OK, so I’m not much of a baker or a cook. But I’m trying to broaden my horizons beyond spiral-shaped macaroni and cheese. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been able to try quite a few recipes and have found several that I haven’t completely screwed up.
I think I’ve mentioned this before: Typically when I make something, I’m barely able to handle that one dish, let alone prepare side dishes of some kind. But tonight, I went all out. Well, as “all out” as I’m going to go. I made baked chicken breasts with instant mashed potato flakes for a crispy breading. Overall it was good, but the flakes didn’t get quite as crispy as I would have liked. Here are the two recipes I combined: one from Pillsbury and one from Campbell’s. I used the Pillsbury recipe for the actual seasonings and prep, but used the baking instructions from the Campbell’s recipe.
Here’s where any culinary respect you had for me will fade. Since the instant potato box was already out…I made a couple servings of that…along with some gravy from a jar…and a frozen bag of steamed broccoli. Ha, so, basically the only chance of me prepping what most would consider to be a full meal — like, where there are sides and stuff — is when everything is instant or relatively close to instant.
However, I attempted to redeem myself by baking some banana bread. Now, the recipe (from the blog A Measure of Success) is unbelievably easy, but still, it required some measurement of ingredients, stirring and/or mixing and then an hour in the oven. That’s something.
I love this recipe. It’s so good, super easy and it makes our house smell delicious and cozy.
Easiest Banana Bread
What You Need
— 3 or 4 mega ripe bananas, smashed
— 1/3 cup butter, melted
— 1/2 cup sugar (the original recipe calls for 1 cup, but I’m trying to cut back…)
— 1 egg, beaten
— 1 teaspoon vanilla
— 1 teaspoon baking soda
— Pinch of salt
— 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
What To Do
— Preheat the oven to 350°F
— Mix the butter and bananas in a large mixing bowl (no need for a blender!)
— Add the sugar, egg and vanilla — stir
— Add the baking soda and salt — stir
— Lastly, add the flour — stir
— Spray a 4×8 loaf pan with cooking spray (or use real butter, whatever you prefer)
— Bake for an hour
— Love life a little bit more