28 October 2008

Banana hotcakes

1 cup all purpose flour
2 TB sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1 c milk
1 c mashed banana
3 TB vegetable oil

This recipe had a great butter recipie with it too.

1/2 cup butter softened
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Apple cinnamon pan pancakes

Yes pan pancakes. It is not a mistype. I found this great tip for making pancakes in a jelly roll pan. It is sooooo perfect!! Grease a jelly roll pan and spread the batter across it evenly to be about 1/4 to 1/2" thick. Bake at 375 for about 12-15 minutes depending on your oven. I love that I can make the mix, put it in the pan, and bake and get a shower while it cooks! This will work with ANY pancake recipie.

The recipie (Sorry! I got ahead of myself!!)
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 c ff. milk
2 TB honey
1 TB canola oil
1 chopped medium apple.

Peanutbutter filling for apple rings

My daughters are crazy about apples and peanutbutter. I don't mind since it is a great snack for them to be having. This is one of their favorite recipies

Core an apple and then cut into rings.

1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp honey
1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
2 TB raisins

This will stuff about 4 medium apples. Stack the apple rings back up so you just have the hole down the middle where the core was and fill that space with this mixture. It is great for a school snack, too. The mixture will keep the apple together so it shouldn't brown from the air, which is one reason my daughter never wants to eat hers.

Texas toast grilled cheese

Really sweet and easy.

2 slices of texas toast
2 deli slices of mozzarella cheese

Toast the texas toast according to directions, add cheese to each side and then make into a sandwich.

I think it is a perfect complement to the chicken and rice soup.

Chicken and Rice soup

This is the best recipie for when you are sick, or just dealing with a chilly day. And my daughter is the most picky eater you will EVER meet but she loves this soup and I am not going to complain!

I made it a little easier on myself and started using the cans of chicken (they usually sit right next to the tuna at the grocery store) but I can whip this together in 10 minutes and be serving it at the end of 30 on a busy night.

8 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of celery (I tend to dice these pretty fine since she won't eat the larger chunks)
1 1/2 cups of carrots
4 cups of cooked cubed chicken (or 2 large cans. I prefer the flavor of tysons)
1 package of chicken flavored rice and vermicelli mix (rice a roni) with the seasoning pack (I also really like to use the wild rice mix in this recipie)
4 teaspoons chicken boullion granules

Bring water to a boil with celery, carrots and boullion. Add Chicken and rice mix. Boil for 15 -20 minutes or until rice is tender and serve.

Makes 10 servings.

I like to pair it with my texas toast grilled cheese sandwiches.

No sugar Oatmeal raisin cookies

My dd is in the process of being tested for ADD and so in an effort to try and moderate her symptoms with diet I have been changing recipies to fit her diet better. I found this recipie in a Taste of Home magazine I got at the grocery store. I changed the sugar to splenda and I added flax seed to it. The nice part is that these cookies are really dense and could easily be a breakfast bar.

1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup brown sugar (if you convert to Splenda check back of box for conversion)
2 TB sugar
3 TB water
1 egg white
3/4 tsp vanilla

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
2 TB ground flax seed

Combine ingredients in a second large mixing bowl. Slowly add to the sugar mixture and mix well.

Drop by the 1/4 cup onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 mintues. (I actually molded these like a peanut butter cookie and then flattened them slightly. They don't seem to spread out as they cook) Recipie should yield approx 15 cookies.

Variations that would taste really good:
Add Cherries, cranberries, or dried apples instead of raisins.
Add 1/2 cup of bran flakes to add some crunch. Add these AFTER the mixture is combined to keep the flakes mostly intact.
Use orange or lemon extract instead of vanilla.
Use a different spice combo like apple pie spice.