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Lemon Olive Oil Muffin

Every semester I make a little goody back for my undergrad teaching assistants with junk food and muffins.  This week is the week, and it's rainy and I'm a little on the poor side.  Luckily I have a big jar of homemade lemon marmalade, which you can make using my Blood Orange Marmalade as a base.

These bright, moist muffins have lovely large chunks of candied lemon in them from the marmalade, and a light floral taste from the olive oil. And there's a sneaky addition that gets some veggies into it too!

2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 heaping tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup, packed, grated parsnip
1/4 cup lemon marmalade
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 400F.Combine eggs, vanilla, sugar, oil, soda, powder, lemon marmalade, and salt and mix it well.Add in parsnip.Add in flour and mix until just wet.  This is a slightly thicker batter. Don't worry. Scoop into lined or greased muffi…

Cole Slaw Dressing

No picture for this one yet, but it's worth sharing.

I got this recipe from my Mom, who got it from Tanya, who got it from probably a Taste of Home magazine or something, so I can't give credit to the original source.  But, it's the best cole slaw dressing recipe I've ever found, and I've barely tweaked it to slightly cut calories.
The measurements below are for a medium bowl worth of shredded veggies. It calls of a 16 oz. bag of the slaw mix if you use it.
1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1/3 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Drink, Unsweetened 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar 1/2 cup Just Mayo 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Whisk together, toss with your slaw, and let it soak up all of that goodness for a few hours.
Made to directions it tastes like KFCs. But I've found changing up sugars, vinegars, and spices leads to some other goodies.  My current batch was made with rice vinegar and taste pretty much the same, but with that slight umami of rice vi…

Zucchini Relish

I try to have as little food waste as possible, which leads to some creative foods in my house.  I made a zucchini lasagna the other day, and had nearly 4 oz. of zucchini butts left over, and the skin side I removed to make the noodles.

So, I snagged my smallest ball jar, one of the small jam ones, and threw together a relish. This is, of course, a raw relish so you will have to drain it.  It won't get very thick. Thick relishes have been cooked or have thickening agents added.

I recommend keeping it in the fridge for a week before using. There is enough salt that you can ferment it for a day or two as well, but I don't like the flavor of that with this particular batch.  It also seems to keep well for several months.

3.5 oz zucchini, diced small
1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp. ginger, ground
1/4 tsp. cloves, ground
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 jar apple cider vinegar
Completely fill your small jar with zucchini scraps.  Leave t…

Daikon Tatsoi Miso Soup

I'm rebooting my diet right now, which means getting creative to satisfy my everlasting hunger. And that's one of the secrets my friends. I am always hungry. And I crave food when I'm sad, which does not help.

Winter is soup season, and my CSA came with a ton of radishes over the last few weeks, so I spiralized a daikon and stored it in a ziploc.  I've also been getting a lot of Asian greens, like tatsoi, baby bok choy, and mustard greens.  They don't have many uses in my book, but I am bound and determined to use them up.

And I can with the help of a favorite Asian ingredient-miso.

Now, miso is one of those things where you might try a few.  I prefer the lighter, often dessert, miso.  The darkest miso is too strong for me. You, however, should play until you find a favorite.

1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp. light/golden miso paste
2 oz. tatsoi
3 oz. spiralized daikon radish
1-2 Tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce

In a small sauce pan combine water, tatsoi, and daikon and bring …

Salt & Pepper Daikon Radish Chips

I have 3 huge daikon radishes from my farm shares for the last two weeks, and I am a single woman who lives at home.  I decided to see what happens if you make dehydrator chips with them.

A little sweet, a little bitter, I will make these again.

1 daikon radish, unpeeled but with hairy bits removed, sliced as thin as you can get it
Salt & pepper to taste

Using your hands, combine salt, pepper, and radishes. You want about 1/2 as much on them as you think you would like on your final product, Remember, they will shrink. A lot. The average chip here is about the same side in diameter as the length from my thumb knuckle to the tip of my thumb. The radish, however, was about the size of my forearm at the halfway point.Lay out so they don't touch on your dehydrator trays.In my presto, this took about 12 hours, until the chips start to brown a bit. Don't pull them too early or they will remain squish. Radishes have a lot of water in them. Radishes are 18 calories per 100 grams ra…

Apple Parsnip Muffins

I bake when I'm upset, and I won't lie, this election did not turn out the way I would have liked it to.  I woke up to a message from a friend in England "I have a spare room." she says, and that's how I learned the election results.

I have a ton of parsnips in my farm share from the last few weeks, but I don't eat them very often.  I decided to put a spin on an Alton Brown recipe I saw on Good Eats once, but make my own using my own base.

Sweet, spicy, and nutty.  Delicious!

2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 heaping tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1 cup, packed, grated parsnip
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 granny smith, snacking apple, cored and diced small.
Preheat oven to 350F.Combine eggs, vanilla, sugar, oil, soda, powder, salt and spiced, and mix it well.Add in parsnip and apple.Add in flour and mix until just wet.  This is a slightly thicker ba…

Easy Butternut Squash Pancakes

I am still making may way through the huge squash featured a week ago.  Which means it's time to start getting creative before it goes bad.  Today I'm making pancakes and then I'll make some of my soup and that should finish it off.

Squash is actually a great thing to keep around, even at your poorest.  It's not only yummy, delicious, and filling, but it can be used to stretch some recipes, like waffles and pancakes.  Adding 1/2 a cup of squash to my pancake recipe added about 4 pancakes worth of low-cal, delicious, breakfast food.

1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup so delicious coconut milk drink, unsweetened, plain
1/2 cup mashed butternut squash
1 egg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine everything in a blender and blend until creamy and lump free.Spray your medium skillet or griddle with your favorite low calorie/no calories cooking sprayCook as you would normal pancakes.  They may take a bit longer each side. Makes 8-10 pancakes, 2 large servings of 170 calories each.
Serve wi…