Two Sisters, One Kitchen

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Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread March 17, 2015

Jamie says: Whew! Last month was jam-packed! What made it so busy? I moved both my apartment and office in less than 2 weeks. It was such a blessing to have my family help with my apartment move. They’re the best. Seriously. I love my new places and am feeling settled in.

So here is my 1st post-move craziness recipe: Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread. (I have fun baking yesterday in my new kitchen before work.)

Pre-work baking

Pre-work baking

I dug through my stack of recipes and came across one which I heavily modified. I knew I was taking a risk with so many modifications in baking, but it definitely worked to my advantage…

Recipe makeover success!

Recipe makeover success!

My Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread was amazing! It had a sugar-sweet crunchy crust and a super moist middle. The pecans added a pleasant crunch. Mmmmmm….

Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread

Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread

Ready for a slice? Try it with a glass of milk for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

Mission accomplished- My best banana bread ever!

Mission accomplished- My best banana bread ever!

Whole Wheat Banana Flax Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium very-ripe bananas
  • 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 Tbsp skim milk
  • 1 1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup milled flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 325°F. Coat a 9″ x 5″ metal loaf pan with spray canola oil.
  2. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Peel bananas and place in bowl with egg. Mash bananas into eggs.
  3. Pour white vinegar and skim milk into a small bowl. Allow to sit while preparing next ingredients.
  4. To the bowl with bananas, add whole wheat flour, milled flax seeds, honey, brown sugar, canola oil, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt. Use a spatula to combine.
  5. Stir in chopped pecans. Bake for 1 hour. Allow to sit in pan for about 15 minutes. Slice. Enjoy!

Servings: about 10 thick slices or 20 half-slices

  • Nutrition note: Use baking substitutes to make recipes for nutritious. The original version called for all purpose flour (which was substituted with whole wheat flour and milled flax seeds) and 50% more sugar.
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Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend January 27, 2015

Jamie says: Mom is always right. My Mom recommended blending cottage cheese and prunes. Honestly, at first I thought the idea sounded a little wierd, but sure enough, she was right, and it was great! I went a step further and added coffee, which I’m adding to everything lately, and pretzels. I liked it so much I made it a few days in a row!

Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend

Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend

Prunes add natural sweetness. We can keep this our little secret…

Hidden prune love

Hidden prune love

I’m a fan of the contrasting combinations- sweet and salty; smooth and crunchy, chilled and room-temp. Yum!

Creamy blend with a crunchy topping

Creamy blend with a crunchy topping

Sweet & Salty Coffee Cottage Cheese Blend

Ingredients

  • 2% cottage cheese with live and active cultures (Breakstone’s)
  • 4 prunes (SunSweet Naturals D’Noir)
  • 3 Tbsp coffee (Starbucks)
  • 6 ultra thin pretzel stix (H.K. Anderson)

Directions:

  1. In a mini blender, add cottage cheese, prunes, and coffee. Pulse until well-blended, using a spatula to scrape down the sides as needed. Scoop into a bowl.
  2. Break pretzels into bite- sized pieces and pour on top. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Prunes, calcium, and vitamin D (the latter two are from the cottage cheese) have been associated with strong bones. Yes, you read that right. Prunes may improve bone health. Cool stuff!

 

 

Beer Bread January 25, 2015

Jamie says: I feel like this is a recipe most men will love.

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

 

It’s so simple and uses beer. Can’t go wrong, right?

So simple.

So simple.

It’s got stealth health written all over it, too. Sell it by the beer and taste, but know it also is 100% whole grain and has heart-healthy nuts, seeds, and fruit. Sounds like the perfect Men’s Health month recipe to me. (I just Googled it. It’s in June.)

Wow!

Wow!

I had beer bread for the first time this Christmas at my Uncle and Aunt’s house. It was so awesome. I asked for the recipe immediately.

Dense, moist, more, please

Dense, moist, more, please

Beer bread is dense, moist, and flavorful. Oh, and it’s filling, too.

Beer Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup fruit and nut mix-ins of choice (e.g. sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts, pistachios, thinly sliced dried apricots)
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 12 oz stout (Guinness Extra Stout- purchased in the single bottle section from Publix)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a bread pan with cooking spray.
  2. Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together to mix well.
  3. Pour beer on top. Use a spatula to stir until combined. Transfer dough to bread pan. Use hands to evenly distribute dough in pan.
  4. Bake 1 hour. Remove from bread pan immediately. Slice. Enjoy!

Servings: 10

  • Nutrition note: Although beer bread sounds like bar food. It’s far from it. With 100% whole grain-content, heart-healthy nuts and seeds, and dried fruit, it’s practically a super food.
 

Chocolate Berry Parfait January 15, 2015

Jamie says: I love productive and fun-filled days! It’s that awesome feeling of accomplishment combined with fun that is the hallmark of a great one. I made this Chocolate Berry Parfait this weekend on one of those days I felt like an Energizer Bunny…a 2-part workout, 4 loads of laundry, dishwasher emptied, bills paid, groceries purchased, paper work submitted, awesome phone calls with family and friends, a birthday party… all in one-day. I was ready for this killer parfait…

Chocolate Berry Parfait

Chocolate Berry Parfait

The colors are naturally vibrant; the taste, sweet; and the texture, smooth.

