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Im 30 yrs old very happy married to a wonderful man (Nathan) i have a 7yr old son (Lochlan) and one on the way! We live in a town called Davistown. Im an aussie that use to live in the states! But have recently returned back to Australia! And im VERY passionate about cooking and my family!

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Banana Nut Muffies (yes thats Cookies and Muffins merged!)

This is a recipe i once again didnt follow.. and turned out great! AND guilt free!

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 c. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp of liquid calorie free sweetener
3 Tbsp of brown sugar splenda
4 egg whites
3 c. of oats
3 Tbsp of flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
and a handful of chopped Walnuts

Mix first 3 ingredients together in a bowl.
Add egg whites and mix.
Add remaining ingredients except nuts.
After dough is mixed add nuts.
Batter maybe a little runny ut drop on cookie sheet anyway.
Bake at 350'F for 12-15mins.

Pasta Bake.

Ok so I made this a couple of days after I was home from surgery! Its a very simple recipe and u can throw anything into it! Plus its a great way to get ur kids to eat veggies!

Pick what kind of meat u wish to work with
Here I used 90% lean Hamburger about 2 pounds
1 Tbsp of olive oil
3 Tbsp garlic
2 small sprigs of sage
2 Tbsp of Dried Basil (fresh when u have it is better!)
1 Tbsp of Oregano
1 can of diced tomatoes (rinse)
2 C. Of V8 low sodium juice
1 large onion diced small
1 small zucchini (shredded)
2 large carrots (grated)
1 small head of cauliflower (diced small)
1/2 C. Of grated low fat mozzarella Cheese
1/4 C. Of parmesan Cheese
2 boxes of ur fav pasta noodles
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Heat olive oil in electric skillet
Toss the garlic in
Then the onion then them cook down for a couple mins
Hen throw the lean meat in and let brown and get happy with the onions and garlic!
Add the herbs (sage, basil, oregano)
Put the lid on the skillet for about 10 mins.
Take lid off carefully adding in the tomatoes and V8 juice
Let simmer for about 5 mins.
Add the grated carrots stirring them threw
then add the other veggies (cali, zucchini)
Lid goes back on for about hlf an hour checking on it occasionally and stirring when needed
while everything is cooking down boil ur water for ur pasta
when pasta is cooked ladel out a couple of spoonfuls of the pasta water and add to the veggies and meat.
Drain rest of the water rom the pasta.
Turn skillet off
Preheat oven to about 350'F
while oven is preheating get ur fav cassarole dishes out spray with Olive Oil
Take ur pasta and add to the meat and veggies tossin them throughtly so everything migles nicely!
Start dishing up ur pasta and meat into ur sprayed dishes, when all divided up sprinkle ur cheeses over the top!
Add them to the already preheated oven.
Let bake for about 20 mins OR until the cheeses have all melted!
And serve and enjoy with a nice salad!

Sweet and Spicy Red Skin Potatoes and Red Peppers!

Awesome dish very easy and extremely tasty!

5 medium red skinned potatoes (leave skin on cut into chunks)
1 large red pepper (called Capsicum in austalia, sliced to a size ur fam will eat!)
handful of fresh chopped parsely
1 Tbsp of unsalted butter
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
3 Tbsp of Kecap Manis (picture below, its sweet thick soysauce)

2 tbsp of minced garlic
Chili powder to taste
Steam ur potatoe chuncks
(i use the Glad steam bags they r my best friends in the kitchen!)
While taters r steaming heat oil and butter in ur skillet/wok

add the garlic when oil and butter have melted and become happy :D

add chilli powder and stir threw with the butter and oil

add sweet soy by now the taters should b done toss them into the sauce and stir

add the peppers toss threw with the taters sand sauce let simmer for about 10 mins
then add ur parsely!

Its up to u how long u cook ur peppers down our family likes them crunchy still!

Also we ate this with Panko Chicken Recipe coming soon!

Miso Stir-Fryed Noodles!

This is a VERY simple but tasty dish! Light and perfect to accompany beef, chicken or any kind of seafood!
1 pack of your fav asain noodles (follow boiling instructions on pack)
2 Tbsp of minced/crushed garlic
3 Tbsp of Miso Paste (or more if u feel the need for extra taste!)
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
4 Green Scalions Chopped on an angle coarsely (stem and all)
a pinch of chilli powder OPTIONAL
Drain noodles, rince with cold water to stop from cooking more
Take your Olive Oil heat in wok
Throw your garlic in and let sizzle for a min or 2
toss the scalions in, stir
add the misto paste continuing to stir
if the paste doesnt cook down to a running sauce add a couple of Tbsp of water
turn heat off, toss the noodles in and mix up well.

Healthy Snack for the Big kids and Small kids in your house!

And by "Big" kids i ment the men in our household!

Nothing to special here just take any kind of sliced grain/wheat bread snack size is best for this :) spread peanut butter on the bread, sprinkle raisans over the peanut butter then take sliced sweet banana's and place over the top! Easy Tasty and some what Healthy!


I figure i should mention this before i start putting up some recipes... i find it VERY hard to follow a recipe.... i start with good intensions... and by the end the only part of the recipe that is the same is generally the kind of meat to use... heh.. also i dont measure ANYTHING im one of those kind of ppl that looks at something and eye balls it... and if it is missing something when i taste it then ill add a pinch of this and pinch of that! I will try my best to figure out the measurements to my recipe but most the time its according to u and ur famlies taste....!

Panko Crispy Chicken

This is a great recipe for crunchy crispy tasty chicken! My mum taught me this recipe and i have changed it a lil nothing mayjor :P And made this recipe for friends and family whom all LOVE it!

So im not going to do measurements this is purely done by eyeing it :)

You will need chicken breasts , plain flour, sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, eggs, milk, canola oil, panko bread crumbs.

Combine your flour, garlic, pepper, salt, onion powder and chilli place into a dish and put to the side.
Crack a couple of eggs in a dish and beat till fluffy.
Get another dish place ur panko crumbs in it.

Take ur chicken breasts butterfly them into thin strips, and leave the chicken strips in milk!
So take the milk soaked chicken and coat it in the flour mixture then dip it in the egg wash then place in the panko crumbs and evenly coat! Repeat till all the chicken strips are done! Heat the oil enough to place atleast 4 strips to fry! Repeat till done it doesnt take very long to cook these strips at all. Make sure that the oil is hot enough so the chicken doesnt soak up alot of oil and make the chicken soggy and oily!