April 29, 2014

2 Ingredient banana cookies

Yummy 2 ingredient banana cookies
I recently had some girlfriends rave about these 2 ingredient banana cookies on Facebook and couldn’t wait to try them myself. They definitely didn’t disappoint. Don’t expect them to taste like a regular cookie in terms of texture and consistency, they’re more like a no bake energy bite in that regard.

They’re quick, easy to make and quite tasty. Also, one of the great things about them is that they’re pretty healthy, so you don’t feel that bad about continually popping them in your mouth or giving them to your kiddies for snacks and/or dessert. Which is a good thing, because let’s face it, they’re quite addictive.

banana cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe organic medium bananas
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate/cinnamon chips, dried fruits (like raisins, craisins, figs, dates, apricots, pre-soaked dried goji berries), nuts, hemp or sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds etc. Also, feel free to add in spices like ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. and spritz your baking sheet with some non stick baking spray.
  • In a bowl, mash the bananas, add in the oats and mix until both ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Grab a tablespoon and scoop little balls of the batter onto the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 13-15 minutes until a golden colour appears.
  • Remove from oven, place cookies on a rack and allow them to fully cool.
  • Optional: I like to sprinkle on a tiny bit of cinnamon sugar as soon as I get them out of the oven, it adds a certain je nais se quois.

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Bon Appétit

February 18, 2014

Crock pot soup

What I love about the crock pot is the utter simplicity of cooking in it.  You can throw in the ingredients , add some spices and call it a day.   Come back in a few hours to your house smelling amazing, and a wonderfully delicious home cooked meal is ready for your family.  The ‘recipe’ for my crock pot soup is as follows:

  • Brown any kind of meat you have in the freezer
  • Throw in any veggies you have
  • Put in some lentils from the pantry
  • Add water or stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Leave it alone, then come back hours later to…
  • Enjoy a yummy soup with your family

Do you like crock pot cooking, if so, what’s your favourite dish to cook in the crock pot?

crock pot soup carrot

crock pot soup celery

crock pot soup lentils

crock pot soup mushrooms

crock pot soup

January 13, 2014

Soup’s on

There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s day to warm your bones and fill your belly. My family’s favourite soups this winter have been a hearty chicken noodle, a yummy beef barley and a decadent butternut squash curry soup. I love that I got a chance to use my crockpot, dumping in ingredients the night before or the morning of. I love that feeling of walking away from the meal knowing that the hard part is done. I love that feeling of my family walking through the door, stopping, taking an appreciative sniff of the air, the slow smile on their lips and the twinkle that I get in my eye when I tell them, ‘Soup’s on’.

Hearty winter soups

beef barley

butternut squash curry soup

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July 20, 2013

Summer eats and drinks

One of the greater pleasures of summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the various combinations of gastronomic delights you can develop. Here are some of my inspirations for summer eats and drinks. I’m reminded of the famous quote by Virginia Woolf which says, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  So enjoy this summer, living well and dining well. Bon Appétit.

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summer salad

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crostini

Summer eats and drinks For more  meal ideas and for the links to these gastronomic delights, please check out my epic foodie board @ http://pinterest.com/epicmom/epic-foodie/

March 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Granola Crisp

In anticipation of my beach getaway, I’ve been trying not to stuff myself full of sweets. Can I tell you how difficult that is when you have an intense sweet tooth?  One of my favourite dessert is strawberry rhubarb crisp and lately I’ve been modifying the recipe to make it a bit more healthy and kinder to my waistline.  Bye bye for now butter, my old faithful friend; and a hearty hello to this low fat version of an old classic.  I call it my Quick and Easy Granola Crisp.  I hope you enjoy.

Crisp

INGREDIENTS
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup frozen mangoes
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups granola

topping

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the frozen berries, mangoes and raisins then pour into an eight inch square baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple juice, flour, and pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the fruit. Sprinkle the granola evenly over the fruit and lightly press down.
  3. Bake until hot and bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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Bon Appétit