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Monday Munchies

A new treat every week!

Vegan Banana Brownies

One of my dad’s co-workers is lactose intolerant and so I decided to make a treat special for him! And I’m really glad I did. These are delicious! I don’t know if they can be described as brownies, though. More like Chocolate Banana Bread. Still great, no matter what they’re called! Nice and fluffy, yet dense. The perfect combo of chocolate and banana. You can’t get any better than that!

Enjoy!

Vegan Banana Brownies

– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 2 cups white sugar

– 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 2 bananas (ripe, mashed)

– 1/3 cup applesauce

– 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk or almond milk

– 1/4 cup canola oil

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly oil a 9″x13″ baking dish and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until well mixed. In another small mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, applesauce, soy milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just combines. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Source – https://www.thespruce.com/banana-brownies-recipe-1000837

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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Layered Chocolate Cake

This cake is going to make it so that you don’t fit into your Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini!

I’ve made this cake several times and it’s delicious! You can make it a single layer cake too, if you want, just by cutting the recipe in half.

A lot of people get scared of layered cakes because there is an extra step that can be difficult, but this isn’t hard at all! And, even if it doesn’t look like a bakery cake, it will still taste amazing!  Continue reading “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Layered Chocolate Cake”

Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos

I have always been a fan of Carne Asada. I had my first taste of it at a friend’s graduation party and I have loved it ever since! And this recipe makes really good Carne Asada.

These are meant to be for tacos, so they aren’t sliced. I used two forks and shredded the meat and that worked really well!

Enjoy!

CrockPot Carne Asada Tacos

Ingredients
  • 3 pound flank steak
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Juice of one lime about 2 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Add flank steak to bottom of slow cooker
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients
  3. Pour over steak in slow cooker making sure all meat is covered with juice
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until tender
  5. Remove from slow cooker and slice
  6. Serve immediately or return to slow cooker on keep warm and let soak in juices

 

 

 

Source – http://slowcookergourmet.net/slow-cooker-carne-asada/

Instant Pot Spaghetti

I have always been a fan of spaghetti. It’s a wonderful mix of flavors and you get to eat it with noodles!

My mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember, so it didn’t really have an official recipe.

Until now!

We made this a few days ago and actually measured the spices in, and it is the best I’ve ever had! I’ve literally been eating it for three days straight. (I’m actually eating right now while writing all of this)

Now, let’s not wait any longer. On to the recipe!

(This is done in an instant pot, but it can be done in a slow cooker as well.)

World’s Best Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of ground turkey or beef
  • 29oz tomato sauce(I use Hunt’s)
  • 14.5oz diced tomatoes(again, Hunt’s)
  • Generous Tbsp garlic powder
  • Generous Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Brown the meat on a stovetop or in your instant pot(If you are browning a higher fat meat, drain the meat before browning)
  2. Drain the diced tomatoes
  3. Add in all the other ingredients
  4. Mix it all together
  5. Set instant pot to high pressure for 30 minutes. (Or 4-6 hours in the crock pot)
  6. Prepare your favorite noodles and enjoy the heck out of your meal!

Enjoy!

Baked Salmon

Yes, I know. Baked Salmon doesn’t really work as a dessert. However, Monday Munchies is going to be a bit of both from now on! I am going to earn a half credit for cooking and blogging this year, so food will be weekly, and treats will be whenever I remember to blog! 😉

This salmon is extremely good and extremely easy! I forgot to take a photo of it(because I was too busy eating it), so the one you see is from the original blog’s recipe.

Baked Salmon

Put your salmon on a foil lined baking sheet.                                                       Drizzle with olive oil salt and pepper.

Put the salmon in a cold oven turn onto 400 degrees and set the timer for 25 minutes.                                                                                                                                            After 25 minutes you will have perfect flaky delicious salmon.

A big thank you to the original recipe creator! http://www.katiewanders.com/2013/05/pioneer-woman-recipe-for-perfect-salmon.html?m=1

Red Velvet Bundt Cake

A few days ago, my dad's coworker was extremely generous and let me borrow some shaped bundt pans! I now have access to a rose shaped pan and a castle shaped pan. I am super excited to try them out! This cake turned out wonderfully tasting and looking!
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Brookies

Have you ever had a craving for something sweet, but you can’t decide between brownies and cookies? Well, now you don’t have to choose! With brookies, you’ll never have to make that excruciating decision again. The perfect blend of both brownie and cookie, blended together in such a way that you an eat them together or separately! They could be yours for only three easy installments of $11.99!

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Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

This is probably the most delicious treat I have ever made. I first tasted it at Christmas when my Nana made it for us. I’m not normally a huge fan of apple pie, but this was amazing!

Continue reading “Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie”

Perfect Sugar Cookies

I haven’t done sugar cookies very many times but I was pleasantly surprised to find that these turned out really well! And the best part? They don’t need to chill at all.  That’s right! You can go straight from the mixing bowl to rolling it out!

Continue reading “Perfect Sugar Cookies”

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