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Zucchini Bars…anyone?!

I’ve really been concentrating on my weight loss lately.  Trying NOT to indulge in baking all the yummy things I enjoy, but the ole Waffle Blog is suffering – it’s just too quiet over here!!

This past Thursday, we drove to Shipshewana, Indiana.  Just for a mini getaway before my mother arrives.  We didn’t really “do” much, just saw the sites and walked around the town…oh, and of course, ate.

For one early dinner, we visited the Blue Gate Restaurant and had their buffet.  It was good, I’d give it a B- as I thought it needed more vegetables but the taste was good.  It was the standard hometown fare – fried & baked chicken, mac & cheese, you know the drill.  I should have stopped at the salad and the baked chicken, but nope…I just had to try the desserts!

All that I tasted were good, but there was one in particular that I enjoyed more than the others.  It had chocolate chips sprinkled on the top and it wasn’t super sweet like the other cakes and it had green “things” in it.  My first thought was – zucchini cake although to my knowledge I’ve never had zucchini cake before.  I asked the waiter and after checking with the kitchen staff, he claimed it was zucchini bars!  They were delicious!!  Of course, ever since I ate it, I’ve been on the hunt for THIS particular recipe…chocolate chips on top, no frosting, mild spice flavor like cinnamon, zucchini bars or zucchini cake.  So far I’ve found one with the chocolate chips on top, but it was made with Bisquick.  I’m going to take a guess that that ain’t it.

This week, I WILL be baking SOMETHING with zucchini in it, so be on the look out for it!  And if anyone may have a recipe for zucchini bars that sound like the one I had in Shipshawana, please, please let me know!

In preparation for my mother’s arrival this evening, I’ll be making some creamy chicken soup and some pull apart pumpkin bread that I found on Pinterest.  Be on the lookout for an update to this post as well!

Have a great day everyone!

xoxo

Well – the layzies set in.  I cooked dinner, but I didn’t make the pull apart pumpkin bread.  Of course, as soon as my mother walked into the kitchen, “Did you make dessert?”  LOL  Uh, no…I didn’t, but here’s a pork chop.  I did make some Creamy Chicken Soup though!  I followed a recipe from @cj_losingit on Instagram!  It’s delicious and SO easy!

Here’s my version:

Creamy Chicken Soup
10 servings about 287 calories per serving

2 (32 oz.) boxes chicken broth (I use Swanson’s)
chicken bouillon
1 Family Size Healthy Request Fat Free Cream of Chicken
1 (12 oz.) can 2% or fat free evaporated milk
Chopped or sliced – onion, celery and carrots
1 (8 oz.) pkg. wide egg noodles (I started using Inn Maid)
3 trimmed chicken breasts, meat only
1/2 c. frozen peas, optional
salt, pepper, parsley

Boil the chicken in the broth.  Add bouillon if desired for a stronger chicken flavor.  Add vegetables and allow to cook until vegetables are tender and chicken is done and pull-apart-able.  Remove the chicken from the broth and pull apart, add it back to the broth.  Add the cream of chicken soup and evaporated milk, stir to combine.  Then dump in the whole bag of egg noodles.  All those to cook until done.  Add peas and any seasonings you may want and allow to cook until peas are cooked.  Serve and enjoy!  

I love this soup and so does my family!  It’s so easy!

Have a great one!

xoxo

Banana Bread

As usual I was on the hunt for something to make with these “close-to-being-trash” bananas.  Perusing the Internet, I came across this recipe for Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread.

I absolutely LOVE crumb toppings, especially when they’re as buttery as this one!  And this bread was really delicious!  Moist, good flavor and buttery crumbly topping to boot!  Oh yeah!

This is my version of the recipe.

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Banana Bread

1 egg
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 T. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk (I didn’t have buttermilk so I used 1/2 c. milk and 2 t. lemon juice and allowed it to sit for 10 minutes)
3 overripe bananas, mashed
2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon (I don’t measure spices, but I’m sure I put close to a tablespoon in there!)

Crumb Topping
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. all purpose flour
4 T. butter, melted
1/2 t. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350*.  In a large bowl beat together the sugar, egg and vanilla until combined.  Add the butter and beat until smooth and the butter is fully incorporated.  Beat in the buttermilk and the bananas.  

In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.  Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet until all the flour is incorporated.  

Spray a loaf pan with non stick spray and pour in the batter.  

Make the crumb topping by combining the powered sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and melted butter.  Using your hands, crumble the mixture over the batter in the pan.  

Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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I totally recommend this recipe if you find yourself staring at soon to be rotting bananas!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

xoxo

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