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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Easy Mini Banana Muffins


Bananas are a staple at our house but I always find myself with one or two very ripe ones at the end of the week that are too sweet to eat on their own. This is when the brown freckles have taken over most of the yellow skin. At this point, I think many people including my husband throw them away because they wrongly think the fruit has gone bad, when its actually perfect for baking. 

I toss them in the freezer and when I have 3 on hand, I make this quick mini muffins that my toddler absolutely loves. If you're a parent then you know how fickle toddlers can be with food but mine has yet to turn down one of these perfectly sized little snacks. This recipe is so easy and even makes a great cooking activity to do with the little one on a rainy, summer day like today.

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted butter  
1/4 cup raw brown sugar 
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup whole wheat flour
Pinch of pink himalayan salt
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Directions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

2. Using a silicone brush, grease 24 mini muffin pan with coconut oil. Put any leftover oul aside. 

3. In a mixing bowl, add the mashed  bananas, melted butter, egg, sugar, and mix well.

4. Stir in the baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix well until smooth.

5. Using a small cookie scoop, transfer batter into the mini muffin pan. Top with peanut butter chips.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick is inserted into the center and comes out clean.

7. Remove from oven and brush the tops with remaining melted coconut oil. 

Makes 24 mini muffins. 

Thanks for visiting! Let me know how you like this recipe on the commentsšŸ˜Š.

Jules ❣

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Chicken & Rice Soup


This Chicken & Rice Soup is a variation on a dish called Lugaw, found in Filipino cuisine. A popular childhood comfort food favourite, Lugaw is a simple dish similar to the Chinese congee. Just like me, it's one of my toddler's all time favourite foods! She's popping out her incisors at the moment and dinner has been a challenge lately so I thought I'd make her something not just comforting but also easier for her to eat. 

I used store bought rotisserie chicken, which I deboned and shredded. I only used about a third of the meat and saved the rest to use for chicken salad tomorrow. You can use boxed chicken stock instead of making your own from the chicken carcass, but I didn't have any on hand so I had to make do with what I had. It's an extra step and adds about 20 minutes to the total cook time, but I find homemade stock from rotisserie chicken carcass a lot more flavourful than boxed stock, and it was easy enough to let simmer while I got the vegetables chopped.

I used pre-cooked rice, leftovers from earlier this week which cut about 20 minutes off the cook time so I guess that evens it out with the stock. We tried a new brand and type of rice from our usual brown jasmine. Its sprouted brown & and black japonica rice that I got from Costco. When its cooked, the black rice turns into a purplish colour which was a little odd at first but it tasted pretty good! It reminded me of this sushi place we ate at in Victoria a few years back when we were still kid-free. Can't remember the name of it now but I distinctly remember them using black japonica rice. The owner of the small restaurant touted the health benefits of the black rice so passionatelh he even handed us a pamphlet filled with its health benefits to read while we waited for our order to come! It was a little weird eating sushi with purple rice, but I'm a sushi fiend so that didn't really stop me.  

Ok, enough reminiscing and back to the soup, lol! I topped it with finely sliced Thai basil from my herb garden as garnish since I had no green onions on hand. Traditionally, Lugaw is also garnished with crispy fries garlic and onions, and sliced hard-boiled eggs but I'm too lazy to do that on a weeknight, lol! Its also flavoured with a squeeze of calamansi or lemon before serving, but with my toddler teething, I figured it's best to go without the citrus this time around. 

This recipe is not exactly the old-school way of cooking Lugaw with the shortcuts, the type of rice, the addition of vegetables, and the improv garnish but I have to get those veggies in for the little munchkin and also work with the ingredients I had on hand. 

Ingredients:

1 rotisserie chicken carcass
1/3 rotisserie chicken meat, de-boned and shredded
6 cups water
1 tsp minced garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 thumb size nub of fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp butter
2 cups diced carrots
1 medium apple, diced with skin on
1.5 cups cooked rice
salt & pepper to taste
finely sliced Thai basil or green onions for garnish

Directions:

1. Simmer rotisserie chicken carcass in water for 20 minutes on high. 

2. Drain stock then set aside.

3. In a soup pot on medium heat, sauteĆ© garlic & onions in butter until transluscent or lightly browned. 

4. Add chicken, carrots, apples, & rice and stir. 

5. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring regularly until a porridge consistency is reached.

7. Garnish with Thai basil or green onions and enjoy! 

Serves 4-6. 

Thanks for visiting my blog! 

Jules ❣

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sopas (Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup)


It's been very cold here in Calgary, with temperatures hovering between -22°C to -33°C this past week. This has been very fitting considering Gastropost Calgary's mission this week is called "Warm It Up"! So I figured what a great time to make some chicken soup, the quintessential comfort food. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Butter Chicken Hut Restaurant Review


I've been on a cyclical ketogenic lifestyle for about 6 months now and along with daily yoga and cardio, have greatly improved my health & wellness. Jesse on the other hand wasn't completely sold on a low carb lifestyle until now. He started reading a book called The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson and we've decided to adopt a strict primal/paleo(ish) lifestyle starting today. So last week we got our carb cravings out, especially for rice and bread. I've had a bad craving for Indian food for awhile now and the last time we had it was months ago. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pho Dau Bo Vietnamese Restaurant Review


Today is a cold snowy day and also my best friend's birthday. I wanted to treat her for lunch and she decided on our favourite staple, pho. She didn't want to go to our usual place and wanted to go somewhere different, maybe up north (we live and work in the SE quadrant). It was so much easier now to get to the northeast quadrant of the city since Stoney Trail opened up. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Gluten Free Coconut Almond Macaroons


It's been a busy week of birthdays! My partner Jesse and one of my best friends, Ashley, both celebrated their birthdays this week. Ashley's was a night out dancing on Friday and I organized a party at home for Jesse yesterday. 

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