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Friday, March 23, 2018

Product Review & Healthy Recipe: Cuisinart Waffle Maker



I have noticed that there are families that are pancake makers and there are families that are waffle makers…just like there are dog lovers and cat lovers. Then there are the crossover foodies who like variety and exploring new options. As we say at Livliga - “Variety is the spice of life!”

Recently there has been a surge in interest in waffles and waffle making. I honestly had not made homemade waffles since our last big move 13 years ago. The ancient waffle irons did not make the cut for the move.

A lot has changed with waffle irons in 13 years. They are no longer clunky and heavy. They are also so much easier to clean. Many have reversible plates so you can also use them for Paninis, baked eggs or even… pancakes. After doing due diligence on the variety of waffle makers out there today, my husband decided on the Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates as a gift for me.


This is a fun machine. It is simple and easy to use. You can pick your degree of brownness. It beeps when the waffles are done. The plates pop in and out with ease. And cleaning the plates and the outside of the waffle maker is as easy as it gets—you can choose to clean the plates in your dishwasher, if you so desire. Even diehard pancake makers will like this versatile machine.

I am an advocate for splurges like making weekend waffles. There is a reason to make special meals. They are a wonderful way to share great food, good conversation and create memories. The challenge is finding recipes and designing menus that are healthy, tasty and suit the occasion. In addition to recipe make overs that improve the quality of the foods we cook my focus is on balancing the flavors with both savory and sweet so the foods are ultimately more satisfying. This is a particular challenge with a food that is known to be sweet, in fact, very sweet, like waffles with syrup. It seemed like a worthy task to take on. I focused on the waffle recipe and the sauce to top it with.


Golden Oatmeal Waffles with Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Sauce


Golden Oatmeal Waffles 


Ingredients


  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats (Quaker)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-⅛ cups unsweetened almond milk (may need more if it gets too thick before use)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (vegetable)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the waffle maker. Pick your desired brownness. It should be nice and hot before using.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender, one at a time, and process on high until the oats have fully broken down and the batter is smooth and frothy.
  3. Coat waffle maker with brushed on oil or cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter in the middle and smooth to the corners. Pour serving sizes according to the waffle grid of your waffle maker. If your waffle maker makes 4 waffles at a time divide your batter in half to make two batches.
  5. Serve waffles immediately and top with Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Sauce. Freeze leftover waffles individually for future breakfasts or snack.

Servings: 4
Serving size: 2 waffles

Calories per serving: 262   Carbs: 39

Classic Sweetness:


Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Sauce


Ingredients


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (Motts)
  • 1 apple, skin on, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Add first 4 ingredients to a medium saucepan. Heat on low.
  2. Remove cinnamon stick before adding final ingredients.
  3. Add butter and lemon juice right before serving. Stir until butter is melted and all ingredients are integrated.
  4. Serve warm, topping waffles with sauce.


Servings: 6
Serving size: ¼ cup

Calories per serving: 57   Carbs: 16

Total Calories for 2 waffles and ¼ cup sauce: 319   Carbs: 55

To make it a meal--add a fried egg or turkey sausage patty.


New Wave Savory Waffles and Tomato with Wine and Thyme Sauce


Substitute and Add:

Waffle recipe:
½ teaspoon thyme/Gayle’s Salt for the cinnamon
1 tablespoon minced shallot for the maple syrup
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar for vanilla extract

Tomato with Wine and Thyme Savory Topping :


Ingredients


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic gloves, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme/Gayle’s Salt
  • ½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley chopped to use as garnish (optional)


Directions


  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet at medium high heat.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for a minute until it becomes aromatic.
  3. Add next 5 ingredients. Sauté for 5 minutes until tomatoes are cooked and the sauce thickens slightly.
  4. Add lemon juice into sauce just before serving, stirring until mixed in.
  5. Keep sauce warm while you fry the eggs. Spray clean skillet with cooking spray while heating at medium high heat. Once hot, crack eggs into skillet and cook until desired doneness.
  6. Once eggs are cooked, top 2 waffles with ¼ cup of sauce and 1 egg. Serve immediately.



Sauce Serves: 4
Serving Size: 2 waffles, ¼ cup sauce and 1 fried egg



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