Monday, April 4

menu monday. {and a sweet treat!}

Monday ... Monday ... How do you ALWAYS come so quickly!?!

Thanks for your sweet comments yesterday about my store ... It's my little pride and joy! We had a great day yesterday ... Lots of people turned out for the open house and I had lots of positive feedback on my space {along with a few sales! :)}

On our menu board this week: 

~ Monday: burgers & sweet potato fries
~ Tuesday: sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and asparagus
~ Wednesday: huevos rancheros
~ Friday & Saturday: hubs is going out of town for a guys weekend :( which means I will be eating a lot of this ...

It's a pretty easy week in the kitchen this week! I'm so excited for the gnocchi ... It's by far one of my fave dishes! :) 

Now onto a sweet treat for y'all ... 

Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread 

2  cups  all-purpose flour
3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  butter, softened
1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
2  eggs
3/4 cup plain yogurt, Greek or regular
1/2 cup  semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 chocolate covered almonds, or other add-in of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
3. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add banana, eggs, and yogurt; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.
4. Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch greased loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Swirl batters together using a knife. 
Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 
Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

This bread turned out delicious
I didn't have chocolate covered almonds so instead I used some sunflower seeds! YUMMMM

Now I promise before y'all think I buy bananas only to let them over-ripen so that I can bake with them ... this was a rare occurrence! :) 

Happy Monday Y'all! What's on your menu this week?  

** linking up with** 


Ashley Slater said...

um, YUM! I try and plan our weekly meals too! Sometimes its hard to find good recipes, I really want to try the sweet potato gnocchi!

Lisa said...

Mmmmm I love the idea of adding melted chocolate to the batter! Yum! Thanks for sharing - can't wait to try this!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Yep, you had me at "treat" but chocolate, too??? I'm drooling (just a little bit)...and your little store is just too cute for words!!! Congrats and I'm glad everything went well!

Jayme said...

So glad you found my blog! You are a girl after my own heart. Love your recipes and pictures!!!

Emily{simply southern} said...

mm that sushi looks amazing! I love the menu
xoxo em

natasha {schue love} said...

I absolutely love huevos rancheros! The best! Looks like a good week of eating! :)

Megan said...

I always love your menus! Thanks for sharing!!

Nuha said...

oh my good god this all looks so good!!!

Kelley @ Kelley Maria said...

Yum! Every single recipe looks delicious!

Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog! I am excited to check out yours :)

Julie {love, julie} said...

that banana bread is making me so hungry! Your week looks delicious!

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Cole said...

That gnocchi sounds delicious!

Anna of IHOD said...

Thank you so much for a new burst of menu ideas! Gnocci is a personal fave so that is a must!
Hope you have a lovely week!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

sounds like a great menu for the week! we're doing our usual pizza, pesto tortillinis, and then switching things up with chicken masala, and asparagus stuffed chicken with spinach pasta :) xoxo jcd

Michelle said...

I love your menu! I'm coming to join you! The marbled choc banana bread is a must make! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

jessica said...

i wish you could make extra and just ship them too me!! ;-)

Katie said...

Love this idea of planning out weekly meals. I'm going to have to do this. Everything looks wonderful and congrats on your store! Best wishes to you!

XO, Katie
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