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Easy, Moist Banana Muffins

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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These easy, moist banana muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I love to bake them for breakfast (eating them with some scrambled eggs and bacon) or just for a snack. I rarely share recipes on this blog about my home-baked food, but if I do, it because it is something that I absolutely love the taste of. It took a while for me to learn how to bake, because in the Philippines, my family never had an oven. I’m so thankful that I learned. Now, I don’t need to buy muffins at the store. Instead, I can make it on my own. Here are the ingredients and instructions on how to make it. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup of butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup white sugar (I sometimes use less ¼ cup and add ¼ cup of applesauce)

3 large ripe bananas

⅓ cup of greek yogurt

¼ cup of dried cranberries (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Microwave the butter in a medium bowl for 30-40 seconds. Pour the beaten egg into the bowl with melted butter. Mash the ripe bananas together into this bowl as well (I like doing this with a fork). Add white sugar and stir well with a baking spatula. Combine with the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Fold with greek yogurt and dried cranberries. Scoop the mix into the muffin pan. I use muffin liners, but you may also coat the muffin pan with oil to keep them from sticking. Bake for 20 to 25 minute

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

P.S Also check out my post for Filipino chicken empanada!

 

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My Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Before I came to America, I had been eating rice every single day; for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, when Brent and I got married, I compromised with the food we eat for our meals. It’s not that he doesn’t like rice (he loves it together with other Asian foods!), but of course, I want to serve meals that he likes from his culture as well. When I do prepare rice, I sometimes want to make it more special, instead of just plain, white Jasmine rice. Today, I want to share how I make my own fried rice. You can find the ingredients easily in the grocery store, or you may already have them in your fridge. The good thing about this recipe is that you can add as much veggies as you like. We also like to eat this alone and sometimes add chicken to it. My toddlers love it!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons​ of cooking oil

2 beaten eggs

3 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 medium sized onion (chopped)

½ cup of water

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon

¾ cup of carrots (chopped)

4-5 cups of cooked rice (2-3 days old is better than newly cooked. See instructions below)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup of broccoli (optional; you can also use cauliflower)

¼ cup of chopped green onions (optional)

¼ cup of green peas

 

Other ingredient ideas that I like to use are:

Cooked chicken

Tofu

Mushroom

Corn

 

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Instructions:

  1. Using a wok (we got ours in an Asian market, similar to this one here), heat 2 tablespoons of oil in medium heat. Pour beaten eggs to cook. You can move the wok to move the eggs around and widen its size. When it’s starting to become solid, flip it over and cook the other side. Start to break the egg apart into medium sized pieces using a cooking turner (similar to this). Remove from heat and set aside.
  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil into the wok and start to cook the minced garlic and chopped onions, until onions are translucent.
  1. Pour water and add chicken bouillon. Once it’s starting to boil, add chopped carrots for 2-3 minutes.
  1. Add cooked rice. I love to use leftover rice (2-3 days old that I refrigerate). It is perfect for asian fried rice like this, since new cooked rice tends to get soggy and mushy. It’s common that rice can stick onto the wok. Just make sure you mix the rice often while making this. After you fry the rice, you may add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add garlic powder if you’d like.  
  1. Start adding other veggies like broccoli, green peas, and green onions. Stir the veggies with rice. Let it cook for 5 minutes and stir occasionally underneath so the rice won’t stick to the wok.
  1. Next, add the beaten eggs back with the rice and stir with all the cooked ingredients. Serve it hot!

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Let me know in the comment box below if you try it! Enjoy!

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Healthy Oatmeal Banana Cookies (No Sugar)

Monday, May 8, 2017

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I found a recipe that I added to my kids’ snack ideas, and it made them excited! These healthy oatmeal banana cookies have no added sugar at all! I love sugar, but of course as a mom, I know how addicting and unhealthy it is to have sweets all the time. My husband and I do give our kids sweets sometimes for rewarding good behaviour, potty training, or when they finish their meals. As some of you know, I am pregnant and I’m craving for sweets all the time! This recipe is the perfect snack for me and the growing baby inside me. I added dark chocolates on top of these cookies just to help satisfy my cravings.

 

The texture of these cookies aren’t the same as the cookies with sugar, but hey, it’s healthy! Plus, my kids totally love it! Try it and let me know what you think!

 

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stir oats, bananas, applesauce, raisins, almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden; 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Recipe from Gene Payne

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Any healthy alternative snack recipes you know, to help me beat my craving for sweets  and are good for the kids? I would love to hear them!

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