Sunday, April 29, 2012

Make It: Banana Pancakes

I almost always have a bunch of bananas on hand because they are such a great breakfast ingredient. Besides their important role in my favorite oatmeal, they make their way into moist banana breads (such at this recent Strawberry Banana Bread)...thick fruity smoothies...Greek yogurt parfaits...and, of course, stacks of pancakes.

This banana pancake recipe is one of my favorites. The banana and whole wheat flour flavors are perfect and not too overwhelming, their texture is light and fluffy, and the piles of pancakes just look incredibly tempting. Drizzle on your favorite syrup (though, really, only pure maple syrup will do) and an additional sprinkling of chopped nuts, and dig in. Happy Sunday! :)

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
from MassachusEATS

1 cup white whole wheat flour [I have also used "regular" whole wheat flour with great results; they are a bit denser but the flavor is wonderfully wheaty!]
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon melted butter [optional]
1 large banana, mashed
1/4 cup (or more!) coarsely chopped walnuts [or any nuts - pecans are great!]

Preheat an electric griddle to ~350* and grease with a touch of butter.
Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Dig a well into the center. 
In the well, add the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter; whisk until just combined.
Fold in the mashed banana and chopped nuts.
Pour a 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle; cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, or until cooked throughout.

Note: I sometimes will omit the mashed banana from the batter. Instead, thinly slice the banana. After pouring the batter onto the griddle, top each pancake with a few slices. Continue cooking as per instructions. The banana slices will become slightly caramelized and soften. So good!

What kind of pancakes are your favorite?
Any delicious banana breakfasts to share with us? :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Fried-Day! (April edition)

Well, here we are again: another Fried-Day! I honestly think these are one of my favorite posts to write because they are usually so ridiculous. Seriously, deep fried bacon? Who thinks of these things? (And where are they because I want to give them a big ol' hug!)

Before getting ourselves all battered and fried today, I wanted to share a link to a fun slide show with ya. I came across it on Delish and it was all about weird fried foods! Take a click through and let me know if there's any that you've tried, want to try, or would-never-eat-even-for-a-million-dollars. Personally, the Little Nookies sound right up my alley...the tarantulas? Not so much.

Alright, drum roll please! This month's Fried-Day features........

Deep fried Snickers!

My babe and I snagged these beauts at Atlantic Beer Garden in Boston last summer. (Great place, by the way - outdoor seating by the water, fabulously enormous orders of nachos, and these lovelies, of course.) Snickers are - in the own right - a pretty fantastic candy bar. They have so much going on already: chocolate, nougat, caramel, and peanuts. Might as well kick it up a notch, right? 

You betcha! Toss that baby into some batter and let it take a swim into some hot oil. When the bar comes out,  the chocolate bar inside has started to soften into perfect consistency - contrasting well with the crispy blanket of heaven on the outside. Why stop now? Let's gild the lily with a drizzle of chocolate sauce...and  serve it alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream. Seriously? You can't ask for a much more decadent dessert. (And surprisingly gorgeous for a deep fried treat!) *drool*

These are making me ponder the possibilities of other deep fried candy bars. Oh boy, I might have opened my own personal Pandora's box with this one... ;)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WIAW #12 *and* Make It: Strawberry Banana Bread

Woah, so the new Blogger setup is apparently here. I knew it was coming but was still rather surprised when I logged in to type this up! It seems as though every social media outlet I use has changed somewhat. Guess they just wanna keep us on our toes. ;)

Anyway, I just realized that I have yet to chronicle this month's Fried-Day! So, keep your eyes peeled for this Friday's newest deep fried treat. Might I suggest Oreos, bacon, or PB&J fried dough to heat up those fryers??

On to healthier side of things, we have come to another What I Ate Wednesday. I have been having such a blast browsing everyone's blogs each Wednesday and scoping our your eats. There are so many great ideas out there that I've filed away for future meals. My kitchen - and tummy - thank you all! But especially Jenn who organizes this each week. :)

Breakfast: Scrambled egg whites w/ tomato & feta; whole wheat bagel thin with PB

Can you believe it?! I finally strayed from my favorite bowl of oatmeal. Betcha didn't see that one coming. :P It was a nice change of pace, but I can't lie - I sorta did miss my oats lol! Good thing my pal peanut butter was there to help me through it.

Snack: Kashi Banana Chocolate Chip bar

On my way out the door, I decided I needed a quick snack and this fit the bill. They are pretty tasty little bars. Although yesterday I read about Kashi using GMO soy in their products and now I'm a bit skeeved out...

