Monday, October 28, 2013

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home
Yield: 12 standard size muffins

Ingredients:

1. All purpose Flour ( Unbleached and unbromated) - 1.5 cups
2. Dutch processed cocoa - 1/2 cup
3. Baking powder - 2 tsp
4. Salt - 1/4 tsp
5. Evaporated cane juice (sucanat) - 1/2 cup (Can be substituted with brown sugar)
6. Egg - 1
7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1/2 cup
8. Milk - 1/2 cup
9. Pure vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
10. Ripe bananas mashed - 3
11. Chocolate Chips - 3/4 cup (I used Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate chips with 63% cacao mass from Whole Foods)

Preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2. Mix all the ingredients 1- 5 using a wire whisk in a bowl and keep aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the egg and oil well.
4. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
5. Add the milk and flour mix one by one, in parts until fully incorporated.
6. Add the mashed bananas and chocolate chips and fold in with a spatula. Do not over mix.
7. Transfer the mix to the muffins cups.
8. Bake for 15-20 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
9. Sprinkle some brown sugar over the muffins for some sparkle.
10. Transfer muffins to a wire rack and let cool.

Enjoy! :D










Monday, October 21, 2013

Orzo and Chicken Sausage stuffed Bell Peppers

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Recipe Adapted from: Taste of Home 
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients: 

1. Green Bell Peppers - 6
2. Orzo - 200g
3. Pasta sauce - 1 jar
4. Olive oil - 3 tbsp
5. Salt - To taste
6. Chicken sausage - 200g
7. Garlic - 2 cloves, finely chopped
8. Onion - 1, finely chopped
9. Celery - 1 stalk, finely chopped
10. JalapeƱo - 1, finely chopped
11. Summer squash - 1, finely chopped
12. Basil - 1/2 tsp
13. Oregano - 1/2 tsp
14. Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
15. Shredded mozzarella cheese - 1 cup


Preparation: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Cut the top portion of the peppers, remove the seeds and ribs. Keep them aside.
3. Cook the orzo according to the packet instructions and keep aside.
4. Remove the sausage from the casing and mash them and keep aside.
5. Heat oil in a pan. Add the minced garlic and mix for about 30 seconds.
6. Add the ingredients 6-14 and mix well. Cover and cook for about 7-10 mins until the sausage is cooked.
7. Add the pasta sauce, check for salt and let boil. Remove from heat and keep aside.
8. Boil some water in a saucepan (enough for the peppers to sink). Place the peppers in the boiling water for 2 mins, remove and place them in the baking dish. Fill the peppers with the stuffing and place them in the oven.
9. Bake for 15 mins, take them outside, top with the shredded cheese and bake for another 15-20 mins until the top is nice and brown.

Enjoy! :D



 
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