Category: breakfast


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Its the height of garden season here in Southern Ontario and I am blown away by all the kale I have grown.  Its invincible!  I swear as soon as I pick it, it reappears the next day.  So needless to say, I have to come up with some new creative ways to use it.

One of my ideas is this smoothie.  Great for breakfast because its rich and hearty enough to fill you up, and so healthy it keeps you going well into lunch time.

Now, I know you don’t really need a recipe for a smoothie, but just consider this a bit of inspiration to build on.  Cooking is always about interpretation and adaption…so feel free to change this up anyway your heart desires, and please leave a comment letting me know how yours turned out!

Green Garden Kale Smoothie

About 2 cups washed chopped kale (stems removed)

1 small avocado

1 cup apple juice (sweetened or not…your call, I used the sweeter stuff)

1/4 cup chopped cucumber (skin on, seeds removed)

3-4 leaves fresh basil, stems on (more or less depending on your taste, I like lots)

Throw it all in your blender and start low for about 10 seconds, then blend on high speed until thoroughly creamy.  It should be thick enough to stand a straw in.

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Zucchini Muffins

ImageAs i mentioned in a previous post, I took up gardening as a new hobby this year.  I was absolutely astonished by how much zucchini those 4 little plants gave me.  I was also amazed at how much I enjoyed the muffins that resulted from such a plentiful harvest.  I wan’t sure I would like zucchini muffins, I only remember the ones I had as a child, which were dry and tasted like vegetables.  These were the polar opposite; moist and savory with the addition of olive oil instead of butter.  Great for a quick weekday breakfast.

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Recipe:

  • 3 cups grated fresh zucchini
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)

METHOD

You don’t need a mixer for this recipe.

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini and then the olive oil. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir these dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture.

2 Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely. Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done. Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.

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