Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cranberry, Mango, Orange Smoothie

Use Left Over Cranberry Sauce in a Nutrient Rich Smoothie

  • mango, 1, skinned and cut-up
  • cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup
  • orange juice, 1/2 cup
  • low fat or Greek, plain yogurt, 1/2 cup
  • cinnamon, 1 tsp


  1. Blend
    Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into beverage glasses and share with a friend. This recipe contains vitamins A and C, protein and calcium.

Tips / Notes

You can add more or less of an ingredient according to your own personal taste. Add a few rinsed mint leaves for a variation to this recipe.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Banana Extract Ideas for Use

So, you've just Spring cleaned your pantry and you say to yourself: What do I do with this bottle of banana extract?
Follow the directions for mixing the ingredients when preparing a bread recipe with banana extract. Whisk the banana extract into the wet ingredients before adding them to the dry ingredients.
For a homemade pudding recipe calling for a 9 x 9 inch, baking dish, follow the recipe instructions and whisk 1/2 tsp. of banana extract into the saucepan near the end of the cooking time. If using an instant pudding mix, whisk-in a 1/8 tsp., of banana extract to the milk per 4 oz. box of pudding mix.
For a homemade pancake recipe that makes approximately 9 to 12 pancakes, add 1/4 tsp. of banana extract blended with 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract to the batter mix and whisk until it's blended. Cook the banana pancake batter on a hot griddle until each pancake is puffy and dry before turning to cook on the other side.
Follow the directions for banana muffin batter that calls for a dozen muffins. Add 1/2 tsp., of banana extract to the wet ingredients before combining it with the dry ingredients. Stir the batter just until all of the ingredients are combined then pour the banana muffin batter into a muffin pan. Cook the muffins in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Incorporate banana extract into a banana or chocolate banana cake recipe by adding 1/2 tsp., of banana extract to the wet ingredients before beating with an electric mixer. Add the wet ingredients to the blended dry ingredients and stir before pouring into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch, baking dish. Cook the banana cake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Things to ponder:
Imitation extracts contain water, alcohol, natural and artificial flavors and sometimes food coloring. Boost the nutritional content of banana bread recipes by using whole wheat flour and finely chopped vegetables such as zucchini, carrots or pineapple. To achieve a more powerful banana flavor, add banana extract to banana-based recipes.You can bake breads ahead of time and freeze them for later use.