Favorite Zucchini Bread

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     It’s zucchini season, and if you garden you have zucchini coming out of your ears.  Right?  Never fear, Chew Wanna Eat to the rescue with a recipe for bread (or muffins) that is so moist and delicious, even naysayers will love it.  I’ll never forget that years ago I gave a slice of zucchini bread to a nephew who was about five at the time.  He promised me that he hated zucchini bread.  I never told him what the bread was, I just gave it to him.  After he scarfed it down he asked for a second slice while exclaiming, “Wow!  That was the best banana bread I ever had.”  Call it what you want kid, just eat it.  lol 

     Eat one loaf today and freeze another one for later.  When I have a bunch of zucchini ready from the garden I’ll often use my Ninja food processor and prepare a lot of the squash at once, then I freeze in pre-measured freezer bags for winter baking.  So handy to have when you want to bake during the cold winter months.

 INGREDIENTS:   YIELD:  2 loaves

2 cups grated squash

3 eggs

2 ¼ cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

3 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp Baking Powder

¾ tsp salt

2-3 tsp cinnamon

2 cups AP flour

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

 

TOPPING (Optional)

2 TBSP Sugar

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

 

PREPARATION:

Wash the zucchini and cut the ends off.  Stick the squash in a colander for a few minutes and let some of the water drain off.  Leaving the squash a little on the wet side adds extra moistness to your bread.  Using a food processor blend until it’s nearly the consistency of applesauce.  Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and canola oil for 2 minutes at medium speed.  Add vanilla, soda, salt and squash.  Beat until well blended.  Add flour and mix until combined and batter is smooth. (If you have a big enough Food Processor, you might be able to mix the entire recipe).

Pour into two prepared 5″ x 9″ loaf pans and bake at 335° F for a good hour.  Check for doneness with toothpick.  If toothpick is clean and dry, the bread is done.

NOTES:

I know it adds extra calories, but I almost always grease my baking pans with a little butter.  It gives the crust a better texture and adds a little extra flavor.

Muffins will take about 35 minutes, and I always overfill the cups.

Mini loaves will take about 45 minutes.

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Chili Lime Tilapia

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     I love Chipotle and Lime on Fish!  This dinner was cooked in the air fryer and after seasoning, it was on the table in about six minutes!  You can certainly pan fry or bake your fish, but I am in love with my air fryer and use it as often as possible. 

INGREDIENTS:

¾ – 1 lb Farm Raised Tilapia

1 egg, beaten

½ cup Italian seasoned Bread Crumbs

Seasonings:  Liberal Sprinkling of Chipotle Chili Powder and ½ tsp Garlic Powder

½ Lime

1 tsp Butter

 

PREPARATION:

Beat the egg in a small bowl.  Place the bread crumbs on a flat plate or flat dish.

Dip the fillets in the egg, place on top of the Bread Crumbs.  Squeeze Lime on the Fish.  Sprinkle with Chipotle Chili Powder. Press down on the Fish to embed the crumbs.  If you want to bread only one side of the fish, that’s fine.

Place Fillets on a lightly Buttered piece of Aluminum Foil.  Place next to frozen French Fries on Air Fryer pan.

There is no need to flip the fish over.  It’s cooked all the way through in just 6 minutes.  If you’d rather bake, do that at 400° F for 15-20 minutes, depending on how crispy you like it and how thick the Fillets are.

 

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Authentic Japanese Teriyaki Glazed Shrimp

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     This Glazed Teriyaki Shrimp is so good, and so easy.  Once your Rice is cooked, the Shrimp takes about 5 minutes to prepare, start to finish.  If you’ve never made an Authentic Japanese Teriyaki Glaze, I’m going to show you how easy it is to do.  You’ll never buy the bottled stuff again.   Know that this is not a Marinade.  It is a Glaze meant to be applied as a finishing touch.  It is excellent on almost everything, from Chicken, Pork, Fish, Beef, and Shell Fish.

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 2-3 SERVINGS

One 12 oz bag raw Shrimp

3-4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional: 1 slice Fresh Ginger Root or ¼ tsp Ginger Powder

Olive Oil

 

AUTHENTIC JAPANESE TERIYAKI GLAZE INGREDIENTS:

2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Mirin

2 TBSP Sake

1 TBSP Sugar (I like a little less)

 

PREPARATION:

Rinse Shrimp well, and drain.  Lay on paper toweling to remove excess water.  You can sprinkle with a bit of Salt and Pepper if you want.

Drizzle a bit of Olive Oil in a preheated skillet.  Add the Shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.  Flip over and add Garlic (and Ginger).  Cook for another 2 minutes.

While the Shrimp is cooking, quickly mix the Teriyaki Glaze Ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the Teriyaki Glaze Ingredients over the Shrimp and cook until the Glaze has reduced and is coating the Shrimp.  Remove the Ginger Root if you used it.

Done!

Serve over Rice.

