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Jealous Monkey’s Banana Bread

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural ingredients taste best.

bananabreadAn old standard but with a taste.

This is something that not only monkeys could love!

Another ‘slice to-go’ snack.

You’ll need:

1-1/4 Cups Unbleached White Flour
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil Canola or other light oil, same if using butter
2/3 Cup Organic Sugar: can mix ‘n match different organic sugars to suit your sweet tooth
2 Whole fresh Eggs beaten
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
1 Cup mashed ripe Bananas, 2 or 3
1/2 Cup chopped Walnuts (optional) or substitute sunflower seeds or your choice
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

One glass loaf dish or pan greased
Parchment paper (optional) cut to inside of baking dish bottom for quick release
2 medium bowls
Electric mixer or can be mixed by hand with wisk, your choice
350 degree oven for about 50 minutes

To prepare:

Preheat oven with rack in middle. Sift together first 5 ingredients into bowl and resift 3 times (makes loaf lighter). Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs and lemon zest and beat well, scraping bowl sides & bottom to mix through. Add mashed bananas and mix. Add flour mixture in 4 portions and beat until smooth after each. Add walnuts and raisins for a few seconds only to mix through but not to crush. Turn into prepared dish and bake in middle of the oven for about 50 minutes or until cake tester (or knife) inserted into bread comes out clean. Remove to cake rack and cool before slicing. This is by far the yummiest banana cake ever, and it’s gone in sixty seconds, so you’d better plan on doubling this recipe!

Mandarin Ginger Chicken Bites

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic / natural ingredients taste best.

mandarinchickbitesThis is an appetite wetter for sure.

Just that right chickenny sweet ‘n sour ‘n crunch.

This makes you lick your lips for what’s to come.

You’ll need:

1 Cup finely chopped cooked Chicken
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 + teaspoon Fresh Ginger
3 Tablespoons finely chopped Fresh Parsley OR Cilantro
2 Tablespoons toasted sliced Almonds
2-3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise or to your taste
1/2 teaspoon Raspberry Vinegar or other sweet light vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
40-50 Wheat Crackers good quality natural cracker
*One jar of Mandarin Orange sections drained and rinsed

NOTE: You can use veggies instead of crackers like thickly & diagonally cut English cucumber rounds. Again, your choice.

Mixing bowl
Serving platter if they get that far

To prepare:

In a bowl, mix together first 6 ingredients. Mix vinegar and mayonnaise together and add to chicken mixture. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Spoon mixture onto your favorite crackers or veggies and serve. Delicious.

Sweeeet Potato/Zucchini Bread

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural ingredients taste best.

potatobreadOne of my favorite on-the-go, ‘fast food’ lunches in one slice – dense & delicious, just filling enough depending on the size of the slice, and the energy boost I need to get it all done. For a midday satisfying, tasty snack it gives you and your kids energy to spare – a lunchbox must!

Top it with a dollop of cold apple sauce and it’s a terrific dessert.

You’ll need:

1 Cup Unbleached White Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Cane Organic Sugars
1 Cup Organic Brown (mix ‘n match any organic sugars to your taste)
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil: you can mix your favorites together i.e. canola & unfiltered corn oils
3 Large Whole Eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 Cups Zucchini shredded and squeezed or pressed between paper towels
1-1/2 Cups Sweet Potato peeled and shredded
1 Cup Walnuts chopped (can also use almonds or pecans)

NOTE: You can also substitute buttermilk or yogurt for the oil.

One glass loaf dish
One large mixing bowl
Parchment paper (optional)
Food processor or hand grater
350 degree oven for about 1 hour 20 minutes

To prepare:

Preheat oven. Butter one 9 X 5 xX3 inch loaf dish. A piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside bottom of dish makes it easier to lift pieces out. Sift first 5 ingredients together into medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl whisk together by hand sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla till well blended. Mix in shredded zucchini and sweet potato. Add nuts and mix thru then dry ingredients stirring all together. Pour batter into loaf dish. Bake about 1 hour/20 minutes in middle of oven or until inserted cake tester comes out clean. Cool on cake rack. Cut it, wrap it, take it to-go – you’re set for the afternoon…or morning.

ABOUT: Wellness Chef Helen Sandler
Lecturer, personal chef, teacher, wellness coach, & speaker, Helen promotes a healthier lifestyle through common sense, organic / natural approach to a happier, positive life.

Helen Sandler is used to being an innovator and at the cutting edge of whole foods whole grains awareness. After graduating from SUNY, New York with a teaching degree, she began to follow her real passion for healthy cooking which took her from Los Angeles to Boston to attend the cooking school of the late and great master Japanese natural chef, Aveline Kushi. Later that passion took her to Kyoto, Japan to continue her studies, where she spent four more years learning the art of healthy Japanese cooking (Seishoku).

As Wellnes Chef Helen she is the featured authority at CTNgreen /wellness with articles in the library there and the virtual paperless magazine at CTNGreen Magazine