Broccoli Cheese Garlic Crossants, and the Winner!

 

THE WINNER:   First of all I am behind in announcing the winner of the Jewel Tone Measuring cups. The Winner is Jennifer Herring!   Yay! Congrats Jennifer, I will be in touch with you to get your snail mail addy to get these purty things off to you!  I learned a few things after this first give-away. First of all people love free stuff! I had more hits than I’ve ever had while running this contest. Second, measuring cups are a little boring. lol. Out of all the visits, not many people commented to participate.  And that’s ok! I know that a single set of measuring cups isn’t very sexy. So this little trial lets me know that people ARE out there reading and they want bigger and more excited prizes! Not to worry. I knew it would most likely go that way. I wanted to start off small to see what the turn out would be. Soooooo, more exciting giveaways coming soon! 😉

 

Now for today’s recipe.Today’s recipe is easy!!! Have you noticed I like easy yet? 😉  I must confess, I am running out of food in the house. We are going out of town this weekend and so I have put off grocery shopping and doing my best to scrounge up meals with whatever is left in the house. Lunches are the hardest for me. I’m not sure why. I guess I tend to lean toward lunches that don’t take much time or ingredients to prepare. And its getting Booooooring! I was soooo craving something that took more than two ingredients today. So I scrounged around in my fridge and found a lone can of croissants. This peaked my interest. I then found the remains of a bag of frozen broccoli. My tongue started to tingle! Oh whats that? Cheese? alright! We’ve got ourselves a meal! Lets go!

 

So I made Broccoli cheese garlic croissants. I don’t claim to be the first to ever try this, just think of it as a nifty reminder if you ever get the hankering for “complicated flavor but super easy to cook” !

 

let us begin……

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First I steamed my broccoli in the microwave.

 

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open a can of croissants and pull apart the pieces.  Lay out one piece on a plate

 

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Spoon some of your cooked broccoli onto the croissant at the widest point

 

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sprinkle on some cheese. Here I used a mixed blend

 

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Go on, really dump it on 😉

 

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Now at the widest end start to roll it all up. because of the heat of the cooked broccoli, the pastry will be soft and pliable and easier to pull over the broccoli

 

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Place in a greased baking dish

 

 

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Repeat process until all pastries are used. Now I almost stopped here, but I got to thinking, this needs something…

 

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so melt you some butter and brush it all over the tops of each pastry

 

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Now lightly sprinkle some garlic powder across the tops. Trust me!

 

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Pop them in the oven for about 10 min at 350, until they are golden brown…..

 

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LIKE THIS. oooohhh let me tell you the warm garlic butter smell alone is enough to make your mouth water. Not only did the garlic add so much to the taste, but it also provides a purty golden brown color on top. These would be great as hor’ derv’s for parties, as appetisers, or even a meal! (like I did 🙂  )

 

Now eat and enjoy!! I can not tell you how this deliciousness brought me to my knees today! It’s that mmmmm mmmmm GOOD! light, flaky, buttery cheesy, oooooooh!

 

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Hope you will try it!

 

 

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Healthy, yummy, crunchy, EASY, Pita Chips!!

 

Here’s a real easy one and a good one. I ran across this idea while looking up recipes for diabetics. Pita chips are SUPER easy to make, and really really good! They even happen to give you that fiber that your body needs. This recipe has it all , all right! AND as a bonus, if you are on weight watchers,  1 pita, which is 16 of these chips, are only 2.4 points!  I LOVE my carbs, I HAVE To have them. I have an oral fixation for crunchiness too. These pita chips take care of both of those. Not to mention they are quite addictive.

So here’s how to make them…..

 

Preheat your oven to 350

 

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Now Start with a bag of Whole Wheat Pita’s

 

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Slice one in half

 

 

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slice it again, going in the other direction (think pizza)

 

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Keep doing this until you end up with 8 pieces

 

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If you have a nice big butcher knife like me, then you can save time by cutting more than one pita at a time

 

 

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Now fold open each piece, this will be easy to do since its hollow inside

 

 

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and tear them apart at the seam. Wallah, two pieces, ready to become chips!

 

 

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Now spray a pan or cookie sheet with non stick spray. This is what I use if I’m not baking. It also gives you the HEALTHY oils and fats that your body needs. This is great stuff

 

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Place all your pulled apart pieces in the greased pan (see where this is going ?)

 

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Now LIGHTLY  spray your pitas with the olive oil again , don’t make them soggy. (note: if you do not have olive oil spray you can skip this step, it works without it too)

 

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Sprinkle your favorite seasonings onto the pitas (the olive oil spray helps the seasonings stick, but if you didn’t use the spray you’ll still get flavoring, don’t panic) I happen to use garlic salt,  I love garlic and its oh so yummy, but any seasoning will do.

 

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Bake for 7-8 min. they will be hard and have started to curl , and some pieces will have browned

 

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let chips cool for a few min. and there you go! Healthy, yummy, crunchy, Pita Chips!!

 

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 ENJOY!

Banana Banana Bread

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BANANA BANANA BREAD

 

Theres so much banana in this bread it needed to be said twice! This is a yummy recipe with loads of banana and cinnamon, its just mmm mmm good! throw some butter on there and your in banana heaven!

 

Lets get started:

 

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Cast & Crew:

all-purpose flour, baking soda , salt, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, overripe bananas (these could have prob. been aged a little more for extra sweetness but I couldn’t wait any longer 😉

 

 

 

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grease pans. I always use Baker’s Joy, as I always say, Its God’s gift to baking! I also prefer to use mini loaf pans as well as mini cupcake pans. I prefer small servings as opposed to one big loaf. But that’s just me 🙂 It’s also easier when you are giving them as a gift or taking them to the office

 

 

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in a bowl, start with 2 cups of all purpose flour

 

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add 1 tsp baking soda

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and 1/4 tsp salt, mix together

 

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In a seperate mixing bowl, start with 1/2 cup butter (one stick softened)

 

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Add 1 cup brown sugar

 

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Cream together

 

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Now mix in 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla, and then turn the mixer off

 

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slice up 5-6 bananas in a cup or bowl,

 

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and mash them up, this will give you aprox 2 1/3 – 2 1/2 cups of mashed banana, give or take. the more the merrier in my eyes 🙂 if you have less banana it will still work, but it won’t be as sweet, and it will be slightly less banana-y , but it will still come out as banana bread 😉

 

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go back to the creamed sugar and beat in 2 eggs

 

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now beat in your mashed bananas until well blended, turn off the mixer, you are now done with the mixer.

 

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it will look like this

 

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now add in your flour mixture AND……

 

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HAND STIR mixture together just enough to moisten, do not over mix

 

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and it will look like this!

 

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Spoon into greased pans

 

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Bake at 350 , aprox 18 min for mini’s and one hour for large loafs

 

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cool on wire racks and wallah ! Warm yummy Banana Banana Bread!

Enjoy plain or with some lucious butter !

 

INGREDIENTS

 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas ( aprox 5 – 6 bananas)

Optional drizzle icing:

3 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs water

DIRECTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2 In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add cinnamon & Vanilla, mix. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Hand Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten, do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3 Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Mini loafs & Muffins take aprox 18 min