Fabulous Cheese Scones

Fabulous Cheese Scones

Servings

16 or so

Ready In:

About 30 minutes

Good For:

Snack

So-Fab Cheese Scones

Ingredients
  • 3 c flour
  • 1/3 c natural sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ c cold butter, cubed
  • 1 c plain kefir (milk will do it you don’t have kefir)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c grated cheddar (or cheese of your choice)
  • 1/4 c green onions, chopped (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten (optional) to eggwash the scone tops before baking
  • Sprinkle of garlic granules and rock salt on top of the scones before baking

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Pre-heat oven to 400° and line two baking sheets with parchment.

Whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a large bowl. Add the butter cubes and cut the butter into the dry ingredients to pea size with a pastry cutter or two knives. When that’s done, add the cheese (onions too, if you opt for them) and mix well.

Step 2

In a smaller bowl whisk the kefir (or milk) and egg together.

Gently add the kefir into the center of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. I get it started with a large spoon and finish the job by rolling and gently folding the dough with my hands until it all comes together.

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Step 3

Pull the dough in half and remove to a floured surface. Gently pat each piece into a ball and use the heal of your hand (or a rolling pin) to press the dough into circle with a thickness of about ¾”.

Cut the rounds into 6 – 8 wedges with and place them, well spaced, on the baking sheets. If you opt to apply an egg wash and sprinkle of garlic granules & rock salt, do it now, then pop the pans into the oven side by side and bake for about 15 – 16 minutes, until golden brown.

Step 4

When the scones are browned to perfection remove them to a rack to cool – but be sure to enjoy one slathered with butter while they are still warm!

Morgana’s Mango Salsa

Morgana’s Mango Salsa

Servings

Variable

Ready In:

15 min

Good For:

Lunch | Side

 

About this Recipe

 By: Morgana Jane

Oh how I love mango! This salsa is so fresh and delicious and it’s an absolute delight as a snack, side dish, or you can top it with a little protein and make a meal of it. It’s amazingly versatile!

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh, ripe mango, cubed
  • ½ – 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 green onion tops, chopped
  • 1/3 English cucumber, cut into thin quarter slices
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • ½ green pepper, cubed
  • Juice of a small lime
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

In my neck of the woods it’s often challenging to find nice ripe mangoes and even if they look and feel ripe, sometimes they are quite sour which does not really lend itself this recipe (unless you are going for sour/savory!).

If you find that your mango is not up to snuff, add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey to the mix to boost it’s sweet and savory appeal.

Instructions

Step 1 – Everybody in!

Toss all ingredients into a bowl.

Step 2 – Mix it Up

Mix well until all ingredients are well coated in olive oil and lime juice.

Refridgerate for 1 hour and serve as desired!

Topped with a little garlic roasted chicken makes a great meal!

Lovin’ the Leftovers: Curried Chicken and Potato Salad

Lovin’ the Leftovers: Curried Chicken and Potato Salad

Servings

Variable

Ready In:

5 min

Good For:

Lunch|Snack

 

About this Recipe

By: Morgana Jane

Leftovers… What to do!? Personally, I absolutely hate wasting food so I am always looking for something interesting to do with them.

Last week I had some lovely leftover roasted baby potatoes and chicken. Here’s what I created with them:

Ingredients

  • Leftover Roasted  Potatoes cut into bite sized chunks (use how ever many you have and gauge the rest of the ingredients accordingly)
  • Leftover Roasted Chicken, cut into bit sized pieces
  • Raisins
  • Mayonnaise
  • Curry Paste (or powder!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • A Sprinkle of Dried Coconut (optional, but adds nice flavor and texture)

We are dealing with leftovers here, so there are no exact measures.

Use what you have and add curry, mayo, salt, pepper, and raisins to your taste preference. 

There are no right or wrong amounts, just delicious flavor!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Chop Chop!

Chop potatoes and chicken into bite sized pieces

Step 2 – Mayo!

Add a generous dollop of mayo, one or two tablespoons of curry paste, a handful of raisins, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3 – Mix it Up!

Mix all ingredients until well combined and a creamy texture is achieved. Add more mayo or curry if needed. Sprinkle with shredded coconut (optional). Serve on a bed of fresh greens and enjoy this simple leftover masterpiece!

Leftover Potatoes??? Try This Delish Salad!

Leftover Potatoes??? Try This Delish Salad!

Servings

Variable

Ready In:

5 min

Good For:

Lunch|Snack

 

About this Recipe

By: Morgana Jane

Have some leftover roasted or boiled potatoes? Don’t throw them out – that’s a sad waste! Here is a quick and easy twist on potato salad that super tasty!

Ingredients

  • Leftover Roasted or Boiled Potatoes
    cut into bite sized chunks 
    (use how ever
    many you have and gauge the rest of the ingredients accordingly)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • Cucumber, chopped into medium chunks
  • Kalamata Olives, cut in half
  • Basil Pesto (here’s a great pesto recipe!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Generous Sprinkle of Fresh Parmesan 

… To be clear – this recipe requires chucks of potato – mashed potato just will not do… If left over mashed is what you’ve got, try mixing all ingredients together with an egg, form into patties, and fry up some savory potato pancakes!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Chop Chop!

Chop potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, and olives as noted above and place into a mixing bowl.

Step 2 – Pesto!

Add a generous spoonful (or two!) of Basil Pesto (enough to nicely coat all ingredients) along with salt, and pepper to taste and mix well.

