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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Check out these healthy Apple Cinnamon breakfast muffins! Made with oat flour and topped with cranberries, almonds, and flax seeds. Perfect for an on the go snack. Plus, they’re vegan!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats (blend to make flour)
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup small diced apple
  • Mixed almonds, cranberries, flax seeds

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well until everything is combined.
  3. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and scoop oatmeal mixture. The mixture will be a little watery, so it’s important to mix well before each scoop to make sure you get an even combination of milk and oats.
  4. Top with almonds, cranberries, flax seeds.
  5. Bake oatmeal cups for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

    Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!
    – Mitz

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Start! With Start Sauce

12 traditional spices!
10 health friendly features!
3 mouth watering flavors!

Start Sauce is the tasty, health-friendly way to lightly spice up your favorite foods. The pineapple, coconut, and original flavors are super delicious and add the best amount of flavor to any dish.FullSizeRender-6.jpg

START! Sauce is LOW SODIUM and made with traditional 100% natural ingredients and NO oil, MSG, or anything artificial while maintaining its rich, flavorful taste to excite any dish. The sauce is certified vegan, gluten free, and utilizes 100% NON-GMO ingredients.FullSizeRender.jpg

JCD Brands LLC, maker of START! Sauce, was founded as a family business after observing the lack of a relatively healthy curry spice flavored sauce to be used for everyday Western foods by American households. Evoking the holistic benefits of traditional spices we sought to provide a great-tasting crossover sauce that was low in sodium and free of any artificial or relatively harmful ingredients typically seen in other Asian and international sauces. Their mission is to utilize our tried and true family recipes spanning multiple generations to provide low sodium, vegetarian, all natural and great tasting condiment options for multiple food preparation uses on Western and Eastern foods. Enjoy all of their tasty + health friendly flavors:

Check out where to start getting your start sauce below!

http://startsauce.com

https://www.facebook.com/STARTSAUCE/

https://www.instagram.com/startsauce/

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Tofu Veggie Blend

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Today, I will be sharing a one skillet wonder: a Tofu Veggie Blend! Super easy, quick, and healthy! Let’s get started:

Ingredients:

  • Extra firm tofu
  • Green bell peppers
  • Red bell peppers
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili sauce

Directions:

  1. Squeeze out excess water from tofu.
  2. Cut tofu into small bite sized cubes and set aside.
  3. Chop all of the veggies.
  4. In a small bowl, add 2 parts soy sauce, 1 part honey, and crushed red pepper, and garlic seasoning.
  5. Sautee the veggies over medium heat.
  6. Add seasoning to taste and set aside.
  7. Coat the skillet in oil and fry the tofu for about 10 minutes, flipping them halfway.
  8. When theyre golden brown, add the veggies.
  9. Add the soy sauce-honey mixture and coat evenly.
  10. Serve over rice!

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Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 3 people.
  • Substitute tofu with whatever protein you desire!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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RedRocks in OldTown

Hi everyone! Almost everyone in the world loves pizza. Although all pizza may look the same, they often are made differently. To me, how one makes pizza is the most important. At RedRocks Pizza, their pizza is made in a wood fire and offers neapolitan style pizzas. RedRocks have locally inspired dishes. No wonder their pizza is award winning!

Redrocks, located in Old Town Alexandria, is such a cute place, it’s perfect for date night, date lunch, or even perfect for family and friends gathering. Although it looks like a small place from the outside, the inside proves you wrong. The ambiance has such a nice warm feel to it. It definitely feels intimate but also fun. I love how the kitchen with the wood fire for the pizzas was open so you can actually see how your pizza is made! FullSizeRender-9.jpgFullSizeRender-6.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpgIMG_4103.JPG

I was able to try house toast, which is made from scratch as well, the il fungo pizza, and the charred brussels sprouts. Check out what I thought of each below!

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The house toast is also made from scratch alongside everything else. It was so soft and the most amazing bread I’ve ever tasted. The olive oil and spiced olive oil were on another level. Just as amazing! I didn’t know something so simple could be out of this world.

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The il Fungo pizza! Oh my, I could literally eat this forever. It had the right amount of cheese, the right types of cheese. Wood fire pizza does make the difference when it comes to pizzas. Although it may look small, it’s so filling. The mixed mushrooms, fontina cheese, goat cheese, thyme, and oil = such an unbelievable combination. To die for!

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To be honest- I was never a fan of brussels sprouts. I was afraid to try this because I assumed it would taste bitter. I never really tried brussels sprouts before this. However, wow, was I wrong. These charred brussels sprouts were amazing! I surprisingly finished the whole plate and got my vegetable serving in! It was really hard to believe I was just eating vegetables. Truly tasty.

I would highly recommend RedRocks any day at any time!FullSizeRender-12.jpgFullSizeRender-11.jpg

http://redrocksoldtown.com

https://www.instagram.com/redrocksdc

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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz