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Archive for January 10th, 2009

Yes it is true, 2 recipes in one day!! I’ve been behind on my recipes amongst other things. Having kids here all day makes me pretty exhausted by the time dinner is done and kids are in bed. So here is a great kid recipe..and the adults love it too!

If your anything like me you have small appliances coming out the ying yang and really don’t need another one. So a great way to make a panini style sandwich is to use 2 pans. One to put the sandwich in and a heavy one to put on top and “press” the sandwich down. Sometimes it takes a couple of times to get it figured out but when you do…Presto you will have a panini style sandwich without the panini maker!

So here it goes…all amounts are approx. only. You can add or minus less as per your palates.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Panini

Pam
4 slices – ww bread (or your favourite bread)
1/4 cup – peanut butter (approx.)
2 ripe – bananas
2 – eggs, beaten
2 tbsp – milk
2 tsp – br. sugar
1/4 tsp – cinnamon

Preheat grill or fry pan. Spray with a little pam. Spread peanut butter evenly over all 4 slices of bread. Top 2 of the bread slices with banana; top with remaining bread.

Whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar and cinnamon. Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture (french toast style) until coated on both sides. Place in pan and top with heavy pot/pan. Grill a couple of minutes per side pending your grill/fry pan.

Great for breakfast or lunch!

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When I worked full time outside of the house, I used to find a lot of great, simple and easy recipes from Kraft. Now not so much as I enjoy putting more effort into meals as time allows. Once and awhile however I do get tired of cooking and want something easy and quick (besides pizza – which our kids don’t like anyhow!). So this is one I found on Kraft and as usual modified slightly.

Spaghetti Pie

1/2 lb – lean ground beef, cooked & drained
1 cup – your favourite homemade or store purchased pasta sauce
3 – eggs
1 cup – parmesan cheese, grated
3 cups – long noodles (spaghetti, linguine, spaghettini, fettucine), cooked and drained or leftovers
1 cup – mozzarella cheese, shredded
dried herbs (basil, thyme, oregano – whatever floats your boat)
salt & pepper to taste

1 lightly greased pie plate (9 inch)

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Mix meat and pasta sauce.

2. Beat eggs, parmesan cheese, salt & pepper and a pinch of dried herbs in large bowl. Add pasta incorporating everything well.

3. Spread pasta mixture into bottom and up side of pie plate. Top with meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozza cheese. At this point you can add more cheese on top (provolone, more mozza, parmesan) if you wish.

4. Bake 20 minutes or until mozza is melted and bubbling. Let stand and cut in wedges to serve.

Serve with a green salad or some veggies and you have a quick, easy and inexpensive meal!

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