Lunch: Half a whole wheat wrap w/ chicken, hummus, lettuce, & tomato (from a local pizza place)

I completely forgot the photograph this! I flew home from Crossfit staaaarving and it was gone before I knew it. Ah well - it was leftover from a day before so it wasn't that pretty looking anyway. ;)

Dinner: Creamy Vegetable Soup topped w/ cheddar; another bagel thin, topped w/ slices of cheese & tomato

So the soup. Yes, it doesn't look overly appetizing but looks are deceiving - it was great! It is a recipe from 400 Calorie Fix and it is chock full of delicious veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, onion, as well as some cannellini beans. Once everything softened up in some veggie broth, I took a stick blender to it and smoothed it out. The beans and vegs gave it a perfect creamy texture, without any added milk, cream, etc. Yum!

Dessert: A slice of Strawberry Banana Bread

This was SO good! Certainly not a light recipe but worth the splurge. I definitely think that the sugar could be reduced, especially since strawbs are pretty sweet on their own. The recipe was one that I'd found floating around on Pinterest (click to follow me, if you'd like!).

Strawberry Banana Bread
from: Pass the Plate's blog
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan. 
2. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add butter and sugar; mix well. Add yogurt, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to wet; mix until just combined.
4. Fold in sliced strawberries.
5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan, on a rack. EAT!

Well, that just about does it for me. If you try the bread, let me know how it went! Happy Wednesday! :D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WIAW #11

This gorgeous weather has got me pumped up! I love not being bundled up in a sweatshirt, running outside without gloves, and soaking up some of that warm vitamin D. :) Well, I suppose I do have one complaint: all of the damn bees buzzing about! Yeah, yeah - I know how great and important to the ecosystem they are. But I intensely dislike bees because, on more than one occasion, I have had the misfortune of them flying into my face and stinging the shit outta me...for no reason. Seriously.  I'm gettin' real good at ducking and dodging, however...

Anyways, I know you aren't here to read about my various phobias. You're here to see some eats! Can't blame ya - that's the reason I frequent this little corner of the blogging world too. So, a big ol' thank you to Jenn and all the others who make WIAW fabulous - let's get this started! (By the way, did you all see Jenn's Zucchini Cups?! Omg drool, def happening asap!)

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ banana, cookie butter, chia seeds, and ground flax

Sorry, I'm sure you are already sick of seeing this breaky pop up on my WIAWs. But I don't think I'm quite ready to stop eating it yet. Not only does it taste amazing, but it keeps me totally full until lunchtime! Very few other breakfasts successfully do that for me.

Snack #1: Strawberries

Nothin' like some juicy red strawberries...well, except maybe raspberries. ;)

Lunch: Grilled chicken and salad (lettuce, cukes, tomato, red onion)

Another staple meal here but, again, it always does it's job at keeping hunger at bay. Except when I'm at work and there's a damn jar of chocolate eggs staring me down... Must. Resist. The. Chocolate. *smacks hand away*

Snack #2: Baby carrots w/ kalamata olive hummus

I forgot to snap a pic - apologies! Anyway, this hummus from Trader Joe's is fantastic! I <3 olives, so I immediately snatched this up without a second thought.

Dinner: Pulled pork slider w/ coleslaw, sweet potato-pecan pudding, and cucumber salad

This was a special little nosh! My babe won a couple entries to a local AAA to learn about the Phantom Gourmet cruise. Aside from that, the local Firefly's BBQ would be providing noms and they have pretty killer BBQ! Oh, and did I mention that all three of the Andelman brothers - Dan, Dave, and Mike - would be there?! They are the awesome guys behind the fabulous Phantom Gourmet. [For those of you not in the area, go here to find out what you're missing!] I am a huge fan of the show and their events, so it was kind of a big deal for me. ;)

My babe, Dave, Mike, me, Dan!

Well, that's about it from me this week. I'm off to check out what you've been chowing down on and get some new breakfast ideas. (Maybe...)  Have a wonderful Wednesday and an even better week!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

100 Food List Challenge

(I don't know what the heck is going on with the spacing in this post. I've tried fixing it several times now, to no avail. The OCD in me is freaking out! Lol)

I had seen this floating around for some time now...and finally got bored enough the time to check it out! The 100 Food List Challenge is a round-up of various food items, check off what you have tried, and see how you compare. Huge time waste but fun! Incidentally, I love lists...

