Thursday, September 24, 2009

Banana Zucchini bread

3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup grated zucchini
2 bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8x4 inch bread loaf pans.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light yellow and frothy.
Add oil, brown sugar, white sugar, grated zucchini, bananas, and vanilla; blend together until well combined.
Stir in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool in the loaf pans on a wire rack before removing and serving.

Italian Herb Bread

This is out of my breadmaker recipe book and was really good. It smelled awesome baking:)

All ingredients at room temperature(70-80 degrees F)

9-11 ounces water
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsps active dry yeast

Select French setting.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Homemade Black Bean Burgers

For a vegetarian burger these were so good! I've tried a bunch of frozen ones and these blow them out of the water:)
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
3/4 cup bread crumbs

**(After washing/draining beans let sit in the colander and after washing bell pepper and onion also let them sit awhile to drain completely so your burgers will stick together while grilling)**

If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.

In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.

In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.

Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

Buttery Bread Machine Rolls

These make 24 but I made 12 to fit our burgers:) They were sooo soft and nice!

Buttery Bread Machine Rolls Recipe #65340

2¼ hours 10 min prep
24 rolls
1 cup warm milk (70 to 80 degrees F.)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
In bread machine pan, put all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer.
Select dough setting.
When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide dough into 24 portions.
Shape dough into balls.
Place in a greased 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan.
Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 13-16 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tofu Chili

This was a pretty good recipe. I still don't love tofu but this was definitely better than anything else I've tried. I cubed the tofu instead of crumbling it but crumbling is better.

1/2 (12 ounce) package extra firm tofu
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15.25 ounce) can black beans, undrained
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes,
1 quart water
In a medium bowl, crumble the tofu and toss with the chili powder and garlic.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute the onion and celery until tender. Stir in the tofu mixture. Continue cooking about 5 minutes over low heat.
Mix in the beans and stewed tomatoes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 50 minutes.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lentils and Spinach

This started as a recipe on allrecipes and after reading the reviews I decided to do a few things differently. Served this over diced potatoes(Justin's went over rice). If you don't already like Mediterranean food I wouldn't recommend this:)

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, sliced into 1/2 rings
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup lentils
4 cups water
2 (10 ounce) packages fresh spinach
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, crushed
sour cream
lemon juice

Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Saute onion for 10 minutes or so, until it begins to turn golden. Add minced garlic and saute for another minute or so.
Add lentils and water to the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer about 35 minutes, until lentils are soft ( this may take less time, depending on your water and the lentils).
Add spinach, tomatoes, salt and cumin to the saucepan. Cover and simmer until all is heated, about ten minutes. Grind in plenty of pepper and press in extra garlic to taste.

Right before serving put on a dollop of sour cream and some lemon juice.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Crock Pot Pork Chops

I used bone-in pork chops and increased the liquid but it worked out great and they fell off the bone anyways! These are really good and easy!

Crock Pot Pork Chops

8 boneless pork chops (1/2 inch thick)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a large skillet, cook pork chops in oil until lightly browned on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in Crockpot. In a bowl, combine the soup, garlic, onion, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and pour over chops. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until meat juices run clear.