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Banana Fanna Fo Fanna

Yes, Mr. Banana even has his own song-remember it? The lowly banana is, in reality, a big star. Not only are bananas delicious, everyone knows also that one banana is a whole days worth of potassium. At only 100 calories, that is quite a deal

This is really only the beginning of the banana story though. For example, I NEVER make a smoothie without a soft banana or two. Does anyone-I think not. It goes best, in my opinion, with a cup of unflavored Greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, some blueberries and strawberries, some ice cubes and my secret ingredient-a cup of 5 calorie cranberry juice.

Also, you can make that non dairy ice cream that is so very good. Freeze some banana chunks, add your favorite flavors like a bit of vanilla or some chocolate syrup, use any non-dairy milk, I prefer oat milk, and blend. Add or use less liquid to determine your texture. Freeze and enjoy.

Some people use a mashed banana as a moisturizer too, but to be honest, I have not tried that. I have used avocado though and it works! Try the banana facial and let me know!

PS if you have extra bananas that are going black, freeze them right away for future use in a bunch of different things.

Corny But Good!

I love corn. On the cob is good. In salad is good. In chili is good too. Best of all though is a really corny winter supper-corn soup with corn bread-don’t forget a little honey for the corn bread. I use Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. I thought everybody did???

Corn Soup

Chicken Broth (I am a vegetarian so I always use vegetable broth)

Diced Celery, onions, and carrots,

fresh or frozen corn

Noodles-Any type you like, I use penne or broken up linguini

If you are not vegetarian you may want to add some chicken or if you are a vegetarian, add Quorn, my favorite veggie chicken substitute.

Salt and pepper to taste

I have not given any specific amounts. Think about the number of people you are serving and what you like and don’t like and go from there.

Tips-I never use raw honey and I don’t recommend it. Remember, this is a soup, not a chowder. Quorn is available in most vegetarian sections of grocery stores. It is the #1 selling vegetarian product in the UK. It is not made from soy, but whey and wheat products so not gluten free.

“I Hate Eggs”

Eugenia Martin

Believe this or not, I had a Facebook friend tell me, after I went to all of the trouble to find so MANY great egg recipes for breakfast, that she actually hates eggs. While I do not personally know a bunch of egg haters, I am prepared to acknowledge that they do exist and I am up to the challenge. Check out these “Not Eggs” yummy things to have for breakfast. Remember also, breakfast is good any time of the day-we don’t judge!

  1. Pancakes with blueberries, chocolate chips, strawberries, wrapped around a sausage or pieces of bacon or go bold and wrap a pancake around a slice of ham or even bolder-smoked salmon.
  2. Biscuits- Too many recipes to count and that is not even mentioning the ones that come in the ever so hard to open tube. My personal favorite is Bisquick rolled not dropped.
  3. Another personal favorite is OVERNIGHT OATS. There are so many variations on this popular dish that can also easily be taken along for lunch or snack. Just one idea: In your carry container put a packet of apple/cinnamon instant oatmeal. Spoon a layer of apple cinnamon yogurt next. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons of honey. Add a chopped apple. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top. Put in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning. This works with blueberry, strawberry, or literally anything YOU like.
  4. Just good old oatmeal. I like it with honey and walnuts or chopped apple and walnut. If you are seeing a pattern here with the walnuts, you are right.
  5. Finally, but in actual fact there are many more, how about anything on toast. Also, anything on anything. I like english muffins, a bagel, any kind of bead, like cinamon swirl, wheat toast, Naan bread etc. and top with avocado, jam, tomato and cheese, peanut butter, etc.

Breakfast your way-egg haters now have no excuse. Oh, did I mention smoothies??

BKFST! How EGGciting!

I have promised to write a big breakfast section like we did with dinners and I am starting with probably the most common breakfast food around-the egg. Eggs for breakfast in all of its many forms has become an American staple. If you are a Jimmy Dean fan you can put your little cup in the microwave and have something to eat. I think that is the lowest form of breakfast, the highest being Eggs Benedict on the patio next to your pool and fountain. Anyway, here is the word on eggs from the Uphill Skater!

