So, the past two weeks I’ve made a healthier version of brownies for my family. Needless to say, they were a hit. It’s an egg free recipe too.
1/2 cup applesauce
2 small or medium bananas mashed
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups finely shredded zucchini
2 cups all purpose flour (you can use alternative flour like wheat, but it will make the density a little bit different)
1/2 cup walnut pieces.
I actually add dark chocolate chips to it to make it more chocolately. Use them at your discretion. Sometimes I don’t add the nuts either.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 9 x 13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, mashed bananas, and sugar. Add vanilla and cocoa and mix together. Then add baking soda, salt, and zucchini and mix together. Add flour and walnuts and mix together (or the chocolate chips). Spread evenly into a prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until brownies spring back when gently touched.
Over the weekend my mother-in-law and I watched the Pioneer Woman on the Food Network. She made an awesome looking layered salad and we immediately knew we wanted to try it. Today, we made it. Now, it may have at least one unhealthy layer in it, the rest is simply amazing. You don’t necessarily have to put this layer in or use the salad dressing in the recipe either. We just decided we wanted to try the full effect.
Anyway, here’s the recipe:
For the Salad:
2 heads Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped
8 ounces, fluid Baby Spinach, Washed And Dried
8 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
Salt And Pepper, to taste
16 ounces, weight Bacon, Cooked And Chopped (You could perhaps use turkey bacon or no bacon at all!)
4 whole Tomatoes, Chopped
1 bunch Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
8 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Grated (You could use low-fat cheese or low-moisture as well)
1 bag (10 Ounce) Frozen Peas, Partially Thawed
FOR THE DRESSING:
1/2 cup (Real) Mayonnaise (We didn’t use real mayonnaise. We used the mayo that has olive oil in it)
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar (more To Taste)
Fresh Dill, Chopped
You just make layers of the ingredients in order listed above, or even make your own order if you’d prefer. The last layer should be the dressing. Next, refrigerate it for at least eight hours. You don’t have to cover it either because the dressing will seal all the freshness in.