First up: some muffin goodness. Sweets LOVES muffins. When he spots them cooling on the counter he's all :::frantic pointing::: "Ah! Ah! Gleeshlot!" :::more frantic pointing::: "Ok, honey you can have one later. They're too hot now." "Ha?" :::pointpointpoint::: He's partial to banana, so when I found this recipe for blueberry banana muffins, I knew it would be a winner. And it was!
Blueberry Banana Muffins
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup plain yogurt
(I happened to have vanilla on hand, so that's what I used)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
1 cup oatmeal (quick cooking or rolled, whatever you have)
1 cup blueberries
Mash bananas. Add yogurt, applesauce, and egg. Mix in baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, flour, and oatmeal. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin tins and bake at 375 F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 - 15 muffins. What I really loved about these is that I had every last ingredient already in my kitchen and whipped up a quick batch while Sweets was taking his morning nap. Needless to say, there was lots of pointing when he woke up.
Ok, moving on to recipe #2. This recipe is also from Once a Month Mom, a new favorite website of mine. The creator of the site, Pam, is a proponent of cooking ONE TIME per month and strategically freezing the meals for later consumption. I haven't been able to make this strategy work for me yet, but I have been enjoying her monthly menus that utilize seasonal produce and aren't too fussy or complicated. This one is so healthy and so delicious, you won't even mind that it's all vegetables.
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa
If you've never heard of quinoa (KEEN-WAH) before, I'd be thrilled if this recipe was your introduction to this super grain. Quinoa is similar to couscous, crazy high in protein, and as nutritionally complete as breastmilk!
2 cups sliced zucchini
2 cups sliced bell peppers (choose your color)
2 cups sliced portabella mushrooms
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1 red onion, cut into small sections
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon house seasoning
*House seasoning = 4 parts kosher salt, 1 part black pepper and 1 part garlic powder
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Now, if you're lucky enough to live in a part of the country where you can shop at Wegmans, you can find awesome boxed mixes that include quinoa and an assortment of other grains.
If not, I recommend moving to a location where you can shop at
Coat diced veggies in olive oil, vinegar and spices. Roast on baking sheet at 400 for 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Meanwhile, cook quinoa. Combine vegetables with quinoa. Top with a sprinkle of feta cheese if desired. That's it! Easy! And the end result is mouthwatering:
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!