  1. Scrambled eggs-Add cheese of any kind, any vegetable, any meat, actually there is almost nothing you can’t add to scrambled eggs.
  2. Fried eggs-You can fry your egg in butter or marg. or (God forbid) even bacon grease. Fry bacon, sausage, or ham next to your egg in the pan and after it is done to your taste, add a piece of bread to fry in what is left in the pan. BTW-you did not hear that from me.
  3. Boiled eggs-Quick, easy, no pan to scrub, my favorite. I always boil one more egg than I need and put the extra in my lunch or in the fridge for a chopped egg sandwich later.
  4. Omelets are also quick, easy and versatile. I always crack my eggs into a cup and whisk before I add to the warm pan and I always put just a bit of butter into pan just for flavor. I love a cedar cheese and veggie omelet, but again you can really customize to taste.

PS-When I said you could put ANYTHING in an omelet or scrambled eggs, I really meant it. I do suggest the apple and banana as a “side of fruit” but of course, we don’t judge!

5. My last egg suggestion (I am sure you have many more) is eggs in a casserole. I love those overnight casseroles with bread, eggs, and crumbled sausage that you take out and bake in the morning. Oh, when I say sausage, I really mean Morning Star Farms sausage crumbles by the way.

Eggs have lots of protein, only 60 calories, and as you can see, they are more versatile than a kindergartener in a playground! ENJOY!!

Easy Valentine Cake-Who Knew??

How easy is this? All you do is bake one round layer and one 9 in. square layer. You only use one package of any type of cake mix you like. Move the square to be a diamond shape, cut the circle in half and BAM!

Frost with red or white frosting and decorate with anything Valentine!

A Fridge With BIG Color

The BIG new thing now is to open your fridge door and see COLOR! We have all known about leafy greens and fresh fruits, but let’s go even a step further. Pictures of blueberries, colorful labels, a red, green, orange, purple veggie drawer, fruits that are fresh and bright-red apples and strawberries, blue blueberries, Halo oranges, bananas, and so on. You get the idea. Think of a bouquet of flowers in your fridge-Yum, Yum!

No Fat Shaming Allowed!!

Okay, so I was just kidding. We are not going to actually eat Bread, Rolls, Pies, or Pastry. Well, just a little bit maybe. We are not fat shaming either folks. I think we have all been here and this lady is very dear to me. I have her posted in my bathroom near the scale. My dog actually watches me weigh every morning and I somehow think he is laughing.

The point of this entry is to offer 3 days of very easy eating as a trial for you to see just how simple it is and how rewarding. Just try for 3 days.

Day 1

Breakfast-Overnight Oats-Have a big serving. (Recipe at the end.)

Lunch-Big veggie salad with any meat you like added to it. Pescatarians add salmon or tuna. My husband likes ham.

Dinner-Grilled Salmon on your grill or on a George Forman. Add rice and any veg. choice to this dinner. (Not too much rice and lots of veg. raw or cooked.

Day 2

Breakfast-Cereal-Yes, cold cereal. You can have it any time for any meal or sprinkled on top of anything. Read the labels to get a fortified cereal with not too much fat, add 2% milk, and at least 1 cup of fruit.

Lunch-Tuna or anything else (no cheese) sandwich. Use a high fiber bread, only a dab of V and O or any low cal salad dressing-yes, on a sandwich, no mayo..

Dinner-Great Big Salad

Day 3

Breakfast-2 boiled eggs and a piece of high fiber toast with a bit of butter-not marg.

Lunch-Pita or Naan bread with melted cheese in the microwave and a veg. salad.

Dinner-French Toast with a fruit salad. (I LOVE breakfast for dinner and I highly recommend it!)

Overnight Oats-Pour a packet of any type of instant oats into a medium sized bowl. (I use a salad bowl from my china set.) Pour in one of those little chopped fruit cups-I like chopped peaches with the juice. 60 cal from Del Monte, sold in 4 packs) Add a layer of unflavored yogurt. Drizzle honey over the yogurt. Add fresh fruit-I like sliced strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Add another layer of yogurt and top with chopped nuts-your favorite kind. I like walnuts, the friend who gave me this recipe likes almonds, her daughter likes peanuts! Put in the fridge overnight. Have this for a meal with a fruit salad or just for a snack. Also anytime, have a smoothie with protein powder.

Give it 3 days. Honestly, almost nothing special to buy which is a big criteria for me and no big baking or cooking or prep time. Let me know how you do.

“Sneaky Soups”

How, you may ask, can soup actually be sneaky? Well, I am an “add too” fan so stay tuned and I will share with you some really neat ways to make wonderful homemade soup to warm your little heart on a cold winter day.

