Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

This recipe was recommended to me, since I love slow cooker recipes.  I love to cook, but every so often I want to come home to a meal that is already made, especially during a busy week.  This is so easy, cheap, and delicious.  I hope you enjoy!

  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 3/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced
  • celery ribs, chopped 
  • green bell pepper, chopped 
  • red bell pepper, chopped 
  • sweet onion, chopped 
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • Hot cooked long-grain rice 
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Garnish: finely chopped green onions, finely chopped red onion 
  1. 1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender.
  2. 2. Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Banana and Nutella Swirled Snack Cake

My sister loves Nutella, so decided to make this for her so that I could see my niece.  She was kind of joking about the trade-off, but not really.  The hazelnut flavor of the Nutella blends perfectly with the smooth richness of the banana.  It's a match made in heaven.  Sorry, no picture!  I hope you enjoy!
Banana, Pecan and Nutella Swirled Snack Cake (adapted from Butter Baking):
Yields 9 bars
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves, toasted (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.
With the mixer on low speed, add buttermilk and dry ingredients alternately in 3 parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated.  Beat in bananas until well combined.
Scoop the batter evenly into prepared baking dish. Top with Nutella, swirling into the batter using figure eight motions. Sprinkle with pecans, using your fingertips to gently press the pecans into the batter.
Place into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly before cutting into bars.

Found through Food Gawker here