Zucchini Cake Parmesan

There is something nice about being able to convert random ingredients into a tasty patty.  Here is a recipe that can be used as an appetizer or a vegetarian meal that is so full of flavor your guests will surely think, “now this is one daaaaank patty.”

Ingredients:

Zucchini cakes ingredients:

  • 1  large zucchini grated, excess water removed
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • chopped basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 roasted cloves of garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1/2 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Shredding the zucchini

  2. Remove excess water from zucchini by putting the grated zucchini onto paper towels and patting dry.

    Drying the zucchini

  3. Combine all ingredients except the oil in a bowl and mix.  The best way to mix the ingredients thoroughly is to use your hands.  Use hands to form mixture into cakes to preferred size.

    Ingredients ready to be mixed

    "You got to get weird with it."

    These are more like zucchini burgers - it's got mad girth

  4. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  Once heated, add patties and cook until golden.  About 3-4 minutes per side.

    Cakes in the frying pan - beautiful colors

  5. Place patties in Pyrex dish and cover in tomato sauce.  Sprinkle cheese and Italian seasoning on top of the sauce.
  6. Put dish into oven for 30-40 minutes uncovered.

    Baked Zucchini Cake Parmesan ready to eat

This dish is so easy and delicious there is no excuse not to make it.  Even if you aren’t a fan of zucchini and are skeptical of the flavor, try it!  It’s dankness in a sauced patty.

Original recipe found here.

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Published in: on February 23, 2010 at 12:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Jankey Turkey and Stars Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 chopped medium carrots
  • 3 chopped celery stalks
  • 1 chopped onion (or leeks)
  • chopped leftover turkey (or chicken)
  • 3/4 cup star-shaped noodles
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary leaves
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the noodles into a crock pot.
  2. Put setting on high.
  3. After an hour add noodles.
  4. The cook time for the soup should be approximately 2-2 /12 hours.
This recipe is really easy and a good way to use leftover turkey.  Any of the vegetables can be substituted for something different such as leeks instead of an onion.

The soup in the crock pot

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bavarian Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

Dough Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound cubed unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • optional: food dye, almond extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Pour flour into a large mixing bowl. Combine the butter into the flour either by using a butter knife or your finger tips into rub the butter into the flour until it looks crumbly.
  3. Stir in the sugar and then add the egg yolk and salt and mix to combine.
  4. Knead mixture lightly with your hands to form a soft dough and shape into a ball. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  5. When dough is firm, remove from fridge and carefully roll out on heavily floured surface.
  6. Roll to about 1/2 cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes and place on a lined or greased baking tray.
  7. Bake for about 5-6 minutes, or until they are just turning golden on the edges. Diligently watch the cookies while they are in the oven – within seconds the cookies could come out burnt.
  8. Very carefully move the cookies onto a cooling rack.
  9. Beat egg white in a medium mixing bowl and gradually add the icing sugar. Beat until the mixture smooth and white – add more icing sugar if it is too watery or add water if it is too thick. Add food coloring or almond extract if desired.
  10. After the cookies are room temperature, use a spoon to spread the icing onto the cookies.  The icing dries fast so if you want to use sprinkles or other decorations do so immediately after applying icing.  I used gold sprinkles and chopped candied orange peel!
Everyone’s favorite cookies were the ones with almond flavored icing and candied orange peel.

1st tray of cookies!

Cookie with almond flavored icing and gold sprinkles

Valentine's day heart with red, vanilla icing

Cookie with almond flavored icing and chopped candied orange peel

Original recipe found here.

Banana Chai Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup no fat cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup brewed chai
  • 1 tea bag of chai

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl mix sugar, cream cheese, and eggs until light and fluffy. Mix mashed bananas and brewed chai into cream cheese mixture. Add flours, salt, and baking powder – mix until smooth.
  2. Empty a bag of chai tea into the mixture and stir.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 60 minutes. Cool on rack. Remove from pan after 10 minutes.

This recipe is delicious, low fat, easy, and daaaank.  The bread is not like your typical banana bread because it comes out more bread-like than cake-like.

This is the outside of the finished product

Inside of the loaf

Original recipe can be found here.

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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