Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Orange ♥ Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Orange, a Midwestern classic, chocolate-y and orange-y. Stays moist for days. #WW6 #AVeggieVenture
Today's "vegetable" (yes, those are quotes) recipe: One of those Midwestern classics, a zucchini chocolate, very chocolate-y and very orange-y thanks to both orange liqueur and fresh orange zest and juice. Virtuous only on the goodness scale.

Parlor Tricks. That's what 99.99 percent of all dessert recipes with vegetables are. So now you think I'm gonna tell you that this Chocolate Zucchini Cake beats the odds, right? Nope. This is pure cake. The fact that there's zucchini in there matters not one whit in fact I suspect you could leave it out and not a soul would notice. I shake my head when I see you-know-the-type cookbooks talk about "sneaking" vegetables into kids foods. Like C.A.K.E.

Still. This cake is so chocolate-y. And so orange-y. And extra-moist, even on Day Three. A keeper? You bet. But with full understanding, the zucchini is a parlor trick.

Green Smoothies ♥
Fourteen Tips + Four Recipes to Get You Started

How to make Green Smoothies, Fourteen Tips plus Four Sample Recipes to create your own delicious, healthy smoothies.
graphic button small size size 10 How to make green smoothies, Fourteen Tips + Four Sample Recipes to create your own delicious, healthy smoothies. Weight Watchers take note, the calories and points really add up quickly. graphic button small size size 10

~recipe & photo updated & reposted 2014~
~more recently updated recipes~

Confession Time: While I wanted to "try" green smoothies, I really didn't expect to like them. But I do! At first, I experimented with "how much green" tastes good – me, I like "more than less" green but "not a lot". Then for the last few years, my morning routine regularly includes a green smoothie – most often, with milk to fulfill the Weight Watchers milk/calcium/protein requirement. I call it "breakfast in a glass". Green Smoothies are fast, easy and (can be) very pretty! I've collected some favorite Green Smoothie recipes here, just to inspire. And tips? You bet, lots of tips! Because in the end, for a Green Smoothie to work, it's got to suit you. Here's what works for me, let me know what works for you!

GREEN SMOOTHIE TIPS

(Four Recipes That Work Below)
START WITH FRUIT The trick is to start with fruit, then add green to taste. The first smoothie, I started with a single leaf of Swiss chard - and the taste was all fruit. For the second, I used two leaves of chard, brightened with lemon juice – and this tasted decidedly bright and green and VERY alive. I loved it. The third, I used three leaves of chard, that was a bit much to my taste. You'll quickly learn how much green suits you at first. Over time, you can increase it.
WHOLE FRUIT If you can, keep to 'whole' fruit (versus juice) so that you get the full benefit of fiber:calories. If need be, thin with water or milk.
FRUIT ALTERNATIVES No doubt, fruit is the source of the calories in smoothies. To switch things up, substitute cucumber for fruit (for low calories) or avocado (for richness). It's not "green" but I also love-love-love a Tomato Smoothie.
CHOOSING GREENS Especially for your first Green Smoothies, stick to tender greens like leaf lettuce, spinach and Swiss chard. Beet greens can also be tender but tend to muddy the smoothie color. Kale can be good but at least to my taste, is too earthy and green tasting. If you're in the grocery store, touch the leaves, if they're tender to the touch, they'll make great Green Smoothies.

Tomato Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Tired of the same-old sliced tomatoes? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Tomato Recipes, savory to sweet, salad to soup, sides to sandwiches, breakfast to dinner. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes. #AVeggieVenture
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Green Tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes or Grape Tomatoes Roasted Tomatoes Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tomato Juice

By Course Just Tomatoes Breakfast Appetizers Drinks & Smoothies Salads Side Dishes (Hot) Casseroles Soups Sandwiches Sauces Pies, Quiche, Tarts Main Dishes Sweets & Baking Convenience Foods Jams, Pickles & Preserves

Cooking Methods Grill Microwave Slow Cooker



TOMATOES: THE BASICS
Pronounced. I say [tuh-MAY-toh], you say [tuh-MAH-toh] ...

Armenian Vegetable Stew ♥ Recipe

Armenian Vegetable Stew with late-summer and early-fall vegetables, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, okra.
Today's vegetable recipe: A simple vegetable stew, a mélange of late-summer and early-fall vegetables like eggplant, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, okra. Very Weight Watchers Friendly, just WW 1 PointsPlus for a whole cup. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".

