Chocolate Banana Muffins

There’s never a moment when i don’t have extra bananas in my kitchen that seemingly are left to eternally rot. Therefore, i’m always finding creative ways to use them, even when they’re EXTREMELY brown. Besides, who doesn’t like a little chocolate with their banana?



1 stick butter (softened)

1½ cups powered sugar

3 ripe bananas

½ cup plain yogurt

1 egg

1 cup raw cacao powder (unsweetened chocolate powder can be substituted)

2 cups self-rising flour

1 tsp salt



Mix butter and powdered sugar in large mixing bowl, set aside.  In medium bowl add 2 bananas, yogurt and egg. Mix thoroughly, insuring that bananas are smashed.

Next, add banana mixture to butter mixture. Beat ingredients using a wire whisk. Combine raw cacao powder, flour and salt in separate bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture 1 cup at a time and stir after each addition. Be sure to scrap down sides of bowl.

Last, thinly slice remaining banana directly into mix and gently stir. Scoop mix evenly into lined 12 cup muffin or cupcake pan. Bake in 350°degree oven for 15-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle of muffin comes out clean.





Meaty Potato Soup

So, i’ve been “missing” for over a year. Well i’m back to post a recipe.

We’ve moved way across the country from the west coast to the east coast and right in the midst of the biggest snow store since the 70’s it seems.

Here’s a quick pictorial of some potato soup i put together for my family because it gets VERY cold on the east coast, especially during the winter.

Moroccan Inspired Lamb Burger Pie

I know the name of this recipe is a mouthful. I really didn’t know what to call this dish since it’s a cross between Hamburger Pie and Shepard’s Pie.  It’s one of those one pot dishes i LOVE to make when i’m using up food in the fridge and pantry.  Also comes in handy when i don’t feel like standing over the stove or oven for hours.  This recipe is in pics since there’s really no one true way to make it.  Feel inspired!


Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Fresh Ginger
Fresh Garlic
Rainbow Carrots
Dried Yogurt Balls (or greek yogurt)
Ground Lamb
Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix (make according to package instructions)
Spices (any you desire)
Cheese is optional


Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and mash to desired consistency. Chop onions, celery, onion, garlic and grate ginger and slice carrots. In a large pan saute onions, garlic and ginger in olive oil until onions release flavor. Add yogurt mix and spices. Next add remaining vegetables. Let cook about 10 minutes. Add meat and cook until done. Remove pan from heat.

Gently layer yam mixture over lamb and veggies. Be careful to spread slowly so each layer will be separate. Next add cheese over yam layer (if using). Last add layer of baking mix over cheese.  Be sure to cover entire surface with mixture.  Bake in a 350° over until baking mix is completely done. Remove from oven gently since pan is heavy and some contents may spill over the sides.

Cool slightly, cut, eat and enjoy!

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Spiced Pear Bread (Vegan and Gluten Free)



As with many things in my world, i tend to make recipes from different food items i want to get rid off.  In this case i had some pears that were about to go bad and i needed to find something to do with them besides toss them into the trash.  I LOVE baking so i figured why not throw them into a quick bread.  Here’s my recipe. Enjoy!



1 cup fresh puree pear

½ cup almond milk

½ cup vegetable oil

½ pure maple syrup

2 ¼ cup Pamela’s GF Baking and Pancake Mix

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground all spice

¼ ground cloves

¼ ground cardamom

½ tsp ground cinnamon



Combine wet ingredients and then add dry ingredients. Mix well and pour into a small baking dish or muffin pan. Bake at 350° F until golden brown or toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.


“Add in” Heirloom Tomato Base Soup

Tomato Corn Soup 9-2014

So i’ve totally been on this heirloom tomato kick lately.  I can’t seem to live without them these days. That being said, i sometimes tend to over buy them and find myself stuck with pounds and pounds of heirlooms just WAITING to be used.

Recently i found a new use for my tomatoes that includes more than just sauce.. I made a delicious soup with lots of herbs, spices and goodies tossed inside. I call this “add in” tomato base soup because you can basically add in ANYTHING you want once the base of the soup is how you desire it. Here is how i’ve been making mine these days.  Enjoy!


Fresh Heirloom tomatoes (pureed)
Fresh cut sweet corn (or frozen corn)
Large shrimp
Dried herbs de Provence
Sea salt
Black pepper


Puree tomatoes in high-powered blender to your desired consistency.  (I like to leave my a bit chunky for more texture).  Heat a large dutch oven or use your crock pot.  Pour in tomato puree and add your favorite spices.  (I’ve typically added ground ginger, fenugreek, black pepper, turmeric, paprika, herbs de Provence and salt).  Allow mixture to cook down until base is bright red and has become thicker.  This process typically takes about 1-2 hours, depending on how many pounds of tomatoes used.

