This summer was blue indeed. Not only because many people suffered from COVID depression and anxiety, but because of COVID, one of the few fun and safe socially-distanced things to do was to go to a U-Pick farm.
It was an ideal way to be outside, and get hands in touch with the earth with picking fresh produce. And as a food blogger, I certainly desired more connection during this time of disconnecting from people and the planet.
I have this 1980's blue dress that matched perfectly with the deep blue of the berries that we picked throughout Washington State. The blueness was not sad, but inspired all sorts of blueberry recipes. And during late harvest season, I thought combining blueberries and zucchinis in a more-naturally-sweetened recipe was ideal.
Blue and green were the prime colors while picking blueberries. Walking through fields of blueberry bushes felt like walking through a fairytale. The beauty and serenity that surrounded us during those moments, inspired nothing but vibrancy and positivity in this life.
So to go off the inspiration from the blue and green fields I combined these late-summer produce together in a whole-wheat and hearty mini muffin.
If you want this sweeter, add more sugar and if you desire regular sized muffins, this recipe makes around 12 muffins.
Advice from a Blueberry
This vintage dress and other vintage items are available on my Etsy shop, The Elizabethan Closet.
Vegan Blueberry + Zucchini Whole Wheat Mini Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10-15 minutes
Makes approx. 24 mini muffins (12 large muffins)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
5 tbsp nondairy milk
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small zucchini, grated
1 cup blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix together the dry ingredients until well combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the first four wet ingredients. Stir in the zucchini and then the lemon. **These are not overly sweet, so if you want it sweeter, add more sugar.**
Next, add the dry ingredients into the wet and fold until it makes a dough. Fold in the blueberries until well covered. Spray or grease a mini-muffin baking pan. If you do not have this, use a traditional muffin pan.
Carefully add in the dough about 3/4 of the way full into each muffin tin. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Check the muffins with the poke test, by inserting a toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean then the dough is cooked through. Let the muffins cool for several minutes before removing from the pan.
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It's no secret 2020 has been a challenging year. No matter what situation you are in, just know that obstacles are here to challenge your soul's growth and potential. With the right mindset, these mantras help you during difficult times.
When under emotional stress, mantras calm the body and channel the thoughts back to a more positive state, to be in control of one's thoughts.
"I accept the situation and can only control my own thoughts, actions and behaviors."
When going through a difficult situation, we must learn to make peace with the situation and understand how we can control actions and reactions.
"Take actions on the things that I can change."
To piggyback on the first quote, every situation in life has a learning lesson. Whatever the lesson may be, just know only you can control your actions and any changes that need to be made. Sometimes we have to endure loss in order to learn the most important things in life.
"I have two wolves that live inside my head. The wolf of the light. And the wolf of the dark. Right now, I choose to feed the wolf of the light."
We can control our thoughts and fuel positive, healthy thoughts or continue to spiral through negativity to keep ourselves down in the dumps.
"I have been put into this situation to strengthen my soul's growth."
All of these thoughts pertaining to this mantra have been mentioned above.
"Today I will do my best. I will let go of any self doubt, criticism or self-inflicting thoughts or harm."
We are our own worst critic. We can be hard on ourselves but we must realize we can only do so much in one day. For today, try to do your best and be proud of that.
"I trust in my life path and my life's journey."
Trust in your life's journey. Trust in God. Make smart decisions that benefit you, and do not tempt you.
"Everything in life is temporary. The feelings and emotions I am experiencing right now are temporary."
Nothing in life is permanent. Not the seasons and not your life. There is beginning and there is an end. The hard times too will pass, and know that your current emotions are temporary.
What is your favorite mantra to say during tough times?
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Roman White Beans + Wilted Greens
I made this recipe in the height of Coronavirus back in March, but forgot to upload it. Now that it is nearly fall, this Roman "poor man" soup is ideal to use up those cabinet ingredients as well as ignite something healthy and hearty during the cooler months.
For those who have fall allergies or sinus issues, the slight heat that comes from this dish clears out the sinuses without overheating the palate.
For the Romans, they were known for many recipes and creative concoctions. Did you know that the Romans were the original creators of flan? That is for another blog post, but know that many recipes that we know today root back to the ancient Roman and Greek era.
Back in the day, many soups and stews got their flavor from bones, meat broth and meat, but some were flavored solely with herbs. In this vegan dish, the flavor comes directly from the herbs and spices to bring about a savory and robust flavor coupled with a hint of heat.
Some historians said that the lower class citizens ate mainly vegetarian because of food availability and affordability. Some historians claim that is not true because many got to consume the same meats as the higher class, but just not in the same quantity or availability.
Regardless, this original recipe is usually made with a meat-based broth, and to add more flavor I used vegetable bouillon cubes. Vegetable broth is a suitable substitute.
Regardless of the origins, this is an affordable recipe that is packed with nutrients and warmth.
“Nearly everyone wants as least one outstanding meal a day.”
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com