Every couple of weeks during late summer and fall, you'll find a big pot of vegetable stew a-simmerin' on my stove. (In winter? It's usually soup, not the thicker stew.) Then during the next week, it's my "go to" convenience food, just a minute or two in the microwave for a small, healthy and plant-based meal (in 100-calorie servings, the best thing I learned when I switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast) or a supper side dish, no cooking required.

Here's the latest! It's a mild stew – those of you who hanker for heat will want to grab the hot sauce! (Or for built-in heat, try the wonderful Chickpea Gumbo or Vegetable Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Chipotle.) I find the mildness quite soothing and peaceful, appreciated like a quiet, no-pressure day after several days of tension and activity. It's also really great, especially in summer with fresh vegetables, to really taste the individual vegetables.

I'm not sure what makes this "Armenian" – perhaps the slight sour from lemon juice at the end? perhaps an apple in the pot along with the vegetables? If anyone has experience with Armenian cuisine or knows the answer, I'd love to hear from you!

Seasonal Vegetable Stews ♥ 10 Killer Recipes, 10 Tips & Techniques

Seasonal Vegetable Stews from A Veggie Venture, 10 killer recipes plus 10 tips & techniques to create your own killer vegetable stew.
graphic button small size size 10 Ten favorite vegetable stew recipes for all seasons, summer, fall, winter and year-round. These are "killer stew recipes" – tried & true, healthy, great-tasting, easy to incorporate the vegetables you love and leave out the ones you don't. Some recipes work best with a cornucopia of fresh summer vegetables from your CSA, garden or farmers market; others work beautifully with year-round supermarket vegetables.

Clean eaters, take note! All the recipes are for vegetarian stews. Most are vegan stews or easily made vegan. Every one works as a side dish or a vegetarian/vegan main dish perfect for Meatless Monday meals. Some take a little time to prep the vegetables, others are quick-quick. Two use a slow cooker!

Healthy eaters, these recipes are for you! A satisfying cup usually adds up to about 100 calories (more if the stew calls for beans). For Weight Watchers, this is usually two or three PointsPlus.

Plus ten tips and techniques for perfecting your own killer vegetable stews, creating a mélange of healthy vegetables. Ever wonder what really matters to produce a great vegetable stew? Now you'll know! So grab a sharp knife, vegetable lovers, let's get stewed! graphic button small size size 10

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TEN TIPS & TECHNIQUES for COOKING KILLER VEGETABLE STEWS

graphic button small size size 10 Fresh vegetables matter! If there's ever a time to bypass frozen and canned vegetables, it's for vegetable stews.
graphic button small size size 10 Diversity matters! Aim for five to eight vegetables with different colors and textures, cut in contrasting shapes and sizes.

Twice-Roasted Beets with Fruit and Avocado Feta Cream ♥ A Five-Star First Course!

Twice-Roasted Beets with Fruit and Avocado Feta Cream. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Primal. Vegetarian.
My latest beet salad recipe: Roasted beets roasted a second time, this time with summer fruits like grapes and cherries and blueberries. Served warm! On the side? A gorgeous-green creamy sauce of no more than avocado, feta and buttermilk mixed in minutes in the blender. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Primal. Vegetarian.

Do you have a certain way you like to "entertain"? There are so many styles that work!

This summer, we've become enamored with simple but sumptuous suppers at the kitchen table (or on the patio, heat permitting), just two couples, room and reason for real conversation. Food-wise some times I wonder if we hit the repeat button a little often but the rhythm works for us. A small nibbly. A first course salad – all summer it's been a variation of Twice-Roasted Beets. Beef from the freezer, simply cooked. A simple vegetable or two or three, at least one from the garden. A fruity dessert. It's easy to prepare, effortless to serve, quick to clean up. Some times I also wonder, Why is it that we go out when we can eat this well at home? Sorry, chefs!

Twice-Roasted Beets started off as a happy accident but has been repeated by design several times since. I love the ease of roasting already-roasted beets a second time – there's no worry about timing and the mix of beets and fruit is quite magical. It remains solidly a savory salad and I must say, I a-d-o-r-e it.