Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

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I recently got an awesome deal on Greek Sour Cream when I was grocery shopping.  So I stocked up.  And then I realized, I didn’t have a ton of recipes that utilized sour cream.  I didn’t want it to go to waste.  I had a few bananas on my counter that were overly ripe and I decided to try my hand at making Sour Cream Banana Bread.  And let me tell you, we ate my first loaf in less than 24 hours.  Since then I’ve been making this Sour Cream Banana Bread recipe weekly.  It is so so moist and so good.

sour-cream-banana-bread-ingredientsThe ingredients for this banana bread are comparable to most banana bread ingredients. Except for the sour cream.  The recipe calls for 3 ripe bananas. However, one of the loaves I made I only had 2 bananas and they were not overly ripe. The bread still came out delicious!  Most of these ingredients you should have in your stockpile so if you have sour cream in your fridge, you shouldn’t have to make an extra trip to the grocery store to make this bread!

sour-cream-banana-bread-ingredients-1The banana bread bakes for 60-70 minutes at 350 degrees.  Your house will smell heavenly as it is baking!

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Brown Butter Pasta with Arugula Recipe

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I originally posted this recipe last summer but it is so good I had to post it again! Pasta is a go-to staple in my house.  And even after I started eating only gluten free foods, I still was able to eat pasta by using gluten free pasta.  While I’m don’t love the taste of plain gluten free pasta quite as much as regular pasta, I find that if I make a yummy sauce with lots of flavor, I don’t even realize that my pasta isn’t made with traditional flour!

If you haven’t tried making brown butter sauce for your pasta, you have to try it.  Brown butter has a creamy and almost nutty flavor that goes perfectly with pasta and fresh vegetables.  This Brown Butter Pasta with Arugula recipe is simple to make and an easy introduction into the world of Brown Butter sauce if you are new to it!  Like most of my recipes, if you want to substitute out any of the vegetables in this dish, you can most definitely do so.  The recipe below calls for arugula and tomatoes.  If you prefer spinach, that would work really well too.  This recipe also calls for pine nuts which I ADORE (especially toasted pine nuts).  However, they are pricey.  So if you have almonds or even walnuts in your stockpile, you could chop them up and toast them and they would add yummy flavor to this dish as well.

If you have made Brown Butter Pasta, I would love to hear the ingredients you used!  And, if you try out this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts after you eat it!
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Gevalia Coffee and Sour Cream Banana Bread #CookinComfort #CollectiveBias

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gevalia-coffee-2It was about 8 years ago when I discovered I had a love for coffee. I loved the taste, the smell, the slow process of drinking it.. basically, I realized I loved everything about it. Hubby has a love for coffee that is as strong as mine (if not stronger). Together, the two of us can very easily put a huge dent into our budget if we purchase gourmet coffee while we are out driving. We’ve learned that we can not only save a ton of money, but really make tasty cups of coffee in the comfort of our own home. Have you tried Gevalia coffee? They have many different strengths and flavors to choose from. Go HERE to see the learn about Cooking up Magic with Kraft Foods and view all of the different Gevalia Coffees and K-cups that are available!

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I purchased my Gevalia House Blend coffee at my local Walmart. The coffee aisle was clearly marked and it wasn’t difficult to find the Gevalia coffee!  I was armed with a $1.50 off Gevalia Coffee 12 oz bag coupon which brought the cost of my coffee down to just $3.98! Talk about frugal!  It was interesting because it was apparent that Gevalia Coffee is very popular at my Walmart! One flavor was completely sold out and there were only a few bags of House Blend available.

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Instantly when I opened the bag of Gevalia Coffee I was happy. The coffee smells amazing and I was excited to brew it and drink it. How do you drink your coffee? I find that most days, I will have a cup of coffee while working and then a second cup of coffee with either a morning snack or an early afternoon snack.

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Today I was in the mood to enjoy a cup of coffee while eating fresh baked Sour Cream Banana Bread so I decided to whip up a loaf. Instead of waiting to have a cup with the baked bread, I decided to pour a cup to enjoy while I prepared the bread. (See below for the Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe.) I don’t know how you like your coffee, but I like mine with cream and just a little sugar. The House Blend is smooth – not to0 strong but yet full of flavor. The cup of coffee was divine and was the perfect accompaniment to baking.gevalia-coffee-1 #shop

Once the banana bread was baked, I poured a cup of coffee and enjoyed it with a piece of banana bread. The coffee went perfectly with the sweetness of the sour cream banana bread.

