Banana Bread With Cinnamon Glaze

The key to getting the most banana flavor in banana bread or banana muffins is to use overly ripe bananas – nearing on turning black. The more ripe the bananas, the sweeter they become, making your breads and muffins that much better. For this banana bread with cinnamon glaze, I used very ripe bananas and lots of pecans for added crunch and nutty flavor.

The cinnamon glaze drizzled over the top adds a decadent twist to the classic version and echoes the warm spices that are mixed in with the batter.

If you find your bananas are turning overly ripe before you have a chance to bake, try my simple tip.
Make Ahead Frozen Bananas for Banana Bread:
Peel the bananas and place them in a freezer proof plastic bag. Freeze until you’re ready to use them. Thaw first and you are good to go! I also use them for smoothies instead of ice.

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By |February 22nd, 2012|Breads and Rolls, Breakfast, Fall Recipes|7 Comments

Rustic Current and Cherry Scones

My favorite part of the day is early in the morning when the sun is just starting to rise. The house is quiet, the streets are empty, and the phone is silent. The other day, I woke up early. For that small portion of time between darkness and sunlight, it was just me in my kitchen. I brewed a cup of coffee, watched the sun come up, and started to gather the ingredients for these rustic current and cherry scones.

I have been eyeing this recipe for a few weeks now. A while ago, I started to look for a good scone recipe and I kept coming back to this one. I tried a few other recipes, but I couldn’t get this one out of my head. Finally, I stopped by the grocery store and picked up the only ingredient I didn’t have on hand, buttermilk. I had some currents and dried cherries left over from other recipes, so I decided to use them both.

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By |February 6th, 2012|Breakfast, Fall Recipes, Winter Recipes|3 Comments

Kale and Grapefruit Salad

I am obsessed with this super simple and fresh kale and grapefruit salad. For some reason, grapefruit has been particularly juicy, sweet, and delicious this season. I paired it with some winter kale and crunchy pumpkin seeds for a light salad.

For this recipe, it is perfectly acceptable to play with your food. Massaging the kale with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and lemon juice makes the leaves soft and tender. See the leaves before and after…kind of crazy what a difference a little massage can make!
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By |January 25th, 2012|Fall Recipes, Healthy, Salads, Winter Recipes|10 Comments

The Perfect Roast Chicken

The perfect roast chicken is a recipe that all cooks should master. The key is crispy, golden brown skin on the outside and juicy, tender meat inside. In this recipe, I add lemons, garlic, and thyme to the cavity of the chicken. Melted butter is brushed on before roasting to ensure golden brown and crispy skin. I roast the chicken on a bed of aromatics like carrots, celery, and onion.

The epitome of comfort food, roast chicken is warm and homey on a cold night. It can also be transformed into an elegant dish that will impress guests at any dinner party.
Tip For Perfect Roast Chicken:
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting. This will ensure even cooking throughout the chicken during roasting. Also, make sure the chicken is patted dry with a clean paper towel before the butter is added. Too much extra moisture and the skin will not get crispy.

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By |January 21st, 2012|Fall Recipes, Healthy, Main Courses, Winter Recipes|6 Comments

Low-Carb Substitute for Mashed Potatoes

You can stop craving rich, creamy, and buttery side dishes right now with this low-carb substitute for mashed potatoes. This recipe for cauliflower and white bean mash will satisfy your craving while keeping your waistline in tact.

I have not been completely cutting out carbs from my diet, however, I have been trying not to eat foods high in carbohydrates at night for dinner.

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Chai Spiced Poached Pears

Finally, a dessert you can feel good about eating while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Lately, chai tea has been a must for me in the afternoon. I took those flavors and applied them to these chai spiced poached pears. They make for a healthy, but still tasty and spicy dessert. The pears are naturally sweet and delicious. With a few added chai spices and a little bit of sugar, this is the perfect, light dessert.

Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are the spices I chose to incorporate into my chai spice. These spices give the pears a warming glow.

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By |January 8th, 2012|Dessert, Fall Recipes, Healthy, Winter Recipes|4 Comments

Crunchy Granola

Once you try homemade crunchy granola, you will never want to buy it again. I was spending $5.00 for a two cup bag of granola at a health food store. Completely fed up with this ridiculous price, I had to make best online casino my own. The end result: healthy, simple, quick, money-saving, and crunchy granola!
When making your own granola, you can control how much sugar is added. Also, you can change the ingredients (dried fruit, seeds, nuts, spices etc.) depending on your taste or mood.
I love this granola with a little bit of non-fat vanilla yogurt. I usually add a drizzle of honey to the yogurt first. It is also good with a splash of cold milk. Or take it on the go for healthy and easy snacking.
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