Snowstorm Cupcake

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January 27, 2015, my husband’s birthday, dashed our plans to go out on his special day as Mother Nature gifted everyone a huge snowstorm that began the day before. Although grateful for it’s gentleness and beauty, it meant I had to be creative for birthday festivities. Looking in the fridge I found carrots, beets, apples, and celery which are all great for juicing and a good way to start the day off. As I have a juicer that extracts the pulp, a few years ago I began saving the pulp extracted to use another time and if not using that day will freeze the pulp. As a No Fret cook, I try not to waste food. It is easy to use the pulp extracted from the juice in muffins, cupcakes, cakes, or even as a vegetable patty. So I thought, something like carrot cake would be good for dessert. I then adapted my parsnip cake recipe on page 85 of No Fret Cooking, used the vegetable pulp instead of parsnips, added an extra egg, a tablespoon of maple syrup, and adjusted the spices a bit to better blend with the veggie combo. For the frosting, I used half as much organic powdered sugar, as I wanted a creamier, less sweet frosting. I decided to make cupcakes instead of cake as they cook quicker. As you can see, the birthday boy didn’t miss out on a birthday dessert!

Happy Birthday Steve from No Fret Cooking!!

New Year Shake

New Year Shake – Serves 2 – 3

When starting the New Year, I like to experiment with new recipes and flavors. For this one I really like the spicy flavor of arugula paired with the sweetness of bananas and nut butter. If you don’t do nuts, No Fret, leave out the nut milk and butter and use either hemp, coconut, quinoa, or raw milk. If you haven’t tried these new milks, you might want to experiment first to see which you like best. The recipe is simple and easy to tweak for individual preferences. Once prepared, the shake is a beautiful mint green color, creamy in texture that is light, delicious and will keep you full for hours!

Ingredients:

1 cup of nut milk = ¼ cup macadamia nuts + ¾ cup water or your favorite milk

1 big handful of fresh arugula or about 5 romaine leaves

3 bananas

1 tablespoon peanut butter or your favorite nut butter

Optional add ins: hemp, chia or flax seeds

Directions:

If using nuts other than macadamias be sure to soak overnight, rinse, and dry out before blending. Place nuts in blender, blend until completely ground, then add water and blend until well mixed. If using store bought milk, place into blender, add greens and blend well. Next add nut butter and any optional add ins.

From me to you, I wish you a beautiful new year filled with good health, joy, and prosperity!