Once tomato based has cooked down and is desired consistency, add whatever extra ingredients you desire.  At this point i add my fresh-cut corn and shrimp.  Once they’ve cooked, which usually takes about 10 minutes or so, i turn off heat and serve.

Also the tomato base can be frozen and stored for later uses.

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Aly’s Island Crockpot Chicken

So i was cleaning out my fridge and noticed i had some leftover fresh pineapple and rhubarb that i need to either use THAT DAY or toss within the next few days.  I also had some chicken thawing that i wasn’t quite sure how i wanted to prepare it.  Then it hit me, why not throw the rhubarb and pineapple in with the chicken and toss it all in the crock pot? Thus my “island chicken” was born.


Whole chicken cut into parts
1 tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp fenugreek
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp paprika
1 TBSP herbs de provence
1 TBSP crushed red pepper flakes
Large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
5 rhubarb stalks, quartered
2 cups fresh-cut pineapple
1 Large carrot sliced (or 3 small carrots)
1 bunch of spinach
6 medium yukon potatoes, cubed
Red palm oil



Wash chicken throughly and pat dry.  Place chicken in a large bowl and squeeze fresh-cut lime over entire chicken, set aside.  Next, blend rhubarb and fresh pineapple and set aside.  Season chicken with ground cardamom and next 4 spices. Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet on medium high.  Add red palm oil and when oil is ready sear chicken on both sides until nice and brown.  When chicken is ready, remove from skillet and set aside. While skillet is still hot add onion and garlic and sautee until translucent. Add pureed fruit to skillet and cook for about 10 minutes.  In 7 quart crock pock add seared chicken, pureed fruit mix, carrots, spinach and potatoes.  Cook on low until chicken and vegetables are done.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Pina Colada Muffins (Vegan-Gluten Free)

I had a TON of super ripe banana and some leftover fresh pineapple that i wanted to get rid of.  I didn’t want to just throw them out so i was trying to think of something to use them in.  Well i thought some kind of baked bread would be good and then *poof* Pina Colada Muffins.  They really turned out great and of course the whole family enjoy them.  Hope you will too.



5 ripe banana
½ cup Coconut oil
¾ cup Coconut palm sugar
3 cups sifted Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
½ cup coconut milk (i used the So Delicious brand)
1/8 lemon extract
1 ½ cups fresh diced pineapple
1 TBSP liqueur (I used Grand Marnier)



1.  Add ripe banana to stand mixer.  Mix on low-speed until bananas have a cream like texture.  2.  Next add coconut oil and blend until combined.  3. In a separate bowl sift, flour blend, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt and set aside.  4. Add coconut sugar to banana mix and blend well.  5. Next, add about half of the flour mix and about half of the coconut milk and blend.  Then add the remaining flours and milks. 6. Stir in extract, liqueur and pineapple. 7. Scoop by the spoonfuls into muffin tins and bake until done in the center, about 35 minutes.


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Spicy Sesame Noodles

So i was cruising Pinterest, like i typically do, and found this interesting recipe for simple sesame noodles.  My hubby LOVES sesame noodles but wasn’t satisfied with the taste of the ones he’d typically buy from our local market.  Well, me being who i am figured i could just make some at home and so i did.  The results were FANTASTIC.  These were an instant hit with hubby and the children.

I made them spicy because we love spice in our family.  I also added more fresh veggies and made enough to be eaten cold the next day.  Here’s my version.  Enjoy!



1 16oz pack capellini noodle
4oz pack angel hair pasta
1 head baby bok choy chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper chopped

1/4 yellow onion thinly sliced
2 green onion chopped
2 TBSP fresh ginger grated
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup Coconut Secret, Coconut Amino
2 TBSP raw honey
2/3 cup sesame oil
2 TBSP Rice bran oil
3 TBSP Rice Vinegar
3 TBSP Shiloh’s Spicy Sauce, Harissa Original
2 TBSP coconut sugar
Salt to taste



Boil pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, DO NOT DRAIN WATER. Add bok choy and bell pepper to cooked pasta and water. Cover, remove from heat and set aside. Spicy Sesame Noodle

In mixing bowl add onion, green onion, and remaining 9 ingredients. Mix thoroughly.  Add desired amount of salt. Drain pasta and bok choy mix. Place in a large serving bowl, add onion and coconut amino mixture. Mix well until pasta hass thoroughly absorbed liquid. Serve and eat!

Enjoy noodles hot or cold.