Zucchini Cookies

September 12, 2010

I really wanted to bake some Zucchini cookies, especially since I have an abundance of zucchini. I pulled up and old recipe and was shocked at how bad it was. No wonder the hubby loved them. Trying to convert this recipe to healthy is beyond my scope of knowledge. With a little googling and taking some chances, here are my conversions.

I substituted the one and one-half cups of sugar to 1 cup of Truvia and 1/2 cup Protein powder (Any Whey that is made for baking/cooking.)

I substituted the 3/4 cup of Butter to 1/2 cup butter and 4 tsp of oil.

The recipe calls for chocolate chips. As I am not a chocolate person, I had no problem just deleting them from the recipe. If you like chocolate chips, maybe you could add carob chips instead or use 1/2 cup of chocolate chips instead of the whole cup.

The same with nuts. I feel you could delete them or only add 1/2 cup of nuts instead of a whole cup. I think nuts are a great ingredient and I added walnuts because that is what I had available and I only added 1/2 cup and chopped them on the finer side.

There are substitutions for the one egg, but I have not problem adding one egg to this recipe. I suppose you could add egg whites and a bit of oil or eggbeaters. I know there is a flax egg being used also.

Any suggestions on how to make these cookies healthier?

Cookies are done. I have not made these cookies in forever so my memory may be a big foggy. The difference in looks is that they are not as fluffy.
The difference in taste is more of a bread like cookie
What I would do different next time would be to cook them for a shorter period of time to keep them a bit moister. In addition, I think I would weight the flour instead of using a measuring cup to get some consistency. These cookies were very nutty. Fewer nuts would make me happy, as I am not a total nut person. HA!

Here is the original recipe with my substitutions in parentheses.

3/4 cup butter (1/2 cup butter and 4 tsp oil)
1-1/2 cup sugar (28 pkg. of Truvia and a tad less than 1/2 cup of Protein Powder)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cup grated zucchini
2-1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
1-cup (6 oz) chocolate chips (I did not use, as I do not like chocolate)

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in zucchini. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in nuts and chips. Drop by heaping tsp on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool on rack. Enjoy. I received this recipe from my mom. She of course bakes much better than I do. Moms are like that.

Camera is dead and I cannot change the batteries. Maybe someone will pop in and change them for me before the cookies are all gone.

I plan to put some of the cookies on a cookie sheet, flash freezing them, and then place them in a Food Saver bag to be popped in the freezer. I will update this post on how well they freeze later.

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy them. My Husband hates zucchini but he always asked for these cookies. I made the mistake one time of not peeling the skin off the zucchini well enough and a piece of the green shred popped out of the cookie. He then realized I had put zucchini in his favorite cookies. Little did he know I put zucchini in his meatloaf.


Car Trouble and Money Saving Tips

September 11, 2010

Today was my day to have fun. Traveling to my new friends to meet her dad who has dementia and was just placed in a dementia center. I also was going to meet her mom who had a stroke; hence, the reason for placing her dad in a home for dementia patients as the mom cannot watch the dad any more. We had great plans. The hospital was letting the mom escape for a few hours.

I got up, got the car packed with intentions of getting fuel and heading to her house. I figured leaving early, I would miss the traffic.

WRONG!!!

My car and my mechanic let me down. My car was dead, deader than a typical doorbell. I called AAA and the driver wanted to tow my vehicle to the mechanic instead of jump-starting the car. I allowed this, as I had to get gas and was afraid if I shut off the car it would again not start, not giving it enough time to charge. I was also afraid it was my alternator and I would break down out of town with most mechanic shops closed for the weekend.

Thank goodness, the tow truck driver did what he did. I should have given him a bigger tip. Yes, it was my alternator. $350.00 later, my car will be fine. A whole day wasted with no transportation.

My plans are re-scheduled until next weekend. This messes up next weekend. It is one of those things you have to get done kind of things. Next week I will be fueled and ready to go. My vehicle will not let me down.

Today, I finished my Friday work and did a bit of Monday’s to make Monday a little lighter load. I started a sprouting experiment, which you can read about below. As soon as they call me to pick up my car, they close at 4:00 p.m., I will be baking bread. I have wanted to do this for a few days. I bought a new book and I am looking forward to trying this preferment procedure. Most bread takes two days to complete.

I am looking for money saving tips. Do you know any? So far, I plan to enlarge my garden adding one more square foot that is 4 X 4 and planting winter crops. I am cooking my own beans from dried instead of purchasing canned. I am reading about canning and next season plan on canning my own tomatoes. You know anything canned is convenient but expensive. I bought a new motion detector light that is an LED and is amazing!! Any more tips for me?

I would love to put a TV antenna on my roof. I am unable to find anyone to do that for me. I guess either most people have family or friends who can do it or people these days just use cable or Direct TV. I pay 81 bucks a month and getting free TV would be FREE.
I can pick up a DVD recorder to supplement as a DVR of sorts and the antennae and would be free and clear in only 2-3 months.

There you have it. Does anyone use a TV antenna? Does anyone want to come install mine? I can feed you well and take you on my road for a great workout.


Sprouting Experiment

September 11, 2010

I was told you have to buy seeds specifically for sprouting. I was also told any ole seed will sprout. I am trying an experiment with Lentils.

I purchased a prepackaged bag of lentils. I rinsed them and placed them in my sprouting jar. I also rinsed and placed in a separate sprouting jar lentils purchased specifically for sprouting.

The only different in this experiment is the jar size. I did not have two large jars available. If I find the one jar needs to be bigger, I will empty my dried crackers and switch it over.

In about 3-4 days, we should have our answer. If there is no difference in sprouting, I plan to buy some chickpeas and try to make sprouted hummus for my lovely daughter.

Do any of you sprout? Do you eat store bought sprouts? If you eat store bought sprouts, is it only alfalfa or do you venture into the mung beans, lentils and the likes?


Hiking and a New Routine

September 1, 2010

I am behind on blogging.  I will try to catch up.

Last Saturday I went hiking at a local college.  They have a cross-country trail.  It was amazing.  So many options, so many hills.  Crazy but I was told this was harder than “my road.”  I think it was a challenge but not as hard as my road.  I am going back this Saturday and I will re-evaluate.  It has been years since I have been on the Braille trail and would like to incorporate that into our hike.  A slight detour would be great.  I have to take my tiny camera and try to get a few shots.  We ended up hiking/walking about two miles.  Not much.  I still had some energy but my partner was ready to stop.  I have discovered the key to hills.  If you take them slow, you can make it WITHOUT stopping which is a better option. Stopping makes the legs cry.  My heart rate never got high on this high.  I struggled a bit, but not really.  I never felt like I could not breathe and was going to die like my road.  HA.  Let us see what happens this Saturday.

My garden is winding down and I think I am almost ready to dump the whole thing and add more soil and nutrients and start fresh with winter crops.  I have pumpkin planted on the netting but the first fruit is green and almost looks like a melon.  Maybe the plant was mistaken marked wrong.  Time will tell. Right now, it is only about five inches around.

This weekend I have to re-evaluate my workout program.  I want to incorporate my step.  I need to keep my Bowflex for my upper extremity injuries and to keep my strength up.  I want to delve in the Big Book of Exercises and change it up a bit.  I am ready for a change of routine.  Any fun things to do?

I added a few new pictures of Brooklyn’s friends and the new hiking trail I am experimenting with. Be sure to check it out.