Dark Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

by Joanne on September 3, 2017

Rainy days are made for doing in-house chores, watching movies, reading a good book, or getting creative in the kitchen.  You know what my choice is and my goodness did I make the best out of this dull, wet day.

First I put together a cucumber salad which had red bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, a green onion, sautéed sweet onion with edamame, and of course cucumber.  Made up a balsamic Dijon dressing with mandarin orange infused olive oil.

Next, I cut the corn off 5 ears of corn.  Sauteed sweet onion with the corn.  Peeled and cut up a large eggplant.  Chopped about 4 cups of tomatoes.  Boiled yellow split peas for an hour then drained all the water out. Spread them in a thin layer on a baking sheet and cooked for 30 minutes at 400 F until dry.   To put that all together, I oiled the bottom of a large lasagna pan. Added ½ the tomatoes with juices. Added ½ the eggplant and sprinkled with garlic, salt and other spices.  Topped with the corn-onion mixture, sprinkled ½ the dried yellow split peas (this came out like bread crumbs but no bread added) then layered again.  Finished the layering with the crumbled split peas and topped with shredded mozzarella with a sprinkle of parmesan Reggiano.  Baked covered for 1 hour at 375. Removed cover and finished at 425 F for 12 minutes.   This was another dish to die for!

For the grand finale, a dark chocolate chunk zucchini bread.  I’m stuffed just writing this down!

Double rich chocolate

Get ready to sink your teeth into a tender, light zucchini bread that knocks all others out of the playing field.  This one is tops!

In a nut shell, yet there are no nuts, mix the dry ingredients, whip the wet ingredients, mix together then add zucchini and chocolate chunks.  See? Easy!

Delicate and light and ooh so much chocolate

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cup all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2/3 cup dark brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup 2 % milk

½ cup + 1 TBS canola oil

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Rich, dark and deccadent. A zucchini bread that's all about the chocolate and not so much about the 2 cups of zucchini. Really easy to make. Enjoy!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup 2 % milk
  • ½ cup + 1 TBS canola oil
  • 1 medium zucchini shredded (wash zucchini, trim ends and shred) *Do not squeeze dry.
  • ¾ c dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 5 (large) loaf pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sugars and cocoa powder.
  4. In a large electric mixer bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, milk, oil.  Add the flour mix and combine.
  5. Add the zucchini and chunks.  Mix just to blend.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or up to 1 hour 20 minutes, until a knife comes clean when inserted in the middle.

1 medium zucchini shredded (wash zucchini, trim ends and shred) *Do not squeeze dry.

¾ c dark chocolate chunks

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 5 (large) loaf pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sugars and cocoa powder.

In a large electric mixer bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, milk, oil.  Add the flour mix and combine.

Add the zucchini and chunks.  Mix just to blend.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or up to 1 hour 20 minutes, until a knife comes clean when inserted in the middle.

Care to share your all time favorite zucchini bread recipe?  There are so many out there, how can we stop at just one?!

Joanne

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Fit at fifty plus: A recipe for youth

by Joanne on August 15, 2017

Ok, here it is, I’m over fifty. Wow that was tough since I never think of myself over 20, well, maybe 30. As long as I don’t lean in to close to the mirror and let the wrinkles remind me or let the stiffness when leaning over to tie shoes act like a slap to the head, I’ll go through my day like a 30 something.  I’ll order my favorite coffee standing tall exuding confidence until the young barista gives me the senior discount without even asking.  Sure I saved some money but really, do I look THAT OLD!

Age is just a number. Let’s make 50 the new 30.  Keep the body fit and the mind will follow.  Here’s how to do it and, by the way, there is no pill in this recipe.

Recipe for youth.  No baking required.  Makes enough for a lifetime

Ingredients:

4 cups eating well

3 cups of exercise

2 cups of forgiveness

1 cup of positive thinking

1 cup of sleep

1 cup of self improvement

Directions:

Eating well is the “egg” to this recipe. Nutrition binds everything together to give us the mental and physical means to feel good mentally and physically. Three to four meals per day with healthy protein, carbohydrates and fats at every meal.  The protein builds muscle and brain power.  Carbohydrates give us the fuel to move through our day with the energy to succeed.  Fat delivers the nutrients in our foods quickly and efficiently through our body.  Healthy protein would be lots of sustainable seafood (if you are unsure of what is sustainable, here is a link: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/), protein rich grains such as quinoa (reference here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/543404-grains-with-the-highest-protein/), lean meats such as turkey, chicken, or the occasional lean red meat.  Carbohydrates include lots of vegetables and fruits as well as whole grains, sweet potatoes, and squash such at butternut, buttercup, and acorn.   Add a little healthy fat by way of olive oil, coconut oil for cooking and baking and add avocado to a salad or make a dressing with mashed avocado.

Exercise is an easy and fun addition to life. Make sure you enjoy something that gets your heart rate up at least 30 minutes a day.  After all, what is 30 minutes out of your entire day? Not much if you think about it. Aerobic exercise, weight bearing movements, and stretching comprise the perfect fitness combination.  Aerobic exercise will make you lose weight but a lot of it will decrease muscle mass as well so be sure to get into the gym or out in the yard for some heavy lifting a couple of times per week.  Stretching is a necessity as we age because of the loss of flexibility.  Simple stretches for 10 minutes to wake you up or before sleep is perfect.

Combine forgiveness of self and others on a daily basis. Accept that mistakes happen or the wrong words are said.  When it comes to other people, remember we don’t know their situation or the influence behind the action. Forgive, forget, and love your neighbor.

Wake up every morning with a positive thought. Turn negativity around and try to be positive.  Positive people smile more.  Smiling helps bring positivity to light. If it’s an especially difficult time, help another person overcome a challenge. Helping others is the best way to help ourselves.

Sleep is not an optional ingredient. To bring all the above together, the body and mind needs to rest and repair.  Cells are rebuilt at times of rest. Not everyone needs 8 hours of sleep every night but a solid 6 to 7 hours will allow recovery from the challenges of the day.

Lastly, but again not optional is self improvement. Always try to be a better you.  Whether you want to increase your knowledge of geography, science, or anything more specific, do it. Open a book and read.  Write down ways you believe you could be a better you and go for it. Set goals and move forward.

That’s my recipe for fitness at fifty plus. I said it again!  As I think about what I have and how I live my life, it doesn’t hurt to say it that much.  I’ve learned a lot and I’m still improving.  I work out almost every day and surround myself with positivity.  It’s a good life and I’ll continue to keep this recipe around for the rest of it.

What’s your favorite recipe for a healthy, fit, happy you?

Joanne

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