Thursday, March 24, 2011

Monkey Ice

In my constant effort to create healthier desserts for my kids I found a banana ice cream recipe. Really just pureed frozen bananas but it had lots of good reviews. I added a few mix ins and created what we call Monkey Ice. Soft bananas are perfect for this recipe. So when you have one or two bananas that get soft before you get a chance to eat them just cut them up and place them in a freezer container. When you are ready to make Monkey Ice they are ready for you.

Monkey Ice
4-5 cut up frozen bananas
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts

Set the bananas out for about 5-10 min. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Place the puree in a freezer container. Serve immediately or freeze. I am not sure how long it will keep in the freezer ours never makes it more then a week.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hamburger Buns

Oh how I love Veggie Burgers and they are even better on a homemade bun.

Hamburger Buns
1 ¼ milk slightly warmed
1 beaten egg
2 tbs butter
¼ cup sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ cups wheat flour
2 ¼ cups ap flour
4 tsp vital wheat gluten
1 ¼ tsp active dry yeast

Small seeds for the buns like poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

Use dough cycle on bread machine

When dough cycle is complete. Turn dough onto floured surface. Roll to 1 inch thick and cut out buns to desired size.
Place the buns on a baking sheet and brush with butter and sprinkle with seeds. Cover and let rise till doubled or about 1 hour.
Bake 350° for 9-15 min.
Cool and cut in half. Use fresh or freeze.

Sloppy Bobs

I recently made delicious meatless Sloppy Joes the original recipe can be seen here. Of course like all other recipes I tweaked it a little for our family preferences. So here is my version.

Sloppy Bobs
1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 tbs olive oil
1 onion
1 bell pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs chili powder
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 ¼ cup tomato puree1 tbs maple syrup
4-6 Hamburger Buns

Put lentils in small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water; cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft; drain and set aside.
Preheat a medium pot over medium heat; saute onion and pepper in oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and saute a minute more. Add cooked lentils and spices and mix.
Add tomato puree. Cook about 10 minutes. Add maple syrup heat through; turn heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes.

Serve on Hamburger Buns.