Super Simple Banana (and Whatever) Smoothies

Super-Simple Banana & Whatever Smoothies

This is my newest obsession.

Banana smoothies.

Frozen bananas, blended, taste basically like ice cream. But they’re bananas. Which means I feel like I’m eating ice cream for breakfast. Which makes me happy.

This has made me go a little crazy on the banana-buying lately, hoping they’ll start looking like this before we eat them all:

Spotted Bananas for Smoothies at ASlobComesClean.com

I just peel them, break them in two, and freeze flat so they don’t stick together.

Photo - How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies at ASlobComesClean.com

For a smoothie for me, I put one banana (two of those pieces), a few frozen blueberries or 3 strawberries or a spoonful of peanut butter, and blend it in my food processor. I also add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk. I have done it with water when I was out of milk, so it could be dairy free.

Photo - Blending Frozen Banana for Smoothies

Here’s an affiliate link to another Kitchenaid food processor that’s newer than my 15 year old one.

I’m not the first to post about the wonders of blending frozen bananas, but I couldn’t help sharing my joy.

Andrea from The Greenbacks Gal adds oatmeal to hers.

Connie from Smockity Frocks adds chocolate to hers and serves it like ice cream.

And my very favorite new way is to eat mine in a bowl topped with homemade granola (which is SO incredibly easy to make) from Amy at The Finer Things in Life.

--Nony

White Chicken Chili Recipe

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This is an eMeals recipe that has made it into our list of family favorites. It’s now one of the ones I turn to on days when something on the menu plan doesn’t sound like something we’d eat.

Really, this White Chicken Chili is super easy and tastes great. It extra super-easy since I make it with shredded chicken that I’ve pre-cooked in the crock pot and frozen. That’s one of the ways that we make the eMeals menu planning service work for us. I still save by buying meat in bulk and pre-cooking a lot of it. With the vast majority of the recipes, I can use these pre-cooked meats to make dinner prep even faster and easier.

Ingredients:

3 Chicken Breasts (I use about 2 cups of frozen, shredded, pre-cooked chicken)

1 1/4 c coarsely chopped onions (I use a shake or two of dehydrated onions)

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

15 oz can chicken broth (I use 2 cups water and 2 teaspoons chicken bullion from Costco)

2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans

1 can tomatoes and green chiles (Ro-tel)

1 teaspoon garlic salt

grated cheese to top the soup (I use cheddar but the recipe calls for Mozzarella)

Instructions:

Proof that I’m not kidding when I say “Dump it all together.”

Dump everything together and simmer for one hour in a soup pot or in a crock pot for 4-6 hours. If you don’t have the pre-cooked chicken, boil your chicken breasts first and shred.

Yum.

More of our Favorite eMeals Recipes:

Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry

Chicken and Bacon Subs

Pizza Casserole

EMeals is a meal-planning service that we use and all the links to eMeals in this post are affiliate links. I get the service for free as a blogger, but I would pay for it if I didn’t because it fits our current phase of life very well. See how we make it work here. We use the Aldi Classic Family Plan, but there are all sorts of different plans.

 

--Nony

Beef Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

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This beef and noodle stir fry has become a family favorite.

My twelve year old often asks, “Hey, when are you going to make that, y’know, noodle stuff I really like.”

This is an eMeals recipe that really did take me out of my comfort zone. In a good way. I tend to stick with chicken breasts and ground beef, but having my menu planned for me helped me be willing to venture into sirloin.

Now, you know that I don’t actually follow recipes, right? Good.

But I do usually at least look at this one. I’ll share the real recipe along with my own changes.

Ingredients:

12 oz angel hair pasta (I accidentally used 16 ounces this time and it was too much.)

8 oz portabella sliced mushrooms (I use the regular white, cheap mushrooms.)

12 oz whole green beans, sliced in half (I used a package of frozen broccoli.)

1/2 in piece of fresh ginger, sliced into thin strips (Whatever. Too much hassle. I skipped it.)

3T oil, 6 T soy sauce, 3 T honey, 1 1/2 T cornstarch, 1/4 t pepper (I skipped the pepper.)

1 1/2 lbs sirloin tip steak, sliced into 1/8″ strips

Instructions:

Boil the pasta, drain and set aside.

Photo - beef and noodle stir fry at ASlobComesClean.com

In one tablespoon of oil, saute the mushrooms and broccoli until they are tender.

Photo - Veggies and Pasta ASlobComesClean.com

Add the vegetables to the pasta and toss. (This is something I wouldn’t have thought to do.)

Photo - Sirloin tossed in Cornstarch at ASlobComesClean.com

Mix the soy sauce, honey and 1 1/2 teaspoon of water together. Toss the sliced sirloin in the cornstarch (and pepper if you use it).

Picture - Beef noodle stir fry ASlobComesClean.com

Brown the beef in two teaspoons of oil on medium high until mostly cooked through, and then add the soy sauce mixture and cook for another minute or two.

I then mixed it together with the pasta, but you could also serve it on top.

Honestly, having lived in Thailand, I thought it wouldn’t be good using regular angel-hair pasta instead of rice noodles, but it really is delicious!

More of our favorite eMeals recipes:

Chicken and Bacon Subs

Pizza Casserole

EMeals is a meal-planning service that we use and all the links to eMeals in this post are affiliate links. I get the service for free as a blogger, but I would pay for it if I didn’t because it fits our current phase of life very well. See how we make it work here. We use the Aldi Classic Family Plan, but there are all sorts of different plans.

 

--Nony
--Nony

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