Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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I was looking for a healthier muffin recipe to use up some ripe bananas. This recipe is perfect.  It has a lot of flavor without all the sugar.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar,packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a mixing bowl add peanut butter and bananas, beat until combine.
  3. Add egg, dark brown sugar and mix until smooth.
  4. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add to peanut banana mixture alternating with mik. Beat until combined.
  6. Fill muffin cups with batter.
  7. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until done.
  8. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle in bowl and roll top of cooled muffins until coated.

 

Quick Garlic Toast

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5/5

This is so easy and a perfect way to round out a meal.

 

Quick Garlic Toast
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • Softened butter
  • 12 slices bread
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Cut each slice in half; place plain side down on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic salt and Parmesan cheese. Broil
  2. in. from heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

Carrot Raisin Salad

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This salad has a nice crunchy texture and the raisins give it a sweet flavor.  It is easy to prepare and great on a hot day.

 

Carrot Raisin Salad
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 4 cups shredded carrots
  • ¾ to 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • ¼ to ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions
  1. Place carrots and raisins in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar and enough milk to achieve dressing consistency.Pour over carrot mixture; toss to coat.

 

Sloppy Joes

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Who doesn’t like a good Sloppy Joes sandwich especially when it it homemade.  With this recipe you can make it a little spicy or as spicy as you like it.  I am sure your family will enjoy it.

 

Sloppy Joes
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup minced carrot ( or chopped bell pepper or even both)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-1/4 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 4 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar ( I do not use)
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 rolls of choice

Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium high heat.
  2. Add the carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add chopped onion and celery.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes
  5. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
  6. Remove from heat and remove vegetables from the pan to a bowl, set aside.
  7. Using the same pan, crumble the ground beef and cook until done.
  8. Drain ground beef.
  9. Returned drained cook ground beef to pan and add vegetables.
  10. Add the ketchup, tomato sauce,Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and brown sugar to the pan.
  11. Stir to mix well.
  12. Add ground cloves, thyme, pepper, salt and cayenne pepper.
  13. Lower the heat to medium low and let simmer for 10 minutes
  14. Serve on your favorite roll or bread
  15. Enjoy;)

 

Crunchy Apple Bread

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5/5

This is favorite around our house in the fall.  But you can enjoy it anytime.  This bread freezes well.  I make several at a time to enjoy anytime.

 

Crunchy Apple Bread
 
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Recipe type: BreakfastA
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16

Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups diced, peeled apples
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • Cinnamon Sugar for topping

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars.
  4. Add eggs and orange juice; beat well.
  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir into creamed mixture.
  7. Stir in apples, raisins.
  8. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  9. Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar.
  10. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until bread is done.
  11. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

 

Strawberry Filling

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This filling can be used for cakes or even cupcakes.

Strawberry Filling
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries (can be frozen), stems removed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions
  1. Add the strawberries, water and vanilla in a pot.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes over medium to high heat.
  3. Sift together the sugar and cornstarch and then stir into the strawberry mixture.
  4. Cook until the mixture is thick and the strawberries have broken down about 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely and use for cake or cup cake filling.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

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Great for weeknight meal. It is simple and yummy

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 4 medium size new potatoes ( I used 4 regular potatoes) cut into 1-inch wedges.
  • 2 cups baby carrots (I used 4-6 regular carrots sliced )
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons, divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 bone-in skinless chicken thighs ( can also use boneless chicken breasts)

Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. Place onion in bottom of slow cooker.
  3. top with potatoes and carrots.
  4. Combine broth, white wine, minced garlic, thyme, ¾ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  5. Pour broth mixture over vegetables.
  6. Combine paprika, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper; rub evenly over chicken thighs.
  7. Arrange chicken on top of vegetables.
  8. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and reduce heat to low and cook 6 to 7 hours or util chicken is done and vegetables are tender.

 

Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

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I made this for the first time the other day and the family really enjoyed it.  It was quite tasty and not rich. You could even use the chicken recipe as a another way to cook the chicken for a different meal.

 

Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CHICKEN:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ( I used regular)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper ( I did not have)
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • FOR THE PASTA:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms ( I used canned)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1-1/3 cups milk at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper ( did not have)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 ounces fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. In a small bowl combine the oregano,salt,paprika, red pepper, thyme, & olive oil
  5. Stir well.
  6. Place the chicken breasts on the prepared sheet pan and brush the mixture onto both sides.
  7. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done.
  8. Once cooked remove from the oven and tent with foil until ready to use.
  9. Boil pasta according to package directions.
  10. While the pasta cooks heat the two teaspoons of olive oil in a heavy bottom pot.
  11. Saute the mushrooms and onion over medium heat until soft, about five minutes.
  12. Add garlic and cook for thirty seconds.
  13. Add in the flour and stir to moisten, then pour in the milk and whisk to combine.
  14. Cook mixture until it thickens, about ten minutes.
  15. Once it has thickened season with salt and pepper, and nutmeg.
  16. Reduce heat to low and whisk in the cream cheese until inccorporated.
  17. Toss in the cooked pasta and mix gently to coat.
  18. Slice the chicken breast and toss into the pasta.

 

Fried Apples

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My kids love fried apples and ask for this often. This goes nicely as a side dish with ham, chicken or pork.

Fried Apples
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 apples, peeled ( of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar ( I use less)
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions
  1. Peel and slice apples.
  2. Melt butter in large frying pan.
  3. Add apples and cook turning often until soft.
  4. Add brown sugar and water and turn to combine.
  5. Cook until apples are coated like syprup.

 

 

Strawberry Filled Cupcakes

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Birthdays are big a celebration in my family.  The kids get two birthday parties.  One with  just the four of us and one with the whole family.  They get to chose one dessert and one cake for their party.  My daughter chose these for just the four of us.  They were a big hit and she had a lot of fun helping me make them.

 

Strawberry Filled Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • Some strawberry jam/jelly

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add vanilla
  6. Add half on flour mixture, beating at low speed until almost combined.
  7. Add sour cream all at once and blend thoroughly.
  8. Add remaining flour mixture and and continue beating until all ingredients are blended.
  9. Spoon 1rounded tablespoon of batter in muffin cup.
  10. Place 1 teaspoon of strawberry jam/jelly on top of batter.
  11. Spoon enough batter on top to cover the jam. (about 1 rounded tablespoon)
  12. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done.
  13. Cook on wire rack for 10 minutes.
  14. Then remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely.
  15. Frost with White Chocolate Frosting.
  16. Enjoy.