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Quick and Easy Banana Bread

This is the banana bread my mom used to make 🙂

3 ripe bananas, well mashed
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of flour (I usually try to use either all whole wheat or at least a combo)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit and grease a loaf pan
2. Then mix the bananas and the eggs in a large bowl.
3. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda
4. Pour batter into the pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour

*I will sometimes add a little cinnamon or some chocolate chips to this recipe for extra flavor. I love to eat it warm with butter. Yummy! Enjoy!

Layered Mashed Potato Casserole


  • 4 large white potatoes, peeled, chopped and cooked
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped and cooked
  • 1 (8 ounce)box/tub Cream Cheese (or neufchatel cheese) Spread
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup All natural Sour Cream, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Shredded or 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Shredded White Cheddar Cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place potatoes in separate bowls.
  2. Mix cream cheese with onion powder and garlic salt. divide into 2 equal portions
  3. Add half each of the cream cheese mixture and sour cream to each bowl; season with salt and pepper. Mash with potato masher or fork until creamy.
  4. Stir half of the Parmesan cheese into white potatoes. Stir half of the Cheddar cheese into sweet potatoes. Alternately layer half each of the white potato and sweet potato mixture in 2-quart clear glass casserole. Repeat layers.
  5. Bake 15 min. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; bake 5 more min. or until cheeses are melted.

*This recipe is adapted from this recipe on

Take 3- Day 2- 8/23/2011

scrambled eggs with cheese
apple juice
Snack/ Lunch
cheese stick
all fruit smoothies
yogurt with strawberries, blackberries, and banana
Triscuits with peanut butter
Cranberry Peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars (just added 1/3 cup each peanut butter and chocolate chips to this granola bar recipe)
Layered Mashed Potato Casserole
corn on the cob

Day 1- Take 3- 8/22/2011


oatmeal with blackberries and homemade syrup


Peanut butter chocolate chip  granola bars

black grapes and  cantaloupe

cheese sticks


Afternoon snack (they didn’t eat this)

assorted veggies and homemade dip (sour cream with garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper)


Grilled Tuna melts (homemade bread with Tillamook white cheddar, tuna made with sour cream, pepper, and mozzarella cheese)



Time for a Re-start!

This weekend was a complete wash for the chemical free diet. We went to visit family for the weekend and attended a wedding. So our kids were completely spoiled by relatives. They ate all sorts of fun things including skittles and star-burst candies (full of dyes and all sorts of crap),  regular bread (loaded with all sorts of chemicals and ingredients I definitely don’t recognize), and several other foods that I just don’t know what was in them. So tomorrow we will start over. My goal is to go a week and evaluate at that time. Although I have to say I saw a definite change in Michael after the junk food. He was extremely hyper and almost out of control at times. But I am not entirely convinced that it was the food and not the excitement of being around family and having a new Grandma (who he absolutely adores). His behavior was very erratic at times he would be completely crazy but at other times (sometimes only moments later) he would be very well behaved and in much better control. But definitely overall he was more wild than he has been for the last few days.

Quick and easy homemade spaghetti sauce

1 can tomato paste

about 1/2 cup water

1 small handful spinach

1/4 cup chopped red pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp minced onion (I used dried to avoid chopping)

1/2 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp black pepper



1. In a blender/ food processor blend tomato paste, red pepper, and spinach adding water until it reaches the consistency you like for your sauce.

2.Then put into a small saucepan and add the sugar and spices. Bring to a simmer on medium heat for 3-5 mins.


*I don’t measure anything when I make this recipe so these are all estimates as to how much of each spice and such. If it seems too spicy or not enough play with the amounts until it suits your taste 🙂

Day 4

So far no stark difference except that perhaps Michael is making slightly more sense and staying on topic better. He also asked for chores this morning instead of complaining about them. Probably the most positive thing about this diet so far are how much my kids love the food and how good I feel about giving it to them and my ability to make all of the new foods. It has been really fun to create my own sauces and syrups and I think we may never go back on most of them that we have tried. I feel like a better mom because I have also been focusing on the health factor of the foods. For instance I have been looking up nutrient content of many of the foods I give them because if I am not giving them enriched cereals and pastas I want to be sure they are still getting those nutrients from other sources.


banana oat muffins
fruit and juice smoothies


Peanut butter chocolate chip Granola bars

apple slices


Leftover french toast with peanut butter and homemade syrup YUM!


kirkland organic tortilla chips


more granola bars


whole wheat spaghetti

quick homemade spaghetti sauce



Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

2 cups oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup what germ

1/4 cup flax seed meal

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1/3 cup applesauce

2 tsp. vanilla extract



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch pan

2. Mix oats, flour, chocolate chips, brown sugar, wheat germ, flax seed meal,  cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl

3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the honey, peanut butter, egg, applesauce, and vanilla

4. Mix well then spread into the prepared pan

5. Bake for 18-30 minutes (depending on how chewy you want them; less time means more chewy) and cut into bars while still warm.

Multigrain Bread

11 ounces warm water

1 and 1/2 tsp salt

2 and 1/2 Tbsp applesauce

2 Tbsp honey

2  cups bread flour

2 cups whole wheat flour (or any mix of whole grain flours)

2/3 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp wheat germ

1 Tbsp flax seed meal

1 -2 Tbsp gluten (optional)

2 and 1/4 tsp Active dry yeast


Add all ingredients to your breadmaker and follow breadmaker directions. Makes a large loaf.  I usually use the dough setting and bake in the oven.

Banana Oat Muffins

1 cup rolled oats (or quick oats)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped almonds or walnuts

2 Tbsp toasted wheat germ

2 Tbsp flax seed meal

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup applesauce

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream



1/3 cup quick or rolled oats

4 Tbsp brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp butter chilled

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners (I usually end up with 18 )

2. Place 1 cup rolled oats in a blender or food processor and grind until you have a coarse flour. In a medium bowl combine ground oats with flour, 1 Tbsp rolled oats, chopped nuts, wheat germ, flax seed meal, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

3. In a large bowl mix together the applesauce, sugar and eggs. Then add the banana and vanilla. Once mixed then add the sour cream. Slowly add the oat flour mixture into the egg mixture untill completely combined. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

4. To make the topping: in a small bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until it is a coarse crumb mixture. Add in the nuts and generously sprinkle on top of the muffins.

5. Bake for 25-30 mins (until a toothpick comes out clean)