Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

This is my go-to Banana Bread recipe. What I love it about it is that I don’t need a mixer, and it’s as easy as can be. I ran this recipe last year on my site, and it was an instant hit. I actually developed it with my son, Alec, who loves Banana Bread (as do all of my kids), but wanted to try to make one on his own without using a mixer. We were surprised at how amazing it turned out. I made a couple of loaves last week and gave it to some friends, and they said it was a must to rerun it again on my site since I have altered it a bit. I honestly think the addition of nonfat Greek yogurt contributes to its moist texture. Enjoy for breakfast or as my kids do, as an afternoon snack.

Note: Feel free to add the walnuts as listed above or leave them out if you’re allergic to nuts.

Labor Day Low-Fat Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Labor Day is just around the corner, and so many friends have been asking me for recipes, especially appetizers. I prepared this today in Nashville on Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town”. The television crew couldn’t believe this recipe was low-fat. See many recipes such as this in my new book, “Taste the Good Things in Life” which is available on my “Shop” page on my website.                

 

Easy Dessert Idea: Fresh Peach Quesadillas

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We love quesadillas at my house, but when I suggested dessert quesadillas, my kids were a little skeptical. Yesterday, my son, Alec, came home from cross country after running 3.6 miles. He tried these and and loved them. I wrote about it on facebook and had so much interest from moms and college students. I am very excited about being in Nashville this week on Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town” preparing college recipes so tune in at 11:30 central or check the internet for the show.

Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans

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For my college student cooking class last week, I wanted to offer a wonderful salad that was simple as well as delicious. Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans is ideal anytime of the year and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Feel free to add chicken, salmon or shrimp for to create a main-dish salad. Also, a lot of people have been asking about my college cookbooks. Contact me at alison@ingredientsinc.net for more information.

College Student Recipe Idea: Panko-Parmesan Chicken Fingers

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On Thursday evening, I am teaching a college cooking class, and I am preparing a recipe for Panko-Parmesan Crusted Chicken, a salad, an appetizer and a dessert. This is a great substitute for fried chicken, and it’s lower in fat while still crispy and delicious. Panko breadcrumbs are Japanese-style breadcrumbs which are coarser in texture and provide a wonderful crunch and flavor to main dishes. They are usually found in a box in most grocery stores where breadcrumbs are sold.