Last night’s dinner
Here is the moussaka ready for the oven. I put some more freshly grated parmesan on the top to give it a nice crust.

The inspiration
It is cold outside, Madison had the runs all night (with crying that I didn’t even think she was capable of accompanying it) and I have one more veg to finish before the bin arrives tonight. Brocolli. I know it is good for me but I don’t actually like brocolli very much. This recipe hides it from me but still gives me the calcium etc. that brocolli is famous for. You can actually put in any vegetables that you have around but I like the sneaky way this disguises brocolli and it is super easy to make. No pots to clean when you are done. I’ll also throw in the last of the spinach and a sausage cut up that is in the fridge to the recipe below.

Upside down pizza
In a pie plate pour in 1 1/2 cups of tomato sauce (if you happen to have meat sauce around then use that). Top with a head of brocolli cut into small florets, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, and then top with entire thing with a ball of pizza dough. You can use dough that you’ve gotten from the grocery store (ask at the bakery counter if you can’t find any) or you can easily make a batch in the breadmaker.

Here is a tried and true recipe (put the ingredients in the maker in thie order given): 1 cup water, 2 cups whole wheat breadflour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3/4 cup of white flour, 2 tsp. yeast, 2 T. sugar and 2 T. butter. Put on dough setting.

Bake at 350 until golden brown and dough is cooked through approx. 30-45 minutes.

I got a second wind in the afternoon and decided to take care of my aging banana situation too. These are fun and fairly healthy cookies. I double the batch and put half in the freezer for when we have unexpected guests.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup butter
1 well beaten egg
1 cup (2-3) ripe bananas, well mashed
1 3/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 package Chocolate Chips (large or small per your preference)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1)Cream the egg, sugar and shortening and vanilla and bananas,
until light and fluffy.
2)Stir in the baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon until well blended.
3)Next add the flour, followed by the oats and chocolate chips.
4)Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased (spray coatings work well)
cookie sheet. These can be either small teaspoon size, or large serving
spoon size. Just watch your cooking time on the first batch to
determine the exact time needed.
5)Normal baking time is 10 minutes depending on the size.

They should be moist and chewy. ENJOY !

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