Apple, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad

SAMSUNG CSCI’m back with another yummy recipe! I am really into pomegranates lately. They are so pretty and exciting. I love them!
I have been avoiding meat this month(look for a blog about this in feb:) So you can imagine I am getting bored by now with a normal salad. I decided to jazz this one up with some yummy fruits and pistachios. I prefer to use balsamic vinegar for my dressing but you could really use any dressing that is light, tangy and sweet. I don’t measure when I make salads. I just toss everything in the bowl and see how it looks. I added extra apples because one of my dinner guests loves ‘Apple Salad’. I have made this before with slices of toasted bread with goat cheese on it. Toss it in the oven until warm and brown on top. One of my favorite chill places in Dallas, The Old Monk, has a great salad with warm goat cheese. This takes me back to that patio every time. So have fun with it and use this as inspiration!

Heres the Recipe!

Apple, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad

6 cups mixed greens: Washed and prepped for Salad
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 granny smith apple sliced into match sticks
1/4 cup unsalted, shelled pistachios
6 small slices of bread (I used sourdough) optional
6 tablespoons fresh goat cheese optional

Throw your greens into a bowl. Top with pomegranate seeds, apple, and pistachios. If using toasted goat cheese, slice bread into small (two bite) slices. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon of goat cheese. Preheat oven broiler. Place cheese topped toast under the broiler. Just for a few minutes until the cheese just barely browns. Remove from oven being careful they are super hot and melty. Top salad with toast and dressing of choice.


and now its all over….

and now its all over....

The holidays came and went. It all seemed so rushed this year without that extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As I sweep up the last remaining bits of glitter, I want to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy 2014!
Here are a few pics before all the cleanup!

Glitzy Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Time for the easiest DIY ever!  This is super simple and a glamorous centerpiece to transition into Thanksgiving.  I purchased these mini pumpkins for Halloween.  Now that Halloween has passed, I just didn’t have the heart to toss these out.  So I added some gold spray paint and they easily work for the next Holiday.  I love these wrapped in these Starry String Lights from Restoration Hardware.  I just applied one coat of gold spray paint to these little guys and wrapped in lights.  These would look glam in a glass vase or on the table by themselves or anywhere you can dream up!ImageImage

Happy Halloween.

sugarskullHappy Halloween Mashed Banana followers!  Have you stocked up on candy, but forgotten the costume?  Don’t fret!  Just grab some makeup and you will have a costume in no time.  I hate to spend a lot of money on a costume that I end up wearing for a few hours.  So this year I decided to wear something I already had and just do my makeup as a sugar skull.  So I cheated a bit and went to Sephora.  If you make a fifty dollar purchase they do your makeup for free.  Great for Halloween or an extra special date night.  I had a few things on my list so I went ahead and made those purchases and the very sweet, Maira, did an amazing job on my look.

Last year me and the BF spent Halloween in Mexico.  So why not take it back to that fun vacation?  I’m very ‘girl next door’ so this was a nice treat to be a little spooky.  In order to get the look the make up artist combined foundation with white make up and applied to my face.  She then wiped away any place she was going to do in black.  She outlined my eyes and all the details with a white pencil and then applied the black eyeliner directly to my skin.  She used liquid liner for the details and a pencil for the eyes.  Once it was all on she pressed a black powder shadow on top to set it all.  On the lips she used a white cream and then used the black liquid liner for the details.  The blue was done with a cream shadow and then a shimmery blue powder to set.

I bought the flowers at Forever 21 and wore a black dress that I’ve had for years.  I wore black tights and used white chalk to draw bones on them.  Once the party was over I threw the tights in the washer and they are good to wear again on a non-Halloween night.

Wishing you a safe and spooky Halloween!

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

Here in Oklahoma the weather is starting to get cool.  Since its OK we still have the threat of an ‘isolated tornado’ until Wednesday, but I’m starting to get used to it.  This weather craziness has me wanting something simple, warm, and comforting.  So I’ve busted out the slow cooker and gotten to work.  Sundays are all about relaxing for me and bf.  Although we didn’t get to relax as much as I’d liked yesterday at least I didn’t have to make dinner since I threw this in around lunch time.

This recipe is based on one from Food Network.  I made some changes and left out about half of the directions…..apparantly I skipped a paragraph when I made it.  I added espresso too that really deepened the flavor. 

Throw this in your crock pot and take a nap! Tacos-de-Barbacoa-1024x768

Spicy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

  • 3 pablano peppers
  • 1 fresh jalapeno
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pounds Pork Shoulder
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 shot espresso(optional)
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Taco toppings: We like avocado, lime, cilantro, sour cream

Directions:  Slice the peppers and remove the seeds.  Toss into blender.  Peel garlic and toss into blender.  Roughly chop the onion and add to the blender.  Add olive oil, cider vinegar, and honey.  Add enough water to cover the mixture and blend until smooth.  Add more water if necessary. 

Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.  Season with salt and pepper on both sides.  Pour the pepper mixture over the pork.  Add more water if necessary to nearly cover the pork.  Place the bay leaves and cinnamon stick on top of pork.  Add espresso if you’d like.

Allow to cook on high for 6-8 hours until the pork can be easily shredded with a fork.  Remove from slow cooker and drain excess liquid if necessary.  Serve with torillas and assorted toppings.

New things to come!

Hello everyone! I know it has been forever since I’ve blogged….. I haven’t forgotten about ya. I’ve just been preparing the best content ever! Ok really I have just been slacking. But I am back at it. We are gonna change things up a bit. If you know me, you know that I get bored easily. I always have a lot going on. With that being said….I am feeling a little contained with a ‘Food and Wellness’ blog. Why not talk about everything?! So starting now! MashedBanana is a lifestyle blog. Look for the normal food and wellness talk, but why stop there? Lets add some fashion, nails, travel, and whatever else I can dream up!
See you soon!

Grilled Pizza.

You’ve probably heard of people making pizza on a stone, in a brick oven, and even just a regular oven. But what about the grill!? As the days get cooler and you begin to think about heading back into the kitchen dust off that grill one more time and whip up a homemade pizza. Its about as easy as it gets and you can customize your pizza to make everyone in the family happy.

First things first. Start your grill. Use a medium-low temperature.

Decide on the toppings you want to top your pizza with. Make sure these are cooked thoroughly since they won’t be cooking with the pizza. Some standards at my house are mozzarella, Canadian bacon, jalapenos, and pineapple. Whatever you choose is fine, just have it cooked, chopped, and ready to go on your pizza once you get it on the grill.

I usually buy the pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store. Why not make an easy recipe even easier? You can make it from scratch as well. Spread the dough out onto a piece of wax paper and brush both sides with olive oil. You can add any seasonings to the dough at this point as well. A simple Italian Seasoning blend would work well.

Place the pizza dough on the grill. Allow this side to cook for about four minutes. The dough will start to turn golden brown and get a little puffy.

Flip the pizza dough over to allow the other side to cook. Immediately top the cooked side with pizza sauce, I usually use canned or jarred sauce from the store. Next top with cheese and the toppings of your choice. Then, close the lid of the grill and wait. This is the hard part. You need to wait until the cheese is melted and be careful not to let the bottom of the dough burn. If you think your timing might be off just finish your pizza in the oven under the broiler. This way the cheese can melt without burning the bottom of your pizza.
Take your pizza off the grill, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy!

Simple and yummy weeknight meal.