Banana Bread, Healthier and even more delicious

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   The flavors of Banana and Cinnamon come shining through in this quick and super easy banana bread recipe.  Replacing white flour with half wheat flour, adding healthy dates and walnuts give you extra fiber and nutrients.  A quick sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top before baking gives a wonderful crunchy top.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed over-ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ – 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup AP flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • Cinnamon/sugar mix to coat baking pan and extra for sprinkling on top of loaf

Instructions:  This is a quick bread and only takes a few minutes to prepare batter.  Preheat oven to 350* soon after beginning the recipe.

Beat bananas in mixer bowl.  A few lumps are ok.  Put into a 1 cup measure and set aside.

In the same mixer bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and beat well.  Add buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat well.  Add bananas and mix until incorporated.

Add flours last and mix until just blended.  Over mixing will not give the best results.  Remember this is a quick bread.  Add nuts and dates.  Mix in quickly.  I like to grease the loaf pan with butter.  Something new I’ve been doing is to sprinkle some cinnamon sugar in the loaf pan after greasing it.  The results are a slightly crunchy exterior.  Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 50-60 minutes.  Use toothpick test for doneness

Cool 10 minutes and turn out on rack to finish cooling.

NOTE:  Using this recipe, you can make mini-muffins, regular muffins, mini bundt breads, etc.

Bananas are freezable right in their skins.  If I don’t eat all mine, I throw them in a bag and pop them in the freezer and they are so handy to have when I want to make banana bread.

BY Tika, for Chew Wanna Eat?

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Orange Shrimp and Pork Fried Rice

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     Orange Shrimp is one of my favorites.  I had leftover Pork, so I decided that Chinese was in order.  The Shrimp with it’s creamy Orange Sauce was out of this world.  I have a habit of not measuring when I cook, so all Ingredients are guestimated.  Adjust as necessary to your liking.  The Shrimp can be spicy or mild, it’s up to you.  I will say that it was an outstanding dinner.

SHRIMP INGREDIENTS:    Yields 2 Servings

12 OZ Bag Jumbo Shrimp

1 orange

2 cloves garlic, minced

Dash Chinese 5 spice powder, Dash of Ginger Powder

Parsley

Olive Oil

2 tsp Corn Starch

1 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Optional:  1 TBSP Siracha Sauce

Parsley, Pepper

Optional Sesame Seeds

 

Marinade Ingredients: 

2 TBSP Orange Zest

3-4 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Honey

1 TBSP Rice Vinegar

2 TBSP Canola Oil

½ of an onion cut into strips top to bottom

1” piece of ginger root, peeled and cut in chunks

2 cloves garlic, minced

Optional Dash of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

 

SHRIMP PREPARATION: 

Remove tails and rinse shrimp well.  Drain well.  Place into a small bowl.  Pour mixed marinade over shrimp, stir, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

While Rice is in the skillet, drain the Shrimp and discard the liquid, Onion, and Ginger root.  In a second skillet, add the remainder of the juice from the Orange, Corn Starch, Siracha Sauce, Garlic, 5 Spice Powder, and Ginger Powder.  Optionally you can add a few quarters of Orange.  (See photo).  Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.  Remove to the bowl that your rice chilled in.  Set aside.

In the same pan, add a drizzle of Olive Oil.  When pan is hot, add the drained Shrimp.  You can optionally add a dash of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes now.  Cook about 3 minutes over medium heat until Shrimp is pink.  Return the Orange Sauce to the pan.  As soon as it begins to simmer, it’s ready to serve.  You may garnish with Sesame Seeds if you’d like to.

 

FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:  Yields 4 – 5 Servings

1 ½ – 2 cups leftover Pork or Chicken cut into chunks or strips

Veggies I used:  Snow Pea Pods, Onion, Garlic, Asparagus, Mushrooms, 1 Carrot diced

4 Servings of Rice cooked and chilled

2 TBSP Hoisin Sauce

3-4 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1-2 cloves Garlic, minced

Pepper, Parsley

1 TBSP Butter

1 or 2 Eggs

 

PORK FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:

Preheat a large skillet and drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom.  Add the cold rice and give it a stir.  Let it cook for about 5 minutes. (Reserve the bowl the rice was in.)

Add the Soy Sauce and Hoisin Sauce, stirring well.  Let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the Veggies that take the longest to cook first (Carrots) and let them cook for 5 minutes.  Add the remainder of Veggies.

When Veggies are tender, add the diced Pork.  Stir.  Make a well in the center.  Add a pat of Butter.  When melted, add the Egg and let sit until mostly cooked.  Break up and stir throughout rice.  Taste and adjust anything you care to.

