Blue…er…Strawberry muffins, revisited

Ever since the first day that I made Smitten Kitchen’s “Perfect Blueberry Muffins”, the breakfast goods have been a favorite lazy morning treat in our household.  Unfortunately, this recipe uses a copious amount of sour cream, butter, and sugar, and I decided to revisit its nutritional content while attempting to maintain its delicious sustenance and flavor. After a vote from the fam, I believe that I succeeded.

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Grilled Chicken Sausage and Zucchini with Roasted Potatoes

At 7 pm last night, the sun was still out, and the weather was warm with a slight breeze in the air, a sign that summer is here at last. My dad fired up the grill for dinner while my mom prepared zucchini and sausage in olive oil and seasoning.

We opted for a different option than traditional sausage for a healthier meal. We used two types, sun dried tomato chicken sausage and tofu sausage, both from Trader Joes. My personal favorite is the chicken sausage, but my dad hates chicken, therefore we had to find an alternative for his taste buds. I find the tofu sausage a bit bland; if you aren’t going with the real stuff, at least keep some meat in there for flavor.

My mom roasted potatoes in olive oil and butter in her Le Creuset Crockpot to complete the meal. It was simple yet satisfying. We piled potatoes and grilled zucchini and sausage on top of fresh spinach, sprinkling goat cheese and pine nuts on top.

This is a very easy meal that doesn’t necessarily require a recipe. You could grill any vegetables or type of sausage to accompany the potatoes. Next time I think that roasting more root vegetables to go with the grill would be a good option.

Warmth from the Hearth – Multigrain Rolls

Up until now, my baking endeavors have never involved yeast. I decided to change that the other day by undertaking a recipe for multigrain rolls I found at Naturally Ella. Quite to my surprise, the rolls turned out beautifully! I was sure that they weren’t going to rise or that some other part of the recipe was going to go horribly wrong (which is why I baked them while my mom wasn’t home…ha). To my luck, nothing did go wrong, and my dad and I munched on hot rolls with butter while watching Ironman when they finally came out of the oven at 10 pm. These rolls taste like Christmas Eve, gathered around a warm fire, watching snow cascade down from the sky.

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