best ever banana bread

Marin Mama breads and muffins, breakfast, quick bread 9 Comments


Hey, I’m not claiming this to be the best banana bread ever. Let’s face it, banana bread is banana bread, plain and simple. Paul McCartney gave this title to the bread and I liked it, as reminded me of something a toddler would say, so I kept it.  This banana bread was super moist, and stayed moist before it was consumed.  I loved that it used some whole grain gluten-free flours instead of the traditional white flour, and my kids loved it even though there were no chocolate chips hidden in it.   Best ever banana bread: recipe from The Meat Free Monday Cookbook 9 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup superfine sugar 2 eggs at room temperature 3 ripe bananas, …

favorite turkey burgers

Marin Mama burgers & patties, dinner, family favorites, most popular recipes 38 Comments

favorite turkey burgers

Summer has officially started in our house.  We’ve hit the pool, Six Flags, played board game after board game and spent some time chilling out with friends this week.  We’re doing what we do best in the summer, and that is relaxing and taking a break from all the running around we do during the school year. It’s so nice to be able to wake up and go with the flow rather than having your day all planned out for you.    My friend Andrea sent me her family’s favorite turkey burger recipe a while back after I posted my turkey burgers.  She said it was a family favorite and that I should give it a try.  Well, we tried …

miso kale salad with miso roasted tofu

Marin Mama dinner, dressings, kale, kale salads, lunch, meatless meals, most popular recipes, salads 44 Comments

miso kale salad with miso roasted tofu

I’m so excited because I’ve found another kale salad that I love just as much as my lacinato kale salad.  This is going to be another weekly go-to salad for me. I love this salad so much that I ate a whole head of kale on Friday as well as made a fresh batch up for dinner on Saturday, and had leftovers for lunch on Sunday. It was a kale filled weekend for me. This salad is great on its own, but top it off with the miso roasted tofu and you have yourself a substantial lunch or dinner. Did I mention that this salad is also kid approved? This is also another great make ahead salad. I do prefer …

buffalo burgers with chipotle mayonnaise

Marin Mama burgers & patties, dinner, meats, sauces 16 Comments

buffalo burger with chipotle mayonnaise

Tomorrow is my kids’ last day of school!  Yippee!  Summer is officially here!  I have never been more excited for summer than this year.  It is time to kick back, sleep in, read trashy novels, hang by the pool for hours on end and get together with friends that we never seem to connect with during the busy school year.  Tomorrow I’m picking up the kids (swimsuit on) and heading to the pool for some much needed play time, and that much needed glass of wine, or two.   Summer in our house is all about burgers, salads and grilled foods.  It’s hot, so I don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen with the oven or stove …

Paul McCartney’s refried bean tacos

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Paul McCartney's refried bean tacos

One of my challenges is to find some new meatless dinner recipes that the whole family will enjoy, besides your typical pasta.  Don’t get me wrong, I love pasta, but I want to offer other meatless alternatives for the family.  I’ve been trying to cut back on our meat intake to just a couple of days a week, and it’s been easy to find recipes that John and I like, but it’s been a bit harder to find recipes that the kids will enjoy as well.   I recently picked a new favorite cookbook called, Meat Free Monday, and came across this refried bean taco recipe from Paul McCartney.  It was said to be one of his favorite recipes, so …