Multi-Grain Waffle Sticks with Turkey Bacon and Fruit Preserves
Steve opted for the Waffle Sticks along with the kids!
Multi-Grain Waffle Sticks with Turkey Bacon and Fruit Preserves recipe adapted from Eating Well website
We had picked up some local preserves on our trip to the Coast. The waffles were a big hit and that is a great recipe.
We tried a new spot at the PSU Farmers Market and now I am obsessed with Verde Cocina Market.
VERDEcocina is committed to using the best ingredients in all we do, with an emphasis on locally sourced food. Nowhere is this more evident than in our Farmers Market Menu. Each morning at the market, Chef Noe scouts out the best produce he can find to incorporate into our dishes. We are particularly proud of the relationships we've developed with farmers at Egg It On Farms, Sweet Briar Farms, Sexton Ranches, and Gathering Together Farms.
I ordered the Huevos Rancheros and they were truly amazing! Everything was super fresh and I loved all the grilled veggies and bean mixture that came along with it. Yum.
Huevos RancherosThe Verde Cocina version is like nothing you've ever tasted before: our own handmade corn tortillas, spread with white bean and garbanzo mash, topped with two, Egg It On Farms free-range, non-GMO fried eggs, a little cheese, fresh salsa ranchera, fresh market bean salad and tons of market veggies.
I loved this dish so much that I am going to try to duplicate it at home. I bought a bunch of kale, rainbow chard, zucchini and squash and am going to see what I can do in the next few days.
So we ended up making two cakes for Steve's celebration and having him taste test both to see which one he liked better. We made one Pudding Poke Cake and one Vegan Chocolate Cake. Steve loves chocolate pudding and chocolate cake so we thought it would be fun to make a Pudding Poke Cake. The Pudding Poke Cake is super easy to make and you basically poke holes into your cake and fill in the holes with pudding and use it as the frosting.
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box Dr. Oetkers Organics chocolate cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box1
box (4-serving size) Dr. Oetkers chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
Makes 12 servings
I am huge fan of Vegan baked goods and had seen a super simple recipe for a Vegan Chocolate Cake on Vegweb.com that got rave reviews so decided to whip up a back up cake.
Recipe adapted from Vegweb.com
Super Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp Earth's Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
2 tbsp unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Thoroughly mix dry ingredients first (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt).
3. Mix in wet ingredients (water, canola oil, vinegar, and vanilla). Continue mixing until you obtain an even batter (no lumps).
4. Pour into a 8 x 8 cake pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Cool cake completely before glazing cake.
For the glaze, in a small saucepan, bring sugar, vegan butter, milk, and cocoa to a boil. Stir frequently; then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir for another 5 minutes.
Add vanilla, stir, and immediately pour onto cake. Spread it immediately and add any sprinkles now. Let this cool for an 1 hour.
Steve was gracious enough to try a sliver of both slices of cake and said they were both good but the clear winner was the.......
The Super Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake! This cake is moist and dense and so delicious. Might I suggest that you top it with a small scoop of So Delicious Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert.
A nice way to end the weekend!
I have some healthy recipes on deck for this week so check back soon.
Time to watch the Next Food Network Star with the family. I am not sure who I like yet....