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White Bean Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Have you tried this recipe yet? This is by far one of my favorite recipes I’ve posted. This White Bean Stuffed Peppers meal is so easy to make and is SO good for you!  You all know my love for beans. Beans are an affordable protein source that are good for you! I’ve said this before, but I have a bean stockpile and while I will give you any food from my pantry, I will intentionally forget to give you my canned beans! I like them that much.

This recipe’s main ingredients are peppers (you can use any colored peppers), white beans and chicken.  There is no gluten in this recipe so it is a perfect meal for people with gluten intolerance or celiac.  **Just make sure you check your spices to insure they are gluten free.  Some spices are “contaminated” in the factories in which they are made.  And, if you are a vegetarian, you can very easily omit the chicken.  I’ve had this recipe without chicken and it is just as good!

From a frugality standpoint, if you purchase peppers that are on sale, you should be able to get two green peppers for under $2.50 (red, yellow and orange peppers are typically more pricey – but worth it from a flavor standpoint).  Canned beans are usually between $0.75 and $0.99 when on sale and chicken should be around $2.49/lb (or less if you purchase a whole bird)!  (Gone are the days when boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale $1.99/lb!)  You could use also use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken!  And again, if you omit the chicken, you will still have plenty of flavor and you will save a bit of money!

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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On cold days like today I want one thing to eat – SOUP!  Soup is one of my favorite meals on chilly days or when I am sick. Especially homemade soup. Living in Florida, it seems like warm days outnumber cold days.  But this winter has been cold! We’ve had some really cold days and then some really warm days.  It seems the weather doesn’t know if it should stay cold or just go back and forth.

Below is an easy recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup that I love. You can follow the recipe below using the exact veggies in the recipe, or you can adjust the recipe depending on the veggies you have in your fridge. With my coop, I have a differing array of veggies to cook with each week so some times, I may add veggies like spinach, squash and even cabbage!

If you eat gluten-free like me, check your chicken broth & poultry seasoning. Some are gluten-free but not all. Also – I use gluten-free noodles in my soup and I can’t even tell the difference!

Do you make chicken noodle soup? How is it similar or different to my recipe below?

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Crustless Veggie Quiche Recipe (Gluten-Free)

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One of my favorite meals to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner is Crustless Veggie Quiche.  This is by far one of the most versatile recipes I’ve ever made.  When I’m eating extra healthy, I will make this with mostly egg whites and skim milk.  If I’m in the mood to add meat to the recipe, I’ll dice up some pepperoni or bacon to add  it.  I also always cram lots of vegetables in it.  I always use peppers and onions and have used other veggies like kale, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, jalapenos and even zucchini.

When I was eating foods with gluten, I would always make this recipe with Heart Smart Bisquick. Last year when I was 100% gluten free, I would make this Crustless Veggie Quiche, with gluten free baking blends.  I have had great success using Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix as well as Gluten Free Bisquick in this recipe. (Please note that the recipe below is interchangeable – all you need is 3/4 cups Bisquick or Pamela’s or a different baking mix.)  The major difference I have noted for regular Bisquick versus a gluten free baking mix is that the Bisquick quiche rises a bit more and is a bit more fluffy while the gluten free variation is a bit more dense.

This Crustless Veggie Quiche is excellent fresh out of the oven.  But it is also amazing reheated the next day.  It is filling and well rounded meal as it has lots of protein from the eggs, milk and cheese.  And, it has lots of fiber, vitamins and nutrients from the veggies!

In a mixing bowl, mix the wet ingredients (recipe is below)
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Saute your vegetables (recipe is below)
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In a casserole dish, layer your vegetables, cheese and then milk and egg mixture (recipe is below)
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Finished Product: Crustless Veggie Quiche
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Sauteed Veggies with Breaded Paprika Chicken Recipe with #STAROliveOil #shop

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star-butter-oil-7 #shop I was excited to try STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil! STAR has a huge line of olive oils, vinegar, and more. I’ve tried their olive oil so trying the STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil really intrigued me. STAR’s website says that you can “substitute Butter Flavored Olive Oil for butter in recipes for baked goods, seafood, pasta, rice and mashed potatoes.” I couldn’t wait to try it!

star-butter-oil-walmart #shop I headed to Walmart and found the STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil on the top shelf where all of the olive oils and baking oils are found.  I also noticed that STAR has a huge selection of olive oils to choose from in addition to the butter flavored oil!  Go HERE to learn more about Star Olive Oils.  And, ff you would like to try STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil, right now, STAR Fine Foods’ Facebook page is giving away bottles of STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil!  There will be 10 winners! To enter, go HERE.

