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Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

November 25, 2015 12:19 pm

If you find yourself pressed for time once the alarm clock rings, these make-ahead breakfasts may just be the solutions to your busy mornings. Best of all? Some are so portable that you can even eat them as you dash out the door!

Oatmeal With Apricots and Raisins [realsimple.com]
It takes quite a while to boil water and cook oatmeal on the stovetop, but with this pre-planned recipe you can whip up a whole batch of oatmeal for the entire week. With low-fat milk, dried apricots, and roasted almonds inside, it also offers a healthy boost first thing in the morning.

Herby Frittata with Vegetables and Goat Cheese [myrecipes.com]
If you love eating eggs for breakfast, this make-ahead frittata is the perfect choice. It’s filled with savory goat cheese and fresh herbs, as well as colorful veggies that offer essential nutrients that will keep you feeling even more energized than that cup of coffee.

Crunchy Cashew Sesame Bars [bonappetit.com]
Instead of stocking up on store-bought granola bars, make your own much more delicious (and nutritious) options. These cashew and sesame options have much more complex flavors than the standard breakfast bar, but they’re just as easy to grab on busy mornings.

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Cruzer Pizza and Pasta: Vegan Pizza Shop in Los Angeles

November 18, 2015 2:53 pm

Cruzer Pizza and Pasta serves fine vegan Italian fare. Even though Cruzer Pizza uses no animal products in its menu, substitute toppings include a variety options that taste just like the real thing. Cruzer’s uses dairy free Daiya cheese in all its items, a staple in vegan cooking for its likeness to real cheese products. Expect all the pizza shop favorites, with starter items like potato skins, vegetarian meatballs, and cheese topped breadsticks. Sausages include vegan selections of classic items like cheese steak, sausage, and meatball. You can customize your pizza with Cruzer’s great selection of animal free toppings. Imitation sausage and pepperoni go great with crisp veggies and gooey vegan cheese. Even the most ardent meat lover can agree that Cruzer’s offers the best meat and dairy free pizza in town.

Cruzer Pizza and Pasta
4449 Prospect Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-0600

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Turkey 101: The Basics of Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

November 11, 2015 12:31 pm

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family, you want to make sure that the turkey comes out perfectly. It may take a bit of effort, but cooking a browned, flavorful turkey is possible if you adhere to a few strict guidelines. Here are some basic instructions for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey.

  1. Buy the right size bird. Allot 1 to 1.5 pounds for each dinner guest. For example, if you’re hosting 10 family members for dinner, a 12-pound turkey should be just the right amount.
  2. Thaw completely. Cooking a turkey that is still frozen inside is one of the most common turkey mishaps, so be sure to let your turkey thaw for at least one full day for every four pounds. If it’s still frozen on the day of, soak it in cold water for 30 minutes for each pound of meat.
  3. Remove the neck and giblets. This is the most unpleasant step of the process, but it will be much more unpleasant if you forget to do it.
  4. Roast. You should roast a 12-pound turkey for about 3 to 3.5 hours, less time for a smaller bird and more time for a larger one. Test the turkey’s doneness by using a food thermometer. Once the inside meat reaches 180 degrees F and the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F, it’s completely done.

Cooking Questions: Thanksgiving [AllRecipes]
How to Cook a Turkey Perfectly [How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey]
How to Roast a Turkey [Martha Stewart]
How To Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method [The Kitchn]

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