Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Applebees

This will be the last of my breakfast parfaits for a while – it was my last Chobani!  But I think I saved the best for last.

The flavor was apple cinnamon, so I decided to carmelize a Fuji apple in 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar for my fruit layer – Fuji apples are my favorite apple – they never are pithy, they are always sweet, and for the record, also make the most amazing apple pie.  I had to share with you this picture from our Thanksgiving 2009, if nothing but to show you Tony’s history of shenanigans. 😀

I had set my ready to be baked apple pie on the counter to remove a pecan pie.  As I took the pecan pie into the dining room to cool, I came back to find this:

Um, my actual apple pie turned out like this:

And speaking of apple pie – do not eat this.  I threw the package away it was so disgusting.  Um, it’s not like chewing dessert!

It was partly sunny and around 40 degrees for my run.  I ended up doing a 5k in 34:30!  My first 1.5 mile split??  Fifteen minutes!  I obviously started out too fast, but I am happy with my final time.  It gets a bit better every run. 😀

I had mini beef tacos for lunch:

  • 4 mini corn tortillas (4)
  • 3 ounces ground sirloin (3)
  • 3/4 ounce mozzarella cheese (2)
  • red pepper, cilantro, hot sauce, cucumber and salsa (0)

This was a big old plate of food people – totally filling!

I had to share this bananas foster bread pudding I made over the weekend.  At least that’s what I am calling it.  I bought a loaf of crunchy bread that Tony likes – it comes in a paper bag, and at the check out, they put the “open” part of the bag and tie a grocery bag around it.  I brought it home, stuck it in my pantry – the next day the half that wasn’t in the grocery bag was rock hard. 😦

I walked into the living room and asked Tony “do you think you would like banana bread pudding?”  He thought I was going to bake banana bread, and use that for the bread pudding.  But I had other ideas, because you know I had to visit my $1 rack!  And look at all these bananas.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding – makes six 3/4 cup servings, 7 WW points each

  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 7 ounces of dry bread
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups fat free milk
  • 2 large eggs

In a non-stick skillet add the bananas and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.  Over medium low heat, cook the bananas until the brown sugar melts and they get carmelized – about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, add milk, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and mix until the eggs are combined.  Toss in the bread and carmelized bananas, and let the bread soak for 15 minutes – I put a plate on top to keep the bread submerged.  Heat oven to 350.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Cool at least 15 minutes before cutting into it.

The verdict?  Tony said it was awful.  Awfully delicious!  This would be a nice splurge for a Sunday brunch too. 😀

For dinner I ended up making Nicole’s Chicken Marsala Pasta.  Her version comes in at 13 WW points, so I tweaked mine a bit – I used half the amount of evaporated milk, and used half and half, reduced the butter and oil by half – so my plate had a bed of baby spinach, 4 ounces cooked pasta, 3 ounces of chicken (sorry, I don’t like mushrooms – but Tony does!) and some mozzarella cheese – so my plate comes in at 9 points.  It was delicious Nicole!

Yesterday I got an email from the PR department of Applebees.  They have teamed up with WW to provide WW friendly dinners:

“Weight Watchers is excited to continue working with Applebee’s to provide these three new endorsed menu items,” said Dave Burwick, President, North America of Weight Watchers International. “These flavorful and satisfying items are a great way for Weight Watchers members, or anyone seeking better for you options, to easily make healthier decisions while dining out.”

Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp (Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 8): A hearty portion of grilled chipotle lime shrimp and black bean corn salsa tossed with lime juice and chopped cilantro, served on a mix of grilled zucchini, marinated tomatoes, onions & red peppers with steamed white rice.

Cabernet Mushroom Sirloin (Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 12): Applebee’s 7 oz. grilled House Sirloin with sauteed Portobello mushrooms & onions in a Napa Valley Cabernet sauce with steamed herbed potatoes and garlic broccoli.

Creamy Parmesan Chicken (Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 12): Applebee’s juicy grilled chicken breast with creamy au gratin Parmesan sauce, served with steamed spinach and mushroom rice pilaf.

Don’t those look amazing?  Sadly, the nearest Applebee’s to us closed down.  I’ll have to see if there is one near my work – you know I’d be all over the spicy shrimp!  When is the last time you’ve been to Applebees?

I am having lunch today with Hannah and two of her friends she’s known since 4th grade – should be fun!  Make it a great day!

36 thoughts on “Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Applebees

  1. I’m glad it turned out well! Love your tweaks!

    I love the “anatomy” photo – TOO funny! 🙂

  2. What a post! You have all sorts of goodness going on. The apple pie joke- hilarious. Love the new apple cinnamon chobani- its my favorite. That bread pudding drool? banana desserts are always so good. And that shrimp applebees dish sounds great

  3. So glad you told me about the gum, I was thinking about trying it out.

    Love the price on those bananas!

    Applebees foods look great! I’m looking forward to trying their new menu items!

  4. I’ve had that Extra flavor before and I agree – it is GROSS. The orange sherbet and mint chocolate ones are good, though!

