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Chocolate Banana Cupcakes w/Cream Cheese Icing

This particular cupcake does not offer a healthier choice. I’m not even interested in modifying it to make it more healthy. It would be ruined. Sometimes food IS about pleasure, strictly for our eating pleasure. And this chocolatey, banana, cream-cheesy treat will knock your socks off.

I learned to make this one at the Culinary Institute of Charleston (Trident Tech). The recipe makes 12 cupcakes. When you taste them you will be tempted to eat them all. So, make sure you have others over to share them. Enjoy!

The Cupcake

Warning: All ingredients should be weighed, NOT volume. In other words use a food scale, not a measuring cup.

7 oz granulated sugar
4.35 oz Flour
1.35 oz Cocoa powder
4 grams baking powder
2 grams baking soda
2 grams salt
1 whole egg
4.25 oz bananas mashed
4.25 oz water (warm)
2.15 oz milk
2.15 oz vegetable oil
2 grams vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2.  In a second bowl, whisk together egg, mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla.
3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine using a spatula.
4. Divide into paper lined muffin tin.
5. Bake at 360 degrees until the cupcakes spring back to touch.

Whipped Cream Icing

4 oz cream cheese (softened)
4 oz granulated sugar
.10 oz vanilla
8 oz heavy cream

Directions:

1. Beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla
2. In a separate bowl whip up heavy cream to medium peaks.
3. Fold whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
4. You can whip the final mixture to a pipeable consistency but do not overwork the mixture.

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Cauliflower Crust Burgers

Ingredients

This post should be called healthier junk food. I love hamburgers. I have been making due by just leaving out the hamburger buns. That’s until I found this recipe for cauliflower crust buns on http://www.theironyou.com. This recipe makes enough for 2 burgers.

Cauliflower crust “bread” buns

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (should yield 3 cups of cauliflower rice)
1 free-range organic egg, lightly beaten
½ cup / 1.7 oz / 50 gr shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Hamburger

2 hamburger patties
Your favorite burger toppings

Directions – Cauliflower crust “bread” buns

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (220°C) and place a rack in the middle.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and liberally grease it with oil. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor rice the cauliflower florets (it should be evenly chopped but not completely pulverized).
  4. Transfer cauliflower rice (about 3 cups) to a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 8 minutes, until cooked.
  5. Be careful with this step as the cauliflower will be really hot. Place the cauliflower rice in a kitchen towel (or cheesecloth or tea towel) and twist it to squeeze as much moisture as you can (I usually squeeze out over a cup of liquid). This is very important. The cauliflower rice needs to be dry, otherwise you’ll end up with mushy dough, impossible to use as hamburger buns.
  6. Transfer the cauliflower rice to a mixing bowl, add egg, mozzarella, salt, pepper and mix well.
  7. Spread cauliflower mixture onto the lined baking sheet and shape into 4 rounds (used round dough cutters).

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Liver & Onions

 

One of my favorite meals is liver and onions. There is no special way I cook it. Either you like liver, or you don’t. My recipe is fairly simple.

Ingredients :

1 slice calf liver
1/2 Onion, sliced
2 Tbsp Avocado oil (or whatever oil you like)
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a  medium non-stick pan heat 1 tbsp of your avocado oil.
  2. Add sliced onions, salt & pepper, and sauté to your desired taste. I like to continue until the onions begin to caramelize. It brings out the sweetness of the onion.
  3. In a separate pan, add your second tbsp of avocado oil and heat over medium heat. Once the oil is hot enough, add the slice of liver.
  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Cook the liver just until the blood juice run clear (no blood seeping out). Should be nicely browned on both sides
  5. Place the cooked liver on your plated and cover with your sautéed onions. Enjoy!

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