A few weeks ago was my sister-in-law’s birthday. The family got together and I was asked to make the cake – of course! My sister-in-law requested a non-chocolate cake, so I started to look for ideas. I immediately started to think about what fruits were in season for my cake inspiration. There were berries, oranges and loads of other ideas running through my brain. What to choose? Then I realized that when I create a dessert, I tend to look to fruits for my creative spark.
Vegetables also give me much inspiration. There’s nothing more fun in the kitchen then to play with your vegetables and prepare them in a new and imaginative meal.
After the big birthday party, my hubby requested something “cake-like” for breakfast. I have a freezer full of bananas waiting to be used in banana bread, but I found in my fridge some steamed baby beets sent to me from Melissa’s Produce.
I quickly began baking.
Hubby looked over my shoulder skeptically. I have prepared this sweet bread with whole wheat flour and all-purpose, and both turned out delicious. I, personally, could detect the beet flavor, but not everyone else could. It’s a great way to sneak in some the nutritional goodness of beets for your family: fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.
And now for a fun giveaway!
It’s time to release your inner nerd in the kitchen with this super fun R2-D2 Measuring Cups from ThinkGeek.com.
I know, I know. You MUST have this set. I hear ya.
The R2-D2 body is built from 4 measuring cups. The detachable utility arms turn into nested measuring spoons. All are made with food-grade ABS plastic (BPA-free). What a fun way to get your kids in the kitchen!
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