Yellow Squash & Banana Bread

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If you know me or have been following my post in social media, you would know that my love for cooking goes far beyond the food. I started this blog because I wanted to share with others the possibilities to eat delicious, wholesome meals without having to “break the bank”.

Growing up in a single parent home, made it difficult to have at home meals with my family everyday. Fast food always seemed like the best option. Once I got married, I fell into the same habit. I had not idea how to cook, grocery shop, and living in a new state with no job left me in a tight budget.

One day I made the choice of quitting the excessive restaurant trips and gave myself a budget of $50.00 per week on groceries…. yeah only $50.00. And so there you go, that’s how this whole journey for food started lol; I soon began to realize that the answer was not on the amount being spent, but on the type of food I was buying. I would take my weekly trip to the grocery store and buy things because the were on sale, leave the grocery store within budget, a cart full of things… yet by the end of the week I would throw away so much because it would go bad.

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I soon began to shift my priorities into not just sticking within my budget, but making sure I was 1. Buying just enough for us to eat without anything going to waste 2. Making healthy choices 3. BUYING THINGS THAT WE LIKED. I can’t tell you how many times I bought too much of something I loved (Avocados) and didn’t get to eat them all, Or the times when I would leave the store with “healthy” things that weren’t healthy and just over priced and expensive. Or even better… the times when I could keep buying ALL kinds of vegetables that I’ve never eaten before just because I would see other people cooking with them….

I love reinforcing the importance of not only buying smart to stay within my budget but also wasting little to no food.Throwing food away goes beyond wasting money. Statistics show that nearly 40% of food in the U.S goes to waste. I myself could not believe this when I read it, yet couldn’t even remember how many times I had thrown away full bags of soggy spinach.

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Last week I had bananas and one yellow squash that were ready to go bad. Although I love saving my ripe bananas in the freezer for smoothies, I had no use for just one yellow squash. So I decided to combine both and make a bead. To my surprise, it came out very good!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 ripe bananas
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup of butter/ghee/coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of your choice of milk
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar OR 1/2 cup of stevia
  • 2 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tbsp of salt
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Set your oven at 350 digress.
  2. Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Slowly add milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
  4. Add shredded squash and mashed bananas into bowl and mix.
  5. Spray your tray with oil of your choice and por your mix.
  6. Place in oven and cook for 1 hour.

 

I encourage you all to start making small changes to waste less.

with love and a pinch of salt,

Ana.

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