Thursday, October 22, 2009

Apple Muffins

These muffins are a great fall treat. Eat 'em for breakfast on-the-go, as an after school snack, or serve them drizzled with warm caramel sauce for dessert.

Apple Muffins

makes 12

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 T cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup vanilla yogurt, stirred well (buttermilk is great too)
2 large apples, coarsely chopped
  • Preheat oven to 450 and either grease or line a 12 cup muffin tin.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter until it has lightened in color and become slightly fluffy. Add the sugar, mix until combined, then add the egg. Slowly add the yogurt; mix well.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and, while there are thick streaks of flour, add the apple. Mixture will be very thick.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter into the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, turn the temperature down to 400 and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Cool in tin for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Roasted Eggplant Dip

I implore you to double, triple or quadruple this recipe. Seriously, so that no one gets hurt in the rush to scoop up every last bit of dip. It's THAT tasty! The roasted eggplant is silky smooth after a whiz in the food processor. And with loads of parsley and a touch of lemon, it's herbaceous and bright. The perfect antidote for a blustery fall day.

Roasted Eggplant Dip
serves 2

3 small eggplants
2 garlic cloves
juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Pierce each eggplant with a fork several times. Roast until tender, 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and remove the pulp from the skin.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the eggplant, garlic, lemon juice and parsley. Pulse until combined.
  • With the processor running, slowly add the oil. Combine until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with toast, pita, bread sticks, vegetables...
  • Enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stuffed Peppers

This is a great way to finish off extra ground beef. When you're cooking for two, a pound o' meat goes a long way. Use half to make a couple of burgers and the rest to make these yummy stuffed peppers. Oh, and the rice from last nights Chinese takeout is an ideal filler. Waste not and eat well!

Stuffed Peppers

4 small bell peppers
1 T oil
3 jalapenos, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup rice, cooked and cooled
3 T parsley
1/2 T Hungarian paprika
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/8 t. allspice
1 1/4 cup tomato sauce, divided
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 egg
  • Cut the tops off the peppers, scoop out the seeds and stems, and dice the tops.
  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil and cook the chopped pepper, onion and garlic, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the rice, parsley, paprika, salt, pepper and allspice. Stir well and allow to cool, about 10 minutes.
  • When rice mixture has cooled, add 1/4 cup tomato sauce, then the beef and egg. Stir to combine.
  • Fill the peppers with stuffing and set upright in a small sauce pan. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower flame to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Spoon a liberal amount of sauce over the peppers and continue to simmer until the peppers are tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • Peppers can be prepared 1 day in advance. Chill cooked peppers in sauce and reheat slowly when ready to eat.
  • Enjoy!