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Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins

This morning, I woke up in search of a new muffin recipe. I found zucchini and decided to make Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins. I had eaten all of the banana muffins I had frozen and decided to give this one a try. I seem to be on a muffin kick lately. After all, they do freeze well and make great snacks!

These very dense muffins were similar to a bran muffin with a nutty taste. Made with very little sugar, they tasted very healthy..not that that is a bad thing, but I was expecting sweeter. Considering the wholesome ingredients, they weren’t bad. I even added a little honey for some extra sweetness along with some butter. I would say all in all, they were pretty tasty! If you make them, don’t expect something decadent…these muffins are all about the health benefits.

Today, I am hanging around the house waiting to go to work. I hate working on Sundays 😦

Oh, did I mention that I ran 3.1 miles last night without stopping. So proud of myself! Gearing up for the Georgia Club’s Front Porch Foot Race next Friday!

Lower Sugar Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins (recipe adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen)

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup brown sugar
(you can also use 2/3 cup real sugar to replace both nectar and brown sugar)
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (squeezed, then packed into measuring cup)
1/3 cup canola oil (can also use melted butter)
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (can also use all-purpose flour)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I used a generous rounded teaspoon of cinnamon)
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped pecans (or use walnuts or almonds if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350F – 175C. Grate zucchini by hand or using a food processor, then gently squeeze grated zucchini to remove some of the water. Measure 1 1/2 cups (packed) zucchini for this recipe, and if you have extra, freeze it for another time.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg, then add vanilla, brown sugar, and Agave nectar and mix to combine. Stir in the grated zucchini, then the oil. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the top of this and mix in.

In a smaller bowl, combine whole wheat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture, then fold in chopped pecans.

Spray muffin pan or individual muffin cups with non-stick spray or vegetable oil, then divide batter evenly among cups to make 12 small muffins. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


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More Veggies Please!

I woke up this morning feeling a bit poofy.
This could be from the numerous brownies, ice cream and cheeseburger I ate this week.
My body wants more veggies….it’s tired of sugar because it makes me feel ill and sluggish!
I thought I would send out a quick post on some fantastic veggie recipes. Including Roasted Broccoli, which I have fallen madly in love with.

Barefoot Contessa’s Roasted Broccoli (recipe adapted)
Her recipe calls for parmesan, lemon and pine nuts….but I cooked up some with sesame seeds which turned out to be YUM-O. (P.S. Pine nuts are now $12 a pop, so save your money kids and forget the pine nuts….although, I promise,I adore them too.)
Begin this dish with your desired amount of broccoli florets, wash and dry.
Toss in 2 tbsp. EVOO, sea salt, and black pepper
Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds (these get nice and toasty)
With your oven set at 425 degrees, roast for 15 minutes, then broil for 5 until edges are browning
Let me tell you, this broccoli is like candy….I simply cannot get enough of it! Please, try and behold, your new favorite way of preparing broccoli.

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
Toss with 2 tbsp. EVOO and 2 tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. lemon juice
Sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until potatoes are tender
*Sometimes I will add fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary for an added touch of flavor*
I am so in love with roasting vegetables. The flavor is amazing, so much better than boring steamed. Most veggies can be roasted, so why not try corn, cauliflower, green beans, carrots….try them all!!! Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes for tomorrow night’s dinner is a definite.
Your body will thank you if you feed it some love!


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