Once I returned home, I knew that I wanted to make Sauteed Vegetables with Breaded Paprika Chicken using my STAR Butter flavored Olive Oil. We always have lots of veggies in our coop bin and I thought that using some of the veggies with the oil might go well together. I decided to top the sautéed vegetables with chicken that I breaded with flour, paprika, salt & pepper and sautéed in the oil. Everything turned out amazing! I’ve sautéed vegetables countless times before. But this time was unlike prior meals. The vegetables had a slight buttery flavor that went perfectly with the breaded chicken. If you didn’t know that I used STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil, you would have thought that I sautéed the vegetables in butter. They were so good. Below are the instructions and recipe.

star-butter-oil-3 #shop I gathered the ingredients for the breaded chicken and placed a large sauté pan on my stove-top in preparation.  Below is a picture of the finished product – yummo!

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Ingredients
• 1/3 cup Flour
• 1.5 t Paprika
• 1 t Salt
• Dash Pepper
• 1 lbs Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast cut in pieces
• 2 T STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil

Instructions
1) In plastic bag combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper.
2) Add a few pieces of chicken to the bag at a time. Coat the chicken.
3) Brown chicken on both sides in a large skillet with STAR Butter flavored Olive Oil. Only use enough oil to coat pan and prevent sticking.
4) Transfer browned chicken to plate with paper towels on it to drain excess oil. Reserve drippings in pan.

star-butter-oil-2 #shop For the sautéed vegetables, I ransacked my fridge and took out an assortment of vegetables. If you are making this dish, you do not need to use the same veggies I used. If you prefer carrots, cauliflower, no pepper, etc etc, that is totally fine!

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Ingredients
1/3 head Broccoli
½ Red Pepper
½ Yellow Pepper
¼ Large Onion
1 Zucchini
1 Yellow Squash
Lemon
1 T STAR Butter flavored Olive Oil
¼ t Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper

Instructions
1) Warm the STAR oil in the pan.
2) Add Onion, Peppers, Broccoli to pan. Saute until onion & peppers soften and broccoli turns bright green.
3) Add Zucchini and squash. Saute until cooked.
To serve, place vegetables on your plate. Top with breaded chicken. If desired, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of dish for extra flavor.
Enjoy!

If you haven’t tried STAR Butter flavored Olive Oil, I highly recommend you do!  You can use it in cooking, baking and even dipping sauces!  I would love to hear how you used the oil.  Leave a comment if you have tried it!

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Holiday Side Dish Recipes: Tangy Broccoli Salad

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I decided to repost the holiday side dish recipes I published last year because they were such a hit!  For me, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about the side dishes.  I’m not a huge meat eater in general and truthfully, I’m not a fan of turkey, so I use Thanksgiving and Christmas as an excuse to indulge in carb laden side dishes.  :)  Whether it is my Homemade White Cheddar Mac & Cheese or my Corn Pudding, I am perfectly happy eating one side dish after another and skipping out on the turkey. The recipe below is a favorite of mine because it is a cold salad.  It is easy to prepare and I tell myself that it is as “healthy” as a garden salad that I might prepare for dinner.

My hubby’s aunt first introduced me to this recipe.  She prepared it for a family gathering and I immediately fell in love with the tangy sweetness of the dressing mixed in with the bacon and peanuts.  The broccoli is so crunchy and absorbs the dressing nicely.  And, the vibrant colors of this dish really stand out.



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Tangy Broccoli Salad

Salad Ingredients

1 Head of Broccoli (cleaned and cut into small, bite size pieces)
1 c Raisins
1 c Salted Peanuts
12 Strips Bacon (cooked & crumbled)

Dressing Ingredients

1 c Mayonnaise
3 T vinegar
1/2 c Sugar

Instructions

1) In a mixing bowl, mix broccoli, raisins, peanuts and bacon.
2) In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
3) Pour dressing ingredients over salad ingredients.  Mix well.
4) Pour into serving bowl. Chill.  Stir before serving as dressing will settle to bottom.
Enjoy!

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