Earthquake Cake Recipe

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  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 box german chocolate cake mix
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8ox package softened cream cheese
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease bottom of 13×9 pan.

Mix pecans and coconut, sprinkle in bottom of pan.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

Pour mixture over coconut and pecans.

Mix vanilla, cream cheese, powdered sugar and butter until smooth.

Spoon over cake batter.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes.

No frosting is needed.

Broccoli and Chickpea Salad Recipe

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  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Steam broccoli until tender. Steam chickpeas just to heat through. Allow broccoli and chickpeas to cool slightly. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, ginger, and thyme in a large bowl. Add broccoli, chickpeas and shallots. Toss to coat and season with salt, pepper, and top with parmesan cheese.

 

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

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  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup minced carrot
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lb. cheddar cheese shredded (about 4 cups)

Steam broccoli. While broccoli is steaming melt butter in pot. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cook until tender. Stir in flour to coat vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add broth while stirring. Bring soup to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Slowly add cheese in 1 cup increments until melted. Allow soup to simmer but not boil then add broccoli. Cook for 1 minute and then serve hot.

 

Benefits of Matcha Tea

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There are many health benefits of drinking matcha green tea. They include mental alertness/clarity and better immune defense. Matcha promotes relaxation and helps promote prevention and treatment of many medical conditions including but not limited to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, cancer and diabetes. It also helps in maintaining heart health and works as an amazing energy booster which is great for weight loss. Matcha tea bushes are grown inside to reduce the amount of sunlight from reaching the plant which reduces the rate of photosynthesis and helps slow the growth of the tea bush. This makes the leaves a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. By doing this it allows the tea to achieve the maximum of health benefits.  Therefore since you are drinking the whole plant even the leaves (ground to a fine powder) just one cup of matcha equals the benefits of drinking ten cups of green tea. But if drinking Matcha is not really an enjoyable experience you can add it to smoothies, milk shakes, baking, oatmeal, or lattes and adding honey to help sweeten.  I have added the blueberry and raspberry matcha tea to my diet to help aide in my weight loss and better health journey.

Blackberry Dumplings

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  • 1 quart /can of blackberries
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup milk

Combine blackberries with cup of sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil. In a mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly mix in milk with a fork to form a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling fruit. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, the cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Can be served with vanilla ice cream.

Gooey Bars-Squares Recipe

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  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1 egg

Mix well and pat into a well-greased 9×13 pan.

Topping

  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Mix well and pour over cake mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

 

Zucchini Cakes

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  • 3 cups coarsely grated zucchini
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (coconut oil) for frying
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Place zucchini in a colander, sprinkle light with salt and let stand for 30 minutes. Press with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. Zucchini should be fairly dry and you should have about 2 cups. Place zucchini and remaining ingredients (except oil and butter) in a bowl. Mix well. Form into 8 patties the size of crab cakes. Chill. Heat oil and butter in a skillet. Add patties to skillet and cook on both sides until browned. Drain on paper towels. Serves 4.