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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Photo by Viana Boenzli

You've absolutely got to try my Chocolate Zucchini Bread. There is no flavor of zucchini...zip, zilch, nada. All you'll taste is fluffy chocolatey goodness.

1 large egg ( at room temperature )
1/4 c butter ( melted, but not hot )
1/4 c applesauce
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c light brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 c zucchini ( peeled and finely shredded )
1 c chocolate chips ( divided )
Flaky sea salt
Vegetable shortening ( for greasing pan )
8
Nutritions

Calories
675

Sodium
265mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
12g
24% DV

Carbs
120g
40% DV

Fiber
9g
39% DV
3

Peach Upside Down Cake

Photo by Viana Boenzli

It's August. The days are long and the sun is shining bright. And peaches are in season. That means it's time to make a Peach Upside Down Cake!

Cake:
6 Tbsp butter ( at room temperature )
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 c cake flour ( sifted )
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs ( at room temperature )
1/2 c whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Peaches and Simple Syrup:
2 ripe freestone or cling-free peaches ( sliced into thin wedges )
1/2 c dark brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c water
Topping:
Homemade whipped cream
8
Nutritions

Calories
318

Sodium
433mg
18% DV

Fat
11g
17% DV

Protein
5g
10% DV

Carbs
52g
17% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

It's a light mouthful of silky pasta that will transfer you to a happy place. And thanks to my secret ingredient, it will leave you satisfied and refueled without feeling heavy.

10 oz spaghetti
2 c tomatoes ( chopped )
1 clove garlic ( thinly sliced, optional )
4 oz mozzarella ( chopped or shredded )
2 oz basil leaves ( thinly sliced )
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 c pasta water
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2
Nutritions

Calories
610

Sodium
7564mg
315% DV

Fat
36g
56% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
47g
16% DV

Fiber
6g
27% DV
897

Berry Chantilly Cake

Photo by Viana Boenzli

My Berry Chantilly Cake recipe will reward you with one of the most luscious cakes you've ever tasted. The light, fluffy vanilla cake is piled high with layers of fresh berries and an indulgent yet delicate and fluffy chantilly cream with mascarpone. You couldn't ask for anything more in a dessert.

Vanilla Cake:
1 c unsalted butter ( at room temperature )
2 c granulated sugar
4 large eggs ( at room temperature )
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
3 c cake flour
1 c whole milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Berry Syrup:
1/4 c jam
2 Tbsp water
Chantilly Cream:
1-1/2 c heavy cream
8 oz full-fat cream cheese ( at room temperature )
8 oz mascarpone cheese
2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
12
Nutritions

Calories
969

Sodium
1318mg
54% DV

Fat
59g
91% DV

Protein
15g
30% DV

Carbs
90g
30% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
393

Grilled Fruits

Photo by Erich Boenzli

It's summertime. It's time to grill. I'm thinking about fruit. Grilling fruits elevates grilling to a whole new level. Endless flavors with endless surprises.

1 1-inch slice of watermelon ( cut into four triangles )
1 1-inch slice of pineapple ( cut into four slices and core removed )
2 apricots ( halved and stone removed )
2 peaches ( halved and stone removed )
1 mango ( cut along stone )
1 lemon ( cut into three slices, optional )
1 lime ( cut into three slices, optional )
Toppings ( ice cream, herbs, honey, feta cheese, etc. )
4
Nutritions

Calories
624

Sodium
110mg
4% DV

Fat
2g
4% DV

Protein
13g
26% DV

Carbs
155g
52% DV

Fiber
21g
84% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

A cool, refreshing watermelon lemonade with fresh garden rosemary! This drink has just the right combination of sweet & tart to cool you off on a hot summer...

1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1/2 c cold water
3/4 c watermelon, blended
1/4 tsp rosemary, roughly chopped
Ice cubes
Nutritions

Calories
126

Sodium
8mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
12% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
35g
12% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

Pepperoni bread (aka pepperoni roll or stromboli) has always been a special treat for me. In my Italian family in southern New Jersey, we all savored pepperoni bread!This recipe makes enough dough for 2 loaves of pepperoni bread (you'll have to double the fillings though). So, my recommendation is to either double the "fillings" or save the other half of the dough to make a homemade pizza!

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Filling:
5 oz pepperoni ( sliced thin )
1 lb mozzarella cheese ( grated or cut into thin strips )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( grated )
1 large egg ( beaten )
2 Tbsp butter ( melted )
Your favorite Italian spices and herbs (garlic powder, oregano, basil, etc)
16 slices
Nutritions

Calories
5835

Sodium
9399mg
391% DV

Fat
225g
346% DV

Protein
259g
519% DV

Carbs
618g
210% DV

Fiber
35g
143% DV
180

Grilled Vegetables

Photo by Erich Boenzli

Grilling vegetables is not about having special equipment. The best vegetables to grill are the ones that are ripe in your garden or fresh at the market.

2 bell peppers ( remove core and seeds, quarter )
1 large red onion ( peel and quarter )
1 medium eggplant ( cut lengthwise in half-inch slices or rounds )
1 medium zucchini ( cut lengthwise in half-inch slices or rounds )
1/2 lb asparagus ( cut off woody ends )
2 medium tomatoes ( cut in half, or a bunch of grape tomatoes, leave whole )
2 large portobello mushrooms ( I like them whole )
1/2 c olive oil ( or more )
Juice from a half lemon or lime
Generous pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
4
Nutritions

Calories
196

Sodium
818mg
34% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
9g
19% DV

Carbs
30g
10% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
38

Fresh Fruit Tart

Photo by Viana Boenzli

This fresh fruit tart recipe is a showstopper on any dessert table. It has everything you're looking for in a dessert…a crumbly crust, smooth pastry cream, lightly sweet fruits, and a glaze on top to make everything sparkle in the sun.

Pastry Cream:
1-3/4 c whole milk
6 Tbsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp flour
Sweet Tart Crust:
1-3/4 c flour
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c butter ( melted )
1 large egg, plus 1 yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
Chocolate Ganache optional:
2 oz dark chocolate , 60-65% cacao ( coarsely chopped )
1/4 c heavy cream
Fruit Glaze:
1/4 c fruit jam of your choice
1 Tbsp water
12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
24479

Sodium
1692mg
70% DV

Fat
1467g
2257% DV

Protein
285g
571% DV

Carbs
2234g
759% DV

Fiber
293g
1173% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

My foolproof cooking method to make the juiciest chicken breast is actually simple. Once you master these easy steps, you'll make it over and over again.

1 lb chicken breast
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
561

Sodium
730mg
30% DV

Fat
37g
58% DV

Protein
47g
94% DV

Carbs
3g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV

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