This blog... a compilation of my favorite recipes. They have been collected over several years found in various places: the internet, magazines, and cookbooks to name a few. These recipes are meals that I consider to "feed more than your body". These are meals that I hope nurish the heart and soul of those who eat them. I hope that when you have cleaned your plate, you feel like you have taken part in more than just a meal-that you have taken part in something bigger than yourself and food. Whether it is culture, your local place of living, or the life of the plant or those who share this planet, I hope these meals help your family-and mine-to appreciate that we are more than just beings consuming food; we are all connected. And more than that, I hope that these meals help you remember how fortunate you are and that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.".

Monday, August 10, 2009

Zuchinni Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups zucchini, finely grated

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 12-muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, oil and zucchini until mixed.

Add the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bowl once with a spatula during beating. Fill cupcakes.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes, Transfer cupcakes out onto a wire rack and cool completely before icing with your choice of frosting.

**Note-each of these cupcakes (without frosting) has only about 160 calories!
**Note-you may even be able to make these substituting half the oil for some vanilla yogurt. Give it a try and see!

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