Saturday, March 31, 2012

Banana Bread Pancakes

Banana Bread Pancakes, Farmers Wife Original Recipe

I love breakfast foods, it really is no big secret around here. My go to meal at the end of the day if I'm tired is typically something breakfast related, because it's easy and filling. It's not very often that my family gets to sit down to breakfast because of our schedules either, so sometimes it's a lot of fun to get in our pj's in the evening, and gather around the table for a fresh "breakfast" for dinner! I know we're silly (and yes whenever we have breakfast for dinner we do all get in our pj's first, just something fun about it!) but you would be bored with me if I didn't get silly every once in awhile!

The other day I had promised my hubby I'd make pancakes for dinner as he was craving them (I know aren't I the one who's supposed to have the pregnancy cravings?!?) but you know me, I can't just make plain pancakes all the time! So I decided to try a little of this and that, and ended up with what tasted exactly like banana bread in pancake form! Oh My Goodness Y'all!!! They were amazing! My 3 year old ate 1 whole pancake in 5 minutes flat (which NEVER happens!) and then asked for another one! I couldn't believe it, my kid eating dinner and him not taking forever. These pancakes were fluffy, and full of flavor without being overwhelming with banana. Mmmm... So I just couldn't wait, I had to share this recipe with y'all ASAP so you can share them with your family this weekend! Bon Appetite!

Ingredients: yields about 14 pancakes
1 Egg
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Oil
2 Large Ripe Banana's, Mashed
1 2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg

Heat your griddle to 350F degrees, and grease well. In a large bowl whisk together the wet ingredients including the banana. Then add in the dry and mix until thick. Using a gravy ladle, ladle about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot griddle for each pancake. Flip when bubbles start to form in the middle. Serve warm with your favorite syrup.

Honestly, I think I may have found my new favorite pancake. I just LOVED these! Maybe it's the pregnancy talking, I don't know, but y'all really have to give these a whirl. I give them 5 stars!

Happy Baking!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Favorite Italian Beef

Favorite Italian Beef, Family Recipe

Do you ever wish you could do very little and yet have a delicious dinner on the table that your whole family will love? I know I do, especially recently as my energy level seems to be decreasing significantly lately. The thought of throwing a few things in the crock pot, and letting it cook all day allowing me to do very little and still have a delicious meal, makes me one very happy Momma these days! This Italian Beef recipe is just such a recipe.

As most of you know I'm now in the 3rd and final trimester of my pregnancy, and I'm trying to cook meals that will freeze well so that we can still eat homecooked meals after our little girl is born, but with very little effort. I've been wanting to create a category for Freezer Meals for a long time now, and now I am! Now it has it's very own category you can search for here at The Farmers Wife! I'm really excited about this new addition, and hope y'all will enjoy this new feature too. Now back to the recipe... lol! This Italian Beef is a meal that not only tastes amazing the first day, but almost even better after being frozen and warmed back up. I love this recipe, not only for it's simplicity, but it is VERY full of flavor. And to make it even better it is kid approved! My son just LOVES this meal whenever I make it!

1 2-3 lbs. Roast
1 Cup of Water
1 Package Original Good Seasons Italian Dressing
2 Packages Zesty Good Seasons Italian Dressing

In a 6 qt. slow cooker place the roast, pour the water around it and sprinkle in the seasonings. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once cooked shred the meat and add back into the pot with the juice from the meat. Serve warm on your favorite sandwich rolls. Optional* serve with extra juice on the side for dipping. This freezes well for up to 2-4 months in an airtight container.

Told you it was simple didn't I? Trust me it is very full of flavor, and smells absolutely tantalizing while cooking all day! Our family gives this 5 stars!

Happy Cooking!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Brownie Bites

Brownie Bites, Farmers Wife Original

"Brownie Bites are Yummy!!!" ~ My Little Sous Chef. Today as I write this post my little man is sitting right here with me providing his commentary on these brownies. My little guy especially loved these brownie bites I made a few weeks back for a party, they were full of chocolate which he loves, and perfect for his little hands to carry around and munch on. (Plus I secretly think he liked that he could steal them off the platter without Mom or Dad noticing... haha!) These brownies were a labor of love though I must admit...

The weekend I made these it was for a housewarming party, and I made them along with a few other desserts. Now I love to cook, y'all know that. But baking isn't really my favorite these days... Being on my feet in a hot kitchen with the oven on for hours only adds up to a backache, swollen feet and a very grumpy pregnant Momma in my house. But I was determined to get these done, even though it did take a couple tries... Oh these brownies hated me!! The first batch flopped, and I mean FLOPPED! They were crusty and sunken and not what I would want to serve at a party (though they tasted fine, and are sitting in my freezer while I figure out what to do with them... thinking Brownie Trifle!) So I made them again, same recipe, but different less humid day. And they were perfect! Still not sure what caused the first batch to fail, but the second batch was the perfect little mini muffin, that was moist and fluffy just how I wanted them to be! And they were a hit at the party too, not to mention passed the inspection of my picky 3 year old! Overall these are actually quite easy, and perfect for any party!

Ingredients: yields about 50-60 mini brownie bites
2 Cups Flour
1 3/4 Cups Sugar
1/3 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2/3 Cup Cocoa
2/3 Cup Shortening
1/2 Cup Water
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Cup Water
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

In the bowl of your mixer whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa. Add in the shortening, 1/2 cup water and vanilla and beat on medium until combined, scraping down the sides at least once. Then add the other 1/2 cup of water and eggs and beat 2 more minutes, until fully combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees, and spray a mini muffin pan with non stick spray (I used Baker's Joy with the flour in it). Using a 1 Tablespoon scoop, scoop batter into each well. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until springs back when touched. Let them cool in the pan for a couple minutes before serving. These can be made the day before and kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

These really were quite simple, and such a crowd pleaser. The kids loved them, and so did the adults! I'd give them a 4.5 star rating!

Happy Baking!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Chicken Ramen Salad

Chicken Ramen Salad, Family Recipe
 Cravings... They are both a wonderful and a horrible thing to a pregnant woman... They are wonderful in the sense of something actually sounds good to eat, but awful if you can't have it right at that moment the craving hits you. haha! Oh c'mon you know it's true... No matter who you are or what stage of life you are in chances are you've too been hit with a craving at one point that left you either satisfied or completely angry with the world for not allowing you to eat whatever it is you want. 

Ok now that we've sufficently covered the fact that I have cravings, you've probably also figured out that I was craving this recently... For about 2 weeks to be exact. And it's been driving me NUTS!! I've dreamt about this salad, imagined I was eating this salad, and even contemplated yelling at the grocery stocker kid for not having the broccoli cole slaw last week when the craving first hit (you'd be glad to know I refrained from yelling though!). To describe how much I love this salad let me tell you this...

I would rather eat this salad than eat chocolate any day of my life!! 

You can revoke my girl card now if you'd like to. But I just can't help it, this is my favorite salad. I grew up eating this as a kid and I love how fresh it always tastes no matter what time of year I make it. It's so incredibly simple to throw together and is typically a crowd pleaser (I say typically because up until my hubby and his family I hadn't met a single person who didn't love this salad, but these farmers are not a fan... lol!). And I know it's not really salad weather in most of the country but I hope you'll forgive me, this Momma just had to have it and share it with y'all! ;-)

1 12-16 oz. bag of Broccoli Cole Slaw
2 Packages Chicken Ramen Noodles
1-2 Grilled or Roasted chicken breasts (or you can use 1-2 Packages Grilled Chicken Strips)
2-3 Green Onions, Chopped
1-3 T. Sunflower Seeds (optional, I leave this out),

1/3 Cup Oil
1/3 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/3 Cup Sugar, or 8 packets of Splenda
1 T. Soy Sauce
1 t. Pepper
2 Flavoring packets from the Ramen

Mix together the dressing first, can do this the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight, or right before serving. In a large bowl combine the Salad ingredients, and break up the ramen noodles into small chunks (I just hit the package with a spoon to break it up before opening). Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces, and add to salad. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix.

This is a wonderful light summer salad, that is filling and delicious! I will admit this is the one thing you can find me standing in the kitchen eating leftovers out of the container at midnight... lol! My hubby is not a huge fan of this, but he's not a big veggie or salad eater. My little sous chef however loves it! Personal opinion this is even better the next day, except it's not as crunchy! 5 stars!

Happy Cooking!

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