April 9th, 2014
You guys know that I’ve been getting serious about breakfast. I’ve also been getting serious about eliminating food waste. The two things came together last week and the result was these tasty half-homemade Strawberries and Cream Breakfast Crescent Rolls.
Part of taking control of breakfast has been understanding how to choose healthy breakfast foods. With that, let me be clear: these crescent rolls are not a shining example of a healthy breakfast food. But they are not unhealthy either. They are also tasty, filling, cane made ahead, and offer a little bit of protein. Served with plain Greek yogurt and fruit, these rolls can actually be part of a balanced breakfast. And they feel like a nice surprise, too.
How are these only half-homeade and what do they have to do with eliminating food waste?
Back in February, I had a cocktail party and had planned to serve pigs in a blanket. As my party menu evolved, I decided that they weren’t worth the time it would take to make from scratch. Instead of ditching pigs in a blanket all together, I grabbed a few containers of all-natural crescent roll dough from the Immaculate Baking Company. Then I never made pigs in a blanket.
The containers have been in my fridge all this time and I finally decided to use them. And, you know what? I just might pick up some more containers sometime soon.
I have no illusions about the Immaculate Baking Company crescent dough and want to make sure that you guys don’t either (I mean, if you care about this kind of thing!): it’s a processed food. I have lots of easy, completely homemade healthy breakfast recipes that will remain the foundation of our breakfast routine. But as processed foods—and crescent doughs— go, this product is not so bad as a once-and-a-while treat to switch things up at breakfast. Or, with a drizzle of glaze, for dessert.
If you can find Immaculate Baking Company products, take a look at the ingredients in their crescent roll dough and decide for yourself. If you’d rather make these completely from scratch, even better! Here’s a recipe for homemade crescent dough. I’ve never made it before, but it’s from a source that I trust.
Oh, and by the way, this is not a sponsored post. I have never worked with Immaculate Baking Company and have never received product from them. They are just the only natural, store bought crescent dough that I’ve ever come across and would be willing to buy. Let me know if you’ve seen other great brands.
Strawberries and Cream Breakfast Crescent Rolls
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*
Makes 8 small crescent rolls
1/4 cup cream cheese
2-3 tablespoons strawberry jam
1 8-ounce can crescent roll dough or homemade dough to make 8 1-ounce rolls
1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and strawberry jam to taste until well combined.
2. Unroll the crescent dough, separating each roll. Spread the cream cheese mixture on one side of the dough for each roll and follow directions for rolling them into a crescent shape. Bake as directed on the crescent dough package.
*Note: While there is nothing in this that is unsafe for younger eaters managing finger foods, I recommend it beginning at 12-months-old due to the fact that the dough is proceed and that this is the kind of treat that little eaters aren’t necessarily craving. If yours is, though, and you choose to share it with younger eaters, just be sure to cut the roll into age appropriate bites.