Avocado Banana Crepes

This simple recipe is fantastic! I just made them this morning and I’m still gorging on them as I type. I had an avocado that I needed to use up. Crepes are the go-to for any extra fruits and veggies.

INGREDIENTS


2 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup  flour

1 1/4 cups (or more) milk 

Melted butter

1 Avocado

2 bananas

*Coconut Oil


INSTRUCTIONS

Mix eggs and salt in large bowl.Whisk in flour, then 1 1/4 cups milk.  Let stand 1 hour.

(Add more milk by tablespoonfuls to batter to thin if needed).

Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil.

Pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet and swirl to coat bottom evenly.

Cook until top appears dry, loosening sides of crepe with spatula, about 45 seconds. Turn and cook until brown spots appear on second side, about 30 seconds. Turn crepe out onto plate. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet with butter and stacking crepes on plate.


Topping!

Peel and slice your avocado and bananas.

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Add some coconut oil to your skillet…

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Fry to a slightly crispy outer texture…

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Add to your crepes and enjoy! (If you want it sweeter, go ahead and add sugar to the frying pan or sprinkle directly on the crepes).

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Peppered Pineapple Pork Chops

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INGREDIENTS


  • 6-8 Chops
  • 7-8 Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Large Pineapple
  • Seasoning

 

TOOLS


  • Veggie Knife
  • Large Glass Baking Dish

 

Preheat oven to 400

Peel, slice and add first layer of pineapple.

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Chop and add 1/2 of the sweet peppers.

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Layer on your pork chops. 

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Continue layering. Add more pineapple and sweet peppers.  Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.15966183_1386030371431406_9034298656562141496_n

Bake at 425 for 1.15 hours. 

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Enjoy! 

Chobani Cookie Cups

 

These tart little appetizers are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. Combing chocolate, strawberry, cookies, peanut butter and Chobani yogurt….they pack quite the kick. And they honestly don’t take that long to make.

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Chobani Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 TSP Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (chilled)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Mini-Cupcake Tin

The yogurt needs to be Chobani. The reason for this, is consistency. Chobani yogurt is thicker. Most yogurts are watery and have more of a ‘globule’ feel. The problem with watery yogurt comes in to play, when the cookie cups grow soggy. So avoid that.


 

Begin with preparing your cookie dough. You can make the dough or buy ready made dough, either will work, but make sure it’s been chilled.

Start by filling a mini cupcake tin with cookie dough. Grease the tin if your cookie recipe requires it.

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Bake  according to cookie recipe. Do not over cook. Towards the end, push down gently on each ‘muffin’ shaped cookie. This creates a slight pit.

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While the cookie cups are baking, prepare the topping. 1/2 cup of peanut-butter, 1 cup of Chobani Vanilla Yogurt, 1 tsp. cocoa powder. 

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With the filling is done, you can now prepare your cookie cups. Let them cool upside down, then put them in their serving dishes.

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Fill each cookie cup with the Chobani mix. 

 

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Then add the final touch! Strawberries…

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This is honestly, one of my favorites. They appear to be so complicated, and yet they’re very simple. My family loves them and it never takes them long to finish off a batch. As always, feel free to modify. I could certainly envision this recipe with oatmeal raisin cookies and a blueberry topping. Check here for more  Chobani recipes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Vegetarian Tofu with Bok Choy and Portabella

As I walked through the market this morning, I was oddly pulled toward the tofu. Seriously…I HAD to have it! And I’m not even a big tofu eater. I am however a huge veggie eater. So naturally, it stands to reason that every now and then, I’ll throw in the assorted vegetarian recipe.

Today’s recipe (and I just got through eating it….fabulous), is Vegetarian Tofu with Bok Choy and Portabella  (Which BTW: Websters Dictionary spells both ways…Portobella or Portabella, or considers one version to be the variant of the other ).

What you will need:

Tofu

Bok Choy

Green Onions

Cocktail Onions

Olive Oil

Portabella Mushrooms

Balsamic Vinegar

Italian Seasoning

Garlic Salts

Navy Beans (optional)

And if your feeling frisky ~ a glass of red wine….


 

Start by cubing your tofu. In the past if any holiday was near, I’d shape the tofu to fit. One year instead of cubing, I cut heart shapes. It’s up to you.

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Then prepare your veggies for sauteing.

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And using two different skillets, saute both the tofu and the veggies in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. This would be the time to add your seasonings. I’m rather fond of garlic and I add it to everything. But add what you want. I also added some cocktail onions to the tofu skillet.

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And an assorted mixture of seasoning to the veggies….

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Saute the ingredients in both skillets, till done. I like my tofu, with a slight tan….

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And serve with a side of Old Navy beans…

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Don’t forget the wine!

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As always, feel free to modify….the flavor is in the taste buds of the beholder.

Baking with a Convection Oven

We recently purchased a convection oven and just for the sheer blissful hell  of it, I thought I’d bake a cake…

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Yes…that’s a lovely dripping marshmallow topping…..

And here’s the steps… in pictures…..

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Chocolate and Cinnamon with a Peppermint Twist

…Sugar and Spice…and everything nice….that what fall cookies are made of….

