Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

Waffles are something that I probably don’t treat myself to often enough. But waffles are an easy breakfast dish that we all should be making more often. After all – if you have a waffle iron, why not put it to good use? These Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles are delicious, …

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Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

Waffles are something that I probably don’t treat myself to often enough. But waffles are an easy breakfast dish that we all should be making more often. After all – if you have a waffle iron, why not put it to good use? These Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles are delicious, easy to make and packed with enough whole grains that you can feel good about eating them any time you’re in the mood for a waffle. The waffles are made with whole wheat flour as a base. Whole wheat flour has a bit of a reputation for producing heavier baked goods, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to make a light, fluffy waffle if you’re using the right recipe.

This waffle batter is easy to make and basically comes together all in one bowl. It uses whole wheat flour, along with a generous dose of buttermilk, vanilla extract, melted butter and a touch of sugar. The small amount of sugar in the recipe helps to balance out the stronger flavor of the whole wheat flour.

These waffles are surprisingly light, given that they’re made with only whole wheat flour, with a crisp exterior and a tender interior. The whole wheat flour gives the waffles a slightly nutty flavor that, in my opinion, makes them pair even better with maple syrup than your average waffle recipe. That being said, I also included an optional addition of ground cinnamon. It adds a bit of extra dimension to the waffles for those who aren’t necessarily big fans of whole grains and might need a little bit of persuasion to give these a try.

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles

The cooking times for these waffles will vary slightly depending on the waffle iron that you use, so follow the directions from your manufacturer for best results. That said, you can use this recipe with any waffle iron. I made these waffles using a Belgian-style waffle iron, but you can cook them in a more traditional iron, as well. No matter how you cook them, serve them up with a pat of butter and a generous pour of real maple syrup. Fresh berries can make a nice addition when they’re in season, too!

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, optional

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in eggs, melted butter, buttermilk and vanilla extract (and cinnamon, if using) and whisk until batter is smooth and uniform.
Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturers’ directions and, if it is not a nonstick iron, lightly grease with cooking spray. Fill waffle maker with batter (typically from 1/2-cup to 1 cup, depending on the size of the iron) and cook until golden on both sides, about 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 4-6 large waffles.

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Graham Cracker Cake

I am a bad blogger. While others are posting recipes for green bean casseroles, newfangled stuffing, and yet another way to improve turkey (it’s amazing how many ways there seem to be, and they just keep coming…) this year, I’m back to digging into my recipe files, finally getting around to making some of the recipes I’ve clipped over the years. This usual-sounding cake was…

I am a bad blogger. While others are posting recipes for green bean casseroles, newfangled stuffing, and yet another way to improve turkey (it’s amazing how many ways there seem to be, and they just keep coming…) this year, I’m back to digging into my recipe files, finally getting around to making some of the recipes I’ve clipped over the years.

This usual-sounding cake was one of the clipped recipes that have been patiently waiting for almost a few decades (as was the case for this chocolate hazelnut tart and these butterscotch bars), and I’m just now tackling. If a cake made with crushed Graham crackers and spicy speculoos cookies, along with butter, whole wheat flour, and flaky sea salt, sounds good to you, you’re not alone. I traveled across the Atlantic with it!

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Banana Pancakes

This post is sponsored by Kroger Bananas are one of the foods that we ALWAYS have in our kitchen. They are on my grocery list every single week and luckily my Kroger store always has a big selection of bright yellow bananas. We eat them plain, make smo…

This post is sponsored by Kroger Bananas are one of the foods that we ALWAYS have in our kitchen. They are on my grocery list every single week and luckily my Kroger store always has a big selection of bright yellow bananas. We eat them plain, make smoothies, and when they get too brown, we…

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Whole Wheat Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes-these healthy zucchini pancakes remind me of zucchini bread, but in pancake form. Top with butter and maple syrup for a real breakfast treat!  I really hope you aren’t sick of zucchini because I have another zucchini r…

Zucchini Pancakes-these healthy zucchini pancakes remind me of zucchini bread, but in pancake form. Top with butter and maple syrup for a real breakfast treat!  I really hope you aren’t sick of zucchini because I have another zucchini recipe for you today, Zucchini Pancakes! These light and fluffy hot cakes are a family favorite! Our boys…

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Wholegrain Soda Bread

When the lockdown started in March, a wave of people got to work mixing up sourdough starters and baking bread. I was frequently asked for my sourdough starter recipe and people were confounded, and a bit disappointed, that I didn’t have one. There are five very good bread bakeries within a few blocks of where I live (bakeries stayed open in France during the confinement,…

When the lockdown started in March, a wave of people got to work mixing up sourdough starters and baking bread. I was frequently asked for my sourdough starter recipe and people were confounded, and a bit disappointed, that I didn’t have one. There are five very good bread bakeries within a few blocks of where I live (bakeries stayed open in France during the confinement, as they’re considered essential businesses), and while I was avoiding going out, getting bread from your local bakery is part of the rhythm of life in France. Bread is deeply important and proof of its importance was that the French revolution was spurred on by a lack of flour to make bread. Bread isn’t just “bread.” It can be much more than just something to eat.

