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Weekly Menu Board & Whole Wheat Banana Bread

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I’m still continuing with my pre-baby baking and have really been trying to figure out ways to make those first couple of months with a new baby a smooth one. So, I decided to make a Weekly Menu board inspired by this one I saw over at A Girl and a Glue Gun recently. Her version is quite a bit fancier than mine-its really  cute. I was going for simple and effective so I decided to do a week at a time and use dry erase markers on a picture frame. It erases like a dream on glass!   We’ve already started using it. So far so good. It really seems to help me remember to take meat out of the freezer to thaw for the next day and if there is an ingredient that we are wanting to use up we can write down the next meal using that ingredient for the next couple of days.

It’s also useful to use as a baking schedule like I’m doing this week. Today is Whole Wheat Banana Bread day . I use this recipe from Allrecipes.com. I found it a few months ago and haven’t gone back to my old recipe since. I love that it uses whole wheat (Yay for stable blood sugar!) and you can make it even healthier by using unsweetened applesauce in place of the oil and egg whites instead of whole eggs. I haven’t tried the eggs but have had good success using the applesauce instead of the oil last time I made it when I ran out of oil (eek!).

And did you know you can freeze whole bananas in their skins to use later?! It was a tip I read on allrecipes.com and tried it this last time when I was going through what I call my “junk phase” of pregnancy. You know Taco Bell, ramen, ice cream, chips. I’ve really tried so hard to keep eating healthy thru my pregnancy but sometimes those cravings have just won out. So anyways, I wasn’t eating my nanners so I just threw them in the freezer skins and all. They thaw enough to use in about 10 -15 minutes. I pull them out whenever I preheat the oven and they are ready to go when I put the recipe together. So easy and a great way to avoid tossing too ripe bananas but you’re not quite ready to use them yet!
Got any unusual baking tips you care to share????

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Menu Board & Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  1. So, all I can say is CUTE board! I’ve tried the calendar thing but it gets too overwhelming when you try planning for more than one week at a time! Great idea, I’ll be making one this weekend!!! Keep your genius ideas coming! 🙂

  2. Ironically I believe you can substitute bananas for eggs as well. I see to remember that tidbit from my living-in-a-hippie-vegan-co-op college days. Now, how that would work in banana bread is anyone’s guess (I’m assuming it *would* work… I mean, it’s all bananas right?).
    I currently have approximately twelve black bananas in my freezer and every intention of making some sort of banana goodness. 🙂

  3. I love this! I need one of these menu boards so bad! That way maybe I can win the battle with my two year old who wants PB&J and a cupcake for every meal…:)

  4. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello, and this is SUPER cute! It’s a great idea… I need something to keep me on track with our menu! :]

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