Monday, July 18, 2011

My new favorite dessert.

So, mr.Viking is c r a z y about banana-pudding so when
he asked me to make some dessert to take along to
a pool party last night my choice was easy. Something
bananaish. I've been wanting to make a trifle for a while now,
so.. there we had it. Banana trifle. And O M G it was aaaamazing.
I think I gained like 10lbs last night from eating all that darn
banana-goodiness. But oh was it worth it. I didnt even have
time to take picture and the hubbster ate the letfovers
today. I think this might be my new favorite dessert
and Im drooling just thinking about it :)

You will need:

1 loaf of pound cake (I used 1 box of yellow cakemix)
2 packages of instant banana cream pudding
4 cups of milk
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
Vanilla extract after taste
0.5 cups confectioners sugar
2 bananas
0.5 cup crushed vanilla wafer cookies

Mix pudding with milk and put in fridge for a couple of minutes
(until it sets).

Whip cream until peaks begins to form. Poor in vanilla
and sugar. Blend.

Slice bananas.

Cut cake in cubes. Line trifle bowl or other glass bowl with the cake.

Spread half of banana pudding mix on top of cake. Spread half
of sliced bananas on the pudding. Top with half the whipped cream
and crushed cookies. Repeat all the layers. Chill until ready to
eat. Yummmm!

Tortellini chicken soup

Made this amazing soup last week and I know I'll make it
again. Its super easy and healthy. Try it!

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/3 cup chopped green onions (about 5 medium)
1/3 cup julienne carrots (1 1/2x1/4x1/4 inch)
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
6 cups chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons)
2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken (from 2- to 2 1/2-lb chicken)
1 cup frozen small cheese-filled tortellini
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, if desired
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chopped fresh spinach

In 4 1/2- to 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onions, carrots and garlic in oil 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are softened.

Stir in broth and chicken. Heat to boiling. Stir in tortellini; reduce heat to medium. Cover; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tortellini are tender.

Stir in nutmeg, pepper and spinach. Cover; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is hot.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Banana Tacos

This sounded so weird I just HAD to try it. And you know,
it wasn't that bad. Not bad at all actually. However, I do like
bananas in my food (like on pizza. mmmm). If you don't,
this probably ain't for you (and thats the reason I made this while
I was in Sweden without the hubbster.. who resents warm bananas).

1lbs Ground beef
Oil for pan
0.5 cups water
1 banana
1/5 cup unsweetened grated coconut
Taco shells
Burrito spice mix
Pineapple salsa
Shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce
  1. Brown meat in oil.
  2. Add spicemix, water, coconut and (mashed) banana.
  3. Heat your taco shells
  4. Put meat mixture and other toppings in the shells.

Dinner this week.

So, I know I've been MIA for a couple of weeks. My excuse?
I've been visiting my family in Sweden. We spent 6 wks in
Sweden and then we stopped in Indiana on the way home
to spend some time with the inlaws. I've been gone for a total
of almost 8 weeks and its so nice to back home. Oh how I've
missed my house :)

What are you guys making for dinner this week?

I went to Ralphs yesterday, with 2 crazy kids and I felt like
I needed a strong drink when we finally left..
Anyho, I managed to get food to get us through the week. Phew.

Dinner this week includes

Taco soup
Easy chicken pot pie
Chicken tortellini soup
Vegan gumbo
(lighter) Enchilada Pie

To kick things off I give you Hobo packets that I
made in Sweden. Yum.

You will need

1lb Ground beef
Spices for hamburger patty (I need garlic, Worcestershire sauce,
garlic powder, black pepper and little bit of sea salt).
1 large onion (sliced)
4 carrots (sliced)
5-6 potatoes (cubed)
Favorite bottled marinade (I used garlic)
Aluminum foil

Make your patties. Take a piece of foil (big enough to fit
your patty and toppings). Place patty on foil and bend the sides
to make a small bowl. Top with onion, potatoes, carrots and
2tbsp of marinade. Wrap up your package and bake on
350f for 45mins. Voila!