  5. Haha that apple pie anatomy picture cracked me up!

  6. LOL! Love Tony’s sense of humor. Hope he’s doing well. The actual pie looks great.

    I commend Applebees for putting in the effort to make healthy lower calorie meals that actually taste great. I saw Roni’s ( post about her trip to the Applebees test kitchen recently to sample some of these new dishes and to learn about how Applebees creates the meals.

    Awesome job on the run Biz! Have a great day.

  7. bananas foster bread pudding? Oh MY! deeeeliciousness right there! Add some run next time….just sayin! lol

    LOL at the pie….reminds me of that movie where he used the apple pie for…you know…I cant remember the name of the movie off the top of my head…something about American…maybe it was American Pie…anyway…

    Applebees. I like it once in awhile. Their dishes are great in concept…but unfortunately, at least at the ones close to me…they have a hard time executing them to actually LOOK like the picture. Sometimes you get lucky…but more often than not, there is no consistency. I’d be interested in trying the steak dinner for 12 pp. I am glad they are still offering ww meals though.

  8. Been a few years since I’ve been to an Applebee’s. The nearest one is 30-40 miles away. I did try their WW recipes when I went, and I enjoyed them.

    I ate at another chain on the East Coast on a trip a few years ago. Don’t remember the one…but they had brown rice and steamed broccoli on the menu!! Score!

  9. That Bananas Foster Bread Pudding would be right up my alley! Looks wonderful. We don’t have an Applebee’s near us, either, but I think it’s great that they’re offering Weight Watcher’s meals.

    That Tony…what are you gonna do with that guy?!

  10. That picture of the pie made my morning! haha

    I think the Extra gum is gross too, I’ve tried a few of the dessert flavors, and should have learned my lesson by now with buying them.

  11. Man I just wanna come over & eat with you for a few days. lol

    I got the same email ( I guess we are popular ) but a coupon to enjoy one of the new entrees would have been nice…just saying!


  12. Tony I hope that isn’t to scale 😀
    That pudding omg. Why can’t your blog be scratch and sniff?? (For the bread pudding, not Tony’s sculpture)

  13. Fuji’s are pretty much the only apple I will eat! The others are gross.

  14. Lol Tony!
    Applebees is one of the oonnnly restaurants we have back in my hometown.. It’s actually the most trafficked Applebees in the country! Needless to say, I used to go every Friday (and sometimes Saturday) with my high school friends. We still meet up there for reunions every couple weeks 🙂
    When I was little, I used to alwayys get the quesadilla burger.. til I became interested in nutrition and realized it was a complete calorie bomb! 2000 or something not worthy of any one meal haha.
    Their blondie sundae though? COMPLETELY worth every bite!

  15. I’m strictly a mint gum girl – I never even liked Juicy Fruit!

    One of my favorite running inspiration things is an Asics postcard I have tacked up that says, “To be a better runner, you have to fun.”

    It’s true.

  16. LOL on the pie!

    I haven’t been to Applebees in several years. I used to eat off the WW menu, but the food began to taste really salty to me. Of course, chain restaurant food has become that way to me. I used to love eating there, too.

  17. Love your parfait! That looks just delicious!
    Tony cracks me up! That seems like something my friends and I would do! 🙂

  18. Heeheehee! What happens in your kitchen? Interesting. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  19. just getting back to blogworld…your photography is getting more and more beautiful biz!!

  20. TONY! LOL! That is awesome. 🙂 Your bananas foster bread pudding sounds so good! And pretty healthy too!

  21. Oh naughty Tony!!! HILARIOUS!!!!! I got the same email regarding Applebees….sadly, Applebees Canada don’t offer the weight watchers endorsed meals, so I opted not to promote it on my site. I think when I cross the border though, I’ll give one of these meals a go. Have a great day!!!

  22. Was it cold in your kitchen that day?? (shrinkage!) ;-P

  23. Tony is hilarious, I think he would get along great with my husband. I can’t even remember the last time I was at Applebees, probably 8 years ago?

  24. Too bad I don’t like bananas. 😦 I haven’t been to an Applebee’s in a really long time!

  25. I would have baked the pie the way Tony decorated it!
    We use to go to Applebees, but haven’t for awhile. Guess we will have to give it a try again! 🙂

  26. that bananas foster bread pudding sounds so good! i have never made bread pudding before but really really enjoy it when it’s served at parties/restaurants, i know i would just love this recipe!

  27. LOL! Did you bake it with the dough peen on it?

    I am jealous of your $1 rack, None of the grocery stores here do that. I wish they would!

  28. I sure could use some overripe bananas like that! Good deal. Now I know what happens when Tony gets in the kitchen!! Very funny!

  29. Tony is an American Pie fan, eh?

    I hope you are surviving the snow in Chicagoland this morning!

  30. hahaha that is hilarious. those gum desserts ARE gross! I need the real thing otherwise I just binge later from deprivation!

    That bananas foster looks and sounds awfully delicious! 🙂

    Way to kick butt on the 5k too!

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