Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Bananas are another staple for me as they are inexpensive and easy to freeze if you don’t eat the whole bunch before the begin to brown.

Tonight I experimented with making eggplant pizza (recipe to come soon) but I found that my meatless, flourless meal did not have enough protein in it to fill me up. I decided to make dessert to curb me over.

I have a 1970s blender (no joke it is the same blender Jennifer Lawrence had in her kitchen in the film “American Hustle”), and although it has remained faithful to me, I can hear its motor breathing its last breathes.To preserve my gem of a blender I try to always put the softest ingredients in first.

Combine the following ingredients in order:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup of unsweetened greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground flax seed (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of semi-sweet milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 frozen banana (cut into 4 pieces)

Blend ingredients for approximately 1 minute (or until liquified).


 

 

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Pan-seared Apple Savoy Cabbage

Although the first leaves of cabbage are always easy to use in salads and soups, the middle is not always as savory. But with a little bit of apple juice, riesling, garlic pepper, kosher salt and pepper this problem can be resolved. 

 

First chop the last 1/4 of your head of cabbage into 1 inch cubes (some of these cubes will fall apart but some won’t, either way it is okay, the variety of textures is one of the best parts of the recipe). Next, heat your plan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, when the pan is heated dump your cabbage into your pan and add the following:

 

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons of apple juice

Stir until all flavors are blended together. When the liquid on the pan has been absorbed add 2 tablespoons of riesling (or any other white wine you have on hand). Stir your cabbage again. Once the cabbage has absorbed the white wine let the cabbage cook for five minutes. Add in a splash of apple juice and more salt and pepper for seasoning as your personal preference. Allow the cabbage to simmer for three more minutes then serve.

Baked Bananas

Overripe bananas have many uses: breads, faux icecream, cookies, granola bars but we are going to start with something a little more simple:

Preheat oven while slicing your bananas down the middle (as if you were making a banana split) on your pan. Pour liquor and juice evenly over sliced bananas. Top with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake and Enjoy

Ingredients: 

4 bananas

2 shots of bourbon or spiced rum

3 pinches of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of a citrus juice (I typically use lemon juice)

Preheat: 375F Bake Time: 8 minutes

Serve with Bourbon Pecan Praline ice cream or enjoy on its own!