Easy Potato and Leek Soup & Banana Walnut Muffins

I’ve been busy in the kitchen making snacks for next week while the kiddos are out of school for Turkey Week.  I made a double batch of Melissa’s Ladybug Bars (yep this is about my 8th batch of these…LOVE them!).  We made a huge dent in them today…I froze a dozen and we will eat the rest over the next couple days…if they even last that long ;-)  I also tried a banana nut muffin recipe…so yummy ! I will spare you the picture I took…they don’t look a fraction as good as they tasted !!!  These are perfect if you have bananas that are about to be over-ripe !

Banana Walnut Muffins

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance, melted (or other heart-healthy butter spread)
  • 3/4 cup cane or turbinado sugar
  • 1 egg (or chia egg…1 T ground chia mixed with 3 T water)
  • 1/2 T vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Preheat oven to 350 and spray muffin tin.
  • Mash peeled bananas and stir together with remaining ingredients.
  • Fill your muffin tin about 2/3.
  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.  Let cool and transfer to a wire rack until cooled.
  • Add some Earth Balance while they are still warm…heavenly !!!

I also made some potato and leek soup…I was so surprised that the kids inhaled it so quickly.  Maybe another reason is that I didn’t let them snack an hour before dinner … makes a huge difference ;-)

Potato & Leek Soup (SO EASY !!!!!)

Cleaning the Leeks

Potato & Leek Soup

  • 3 large leeks, cut lengthwise, separated and cleaned (soak in water).  Use only the white and pale green parts.
  • 2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 T Earth Balance (or other heart-healthy butter spread)
  • 1 box (32 ounces) veggie or chicken broth
  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Saute leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium sized sauce pan about 10 minutes, making sure not to brown.  This is optional, but I used an imsersion blender after this step to puree the leeks…my kids are big on texture and I wasn’t sure if they would like the oniony leek texture.
  • Add potatoes and broth and bring to a low simmer for 20 minutes. Add marjoram, parsley, and thyme.  I served with a salad and some yummy wheat flax rolls.

 And last but not least, I had to add this picture for any of you Twilight fans out there! I have my date with a vampire on Friday night….it can’t get here soon enough!!! And yes I’m one of the 40 year old moms who will be screaming over the 17 year olds :)   Team Edward!

Hope you have a healthy & happy day!!!
Jenn

Twilight Moms !

 

 

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!

Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    Hahaaa! That photo cracks me up!! I’m sooo a twilight mom! ;) My little people will love those muffins! :) xo!

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