Low Carb Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

We’ve been so busy here on the farm. I do our own book keeping and tax season is a busy time, along with the fun jobs of baby calves and planting.  So it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to work up a new recipe. I’ve had this one on my mind for a while. Hope you enjoy it!

Peanut butter Banana Low Carb Brownies

1/2 Cup Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter

2 Ripe Bananas

3 Large Eggs ( I use Duck Eggs)

1/2 Cup Local Honey ( I use Clover Sourced Honey)

1/2 Cup Stevia ( Or if you want it really sweet, you can use ½ Cup Brown Sugar)

1/4 Cup ground Chia Seeds

2 Cups Gluten Free Almond Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 350*

In medium size mixing bowl add peanut butter, bananas, eggs and honey. Blend well with electric mixer, then fold in remaining ingredients until wet, then blend with mixer again until all dry ingredients are well incorporated. Pour into a greased 9×9 inch baking pan, or round pan if you wish. Bake 30 minutes or until brown and set in the center. Enjoy!

Optional: You can also add GF Chocolate Chips

Note: these are not overly sweet, I like to heat them up and have them for breakfast.

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

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Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

1 Pound whole Carrots

2 Tablespoons Light Olive Oil

2 Teaspoon Dried Basil (make sure all herbs and spices are Gluten Free)

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

4 Tablespoons Butter

Wash, peel and slice carrots in half lengthwise. Lay them flat onto the metal air fryer roasting pan. Drizzle carrots with oil and sprinkle with herps and salt. Place pan into air fryer on middle rack and set temp. at 400* for 20 minutes. Half way through cooking time turn carrots over,  dot with butter and let the carrots roast for the rest of the cooking time, or until fork tender. If carrots need to cook longer return to fryer and cook until done. Remove from fryer and serve. Enjoy!

Ginger,Garlic, Pepper Chicken Skillet

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Need to kick up your Immune system? Try this recipe.

Ginger, Garlic, Pepper Chicken Skillet

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds Chicken Breast strips
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 large Bell Peppers ( cut into 1/4 inch strips)
2 Tablespoons grated fresh Ginger
2 Tabalspoons crushed Garlic ,( about 3-4 large cloves)
1 Cup GF Chicken Broth
2 Tablespoons GF Worcester sauce ( Lea & Perrins is Gluten Free)
In large Skillet on high heat add olive oil, and chicken strips. Brown chicken for 8- 10 minutes with the lid on, turning chicken over half way through. Until chicken is cooked through. Turn heat down to medium sprinkle chicken with salt then cut strips into 1 inch chunks. Add peppers, ginger, garlic, broth and Worcester sauce. Cover and let simmer 20 -30 minutes stirring occasionally until peppers are fork tender. Remove from heat and serve with rice or GF pasta.
Enjoy!

Mini Caramel Pecan Pies

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Mini Caramel Pecan Pies

1 Package , Gluten Free Caramels

1 Cup Pecan halves

Ingredients for Crust

1 egg

¼ cup oil

4 0z. Cream cheese ( I use Philadelphia cream cheese)

2/3 Cup Gluten Free Flour ( I like Betty Crocker, or Better Batter)

1/3 Cup Gluten Free Corn Starch

Place all ingredients for Crust in food processor on high until blended. Place dough in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. It just makes dough easier to work with. (You can leave this in the fridge overnight if it is sealed).

Heat oven to 350* F.

When dough is cooled line mini muffin pan with paper liners. Flour your hands with a small amount of GF Flour and dip out a small ball of dough ( about a 1 inch ball) and roll with your hands to make it firm. Place one ball of dough into each paper cup and using your thumb or a floured dough plunger to push an indention into each ball making a mini pie crust. Make sure dough comes up the sides and to the top of the paper liners. When you have finished all of the mini pie crusts place muffin pan into oven. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until crusts are baked through and starting to brown around the edges. This should make 20- 24 mini pie crusts.

When pie crusts are done remove from oven, while they are still hot, place a pecan half into the bottom of the pie shell, add a caramel to each,( caramels will melt down into pie shell) then top with another pecan. Let cool and serve! Enjoy!

