Easy Pancake Mix Banana Cake

Today Lily-Rose makes a pancake mix banana cake! This simple recipe is super fast and easy to make, especially if your pantry is running low on supplies!

Pancake Mix Banana Cake

Pancake Mix Banana Cake

Course afternoon tea, Dessert, Snack
Servings 8
Calories 418 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Coat a 9” cake pan with cooking spray.  
  • Put bananas, egg, oil, brown sugar, milk and extract into a blender.  Mix until well combined and smooth.
  • Measure pancake mix into a large bowl.  Add banana mixture and stir just until blended.  Do not overmix.  
  • Pour batter into the cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.  The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or when the cake reaches an internal temperature of 210℉.
  • Hack:  Cake will remain fresh for about 3 days left at room temperature, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized containers for up to 3 months. 
  • Hack: If your bananas have reached maximum ripeness, remove peels and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer.  Once solid, place in a sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed bananas. 
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Suggestion:  If you prefer a frosting made with butter, use this basic white frosting recipe!

Traditional Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Chinese shumai dumplings, made with glutinous (sticky) rice, ground pork and vegetables, are a popular dish in southern China and are often served for Dim Sum.

Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1 Dumpling
Calories 132 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups glutinous (sticky) rice
  • ½ carrot
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2” knob ginger (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz pack wonton wrappers (50 wrappers)

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice according to package directions.
  • Dice the carrot, mushroom and green onion. Set aside.
  • Place ground pork in a bowl.  Mince and add ginger.  Then add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet bean sauce, egg and salt.  Massage with hands to mix thoroughly.  
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Stir fry pork mixture until no pink remains.
  • Add mushrooms and carrots.  Cook to desired tenderness.
  • Remove pork mixture from pan to a bowl and add green onions and cooked rice.  Mix in olive oil and white pepper.
  • Line a bamboo steamer with cheesecloth.  
  • Take each wonton wrapper and place one tbsp of filling in the center.  Wrap thumb and forefinger into an “O” shape around the wonton.  Use your other hand to wet and pinch the wonton into a bucket shape, leaving the top open.
  • Press filling down firmly and add more filling, if needed, to fill the bucket to the top.
  • Place the dumplings in the steamer in a single layer, pressing down gently to form a flat bottom.
  • Place 1” of water in the bottom of the skillet or wok.  Stack and place steamer over the water and cover.  
  • When the water begins to boil, steam dumplings for 10 minutes.
  • Dumplings can also be air-fried for 7 to 9 minutes at 380℉.
  • Serve dumplings warm with your choice of dipping sauce.
  • Hack:  Leftover Shumai can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen (cooked or uncooked) for up to 3 months.
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Chinese shumai dumplings are a popular dish is southern China.  They are often served during Dim Sum, a communal midday meal consisting of tea and a large range of small, shared plates.

Although you can use any dipping sauce that you enjoy, Yuhongs dumpling sauce, listed in this recipe, is by far my favorite!

Moist Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

The perfect morning treat, these moist lemon poppy seed muffins are bursting with bright citrus flavor and drizzled with a perfectly sweet lemon glaze.

Moist Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Moist Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 12
Calories 320 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups  light cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tbsp butter, melted and cooled (1 stick or 4 oz)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Glaze:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • coarse sugar for dusting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.  Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with baking spray.
  • Stir two tbsp of lemon juice into the cream and set aside.
  • Mix flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, lemon zest, eggs, butter and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add cream mixture to flour mixture and gently mix just until incorporated.  Do not overmix.
  • Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or to an internal temperature of 200℉, 20 to 25 minutes. 
  • While muffins are baking, simmer sugar and lemon juice together in a small saucepan over medium heat until it turns into a light syrup, about 3-5 minutes.  
  • Place muffin tin on a wire rack. Brush hot muffins with lemon syrup and sprinkle with coarse sugar. 
  • Let muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool for another 10 minutes before serving.
  • Hack: Tightly cover muffins and store them at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Hack: To easily zest a whole lemon, use a vegetable peeler and chop finely to use in the recipe. Lay unused zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Hack: Puree any leftover lemons in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread. The puree can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.
  • Hack:  Leftover lemon juice can be frozen for up to 12 months.  Pour lemon juice into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer until solid.  Transfer to freezer bags or freezer safe containers for storage.
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Did you know that poppy seeds are rich sources of a number of nutrients?  Click here for more information!

Suggestion: Use leftover poppy seeds to make this oil-free lemon poppy seed dressing!

Toasted Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Today, Lily-Rose and Grandma make a toasted grilled cheese sandwich with chicken and pickles! It’s a classic treat that’s kid-tested and approved!