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Glazed Teriyaki Shrimp

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Shrimp Lumpia, a Filipino Treat

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What is Lumpia? Lumpia (Loom-p-i-a) is the Filipino version of an Egg Roll, and quickly gaining in popularity. You’ll see them all over California being sold as street food. Traditionally made with Ground Pork or Beef and Vegetables, and fried in Oil, they are a wonderful and portable finger food. You could also try Chicken or even make a Vegetarian variety. My dear friend Me’ven, who hails from the Philippines recommended that I give them a try and I love trying new International foods. Me, being me, I used Shrimp. I brushed with Olive Oil and air fried them, but they could just as easily be cooked in the oven or fried in the same skillet you use to cook the filling. They were so delicious. The recipe makes 15 Lumpias. Over the course of the day, Bob and I ate them all.

     Lumpias are wrapped in Lumpia Skins, but Spring Roll Wrappers or Egg Roll Wrappers work just as well. Make sure you have some Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping! I imagine Sweet and Sour Sauce, Soy Sauce, Hot Mustard, Teriyaki Sauce or anything along those lines would also be delicious. Me’ven assures me that many people make them in large batches and freeze or later. I didn’t have the opportunity to do that since we ate every single one.

INGREDIENTS: 

1 Package of Spring Roll Wrappers

12 oz Raw Shrimp

1 ½ cups Cabbage, shredded

1 cup Carrots, shredded

1 cup Onion, chopped

1 Mini Sweet Pepper, chopped

2-3 cloves Garlic, minced

1 tsp Ginger Root, minced (or ½ tsp powder)

2-3 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Cilantro, fresh or dried

Olive Oil for brushing

NOTE: An optional Ingredient in Pork or Ground Beef Lumpias are Raisins, Bean Sprouts, and Water Chestnuts

TIME SAVER: Use 1 ½ cups of Cole Slaw mix instead of buying a whole head of Cabbage. Then add your own Carrots

PREPARATION: 

Peel and devein your Shrimp. Rinse well, drain, and lay on paper toweling to remove as much water as possible. You want the Shrimp to sizzle in the pan, not steam from excess water. When you get a minute, cut the Shrimp into halves or thirds. (I used Extra Large Shrimp, and thirds would have been better).

While the Shrimp is drying, get a large skillet and drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom. At medium heat, cook the Cabbage, Carrots, Onion, Pepper, Ginger, and Garlic until Cabbage and Carrots are crisp-tender. Place mixture in a bowl.

Drizzle a little Olive Oil in the same pan and preheat it. Add the Shrimp, a little Pepper, 1 TBSP of the Soy Sauce and ½ tsp dried Cilantro. Stir constantly until they turn pink.

Add the Vegetable Mixture to the Shrimp along with Pepper, 1 TBSP Soy Sauce, ½ tsp Cilantro and stir until well mixed. Add all Ingredients to the same bowl you used before.

In the same skillet, add a few inches of very warm water. Bring the pan to a work area and set on a pot holder. Take one Spring Roll Wrapper and let it soak in the water until it is very soft. It only takes about 10 seconds. After a few seconds they will begin to curl. I found that flipping them over does the trick.

Add about ¼ cup of the filling to each Wrapper and roll up, tucking the sides in as you go. I did not find it necessary to seal with egg because I air fried and they were not going to be handled much. If you prefer to fry, you will need to keep about 1” of hot oil in the skillet at all times. Fry in batches so you don’t over crowd them, and drain well on paper toweling.

For air frying, I brushed top, bottom, and sides with Olive Oil and cooked for about 5 minutes, flipped them over and cooked the other side. Since all the filling is cooked, simply get them to the golden color you desire. Drain on paper toweling.

By Tika for Chew Wanna Eat 8/15/2018

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Mediterranean Salad with Tomatoes, Nectarines, and Feta

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 I served this beauty the other day when we had the neighbors over. It disappeared. I love the color combination. Know that I drizzled a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction over the top before I served it.

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Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberries

Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberries

I LOVE Sponge Cake.  I love Lemon Curd, and I love Raspberries.  We were having company, and I made two cakes for dessert.  The other one was Boston Cream Pie with Sponge Cake which I’ll share in another Post.  Easy, and delicious!

NOTE:  I often make the Lemon Curd the day before so I have one less thing to do the next day, and it’s nice and chilled

 

INGREDIENTS FOR TWO 8” OR 9” LAYERS

4 Eggs

2 cups White Sugar

2 rounded tsps Baking Powder

2 cups AP Flour

1 cup Whole Milk or Buttermilk

4 TBSP Butter

PREPARATION:

I want to point out before we get started that instead of baking one layer and then having to cut it in half horizontally, I divide the batter between two pans.  When semi-cooled, I pull them out of the pans using the Parchment paper and set them on a rack until completely cooled.  Saves a pain in the butt step by doing it this way!

Prepare pans (8” or 9” Round or Square baking pans) and set aside.  I like to use Buttered parchment paper to line the pan.  Then you can easily lift the whole cake out if you want to.

Preheat oven to 350° F now.

