Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Our home garden is coming to an end. This year, we didn’t plant any pumpkins so all we have left now are some green peppers. The other day, I found a large zucchini hanging out there too so today I made these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, yum!

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These muffins are the perfect afternoon snack. They hit the right spot with the perfect amount of sweetness layered with a deep chocolate flavor. Plus, they are so moist from the addition of Greek yogurt, which I have been adding to all my baked goods for years now. It’s the secret ingredient to making the most moist baked goods, trust me!

So, bake some up today and not only will your house smell fabulous but your whole body will enjoy eating these sweet babies.

Kids Cooking Birthday Parties

As many of you know, Food Jules teaches at some local schools as part of their After School Enrichment Program. Food Jules also offers Kids Cooking Birthday Parties for those that are celebrating birthdays. This has been a growing area for us as many kids are looking for fun, new ways to celebrate their birthday. It’s a great opportunity for them to enjoy designing their own party from picking the theme, menu and being the top chef!

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These parties are a lot of fun and a great way to introduce more children to the benefits of preparing and eating real food, especially for those kids that don’t go to our local schools and aren’t involved in our after school curriculum.

The themes and menu options are endless from Lasagna Rolls, stuffed with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and spinach from our Tutto Italiano party, to these Maple Oatmeal Scones from our English Tea party and Quiches, Waffles and Pancakes from our Breakfast All Day party. Plus, Food Jules always uses all-natural, whole grain, natural ingredients.

Maple Oatmeal Scones

We have designed many fun themes for these parties and you’ll find all this information here on our website, in our Cooking Classes section. If your child or the child of someone you know, is interested in hosting a Food Jules Cooking Birthday Party, we’d love to hear from you.

White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup

Nothing beats a hearty, warm cup of soup during the cooler months and even though this past week, we’ve gotten quite a heat wave for October, I thought I’d share this hearty, comforting soup recipe with you’all.  We made this White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup the other day and it was jam packed with so much flavor and nutrition, it hit all the right spots.

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I prefer using turkey sausage, as it’s lighter in fat but not lighter in flavor. There are a lot of turkey and chicken sausage varieties out there, so pick the one you like the best. If you’re making this vegetarian, you can skip the sausage all together or substitute for a vegan type of tofu sausage.

Kale has become of my favorite greens. We use it in smoothies, soups, salads and stews. If you get the Lacinato (aka Dino Kale) Kale, the leaves are much more tender then the curly kale. You can still find a lot of fresh vegetables, including kale, at your local farmers market.

Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale

Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale

This soup will warm your body, heart and soul during the cold months of winter ahead.