Labor Day Sweets: Zucchini Brownies

by naneraday on August 29, 2014

As I told you Tuesday, the garden is at a pretty out of control state.  By no means am I complaining, more less panicking.  A girl can only get so creative with the mass amounts of veggies I am dealing with.  Instead of always going the savory route, I decided to take things on to the sweeter side and oh baby I am glad I did.

Zucchini brownies will flat out blow your mind.  The zucchini is literally undetectable and it keeps the brownies oh so moist.  I even tricked my niece who claims she doesn’t like veggies into eating them, now she claims she loves veggie brownies.  Ohhh to be four again.

Although I can’t take credit for the original recipe(thanks Google), I did make some substitutions that I believe took these babies to a whole new level.

-Instead of 1/2 cup oil, I used 1/4 cup yogurt butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil

-Rather than hand grate the zucc, I popped it in my food processor

-Swapped almond milk for the regular

-Used home grown organic zucchini and eggs from my Daddio

the goods

Who said you can’t have your veggies and dessert too?!  Gotta love a 2 for 1!


PS – You should totally try and trick your family and friends with these brownies over the holiday weekend.  Betcha they won’t believe you that there is zucchini in them!



WIAW: Beetle Juice

by naneraday on August 27, 2014

Hump day already?!  How!?  This week seems to be flying.  I think its because I didn’t get back to Lisle until Monday from my trip home so yesterday felt like the start of the week.  Lets hope into todays eats.


Beetle Juice!!

beetle juice

Into this little beauty went a handful of kale and a beet from the garden,two cubes of frozen pureed blueberries, a chunk of fresh ginger(my friend turned me onto it and I love), handful frozen pineapple, a heaping capful of apple cider vinegar, Harmless Harvest coconut water, kefir, and hemp protein powder.  Zoom zoom.  My goal is to turn red from beet consumption at some point.


Small organic apple on the fly out the door.


An unpictured buffalo chicken wrap from Jam and Jelly.  I switched the fried for grilled chicken and got the dressing on the side.  Totally hit the spot.


A boat load of watermelon post floor scrubbing session.  Another picture thing but I’m pretty sure you can envision what it looks like.


Summer soup and salad.  I originally set out to have pasta with a homemade sauce but to my surprise we didn’t have any pasta.  Dinner planning fail but ya know it ended up working out.  A “soup” of grated zucchini, carrot, onion, ground turkey, and homemade tomato sauce.  We also had a side salad made of kale topped with homemade pickled beets, crumbled feta, and marcona almonds.

That sums it up.  What’d you have today?


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