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Orange-Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate and a Pecan Crust

In my pantry today:

  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 c Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain rolled hot cereal
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2.25 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 c crushed pecan halves
  • 1/2-2/3 c dark chocolate chips
  • 5 drops doTerra® wild orange essential oil

chocolate_orangeYou know those chocolate oranges you find all over the place during the holidays — the ones that give you a delicious reason during times of culturally heightened stresses to hit something other than a coworker/friend/uncle/stranger/wall? That kind of holiday spirit is the inspiration, without the insinuation of violence, for these little loaves.

To make the batter, start out by putting all of your dry ingredients in a bowlobbread
together and putting in another bowl the butter and brown sugar. Cream those latter two, then add the mashed bananas; mix. Add the beaten egg; mix. Fold in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips. For a final touch, carefully drop wild orange oil in carefully, tasting after each until your orangey desires are met. Pour into whatever size loaf pans you’d like and crunch pecan halves over the top, pressing pecans gently into the wet mix. Bake at 350° for an hour, or until an inserted butter knife comes out clean. I combat the guilt of a stick of butter with the knowledge that I’m also feeding people I love whole wheat flour, whole grain oats, barley, rye, double flax and triticale (absolutely none of which you can taste over the banana, orange, chocolate and pecans). 5 spoons!

 

Carrorarine Pops!

In my pantry today:

  • 1 c kale
  • 2 nectarines
  • 1 navel orange (seeds removed)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp ground flax

Chop kale, remove stems and blanch for 10 seconds; drain. In the food processor, put all ingredients and blend until at your preferred consistency. Fill popsicle molds with the delicious nutrition and freeze ’til NOM. 4 spoons!

Aubergenius! Or, “How I Lost My Auberginity”

In my pantry today:

  • 4 miniature eggplant, quartered
  • 1 ripe-n-juicy orange
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s lemon-pepper parpardelle
  • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt

I’ve never cooked eggplant before, and to kick off the nervousness associated with any first-time event… these eggplant are adorable. Because they’re tiny. Suddenly omigod, do these pajama pants make my butt look fat? But seriously, calm down now. Quarter the little fancies and put them in a covered casserole dish. Cut your orange and squeeze so that they are sufficiently soaked. Drizzle with 2tbsp of balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with garlic and salt then refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Put the aubergines in the oven at 350° for 45 minutes. Cook your pasta to package instructions and toss with a tsp or so olive oil. Salt the pasta to taste. Then serve your hot purple nuggets (really, they should be more of a yellowish) straightaway-from-the-oven atop the parpardelle. Drizzle with the remaining orange-balsamic marinade in which the aubergine cooked and top with crumbled feta.

The eggplants were gentle. And, in fact, quite tasty. The sugars in the orange juice and balsamic vinegar caramelized just enough around the peel and into the pulp. Also, I would like to note that I do not like the cut of the jib of the eggplant peel. Sure, it’s edible… but nothing should come out of the ground tasting angrily pickled.