For this recipe, you will need:

  • ! cup butter
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • peppermint candies and chilled mini-snickers bites (or any other chocolate bits you desire)

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You will also need 2 large bowls for mixing. Mix butter…

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With light brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, egg and vanilla….

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In a separate bowl  add flour, baking and salt. Mix well.

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Add the wet to the dry and mix….

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Line a third bowl with wax paper and scoop it all in the center. Cover and chill for one hour.

Drop onto lightly greased cookie sheet (I prefer coconut oil)

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Add your bits. I served the peppermints on the side this time.  Also, if you prefer to have non-fully melted chocolate…you can add those half-way through as well….

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Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes / Rule of thumb…less time for softer cookies, more time for crunchy.

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Then chillax….take in the fall scents and reflect….because quick as wink…we’ll be full speed ahead into another year of quietly anticipating the arrival of fall seasons to come.

And just because…here’s a pin for my Pinterest pals….

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Chocolate and Cinnamon with a Peppermint Twist: Welcome to Fall…..

Thanks for stopping by…..

Fall Root Veggies Taco Salad

Root veggies go hand in hand with fall. And if you’re a gardening junkie, this is the meal for you. It’s quick, simple and easily accessible if you have a green thumb.

Start by cooking your ground chuck….

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While the meat is cooking, go ahead and prepare those root veggies. I went with leeks, turnips and parsnips….

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For taco salads, I use the cheese grater on my veggies….

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Of course, cheese is a must. I went with cheddar and pepper jack…

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And no taco salad is complete without the chips and beef….I generally use the chips. The shells break apart anyway?!

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And serve. I’m going to go right ahead and put this here….mmmmmm (Yeah…that Red Velvet Cake….)

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Don’t forget your favorite salsa and the sour cream.

Enjoy!

Pearl White Chocolate-Ambrosia and Strawberry Mini Bites

Ahhh….Teeny… Tiny… Tidbits! They allow us to dream that we’re eating small and tasting large…and suffering zero consequences….Got to love them!

While there seems to be some debate as to the health value of Nutella, I truly don’t care. Now and then, we all need to throw caution to the wind, throw out the calorie counter and get down to the business of gorging ourselves on something delicious. And this quick little recipe, is easy enough to follow and quickly inhaled.

Ingredients:


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  • Pearl White Chocolate-Ambrosia (chipped off the ole block)
  • Nutella
  • Strawberries

Yep….that simple…..

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I chose to serve them in some adorable little dishes from Pat Catan’s. However, I imagine, these would look cute pretty much served on anything.

Pearl White Chocolate-Ambrosia Strawberry Mini Bites

Pearl White Chocolate-Ambrosia Strawberry Mini Bites

Well, I have to go return to the business of gorging myself now……and I’m not feeling the least bit guilty….because, well…..they’re teeny tiny.

Fresh Garden Herbs: Spaghetti and Meatballs, homefreekids.com

Fresh Garden Herbs: Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s nothing like growing your own spaghetti sauce. The only thing I couldn’t grow, was the noodles. And trust me, if we were in a rural area, I’d probably try my hand at wheat. But this is suburbia….so the veggies and herbs, will have to do.


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And of course, I found another way to add flax to the children’s diet. Toss it in the sauce. It’s so much easier than asking, “So…will you kids be having a side of flax with that?” 

Honestly, and I’ve said this before, buy a coffee grinder. You can sneak flax into ANYTHING! Seriously!

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Tomatoes, Oregano, Basil, Garlic, Flax….a little of this….a little of that….mmmmmmmmm

Strange that a ‘small thing’ like an herb garden, could bring so much joy.


Having tried the whole grain spaghetti noodles, and the kids throwing an all out boycott….I decided to sneak it in and go half and half. (And sneaking things in, allows me to forgive the fact that nobody bothered to take out the garbage this week…I feel zero guilt).

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And the meatballs….oh, the meatballs. A little breading, some more oregano, garlic and basil……

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At least for today, the kids are full….the mess is cleaned up….and well…..at least for today, I took time to appreciate the small things.

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Mixing Textures, Flavors and Temperatures

I found myself craving a melting pot of flavors and textures this morning. And with the windchill well below zero, I had all the time in the world to go a little crazy with both the food and the camera…


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A side of : No Yolk Egg Noodles


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With: Potato


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Topped with: Apples,  Avocado, Pearl Onions, Sweet Peppers and Garlic


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Sauteed and topped with : Mozzarella Pearls

[I’m not too keen on these two pics, but my screen is still banged up and I can’t tell if they’re focused until they’re uploaded. Plus, they’re part of my ‘food story’….man….I really love playing with food.]


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Served with: Breaded Chops


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And I had company……

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I know, I’ve been asked already…yes we eat our biggest meal in the mornings. We need the energy throughout the day. It never made any sense to me…to eat at 6 pm and then go to bed?!?!

If you get bored and maybe a winter storm is blocking your Direct TV signal (rolling eyes…we all know how often that happens), go play in the kitchen. There’s something about mixing flavors, textures and temps…….it’s bliss……