Archive | September, 2013

Non-Dairy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

25 Sep

Love Ice cream but can’t eat dairy?  This ice cream recipe has the creamy texture without the sugar and dairy.  So easy to make and the kids will love it.  Did I mention is much healthier?

Ice Cream

  • 4 banana’s sliced and frozen in advance
  • place single layer of sliced banana’s on parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze at least 1 hour.
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup non dairy beverage such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

In a food processor or blender pulse frozen banana’s, milk, vanilla, cocoa powder and syrup.  Scrape the sides as necessary, until the mixture becomes the texture of soft ice cream.  Spoon into bowls and serve immediately.

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Marino’s Fried Onion and Green Pepper Sandwich

11 Sep

This sandwich is named after my dad! He loved to make Fried Onion and Green Pepper Sandwiches! When he made this sandwich the whole house would smell so good with the aroma of fried garlic and onions!   I have always enjoyed eating this sandwich which brings back fond memories of my mom and dad cooking in the kitchen.  The sandwich has a  hint of garlic and a little bit of heat with the sweet taste of green  peppers smothered in olive oil. It  goes well with a glass of red wine and can be served for lunch or dinner.

Fried Onion And Green Pepper Sandwich from Susan T's Kitchen

Fried Onion and Green Pepper Sandwich

Green, Red and Hot Peppers From Susan T's Garden

Green, Red and Hot Peppers From Susan T’s Garden

  • 1 Green or red pepper
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 small hot pepper whole
  • Olive oil
  • Italian Rolls

In a large fry pan cover the bottom with olive oil and bring the heat to medium.  Add  the whole hot pepper, the sliced onion, and the chopped garlic to the pan and fry until slightly brown.  Add more olive oil as needed.  Add the sliced green pepper and sauté a few minutes. Lower the heat and place the rolls on top of the onions and peppers to soften.   Remove the pan from heat and serve! If you are really into heat add the hot pepper to your sandwich or discard.  Goes great with a glass of red wine!  Buon Appetito!

Vegetarian Loco Moco

8 Sep

Hawaiian Treat

Aloha! When I was in the Army my husband and I were stationed in Hawaii. We loved eating the local foods and we would go out every weekend for breakfast before heading to the beach on the Island of Oahu. My husband would have the Loco Moco,  a  Hawaiian style dish, which is a  hamburger patty,  fried egg, and brown gravy on a bed of rice. There are many variations, but this version is the most popular. I came up with my own version of the Loco Moco which is a vegetarian patty topped with a fried egg and vegetarian brown gravy on a bed of  rice. Oh this is so Ono!  Mahalo!

  • 2 Vegetarian Hamburger Patties
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • hot cooked white or brown rice

Rice:  Ahead of time cook rice according to package directions either stove top or in a rice cooker.  I like using a rice cooker your rice will be perfect every time.

Burgers: heat frying pan until hot and cook the veggie burgers. Once cooked place burgers on the side.

Gravy:  Pour the can of vegetable broth into the pan that the burgers were cooked in and bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and add a couple of dashes of soy sauce.  In a bowl whisk the cornstarch with 1 tbsp. of water to make a smooth paste and slowly whisk in the  corn starch mixture until the gravy Is thick and smooth. Add the margarine and season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and cover to keep warm until ready for use.

Eggs: Traditionally, the eggs are sunny-side up, but you can flip your egg if desired. Salt and pepper the eggs.

Assemble your dish from bottom to top: 2 scoops rice, the burger, the egg and pour the gravy all over.

Mahalo!  Enjoy!

Ever wonder how baby carrots are made?

5 Sep

I bet you always wondered how those cute little carrots were made, didn’t  you?  I found this cute couple in my garden not too long ago, aren’t they cute!  Well, now you know how baby carrots are made!

Kissing Carrots

Kissing Carrots

Very Berry Banana Blueberry Smoothie

1 Sep

Tongue twister isn’t it?  This is my recipe for my  Very Berry Banana Blueberry Smoothie which is so berry berry delicious?  By the way did you know Blueberries are loaded with tons of vitamins and antioxidants? Yep healthy for you too! Enjoy!

Very Berry Banana Blueberry Smoothie

Very Berry Banana Smoothie

Banana’s and Blueberries

IN A BLENDER COMBINE

  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh banana
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 2 cups milk beverage such as almond, rice or soy
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Blend until smooth add more ice if needed (taste test and add more milk, or berries if needed)
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