Archive for September, 2018

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Banana Bread Coffee Cake

September 25, 2018

This sweet treat brings together the best of banana bread with the best of coffee cake. Combining ripe bananas with warm cinnamon and brown sugar makes your kitchen smell amazing.

You will need:

  • 8 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 c light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1 3/4 c old-fashioned oats, divided
  • 2 T unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking dish with foil and grease with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 8 tablespoons of the butter with 2/3 cup of the brown sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, banana, and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the banking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour and 1 1/4 cup of the oats.
  6. Spread into the prepared pan.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of oats with the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cold butter, and pecans until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  8. Spread the topping on the batter.
  9. Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean and the cake is golden.
  10. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Sweet Corn and Pea Pancakes

September 20, 2018

These are a fun side dish or vegetarian meal option. They are easy enough to mix that you can have small kids help out, yet they are full of deliciousness from the corn and peas and cheese.

You will need:

  • 2 c corn kernels
  • 1 c sweet peas
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 c grated Parmesan
  • Enough olive oil to thinly coat your skillet
  • Optional: sour cream for serving

Then you will…

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine everything but the sour cream.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet (coated with a thin layer of olive oil) over medium heat.
  3. Drop batter by the 1/4 cup into the hot skillet, 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Serve hot with sour cream on top.

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Bacon and Tomato Gnocchi

September 17, 2018

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Just a few ingredients make this a simple pasta dinner. However the bacon packs lots of flavor alongside the fresh tomatoes.

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1 lb fresh gnocchi
  • 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c shredded pecorino romano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c fresh baby arugula

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonsticket skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel. Reserve the bacon fat.
  2. In a small sauce pan, warm 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium heat.
  3. Add the the tomatoes and garlic to the sauce pan and allow to saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the gnocchi according to the package. Drain and reserve 1/4 c of the cooking water.
  5. Add the pecorino romano and reserved cooking water to the sauce pan. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  7. In the large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet and allow to crisp up on each side, about 3-5 minutes all together.
  9. Add the sauce to the skillet and toss the gnocchi to coat.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in the baby arugula.
  11. Chop the bacon and top the gnocchi with bacon pieces before serving.
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Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken

September 11, 2018

This Indian butter chicken recipe is rapidly becoming part of our regular dinner rotation. We love serving it with a little rice and some toasted pita or naan bread. It’s even better as leftovers (and it is toddler approved!).

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You will need:

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated (recommend using a microplane zester to create a grated ginger paste)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 t garam masala
  • 1 1/2 t turmeric
  • 1 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 c chicken stock
  • 8 T unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c light cream
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro

Then you will…

  1. In your Instant Pot, mix together the tomatoes with the ginger, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, paprika, cumin, cayenne and salt.
  2. Stir in the chicken and chicken stock.
  3. Cook on manual (or pressure) for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before releasing the pressure.
  5. Mix in the butter, cream and cilantro.
  6. Serve with your favorite rice.
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Taco Skillet

September 3, 2018

This a yummy and versatile dish. It is great on its own, and it would be equally tasty on top of nachos or in a tortilla. We made it with chicken, but if you want a vegetarian version, substitute mushrooms instead.

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You will need:

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces (or 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, quarter for a vegetarian meal)
  • 2 packets low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn kernels, drained and rinsed (or use 4 ears of fresh corn cut off the cobs if in season)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 c salsa
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, mix together half of the lime zest, half of the lime juice, the sour cream, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Saute the sweet potato until softened and starting to brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Saute the chicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the onion and saute until the chicken is cooked through, about another 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the remaining lime zest, lime juice and taco seasoning.
  9. Stir in the beans, corn, chiles, cherry tomatoes, scallions and salsa.
  10. Allow to heat through.
  11. Mix in the shredded cheese and heat until starting to melt.
  12. Remove from the heat.
  13. Serve with the lime cream.
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