Author Archives: Sizzle Food

Banana Pancakes Minus the Flour

“Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…
But, baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep you
From doing what you’re supposed to.
Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now”

-Jack Johnson

Every time I hear this it just makes me crave those slow weekend mornings that you just relax, sip your coffee, and eat those banana pancakes. It sounds like such a perfect little morning.

Well, last week there was a LARGE thunderstorm that came through the Boston area in the morning and it seemed to be begging just that banana pancake morning. You don’t have to ask me twice!

I decided to try out a little variation some banana protein pancakes that I found earlier in the week. The BEST thing about these pancakes is they have NO FLOUR and you really don’t miss it.

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Banana
1/4 Cup Non-Fat Cottage Cheese 1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a a bowl and blend with an immersion blender. You want the batter to be completely smooth.

2. Heat up a skillet to low-medium heat and place the batter on the skillet. This will make about 2 medium sized pancakes. Flip the pancake when it starts to bubble and the edges look cooked. These will cook faster than normal pancakes so keep the temperature low.

I topped mine with the other half of the banana and some agave. It was delicious and I don’t know that I would go back to putting flour in my pancakes. To be honest, these fill you up but don’t sit as heavy as normal pancakes. A winner!!

Banana Pancakes Steps

 

This leaves me with so many other ideas for a ‘healthy’ pancake that doesn’t include any flour.

 

Have you every completely re-done a favorite and found it to be just as good??

 

 

The Summer Reading List

The summer weather always makes me want to sit outside with an ice cold glass of wine and a good book. It really doesn’t matter to me if it is on a beach, on my porch or just in the back yard. I just want to be outside…even if one of my hands needs to be throwing a tennis ball to Bacon and Oreo. 🙂

IMG_0943

 

With that, this is a list of the books that I’ve got by the ready to read this summer. I’ve already started a few of them…and just need to get to the juicy ends.

1. Numero Uno is definitely by my all tame favorite author, Janet Evanovich, Top Secret Twenty One. Her books are always so much fun to read and a perfect flight read for the summer.

2. One Day by David Nicholls: I’ve already started this one, and it’s a great story of two people over 20 years in which each chapter jumps to the next year.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I have heard great things about the book and really feel like this just needs to make the list. We’ve all seen the trailers for the movie, but I’m not sure I have the desire to see the movie.

4. Wedding Night by Sophi Kinsella: A story of a couple who’s trip down the aisle turns into a night never to forget. And a reason to gush over some more wedding stuff since ours is sadly over.

5. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams: It just screams dramatic summer read for the beach!

6. Gone Girl by Gilligan Flynn: NO! I haven’t read it yet! I bought it a while ago on my Nook and haven’t gotten around to reading it. But I LOVED Sharp Objects, which means this just has to hit the list this summer.

7. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro: This made the list of Top 30 Need to Read Books by the Huffington Post and is set over a weekend at a beach house. Done and Done.

8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: The movie looked amazing and I won’t let myself watch the movie until I read the book. I’m a strong believer that the book is alway better than the movies.

9. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler: I mean…how funny is she?! I’ve read Hello Vodka, Are you There? It’s Me Chelsea and she had me laughing out loud. Sounds perfect for a light summer read.

10. Never Go Back by Lee Child: I really like the Jack Reacher books and have read two already and I have already started this one. However, I really just need to dive back into it before I forget the beginning!

 

What are your favorite summer reads?? Any Recommendations??!

 

Ulta Crazy

Recently I have been getting into watching YouTube videos and reading about new  beauty products with rave reviews. Specifically, I have found Fleur De Force‘s videos to provide really honest reviews of products and different things to try out. Most of the time you have companies that send out samples and products to bloggers or vloggers in this case, to try out and just about 99% of the time you get, “this is the greatest product ever” reviews. Fleur gives the good and the bad.

So just in fun, and to change things up a bit, I decided to share what Fleur refers to as a “HAUL” or what others refer to as, “In my bag” posts.

