This is a sample of my new recipe/green tip newspaper column: The Groovy Green Kitchen. Enjoy the read and savor every bite, whatever you are wearing (or not). 😉
Also great to share with someone you love. ♥ They will thank you for it!
¼ C. good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teas. EACH baking powder, baking soda, ground nutmeg, sea salt
1 teas. ground cinnamon
The Groovy Green Kitchen
The Best Zucchini Chocolate Cake
The Best Naked Cake
Have I got your attention?
So what does this luscious, tempting piece of chocolate cake got to do with the word “naked”?
It all started with a blog post at my cooking, craft and cat blog: Veggies, Yarns and Tails. Tania Densiuk, one of my blog friends who formerly hosted the wonderful cookbook blog: The Candied Quince, decided to have some fun with this cake recipe from Not Just for Vegetarians. She gave it a try and loved it. After tasting this cake a la natural (as photographed above) Tania dubbed it: The Best Naked Cake.
No icing or adornment required.
Since then the word has spread and the name has stuck!
Luscious, oh so chocolatey and stays moist for several days. This is a great lunchbox addition too. If you just have to “spruce it up” a bit, try a dollop of iced cream or frozen yogurt. Definitely optional though.
Naked cake eating: it can be naughty and nice.
The Best Zucchini Chocolate Cake
¼ C. butter or good-quality margarine (not whipped)
½ C. vegetable oil
¾- 1 C. white or light brown sugar (to taste)
2 eggs (beaten)
1½ teas. vanilla extract
½ C. buttermilk
2 ¼ C. unbleached white pastry flour
2 C. grated (peeled) zucchini
½ C. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a 9” x 13” rectangular or large bundt cake pan. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar and eggs. Add vanilla and buttermilk. Gradually add remaining ingredients and stir (use an electric mixer if possible) to combine thoroughly. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes until cake is done (toothpick inserted in center comes out clean). Allow cake to cool before slicing. Enjoy!
Today’s Groovy Green Kitchen Eco-friendly Tip:
If you have lunch away from home (any day or every day) try to “brown-bag” it, if at all possible.
Eating out can be very expensive especially if it’s on a regular basis. Many people forgo making and taking their lunch with them due to time restrictions. The morning rush at home is not the time to plan for that day’s lunch. Plan ahead, even if it’s just the night before. There are so many great lunch options that can be prepared and ready to go, ahead of time.
Try something new. Some healthy, easy options: Marinated salads can be delicious and satisfying. Make ahead and enjoy from the refrigerator for several days. Try bean, vegetable, pasta, rice salads, to name a few tasty choices. Home-made soup is another excellent lunch addition. Make a large batch on the weekend. Heat and pour your serving into a thermos in the morning. Add a sandwich, wrap or pita, some fresh fruit and perhaps a sweet treat (like the cake above) or homemade energy bar and you are GOOD TO GO!
Use eco-friendly reusable containers. Avoid plastic and aluminum wrap. A thermos filled with coffee, tea or soup can be enjoyed at your desk, throughout the day. An excellent way to avoid the lure of over-sweetened, calorie-laden coffee-shop lattes and other tempting treats. Empty calories that can easily lead to weight/waist gain.
Instead of a trip to the restaurant or coffee-shop, plan to take a walk at lunch time. On beautiful, sunny days, take your lunch with you to enjoy outside. Start a trend at the office. Sometimes it’s hard to stay fit when a large part of the day is spent sitting in front of a computer. Get your co-workers on board to eat healthier at work and find time to enjoy a lunch-hour walk together. You’ll come back to the office, refreshed and renewed.
The bonus: At month’s end, take a minute to add up what you’ve saved on lunches brought from home as opposed to restaurant fare. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you’ve saved. Perhaps a splurge (without calories) is in order?
The Groovy Green Kitchen © 2010 Geraldine H. Hartman. All rights reserved.
The Best Zucchini-Chocolate Cake recipe adapted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way © Geraldine Hartman. All Rights Reserved.
“Naked” Cake photo © and courtesy of: Tania Densiuk