Banana Ice Cream for Breakfast

Please forgive the fuzzy picture.  I was too excited to try this to find my camera.  We had cold baked oatmeal topped with a bit of yogurt, flax seeds, banana soft serve and yesterday’s toasted quinoa.

I found this banana soft serve recipe last week and have been wanting to try it but lacked bananas.  Yesterday there were ripe bananas on sale at the grocery store and a light went off in my head.  I decided to serve it for breakfast.  I peeled and chopped the bananas and popped them in the freezer.  On a side note, the hubby used to like to much on frozen bananas and grapes.  Good healthy husband snack.  I’ve written down the recipe in my own words below.

Banana Soft Serve

from choosingraw.com

frozen bananas

Put the bananas in a food process and process for about five minutes.  You will need to scrape down the sides once in a while.  After a while the bananas will become creamy just like soft serve.  Serve immediately.


Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars

One of my current favorite food blogs is Kath Eats Real Food.  She blogs what she eats and gives people a really good idea what a healthy diet can look like.  She has great recipes on her blog as well.  I was perusing the recipe section (I pay special attention to the oatmeal section) and found these lovely baked oatmeal snack bars.  It took a couple days before I had the time to try them but I was finally able to make them yesterday.  I am so happy I did.  These bars are not crunch but chewy – my favorite kind.

You can find the recipe here.  Here are the changes I made:

  • soy milk instead of skim milk
  • pumpkin seeds instead of nuts (I didn’t have any nuts)
  • cranberries for the dried fruit
  • baked at 170C for 50 minutes

Make sure you read the comments under her post for lots of good variation ideas.

I had a snack bar for breakfast this morning with sliced banana and yogurt topped with ground black sesame seeds and herb tea.  A great start to the day.

Irish soda farls for breakfast

Yesterday afternoon as I was wasting time on the internet (the whole day actually), I discovered a recipe for Irish Soda Farls on Allrecipes.com.  I have wanted to make Irish soda bread for a while so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something similar out.  I was supposed to start work at 8am today so I decided to make them the night before.  My client called me early this morning to cancel so I could have made them fresh this morning.  Next time.

Irish Soda Farls

Irish Soda Farls

Posted by Ita on Allrecipes.com
Servings: 4

2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup wholewheat and 1 cup all-purpose)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (I used a splash of vinegar and regular milk)

Get a heavy based flat griddle or skillet on medium to low heat.  I actually just used a regular non-stick pan and didn’t preheat.  Place flour and salt in a bowl and whist together. Make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk.  Mix the dough quickly and knead very lightly on a floured surface.  Press into a flattened circle about 1/2 inch thicke.  Cut into fours with a floured knife.  Sprinkle a little flour over the base of the pan and cook the farls for 6-8 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

I ate mine with raspberry jam and peanut butter.  I imagine they would taste great with any toast topping.

Irish Soda Farls

Asian-Mexican Soup

Yesterday afternoon I washed the stove, including the burners, and left them hoping they would dry enough by dinner.  I got home from the gym at 8pm and tested the stove out.  No go. I waited twenty more minutes and tried again.  No go.  One burner was a bit puzzling because the flame wouldn’t even light while the other front burner only lit half way around.  I took the cover off, put it on again and bingo, back in service.  I was relieved because for the entire way home from the gym I was planning an experiment – a tomato-base soup with taco seasoning, hamburger meat and Asian vegetables.  To be specific, kabu (similar to a turnip), enoki (long thin mushrooms) and Chinese cabbage.  I though it might be good.  I tried it and was pleasantly surprised.

Asian-Mexican Soup

Asian-Mexican Soup

1 kabu (turnip), cubed

1/4 head of Chinese cabbage, cut into small pieces

1/2 package of enoki mushrooms, cut into one inch pieces

1 can of diced tomatoes

2 1/2 tomato cans of water

1 packet taco seasoning mix

1 small onion, diced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1/2 cup lentils

100g ground beef/pork mix

salt and pepper to taste

In a frying pan brown the meat, garlic and onions.  When cooked, add the taco seasoning mix and stir.  Add everything else and bring to a boil.  Simmer until the lentils are cooked.  It took about 30min.  I like Chinese cabbage when it is over cooked.  If you don’t, add the stalks at the beginning and keep the leaves until the last five to ten minutes.  Served topped with a bit of cheese.

Breakfast Pizza

UPDATE: Added two new flavors at the bottom. (11/13/2009)

I woke up this morning wanting pancakes but didn’t have any milk.  Then I thought of muffins, same problem.  After about an hour of lazing in bed, I remembered about breakfast pizza.  A while ago I found The Easiest Pizza Dough in the World on everybody likes sandwiches and tried it out. It is a great no-rise pizza dough.  Great for a lazy day off.  I changed it a little for breakfast pizza.

Beakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza using the easiest pizza dough in the world

based on the recipe from everybody likes sandwiches

1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
cornmeal (optional)

Breakfast pizza toppings:

1-2 tablespoons butter, either cold and cut into small pieces or warm and spreadable
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 large apple sliced thinly
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 200C (400F). In a large bowl, add in the yeast and warm water and stir until the yeast dissolves. Add the flour, salt, honey, and oil and stir with a wooden spoon vigorously until combined. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle cornmeal onto a walled baking sheet and press dough into it until thin (I used a silicon baking sheet and skipped the cornmeal). Spread butter over top, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon over top. Lay sliced apples over top and mist with oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until pizza crust is golden.

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***Btw, my camera has finally been fixed so there should be a marked improvement in picture quality from now.

 

Update

I tried making two new flavors last night for breakfast this morning.  I had to do my favorite toast topping combo first; peanut butter and banana. It wasn’t proper peanut butter it was peanut sofuto (ピーナツソフト) which seems to be a sweetened spread similar to peanut butter but much lighter and creamier.  The second pizza I topped with ripe persimmon slices and cinnamon, no sugar or butter.  The persimmons were fresh from my MIL’s garden and delicious.  I this batch of dough with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.  I like it better than all all-purpose flour.

Peanut and mashed bananaPersimmon and cinnamon pizza