Monday, July 21, 2014

Honey and Hemp Milk Chocolate Truffles

I have found a new addiction. I'm addicted to hemp seeds. I saw a post about them on a blog recently and then just a few days later I saw them in an aisle at The Fresh Market in Annapolis. So I bought a bag. I first tried them straight and loved them. Then I put them on cereal for breakfast, yogurt for lunch, and inside chocolate for dessert. These honey and hemp truffles are pretty awesome. I fell in love with them from the start. When I told my friends and family what was in them they scoffed but once they had one they kept coming back for more. You know what's great about these truffles? Not only do they taste delicious, they are also super healthy. Hemp hearts are full of Omega 3s, amino acids, and other great stuff that is totally good for your mind and body. You can make these truffles vegan by using vegan chocolate or skipping the freezing part and rolling them in cocoa powder or flaked coconut. The texture of the truffle filling is so smooth and creamy and the honey and chocolate compliment each other oh so well. Enjoy!

Recipe for Honey and Hemp Milk Chocolate Truffles

4 Tbsp. of hemp hearts
2 Tbsp. of coconut oil
2 Tbsp. of wildflower honey
2 - 3 ounces milk chocolate baking chocolate for coating
Extra hemp hearts for topping (optional)

Put the hemp seeds, coconut oil, and honey into a small bowl and use a spoon to mix well. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for at least 2 hours. Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop up and use your hands to shape into about 1/2 to 3/4-inch balls and place in a parchment lined container. Cover the container and put into the freezer for at least 2 hours.

Break up the chocolate into small chunks and place into a small saucepan. Set the heat on medium-low and stir constantly until melted. Then drop a honey and hemp ball into the chocolate, use a spoon to coat, and place on a foil lined tray or plate. Sprinkle some hemp seeds on top of the chocolate if desired. Continue until all the honey and hemp balls are coated. Put in fridge to set and then store in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve chilled.

Recipe makes about one dozen truffles. 

*Original recipe

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What Can I Make with Zucchini? Here are 30 Delicious Ways to Eat It!

The answer - tons of things! Back in the day, I really didn't know there was much you could do with zucchini. I thought all it was good for was cooking in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper or grilling it. A few years ago when I started growing it, I had to get creative and realized there are so many other great ways zucchini can be prepared. Zucchini can be a main course, side, or even a tasty dessert! If you happen to be growing zucchini this year too, you might have it coming out of your ears. I have a large bowl of zucchini and yellow squash on my kitchen table right now. There are many recipes that I already know I love with zucchini, and I searched the web for some more. I'm definitely excited about trying out some zucchini fries, which I've been wanting to do since last summer. I think it's time. And I think it's time for you to get wild and crazy in the kitchen with your zucchini too!

*Last night I made the summer pasta dish with zucchini, yellow squash, corn, and basil. It was delicious! Planning on making some zucchini bread today. Yummy!

What Can I Make with Zucchini?

Baked Zucchini Cakes (for dinner)

Main Courses:

Zucchini Cakes for Dinner (Bake I tand Make It with Beth)

Roasted Zucchini and Ricotta Sandwiches (Annie's Eats)

Zucchini and Lemon Spaghetti (Oh My Veggies)

Zucchini and Ricotta Fritters (Pink Parsley)

Corn and Zucchini Queso Chowder (Southern Living)

Zucchini and Mushroom Quesadillas (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Annie's Eats)

Zucchini and Corn Panini with Pepper Jack Cheese (Oh My Veggies)

Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Herbs (A Couple Cooks)

Summer Pasta Dish with Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Corn and Basil (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad (Smitten Kitchen)

Spicy Zucchini Frittata (Whole Living)

Portobello Sandwiches with Veggies (Bake It and Make It with Beth)


Shaved Zucchini Salad with Parmesan Pine Nuts (Epicurious)

Baked Zucchini Bites (Six Sisters' Stuff)

Sauteed Shredded Zucchini (Annie's Eats)

Fried Zucchini Strings (The Pioneer Woman)

Baked Zucchini Fries (The Recipe Critic)

Cheesy Zucchini Rice (Pink Parsley)

Zucchini Ribbon Salad (A Couple Cooks)

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt (The Pioneer Woman)

Zucchini Brownies (No Flour, Butter, Sugar or Egg)
Sweets and Treats: 

Zucchini Brownies with No Flour, Butter, Sugar or Egg (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake (The Pioneer Woman)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake (Chocolate Chocolate and More)

Zucchini Coconut Bread (Two Peas and Their Pod)

Irresistible Zucchini Brownies (Sweet Happy LIfe)

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosted Zucchini Bars (A Kitchen Addiction)

Zucchini Bread (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies (Mom on Timeout)

Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread (Lil' Luna)

So, there you have it! Now go ahead and make something with that amazing zucchini of yours!