I have eaten 61 out of 100 things! (They are in bold type.) I doubt that I'll ever knock everything off this list as I'm not much of a seafood eater, which is one of the very few things I won't eat. [Beets, milk, and hot, mushy fruit (think pies) round out the list.] And, about that snake...yeahhh, probably not.

1.      Abalone

2. Absinthe

3. Alligator

4. Baba Ghanoush

5. Bagel and Lox

6. Baklava

7. Barbecue Ribs

Ribbies on the grill

8. Bellini

9. Bird’s Nest Soup

10. Biscuits and Gravy

11. Black Pudding

12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht

14. Calamari

15. Carp

16. Caviar

17. Cheese Fondue

18. Chicken and Waffles

19. Chicken Tikka Masala

20. Chile Relleno

21. Chitlins

22. Churros

23. Clam Chowder

24. Cognac

25. Crab Cakes

26. Crickets
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion Wine

29. Dulce De Leche

30. Durian
31. Eel

32. Eggs Benedict

33. Fish Tacos

34. Foie Gras

35. Fresh Spring Rolls

36. Fried Catfish

37. Fried Green Tomatoes

38. Fried Plantain

39. Frito Pie

40. Frogs’ Legs
41. Fugu

42. Funnel Cake

43. Gazpacho

44. Goat

45. Goat’s Milk

46. Goulash

47. Gumbo

48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese

50. Heirloom Tomatoes

51. Honeycomb

52. Hostess Fruit Pie

53. Huevos Rancheros

54. Jerk Chicken

55. Kangaroo

Marinating up some 'roo to throw on the barbie ;)

56. Key Lime Pie

57. Kobe Beef

58. Lassi

59. Lobster

60. Mimosa

61. Moon Pie

62. Morel Mushrooms

63. Nettle Tea

64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup

Okay, so this isn't soup but whatever. Braised oxtails. #amazing

66. Paella

67. Paneer

68. Pastrami on Rye

69. Pavlova

70. Phaal

71. Philly Cheese Steak

72. Pho

73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese

74. Pistachio Ice Cream

75. Po’ Boy

76. Pocky

77. Polenta

78. Prickly Pear

79. Rabbit Stew

80. Raw Oysters

81. Root Beer Float

82. S’mores

83. Sauerkraut

84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake

88. Soft Shell Crab

89. Som Tam

90. Spaetzle

91. Spam

92. Squirrel

93. Steak Tartare

94. Sweet Potato Fries

95. Sweetbreads

96. Tom Yum

Tom yum soup from one of my favorite Thai places!

97. Umeboshi

98. Venison

99. Wasabi Peas

100. Zucchini Flowers

That's a whole lot of eating. I'm interested in that dandelion wine and have always wanted to try rabbit. Oh, and while I dislike seafood but want to eat a sea urchin...mostly for revenge. I stepped on one while on a cruise last year and haven't forgotten it. *shakes fist* Anyway, share your list in the comments or by linking to your own list!

Is there anything on the list that you would NEVER try? 
Have you eaten any of these more unique foods and been pleasantly surprised?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WIAW #10

After a two week posting gap, I'm back! I'm not going to bore you with the details, but I am happy to be posting again...especially a WIAW! Thanks to Jenn for hosting every week. Be sure stop by her blog to check out her WIAW post and the other bloggers' link up  :)

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ banana, cookie butter, chia seed, and ground flax

Yep, this picture is a repost from the last WIAW. But, seriously, I can't stop eating this for breakfast...pretty much every day. Love it!!

Lunch: Whole wheat spaghetti with roasted red peppers, walnuts, and goat cheese

This was leftovers from the night before and, boy, was I looking forward to it! I got the recipe from Fitness magazine and followed it pretty much to a T.

Dinner: Grilled chicken, baked sweet potato, and spicy steamed broccoli

A quick, healthy, and filling meal. Not much to add to this except that I'm psyched to be grillin' again!

Snacktime: Strawberries

Seriously, look at the size of that thing! It doesn't look as impressive online as it did in person but...that berry on the right is the typical size of a strawberry.

Well, that's all for now. I've been trying to quit snacking so often, particularly at night. It is still a bit hard when I'm just veggin' on the couch at the end of the day, but it has gotten easier. :)

Stop by again tomorrow and check out my 100 Foods List Challenge - see how you stack up. Have a fabulous day, all!