Friday, August 28, 2015

Banana Bread

My husband is a huge fan of eating bananas for breakfast or eating them for a snack in the afternoon. However sometimes he doesn't eat them all and I end up with 2-3 extremely brown yucky bananas that no one wants to eat.  So I needed a way to use them up. Thus Banana Bread...

The next time I'll probably add cinnamon to this too.  I feel like it needed a little something extra.  I was very excited to learn that I could grill it for breakfast the next morning.  A little butter, a hot pan, and delicious grilled banana bread that may beat every pancake or french toast dish I've ever had. Except Mexican French Toast.... but that's a different story.

Banana Bread

10 minutes of Prep
45-50 minutes of Bake time
12 Servings

·       2-3 Bananas
·       1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
·       1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
·       1/3 Cup Melted Butter
·       Pinch of Salt
·      1 tsp. Baking Soda
·       Non-Stick Pan Spray
·      1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
·      1 Egg
·      1 1/2 Cups Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take a 9 by 5 pan and spray with the Non-Stick spray.
Mash bananas until they are creamy and smooth.  Add melted butter and continue to mash it together until super smooth.

Whisk in sugars, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and egg.

Begin to add flour, a half cup at a time. Whisk until each half cup is completely absorbed.

Pour into the readied pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in and comes up clean.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zucchini Lasagna

It's still summertime and late summer at that.  Which means it's also Zucchini season.  If you decided to plant some zucchini, you may now be amazed by the amount of vegetables that your garden is producing.  Zucchini is super delicious but can become boring after eating it the same way, over and over again. So I tried out this zucchini recipe and it was a tasty option. 

Now this is much easier to slice and serve the day after.  I chose not to because it smelled too good and we had to have it for dinner, but this dish can be made ahead of time.

Pork Sliders

30 minutes Cook time
25-30 minutes Bake time
·      1 lbs. Ground Turkey
·      1 large jar of Tomato Sauce
·      1 Jumbo Zucchini or 2 medium sized ones
·      12 oz Mushrooms sliced
·      2 Cups Ricotta
 ·     1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
·      1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
·     1 tsp. salt
·      1 tsp. pepper
·     6 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Brown your ground turkey first in 3 Tbsp of Olive Oil. Add the large can of tomato sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

While that is simmering, slice your zucchini into large lengthwise slices. Salt and Pepper slices.  Drizzle Olive Oil onto a skillet and saute the zucchini on both sides.

Sauce should be done at this point. Turn off heat and finish up zucchini. Then saute the mushrooms in remaining Olive Oil.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Begin building your Lasagna. Use a 9 by 9 pan.  Add a little sauce to the bottom and add slices of zucchini like noodles. With each layer add a different cheese. I did ricotta on the bottom layer, and then next layer was a layer of sauce with mozzarella.  On top of that was a layer of mushrooms with a little Parmesan. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top when finished.

Bake Lasagna for 25-30 minutes. Until cheese on top is bubbly and browned.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Pork Sliders

After a fabulous vacation at the beach, where my husband and I survived with our 5 month old, I am now trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  While I love fall, I'm not quite ready to let go of swimming, fireflies, and barbecuing. However the fall is coming and with that is a season I dread every year.  Football..... Whether it's the NFL that blares from our television 3 days a week, or the high school football games I shoot at work, it follows me.  I do however enjoy the food that goes along with it.  Such as wings, sliders, and other munchies. I thought I'd share this recipe that's easy to fix up when you're staring at a fridge full of leftovers from the week and don't feel like going all out.

Every week, I make lunches and dinners for my husband and myself.  I typically make a roast chicken or a pork loin.  Bake or roast them and serve them with veggies.  However every now and then I end up with extra meat that we can't seem to use up.  This is a great recipe to use up extra meat or just make an easy party food. 

Pork Sliders

30 minutes Cook time
10 minutes Bake time
·      1/2 lbs. Pork meat cooked and shredded
·      2 Vidalia Onions sliced
·      4-5 slices American Cheese
·      3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
·      6 Slider buns

Begin to caramelize your onions in a skillet with 3 Tbsp. of Olive Oil. As they are cooking assemble your other ingredients, meat, cheese, and buns.

Plan buns on cookie sheet and begin to layer sandwiches, adding meat first, then a layer of the caramelized onions.

Add the cheese on top, 4-5 slices just about covers it.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  (No need to preheat oven.)