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Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

It's full confession time: I am what I call a "wishful gardener." This is usually my pattern in the springtime: Get lots of flowers, veggies and other plants. Plant them and be super enthusiastic about them and care for them as much as I can. Then, when summer rolls around and I get busy- many of my plants die and I can only manage to care for a few. This is what happened to my veggies this year- including my "wishful" zucchini plant. So, instead of having an overabundance of zucchini growing in my garden that I need to use up, I made this yummy bread because I bought a bit too much zucchini at the store and didn't want it to go to waste! 

There is my full confession as a wishful gardener! I really do love gardens and plants, but so often my passion for food wins in the end! So, since I have been able to keep a few pots of flowers in front of my house alive this very dry summer, I will stick to that in the coming years. Next season for my deck I will be planting a few pots of succulents or other low water plants and planting more bushes and low water natives in my backyard. It is better for the earth and better for me- no gardening guilt! Ha ha! 

Here's the yummy recipe for the bread that came of buying too much zucchini! 

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread: 

3 eggs

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

zest of 2 small lemons or one large lemon

1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini

3/4 cup cassava flour

1 1/4 cups almond flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

1. Heat the oven to 375 F. 

2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with coconut oil or pan spray. 

3. Mix the wet ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk. 

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Then, add the batter to the pan. 

5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (no wet batter is attached) 

-Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. 

Enjoy! 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes!

peanut butter protein pancakes

This Sunday I had a craving for a fancier weekend breakfast that was still healthy, so I decided to alter a recipe that I had been hanging on to for several months with the ingredients that I had on hand to create these yummy pancakes. Much to my delight they were a great hit not only with myself but with my son and husband! 

I know I have found the perfect pancake to make a huge batch of for when back to school time rolls around in another week and mornings become much busier for us! This way I can get breakfast on the table in a flash! This recipe makes around enough for serving 3 people. Feel free to double or triple this recipe in order to make enough for the whole week, I know that is what I'll be doing very soon! 

These pancakes are great with maple syrup and berries, topped with yogurt or just with more peanut butter or other nut butter on top. Feel free to experiment and have fun! 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes: 

Adapted from: The Pancake Princess

Makes 9-10 mini pancakes

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup gluten free flour mix (see recipe below) 

3/4 cup sweet rice flour

4.5 tablespoons peanut butter powder

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1.5 cups coconut milk (or whole milk if you are not dairy free) 

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

4.5 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter (I like Adam's brand) 

Coconut oil for greasing the electric skillet

Instructions: 

1. Whisk together the gluten free flour mix and sweet rice flour, baking powder and salt.

2. Stir in the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter.

3. Heat an electric skillet to about 350F. 

4. Add a teaspoon or more of coconut oil to coat the bottom of the electric skillet. If you don't have an electric skillet, you may melt coconut oil in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Make sure the whole surface is coated in oil so that the pancakes don't stick. 

5. Measure out batter by the 1/4 cupful. Each one will make a small pancake. 

6. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the pancakes are brown on the bottom. Flip and let cook for another minute.

7. Serve while warm with maple syrup, more peanut butter on top & berries to taste! YUM! 

** Gluten Free Flour Mix: Whisk together 4 cups of brown rice flour, 1 2/3 cups potato starch and 2/3 cup tapioca flour in a large bowl. Store the extra in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for using in other recipes. 

Spinach and Fresh Oregano & Feta Quiche

Spinach and Fresh Oregano & Feta Quiche

I have the most lovely neighbor down the street! She is so generous and often brings me extra food, ingredients, tea and other goodies. I am so lucky! One thing she brought me was some extra feta cheese.  I just love this kind of cheese, it has such a delicious flavor, especially along with spinach and oregano- a kind of Greek quiche. 

I had a fun time adapting a quiche recipe that I had to create a lovely one that is perfect for spring! It is so amazing to have for breakfast, brunch or even dinner! 

I was very inspired by the amazingly beautiful oregano plants that have been growing for some time out in my garden. I am amazed that it keeps on growing and producing lots of delicious oregano for lots of my dishes. 

I hope that you enjoy this quiche with your friends and family very soon. 

Spinach and Fresh Oregano and Feta Quiche: 

Serves 6

1 gluten free pastry shell- pastry recipe below

1/2 cup butter

3 garlic cloves, chopped finely

1 small onion or half of a large onion, chopped finely

6 ounces chopped fresh spinach

1 tablespoon or more fresh oregano, chopped

8 ounces feta cheese 

salt and pepper

2 whole eggs

2 egg whites

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1. Make the gluten free pastry shell (recipe below), place in freezer and set aside while you are making the filling. 

