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Easy Banana Bread: Recipe

Most weeks I end up with a few battered and rejected bananas from my husband’s lunch box or half bananas the children haven’t eaten.

More often than not a quick bread or muffins are my go to . This banana bread recipe is a great one to have at hand as it’s versatile and easy.

Use whatever fat you are comfortable with . I’ve had great results with both butter and coconut oil but surprisingly I prefer the coconut oil in this recipe.

Add in whatever fruit you need to get rid of . I’ve done banana and blueberry or even apple cinnamon instead of banana.

Banana bread

3 large bananas mashed

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup milk ( whole )

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cup flour ( used tastes like white flour )

Combine egg , banana and vanilla, milk . Cream together sugar and oil in separate bowl.

Sift together flour , salt , baking soda and powder , cinnamon. Combine with remaining ingredients

Bake 350 25-30 mins .

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Monday Easy Meal: Roast Chicken & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy Roast Chicken w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Such an easy and comforting meal that comes together pretty quickly. A great idea for weeknight dinners as the weather gets colder.

I started with a couple chicken pieces . Whatever you have is find . Some chopped onion , celery , garlic and some sprigs of fresh thyme from my herb garden.

In the oven it went with a splash of water at 350 for about an hour

While the chicken cooked , I peeled and scrubbed some potatoes and boiled them until they were soft when poked with a fork .

In a piece of aluminum foil I roasted some garlic with the chicken about 25 minutes .

Drained the potatoes and squeezed a couple cloves of the roasted garlic into the potatoes . Added some butter , whole milk , spoonful or two of cream cheese and salt and pepper .

Heaven !

When the chicken was done I made a quick gravy with a bit of broth and bisto and flour .

Easy and yummy dinner in about an hour with very little actual cooking !

Enjoy !

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Tortellini Pasta Salad: Easy Recipe

It's been awhile since I've had the chance to make a blog post . Life gets in the way sometimes .

I'm sure you all can relate so I thought I would post a quick and easy recipe that would make a great side for dinner or to take to your next BBQ.

Ingredients
1/2 package fresh cheese tortellini ( you could use frozen this was just what I had ), cooked and cooled
1 large tomato finely chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion chopped thinly
1 tbsp oregano
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used mozz )
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan on top

With a tbsp or 2 of olive oil cook down onions and tomato until tomato bursts add garlic .
Let it cool

Combine veggie mixture with pasta . Add a drizzle of olive oil if it looks dry
Add cheese and salt and pepper and mix
Top with Parmesan and chill until ready to serve .
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Such a great and easy dish for summer. My husband enjoys it so much he's having the leftovers as lunch today.

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Strawberry Yogourt Muffins : Recipe 

I was a little over zealous in the produce department the past week at the grocery store and I ended up with a bit of fruit that had to be used before it ended up bad 

A full carton of Ontario strawberries that my daughter didn’t devour yet , was first on my agenda . 

These muffins are sweet , moist and a great way to make a dent in summer’s yummy bounty. 

This recipe is versatile . Use whatever berries or fruit that you need to eat quickly . A yogourt cup of whatever flavour and a bit of whatever milk your family likes using . If you prefer white flour use that . Or half and half . I can say that these turned out great with all whole wheat though .

Strawberry Yogourt Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup white sugar 

1 egg beaten

1 tbsp vanilla 

1/2 cup yogourt 

2/3 cup milk 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

Pinch of salt 

Cream together butter and sugar . Add egg and vanilla . Then yogourt and milk 

Combine flour , salt and baking powder separately . Combine with wet . Stir in berries . 

Bake in a lined muffin tin for 16-18 minutes at 350. Top should be dry and sides just golden. 

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Let us know your fav way to use up summer fruits and veggies. 

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Zuchinni Bites : Recipe

Zuchinni is one of my favourite vegetables year round but in the summer lots of people have loads of it from gardens and are eager for new and yummy ways to use it up. 

Hey , there is even a national leave zuchinni on your neighbors door step Day !

Really. 

This recipe won’t make you leave the house but it will leave you with a bunch of yummy zuchinni bites that your kids and even your husband will love.

Ingredients 

1 good sized zucchini shredded . Squeeze water out of it 

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup shredded cheese 

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Combine and drop by spoonful and flatten in fry pan with bit of oil or butter medium low. Until sides are golden

They freeze well and are versatile if you want to add spinach or other shredded veg. 

I keep in fridge or freezer and warm in toaster oven . 

Hope these zuchinni bites are as popular with your family as they are mine.

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Breaded Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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I love a good breaded chicken, but my absolute favorite is when I make my parmesan breaded chicken.  I decided to add a little twist to it by adding some spiral noodles as well.  My husband loved this meal!  It is a winner!

I just added bread crumbs, egg wash, and flour on some chicken breasts and then cooked it in some butter.  I also seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper.  In a separate pot, I cooked some pasta to go with it.  It’s somewhat simple to make but I don’t like all the dishes I use to make it.  After I finished the plating, I added some parmesan cheese shavings and some parsley on top and called it a day.

Sometimes the simpliest recipes are the best meals.

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Loaded Potato Salad : Recipe 

I’ve made many potato salad recipes over the years as my family always enjoys it as an easy summer side dish or a quick lunch. 

This recipe may just be my new go to. 

It doesn’t involve any peeling or odd ingredients but it’s full of flavour and all the things you love about old fashioned potato salad.

It’s also easy to tweek to your liking or omit ingredients.

Ingredients 

About 4 larged unpeeled potatoes chopped and boiled  ( I used the equivalent of mini potatoes)

1/2 small Vidalia onion finely chopped

1 stalks celery finely chopped

5-6 slices of cooked bacon chopped 

3/4 cup mayo

1 tbsp yellow mustard

1/2 cup shredded cheese ( whatever kind you like )

Salt and pepper to taste 

3 hard boiled eggs peeled and diced 

Combine . Chill and enjoy !

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Hope you and your family enjoy this great summer recipe.

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Summer cravings

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I have been having a strong craving lately for deviled eggs for some reason.  But I absolutely suck at making hard boiled eggs.  I don’t know why but I just can’t seem to do it right.  But last weekend I finally did it right!

So I made some deviled eggs over the weekend while my husband was outside with the kids in the pool.  I have been slowly but surely starting to work on this lady’s order as well too.  She ordered 400 Christmas cards from me so I have been getting things together to get that started.

It has been a very hot summer here though.  Today is supposed to get to 115 degrees!  I hate the summers because of the heat and I don’t like that my birthday falls in the summer either.  I don’t like turning another year older.

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I’ll Never Use White Sugar In My Chocolate Chip Cookies Again : Recipe 


I stumbled upon the idea to make chocolate chip cookies without white sugar out of necessity. 

I had told a friend that I would bake cookies for a child’s birthday party and when purchasing the ingredients I didn’t buy granulated white sugar because I thought I had some at home. 

Turns out, I didn’t . 

But I had a big bag of fresh brown sugar. 

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Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg 

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp of vanilla

1 and 1/2 cups white flour 

1 cup chocolate chips

Cream together sugar and butter . Beat egg. Add vanilla to egg and combine with sugar and butter.

Stir flour , salt and baking soda . Stir in wet until almost mixed then add chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 on parchment paper lined cookie sheet for about 8 minutes.


Hope you love them as much as my family did.