Banana-Loquat Smoothy: Chicklets in the Kitchen Blog Post

Banana-Loquat Smoothie

So last month I posted a coconut-lemon whip recipe which I made from meyer lemons from my daughter’s back yard tree. She also had, loquats, ripening. A loquat is a cross between a plum and a cumquat. Sweet, yellow, small (1 – 2 inch) oval shaped fruit with anywhere from 1 to 4 fair-sized seeds inside, depending on how big the loquat is.

The loquats are delicious, sweet and succulent. Unfortunately, they don’t travel or keep well so not a commercial fruit as far as I can tell. I was very fortunate, then, to get about a pint of them.

Rather than eat them one by one, I cut them in half, de-seeded them, cut in quarters, and dropped into my blender. This time of year I prefer smoothies for breakfast to juice as with a smoothie you get all of the fiber. Also, I don’t, yet, have a juicer.

Banana-Loquat Smoothie


Cutting Board



Cup and straw



1 pint Loquats, cut in half, seeded, then cut into quarters

1 ripe banana, chunks

1 cup Almond Milk (more or less as desired thickness)



Put the cut loquats, the banana, and the almond milk in the blender. Blend on puree until smooth. Add ice if you want it very cold. (Lessen the amount of almond milk if you do.) Pour into your glass.


Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. Do you have a favorite smoothie to serve family or guests? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.

My name is Connie Cockrell and I write SciFi, Fantasy, Mysteries, and a lot of other things and you can find links to all of my books at


A New Year’s Breakfast: Chicklets In the Kitchen Post


It’s the new year and to be honest, I’ve kind of let my weight get the better of me. That has to stop. It doesn’t feel good at all. So, the first day of the year I decided to change my eating and get some more exercise. I know. Everybody does that. But it’s true. Time for me to make a change. Since I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis and from tendonitis in both feet, doing my usual hiking and aerobic exercise can’t be done. So I went to the local community college where they have a gym and as a senior, I get free membership. I signed up for a trainer to help me develop a training program that allows me to exercise without pounding on my feet, allowing me time for them to heal. Yay! I’ve even scheduled the workouts on the calendar, like appointments. No being wishy-washy. It’s important.

So what’s that got to do with breakfast? It’s the other side of the coin, of course. Good fuel, good workout, happy author. Actually this breakfast hash is so simple I’m almost embarrassed to post it but a lot of people box breakfast up into a tiny space when it could be so much more.

Today’s breakfast is customizable. If you don’t like one thing in the ingredient list, substitute another. You don’t have a particular ingredient on hand, not a problem, put something else in. You’ll notice the breakfast is heavy on the veggies and has only moderate protein. That can be adjusted as well.

And paleo? A recent diet that eliminates grains, dairy and most sugar. Heavy on the vegetables and lean protein, it is said to resemble a cave-man diet. I’m not sure about that but I do know this combo works for me, just as for my grandma. Eliminate the carbs and the weight comes off, especially with a moderate amount of exercise.

Besides that, it’s good!


Cutting Board


Medium frying pan



2 oz (1/3 cup) diced raw sweet potato

1 – 2 oz diced sweet pepper

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 green onion, sliced

1 oz fresh baby spinach leaves

1 – 2 oz ground breakfast sausage

1 T butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Other options: 2 oz sliced mushrooms, washed and patted dry, ham, eggs, celery, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, dried Thyme, oregano, sage, your favorite veggie.


In the frying pan, add the butter, melt. Add the sweet potato and sweet pepper. Sauté until nearly tender.

Add the onion, tomato, spinach and sausage. Cook till hot through and the spinach is wilted.

Plate and enjoy.


Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. Do you have a favorite breakfast? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.

My name is Connie Cockrell and I write SciFi, Fantasy, Mysteries, and a lot of other things and you can find links to all of my books at

Break out the cranberries

Does your holiday table laden with all the trimmings include cranberry sauce? Or is cranberry jelly persona non grata at family celebrations?

I have to admit, as a kid, I wasn’t much of a fan of the stuff. Mom (or grandma, or some other relative) would dump the can on a plate and slice it.

Was I surprised when I discovered cranberry sauce doesn’t have to be a sickeningly sweet, gelatinous mass. Continue reading

Guest Chicklet: Kimberly Kincaid

Kimberly KincaidGreetings and salutations, Chicklets and Roosters. Kimberly Kincaid is back in the Chicklets’ kitchen this week, celebrating the release of her newest novella, “Outside The Lines.”

I just finished reading “Love On The Line” — don’t judge me for being behind in my reading — and loved it, so I can’t wait to see what kind of food and fun she cooks up next.

Take it away, Kimberly! Continue reading

A big, green surprise

You can call me weird (Abigail already has), but I prefer cold oats to warm ones any day — even on chilly winter mornings.

The basic mix is 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats and 1 cup milk. (I use almond milk.) Then you add nuts, dried fruit, nut butter, chocolate chips … pretty much any mix-ins you’d like. (One delicious trick is to make your oats in an almost-empty nut butter jar.)

I like the simplicity: You prep the bowl the night before, and it’s ready to eat when you get up. And the flavor is fantastic, especially when you make them in that nut butter jar I mentioned. Continue reading

Romancing the Breakfast

Today is a big day in the romance writing world – the announcement of the Golden Heart and RITA class of 2012.  It’s like the Oscars of Romance, complete with an awards ceremony to announce the winners at the national convention in July.

But wait, Abigail, you might be asking.  What does this have to do with your kitchen?  And I answer you – what do you eat for breakfast when you’re about to have a nerve-wracking day? Continue reading

The Elvis Smoothie

We’ve been sick in our house. Some of us for only a few days, others (namely, the Teensy Bitsy One) for longer. When one is not feeling so hot, often the pediatrician recommends what they call the BRAT diet. This is Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. REALLY boring and guess what? It totally makes a kid into a brat. Because how long can you live on that stuff? Sheesh!

So after days of this, I asked the doctor whether there was anything else I could add. I was given a few more options, including yogurt and a little bit of peanut butter for protein.

AHA! I thought. I’ll make her a smoothie. That way she will get nutrition but will think she’s getting the treat she wanted. Continue reading

Butterscotch Meringue Cookies

Something you should know about me – I’m a dork. Big-time! You may have already figured that out, mind you, but… yeah. Anyway, one of my children’s favorite songs is Prince’s Starfish and Coffee. If you haven’t listened to it before, you should. It’s amazing! We actually have a kid cd with a version of it performed by Matt Nathanson (whom I adore), and that’s really good as well.

Prince performing Starfish and Coffee!! Continue reading

Sausage and Egg Cups

Sometimes I get SO TIRED of breakfast.  It’s boring, boring, boring.  If I’m watching my girlish figure, I usually have oatmeal and egg beaters (cooked separately).  Sometimes I’ll have oatmeal with blueberries, vanilla, and walnuts, YUM.  I used to eat cereal every day, but I’m pretty burned out on it now.  I love French toast, but there’s that whole calorie thing again.  Plus I usually bring my breakfast to work with me and eat it there.  French toast is too messy for that.

I was cleaning up a pile of stuff (one of the many decorating my house.  DON’T JUDGE) and I came across a Quick & Easy Freezer Meals cook book thingy and found a recipe for Rise and Shine Sausage and Oatmeal Cups.  Ooh, I love sausage.  And Oatmeal is good for you.  What could be better? Continue reading