Beat eggs for three to four minutes on medium speed.  Gradually add the sugar, beating for another four minutes or so, scraping bowl often.  Mixture should be light yellow and a bit bubbly.

Add baking powder and give it a quick 15-second mix.  Add flour in batches, and mix until just combined.

In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter just until butter melts.  Pour into the batter, mixing constantly.  Divide batter into prepared pans.

Bake 27-29 min or until cake is a golden color and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Time will vary depending on the size pan you use.

 

LEMON CURD INGREDIENTS:  Enough to fill and top cake.

¾ cup fresh lemon juice (4 large lemons)

1 TBSP grated lemon zest

¾ cup sugar (sugar is adjustable to taste)

3 eggs

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter and dash salt – OR – ½ cup salted butter

 

PREPARATION:

In a 3 qt saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs and butter.  (It will spatter as it’s cooking, so you need a big pan.  Cook while whisking over medium/low heat until thick and bubbly.  (About 6 min) Let it simmer for another 2 minutes or so, whisking constantly. It should be about the consistency of gravy. (If you walk away, I promise you will have to strain your curd.  So don’t do it.) Cover and refrigerate.  It will thicken as it cools.

Keeps about a week.

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Fried Green Tomatoes Parmesan and Fried Zucchini Parmesan

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Bob loves fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, I never remember to make them until one of our tomatoes falls off the vine before it ripens. Then, just like that – I have a revelation! Fried Green Tomatoes for Bob!

     Between the garden (which is about 1 step from the back door) and the house, I changed my mind. I thought, “Hmm, I wonder what Fried Green Tomatoes Parmesan would taste like?”

      In the few seconds it took to wash the tomato and move to the counter, I saw a Zucchini just lying there with no recipe in mind. I thought, “Hmm, I wonder what Fried Zucchini Parmesan would taste like?” And I was off!
     This is how my mind works sometimes when I’m in the kitchen. Things just pop in there. I have no clue if Fried Green Tomato Parmesan – OR – Fried Zucchini Parmesan are real dishes or not. I’ve never heard of them. See the Mimi below? That’s me, and that’s how my mind works. I don’t have ADD, or at least I don’t think I do, but when the creative juices are working, this Mimi describes me perfectly.
     The Vegetables were knock your socks off delicious. I think even fussy little kids would like them because they are lightly crispy on the outside, have the sauce and cheese on top. They’ll think they’re having mini pizza.
INGREDIENTS:
2 Medium Green Tomatoes, washed and sliced ½“thick
1 Small Zucchini, washed and sliced ¾” thick
1 cup AP flour
½ cup yellow corn meal
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp parsley
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 TBSP milk
PREPARATION:
In small bowl, beat egg and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Place flour and corn meal in a second bowl, add parsley, garlic powder, onion powder. Stir.
Dip sliced tomatoes first in flour, then in egg, then in flour again. Coat both sides. Repeat with the Zucchini.
I cooked everything in the air fryer on one tray (See pics). I used aluminum foil which I lightly sprayed with cooking spray. After breading, I drizzled with Olive Oil and cooked them 10 min in air fryer until they were golden brown. Then I flipped them over, drizzled more olive oil and cooked for 6 -7 minutes or until they were golden brown.
NOTE: These could easily be pan fried, cooked in a convection oven, or a standard oven.
Dab a little Spaghetti Sauce or Marinara on top of each one. Sprinkle Parmesan, Romano, and Mozzarella Cheese on top. Return to air fryer for 2 minutes or until Cheeses are bubbly and golden.
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Sautéed Kale with Cashews

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Kale is super healthy and so low in calories you can eat a lot of it!  Kale has more Iron than Beef, is loaded with Antioxidants, Omega-3 fats, lots of Fiber, Calcium, and Vitamins (Especially Vitamin C).  In addition, Kale is a natural detox food and is heart healthy!  We love it prepared in the manner below.  Do some research on the benefits of Kale and why it is considered a superfood.  You will be amazed.  The Orange Juice is something they do in Cuba and adds an additional layer of flavor.  You can substitute Red Wine Vinegar if you would rather.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups Frozen Kale

Good drizzle of Olive Oil

1 TBSP Garlic, minced or chopped

2 TBSP Onion, sliced thin or chopped

¼ cup Chardonnay, Water, Chick or Vegetable Broth

1-2 TBSP Orange Juice

Pepper

Garnish:  Handful of Cashews

 

PREPARATION:

Put a good drizzle of Olive Oil in a 10” or 12” skillet and preheat.  Add Kale, Garlic, and Onion.  Sauté until Kale thaws and breaks up.

Add Chardonnay and 1-2 TBSP Orange Juice.  Bring back to a simmer.  Cover and cook over low/simmering heat for about 5 -6 minutes.

Uncover, making sure there is still a little liquid.  If not, add a quick drizzle of Olive Oil.  Season with Pepper.  Salt is optional.  Cook for another minute or two.  Place in a serving bowl, garnish with Cashews.  Serve.

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