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Red Beans and Rice with Chorizo and Chicken

Red Beans and Rice with Chorizo and Chicken

     My husband loves Red Beans and Rice.  Until recently, he was eating it out of a can.  I had to put my foot down.  I want him to have the healthiest food possible, and that means cooking it myself.  Needless to say, he loved my version of a classic New Orleans dish.

     Here’s how I did it:

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 8-10 SERVINGS

3 cans Red Beans, drained and rinsed

1 lb +/- Chorizo or Andouille Sausage

3 TBSP Olive Oil

¾ cup Green Bell Pepper, chopped

1 large Rib Celery, chopped

¾ cup Onion, chopped

2-3 TBSP garlic, chopped

2-3 Bay leaves

4-5 Bone-in Chicken Thighs (Depending on size)

1 tsp Black Pepper

½ tsp Chipotle Chili Pepper

¾ tsp Salt

1 ½ tsp dried Basil

1 tsp Parsley

1 tsp dried Sage

2 cups reserved Broth from Chicken

Optional: Garnish with Green Onions

 

PREPARATION:

In a 4-6 qt pot, drizzle a little Olive Oil in the bottom.  Cut Sausage into 1” slices.  Cook until browned and slightly crispy.

While Sausage and Veggies are cooking, place chicken in a separate pot, cover with water and simmer for about 30 min.

To Sausage pot, add another drizzle of Olive Oil, Green Pepper, Onions, Garlic, Celery, and Bay Leaves.  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When chicken time is up, remove Thighs from their pot, RESERVING THE BROTH.  Add thighs and 2 Cups of the Broth to Sausage/Veggie Pot.  Cover and let simmer for 15-20 min.  Remove Thighs and debone.  Add meat back to Main Pot.  An old secret to creamier Red Beans and Rice is to remove a good cup of the Beans and mash with a fork.  Then add to the Main Pot.  Add all the Seasonings and remainder of Red Beans.  Simmer for another 10 min.  Remove Bay Leaves and serve with White Rice.

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Amish Sugar Cookies, 7 Ways

Amish Sugar Cookies, 7 Ways

     You know it’s rare that I make someone else’s recipe, but I’ve seen this Amish recipe a few times and noticed that it had a nice high rating.  I wanted to give it a try.  Quick prep time makes these a wonderful every-day dessert.  Lightly sweet, barely crispy on the outside while chewy on the inside makes these cookies pretty perfect. 

     The original recipe is below.  It was perfect as is.  The only thing I changed was to add ½ tsp Almond extract and use my large cookie scoop.  I baked for 12-13 minutes.  Yielded 46 Larger cookies.  

     3 New Flavors – Mocha, Chocolate Mint, and Lime 

Past Flavors – Almond Vanilla, Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon

    INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter, (2 sticks), softened

1 cup vegetable oil

1+ cup sugar

1+ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(my addition – ½ tsp almond extract)

4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

 

PREPARATION:

In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla and Almond extract. Add baking soda and cream of tartar.  Gradually add flour.

Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

     I USED MY LARGE SCOOP AND BAKED FOR  12 -13 MINUTES.

PICTURED ARE: Lemon, Orange, Mocha, Lime, Chocolate Mint.  If you do one tray with just Almond Extract, that equals 7 flavors with one batter!  Note:  For the Lime Flavor, I didn’t have any Lime Extract, so I used a bit of fresh squeezed Lime Juice and some Lime Zest. For the Mocha I added a bit of cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp Coffee Extract.  For the Chocolate Mint I added 1/2 tsp Spearmint Extract and a bit of Cocoa Powder.

NOTE:  If you want to make a variety of flavors/colors, scoop part of the batter out and put it in a medium size bowl.  Add food coloring and whatever flavor extract you want.  Then bake that sheet, rinse out the bowl and do your next flavor/color.

If you make 1 ½ batches of dough, you can make one orange tray (I added a bit of orange zest), one lemon tray (I added lemon zest and lemon food coloring), plain vanilla/almond, and cinnamon.  For the cinnamon flavor, I added some Saigon cinnamon to the dough, scooped the cookies out and then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top.  Make sure you bake that batch last.  You don’t want cinnamon getting mixed in the fruit or plain flavored cookies.

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Breakfast Sandwich

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Around here, we love Breakfast Sandwiches. They quick to make, delicious, and portable! Hand one to a kid who is about to miss the bus, or wrap one in aluminum foil and take it to work. You can use ham, sausage, or have it meatless. Anyway you fix them, they’re always a hit.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Asparagus

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus


     In our quest to eat healthier without giving up flavorful foods, this is my new way of cooking Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus. I do it in my toaster oven, but you can tuck a small dish in your oven alongside whatever else you’re cooking. Note that I didn’t make a huge batch for just the two of us, so please increase ingredient amounts if you’re feeding a family. 

