Zucchini!

So a couple of days ago I had about 15 yummy looking organic zucchini from our local co-op that I knew I needed to do something with or they were going to go bad. I tried to take pictures but the kids kept wanting to take their own pictures or have me take pictures of them!

I figured I could grate & freeze some of the zucchini to use later, which I did successfully! but I knew some would need to be used now. Enter my handy cookbooks and the internet!

I needed something for dinner that night so I looked at the ingredients I had on hand and looked at our crock-pot, since that would allow me to keep using the rest of the zucchini…and voila! Crock-pot Turkey Enchiladas! I grated the zucchini large, but no one even knew it was there! Every time I make this it’s a hit…sometimes a miss with our son, but a hit with everyone else! I added the zucchini in while the turkey mixture was cooking…I also used yogurt instead of sour cream since that’s what I had.

Then I used the grated zucchini in place of spinach in our oft used New-Fashioned Meatloaf recipe from The Biggest Loser cookbook…I also substitute Tomato Sauce for the Ketchup since it’s less expensive and contains much less sugar & carbs, naturally! It worked wonderfully! The kids ate it even better than normal! Since I have quite a bit of ground turkey breast, it was on sale, I made a double recipe and froze one meatloaf for another night. Tonight I used a bit of the left over meatloaf, warmed it on the stove with some spaghetti sauce and served it over pasta…another hit with the kids! and so easy for me since it was basically all made.

Of course I then thought of dessert…who wouldn’t?! For this I made Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins! I used a micro-plane to grate the zucchini to minimize the green factor, I also used Rapadura instead of Brown Sugar, and Applesauce for half of the Vegetable Oil. I usually substitute Coconut Oil for Vegetable Oil, but as this recipe was new to me I decided to hold off.
The muffins were soooooo fudgy tasting and yummy!! The kids kept asking for “cake”!

All in all a successful zucchini day!

Yummy deliciousness plus the weeks menu…

Yummy Deliciousness!

2 foods I love…Nutella and Rice Crispy treats! How to make then a little healthier?? I found a couple of recipe’s today and decided to give it a go!

I used a mash of 2 recipes…the first one is from Food.com the second is from Savoring the Thyme

I really like the Nutella recipe, but need some more direction as the Food.com recipe gives. So, this is what I ended up with…

Recipe~
1/2 cup nut butter*
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup Nutella
5 cups crispy brown rice cereal (I would use slightly less next time for a little more gooeyness)

Directions~
1. Combine peanut butter, honey and nutella in a pan on med heat. Stir until bubbles appear.

2. Add brown rice cereal to the nut butter-honey mixutre, 1 to 2 cups at a time and stir to combine until mixture is sticky.

3. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture into the pan and let sit on the counter until cool. Cut and serve. Lasts 1 week in an airtight container.

Verdict~ Yummy!! As I said, I’d probably use less Brown Rice puffs, but otherwise they were great! *Sorry the pictures are low quality. Our camera battery disappeared so the camera is kaput!

Weeks Menus…

I really need to learn to stick to a budget! To that end, I went through our fridge, freezer and pantry to see what I could make this month using what we have on hand…

Monday~ Turkey Meatloaf (Biggest Loser Cookbook), Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower…yumm!
Tuesday~ Spaghetti squash topped with the leftover Turkey Meatloaf & Jaime Oliver’s Pasta Sauce Not classic pasta sauce but really good!
Wednesday~ Zucchini Bake I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to!
Thursday~ Chicken Soup (Deceptively Delicious) We’ve had this once and really like it. I roasted a whole chicken on Sunday so between the Zucchini bake and this Soup that’ll do it!
Friday~ Enchilada Casserole So warm and yummy!
Saturday~ Pizza. We use a great dough recipe from our Vitamix cookbook, Jaime Oliver’s Pasta Sauce, and whatever is on hand for toppings.

We use leftovers for lunch or freeze for the next week. Hopefully it goes as planned! Happy Cooking!

mmmmm….bread!!

So lately I’ve been wanting to make my own bread. I know it would be better and cheaper than anything I could buy plus we get the bonus of the house smelling like delicious bread!!

I searched quite a bit and found a great recipe for Soaked Whole Wheat Bread from passionatehomemaking.com.  All I can say is YUMMY!!  It took me a couple of times to get it just right but now we’re glorying in fresh, whole wheat goodness!

Happy baking!