Pinteresting: Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread

So after I made the Traditional Hummus, I decided to make the Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins! Again, the recipe came from 100 Days of Real Food.

I love zucchini bread (and banana and pumpkin and…I just love bread. All bread). I always have a very hard time when it comes to self control and portion size. So I figured this recipe would be great because 1. I could make it in a muffin tin so I have just the right amount and 2. It’s a healthier version of my usual recipe. That said, I didn’t’ stick to this recipe 100% and I sort of messed it up a bit! I had coconut oil but it was unrefined and I wasn’t sure how the coconut taste would affect the recipe, so I went with regular ol’ vegetable oil. I had honey, but was a little shy of the 1/2 cup needed ( I should really learn to check my ingredients before I start baking). I had plenty of cinnamon but read the recipe wrong and only added 1 teaspoon of it instead of 1 tablespoon ( I should really learn to carefully read the directions/amounts). The batter was very, very thick but I read comments from others that said theirs turned out the same.

The first batch turned out well, despite the shortness of sweetness in honey and cinnamon. Not surprisingly, the second batch turned out much better ( I added more cinnamon to the batter). The texture is definitely different, I’m assuming because the batter was so thick, but didn’t affect the taste.

All in all, they are quite yummy! No, they don’t taste quite as good as the white wheat-lots- o’ sugar ones. But they’re good and better for me! I froze half the batch although next time I will freeze more than that since (as good as they were) I don’t like eating the same thing for breakfast every day and I have a lot that will go to waste.

Here are how mine turned out:

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They didn’t look a thing like the picture from the recipe! You can really see the zucchini in it…probably because I got lazy and didn’t grate it as finely as normal. Looks aside, I would make this one again!

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Pinteresting: Traditional Hummus

Today was busy, but productive! I had much more free time on my hands than usual so I decided to make the most of it! My day began with brunch with my mom. Afterwards, I made my weekly (hahaha who am I kidding?) trip to the grocery store. I stocked up on lots of good things and decided to finally try a few recipes from my Pinterest page!

The first recipe was for Traditional Hummus and I used the recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. It turned out better than I expected, given how much I love my store-bought kind. I definitely suggest using the tahini it recommends for the recipe. (Side note: I did not find it near the peanut butter in the grocery store as the site suggested. Instead, it was in the International Aisle). I also made a few tweaks to the recipe; I added probably three times more water  than called for because I like my hummus creamier and I added both ground red pepper and crushed red pepper flakes because I like mine spicy! One batch filled a standard size mason jar. I am bringing some to share at work tomorrow! It was super easy and a recipe I will make it again.

 

The second recipe was for Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins (see next post!)

 

The Forgotten Home of Coffee

This makes me want a cup of coffee. Right now. It also makes me appreciate it more.

It was very interesting learning about the origin of coffee and to think that a change in the climate could lead to the extinction of the coffee we know and love.

This means I need to drink more Starbucks right? I think so. It’s the only reasonable thing to do 🙂

Eating Well

Since Jake and I have had time off together, we have had the chance to try some new, and healthy, recipes. Normally I save the new recipes for the weekends when I’m not as tired and rushed for time, so it was fun to try these on a week night (even if we didn’t have to work the next day). These were my two favorite recipes that I felt were share-worthy. Both were from the site that may become a favorite of ours: Eating Well. We are trying to make more health-conscience dinners and only eat meals out once on the weekend. These were pretty easy and quick which I always love.

The first one was a Tuna & White Bean Salad. I love me some tuna salad, but I wasn’t sure how I would feel about beans in it. However, the texture works pretty well with the tuna. Jake skimped on the onions, but I would have loved to have had some more. We found a really good italian loaf bread and made sandwiches out of it. We added some lettuce and a little sliced mozzarella. It even tasted great the next day as leftovers so nothing got wasted.

Tuna & White Bean Salad

Tuna & White Bean Salad

The second I was pretty excited about because I adore pasta and could eat it every single day I think. This one was Penne with Vodka Sauce & Capicola. It was super yummy as well, but probably would have been even better had we payed closer attention to the ingredients list. We didn’t have any half and half or vodka. So we improvised and used evaportated milk and just left out the vodka completely. I can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow for a Sunday lunch!

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Penne with Vodka Sauce and Capicola

I’m always looking for healthy recipes that are inexpensive and taste good so any site suggestions are welcome!

♥A