Bananas get a bad rap because they are super high in sugar. That s*&% IS bananas. Bananas are GREAT for you. Unless you’re trying to get into some crazy sculpted fitness competition then I see nothing wrong with indulging in some natural sugars. I frickin LOVE bananas. Toss them in my protein shakes, oatmeal, yogurt, wrap w/ PB, top a rice cake, freeze for ice cream puree. The list is endless. I have 1 almost every day and I use them a lot to healthify a muffin or bread recipe. Yesterday I used them for the infamous 2 ingredient pancake….
The recipe calls for just 1 banana and 1 egg, but mine end up being 4 ingredient pancakes with my modifications:
- 1 whole egg
- 1 banana
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 T vanilla protein powder
* Toss all ingredients in a food processor (my mini one comes in very handy). Blend until smooth. Cook over med heat, these will cook faster than a traditional pancake and are going to be thinner, more on the crepe side. Batch makes 2 big cakes. I also use an egg protein powder so mine have a spongy texture. Toppings include walnuts and agave nectar. I also have used cinnamon, almond butter or peanut butter, 100% maple syrup or honey, coconut, fresh blueberries. This is by far one of my favorite breakfasts!
Lunch was a quick one, I sautéed up some chicken sausage (the apple are my favorite) w/ a side of Dijon mustard for dipping. They are pre-cooked so it takes minutes. I also sautéed some spinach, I added one egg to the spinach to pack a little more protein and fat into the meal. I also enjoyed my FAVORITE beverage (besides wine)… georgia peach polar seltzer water w/ a slice of lemon. Make this meal ahead of time to pack for lunch! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Best beverage ever! The orange vanilla is great too!
Dinner last night was bomb. I’m a fan of one meal that can be made different ways by just switching up some ingredients. Stuffed chicken is one of those meals. Last night was a delicious stuffed chicken w/ roasted butternut squash. The squash took some time but it was well worth it!
Ingredients for chicken:
- 4-6oz boneless skinless chicken breast pounded flat
- cherry tomatoes
- italian seasonings
- salt, pepper
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- Pre-cut butternut squash (on sale post Thanksgiving!)
- 1T honey
- 1T brown sugar
- olive oil
*For the chicken I mixed the quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, feta, olive oil and seasonings in a bowl. Stuff the chicken and wrap into a ball. Drizzle a little extra olive oil and seasoning on top of chicken. Bake for 30+ minutes at 350 deg. Optional: When finished drizzle w/ balsamic vinegar. To mix up recipe swap in different veggies and cheeses.
*Squash will need to be started first. Toss butternut squash in bowl with all ingredients, then lay flat on cookie sheet. Bake for 40-60 minutes at 350 deg until desired crispness. Be sure to flip occasionally. I bet the kiddos would love these!
Do you have a favorite banana recipe?