2. Preheat the oven to 375F (190 C) 

3. In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic in the butter until translucent. Add in the spinach and saute until until reduced down- about 4-5 minutes. Drain the spinach mixture in a colander and squeeze out some of the extra liquid. Set aside to cool. 

4. When the spinach mixture is cooled, place it into a medium bowl and mix in the feta cheese, fresh oregano and season with salt and pepper. Make sure to taste the mixture to make sure it is seasoned enough. Place the spinach cheese mixture in the bottom of the pastry lined pie pan. 

5. In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and heavy cream. Pour into the pie pan. Stir to combine the spinach/cheese mixture and the egg/milk mixture. 

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes or until set in the center. Let the quiche stand for 10 minutes until slicing and serving. 

GF Pastry Dough: 

1 1/4 cups brown rice flour blend (see recipe below) or use a gluten free flour blend 

1 tablespoon organic sugar

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons coconut oil (heaping tablespoons) 

1 large egg

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Ice water

1. Mix together the brown rice flour blend (or use a packaged gluten free flour mix), 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum and salt in the bowl of a large food processor. Add in the 6 tablespoons coconut oil and process until the mixture is a coarse meal. 

2. In a separate bowl with a small wire whisk or fork, whisk together the egg and lemon juice. 

3. Slowly pour the egg-lemon juice mixture into the food processor and pulse. Add small amounts of ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is moist and clumps together. 

4. Gather the dough into a ball and flatten out into a disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Then, roll out between plastic wrap or parchment paper. Press the rolled out pastry into the pie shell and flute the edges.  Put the pie shell into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes before baking. 

Brown Rice Flour Blend: 

6 cups brown rice flour

2 cups potato starch

1 cup tapioca flour

Mix together in a bowl with a wire whisk. You will have extra for another baking project later. 

Coffee & Cacao Granola

coffee and cacao granola

Ah! Breakfast really is my most favorite meal of the day! I absolutely love to eat and love food, so along my health journey this year I have looked for ways to creatively make all of my meals very healthy but at the same time very interesting and pleasing to the palate. I believe this is the way that we will eat healthy. Our eyes and our tastes must be happy at each meal. Each dish must evoke joy in its presence at the table. This is living! 

Coffee is something that really wakes you up not only with the caffeine but with the strong flavors. That is why I was attracted to the original recipe in Food and Wine magazine that this granola is based on. This granola has a wonderful combination of the pungent taste of coffee, the yummy flavor of cacao and the kosher salt really keeps your taste buds going back for more! 

I added in some almond flour for some additional protein to this recipe and also I love the combination of the coconut sugar and the maple syrup. This granola is not cloyingly sweet like most are. It has a balance of flavors that intrigue the palate and go perfectly with the tang of yogurt and the sweetness of fruit to make an amazing start to your day! 

I hope that you make a batch of this granola and enjoy it to start your day or make it for a friend for a lovely gift. I plan on giving this away to my friends and meal clients this week. Enjoy! 

Coffee and Cacao Granola: 

Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe, May 2017

7 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup finely ground coffee or decaf coffee

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup gluten free flour mix

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup cacao powder (or plain cocoa powder)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 sticks vegan margarine- cut into small pieces and frozen on plate (I like to use Earth Balance) 

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup brewed coffee (cold) 

1/4 cup molasses

1. Heat the oven to 350F. 

2. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 

3. In a large bowl toss together the rolled oats, coffee, coconut sugar, gluten free flour mix, almond flour, cacao powder and kosher salt. 

4. Mix in the small pieces of frozen vegan margarine. Make sure they are evenly distributed and coat all of the mixture. 

5. Stir in the maple syrup, coffee and molasses. Make sure all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated. 

6. Spread the mixture out evenly between the two baking sheets. 

7. Bake the granola for around 30 minutes. Stop to stir every 10 minutes. Make sure it is crisp. 

8. Cool completely before serving. Store in a zip lock bag or a glass jar or container with a lid. 

Serve with yogurt and fruit. I also like to make a breakfast with cut up fruit, put yogurt or coconut yogurt on top, then nut butter, then this granola! Yummy!! 

Enjoy!