Thursday, August 30, 2007

Crunchy Pudding

I love to cook and bake for my family. I am always on the lookout for good, new recipes. Unfortunately, I do have one standout fault in the kitchen - I am a bit overzealous in my attempts to make recipes healthier - even the pretty darn healthy ones! I substitute whole grain flours (wheat, spelt, brown rice, whatever), I add ground flax seed, I decrease the sugar, I add veggies, I substitute yogurt for sour cream, I basically do whatever I can think of to make the recipe healthier. Now this may sound like a good thing, and, in theory, it is. Occasionally it actually works. Most of the time it doesn't. If I get lucky the food remains edible.


The other day I was making a recipe from The Garden of Vegan for chocolate pudding using silken tofu, cocoa, sugar, etc. Pretty easy recipe. Pretty good recipe. Pretty healthy recipe. But then I had to go and try to make it healthier. Every recipe is healthier with the addition of veggies, right? What veggie goes pretty well with chocolate? Zucchini! (a secondary motive being to use up the plethora of zucchini from my garden) So I shredded some zucchini and mixed it in. I threw in some coconut to disguise the zucchini texture and put it in the fridge to chill. I knew that it wasn't something I'd serve at a dinner party, but I hoped that the kids would eat it.


Matt's uncle Markle was visiting us the next evening. We had a great meal (with grilled zucchini!), and the kids were restless. Matt pulled out the "pudding" for the kids, and somehow we all ended up with a bowl. There were a few bites, a few reviews, and lots of laughing. Markle's comment was, "It isn't that it is bad... I've just never tasted pudding with this texture... crunchy..."

Despite the complaining, both Matt and his uncle ate a bowl full. Kate wouldn't touch it. That girl can spot a zucchini a mile away. Only one person asked for more...

4 comments:

Ashlee said...

you are a nut! too funny. love the pic of jack. SO BIG!!

Penny said...

LOL! I think your pudding sounds... interesting. Now, would you like a recipe for a sweet surprise slice? It has zucchini in it.

Or those chocolate mousse using avocado. http://girlfriday.wordpress.com/2007/03/10/raw-food-dessert-recipe/

GreenStyleMom said...

Yes, Penny! I do want that recipe! I have soooo much zucchini...

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