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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mom's Zucchini Bread Recipe {Vegan, Whole Food} and USA PAN WINNER

**Congratulations to the USA Pan Winners!** When we lived in Colorado (age 3 to 5 for me), we had an amazing garden and an equally amazing next-door neighbor named Darla. She had several delicious zucchini recipes with my mom that we still make today. When I first decided to make my own zucchini bread, I went to my trusty Betty Crocker Zucchini Bread Recipe, which I later made into muffins. The muffins, and the bread, are delicious. But it's not quite like the zucchini bread I remember from my youth. So I finally broke out the "Mom's Zucchini Bread" recipe (which she's quick to remind me is actually Darla's). I've made a couple of minor updates to fit our new whole food lifestyle, but the heart of the recipe is the same. And my kids went absolutely crazy for it, much like I remember my sister and I going crazy for our zucchini bread at that age. Great memories and a great recipe.

When I got the ingredients out for the recipe, I realized I was out of eggs, so I went vegan sort of inadvertently this time. I couldn't be happier with the results.

Today is also the day to announce the winners of the USA Pan Giveaway. Congratulations to the winners!

I have contacted both winners with requests for shipping information. Please contact me within 48 hours to redeem your prize or new winner(s) may be selected.. Didn't win? Don't fret, check out USA Pans on Amazon.

Mom's Zucchini Bread
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour (I used whole wheat white)
  • 1 1/4 cups sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (with flax eggs, the total will be 1 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 3 flax eggs or other egg substitute (3 tablespoons ground flax seed plus 9 tablespoons hot water and 3/4 teaspoons baking powder)
  • 1 cup applesauce
Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together and put in loaf pans (2 small or 1 large). Hopefully in the beautiful USA Pan loaf pans you won! 

Bake  at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

The Results
The kids went insane for this bread...Bug asked for FIVE slices. With the protein and Omega 3s in the flax seed, it's a pretty complete meal, too. So I was very excited that they loved it. I really liked this bread too. It does taste a bit different with the flax seed "eggs," and it's not quite as sweet since I cut the sugar down from 2 cups. But I really love it. Strangely, I like it better when it cools down! The meat-eating hubby liked this tasty zucchini bread treat, too. That's a big win, since he's not as big a fan of zucchini as I am.
Yes, that's an imprint of the USA Pan logo on the bottom of my bread!
That's how well the loaves come out of the pans! Awesome, right?


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Monday, April 30, 2012

Fajita Burgers Recipe {Vegan, Whole Food}: This Week's Cravings {CINCO DE MAYO}

Today's This Week's Cravings theme is MEXICAN FOOD / CINCO DE MAYO and I'm sharing these delicious Fajita Burgers over at OnceAMonthMom.com. These burgers are a great option for an American/Mexican fusion meal for Cinco De Mayo. I served ours in yellow bell pepper rings and offered dried red pepper flakes for the adults.



 ***And don't miss my USA Pan Giveaway, so you can have a chance to win and make your own
Mushroom Bread Pudding Cups that don't stick to the pan!*** 



The Results
The meat-eating husband LOVED these! I was so happy about that, since sometimes the meat burgers can be not so burgery for meat-eaters. And then, huge bonus, the kids gobbled them up, too. I, of course, thought they were absolutely fantastic. The bell peppers were crunchy enough to be delicious, yet cooked enough to be slightly caramelized. Yum. A definite repeat.

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This Week's Cravings Upcoming Linky "THEMES"
Here is a complete list of the past and what's coming up next on THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!
  • May 7: Mother's Day (Brunch Ideas or MOMS FAVORITE Foods)
  • May 14: EGG recipes... Casseroles, Egg Dishes, Hard Boiled or Appetizers too!
  • May 21: Memorial Day BBQ "ALL RECIPES WITH BBQ SAUCE or ON THE GRILL"
  • May 28: Share your Favorite CHEESEBURGER recipes! 

If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. If you are new please read and follow the simple rules, so that everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, your post will be deleted. Please don't feel hurt, just come back and link up a recipe that follows the theme. Thanks a million, we look forward to blogging with you!

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This week's theme is: CINCO DE MAYO / MEXICAN FOOD

Please only link recipes with our theme!

This week's theme is: CINCO DE MAYO / MEXICAN FOOD

Please only link recipes with our theme!
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