Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fresh Spinach & Basil Spread

Surprisingly rich, this versatile dip/spread might fool you into thinking it has full-fat cream cheese and sour cream.  Only 46 calories per 2 Tbs - with 2.3 grams of protein.  

If you don't prefer the intense green color - reduce (or eliminate) the spinach.  The original recipe suggests using a food processor, but my Blendtec handled it just fine.  Adjust blending time for smooth or chunky texture.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Streusel Topped Zucchini Bread

This not-too-sweet zucchini bread hides those tell-tale streaks of green under a delicious topping.  

One key to baking with zucchini is removing as much of the moisture as possible before adding it to recipes.  I've found that using a salad spinner is a great help.  Then I let it finish draining in my sink as I get the batter ready to add it in at the last minute.  

Be sure to check for doneness at around 50 minutes, as it might be tricky to tell if your bread is ready as it hides beneath the topping.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Raised Belgian Waffles

Years ago I used to bribe my boys on Saturday morning that if they would endure an early-morning haircut by Mom - they would be rewarded with waffles and Saturday morning cartoons!  It then became a tradition on the evening of Christmas Day (after all the hoopla of the holiday has passed) for my late husband's family to converge here for waffles.  By then we were tired of turkey, ham, sweets, etc... and a light breakfast food sounded wonderful.  Every family brought a waffle topping & a gallon of milk to go with homemade syrup.   These super light waffles are great with a variety of toppings.  Our favorites have always been different kinds of syrup, ice cream, fresh strawberries, or strawberry jam.