Saturday, December 10, 2011

Baked BananaMash Bars

A couple of days ago I experimented making a cookie bar with the very few materials I had on hand.  It wasn't bad (according to my strange taste) especially after it had settled into the pan overnight.

So today I'm giving it another go:

This time I've mashed 2 ripe bananas into a cup or so of granola mix; added a more generous amount of maple syrup and about 1 TBS of unsweetened cocoa; and mixed it all together with a bit of H2O.  Am baking it in a prepared pan at 375℉ for about 35 minutes till the edges have pulled away and are golden brown. Smells quite lovely too!

Amazing what you can do without flour or eggs or milk ~ Now that's a lovely Baked BananaMash Bar, if I say so, myself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mac' & Cheese to the Rescue!

What to do with that leftover bowl of naked pasta sitting in the fridge? Well, here's an option. In 10 minutes or less you can have a hearty bowl of Macaroni & Cheese. Just doctor this recipe to suit your taste.

Saute 1 onion in olive oil in a pan large enough to hold the pasta as well.
Add cooked pasta to the sauteed onion, stir and season to taste.
When pasta is warmed through, sprinkle diced or shredded cheese over the top.
Cover and cook till cheese is melted through and browning a bit in the pan. 

That's it! Simple, no? No milk, no flour, no baking! Also a great way to limit the cheese intake. A little flavor goes a long way.