Whether you are eating for one or have a family of four getting back in the kitchen can be simple, savory, nutritious, and incredibly edible!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Brighten Up Your Morning with Orange Cranberry Muffins
Sprinkle...pour....sprinkle...pour The sound of the rain falling in San Diego. It's going to be a gorgeously green spring! After dealing with the drought I am ecstatic about the rain, and truly it doesn't seem to stop me or my labs as we hit the trails. Just put some shampoo on them before we hit the trails and they come out washed! ;o)
This morning I am whipped up a batch of Orange Cranberry Muffins adapted from my favorite muffin cookbook by Williams Sonoma. I doubled the recipe so I could freeze some for a later day.
Orange Cranberry Muffins (adapted from Williams Sonoma Muffins Cookbook)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (or just use 2 cps white flour in place of both flours)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 orange, zested
1 large egg
4 Tbsp butter, melted (I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 canola oil)
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries
1/2 cup pecans (I toasted mine in a skillet)
Preheat oven to 375*F. Toss together flours, sugars, baking powder, salt, and zest in a large bowl. Melt butter in a liquid measuring cup (should measure 1/4 cup) in the microwave. Add in 1/2 cup milk to measuring cup. Make a "well" in the dry ingredients and pour milk/butter mixture into well. Add in egg, orange juice, cranberries, and nuts and mix until moistened--you NEVER over mix quick breads (aka make it smooth). Spray muffin cups with cooking spray and fill pan 2/3's full. Makes 10-12 muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes. I have a convection oven; thus, it only took 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Looking back, most of my fondest memories are accompanied by fabulous food, family, and friends. As a dietitian, wife, and athlete my thoughts constantly revolve around food. This blog is meant to share some of my "edible thoughts" on ways to save time, create quick treats, balance the scales of life, and focus on health. I hope you find something tasty to chew on!