Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I hate throwing away food, so I always try finding a way to use it before it becomes inedible. A good example of this is overripe bananas. I don’t throw them away. I make a banana bread instead. The riper they are, the sweeter the bread, and a sweet bread is a good bread. If you aren’t ready to make the banana bread, yet, you can stick the bananas in the freezer until you are ready. This recipe makes a dense, moist bread with a crusty outside. It is sweet enough for dessert but not too sweet for breakfast. You can add walnuts or chocolate chips, if you desire.

Banana Bread
 
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Yields: 12 slices
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2⅓ cups mashed overripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In another bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
  4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moisten. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake in the oven for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Notes
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 236 calories; 8.8g fat (5.2g sat); 51.2mg cholesterol; 36.7g carbohydrate; 4.4g protein; 1.8g fiber; 219.9mg sodium; 170.6mg potassium; 6.3% vitamin A; 6.3% vitamin C; 2% calcium; 6.6% iron.

Total Cost Per Serving: $0.24

Adapted from Allrecipes.com | See the breakdown here

*The nutrition information and total cost may differ depending on the exact ingredients you use.

Portobello Melts with Smoky Red Pepper Mayo

Portobello Melts with Smoky Red Pepper Mayo

Portobello mushrooms make a tasty and satisfying burger. They have a beefy flavor that becomes stronger when grilled or in this case broiled. Add a little cheese, and you won’t be craving a beef burger anymore.

I know my last post was about veggie burgers, but my fiancé and I recently discovered this recipe, and I just HAD to share it. The Smoky Red Pepper Mayo is what really makes this burger a winner. Also, not only is it delicious, but it is super easy to make. You can have it done in less than 30 minutes! That makes it a go to recipe for anyone who has limited time on the weekdays.

Portobello Melts with Smoky Red Pepper Mayo
 
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Yields: 4 melts
Ingredients
  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 (0.7 ounce) part-skim mozzarella slices
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 (1.5 ounce) whole wheat sandwich thins
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped bottled roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat the broiler on high. Coat the broiler pan with the cooking spray.
  2. Spray both sides of the mushroom caps with the cooking spray, and place them gill side down on the broiler pan.
  3. Broil for 5 minutes, turn the mushrooms over and top them evenly with the cheeses. Broil another 5 minutes or until the cheeses melt.
  4. While the mushroom caps broil, combine the mayonnaise, roasted red bell pepper, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and garlic in a small bowl to make the Smoky Red Pepper Mayo.
  5. Divide and spread the Smoky Red Pepper Mayo evenly on the sandwich thins.
  6. Place the mushroom caps on the bottom of each sandwich thin and top each with the sandwich thin top.
Notes
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 322 calories; 15.7g fat (0.3g sat); 27.5mg cholesterol; 30.4g carbohydrate; 16.0g protein; 5.1g fiber; 644.9mg sodium; 9.2mg potassium; 9.5% vitamin A; 20.8% vitamin C; 31.5% calcium; 6.1% iron.

Total Cost Per Serving: $1.87

Adapted from Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast Weeknight Meals | See the cost breakdown here

*The nutrition information and total cost may differ depending on the exact ingredients you use.

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burger

A veggie burger is a patty that contains no meat and is usually made with beans and vegetables. As a meat eating child, I grew up eating hamburgers. It’s a staple in an American diet. After I stopped eating meat, I longed for a good veggie burger to satisfy that childhood craving. I tried them at various restaurants, and they were either a frozen, premade patty or a big, mushy mess. Eventually, my fiancé came across this recipe, so we decided to try it. To our delight, it was a really good veggie burger. It’s the best veggie burger I have ever tasted and is what I compare every other burger to. The combination of black beans, cumin, and chili powder make this a very tasty and fulfilling patty. Do yourself a favor and put the pre-made patties back in the freezer and make one of these!

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
 
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Yields: 4 patties
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  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • ½ onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. After draining and rinsing the black beans, pat them with a paper towel to remove the excess water. Mash them in a medium bowl with a fork until they are thick and pasty.
  3. Finely chop the bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a food processor. Dry the vegetables using a paper towel then add them to the mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the egg, chili powder, cumin, and Thai chili sauce. Add the egg mixture to the mashed beans.
  5. Mix the bread crumbs into the mashed beans until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide the mixture into four patties.
  6. Place the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Flip them and bake for another 10 minutes.
Notes
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 184 calories; 3.4g fat (0.7g sat, 0.3g mono); 46.2mg cholesterol; 30.2g carbohydrate; 9.8g protein; 7.4g fiber; 285mg sodium; 521.2mg potassium; 14.1% vitamin A; 33.1% vitamin C; 10.4% calcium; 19.3% iron.

Total Cost Per Serving: $0.76

Adapted from Allrecipes.com | See the cost breakdown here

*The nutrition information and total cost may differ depending on the exact ingredients you use.