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Beets | Healthy Green Kitchen

(Three of my favorite beet salads: Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Pecans, Cara Cara Orange, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad, and Roasted Beet Salad with Mint and Feta.)

My book is starting to make its way into the hands of some of my family and friends. It’s pretty surreal to see the photos and sweet mentions on instagram, twitter, and Facebook.

My brother posted these photos of everyone in his family reading the book. I love this :)

One Simple Change collage

I’m so grateful for all of the support. SO grateful.

I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

I am really particular about my bananas. I love snacking on ones that are just on the verge of ripeness, but once they hit that ripe to slightly overripe phase? Blech: they kind of gross me out. So most of the bananas I buy end up being frozen to put into smoothies, or I let them blacken. Then I make banana bread or muffins.

Vegan Banana Muffins | Healthy Green Kitchen

I have been eyeing a recipe for Coconut Cocoa Banana Muffins over on the lovely blog Food Loves Writing for a while now. Yesterday I was going to make those muffins but then I realized I was out of eggs (yes, even those of us with chickens find ourselves without eggs sometimes!). So I decided to change up the muffins a bit and make them vegan, and to leave out the cocoa and coconut since my family really prefers simple to embellished when it comes to baked goods.

Vegan Banana Muffins | Healthy Green Kitchen

These vegan banana muffins really are exceedingly simple to make, and they are delicious! They have wonderful banana flavor and a dense texture I really like. I used Florida Crystals Demerara Cane Sugar to sweeten them, but you can use any type of granulated sugar, including organic cane sugar or coconut sugar, in yours. I tossed bittersweet, fair-trade chocolate chips into 1/3 of the batter, but accept my apologies for not measuring exactly how much I used (I am a terrible food blogger sometimes!) If you prefer to make these with an egg and butter, they won’t be vegan (but they will be yummy). We’ve been enjoying them with a smear of organic peanut butter on top.

Vegan Banana Muffins | Healthy Green Kitchen

Be sure to check out all of Shanna’s recipes. I frequently drool over her food and her writing! Speaking of her writing, she wrote one of the most beautiful ebooks I have read: it’s called Written Together: A Story of Beginnings, in the Kitchen and Beyond. I read it a few months ago and absolutely loved it…you will love it, too!
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This is a high protein (14 grams for the eggs plus 10 grams for the ricotta = 24 grams), very tasty egg dish. It was inspired by a recipe in Nigel Slater’s new book Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes (I could spend hours at a time reading this book by the way…it’s fabulous). This is an incredibly simple recipe: just whisk 2 eggs with 1/2 cup ricotta (store-bought or make your own and cook in a pan with a little butter until the eggs are as set as you like. I added a handful of baby spinach and a little fresh thyme while the eggs were cooking, too…very yummy with a little homemade hot sauce on top.

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