Cooking with Nat

Made this delicious Carrot Cake for dessert this evening : )

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

2tsp baking pwder

1tsp baking soda

1tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup Corn Oil

2 cups of sugar

4 eggs

3 cups of carrots

Icing:

1 block of cream cheese

3 tbsp butter

3 1/2 cups of icing sugar

pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325

Combine all dry ingredients together. Mix Oil and sugar. Beat Eggs separate then add to oil mixture. Continue beating till light and fluffy then add to dry mixture. Add the carrots last. combine all icing ingredients in a large bowl and mix on medium till smooth. grease an 8x8 pan add carrot batter and cook in oven for 50mins. remove from oven let completely cool before applying icing. Putting the pan in the fridge after removing it from the oven can speed up this process. cut in squares and serve with walnut on the top as a garnish : )

 

 

 

Made a healthy chicken caprese salad for dinner this evening

Ingredients

2 tbsp Chives, snipped

1 Garlic clove, minced

2 Tbsp Lemon juice

5 Tbsp Olive Oil

Salt and pepper

2 medium tomatoes

1 cooked deli chicken breast, skin removed and thinly sliced

1 cup colourful cherry tomatoes

1 ball of buffalo mozzarella, cut into bite-size chunks, or 8 small bocconcini

5 Medium basil leaves, coarsely torn

1/4 cup thin strips julienned red onion

Directions

1. Place chives, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Slice tomatoes and arrange on a plate. arrange chicken overtop.Drizzle with half the dressing. Cut any large cherry tomatoes in half. Place in a bowl, along with cheese, basil and onions. Gently toss with remaining dressing. Spoon over chicken.

Made a delicious Banana -Peanut butter bread pudding

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Ingredients

2tsp butter

2 bananas, sliced

12 slices fench bread, cut in 1/2 in. slices

2 eggs

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup of sour cream

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1 tbsp of honey

1 cup of vanilla frozen yogurt

2 tbsp peanuts

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375f in a medium saute pan, melt 1tsp butter and ass half the banana slices, cook on each side until golden brown, remove from pan and repeat with remaining butter and bananas. Place cooked bananas in a medium-sized bowl with bread: set aside.

To Make Custard:

in a second medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, peanut butter, sour cream, vanilla and honey. Pour over bread-and banana mixture and fold together. Place in an 8-in. baking dish and bake until set, about 30mins. Serve warm. If desired, top with a dollop of frozen yogurt and sprinkle with peanuts.

Here's a fast, delicious and healthy dinner I made this evening

Ingredients:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

fresh basil

1 zucchini

1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes

Sea salt

pepper

halibut

rice ( or your choice of side dish )

Directions:

Cook rice as instructed on package.You can also do any side you prefer, salad would be a good choice if you want to cut down on the calorie intake.

Preheat oven to 350.

Place 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil on a large piece of tinfoil then put halibut directly on top of oil. Cut Zucchini in slices and half the cherry tomatoes place the vegetables on and around the fish. Add basil leaves and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper then wrap with tinfoil completely. place in oven and let cook for 25mins. Unwrap and serve with any side dish.

 

 

Here's a super easy and delicious dessert I just made. Peach and blueberry "cheesecake" Parfaits.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Philadelphia light cream cheese spread

1/2 cup thawed cool whip light whipped topping

1/2 cup of crushed graham wafers

2 large fresh peaches, peeled, coarsely chopped and a handful of Blueberries ( you can use any fruit topping you like)

4 small fresh mint leaves.

 

Directions:

 

Mix cream cheese spread and cool whip until blended.

Spoon wafer crumbs into 4 parfait glasses; top with cream cheese mixture.

Use back of spoon to press down centre of cream cheese mixture in each glass.

Top with peaches, blueberries or any fruit topping you desire and a fresh mint leaf.

Serve Immediately.

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