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Banana Pancakes

three ingredient banana pancakes

Are you asking “where’s the syrup in this picture?” None needed. Trust me. These three ingredient Banana Pancakes are perfectly sweet and perfectly healthy. In fact, I’ve yet to eat one with a fork. Why? Because I’m usually grabbing one to eat – by hand –  on my way somewhere.

That “somewhere,” lately, is the pool. Husband and I have recently discovered swimming. Not synchronized swimming, because that would be weird.*

I’m talking about lap swimming. For exercise.

In all my years, I’ve never met a workout that I loved. Never felt the runner’s “high.” I can go a day {or a month} without “feeling the burn.” I don’t have the concentration level it takes to embrace “downward dog” on a regular basis. I did try {and love} aerial yoga a few times in California, but couldn’t find a place to practice near home without joining the circus.

A few friends have long raved about all the benefits of swimming, so we finally said “what the heck?!” And now I can’t wait to don my swim cap and goggles and log one more lap than I did yesterday.

It takes a lot of energy – which is where these hot little flapjacks from Cooking Light come in. 10 grams of protein are packed into each serving!

I feel good about having a couple of these before I head out – or when I come back. And there are only three ingredients in them: a ripe banana, an egg and a few tablespoons of whole wheat flour. That’s it!

One recipe comes together super fast by hand and makes 3 pancakes – a single serving. But sometimes I’ll pull out the food processor and multiply the recipe so I can keep several in the freezer. A quick zap in the microwave and you’re good to go.

Quick Tip! Your bananas aren’t quite  ripe? Just place unpeeled bananas on a cookie sheet in a 350º oven for about 7 minutes, until the skins turn black and they’re soft to the touch… and voila! Ripe bananas!

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Banana Pancakes
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These single-serving pancakes are a bit more like the custardy center bite of French toast: fluffy, eggy and golden delicious.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Mash banana with a fork until smooth. Add flour and egg; stir well with a whisk.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Spoon batter onto skillet, using one-third of batter for each pancake.
  3. Cook 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

*I for one, LOVE the beauty of synchronized swimming. I’m just saying that it would be very unlikely that Husband and I would chose that as a joint activity.

Whole-Grain Bran Muffins

whole grain bran muffins

My current morning routine includes a cup of my absolutely-necessary-and-don’t-even-try-to-reason-with-me-until-I’ve-had-it coffee. And one of these Whole Grain Bran Muffins. I’ll savor one while I linger over “quiet time” to start the day – or eat one en route to an early morning meeting.

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12 Things I Always Have in my Freezer {& Chicken Noodle Soup recipe}

homemade chicken noodle soup

A recent weekend found both Husband and me feeling a bit under the weather – coupled with a few of those gray days where the only thing that sounds good is a big blanket, a good book, and the occasional movie. And of course, Chicken Noodle Soup.

One of the many benefits of having a well-stocked – and well-organized, freezer {more on that soon!} is that you can pull together a healthy dinner quickly, without having to rely on pre-packaged foods that most likely aren’t as tasty or good-for-you as you can make yourself. And thanks to a little extra effort most every time I’m in the kitchen, I had everything I needed to make a great tasting soup, without bundling up and dragging myself to the store. Continue Reading →

Barbecued Chicken Stew {…and a good idea gone bad}

barbecued chicken stew

I had bragged one too many times about my marathon cooking sessions, after which I’d have a totally stocked freezer, full of meals and side dishes to feed Husband and I for a month. My girlfriends loved the concept, but couldn’t see themselves doing it. So the idea for a meal-swap party was launched.

The plan was for each of us to make a single meal, in bulk. We’d make enough so that the other six friends would each receive a main dish that serves 4. All of us would have half a dozen new dishes to try – ready to freeze, reheat and serve.

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Endive w/ Blue Cheese, Orange & Walnuts

endive blue cheese orange walnuts

It’s a salad you can eat with your hands. My mom calls these “little boats.” I call them a perfect party food. Bursting with fresh flavor, Endive with Blue Cheese, Orange & Walnuts makes a perfect addition to a cocktail or dinner party. Besides offering a lighter option to the usual cheese and crackers, it’s a great way to serve the salad to guests while you’re still working on dinner.

Fresh orange, honey-toasted walnuts and blue cheese sit on a Belgian endive leaf, drizzled with a balsamic-orange reduction and sprinkled with fresh chives and salt and pepper. Continue Reading →

Spaghetti Squash w/ Parmesan & Fresh Herbs

spaghetti squash with parmesan and fresh herbs - plated

I can’t say enough about this humble vegetable. I love pasta, but this squash is a delicious {and nutritious} substitute for noodles in a lot of dishes – including spaghetti and meatballs. And, it easily stands alone as a side dish with little more than some sautéed shallots and seasoning. This Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Fresh Herbs is a great example.

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{Best Ever} Chicken Piccata

chicken piccata

One of my goals is to try at least one new recipe each week. And not just to stave off meal-time boredom. I figure it also justifies the growing list of food magazines I subscribe to! Sometimes these experiments fall flat, but sometimes they’re a hit on the first try. Like last night’s Chicken Piccata…

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Summer Squash & Red Quinoa Salad :: Picnic Perfect!

summer squash & red quinoa salad - on Platter

When my friend Kasey served this Summer Squash & Red Quinoa Salad, it was a “get out the cell phone and take a picture” moment.  Besides that, it was delicious!

I don’t know about you, but by this time in the summer, I’ve had enough potato- or 7-layer salad to last me awhile. I want something different! Mix it up a little! And how about something that’s healthy, fairly simple to throw together, and gorgeous? Is that too much to ask?

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{Low(er) Fat} Pad Thai

Pad Thai

I grew up eating mostly meat and potatoes {Nebraska does that to a girl}.  My mom is a fabulous cook, but the closest we ever got to “ethnic” food was Chicken Chow Mein with those crunchy La Choy noodles on top (correct me if I’m wrong Mom!).

Then came my first “real job” and business travel.  And expense accounts.

At a client dinner at some swank Vegas restaurant, a colleague – eager to help broaden my food horizons, insisted I try an oyster. Let’s just say that my “pharyngeal reflex” response is seared into my memory (and probably the client’s as well), and I STILL can’t get up close and personal with shellfish of any kind.

So while I tend to stay in my comfort zone with food items {except for that time I ate crickets in Mexico}, I grew to love experimenting with different flavors and cuisines.  And one of my favorites is Thai food.

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Green Quinoa with Pepitos

Green Quinoa with Pepitos

Few foods are as polarizing as cilantro.  There is no middle ground here.  Ask a group of people if they like cilantro and one half will say they LOVE it, the other will say they HATE it. No “take-it-or-leave-it” attitudes on this one…

Me?  Love it.  Bring it on.  A cilantro candle?  Sure!

Cilantro bath salts?  You mean I can soak in it?  YES!

Cilantro on my toast?  Please and THANK YOU!

Husband?  Hates it.  Thinks it tastes like dirt.  Or soap.

When asked if she’d eat it, Julia Child said “Never! I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.”

One friend said it tastes like a penny.  Another added “a bad penny at that.”  (Is there a “good” penny taste!?).  Another said it tastes like perfume…  There’s even an “I Hate Cilantro” Facebook group, with the motto “Cilantro is disgusting and ruins everything.”  There are currently 2,990 members.  What an angry lot!

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