A cup of goodness

A cup of goodness

Parfaits make me think of TCBY and the movie Shrek (onions have layers and so do parfaits).

Layering isn't only for the winter...

Layering isn’t only for the winter…

Dig in. It’s ready in a minute.

Just waiting for a spoon...

Just waiting for a spoon…

Chocolate Berry Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries
  • 8 blackberries
  • 4 oz cup of 2% live active cottage cheese (Breakstone’s)
  • 12 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate premium baking chips (Ghirardelli)

Directions:

  1. Wash berries. Slice strawberries.
  2. Place 2 oz (1/2 of portioned cup) of cottage cheese in a bowl. Top with half the strawberry slices, blackberries, and chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop the remaining cottage cheese on top. Add the remaining berries and chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Blur the lines a little sometimes between a dessert and a snack to prevent over-indulging. Use a few dark chocolate chocolate chips to make a healthy snack turn into a dessert.
 

Mocha Almond Butter January 11, 2015

Jamie says: I did it. I made my own nut (almond) butter. And it was super easy and honestly quite fascinating to do (perfect for kids to watch).

I had a fun afternoon with my new dietitian co-worker friends. It began with a walk, followed by lunch, and soon led to an impromptu DIY nut butter adventure. Earlier, I had found a recipe for inspiration in the Publix FamilyStyle magazine which led to the creation of Mocha Almond Butter.

Mocha Almond Butter

Mocha Almond Butter

It was really quite simple. And within a couple of minutes, we had a ball of almond butter.

Almond butter ball!

Almond butter ball!

I added coffee for a kick. It spread nicely, just like peanut butter except this one is made of cocoa-dusted almonds with a burst of coffee.

Perfectly blended

Perfectly blended

I put a heaping tablespoon in one of those little containers you’d use for a side of salad dressing and packed it for lunch.

Creamy mocha nutty goodness

Creamy mocha nutty goodness

It’s perfect for an apple or to make a Mocha Almond Butter and [banana, strawberry, (insert your favorite fruit here), blueberry, raspberry, and/or blackberry] whole wheat sandwich.

Mocha Almond Butter to go. Apple ready!

Mocha Almond Butter to go. Apple ready!

Mocha Almond Butter

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz dark chocolate flavor oven-roasted almonds (Blue Diamond)
  • one 0.07 oz packet instant coffee (Nescafe Clasico)

Directions:

  1. Pour almonds in a food processor to cover blades. Place lid on top and blend until the nuts become a ball, pausing occasionally to use a spatula to scrape down the sides. (Nuts will first become chopped. Then finely chopped. Next, they will start clumping. Then, they will form a ball.)
  2. Add coffee packet. Continue to blend until the ball finally forms a layer on the side of the food processor.
  3. Scrape down nut butter and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Servings: 5

Serving suggestion: Pack in a little reclosable container to spread on an apple.

  • Nutrition note: Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Peanuts have more protein. Both are great.
 

Ricotta with M&M’s and Pomegranate Seeds December 27, 2014

Jamie says: Ricotta makes a tasty base for a quick dessert. I learned this from my Italian Grandma. She makes an incredibly delicious ladyfinger cake that will rock your world. For a fun and festive dessert-like snack, I made Ricotta with M&M’s and Pomegranate Seeds.

Ricotta with M&M's and Pomegranate Seeds

Ricotta with M&M’s and Pomegranate Seeds

The M&M’s and pomegranate seeds add little bursts of sweetness to the creamy ricotta base.

Red and green bursts for the Christmas season

Red and green bursts for the Christmas season

Amazing. I had it two days in a row.

A simple Christmas treat

A simple Christmas treat

Ricotta with M&M’s and Pomegranate Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 12 M&Ms (Christmas)
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Scoop ricotta into a small bowl. Top with M&M’s and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Add fruit to a snack, dessert, or meal to add volume and nutrients such as fiber and vitamins.
 

Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Strips November 11, 2014

Jamie says: I love fall. The weather, the celebrating (my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving), and let’s be real, the food- pumpkin and spice and everything nice! And so, I was inspired to make these Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Strips, and I hope you are, too…

Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Strips

Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Strips

Kid-friendly, dietitian-approved.

Not your average side of fries...

Not your average side of fries…

They’re sweet and salty and a little spicy/zesty from the blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Yum!

Sweet and salty with a taste of autumn

Sweet and salty with a taste of autumn

Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Strips

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz mixed sweet potatoes (Natural Beauty organic)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • dash ground cloves
  • dash ground nutmeg
  • dash salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into strip and place in a large glass baking dish (Pyrex).
  3. Drizzle with canola oil and sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and sugar. Bake for 35 minutes until soft.
  4. Top with a dash of salt and sugar. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Servings: 2

Nutrition note: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is great for night vision (tell the kids they will have superhero see-in-the-dark powers). Leave the skin on for extra fiber for fullness.