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Going Bananas for Banana Bread

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So this lovely Saturday morning, I had the worst leg cramps and thought, “I’m going to make banana bread!”

I must say, it was the best batch, ever.



  • 1 1/2 all purpose flour
  • 5 semi ripe bananas(mashed)
  • 3 eggs (I only used 1 yolk)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of bourbon vanilla extract
  • 3 Ferraro Rocher chocolates (roughly crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (or 3 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • Nuts (optional)


  1. Mix mashed bananas with maple syrup.
  2. In a bowl, mix brown sugar with eggs and banana mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda (or baking powder) and spiff into the mixture of brown sugar, eggs, and bananas. *note that it’s very important that you spiff your flour, or the texture of the batch will come out uneven.
  4. When the mixture is smoothly blended, add vanilla extract.
  5. Pour onto a baking tray (I usually cover mine with foil to save cleanup time)
  6. Sprinkle a handful of brown sugar over the mixture and the crushed Ferraro Rocher chocolate pieces (add any kind of nut mixture if you like)
  7. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  8. Let it cool before serving.

Bon Appetit!


Broiled Chicken with Peppers

Eating healthy is very beneficial but it can also be quite expensive. If you’re looking for a quality meal that’s easy on your wallet, you’ve come to the right place. This meal can serve as a perfect family dinner that will keep your stomach and wallet full.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 50 Minutes


  • 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 small skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 to 6 pickled cherry peppers, seeded and sliced, plus 1/3 cup brine
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the broiler. Put the potato in a medium saucepan, cover with water and add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry and sprinkle with the oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add the potato to the skillet and cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until slightly soft, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium; add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add the cherry peppers and brine and cook, scraping up the pan with a wooden spoon, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet and sprinkle with the parsley. Toss with tongs, then set the chicken skin-side up on top of the vegetables. Broil until the skin is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Per serving: Calories 611; Fat 42 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 169 mg; Sodium 243 mg; Carbohydrate 20 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 38 g


Healthy Pizza

Ever have a guilty conscience when biting into a cheesy slice of pizza? Well, I know I do, so try this substitute – it eliminated about 20 carbs per slice!

Substitute: Portobello mushrooms for pizza crust

Cut the gills out of the inside of the mushroom, says Ruben, “then place the mushroom on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 10 minutes so it dries out slightly.” Add tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni or other toppings and broil until the cheese begins to melt. You can also make bite sized mini pizzas in each mushroom if you want to avoid making a big mess – plus, it keeps your portion sizes in check!

Get Juiced – Green Tornado

Whip up this easy, super refreshing summer cooler using just picked fruits and veggies. With the magical fragrant notes of basil, mint, and tarragon, there is no doubt you will be instantly hooked!


  • ½ stem tarragon
  • 5 oz. green juice*
  • 2 tsbp fresh lemon juice (½ lemon)
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • Celery for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle tarragon (crush with a wooden spoon – or a bat-shaped tool called a muddler).
  2. Add green juice, lemon juice, and agave. (If you double or triple the recipe, shake in batches of two at a time so as not to overfill cocktail shaker).
  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with celery.

  *Green Juice


  • 2 leaves parsley
  • 2 leaves Boston lettuce
  • 6 leaves spinach
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 4 leaves basil
  • 3 oz. water


  1.  In a blender, liquefy ingredients; strain with a fine mesh strainer (use a spoon to push through).

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Vanilla Poached Figs, Cherries and Pistachio Parfaits

I personally love the concept of figs – they taste amazing, have a ton of nutritional values, and take 3 seconds to devour (especially when they’re ripe!) Anyhow, I saw this recipe and it just looked absolutely amazing, try it out for yourself!
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups / 10 oz / 300g  dried figs – stems removed and halved/quartered
  • 1 vanilla bean – seeds scraped and pod reserved
  • 1/2 cup / 3.5 oz / 100g dried cherries
  •  a large pot of Greek style yogurt
  • 1 oz (25g) pistachios – 1/4 cup
  1. In a medium saucepan over med-high heat, bring water to boil and stir in honey. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add both the seeds and the pod into the pot. Stir in the halved figs, top with a lid, and let softly simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Add in the cherries and simmer another 15 minutes. It should have thickened considerably, but still have quite a bit of liquid.
  3. Let cool a bit, pour in a bowl and then refrigerate three hours. Layer the figs and their sauce with yogurt in glasses to create the parfaits. Top with chopped pistachios.


Lazy Man’s Chicken Taco

For those weeks that you know that you’re not going to have time for much kitchen action – a quick and simple chicken taco recipe is much needed


  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 5 tomatoes (can used canned tomatoes – though they’re not healthy)
  • 1 batch of cilantro
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 1 can of sweet beans
  • handful of shredded cheese (I love cheddar)
  • 1 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 white onion


  1. Though this works best while the chicken is still hot, if you have cold chicken, it’s easier to take off the fat. Take your deliciously baked chicken and shred the meat into tiny bite-sized pieces and set aside in a bowl
  2. Dice onion and cilantro and mix in a small bowl.
  3. Then dice tomatoes and put into a separate container
  4. Heat your pan and when hot, toss in garlic and onions. When the onions begin to brown, add the shredded chicken in as well. (Since the chicken is already cooked, just fry the meat till it browns a little – will take longer if the meat is cold)
  5. When the chicken has browned, add cilantro, tomatoes, corn (be sure the drain the juice out before hand), and beans (I drain part of the juice in the can).
  6. Stir-fry till juices have dried. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve over a hot tortilla (with rice, avocado or salsa if you like).

*this makes for a really good quesadilla as well!

Raw Honey

Many people tell me about the benefits of honey, but with all the choices out there, which one is really good for you?

When we think of raw, we usually associate the term to substances that are uncooked – avoiding any sort of heat. With this, raw honey is the purest form of honey – unprocessed; hence, all the natural nutritional values remain. While honey is more digestible than other sweeteners, it also contains enzymes that help human digestive system, works to harmonize the liver, neutralize toxins, balance blood sugar, and calm nerves. While raw honey works as a laxative, fever reducer, and a sedative, honey in general has been used to treat an array of diseases from asthmatic bronchitis to nerve damage!

So, after briefly discussing the benefits of raw honey, one might want to know where to actually get this stuff. I suggest you to either buy them online or if you love street fairs, look around there!