Zucchini Muffins- MY Way

I bought a couple of zucchinis at the farm stand on Baldwin Avenue (which is adorable, and another blog post topic), and since it’s been a few days since I baked anything, I had to give some zucchini muffins a go.  So, I headed over to Pinterest, my latest obsession, besides this blog I mean, and clicked on an adorable looking zucchini muffin picture. GAH! It’s a weelicious  recipe- is there nothing this lady hasn’t made?  I’ve loved everything I’ve tried off that site, but I didn’t want to just copy her muffin recipe, but as luck would have it, I was out of about half of the ingredients she listed!  HA!

Plus, I needed to add some chocolate chips.

Improvising can be scary with baking, since its an actual science.  So how did they come out?  I’d love to tell you, but they keep disappearing from off my plate.

Actually, they are moist and delicious, but I should never eat while I’m typing, because I can’t truely savor the experience and my keyboard is full of crumbs.  So, here is my recipe, adapted from the Weelicious site.

Healthy Zucchini Muffins (with Chocolate Chips!)

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp flax seed-ground
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Place first 7 ingredients in a bowl and whisk (flax is optional). Place remaining ingredients in another bowl and whisk to combine.  Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Put into greased or papered muffin cups.  This made 12 medium sized muffins for me, generously filling each cup .  I often here the recommendation to use an ice cream scoop, but I like a measuring cup (usually 1/4 c size) and if you spray it with Pam first the batter comes right out.  The directions say to cook for 15 minutes for small ones, so in my medium sized tin (normal cupcake size) – they cooked for about 17 minutes and came out fluffy and perfectly cooked.

More info on my choice of ingredients/substitutions.  The weelicious recipe calls for agave, which I don’t have, and recommends honey as a substitute.  I don’t want to use honey since I might feed these (taking out the chocolate chips- maybe) to baby, and honey can contain botulism spores, which can apparently be ‘bad for baby’.  Even cooked or processed.  So, I just used plain old sugar.  Also, original recipe calls for vegetable oil.  OUT!  So I used coconut oil and greek yogurt instead, but feel free to play around here a little.  Also, I like to add applesauce to anything that normally calls for oil, since it keeps it moist, and has to be healthier for you.  Oh, also, I didn’t peel the zucchini.

Super Saturday Smoothie

Saturday morning is usually pancake day, but with a child recovering from a stomach bug, I figured I’d keep it simple.  I love the Vitamix recipe book, but I find I rarely have all the ingredients for most of their smoothies.  So, I improvise a lot, and mostly just throw in whatever happens to be laying around. But, there’s a few tips that I’ve learned along the way that hopefully will be helpful.

A scoop of frozen berries makes almost any smoothie taste good (and pink)

Frozen broccoli is almost undetectable in most smoothies

Too much apple is a BAD thing- its strange that the Vitamix can pureed frozen foods, but a simple apple will make your smoothie kind of mushy…

Peel and freeze bananas for a yummy addition

If you get spinach in bulk, puree it with a little water and freeze in ice cube tray, to throw in a smoothie.  The baby spinach (from costco) tends to go bad so quickly otherwise…

SO, here’s the recipe for this morning’s breakfast

Super Saturday Smoothie

  • 1/2 c frozen berries
  • 1 c lettuce
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1/4 apple
  • 1 c soy milk
  • 1 c ice
  • 1 scoop whey powder

This makes 1 large drinkIt was super, and Saturday, and a smoothie...

Recycling on Maui

One of my issues with buying produce from Costco is the huge plastic containers that the fruit comes in (namely, apples and plums).  However, I just realized that there is a relatively new change (not sure how recent, I’ve been kind of busy for a few years) – you can now recycle these!  Anything with a number 1 or 2 on the bottom- you know, in the arrow/triangle thing.  Well, I was surprised by this revelation, so I figured you might be too? Well, who knows- maybe I’m really just the last to know.

Speaking of the apple container, my good friend Catherine used them to transport cupcakes to her daughter’s baby luau, and I was just thinking that they would make a great seed starter garden.  Well, maybe when I’m not so busy blogging…

Merging with Facebook

A few thoughts and realizations have come up since I started the blog.

  1. My kitchen is horribly ugly
  2. No one likes food that looks green that’s not supposed to be
  3. Facebook really is the easiest way to follow a blog.

So, here are my responses to these issues

  1. OK, OK, I’ll redo my kitchen… I just need to find some more inspiration on Pinterest
  2. No more hipstamatic/pics of green food- but in all fairness, I took those pictures before I started the blog and they were meant to be private…
  3. I’ve set up a Facebook page for the blog, so if you don’t want to get an email (because seriously, don’t even want to get an email each time I post a blog, I doubt you do either…), I wont be offended (or probably even know) if you unsubscribe from the email delivery and just ‘like’ my page ‘Getting Fresh on Maui’, which is linked from the blog.  New posts will automatically go there… FB is just so much more user friendly than any blog comment/subscription format.

So as far as the pictures go, does this look better?

Green Tristan

Tristan enjoying his Avocado

When life hands you limes and lilikoi

A big bag at the preschool said ‘tahitian limes- help yourself’, so I did.  And then I did again.  I brought home the huge, yellowish green limes with two thoughts in mind.  I could make some sort of a pie, a delicious, fattening pie, or I could make a drink.  With tequila.  Senor Cuervo won that round, and I decided to work on my lilikoi margarita recipe, since the lilikoi are also in season right in my own backyard, and I had a large bowl of them waiting at home.  While lilikoi margaritas are popular in our local restaurants, I’ve yet to find a recipe to replicate it at home.  Here was tonight’s attempt:

Lilikoi (Passionfruit) Margarita Recipe

  • 2 oz fresh lime juice (this was 1/2 lime for me- i told you they were huge)
  • 1 oz lilikoi juice (3-4 lilikoi, strain out the seeds)
  • 1 oz tequila (who am i kidding? you will add more…)
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix (I think- i actually ran out tonight so i used orgeat syrup instead… anyway, add something sweet because limes and lilikoi are both very tangy!)

I would love to post a pic here (see pic of bowl limes and lilikoi, accidentally posted separately as I learn to navigate wordpress…) but I kept drinking and tasting and drinking and tasting, so by the time I figured out the proportions, I had a few sad ice cubes in the bottom of my lovely, salt-rimmed glass.  Which brings me to the debate- rocks or blended?  I always prefer rocks, because I think the blended get watery… You?

Good Maui Morning Smoothie

As you’ll come to find out, the morning smoothie is our go-to breakfast in this house.  It’s quick, portable, healthy, and can be made with almost any fruits and vegetables you have in the house.   You can add yogurt or protein powder and it will keep you going strong all morning long.  The disclaimer to this post and recipe is that we use the Vitamix, and I can’t comment on how this will taste if you use a regular blender- but if you can, please do!   The Vitamix puts the ‘smooth’ in smoothie.  It stays on my counter right between the toaster and the coffee maker, and I use it all the time.

Enough of my commercial for Vitamix, here is this morning’s smoothie recipe:

Good Maui Morning Smoothie

  • 4 cups Lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped Pineapple
  • juice 1 Lime
  • Water and Ice as desired.