Toasted Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Toasted Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Course Sandwiches
Servings 2
Calories 528 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices bread
  • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices chicken breast
  • 6 pickle slices

Instructions
 

  • Spread one side of each piece of bread with a thin layer of butter.
  • Place two slices of bread, butter side down, in a skillet or griddle.
  • Cover each piece of bread with one slice of cheese and two slices of chicken.
  • Lay 3 pickle slices on each sandwich and cover with another piece of cheese.
  • Top the sandwiches with the last two pieces of bread, butter side up.
  • Place the skillet on the stovetop and turn the heat to medium.  Fry until the bottom of the sandwich is browned and flip.  Cook the other side until it’s brown and remove from heat.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Hack:  Feel free to use your favorite cheese and/or sliced meat or whatever you have on hand!
  • Hack:  Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Reheat in a skillet, oven or toaster oven.
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Ever wonder how (or why) grilled cheese became the All-American sandwich? Click here to find out!

Suggestion:  Pair this with pasta salad or homemade tomato soup for a delicious lunch!

Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Yuhong is here, once again, to put her spin on juicy, falling-off-the-bone Chinese sweet and sour spare ribs.  You can finish them in the oven or on the grill!

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 753 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • lb pork loin back rib
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine

Glase

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp crushed chili pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1” knob fresh ginger, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Cut ribs into 3 sections.
  • Place ribs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add wine.
  • Bring the water to a boil, drain and rinse ribs.
  • Put the ribs into an instant pot, cover with water and cook for 50 minutes. Alternatively, you can simmer them in a large pan on the stovetop for 1 hour.
  • Mix ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350℉ (380℉ for crispier ribs)
  • Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and lay ribs in the pan in a single layer.  Brush both sides with the cooking sauce. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, turning once.
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While ribs are notorious for being high in fat and calories, it’s not all bad news.  They also contain a healthy dose of necessary nutrients so count them in for the occasional treat!

Suggestion: Serve these at your next picnic or barbecue with this creamy potato salad!

Shrimp and Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Shrimp and rice noodle stir fry is another authentic recipe from Yuhong’s Country Kitchen! Make sure to subscribe so you won’t miss any of her great recipes!

Shrimp and Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Shrimp and Rice Noodle Stir Fry

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

  • 5 green onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 bok choy
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 oz ginger root (4” knob)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp crushed chili pepper
  • ½ lb raw shrimp
  • 1 ib rice noodles*
  • 2 eggs

Cooking sauce:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup water plus more if needed
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Dash of salt

Instructions
 

  • Cut the white portion of the green onion, carrot and bok choy into 2” julienne slices.  Thinly slice the garlic and cut ginger into 1” julienne slices.  Slice the green tops of the onions into rounds.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the cooking sauce.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  • Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a wok or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add crushed chili pepper.
  • When oil is hot, add ginger and garlic.  Cook for one minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly. 
  • Add carrot, cook for one minute and then add bok choy.  Stir fry for an additional minute.  
  • Place shrimp in the pan and cover the pan.  When the shrimp is cooked, add noodles** and cooking sauce.  Pour in a little more water if the stir fry seems too dry.
  • Push stir fry to one side of the pan and add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil.  
  • Crack eggs directly into the pan and use the spatula to scramble them.  Mix into stir fry ingredients and continue to cook until the eggs are set.
  • Sprinkle with green onion rounds before serving.
  • *You can use any type of long noodle (spaghetti, linguine, etc) in this recipe.
  • **If using dried rice noodles, cover with lukewarm water, soak for 30 minutes and drain.  If using dried spaghetti, cook al dente according to package directions and drain.  Fresh noodles do not need any preparation and can be added to the pan as is.
  • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized portions for up to 2 months.
  • Hack:  Shrimp can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  They can be purchased frozen in large portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking. 
  • Hack:  Seafood can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealed bag and submerging them in a bath of cold water for about an hour.
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Did you know?  Shrimp is a healthy addition to your diet.  It provides a high amount of nutrients that aren’t abundant in other foods!

If you love spicy Asian-themed shrimp dishes, try this spicy Szechuan shrimp recipe or Thai peanut shrimp rice bowl!

Homemade Rolled Chocolate Cookies

Rolled chocolate cookies are fun to make and taste great! Lily-Rose gives this recipe two thumbs up so round up your little ones and give it a try!

