Chocolate pumpkin brownies and this week’s meal plan

Pumpkin is a vegetable that my kids and husband are a bit resistant to. They only tolerate it in very small quantities (if at all), so I am always looking for ways to integrate (read:hide) it in different things I cook.  There’s only so many vegful meatballs they’ll eat, so this week I turned to chocolate to help me out 🙂

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Today, I am sharing a chocolate brownie recipe, which is loaded with pumpkin and the kids gobbled it up! It’s low in fat too (if you’re worried about that type of thing 😉 ).

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When life gets busy, bake muffins

Life has been crazy busy these last few weeks. I feel like I’ve been on some psychotic merry-go-round that is spinning out of control, I’m pretty sure there was a laughing clown there somewhere too. Thankfully, hubby seems to be getting better, and things are starting to settle back into some form of normality.

When things are out of control, as a mother, I find myself putting my own needs at the bottom of the list. This week, I made a promise to myself that I would start prioritizing my own needs a bit more and taking care of myself, as well as my family’s. So I’ve re-established an exercise routine (by golly my legs are sore today!), upped my water intake, and put aside some time to do things that make me happy. Like eating. Eating muffins. Healthy muffins. And then sharing the recipe with you so that we can all eat muffins together. Continue reading

Pumpkin chocolate cake Dairy free, Egg free

If you are reading this post, we have reached 500 likes on the kids, recipes and organised chaos facebook page . Either that, or I’ve gotten impatient and want to share this recipe with you all anyway! Thanks to all those who shared the page 🙂

Earlier this week, I was reading on a facebook health page about someone having excess cooked pumpkin, and what should they do with it? A reply came, pumpkin chocolate cake. No recipe was given, so I searched the internet for a recipe, but was having trouble finding what I wanted. I found lots of pumpkin bread recipes, lots of pumpkin shaped chocolate cakes, lots of chocolate cakes with pumpkin ganache between the layers, but no pumpkin chocolate cakes. I was getting impatient. I had pumpkin, and I wanted desperately to use it in a cake!

So, I came up with this recipe. I hope you like it!

choc pumpkin cakeThis is  a lovely fluffy cake, and would be great at parties when you have kids with intolerances or allergies.

 
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE

3 cups plain flour
2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
2 tbs white vinegar
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heaped raw cacao or cocoa
between 3/4 – 1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup heaped sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil (could use butter if dairy is ok, or other veg oil of choice)
1, 1/4 cup hot water

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth (or mix by hand)
Bake in moderate oven, 180’C for around 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
I would assume this recipe could be used to as a basic vegetable chocolate cake recipe, where you could sub in most cooked veg instead of pumpkin, like beetroot or carrot. Hmmm, maybe even a mix?
I imagine it would be nice with a cream cheese icing too – but I imagine most things would taste good with cream cheese icing! Also, choc chips in the cake would be nice, or even some nuts or seeds. My kids devoured this happily, and I hope yours do too!

What’s cooking Thursday?

It’s nearly Friday! I start to get into weekend mode today, start switching off a little bit and thinking about what activities are happening over the weekend. Our weekends start with early Saturday morning sports until about lunch time, where I pull out whatever leftovers are lurking in the fridge, a bit of this, a bit of that and we have a meal. If I haven’t planned my meals properly for Thursday to allow leftovers (for Saturday) I find myself picking up takeaway or stopping past a bakery, which is high in cost and calories but low in nutrition.

So, what are you cooking tonight? Me? I will be doing a beef roast with a tray of roast vegetables. Continue reading