Skinny Banana Bread w/ Chia Seed

I have my new banana bread recipe from here on out.  I am a sucker for banana bread, but I know it is usually made with a lot of butter and a lot of sugar.  This one I made has:

  • No butter (used applesauce and coconut oil)
  • No white sugar (used agave nectar)
  • Chia seeds
  • and is whole wheat

And this is why I have named this… "Skinny" Banana Bread!
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Whole Wheat Vegetarian Pasta Nests

This weekend, in honor of Valentine's Day, some of my girlfriends got together for some food, wine and sweets (what's a girls night without wine and sweets?) It was a fun night as we exchanged gifts with our "secret cupids" and chowed down on home-made goods!
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Spinach Egg White Quiche with Brown Rice Crust

This quiche is a great breakfast idea- simple and delicious.  I am only cooking for myself, so since it made a whole pie, I saved the leftovers and packed it for work for the week!  It was a great breakfast and snack, and I'm sure kids would love this fun "pie" breakfast.
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My favorite breakfast

Quick post for my quick and favorite breakfast!

Egg white and spinach omelet with the Seedsation Bread from Central Market.  Any Austinites reading… you MUST try this bread.  It is phenomenal; made with whole wheat and many types of seeds.  It sells for $3.99 for the whole loaf, or you can ask them to slice a half loaf for $2.00.  It's perfect so it doesn't mold and go to waste.

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A Cornmeal Lesson and Butternut Squash Polenta Bake

I last posted about the Spinach and Brown Rice Casserole at the dinner party and promised the other recipes.  In addition to the casserole, we put together a Butternut Squash Polenta bake and I loved the colors in this dish.  The squash, polenta and basil combined to make a very aesthetically pleasing addition to the table.

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Pizza Pizza!

I love love love making pizza!  Especially with Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough that gets sooooo crispy in the oven!

For awhile, I have wanted to cook eggs on pizza and I finally got the chance to!  My friends and I had a fun roommate dinner date, where we all cooked various things.  My friend AND roommate both claim they are terrible cooks but everything they make always tastes great! 🙂  We all contributed and it was delicious.

I love making pizza because I get to be creative and put whatever I want on it.  Plus, I get to control how much cheese is on it! 🙂  My favorite is to load my pizza with broccoli, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and basil.  This time, we used a combination of arugula, spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese and eggs.

Basil Base
Arugula and Spinach

We found it best to cook the pizzas until they were almost done, then crack the eggs, and cook them for another 7-9 minutes.

cracking the eggs
Cooked Pizza #1
Pizza #2!  So crispy 🙂 🙂

This pizza was so good.  I think eggs have become a staple topping on my pizzas!  With all these ingredients, we had whole grains, veggies and protein… healthy right?  Check out the delicious feast we had!

Arugula and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Prune and Walnuts with goat cheese and strawbs 🙂 
Garbanzo Bean Salad 
Chow down!

Couscous Patties

Lehka Hlava’s couscous patties

In Prague, I had one of the top 10 best meals of my life.  Yes, it’s a bold statement, but yes, it is true.  Unfortunately the service was not the best, but the FOOD was unreal.  We ate at Lehka Hlava, a vegetarian restaurant in Prague.  I started my lunch with eggplant tartare which came with arugula and delicious nutty, seeded bread.

My main course was couscous patties with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and celery, served on a bed of lettuce and with a spicy soy dip.  And of course, I accompanied this scrumptuous meal with a nice cabernet.

I couldn’t wait to try to recreate this meal.  The eggplant tartare will come soon, but I attempted to make couscous patties.  I used different ingredients than  Lehka Hlava’s, but I did a version of my own with the ingredients I had.

Whole Wheat Couscous Patties
Makes 10 medium sized patties
1 cup whole wheat couscous
1 cup water
1/2 large eggplant
3-4 small bell peppers
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp cumin
3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp basil
6 tsp plain greek nonfat yogurt

cute baby peppers!

1.  Place the couscous in a bowl and pour 1 cup of boiling water. Close the lid and let it sit aside for about 10 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed.

2. In a skillet, add 1 tsp of oil and fry the eggplant until soft and golden. Place aside

3. Use 1 tsp oil to cook the onions and peppers.  Cooking them separately helps them cook properly

4. In a big bowl, combine the couscous, eggplant, onions, peppers.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it up well!

5.  Shape them into patties and refrigerate for 15 minutes

6.  Since all the ingredients are already cooked, you can eat them as is, or you can bake them for a little to give them a little crisp.  (I baked them at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes)

There were a lot of patties so I individually wrapped a few in plastic wrap to save for lunch!  Also, I recommend adding more spices, onions and perhaps using non-greek yogurt.  I think they would have been a little less dry.  But I served them to my friends with a few dips from the local farmer’s market, and it was delicious!