Friday, June 26, 2009

Banana Chips

Good afternoon!

Ben and I always, no matter what, have bananas that we end up throwing away. We eat some, and then one or two get to that point where the texture is softer than we'd like and we end up wasting them. Well, I just found a solution - banana chips! Before your bananas go bad, make some baked banana chips...these should help you not to waste anything.

one cookie sheet
cooking spray
any bananas that you aren't going to eat before they go bad

Slice the bananas in 1/4 inch slices. Place on your sprayed cookie sheet and sprinkle with some salt. Heat your oven to 200 degrees and cook the banana chips for 2 hours. Turn the banana slices over and cook for two more hours. Keep checking on them to make sure they aren't burning. They should be just nice and dried out after you are done. I've read that you can keep your oven open about an inch while doing this too.

Keep in a ziploc bag and enjoy!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Forget About 'Em!

Please make these Forgotten Cookies. They are sooo easy, but they have to sit overnight, so be prepared!

2 egg whites
2/3 cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans (optional but yummy)
1 6oz pkg chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff, adding sugar gradually. Beat in salt and vanilla. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful on ungreased cookie sheets. Place in oven and TURN OFF THE OVEN! Do not open the door until the oven is cool. The best thing to do is just make these and leave them in the over over night.

Yields 4-6 dozen cookies.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

REAL chicken salad

Ok, guys, this is the real stuff. Not the chicken salad made from canned chicken, although it is an option if you need to cut time.
I am not really going to put a definite list of ingredients on here, because you can make as little or as much as you want and there are so many ingredients that you can throw in or leave out.

The MUST haves are:
skinless boneless chicken breasts
olive oil

Drizzle olive oil on the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until done (mine always take about an hour).

Take out of the oven and cut up the chicken breasts into bite-sized cubes. Then, add some or all:

celery (cut into small pieces)
nuts (walnuts and/or pecans are good but make sure they are bite-sized pieces)
grapes (cut in half)
Terragon!!!! (ok, this is a MUST USE)
more salt and pepper if needed

Different people use different ingredients, so be creative! Put on bread or eat by itself.


Friday, June 5, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Ok, sometimes I like to get 7 or 9 lemons to fill this pretty vase that Emily gave me as a wedding gift. The lemons look good and make the house smell fresh for a few days. Then, what do you do with all those extra lemons? I'm not a lemonade lady, so here are some tips:

- Cut the lemons in half, put down the sink and run your disposal. This will take away all the gross smells from what your husband or roommates have shoved down that thing!

- Cut the lemon in half and rub it all over your cutting board. I mean, we chop up onions constantly on that day it's gonna smell.

- I just saw on Barefoot Contessa (Food Network) that if you add lemon zest to sweets that it really brings out the flavor. So, add some lemon zest to a cake, danish or cookies that you are making.

- Do you ever get weird rings and stains around your tupperware? Well, rubbing lemons on it before you put it in the dishwasher is supposed to help with that.

Hope this helps with not wasting those lovely lemons. Of course, you can always make some yummy lemonade to consume by the pool!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Momma Knows Best

Ok, here is a more exciting recipe than my last post of quickies. This is from Mandee Lee, our wonderful mom-to-be. Her husband apparently loves this stuff!

Eggplant Hodge Podge
one medium to large eggplant peeled and diced/cubed
garlic diced - I usually use one or two spoonfuls because we really like garlic
two cans seasoned diced tomatoes (we like the basil seasoning)
one package fresh crimini (baby bella) mushrooms chopped
one small/medium yellow onion chopped
one box cous cous (we use Near East parmesan or pine nut flavors)
one bag of washed baby spinach (optional - I usually forget this ingredient while at the store so it's no biggie if it's not included)
parmesan cheese
olive oil
1. In a large skillet heat olive oil and sautee diced eggplant, onion, mushroom and garlic. The ingredients will cook down a lot so I usually add some, let it cook down some and then continually add as there is more space available in the pan. Sautee until veggies are completely cooked down. Salt and Pepper to taste. 2. In the meantime cook cous cous according to directions on box. 3. Once everything is complete put a large spoonful of cous cous on a plate or in a bowl and top with large spoonful of eggplant mixture. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

Busy Bee

Ok, sorry I have not posted anything in a while, but I have been studying for a certification test and have really not been cooking anything special due to time constraints. Ben and I have just been eating FAST dinners, so, however easy and boring these may sound, here are some ideas for those busy people who really don't have more than 10 minutes to cook a dinner. Sorry Rachael Ray, but sometimes we don't even have 30 minutes to make a meal!

Roasted chicken already cooked from Sam's - $5.00
We made 5 minute cous cous to go with it and some french green beans (the long skinny ones) and mushrooms that took 10 minutes in the skillet with some Pam and salt and pepper.

Chicken and spinach sausage
These are also from Sam's, and take 7 minutes in the skillet and are 110 calories. Throw some onions in the skillet too and they are yummy...

Soup with whatever you have in the house
Make a big pot of soup on Sundays that you can eat throughout the week. Throw in some chicken broth and whatever vegetables you have in the house. If you put onions in there, you want to sautee them first and get them soft before you throw everything else in there because onions take longer.

Smoked Turkey Barbeque sandwiches
Grab some smoked turkey from the grocery store (we get ours from Sams....are you seeing a trend here?) and add bbq sauce, pickles, and feel like you are at a barbecue restaurant. Make a quick can of beans as a side.

Like I said, these are super easy and silly, but when you don't have any time to cook, they are good options to feed your tummy.