Pork Fajitas

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Pork Fajitas

4- 5 cooked Pork Chops

1 -20oz. Bag of Frozen Pepper and Onion strips

2-3 Teaspoons Chili Powder ( Depending on how much you like Chili)

2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

1-2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder (according to taste)

1 Teaspoon Salt ( or to your taste)

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Slice cooked pork chops diagonally into 1/4 inch strips. Add meat to a greased 10 inch skillet, then pour peppers and onions over pork. Place skillet over medium high heat. Add spices sprinkling evenly over mixture. Stir then cover and let simmer 5-6 minutes. Stir to cook evenly until mixture is hot and bubbling. Remove from heat and serve with Gluten Free tortillas or Chips. Enjoy!

Chicken Taquitos

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Chicken Taquitos

Using the Roasted Chicken that you made earlier in the week, remove all of the meat from the bones and shred with a fork, removing any skin that remains. 

2 Cups cooked shredded Chicken
1 1/2 Cups Freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese
2-3 chopped Jalapeño Peppers ( I like the mild peppers)
6-7 Gluten Free Corn Flour or White Tortillas ( the ones available to me are the Mission Brand)

Brush the outside of each tortilla with oil and then fill the inside with meat, cheese, and peppers to the edge of the tortilla closest to you. Leaving a space at the open ends. Start rolling up tortilla, then when you get to the edge dip your fingers in cold water and wet the edge to seal the seam. When you fill all of the tortillas, place them with the oiled seam side down into the air fryer pan. Place pan in air fryer and set the fryer on 400* for 8-10 minutes. Turn Taquitos over half way through cooking time. Remember to check them at about 8 minutes. Some fryers are more powerful than others.

If you don’t have an air fryer, then place filled tortilla in hot oil, (enough oil to cover taquitos) seam side down and fry until crisp on bottom side, then turn and fry other side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with Gluten Free Salsa or Cheese Dip. Enjoy!

Easy Cheese Dip Recipe:

 1- 32oz. Box of Velveeta Cheese ( Queso or Yellow which ever you prefer) (Cube block of cheese, when you get it out of the box.)

1-   10oz. Can of Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Peppers

Pour Rotel in large mixing bowl and add cubed cheese. Place in microwave on high for about 5 minutes. Remove and stir, put back in microwave if it is still lumpy for a couple more minutes or until smooth. Serve warm!

Mashed Potatoes

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Mashed Potatoes

I usually buy White Russet potatoes, you can use any variety that you like. Russets also cook faster than some varieties like Reds or even Yukon Gold.  I use 1 medium potato per person, but since we are prepping for 3 meals, you will need to use 3 per person. So if you are cooking for 4, then use 12 potatoes.

This recipe is in conjunction with my on going series of Meal Planning and Prep.

INGREDIENTS:

12- 14 Potatoes, (depending on size, a medium potato is about 3 ½ to 4 inches long) If you have small potatoes then use 2.

2 Teaspoons salt ( use 1 teaspoon in water before boiling)

½ Cup Salted Butter or butter substitute ( =1 stick butter)

Wash and peel potatoes, removing any bad spots. Then cut potatoes into about ½ to 1 inch cubes. Place cubes into large sauce pan and cover with water about an inch above the potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and place pot one burner. Turn burner to high. When potatoes start to boil, set timer for 10 minutes. ( Do not remove pot from heat, cover with lid loosely, stirring occasionally) * After ten minutes, dip out 2 cups of potatoes and cover with liquid. Let them cool and place in refrigerator using an air tight container.* ( You will use these in the Beef Stew, later in the week)

Reset your timer on the rest of the potatoes still in the pot and let them continue to boil for another 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender.  When potatoes are very soft a fork will easily go through the potato, they are done. Remove from heat and drain liquid from potatoes into a heat proof bowl. To the pot add ½ cup butter, and 1 or 2 Teaspoons salt to potatoes, depending on your taste. Then mash the potatoes with potato masher or electric mixer. Butter will melt into hot potatoes as you mash them, remember to taste to see if you need more salt. If the potatoes are a little dry add more liquid as needed, using liquid that you drained from the potatoes. Only add a tablespoon or so at a time mashing until smooth and fluffy! ( Don’t over work the potatoes after mashing, it will cause them to be rubbery.)

Optional: If you prefer before serving you can top them with a little Garlic Powder, Chopped Scallions, Crumbled Bacon, etc. Whatever your family prefers.

Note: Remember to keep any leftover mashed potatoes.  Refrigerate storing them in a plastic sandwich bag. You can use these to make the Shepherd’s Pie.