Ulta Haul 1 Ulta Haul 2 Ulta Haul 3

 

In these photos:

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain: I’ve heard great things about it, but don’t know if the bright color is really for me.

Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss: It was on sale and I’ve been looking for a light colored lip gloss.

EcoTools Domed Bronzer Brush: I absolutely LOVE this brush. It is soft and works really well, especially for the price.

Bareminerals Blush: I love the Bareminerals line and this is just a great blush for the summer.

Venus Embrace and Skintimate Shaving Cream: The razor I just bought, I don’t like at all and really needed a change. After trying skintimate again, I definitely prefer EOS shaving cream.

Sample of Lash Domination from BareMinerals: I’ve bought this before, and like it for a day time look. If you like a dramatic eye, this isn’t the mascara for you.

Lights, Camera, Flashes by Tarte Mascara: A winner! It’s very dramatic.

Benetint: It’s marketed as a stain for your lips and your cheeks but I think I prefer Stainiac. I got a sample in BirchBox and love it.

Kenra Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Shampoo: I am finishing up a bottle now and just wanted to try something a little different. I’ve tried nicer dry shampoos than the ones you get at CVS and there is definitely a huge difference in quality.

Where do you look when you want to try something new in your morning routine??

Steak Marinade…Win

I don’t know if I am the only one that does this for fun, but I was sitting on the couch on Thursday night scrolling through recipes and came across one for a steak marinade. I haven’t really done may marinades in the past and this one had gotten such rave reviews that I had to give it a go.

I did change it slightly but here is a link to the original, much loved, flank steak marinade.

Without dragging it out anymore:

Best Steak Marinade

 

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Canola Oil 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1/3 Cup Tamari 2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup Re Wine Vinegar 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 1 1/2 Pounds Flank Steak

 

Directions:

1. Mix all of the ingredients together and marinate the flank steak in a plastic ziploc bag for 6-12 hours. I marinated mine for 6 hours and it was perfect.

2. Heat the grill and cook the steak about 3-4 minutes on each side for medium rare.

 

ENJOY!

It’s super easy and guarantee you won’t be disappointed. It would also be great as a tip marinade.

Steak Marinade Steps

 

What’s your favorite BBQ food??

I’m usually a chicken person, but this flank steak is making it difficult to say!

 

 

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

So I guess I’m a little late when it comes to posting this but I’ve been debating whether or not I wanted to put it up. Well, I decided despite the lack luster pictures that I have, the ice cream cake was just too good to not post.

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

 

Ingredients

3 Pints Raspberry Sorbet 1 Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
1 White Cake Mix Ingredients to Mix Cake
Blue Food Coloring Cool Whip

Directions

1. Mix the white cake mix and add the blue food coloring until the desired color is reached. I used the Cake Boss White Cake Mix and used about 15 drops of blue coloring. Bake the cake in a spring form pan and let it cool. Once cooled, remove the cake from the spring form pan and set aside.

2. Soften the raspberry sorbet a little and spread a layer on the bottom of the spring form. Make sure it is an even layer or else you will get a waving flag like the slice above. Cover it with plastic wrap, placing it directly on the sorbet. Freeze it for 30 minutes.

3. Soften the ice cream and add another layer on top of the sorbet. Cover it again with plastic wrap and freeze it for another 30 minutes. Repeat alternating ice cream and sorbet for 4 layers.

4. Cut out a circle in the center of the white cake and place the outer ring on top of the first 4 layers of ice cream. Continue alternating layer of ice cream and sorbet on the inside of the ring.

5. Once the top layer is complete. Remove the sides of the spring form pan and frost the cake using Cool Whip. You can either serve it right away or put it back into the freezer until you are ready.

 

Ice Cream Cake

The combination of the sweet ice cream and the tart raspberry sorbet really made the cake. It was delicious and will definitely be making an appearance at another Fourth of July. Other than taking a little bit of time to put together because of all the freezing steps, it was relatively simple to make.

 

What are some festive Fourth of July treats that will make it back next year for you?