Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Peanut butter banana oatmeal muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins
Makes ~16 large muffins
(Adapted from Delicious in a DASH)

   Dry Ingredients:
1 and ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
¾ cup of old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon +1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
   Wet Ingredients:
¾ cup peanut butter (I used Natural Chunky Peanut Butter)
1.5 cups mashed really ripe bananas or two large ripe bananas
2 large eggs
½ cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla flavoring powder or liquid
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt (in place of oil)
1 cups milk (I used skim)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients and set aside.
In another large bowl, mix the wet ingredients and stir until blended.
Add the mixed wet ingredients to the bowl containing the dry ingredients and stir until JUST combined (otherwise your muffins will become tough). Batter might be lumpy, but don’t worry about it, they’ll cook out.
Fill prepared muffin cups with batter and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

We all enjoyed them!!!!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Quinoa patties with spinach and cheese

   So, I’m not the best at posting the greatest blogs (I’m not a writer), but I can cook J That’s a plus. Anyway, I do my best to give my kids the necessary nutrients for their little bodies to be healthy and to hopefully grow taller than me someday. Here is today’s “healthy” recipe. And I say “healthy” because of the amount of cheese I used. Probably didn’t need as much, but hey, cheese is yummy. J


Quinoa patties with spinach and cheese
Makes ~11
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled (otherwise you’ll prematurely cook your egg)
1 cup grated cheese (I used a garlic cheddar because it had to be used)
3 tablespoons AP flour
1 small package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and wringed dry.
1 egg
2 Tablespoons Brewers Yeast (aka Nutritional Yeast)
1 tsp Salt

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together with your hands, (cause its funner) until well combined. Allow the mixture to sit for ~5 minutes.

Spray some pam on to a  sauté pan or griddle of choice and place over medium heat.

I used a #20 disher that makes ¼ cup patties. Place patties on a heated sauté pan or griddle or cast iron comal. I had room for 4 patties at a time. I also used a small egg ring to make them perfectly round, and squished them down into the ring with a spatula to make them flat on top for even cooking.

Cook quinoa cakes for about 3-5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked. I only had to spray the pan once because the cheese (as it cooked) oiled the pan up enough for continued cooking.

My kids ate them with ketchup for dipping.  I had them with tapatio.  YUM!!!