  1. Potato Leek Soup

Start with 2 cans of potato soup. I use Campbell’s Cream of Potato. Add 2 1/2 soup cans of 2% milk. Add the extra 1/2 can to create more liquid. Bake 2 red potatoes in the microwave. Clean and finely chop all of the white part of a big leek. Chop your potatoes finely leaving on the skin. Put 1 Tbls. of butter or marg. in a medium saucepan and saute the leek and chopped potato. Put all ingredients in the pan and cook at a low simmer until all combined and hot. I like to add salt, pepper, a bit of garlic salt and a little dried parsley. If this seems too thick, add just a bit of vegetable broth. Remember, homemade soup is soup that you made at home!

2. Vegetable Soup

Start with 2 cans of any kind of vegetable soup you like. I like Progresso. If you buy the kind that does not take extra water, add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth. Now, get creative. Chop fresh vegetables and microwave until al dente, use froxen peas and carrots, add a bit of corn to all of this, add any other veg. you like. Final sneaky trick-add a couple of hands full of cooked pasta and you have Minestrone.

3. Tomato Bisque-Same formula-Start with 2 cans of soup and add an extra 1/2 can of liquid. (I always add milk even if the can calls for water.) Add a can of drained chopped or finely diced canned tomatoes. This may sound icky, but I like Bisque of Tomato slightly sweet so I add a packet of Sweet and Lo. (Family secret.)

4. Make your own “Chicken” Noodle Soup-I am a vegetarian so all of my recipes are either vegetarian or pescaterian, so I start this with 4 cups of vegetable broth. Cook 2 QUORN ‘chicken’ breasts in the microwave and chop one finely and put the other in your food processer and almost puree. Add this to the broth. Next just use your own taste buds. I add some sauted green onion, and the usual salt, pepper, garlic salt and dried parsley. Finally add any pasta you like. My grandson likes the little stars so I buy them at Trader Joes. He also likes spirals. I like flat cut noodles. What do you like?

It is very easy to make any of these soups your won or to devise other sneaky ways to make canned soups seem like homemade-which they are, right? Last but not least-add some warm French bread with butter. I have tried garlic bread with these soups, but just the regular warm slice French bread is the best. Mmmmmm!

PS-QUORN is the #1 selling vegetarian product in England. You can usually find in most stores with the other veg. products in the freezer. They make all sorts of products. I like them and I also really like Morning Star Farms.

Corny, Corny, Corny!

Yes, I just LOVE corn. Or, a my Grandmother from Georga used to say, “I just yen me some carn in any way ya’ll can fix it!” OK, so here are three really yummy corn recipes from that old cook book “Sharing Recipes” I scored as a Thrift Shop find.

Baked Corn

2 cups corn-fresh or canned

1 tbsp. flour

3 Tbsps. sugar

2 eggs

A dash of salt

3/4 cp. milk (I use 2% )

1/4 cp. margarine melted

Blend all ingredients with your blender and pour into a well greased baking dish (I grease with marg.) Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes. Serve this with anything that needs a hearty side or take it to a gathering and watch is disappear!

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2. Corn Fritters-Not totally healthy I grant you, but boy are these good!

1 cup sifted flour

1 1/2 tspn. baking powder

1 Tbsp. sugar

Dash of salt

1 egg

1/4 cp. milk (I use 2%)

1/2 cp. corn (Fresh or canned)

Drop into deep fat and shake in a bag of powdered sugar when done. PS You don’t really have to do this. I drop this mixture by tablespoon full into a pan with just enough melted marg. to give flavor and keep from sticking. Press down with your spatula and cook one side until brown. Watch it carefully. Flip and brown the other side. I serve these with just about anything, but traditionally they are served with fried cat fish. Not so much here. I pan grill talapia, serve the corn fritters and green beans. MMMM.

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3. Sweet and easy Corn Pudding

  1. 2 cups corn
  2. 1 Tbsp. flour
  3. 3 Tbsps, sugar
  4. 2 eggsDash of salt
  5. 3/4 cp. milk (I use 2%)
  6. 1/4 cp. butter or marg.

Place all ingredients in a blender (or not) and pulse for 10 seconds. Pour into a well greased (I really mean it!) baking dish, dot with butter, and bake for 45 minutes at 375. This is not really meant as a dessert even though it is called pudding, but goes well with baked chicken or veggie Field Roast.

Although corn is a starchy veg. it is actually quite healthy. It has lots of natural fiber. Watch portions!