Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cute Little Dishes and Adventures in Breakfast Baking for 1

I am a lover of gear and my love of cooking is largely related to my love of the nice kitchen supplies we received from our very generous wedding guests last year. While I dare not choose favorites I must award the "cutest bakeware" prize to my mini Le Creuset tart dishes. These adorable enamel dishes are like pie plates for munckins and they inspire a great confidence that whatever you make in them will taste amazing!

The subsequent question is of course, what do you use them for? Good question! I undertook this challenge with vigor and conducted a week long breakfast baking challenge using the miniature dishes, my tricked out toaster oven and ingredients we already had in the kitchen. While I sadly proved myself wrong (about everything you make in these little guys tasting amazing)...

I did come up with a few tasty dishes that are quick and healthy enough that I will be making them often to shake up my boring breakfast routine of oatmeal or eggs.

Here are three of my faves --- all light and healthy but with enough protein to keep you going until lunch!

I used my fancy Cuisinart toaster oven but these would cook up very quickly in a microwave or just take a little longer than the below directions in a real oven.

Savory Egg White Bake

Pam cooking Spray
3 Egg whites
1 pieces turkey bacon (I like Trader Joe's without preservatives)
1 wedge of babybel light swiss cheese

-Put your toaster oven on "Bake" and put the temp as high as it will go (mine goes to 500 degrees.)
-Spray the tart pan with Pam and put the egg whites in it.
-Slice up the cheese and drop it in the egg whites.
-Chop up the bacon (uncooked) and put it in the egg whites.
-Slide the dish in the toaster and bake for 11 minutes or until eggs are cooked through. Enjoy!

Fruity Breakfast Cake

Pam cooking Spray
1 Egg
1/2 cup Fat Free Ricotta
3/4 cup mixed berries
1 1/2 packet splenda

-Put your toaster oven on "Bake" and put the temp as high as it will go (mine goes to 500 degrees.)
-Spray the tart pan with Pam
-In a bowl, mix the ricotta, egg and splenda well until there are no lumps.
-Pour in almost all the berries and mix in
-Pour this mix into the tart pan until it is full to the top
-Put the remaining berries on the top of the cake (it should feel like a lot of berries in there)
-Bake for about 12 minutes until beries are juicy and cooked and cake part is cooked through (not runnny inside).

Banana Bran Hot Mush --- this one is nice and sweet!
-Pam cooking Spray
-1/3 cup low fat bran muffin mix from Trader Joes --- The box looks like this
-1 ripe banana
-1 1/2 tablespoon skim milk

-Put your toaster oven on "Bake" and put the temp as high as it will go (mine goes to 500 degrees.)
-Spray the tart pan with Pam
-Mush the banana with the muffin mix and milk and mix until it is not too lumpy.
-Pour mixture into the tart pan
-Bake for 15 minutes --- the cake should be cooked along the edges and on top but still mushy in the middle.
-Dig in with a spoon and enjoy!


  1. What a fun post! Each recipe looks easy AND delish - perfect, in my humble...And if you love your Le Creuset, I hope you entered our give away for their gorgeous 5 1/2 qt. French oven. Oh, the things you can cook up in that baby!
    Love your entries - they always put a smile on my face! xo

  2. Mmm, fruity breakfast cake. These are pretty much the cutest little kitchen gadgets ever