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Getting Creative in the Kitchen…

Okay, so inspired by a good friend I’ve taken a long, hard look at my chocolate addiction. I think she’d been a little concerned that lately at our coffee meet-ups I’ve been choosing hot chocolate instead of a cappuccino, and enjoying a chocolate muffin to go with it. Plus, there are two squares of dark chocolate I treat myself to during the evening, and *whisper* the odd (okay, more than odd) choccie bar I grab during the day.

Anyhoo, to cut a long telling-off very short, she suggested some easy ways to swap up my choccie addiction. Apparently, I can still have the two squares of dark chocolate (Yay!) but have to add way more vegetables and good stuff and ditch the rubbish.

So, I dug out the juicer/blender my mum bought me last Christmas and got to work with what I had in the kitchen. Most people know I’m not a great kitchen creative, in fact, I go there as little as possible. Thankfully, I have a husband who loves to cook and prepare meals, so at least we don’t starve. He never tires of telling people the story about a friend who popped in before Christmas one year and told him to put my pressie somewhere I’d never look and he said he’d put it in the oven because I never went there! Charming!

My first attempt at blending via set recipe was okay, but nothing that would keep me far away from the choccie. So I thought I’d just throw in things I had in the cupboard. It’s been working pretty well and so far my favorite is this one:


A couple of handfuls of Spinach
Half an Avocado
Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar/Lime Juice/Apple Juice

Surprisingly, it tastes pretty good (much better than it looks). Now, I just need to give it a name 🙂

How about you? Do you juice or blend? Have any favorite recipes?



Food Fun Monday – Orange Bran Flax Muffins

Did you groan when you read the title of this recipe? Orange Bran Flax Muffins. Don’t they just sound yummy? Not! But they truly are. I realized I haven’t made these for a while and decided it would be a good Monday blog. I got this recipe out of Prevention Magazine years ago.  Not only do they taste good, but they’re filled with cancer fighting ingredients, like flaxseed. And I find all these ingredients in my local grocery store, so no special trips to the health food store are necessary. A win-win situation, in my mind. My family likes them, too, by the way.  One note: these are healthy muffins, but not really low-fat muffins.


  • 1 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup flaxseed, ground
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oranges, quartered and seeded
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups golden raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners, or coat the pans with cooking spray (I use liners). In a large bowl, combine oat bran, flour, flaxseed, wheat bran, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a blender or food processor, combine oranges, brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and baking soda. Blend well.

Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients. Mix well until blended. Stir in raisins.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Makes 24 muffins.

Specs per muffin: 186 calories, 4 g protein, 30 g carb, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 140 mg sodium, 4 g flaxseed.

posted by Laurie Ryan