Archive for the ‘banana’ Category

It’s Meatless Monday! What’s for breakfast?

April 26, 2010

My family is pretty lucky. Every morning I arise earlier than I really have to just to make them a delicious homemade nutritious breakfast.  Now, I’m sure they appreciate my tireless pursuit of sainthood, but to be honest I am sick and tired of the clean-up.  They’re usually off to work and school before me, so guess who gets stuck with the dishes? (ahem) Yep, me.

So, I have been racking my brain to come up with breakfast ideas that require little or no clean-up. Which is why I got so excited when I found this delish recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in Living Vegan for Dummies, from one of my favorite vegans, Alexandra Jamieson (

Great for breakfast, snack time or anytime, all you have to do is just slice and go.

BTW, Living Vegan for Dummies is a mmmmmmust have book for anyone interested in becoming vegan or for vegans who want to create a healthy and balanced diet, collect invaluable tips for eating out and traveling as well as expand their cooking repertoire with some kick ass vegan recipes.

Yeah, I said it. Kick ass.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

2 large overripe bananas

6 tablespoons soy, rice or hemp milk

2/3 cup agave syrup

1/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ teaspoon salt

½ cup vegan chocolate chips

1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour

1 cup unbleached white, whole wheat, or spelt flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly oil a 9-inch loaf pan.  In a medium mixing bowl, mash together the bananas, milk, agave, oil, vanilla, and salt.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

In a large mixing bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Pour the banana and chocolate chip mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until just blended.  Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 m inutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan and serving.


Rock the crock

January 6, 2010

This is for all of you breakfast skippers, you know who you are. You don’t eat in the morning and then when you get to work you furiously stuff food in your face during your staff meeting.  I have two words for you – crock and pot.

How many of you own a crock pot? I know the name alone gets you thinking cream of mushroom soup chicken and key parties.  Au contraire, a crock pot can be a busy person’s new bff and a huge time saver.  (They’re also cheap. I just got a new one for $29.99.  )

Here’s how to get a hot, healthy breakfast in the morning without having to get out of bed.   Load up your crock pot before you hit the sheets, let it cook all night and in the morning, voila! Warm, delish oatmeal. As if that weren’t tempting enough, check out Mr. Breakfast’s Top Ten Reasons to eat oatmeal

Crockpot Oatmeal Recipe

2 cups steel cut oats (not instant or rolled oats)

6-8 cups water, depending on how long the oatmeal will cook

add ins

vanilla, apples, raisins and other dried fruit nuts, honey etc

1 tsp. vanilla

2 apples, peeled and diced

1 cup raisins

1 cup sliced bananas

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

If you’re planning to cook the oatmeal 8 hours or longer, use 8 cups of water. If you want to cook it less than 8 hours, use 6 cups of water. Put ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low.

Nothing says Happy New Year like a hangover

December 31, 2009

A few of my friends – well who am I kidding, most of my friends – are big drinkers. I am not judging, just simply stating the facts. And after last night (you know who you are) you are going to need this. For all of my over-indulgent friends here is something that I hope will help the day after.  By the way, you’re welcome.

Remember when Julia Child told you to save the liver? Her words have never been more true.  My favorite Oriental Medical Practitioner and sister-in-law Candice Nelms, suggests taking milk thistle before a night on the town. Milk Thistle (try saying that 10 times fast) protects your liver by preventing toxins from alcohol entering while helping to remove existing toxins. Take two 70 mg capsules with a meal, before or while drinking.

Or for those of you who had no idea you were going to get blotto the night before, and thus took no thistle, try this smoothie:

1 frozen banana (if you don’t have one in the freezer add ice)

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons honey

Cover your ears before blending or it will sound like a knife thru your head.

The banana helps calm the stomach, and honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and re-hydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are depleted during drinking.

Here’s to you.  Happy New Year!