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5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta-you only need 5 ingredients to make this quick and easy pasta dish! Add it to your dinner menu today!  This post is sponsored by Kroger. 5-Ingredient Pasta Are you stressing about what to make for dinner tonight…

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta-you only need 5 ingredients to make this quick and easy pasta dish! Add it to your dinner menu today!  This post is sponsored by Kroger. 5-Ingredient Pasta Are you stressing about what to make for dinner tonight or maybe you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Well, if you need a…

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Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Spaghetti.

Meet one of the loves of my life: chicken parmesan meatballs. That’s saying a lot because we have chicken AND tomato sauce here. Perhaps I should say newer loves of my life. Newer as in… the last few years. I still don’t LOVE tons of tomato sauce. And as you’ll see here, I like to […]

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Meet one of the loves of my life: chicken parmesan meatballs.

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

That’s saying a lot because we have chicken AND tomato sauce here. Perhaps I should say newer loves of my life. Newer as in… the last few years.

chicken meatball mix

I still don’t LOVE tons of tomato sauce. And as you’ll see here, I like to bake my meatballs in a thin layer of sauce, so that sauce thickens even more and gets almost caramelized in a baking dish! In the recipe below, I suggest adding a second jar of sauce if you LOVE sauce. And I’m guessing that most of you will. 

I’m always the odd man out in my lack of love for tomato sauce. 

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ll remember that I love to serve something tomato-sauce based in December. It’s comforting, but not like the holiday flavors and food we eat at parties. I’ve done a meat lovers pizza, slow cooker short rib sauce and lasagna bolognese just to name a few. 

They make for the best December meals!

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

So the chicken parmesan meatballs.

Let’s talk. 

Take some ground chicken and mix in a bunch of herbs. An egg, a bread crumb shower, some seasonings and lots of parmesan cheese. I like it finely grated so it flavors the chicken but doesn’t come seeping out of all the meatballs while you bake them.

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

Oh yeah! That’s another thing. These are baked! You can bake them on a baking sheet by themselves. You can stick them in a baking dish and cover them with sauce and do it that way.

And the best part is that you can make these ahead of time AND freeze them.

First, you can make them ahead of time and cook them and the leftovers are fab.

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

But to freeze, this is one of my go-tos. I have a recipe for perfect freezer meatballs in Seriously Delish and they are a lifesaver. 

Make the meatballs and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flash freeze them for 30 minutes or so, then stick them in a resealable bag (I love stasher bags!) and toss them in the freezer. 

When you’re ready to cook, I suggest throwing them in a slow cooker with lots of sauce and heating on low for eight hours or so. Everyone LOVES them. SO easy.

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

Guess what we’re going to serve these on? A bed of roasted garlic spaghetti. OHHH YES.

Roast a few heads of garlic until caramely. Make a pound of whole wheat spaghetti and toss it with olive oil, parmesan and the golden cloves. It’s not a saucy pasta, but that thickened tomato sauce from the meatballs adds a ton of flavor.

I don’t know what is better!

But together? This meal is insane.

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Spaghetti

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • Olive oil for drizzling the garlic and spaghetti
  • 1 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 large egg, (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, (plus extra for topping)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs, (like basil, parsley, thyme, oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup of freshly grated mozzarella/provolone cheese
  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 to 2 24 ounce jar(s) of your favorite marinara sauce (add a second jar if you LOVE sauce)
  • fresh basil for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice off the top portion of the garlic head to reveal the cloves. Lightly rub back and forth to remove the paper on the sides and peel any excess paper off. Drizzle about a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on top the garlic cloves. Wrap the garlic head up in foil and place it on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes. You can stick it in the oven now and then keep it in there while you bake the meatballs!
  3. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish (or a large baking sheet) with nonstick spray.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, egg, olive oil, garlic, parmesan, bread crumbs, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently combine the mixture (don’t overmix!) until it’s combined. Roll the mixture into meatballs about 1-inch in diameter. If you wet your hands slightly, it helps to roll the meatballs!
  5. Add half of the jar of tomato sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish (or a baking sheet, or oven-safe skillet). Place the meatballs in the sauce, about 1-inch apart.
  6. Place the meatballs in the baking dish. Cover each meatball with a bit more sauce and top with the grated mozzarella or provolone.
  7. Bake the meatballs for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center of the meatballs reach 165 degrees F.
  8. While the meatballs are baking, prepare the spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti in salted water as the directions call for, then place it in a large pot or bowl. Drizzle to 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil. When the garlic cloves have finished roasted and they are caramely, squeeze the cloves out of the paper and into the spaghetti. You can gently mash them with a fork if you wish. Stir in the ¼ cup of parmesan cheese. Serve with the meatballs once they are finished!
  9. You can also top the meatballs with extra sauce if you’d like, extra parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  10. To make fully and freeze: prepare the meatballs as instructed, then let them cool completely. Place them in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  11. To prepare and freeze: make the meatballs and roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Flash freeze (stick it in the freezer, uncovered) for 30 to 60 minutes. Remove the meatballs and stick them in a resealable bag. To cook, place them in a pot or slow cooker and cover with sauce. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until cooked through!

Chicken parmesan meatballs are baked and super flavorful! Serve with roasted garlic spaghetti for the best dinner ever! You can make them ahead of time too!

Gimme the garlic bread.

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