Sunday, July 08, 2007


Last week just flew by with the holiday breaking the days up. On the 4th we barbecued out with our neighbor who DH enjoyed chatting with. The chocolate cake was sinfully delicious and the coffee included in the recipe really brought out the chocolate flavor. I think I'm going to have to limit myself to making that cake only on my birthday as I just have no willpower against chocolate cake!

A couple of weeks ago I made some banana oat muffins that turned out rather healthy and tasty. Here's the recipe for BANANA OAT MUFFINS:

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg, bananas, brown sugar, buttermilk and melted butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.Coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray; fill two-thirds full with batter. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.

I enjoy cooking biscuits, eggs, waffles, muffins etc. at breakfast. But things can get pretty busy with everything that needs to be done. It was about two babies ago that I got a bit tired of spooning in bite after bite of baby food in the little mouths three to four times per day. So now I've become a bad mom and have come up with a way for Kabe's to drink her baby food at breakfast! I take her defrosted cubes of oatmeal/banana/avocado and mix them with some kefir and juice. Then I put it in a special sippy type cup and she's good to go! Here's a picture of her with the concoction. She really does like it though she has a slightly sour look on her face in this picture. I think I might have gone a little too heavy on the kefir for her liking! :)
Time for this week's menu plan! More of my meals will be coming from the freezer as we will be busy with more moving prep (we move at the end of July) and appointments. Remember you can find more menu plans over at I'm an Organizing Junkie's blog!

Monday: Honey Rosemary Chicken, Herbed Swirl Bread (both from the freezer)

Tuesday: Noodle Heaven (from the freezer)

Wednesday: BBQ Salmon, Barley w/ Mushrooms

Thursday: Chicken Burgers (from the freezer), Tray of Health

Friday: Chicken Veggie Packets

Have a wonderful week!!


Anonymous said...

Noodle heaven sounds like heaven to me. Those muffins also look really healthy. I would LOVE those. Great meal plan. Have a great week.

Training Hearts said...

The Honey Rosemary Chicken looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the sweet comment. I will have to try the muffins. They sound really good. :) I hope you have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Do you have a recipe for noodle heaven? We love noodles!

The muffins look incredible too!


raje said...

I found your blog thru MPM. Your menu plan looks great. I will be trying some of your recipes.

I was wondering how you freeze your bread. The Herbed Swirl Bread sounds delicious and I was wondering if you had any tips on how to freeze bread.

Deirdre said...

Your muffins look fabulous and healthy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lynette said...

Your menu looks great. I am going to try those muffins, thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

Looks great! I love being able to pull something homemade from the freezer... I used to do more bulk cooking than I do now, and I need to get back into that habit. Enjoy your week!

Brenda said...

Thank you for the great menu ideas! I esp. appreciate the healthier recipes. And, I just copied your banana oat muffins into Microsoft Word. :)

Raje said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a response on how you freeze the bread. I will be trying it out soon.

jettybetty said...

I must be out of it--I had to google kefir to see what it was. It sounds great--and they might have it at my new favorite store--Sprouts--so I will have to check this week.

The muffins look wonderful,too--we all love fruity, whole-grain muffins! They make such a yummy, nutritious breakfast!

Anne said...

Thanks for the comments! I just love and appreciate them all even though I'm not always the best at responding.

JB: Ooo... I'm jealous! We don't have any good stores like that here. I can't wait to live by a Whole Foods or something like it again! Enjoy yourself!

Renee's Ramblings said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your menu plan looks great! I'll be trying out those chicken veggie packs soon. Don't worry about the meme; take care of yourself and hope your feeling better.


jettybetty said...

=-) When I read the Sprouts ad this week and kefir is ON SALE--I had to smile and think of you!! We will definitely be trying it!

jettybetty said...

I got some of the kefir--very much like yogurt--but it has different bacteria? I think will go back and get more--it will be a yummy breakfast for me, too!

Anne said...

I'm glad you liked the kefir, JB! Yes, I think it's supposed to have a greater variety of beneficial bacteria than yogurt. It's fun to discover new things, isn't it? :)