Been on a bit of a cooking spree lately. Of course it’s all mostly for myself or Michael because it seems that any and everything I make just gets tossed on the floor by Calvin or is given the squished up, squinty, “I don’t want to eat that” face from Levi.  Your loss kids, because there has been some serious yummy eats coming from the kitchen.

Of course I didn’t think to photograph most of it. (Still learning that about this blog thing…photos do come in handy.)  A recent library loan has been providing me with endless ideas and lots of “oohing and ahhhing” over the lush photographs of delicious looking homemade food. In fact, the book is called, Home Made by Yvette Van Boven and I seriously want to make everything in this book!!!! I tried her recipe for sweet potato soup with buttered cashews and it was divine. All of the recipes are really approachable, using common pantry staples and a lot of seasonal items.

I also made a wonderful kale salad served on farro…super easy to make. Quick little recipe for it here: 1/3 cup olive oil, 1Tbs sesame oil, 1Tbs tamari, 1 1/2 cup coconut flakes, 3 1/2 cups kale. Whisk the dressing and toss over the kale and coconut in a large bowl.  Spread evenly over 2 cookie sheets and throw into a 350 oven until the coconut is nice and tan.  Serve on top of your favorite grain…farro, coucous, barley, whatever you have will work.  This recipe came from Super Natural Every Day.  Heidi Swanson cookbooks are on heavy rotation in this kitchen lately.

And now…the Power Muffin.

Pureed beets, carrots, apple, zucchini.

Add pureed black beans, dates, coconut and banana.

And chocolate chips add a nice touch.

I wanted to call it the Pink Poop Power Muffin, because it kind of looks like poop while it’s being made and when it’s done it comes out kind of pink! Levi thought that was hysterical of course, but did he eat the damn thing? No, because he saw me putting beets into it. I can’t win.  Oh well.  For those of you who DO eat beets, you will probably like this muffin. But beware: it is dense as a brick!! I found the recipe at Naturally Crafted Mama ::: Creative and Conscious Living and this is the second time I have made them. Give them a try if you dare, but don’t let your kids know what’s inside.

  One thought on “Yumminess

  1. Fran
    April 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Oh it is such a joy to read and see your photos. It is truly a delite in my life. Thanks so much for your family and great undertakings. To be younger. Memories . Keep up the wonderful work Dara.

    • daraweyna
      April 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Fran, that really made my day..love you!

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