Nana-Strawberry Bread!!

Yes, you read that right…..today I created a new type of yumminess.

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Banana-Strawberry Bread…..need I say more?  Beyond delicious. A couple of weeks ago, while visiting my local Whole Foods, I came across an ingredient I had never worked with before – green banana flour. I had read about this in Dr. Gundry’s The Plant Paradox, but had never looked for it. Well, it found me and it was on sale, so I found myself purchasing two bags of gluten free containers of Let’s Do Organic Green Banana Flour. Fast forward to today….and preparing for a celebration this weekend, so out it came when I thought of banana-strawberry bread, after purchasing 4 lbs. of fresh strawberries from Aldi’s this morning.

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup of Green Banana Flour, sifted with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup of all purpose flour, sifted with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick melted unsalted butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup pure cane sugar

2 large eggs

3 mashed bananas

1 cup finely chopped strawberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In one bowl, sift green banana flour and all purpose flour with the baking soda and salt. Mash the bananas and chop the strawberries.  Melt the butter and beat the sugars with the butter until frothy, incorporating each egg and beating it together until well mixed.  Then alternately add the flour mixture and banana mixture, beginning and ending with the flours. Beat just until blended – do not overbeat.

Mix in the strawberries with a fork, so that it is well incorporated into the mixture and place in a floured bread pan in the oven for 75 minutes.

Allow it to cool before slicing….and enjoy as a snack with extra fresh bananas and strawberries, or just by itself with a cup of hot almond milk coffee…..and I am sure you will also say the same thing I said: “Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!”

 

Cheesy Spinach Quiche

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What is a great addition to a Saturday brunch? Spinach quiche! This crust-less version I believe is a healthier option.  And the best part of any quiche is that you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! For breakfast alongside an English muffin and a cup of fresh fruit, for lunch with an abundant side green salad, or for a quick dinner, either hot or cold, accompanying a hot cup of tea or coffee; a slice of quiche makes even for a great snack. So many options for a versatile dish that takes just a few minutes to put together, letting the oven do all the work for an hour at 350 degrees.

Here are the ingredients for this version of spinach quiche, with which two quiches were made.

1 package of creamed spinach

2 packages of frozen spinach

8 slices of baked bacon, crumbled

freshly grated black peppercorn and salt

10 eggs

2 cups coconut milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup fresh parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions: Whip 5 eggs in each bowl with one cup of coconut milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Then integrate a few turns of freshly grated peppercorn and a dash of salt, mixing in approximately half the crumbled bacon, and cheeses.

I microwaved the creamed spinach, and placed half in each bowl, mixing it into the eggs, along with the cooked and drained frozen spinach; placed in an oven safe dish in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

Cooper’s whaaaat? Hawk, that is!

I have to admit I have a FAV new restaurant and I capitalize it because it’s a MUST to visit. Cooper’s Hawk has seriously made a dent in my food budget, and I truly relished my many visits to the International Drive location in Orlando, FL during the International Christian Film & Music Festival last week!

This is the first restaurant where I can say that I totally delighted in each bite of a Brussels sprout salad – amazingly light and lemony, it was a wonderful addition to the carne asada flatbread…..I liked it so much, I had it twice in one week!

For $14.99, a large plate of carne asada flatbread with the Brussels sprout salad could very well feed two, but I admit I enjoyed every single bite and finished my plate.

In South Florida, there’s one in Doral and another in Pembroke Pines. You have to visit so you can see and taste their wide variety of white and red wines…..definitely appealing, as well as their home made chocolates…..envision a bite of cheesecake enveloped in white and dark chocolate…..5-5-2019 After ICFF 4275

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7th Annual International Christian Film & Music Festival – May 1-4, 2019 Orlando, Florida

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Excitement prevailed at the 7th Annual International Christian Film & Music Festival, presented by 24Flix, with over 170+ submissions in a wide variety of categories, covering film, documentaries, animated shorts, best screenplay, TV shows, best song, music videos, best actor categories, et al!

Registration began at the Wyndham Orlando Resort location the afternoon of Tuesday, April 30th, and screenings ran through Saturday, up to the 8pm Awards show, which was graced with musical presentations by Jaci Velasquez with Nick Gonzales, as well as Janelle Arthur, from the 12th season of American Idol.

This year’s festival included special presentations from Karen Abercrombie, an award winning actress, known for her outstanding role as “Miss Clara” in 2015’s “War Room,” who spoke of her journey and encouraged those who were blessed to attend her presentation “You were created to create,” as well as T.C. Stallings, who focused on “No compromising.”

Marty Jean-Louis and his lovely wife Nerlyne established the International Christian Film & Music Festival in 2012 to encourage as well as provide through http://www.24flix.com family friendly entertainment options through a wide variety of movies and TV shows.

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With active participation from each continent, film producers, directors, and executives, as well as singers, songwriters, actors, writers and media presenters joined hundreds of participants who eagerly attended the festival to celebrate family friendly content.