Banana & Lemon Bread Muffins

FOREWORD: 
These are probably one of the best muffin recipes I have ever created (gluten-free or otherwise). The muffins turned out fabulously!! They were moist, yet light and sweet, yet not overly sweet.

FIRST GROUP OF INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup earth balance buttery spread

1/3 coconut oil

4 free-range vegetarian-fed eggs

3 bananas

2 T lemon juice

2ND GROUP OF INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup soy flour

1/4 tapioca starch

1/2 cup sorghum flour

1 cup white rice flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 TSP – 1 TSP cinnamon

couple of dashes of allspice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the first group of ingredients together very thoroughly. I used an immersion blender to get a very smooth consistency. Let sit while mixing the second group of ingredients together in a separate bowl. Combine mixtures and again, mix very well. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per one well-oiled muffin tin. Top with turbinado sugar for an added crunch.

Bake at 365° for 15-20 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.

Makes 18 muffins

If preferred, pour into a loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes.

Peppered ginger chicken stir-fry

I am a huge fan of stir-frys and this one turned out very flavorful and well-rounded.
 

INGREDIENTS:

– 1/2 of a yellow onion (a smaller one), chopped

– 1 scallion, finely chopped

– 1 garlic clove, minced*

– 1/4 of an orange bell pepper, chopped*

-1/4 of an green bell pepper, chopped

– 1/3 cup peas (I used frozen)

– 2 small carrots*, thinly sliced

– 2 stalks celery hearts*, thinly sliced

– 1/2 of a roma tomato, chopped

– About 1/2 cup pre-cooked chicken*, cut into small pieces (maybe more)

– 1/2 cup of brown rice*, cooked.

* All ingredients marked with an astrick are USDA-certified organic products. I try to buy organic as much as a possible. (More on this topic in a future post) *

ADDED SPICES:

– 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (if preferred and to taste)

– 1 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free.

– 1 tsp ground ginger

– 1 tsp olive oil + 3 tablespoons water, to add to the pan.

– 1 cup water, for rice.

– pinch of salt, for rice.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, add rice and a pinch of salt and cover with the lid. Reduce heat to medium low so that the boil reduces to a simmer. Let cook for about 45 minutes, or as instructed on the package.

2. Place the olive oil and water combination a large pan over medium high heat. Add vegetables. Cook on high for a couple of minutes, adding 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 tsp of ginger, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to very low, place lid on, and let it slowly cook for 45 minutes, or until the rice is ready.

3. Once rice is cooked, and has set for several minutes, add it to the pan with vegetables. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1/2 tsp of ginger.

PROS:

• Inexpensive. And could be made even cheaper with frozen veggies.

• Versatile. Any vegetables could be swapped for the ones I used. Likewise, the chicken could easily be replaced with beef, shrimp, tofu, etc.

• Great use for leftovers. I used pieces of chicken from a whole chicken that I roasted the night before, and the vegetables that I had on hand.

• Easy. Aside from chopping the vegetables, this recipe takes minimal work.

• Healthy.

• Can be made in big batches.

CONS:

• Takes a long time to prepare.

• Only serves 2. However, could serve more if recipe was doubled or tripled.