October 10, 2008

Eating from the Freezer

We've already begun digging into our stash of goodies in the freezer. Other than a second round of rhubarb and sweet potatoes there is nothing else coming from the garden - all gone. So of course having no self control whatsoever, we're already reaching for the next best thing to garden produce, preserved produce!

That's when good things like this happen. These two ingredients, frozen tomatoes in juice and whole wheat noodles...

are baked into this healthy turkey lasagna.

To process these particular tomatoes in this dish, I cooked them down in a crock-pot with some red wine and oregano so that they would be infused with flavor that could go in any direction - Italian, Mexican, etc. Then I put them in freezer containers and note the fancy masking tape label- ha!

Then these two things, frozen applesauce and beet puree...

became Chocolate Beet Snack Cake.

I just scared you didn't I?!! This cake is moist and delicious and there is no need to fear the beets! They are not discernible in this cake as beets, but simply add lots of nutrition, moisture, and a certain something that you can't quite put your finger on. Did you know that beets are rich in vitamins C and A as well as antioxidants and they have plenty of fiber as well. Here's my recipe for the brave!

Chocolate Beet Snack Cake
1C beet puree
(can be made with canned beets in a food processor
with a small amount of added liquid)
1C applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cider vinegar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3-1/2C vegetable oil (your choice on how much to use)
Mix these ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
1 1/2C whole wheat pastry flour
(or half whole wheat and half all-purpose)
1/2C cocoa
1/2C sugar
1/2C brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mix thoroughly and then add beet mixture. Pour into a greased 13x9 pan and bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before cutting. Needs only a little sprinkling of powdered sugar for topping if you like.
Tip - try cutting moist cakes like this and brownies with a plastic knife. For some reason the cake or brownies are less apt to stick to the plastic knife, resulting in cleaner lines as you're cutting through.

Well, this is all then.

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