April 30, 2011

servings: 12       prep time: 15 min.       cook time: 1 hour 10 min

2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c butter
3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 c mashed overripe bananas (~ 5 bananas)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F. lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. in a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. in a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. stir in eggs.
  4. mash bananas in another bowl. (no need to put in another bowl if using frozen bananas. bananas are soft enough to put directly into flour mixture.) then mix bananas with flour in large bowl.
  5. next combine ingredients of both bowls. add cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. stir just to moisten. pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  6. bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. let bread cool in pan.

(this recipe can be divided into 4 5×3 mini loaf pans bake for 30 minutes.)


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pasta with tuna

April 26, 2011

4 servings        ready in 30-35 minutes


2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sugar
pasta bow ties
2 cans tuna, drained
basil leaves


  1. heat the oil in a pan, throw in the onion and cook for a couple of minutes.
  2. stir in garlic, tomatoes, chili and sugar. season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. give it a good stir, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions.
  4. flake the tuna into the sauce and heat through.
  5. drain pasta, return to the pan and stir in the sauce and basil leaves.
  6. serve with a generous grinding of pepper and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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4 servings       prep time: 10 min.       total time: 30 min.


2 bunches spinach, washed
1 lb ground beef
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 c beef broth (substitute: 1 T soy sauce, add enough water to make 1 cup)
red pepper flakes, to taste
5 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 c sour cream
1 T curry
salt and pepper


  1. saute onion and bacon until cooked. no oil necessary.
  2. add beef and cook until brown.
  3. cook for 3 minutes.
  4. add broth, red pepper flakes, sour cream, and curry.
  5. season with salt and pepper.
  6. this can be served with rice or noodles.

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sweet potato casserole

April 23, 2011

prep time: 30 minutes       cook time: 1 hour

serving size: 12

4 sweet potatoes, cubed
1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
2 T butter, softened
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg


  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. scrub sweet potatoes and poke holes with a fork in each potato.
  3. wrap each one in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet and bake for an hour.
  4. let potatoes cool and then cube.
  5. in a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. mix until smooth. transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  6. place baking dish in oven and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly brown.

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makes 4 servings


1 c chopped onion
2 carrots, thinly sliced or coarsely shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
1 14.5 oz. can italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce/pasta sauce
2 medium-sized zucchini
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp fennel seed, crushed
1 c cooked medium shell macaroni, drained and kept warm
parmesan cheese
2 T snipped parsley
salt and pepper to taste


  1. in a large skillet, cook onion, carrot, zucchini, and garlic in hot oil 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. add crushed red pepper and fennel seed.
  3. simmer, uncovered, over medium heat 3 minutes.
  4. stir in pasta. heat through.
  5. add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. top each serving with parmesan cheese and parsley.

source – (my own photo)

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