Eat Your Veggies and You Can Have Dessert!

I have a duo of recipes for you today; both are rich and satisfying!

First, a dinner recipe you may want to bookmark for this winter.  It’s “cabbage forward”, shall we say, which means you are getting a ton of Vitamin C – helpful to ward off colds and other minor ailments.  The ample amount of butter makes this dish feel indulgent and there is just enough spice and heat to feel balanced.  I added two small russet potatoes, which defeats the “low carb” premise of the recipe, but was delicious!  (I added them shortly after the onions and garlic so they would have time to soften).  I can’t stop eating this.

Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa

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So, you’ve been virtuous and eaten up all your cabbage, and you’re feeling great.  What’s for dessert?  I created a Black Forest Cake dessert out of the zucchini and cherries I got from my CSA delivery!

First, if you are trying to avoid grains, you know how hard it is to find a nut-free muffin recipe in the paleo world.  I love this recipe because it doesn’t rely on a nut butter which makes the texture weird in my opinion.  These are so good and I feel good about the clean ingredients that go into them.  And because I don’t *need* to go nut free, lemme tell you that heating one of these up for 10 seconds and then “icing” it with almond or peanut butter is beyond.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

While I was cooking other things (like the cabbage dish) on Tuesday, I was staring at the bag of cherries I had received and suddenly thought, “I could make a compote”.

Cherry Compote

I didn’t have a vanilla bean so just did a splash of vanilla, and I skipped the cinnamon based on a few of the reviews I read.  I also did a scant 1/4 cup of sugar…maybe more like 1/6 cup.

What can you do with cherry compote?  Swirl it into your oatmeal or yogurt, or choose a more savory recipe than what I posted above and serve it over duck or pork.  OR heat up your chocolate zucchini muffin, top with coconut milk whipped cream or ice cream, and a dollop of your compote!

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My husband was smacking his lips.  And see those little flecks of green in the muffin?  Yep, I’ve still got you eating vegetables…but you won’t mind a bit.

 

 

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