Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hola! Hope you all had fantastico weekends! So if you’re anything like me, you’re currently planning last minute ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home (because you forgot about it). Since I won’t be throwing a party or anything wild like that, I decided to look up some quick dishes to throw together while my roommates and I watch some more Gossip Girl (our Roku is a very dangerous device).

01. Cucumber Margaritas

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Ingredients for one serving:

// 1 shot (1.5 to 2 oz.) tequila

// 1 shot (1.5 to 2 oz.) triple sec

// 1 shot lime juice

// 2 shots cucumber juice (if you don’t have a juicer, here’s a how-to)

// splash of agave

// salt or sugar on rim, plus lime wedge for garnish

To make:

Pour all ingredients (except for garnish) into a shaker over ice. Shake well. Dampen glass rim and spin in a plate of sugar or salt. Add lime wedge and enjoy!

 

02. Chicken & Veggie Quesadillas

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Ingredients for one serving:

// 1 chicken breast

// 1 teaspoon fajita seasoning

// 2 teaspoons olive oil

// 1 large or 2 small flour tortillas

// 1/4 cup of assorted choice of diced veggies – I like to do zucchini, tomato, and scallion

// 1/2 cup shredded mexican blend cheeses

// side choices – sour cream or mashed avocado with lime

To make:

Marinate chicken in olive oil and fajita seasoning for at least ten minutes. Cook on medium-low skillet for about 5 minutes on each side, until the thickest part has no pink.

Set chicken aside. While it cools, prep your veggies. Once chicken has cooled, shred it with your hands or two forks and set aside again.

Heat skillet on low and spray (or drizzle lightly) with oil. Place one tortilla down on skillet. Fill with cheese, veggies, and chicken. Place second tortilla on top while it heats (or, if using one large tortilla, fold in half). Once bottom side browns, flip to other side. Once cooked, allow to slightly cool, then cut and serve with choice of sides.

 

03. Un-fried Ice Cream

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Ingredients for four servings:

// 2 cups fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt

// 2 cups Special K Cereal, crushed

// 2 tsp ground cinnamon

// 4 tsp chocolate syrup

// cherry and whipped cream for topping (optional)

To make:

In a shallow bowl, mix cereal and cinnamon. With an ice-cream scooper, scoop your froyo and place in the cereal mix. Roll in the mix, and pack the ball firmly (easiest if wearing rubber gloves). Place in a serving bowl, drizzle with syrup and garnish with whipped cream and cherry. Then eat up!

Now get out there and enjoy your fifth of May!

{ recipes & images via: 1 // 2 // 3 }

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Simple Banana Bread

So about two months ago, my lovely new roommate Liz moved in. Not only did she bring her sparkling personality, but also a stand mixer. I’ve never fully been “team stand mixer,” because I’ve always thought they seem like a lot of work to clean and more trouble than they’re worth. Boy was I wrong – this thing is wonderful! It made the process so easy and I will most certainly be getting one eventually.

Since I had some bananas aging at a rapid pace, the first thing I decided to bake with it was some simple banana bread. I was in a purist mood and chose to just make a classic plain loaf, but you can easily throw some chocolate chips, blueberries, orange zest in it for some extra flavor, or my favorite, a streusel topping.

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Ingredients:

– 3 ripe medium bananas

– 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (or apple sauce for a lighter version)

– 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour

– 3/4 tsp baking soda

– 2 tbsp butter, softened

– 1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked

– 1 large egg, 1 large egg white

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1 tsp vanilla

– baking spray

– 1/2 tsp quick-cook oats (for garnish)

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To make:

01. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray or butter.

02. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

03. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, bananas, oil (or apple sauce) and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

04. Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix.

05. Pour into loaf pan, sprinkle with oats, and bake for 40-50 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

06. Allow to fully cool, then slice.

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{recipe adapted from Skinnytaste)

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rkv

 

Happy Weekend!

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Happy almost weekend everyone! I keep going back and forth on whether this week flew by or dragged…either way, it was an odd one, and we are extremely excited it’s Friday! The New England weather is bringing in April showers a few days early, so our weekend will most likely be super loungey (we’re ok with that). Stay dry out there and enjoy our Friday links! xo G&M

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