Fried Bananas with honey

Each summer when growing up, my family would visit a local orchard and pick peaches, my mom would then spend days in the kitchen canning. I remember the jars sitting in the fruit cellar on the shelves.  (Oh the stories I could tell about that fruit cellar.)

But, I never remember fruit just sitting around for the taking. Perhaps it was, but I just never thought of fruit as a snack and therefore didn’t notice it.

Now that I have a family, I always have a bowl of fruit sitting on the counter. My youngest child prefers fruit over most snacks. Me, on the other hand has to deliberately eat fruit in order to get any in my daily diet.  It’s not that I don’t like it, there are just other things I would prefer (cookie dough, chocolate chips, etc).

While search for a recipe that includes honey, I came across a recipe for fried bananas. What better way to eat fruit, than to add one of my favorite foods, honey!

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Fried Bananas with Honey

  • In a small bowl, mix 1T of honey with 1t of warm water. Set aside.
  • Slice banana into ¼ to ½ inch slices
  • Coat non-stick frying pan with olive oil and fry banana slices until browned, only flipping once
  • Remove pan from heat
  • Drizzle honey mixture over bananas
  • Carefully remove bananas from pan
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy

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These were delicious, but I’m positive that they would be even better on top of vanilla ice cream. Maybe next time!

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think of it.

~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places!

Lisa

 

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Honey-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Honey, honey, honey!  What to do with all the honey that I extracted last year?  This is a problem that I love to have.

This year I am going to 1) attempt to replace sugar with honey in my current recipes (where it make sense) and 2) try more recipes that use honey instead of sugar.

Early this morning, I did a search for a chicken stir-fry made with honey.  I came across this Honey-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry recipe and decided to give it a try.

After identifying a few changes, I made a quick list of items I needed from the store. On the way home from work, I picked up the needed ingredients, and when I got home I began.  This recipe took me 1 hour from start to finish.  Next time, I may get a bag of frozen mixed veggies to have on hand when I want to make this in less time… but I’m sure it won’t compare to fresh.

Honey-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

  • Sauce: combine into small bowl
    • 1/4 c honey, slightly warmed
    • 3 T soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 t lemon juice
    • 1 t ginger
    • 1t cornstarch
  • Vegetables: cut into bite size pieces and place into bowl – leave chestnuts as is
    • 1 c broccoli
    • 1/2 c sliced carrots
    • 1/4 c onion
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 c snap peas
    • 1 small can sliced water chestnuts
  • Chicken coating: mix and place into 1 gallon Ziploc bag
    • 4 T cornstarch
    • 1/2 t salt
    • 1/4 t pepper
  • Chicken, cut into bite size pieces 1/4″ thick and toss with coating
    • 1# of chicken breasts

Directions:

  1. Follow directions above to prepare sauce, vegetables and chicken
  2. Heat 1T oil in a non-stick pan on medium-high
  3. Stir fry chicken until lightly browned
  4. Add vegetables and water chestnuts
  5. Stir-fry 3-4 minutes longer
  6. Stir in honey mixture, toss to coat and heat through.

Step 1: Sauce – Vegetables – Chicken tossed in cornstarch

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Step 2 – 6: Browned chicken – Vegetables added – Sauce added and finished

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think.

~ May all your wandering take you to wonderful places

Lisa