Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February menu

We have moved to Hawaii and are still to get settled. Which means getting back into meal planning! I think we will be eating differently in Hawaii. First, food is expensive here! I told John I feel like you have to pick-veggies or meat-you can't possibly afford both. He agreed veggies are the way to go. Second, electricity is crazy expensive here (our landlord is thinking of getting us solar panels-fingers crossed that works out!) so cooking in the oven is really not an option every day. Third, it is crazy hot here, so cooking in the oven is really not an option every day. Fourth, I want to try to get as much as the meal prepared while Caleb is at school so we can spend our afternoons at the beach doing homework and learning to read :)

Sunday-roasted red pepper panini
Monday-Breakfast burritos
Tuesday- Pasta with Green Pea Pesto
Wednesday-Broccoli slaw and peanut sauce wraps
Thursday-Tuna, artichoke and couscous salad
Sunday-New King Ranch Casserole (this year we are celebrating "Alamo Day"-I think Caleb made that up, but this is the date the battle of the Alamo started so we are eating some traditional Texas food. The fact it is a Whole Food's recipe makes it more so-did you know they are a Texas company?).
Tuesday-Still thinking-any suggestions?
Wednesday-Stir-fry quinoa salad
Thursday-Tuna salad sandwiches

Low fat, low sugar whole wheat banana bundt cake

Caleb has been asking for banana bread since New Orleans. We had a couple rotten bananas so I thought for a treat on his first day of school I would turn on the oven (if you knew how humid it is today you would know the act of love that required :) and make him some bread.

The best thing about this cake is it's sweet enough I can pass it off as a dessert in our home. However, it's healthy enough to eat for breakfast. I love the crispy top and bottom of a bundt cake, but if you don't have a bundt pan you can use a regular bread or cake pan. It just won't have the great crisp that makes this cake so amazing.

I forgot to grease the middle portion of the bundt cake today so no photos. It is still incredibly delicious even though I was scrapping it from the pan :)

Deliciously healthy banana bundt cake

adapted from here 
  • 4 over-ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1, 6 oz cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Oat flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 2 T ground flaxseed
  • 1 T chia seed
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • Handful chopped walnuts, chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
Preheat oven 350. Grease bundt pan

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl

Mix together wet ingredients then add to dry ingredients, stir.

Pour into bundt pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until knife comes out clean. 

*You can use all Whole Wheat flour, I do that from time to time if I don't feel like making oat flour

Easy and as yummy as a recipe gets!