safe to say they have his seal of approval too.

Bruschetta Grilled Cheese… On the Grill!

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Have you ever made grilled cheese on the grill? Shawn and I were joking around the other day and randomly came up with the idea when I was trying to decide what to make for Kitchen PLAY’s “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event and, honestly, I’m not sure why it isn’t done more often! It was surprisingly uncomplicated, super fast (literally one minute!), and really, really good. The bread gets nice and crispy, and the slight smoke flavor that infuses the sandwich and gives it an undeniable summer-like taste.

Bourbon Peach Ice Cream & a McCormick Dinner Party

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Last month, McCormick spices asked if I would be interested in becoming part of their “worlds longest dinner party.” Since I’m a huge proponent of using spices and seasonings to add bold flavor to healthy recipes, I didn’t hesitate before I said yes. (Seriously, have you seen my spice collection lately?)

Miso-Roasted Salmon Salads

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I’ve been really into miso lately. Until about a month ago, I had never had it in anything other than miso soup, which I’ve always found to be kind of plain and boring. Miso paste, on the other hand, is a different beast altogether. It’s flavor is difficult to describe, but if you’re familiar with the term “umami” this is it. It’s very rich and complex, a little salty, and almost nutty. It might sound silly, but the flavor feels very full and round in your mouth. If you haven’t tried it, you really should! It’s a great way to elevate a few simple ingredients and transform them into a spectacular dish.