Rolled Chocolate Cookies

Rolled Chocolate Cookies

Course Dessert
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups flour
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups vegetable shortening
  • cups sugar
  • eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375℉.
  • Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  • Put shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached.  Mix on medium speed until well combined and light in color.  
  • Turn the mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, ½ cup at a time, until it’s all incorporated into the shortening mixture.
  • Place cookie dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and roll to ¼“ thickness.  Use a cookie cutter to cut into individual figures. Peel cookie dough away from shaped cookies.  Flip the parchment paper over onto a greased cookie sheet and gently peel cookies off and onto the cookie sheet.
  • Roll out the remaining dough on the parchment paper and cut with cookie cutters.  Continue until all the dough is used.
  • Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes or until there are no wet spots on top of them.  Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and remove to a cooling rack.
  • Decorate with powdered sugar, glaze or frosting, if desired.
  • Hack:  Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 6 months.
  • Hack: Unbaked dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 6 months.
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Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly (huí guō ròu)

This colorful dish, Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly, is common in Southwest China and involves two distinct cooking methods: simmering followed by stir-frying with vegetables.

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly (huí guō ròu)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 470 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • lbs pork belly without skin
  • 1” knob ginger, chopped
  • 2 green onions
  • A few peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek, trimmed (white part only)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp jarred crushed pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Put the pork belly in a pan and cover with cold water.  Add ginger.  Cut the white ends from the green onions and add those as well, followed by the cooking wine and peppercorns.  
  • Bring the water to a boil for 20 minutes.  Immediately transfer pork to cold water and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Cut green onions, leek, carrot and pepper into 1” slices.  Slice garlic and chili peppers.
  • Thinly slice pork belly. 
  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Add pork belly and cook until all the fat has been rendered.  Add bean sauce, crushed pepper, sugar and soy sauce.  Cook and stir until well incorporated.
  • Put carrots in the pan and saute them for a minute or two.  Add leek, garlic and bell pepper and chili peppers. Saute until the vegetables are cooked to your preference, adding green onions in the last few minutes.
  • Serve with rice or noodles, if desired.
  • Hack:  You can replace the carrot and pepper with whatever vegetables you prefer or have on hand.
  • Hack:  You can substitute sweet bean paste or hoisin sauce for the sweet bean sauce. 
  • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months
  • Hack:  Check the produce department for loose, single carrots.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.   
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Homemade Easy Zucchini Bread Bites

We had lots of zucchini so Grandma and Lily teamed up to make some easy zucchini bread bites! Vegetables make this a healthier choice over other quick breads!

Easy Zucchini Bread Bites

Course Snack
Servings 26 cakes
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raisins
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup applesauce, room temperature
  • ½ cup  brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.  Spray wells of Pampered Chef Brownie Bite Pan with cooking spray.   
  • Measure raisins into a heatproof bowl and cover with hot water.  Allow to soak for one hour.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  
  • In a separate bowl, mix together oil, egg, applesauce, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until well blended.  Fold in raisins and zucchini.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated.
  • Transfer batter to Pampered Chef Batter Dispenser.  Pipe batter into the wells of the brownie bite pan and bake for 8 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove bites from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or cold.
  • Hack:  Wrap zucchini bread tightly and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week.  It can be frozen for up to 3 months.
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Flourless Oatmeal Bars

These gluten-free flourless oatmeal bars are made with chickpeas instead of flour! Chickpeas are low in fat, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants.

Flourless Oatmeal Bars
(Published by Pampered Chef)

 

1 can (15-16 oz or 398 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2   eggs

½ cup (125 mL) reduced-fat creamy peanut butter

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

⅔ cup (150 mL) white chocolate morsels, divided

½ cup (125 mL) quick-cooking oats

⅓ cup (75 mL) dried cranberries

⅓ cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar

½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly spray the wells of a Brownie Pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place chickpeas and eggs in the Manual Food Processor and process until they’re well blended.

Carefully remove the blade from the processor bowl, and transfer the chickpea mixture to the Classic Batter Bowl. Add the peanut butter and vanilla, then mix well with a Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Add ⅓ cup (75 mL) of the morsels, oats, cranberries, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.

Using a Small Scoop, divide the mixture evenly into the wells of the pan. Gently spread the mixture with the back of the Scoop. Bake for 16–18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean.

Place the remaining ⅓-cup (75-mL) morsels in a 1-cup (250-mL) Prep Bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds or until melted. Transfer the morsels to a small resealable plastic bag (see cook’s tips).

Move the pan from the oven to the Stackable Cooling Rack, and let cool for 5 minutes. Trim a small corner off the bag, and drizzle chocolate evenly over the tops of the bars. Serve with Mini Nylon Serving Spatula.

12  servings

Calories 190, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 270 mg, Carbohydrate 25 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugar 16 g, Protein 6 g

Cook’s Tips:
To fill the plastic bag with melted chocolate, place a small resealable plastic bag over the rim of the Mini Measure-All® Cup with one corner pointing into the cup. Pour melted chocolate into the bag. Remove bag and twist top.

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