Monday, July 23, 2012

Birthday Eats Treats

Good Morning!  Hows Monday treating you?  Yeah.  me either.  I'm dragging bottom today for some reason...might be the long day yesterday (which rocked, but was...well, long.  Thank you Captain obvious!)  Might be the new project I got slammed with today at work.  Yikes.  I need to reintroduce caffeine into my diet, stat.

Easy Pad Thai
1 package noodles (any kind)
6 oz chicken breast, diced
2 eggs
1 small onion
assorted veggies (your choice, about 2 cups)
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. ketchup

Cook noodles until al dente, set aside.  Saute the chicken and onion in vegetable oil, add in assorted veggies (I used broccoli, zucchini, and a cup of mixed veggies) until chicken is done and onion is soft.  Set aside.  Spray your pan with some non stick spray, scramble egg.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, add peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and pepper.  Microwave for 30 seconds to soften peanut butter, whisk sauce until smooth.  Back in the pot with the noodles, chicken, eggs, and veggies.  Add in the sauce, stir thoroughly.  Adjust heat to low until warmed through.  Makes 4 servings.

And takes 30 minutes...start to finish.  So, since dinner was gotta make dessert.  Especially in a birthday situation.  And since it's a special day, a special dessert is in

Birthday Banana Pudding
Pudding base:
1/4 cup splenda
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 egg yolks

3 bananas, thinly sliced
(roughly) 50 nilla wafers

2 egg whites
1/4 cup splenda

Measure out the milk into a sauce pot, simmer on low heat.  Add the splenda, flour, vanilla and salt gradually, whisking constantly until mixture bubbles.  Whisk in egg yolks, continue to stir until Mixture thickens.  Remove from heat.  Slice up your bananas and wafers.  In a a loaf pan (or any other pan you have on hand!)  layer half your wafers, half your bananas, and half your pudding.  Repeat, ending with pudding layer.
In a power mixer, beat the egg whites on high until stiff.  Add in 1/4 cup splenda, beat until stiff peaks form (about 2-3 minutes).  layer the fluff on top of the top pudding layer, bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes.  Let cool for at least an hour (I stuck it in the fridge).  Makes 4-5 servings
Add candles.
(Optional :-)...but why not??)
Clearly, you see why I'm stuffed today.  Tons o good food.  But hey, they only come once a year, so it's all good :-)  Have a great day!!

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