Honey, PB and Banana Breakfast/Snack

Now that I have finished field hockey, I’ve had some more time on my hands when I get home. So instead of grabbing some snack out of the pantry, I tried out this honey, peanut butter and banana snack. The honey adds some sweetness but the peanut butter and banana keeps me full until dinner!

INGREDIENTS:

-Bananas

-Peanut Butter

-Honey (I got mine at Teavana)

-Bread

Plain Bread

I chose not to, but if you want you can toast your bread.

Honey

Then I spread a thin layer of the honey onto the bread.

PB

Now the peanut butter…

Banana

I sliced some banana and then layered it onto the peanut butter!
That’s it! It take maybe 5 minutes and it tastes delicious!

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Yogurt Dip Recipe

After school it’s easy to just grab some chips and start on some homework. Realistically that’s what I’ll be doing most days, but on the days I want to try a healthier snack, this yogurt dip is easy and delicious with carrots!

INGREDIENTS:

-Plain Yogurt

-Lime or Lemon

-Salt

-Cilantro

Yogurt With Cilantro

Measure out a 1/2 cup of the yogurt, I like to stir it so it’s smooth. Chop up the cilantro a bit, but not too much and add it to the yogurt.

Adding Salt

Add salt to taste

Adding Lime

Add lime to taste. And you’re done! This dip is super quick and easy and tastes great with carrots!

Dip with Carrots

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I absolutely love making homemade banana bread. It tastes delicious and is great for desert and breakfast. Here is the recipe I use when baking banana bread!

Ingredients:

3-5 Bananas (I prefer 4)

1 cup Sugar

1/2 stick Butter

1 Egg

1 1/2 cup Flour

1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 tsp Table Salt

Chocolate Chips (Optional, and add as many as you like)

Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a potato masher or a fork. Bananas Then add the butter and egg and stir. Wet Add the rest of the ingredients, but not the chocolate chips! Dry All Mixed Once everything is evenly distributed, fold in the chocolate chips. Make sure to add the chocolate chips last especially if you are using an electric mixer. Then pour the batter into your mold. final Batter Put in the oven for about 50 minutes. I usually set a time for 40 or 45 minutes, and then check on it every few minutes. If it is done, the absolute center will not come out clean if you poke it with a fork, but the bread around the middle should. Learn to wrap the bread here.

I wasn’t able to get a photo of the bread, as someone ate some of it before I had the chance! Also, I apologize about the glare in many of the photographs, the window light in my family’s kitchen was not cooperating with me!

Recycled Wrapping (For Bread Loaves)

I am so sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time! I was away on a trip for a bit and then I had guests staying at my house, and I was not able to get much work in. I will do my best to figure out a good summer schedule and some great posts. Hopefully I will be able to work out some regularity with posting. 

Flavored breads are a great gift to give as a hostess gift or during the holidays. If you make it at home (I will be posting a recipe soon for banana bread), it can be fun to wrap it a little differently than a bag with tissue paper. Read on for an easy way to wrap breads, while recycling.

Firstly, let your bread cool fully! This is very important because if you don’t it will be harder to handle and it will create more oil (at least in my experience). Now, use saran wrap to wrap up the loaf. I unfortunately did not have any, so I used parchment paper and tape. I do not recommend this as the tape does not stick well on to the paper.

First Layer Wrap

If you do need to use parchment paper, fold the ends in like you would if you were wrapping a gift box.

First Layer Wrap 2

Then take an old Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s bag (the paper ones) and cut out one of the front panels. It is a little big for most loaves, so trim it down as needed. Then wrap the loaf in the paper. Remember to put the loaf on the printed side, so the plain side is on the outside. This step can be tricky since bread loaves are not perfectly box shaped, so you make need someone to help you hold the bread.

Second Layer Wrap

Then take some bakers twine (or ribbon) and wrap it around multiple times. I like the look of 2 or 3 rounds. Tie off with a bow.

Second Layer Wrap 2

For the tag, I used washi tape. I tore 3 pieces roughly the same size and stuck them down to form a rectangle, slightly overlapping them. Just use a sharpie to write your message! Add more pieces of tape as needed!

Final

2 Cheese Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Recently I have been loving grilled cheese, it’s the perfect comfort food. I realized that I wasn’t a fan of straight up orange cheddar grilled cheeses, and adapted it for my taste. Keep reading if you want to see how I make my grilled cheese!

Ingredients:

-Bread (I prefer a french bread or sourdough bread)

-Goat Cheese (I use a roll of goat cheese, but you crumble it anyways so crumbled would work fine as well)

-Sharp White Cheddar (A block or sliced, either works)

-Butter

First, butter one side of each of your pieces of bread. The butter is on the outside of the finished sandwich so it gives it a nice buttery taste.

Buttered Bread

Flip one over and start crumbling the goat cheese around it on the non buttered side. I love goat cheese in this recipe, but to help break up the flavor you are next going to add your cheddar. While you do this you can have your stove on, but at a very low setting.

Goat

Cheddar

Now place the other slice on top of the cheese slice, butter sides out! I use a panini pan for this, which is much heavier than a normal pan, but use anything you have.

One a low-medium flame, let the cheese melt a bit, and once it has secured the pieces of bread together, flip the sandwich. Once you have a nice brown on each side, you can take it off the pan. I usually leave a bit longer so there a a few black parts, this gives it a bit of a crunch.

Golden

Cut it in half and enjoy! I love to have it with some strawberries and a mango shake.

Final

Mango Lassi (Smoothie)

Mango

So sorry I have been gone for so long, but I wanted to take some time to really understand what I can manage in terms of consistency with my posts with my schedule. I am still working on it but I will hopefully come up with a good balance in the near future. I have been working on a few post ideas, and today I will be sharing with you how to make a mango lassi/smoothie!

Lassis are a type of smoothie, but it is yogurt based. This recipe is not yogurt based, but tastes very similar to a lassi. My dad makes this recipe and showed me how to make it recently, so I thought I would share it with you! This recipe yields 2-3 servings.

Ingredients:

-3 Mangos (I suggest going to your local Indian store, the mangoes there are usually better that at a traditional super market)

-Milk

-Sugar

First, you are going to cut your mangos. Using a knife, slice away the sides of the mango, as there is a seed on the inside. Take the two sides and scrape them into a blender with a spoon.

Cutting

Trim down the size of the seed portion, but don’t throw away the seed! You can suck on it to get all of the mango and it makes a great (but slightly messy) snack.

3 Pieces

Once you finish cutting all of the mangos, you may choose to add sugar. This is optional, so if you have a sweet tooth or your mangos are a bit tart, add 2 table spoons.

Sugar

Now pour in about 3/4 cups of milk. Be careful not to add too much, you want it to be a bit lumpy.

Milk

Blend it at a low speed, and use the pulse setting if your blending has it. Like I said, you want it lumpy, not super smooth.

That’s it! Its a great desert or snack at the end of the day. Let me know in the comments if you want more smoothie recipes!

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