Strawberry-banana-oatmeal smoothie!


Smoothies are a great way to use up leftover or over-ripened fruit that you don’t feel like eating.

What’s more, it is also a breakfast on the go! I make it over the weekend and freeze it in single serving batches. The night before put it in the fridge to thaw and you are all set for a hearty breakfast.

I have posted a smoothie recipe before but this one has cooked oatmeal and Greek yogurt and makes it more filling. This is a slight variation of a recipe that I saw on pinterest.

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ImageIngredients : Serves 2

Bananas – 2

Strawberries 1 cup

Zero fat strawberry flavored Greek yogurt 1 cup

Honey – 1 tablespoon

Almonds 8-10

Oatmeal cooked, 1 cup

Milk 1/2 cup

Blend together banana, strawberries, almonds. Add cooked and cooled oatmeal, milk, honey and Greek yogurt and blend well again. Enjoy a power packed breakfast!

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Rainbow Salad


What color is your food? Mine’s multi color, just like a rainbow today:)

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Heard on NPR yesterday about a study that showed that women who ate colored fruits and vegetables had a lower risk of heart disease as pigmented fruits and vegetables are rich in phytochemicals and anti oxidants. That was inspiration enough to chop up those tri colored peppers that were sitting in my refrigerator, toss it in with some spring mix, red onions, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. Also threw in some almonds to add a nutty taste and dried cranberries to give a hint of sweet/tanginess. You can dress it up with some rice vinegar, EVOO and fresh ground pepper and drizzle some shredded mozzarella over it!.

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Nutella glazed banana nut bread


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This is my very first attempt at baking with Nutella…had heard and seen so many baking recipes which use Nutella that I had to try this over this holiday season. And I must say, Nutella is very addictive indeed! The nutty aroma of the hazel nut and the bolder flavor of the chocolate makes for a perfect combination!

Instead of mixing the Nutella with the batter, I decided to go light and glaze the Nutella on top of the bread.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

2 ripe mashed bananas

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 vanilla extract

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup Whole milk

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup Nutella

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In a mixing bowl, blend together the above mentioned ingredients. Then melt the Nutella in a bowl using the double boiler method.( Heat water in a larger bowl and let the steam from the boiling water melt the Nutella in a smaller bowl). Mix in the nuts to the batter. Then using a spoon drizzle the melted Nutella on top of the batter in concentric circles. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Serve warm!

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