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

Ingredients:  Yields 2 servings

1 large Sweet Potato, scrubbed well

Drizzle of Olive Oil

Seasonings:  Thyme, Salt

 

PREPARATION:

Poke a few holes in the clean potato with a sharp knife.  Wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for 2 ½ minutes, turning over about halfway through.

Cut into large chunks, place on cooking tray, drizzle with olive oil, and then sprinkle on Thyme and Salt.

Bake in a moderate oven for about 20-30 minutes, depending on how large your chunks are.  Flip over a few times during cooking.

ROASTED ASPARAGUS

Ingredients:  Yields 2 servings 

12 Asparagus Stalks, washed

Drizzle of Olive Oil

Seasonings:  Tika’s Greek Seasoning

 

PREPARATION:

With your fingers on each end, bend Asparagus stalks until the bottom snaps off.  Discard the tougher ends or make soup.

Place on the same dish as the Sweet Potatoes after about 15 minutes.  Drizzle with Olive Oil, sprinkle on Tika’s Greek Seasoning, flipping once during cooking.  Depending on temperature, the asparagus will be cooked in about 12 minutes, depending on how soft you like them.

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Better Than Ever Green Bean Casserole

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Green Bean Casserole has been around a long time, and why not?  It’s easy to make, and delicious.  Bob loves it, but I don’t make it often because it’s just too much for the two of us.  I planned on roasting a chicken tonight and wanted to make GBC for Bob.  I didn’t have any fried onions.  UGH!  So, I put my thinking cap on and came up with a new version that we thought was pretty darn good!  The mushrooms add a tasty new addition to the normal casserole, including extra liquid, so you can use less sour cream.  Here’s how I did it:

 

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 4-5 SERVINGS (Feel free to double)

1 can Green Beans, drained

1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms

2 cloves garlic

Pepper

½ can cream of mushroom soup

¼ cup Sour Cream

1 clove garlic, minced or chopped

½ – ¾ cup Croutons, crushed

½ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded or sliced

 

PREPARATION: 

In your casserole dish, mix the first seven ingredients with a spoon.  I didn’t grease the dish.  Cover it, bake in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes.  Remove, spread cheese on the top, cover, and let the cheese melt.  Put the crushed Croutons on top and pop back in the oven for about 5 min.  Ta da.  Done.

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PORK PROVOLONE

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My friend Mary Roper has contributed another wonderful recipe. Pork Provolone! How awesome does this look???? Mary cooked hers in a 3.4 qt 1500-watt air fryer, but you can easily do it in the oven. Here’s how Mary did it:

INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 2 SERVINGS

2 small boneless pork chops
1 cup Buttermilk
Italian Seasoning and Garlic Powder
3 oz Pork Rinds
½ cup Plain or Seasoned AP Flour
2 slices Provolone Cheese
1 quart Homemade Marinara or a good quality store-bought (Mary used Rao’s)
Cooked Spaghetti
Garnishes: Parmesan Cheese and Basil

PREPARATION:

Pound the pork chops fairly thin. Marinate in buttermilk, Italian Seasoning and Garlic Powder for several hours. Mary puts everything in a zip lock, then into a bowl in case the bag leaks. Flip it around a few times to make sure it got into all of the sides.
Pulverize pork rinds in a food processor (make sure to break down or get rid of any large pieces as they’re very hard and could break a tooth!)

Set up a breading station with your pork in the milk mixture, a container with seasoned or plain flour, and pork rinds.

Allow any excess milk to drip off one piece of pork, place it in the flour to cover, back in the milk and finally in the pork rinds. Push the pork rinds onto all sides of the meat to coat. Cover and allow to sit on a plate in refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour for breading to set.

Place in air fryer basket. Spray lightly to keep crumbs from blowing off and fry at 400 degrees for 9 minutes for the first side, flip, cook another 5, check internal temp to see if it’s at least 140 degrees then add a slice of provolone and cook at a lower temp 1 minute to melt the cheese. *

While pork is cooking make spaghetti and heat up homemade sauce or a jar of good quality marinara (I used Rao’s).

Plate cooked spaghetti in a pasta bowl or on a plate, add some warm sauce, then the pork, a little additional sauce, a sprinkle of Parmesan and fresh basil if you have some and enjoy!

*If you want to bake the pork instead, bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Flip and allow to bake for another 15 minutes until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.

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Greek Seasoning

Greek Seasoning

     I started using this seasoning years ago for when we grilled vegetables.  Dummy me!  I should have been using it on everything.  Make some and put it in an empty seasoning jar.  You’ll find that you will use it often!

6 TBSP garlic powder

1 TBSP sea salt

4 – 4 ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 ½ tsp basil

1 ½ tsp parsley

1 TBSP oregano

1 TBSP black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Add to an empty seasoning jar, label and use it on almost everything. (Fish, chicken, pork, lamb, vegetables).

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