Well, hello there. Long time, no see (er, read?). Yep, it's happened again. Here's summer, I think I'll have so much more time... and no, not at all. But isn't that life? Jobs, college packing, my horse, family, and friends are the names of the games these days. Life may be busy, but it's been awesome at the same time. I feel like I'm spending my last summer before I head off to college the right way!
Oh, and the food has been awesome too. Here's a few products that I've been lovely lately and definitely recommend snatching up if you're fortunate enough to come across them.
Peanut flour at long last! This stuff is. awesome. My favorite way to eat is mixed with water and then spooned over a baked sweet potato with plenty of cinnamon!
Even more addicting that potato chips, these are the perfect snack or desert! Or you could be a normal person and eat them for breakfast, but I can't personally vouch for that because, um, normal is boring ;)
While I love kale, I admit that I was a little skeptical to jump on the kale chip bandwagon. However, these little gems that my dad brought home for me (thanks, dad!) changed all of that. I am now a confessed kale chip addict.
I've heard mixed reviews about Arctic Zero, but I must say that I am a fan! This is my favorite flavor, and I highly recommend setting it out on the counter about 15 or so minutes before you eat it. It gets all melty and the texture turns from icy to just plain awesome.
Now, about that banana bread. In my opinion, it is the best banana bread I have ever had. The rest of my family loved it too, thought they admitted that it wasn't super sweet. That's what I loved about it - you can enjoy it at breakfast, lunch, or dinner and not feel like you're eating dessert. Of course you can definitely have it for dessert or even all four. And yes having it for all four in one day is totally acceptable (at least it better be or I'm in trouble! ;) Before I share the recipe, let me apologize for the beyond awful picture. Night + phone camera = one bad picture. Just sayin'.
Best Banana Bread
Adapted from this recipe.Makes 4 mini loaves or 1 regular loafIngredients:
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 egg whites
1/4 cup agave + 20 drops stevia*
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup spelt flour**
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch sea salt*To make it sweeter, increase stevia, increase agave and decrease almond milk, or add dry sugar (if you do this you may need to increase the almond milk).**I'm sure that you could sub whole wheat pastry flour for both flours, or even use all spelt flour or another flour of choice.Directions:
And with that, I bid you farewell. Will I be back? Who knows. College is going to be busy, and while I would certainly enjoy to keep up with my blog, I may not have the time. I will try to pop in every now and then though as I plunge into the next step of my life.
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease either four mini loaf pans or one large one.
- Combine the pumpkin, melted coconut oil, egg whites, agave, stevia, bananas, almond milk, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Either in a separate bowl or on top of the wet ingredients, combine, the cinnamon, flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir well, but do not over mix.
- Poor the batter into the greased pan(s) and bake for about 43 minutes (this is for the mini loaf pans - it may take longer for one large loaf).
- Allow the bread to cool in the pan(s) for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Hola! I know this is a bit (okay, a lot) late, but how was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully, you were able to spend time with your family and get you hands on some super yummy food. That's what I did! And the family bit is why I didn't get a chance to post over Thanksgiving break... any spare time I spent with my brother! He came back from college for the holiday, and there was no way I was going to pass up a chance to spend time with him. It was definitely the best part of break. :) The second best part was the time spent with my other family, and the third part was, of course, the food!!! :P Want to see a picture of my plate??
Now the run down: bread roll (my mom and I made them), cranberries that my mom made, Katie's Bread-Free Vegan Stuffing
(what I mad for vegetables as it had carrots, zucchini, celery, spinach, tomatoes, and onion), lentils, and Peruvian potatoes that my mom and I made together. Everything was delicious!!! I was one happy muncher! I was especially glad that the rest of my family (not exactly the biggest veggie lovers) really liked the veggie dish - it felt good to make something healthy that everyone enjoyed. :) Afterwards, my dad and brother were too full for dessert, but I really wasn't! And besides, there's no way I'm turning down dessert. :P So my mom and I dug into Katie's Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
that I made with a homemade graham cracker crust. Side note: graham crackers were invented by Sylvester Graham about 180 years ago. Random, I know. But as I was typing "graham cracker," I became curious as to who invented them and just had to find out! Apparently he was also a vegetarian and a health advocate (if we can believe what we read). Any-who, back to the pie:
It was a bit odd at first because our mouths were expecting pure chocolate, but there was the slight pumpkin flavor too. We ended up really liking the flavor! Note: the piece above isn't the one I ate on Thanksgiving; it's one that I ate with lunch. Yes, with
lunch. Life is too short to save dessert for the end
of the meal. ;)
Okay, on to the garlic bread! I actually made this recipe a while ago, but the reason it's taken me so long to post is that I wanted to come up with a vegan version too. Unfortunately, I still haven't come up with the right one. I decided to go ahead and post the non-vegan recipe first, and then I'll post the other version once I get it right.Easy Cheesy Garlic BreadNeed something to accompany pasta? What about lasagna? Maybe looking for a quick snack? This bread has you covered! Ready in under 10 minutes, this recipe can easily be made to serve any number of people!
- 1 slice bread of choice (I use Rudi's 7 grain bread, but a crusty bread would be really good! I'm sure you could also use an english muffin - oh, I'm going to have try that!)
- About 1/2 tablespoon of butter
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 ounce shredded mozzarella cheese
- Set your oven to broil.
- Spread the piece of bread with the butter (you may need to soften the butter to make spreading it easier).
- Sprinkle the garlic powder evenly over the buttered bread and follow with the cheese.
- Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese bubbles and begins to brown.
I served mine with whole wheat angle hair pasta, roasted delicata squash, and mix of corn, peas, and lima beans. YUM! :D
Question: Who has Christmas decorations up??
We've put up our lights, but I really want to get out some inside decorations. For me, the day after Thanksgiving marks the Christmas season, and my spirit is in full force!
Happy weekend everyone!