Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread slice

Making banana bread has become a part of my weekly food prep routine. The girls love to snack on it during the day and I also love to grab an occasional slice when I have a sweet tooth.

I decided to mix up a slightly more decadent version of my usual banana bread base recipe by adding chocolate! Cocoa powder in the batter and chocolate chips make this banana bread feel extra special. My girls were so excited when I gave them a slice because they thought it was chocolate cake!

Chocolate Banana Bread slices

I know people hate this word, but this chocolate banana bread is so moist! This is thanks to an extra egg, but also sour cream! Sour cream is glorious in cakes and breads and if you haven’t tried adding it, it’s a must! If you don’t have sour cream, you can also use milk (any milk will do). I also prefer to use brown sugar over white sugar in my banana breads. The molasses also adds moisture.

This recipe takes under 10 minutes to mix up and smells glorious while baking. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a sweet treat with some tea or coffee. I always like to freeze some of my banana bread too so it stays fresher longer! You can also bake this recipe into muffins if you would prefer.

Chocolate Banana Bread slices

The Best Broccoli Salad

The Best Broccoli Salad

It’s the unofficial start to summer and while I’m not quite sure what this summer will be like this year, I know that I still plan to make all of my favorite summer dishes either way! This Broccoli Salad has been a summer fave of mine for a long time and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it yet!

Overhead shot of bowl of broccoli salad with onion, bacon, peas, and cheese

My version is based off the more classic version of this salad, but I like to add a little sour cream instead of just mayonnaise in my dressing. If you want to make this salad lighter, use Greek yogurt in place of the mayo or sour cream. I also prefer not to add dried cranberries or other dried fruits. I prefer my salads to not be sweet. Of course, if you want to add them, go ahead!

I also like to add green peas to mine as an extra dose of veggies. My version also includes diced red onion, diced colby jack cheese, and BACON! The bacon is a must for me! I love the added crunch and plus, it’s bacon! Lots of other versions also include chopped nuts or sunflower seeds. I didn’t have any on hand, but if you want to add some chopped cashews, pecans, or almonds, they are also great in this recipe!

Easy Peanut Noodles

Easy Peanut Noodles - Noodles tossed in a simple peanut sauce tossed with bell peppers and fresh cilantro

I’ve been craving peanut noodles and Pad Thai lately, but since we are trying to limit take out, I whipped up my own and these Easy Peanut Noodles hit the spot!

I used linguine because that is what I had in my pantry. If you have rice noodles, you can use those. Spaghetti also will work. Basically, any long-cut noodle you can get your hands on!

Easy Peanut Noodles - Noodles tossed in a simple peanut sauce tossed with bell peppers and fresh cilantro

I added red and green bell peppers. You can add other veggies like broccoli and peas too. If you want to make these to be a more substantial meal, add protein like shrimp, beef, or chicken (or even tofu)!

For the sauce, you will need natural creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, a bit of hot water, and rice vinegar. Using hot water when you mix the sauce helps the peanut butter melt easier. I didn’t add any thickeners as the peanut butter made the sauce thick enough. If it seems too thick, you can add more water.

I didn’t have any on hand, but a few teaspoons of sriacha would also be yummy if you like a bit of heat!

Easy Peanut Noodles - Noodles tossed in a simple peanut sauce tossed with bell peppers and fresh cilantro

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

My grandma used to pan fry lightly breaded zucchini as a side dish when I was a kid and it was truly one of my favorite sides to eat! So simple, but it was just tasty. Isn’t that how most Grandma recipes are anyway?

I’ve been loving my air fryer and thought it would be yummy to give my childhood favorite a healthier and lower carb makeover!

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

These fries are not breaded in regular flour or bread crumbs, but rather a mixture of almond flour and grated Parmesan cheese. I love the added flavor all the Parmesan adds to these! And as you can see from the photos, look how perfectly crispy they turned out to be!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Ordering groceries online has been quite an adventure. So many things are hard to get and I feel like I’m always trying to add things to my cart so frantically before they disappear. Case in point, I needed oats and added them so quickly. Delivery came and I found that I ordered a bulk size of oats, oops! It’s a good thing I love oatmeal!

Making your own granola bars is also a great way to use them up so I made these simple no-bake peanut butter granola bars! And the best part about these is that you only need a small handful of other ingredients to make them!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Let’s talk about enchiladas. I love ’em. Hands down, my favorite Mexican dish. No matter what restaurant I go to, I order enchiladas.

I really dislike most canned enchiladas sauces though. None of the canned or bottled stuff taste right to me. I first shared this recipe back in 2013 and have been in the process of re-shooting and updating photos and posts. The enchilada sauce for this recipe is good. You just need tomato sauce, broth, and spices (and some flour for thickening), but if you want a more authentic sauce made with more chili powder, try this enchilada sauce. I’ve made this with both sauces and love it either way. I do think I prefer the other sauce slightly better, but try both for yourself and see which you and your family prefer!

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas