Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blueberry Banana Bread - Caity

Whenever I buy a bunch of bananas, at least 3 of them end up turning black before I can eat them. In college I learned that, even if they are black, just throw them in the freezer and thaw them when you're ready to make banana bread. The riper the better! I love this recipe because it uses whole wheat flour and blueberries so I can tell myself that I am eating health food while I finish the entire loaf with my whole milk latte. 

Lynn Kestle gave this recipe to my mom and it's from bestselling Canadian cookbook "Fare for Friends", published in support of battered women. The original recipe uses all white flour but Lynn substitutes 1/2 cup whole wheat flour which my family likes to do too, because it gives the bread such great flavor. Another change Lynn makes is to use chocolate chips instead of blueberries. Both variations are great! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Baby Bok Choy and Snow Peas - Caity

I always thought baby bok choy were so cute. I never bought them until I found this recipe in Jaden Hair's "The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook". It's so easy and tasty and goes perfectly with my favorite salmon recipe, Asian Grilled Salmon (here). The baby bok choy and snow peas only take a couple of minutes to soften up so I'll start cooking them as soon as I take the salmon off the grill. Add a little bit of rice and BAM! Dinner is served! 

Serves 4

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rice, Bean and Many Veggie Gratin--Cathy

This is a great meal for Meatless Monday (or any other time) that even my veggie-challenged husband, Kevin likes.  He even took leftovers to work for lunch the next day of his own free will. Whoa! 

This is a delicious combination of brown rice, wild rice (I tend to make a big batch of these and throw any extra into ziploc bags in the freezer to use when I'm in a hurry. Which seems to be always, I don't know why),  and lots and lots of veggies.

Feel free to use whatever veggies or beans that strike your fancy and that you happen to have around.  This is much easier of course in the summer, when our garden is bursting with gorgeous things that Farmer Kevin is growing organically (and fertilizing with alpaca poop that he gets from his friend, Jim--but that's another story), but also pretty easy even in the winter.

I used vegan cheese in this--which takes a little getting used to, but is not bad once you do--because someone in my family (ahem, Caity) has guilted me into going totally vegan on Meatless Mondays, but you can certainly use regular grated cheese if you like.