Step 3 – Cheese Please!

Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan (or Asiago!) and enjoy!

Chicken Tarragon Salad

Chicken Tarragon Salad

Servings

Variable

Ready In:

5 min

Good For:

Lunch | Appy

 

About this Recipe

By: Morgana Jane

Wondering what to do with that little bit of leftover chicken? Here’s a tasty idea that makes a great lunch, snack, or appy! It’s simple, packed with protein, and delicious – and of course, takes mere minutes to prepare!

 

Ingredients
  • Chicken
  • Mayo
  • Fresh or Dry Tarragon
  • Salt & Pepper

This is a variable recipe. Use what you have on hand and make as much or little as you like!

Mix all ingredients together and make yourself a fine sandwich. It’s great on fresh toasted sourdough, a rice cake, and even a celery stick. You’ll find that this versatile mix also lands well atop a plate of mixed greens.

Nutrition

This little salad offers a great hit of protein at lunch or snack time, and the tarragon infuses it with excellent flavor as well as a smattering of Vitamins and Minerals, including A, C, B Complex, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, and  Potassium. Nothing but joy going on here!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Chop, Chop!

Chop leftover chicken into smallish cubes and place in a bowl.

Step 2 – Additionally

Add a generous dollop of mayo, salt and pepper to taste, and fresh or dried tarragon. Go easy on the Tarragon – it likes to take over.  You can always add more, if you like, but once it’s in, it’s in!

Step 3 – Mix It Up!

Mix all ingredients until well combined. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your preference. Add more mayo if you find it too dry.

Step 4 – Mmmmmm!

Spread on a sandwich, rice cake, or cucumber rounds… Top a salad, or eat it right out of the bowl. Whatever your fancy – this salad never disappoints!

Humble Hummus

Humble Hummus

Servings

Variable

Ready In:

5 min

Good For:

Snack | Appy

About this Recipe

By: Morgana Jane

Cucumber & Hummus Bites are one of my favorite healthy snacks. These gluten free gems offer a little hit of protein atop a crispy cucumber round and a tasty snack that you can whip up in five minutes or less! They’re also a great option for a before dinner appy, and with the lovely contrast of bright red and green, they make a stunning little plate to take along to a pot luck or gathering.

Ingredients
  • Cucumber
  • Hummus
  • Cheese or
    Vegan Cheese
  • Cherry Tomatoes
Looking for an alternative to those crazy gluten free crackers that are so hard that they chip your teeth when you bite down on them?? Try cucumber rounds! Cucumber rounds offer a fresh, crisp alternative for cracker type snacks. Fresh and versitile, they’re an excellent option.

Nutrition

No need to compromise nutrition at snack time! This tasty little gem is packed with nutritional goodness, including:  protein, fiber, folate, B Vitamins, Vitamins A and C – and more!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Wash ‘Em Up!

Wash and dry the cucumber and tomatoes.

Step 2 – Prep

Slice cucumber into thin rounds (about 1/8th of an inch and thicker if you prefer!) and cut the cherry tomatoes in half length wise. Slice the cheese into thin slices and cut the slices to fit the approximate width of the cucumber rounds. No need to fuss with the width of the cucumber slices or cheese. This is a no-fuss snack – make the slices as thick or thin as you like them!

Step 3 – Build

Spread about a teaspoon of hummus on the cucumber rounds, place a slice of cheese over the hummus and top with half a cherry tomato.

This is a variable recipe – make six for a snack or make 25 to take along to a party!

Step 4 – Enjoy!

Plate them up and enjoy!

Cucumber & Hummus Bites

Cucumber & Hummus Bites

Servings

Variable

Ready In:

5 min

Good For:

Snack | Appy

 

About this Recipe

By: Morgana Jane

Cucumber & Hummus Bites are one of my favorite healthy snacks. These gluten free gems offer a little hit of protein atop a crispy cucumber round and a tasty snack that you can whip up in five minutes or less! They’re also a great option for a before dinner appy, and with the lovely contrast of bright red and green, they make a stunning little plate to take along to a pot luck or gathering.

Ingredients
  • Cucumber
  • Hummus
  • Cheese or
    Vegan Cheese
  • Cherry Tomatoes

Looking for an alternative to those crazy gluten free crackers that are so hard that they chip your teeth when you bite down on them?? Try cucumber rounds! Cucumber rounds offer a fresh, crisp alternative for cracker type snacks. Fresh and versatile, they’re an excellent option. 

Nutrition

No need to compromise nutrition at snack time! This tasty little gem is packed with nutritional goodness, including:  protein, fiber, folate, B Vitamins, Vitamins A and C – and more!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Wash ‘Em Up!

Wash and dry the cucumber and tomatoes. 

Step 2 – Prep

Slice cucumber into thin rounds (about 1/8th of an inch and thicker if you prefer!) and cut the cherry tomatoes in half length wise. Slice the cheese into thin slices and cut the slices to fit the approximate width of the cucumber rounds. No need to fuss with the width of the cucumber slices or cheese. This is a no-fuss snack – make the slices as thick or thin as you like them! 

Step 3 – Build

Spread about a teaspoon of hummus on the cucumber rounds, place a slice of cheese over the hummus and top with half a cherry tomato.

This is a variable recipe – make six for a snack or make 25 to take along to a party!

Step 4 – Enjoy!

Plate them up and enjoy!

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