NOTE....Proud to say that my Carrot Walnut Muffin recipe was the featured recipe, you can find it featured here at http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2012/01/24/healthy-every-week-challenge-cook-more-at-home-round-up/
Week 3 ~ Cook At Home
Food Network's Healthy Eats
Week 3 comes to a close and I look back and wonder how I did with this last weeks challenge, not too shabby. I tried a few new things, ate a few standards and cooked my first steak in a pan in over a decade. It was awesome : ) I was nervous the whole time though, I wanted them rare, not dead : ) How did you do with the Cook At Home challenge this last week?
I think that when we think of cooking at home it pretty much starts the same for everyone, it's an idea that inspires us. We wonder, what do we want for dinner and off our minds wonder until an idea pops in and lights us up like a bulb in a dark room. Sometimes we're inspired by our taste buds...our cravings. Sometimes it's an ingredient we know we have in the house we want to use and we work out our menu from there. Whatever it is that inspires you to cook at home is a great thing. It not only saves us money, but we know the food is made with love, it's clean, fresh and made with our own hands.
My inspiration for my latest creation came from the knowledge that we had walnuts in the shell still hanging around from Christmas. So...I spent a few minutes cracking shells while thinking of all the different items in the house that would pair up nicely with them.
I Love Fresh Walnuts, Don't You?
Wanting to play with the first few weeks of the challenge, I decided to make something that incorporated each week's challenge. Eat more breakfast~Eat more whole grains~Cook at home.
I decided on a healthy muffin...who said muffins were only for breakfast? This can be a breakfast item, a quick snack, a lunch item paired with a nice salad, or even a side bread for dinner, pairing nicely with a hearty beef stew or beef roast. Now all I had to do was make sure it was healthy muffin : )
Following the basic blueberry muffin recipe from an earlier post, I completely changed things up while matching measurements. You are gonna really like these babies, they were soft, fluffy, light, moist and so delicious all the while leaving me feeling mostly guilt free : )
Carrot Walnut Muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray muffin tin with cooking spray, including the top of the tin.
Fill muffin pan with batter till it reaches the top.
Makes 6-8 muffins
Bake 20-25 minutes
Inspiration can come from anything, having bacon in the house along with some spinach I decided on a nice spinach salad, one of my favorites. Without checking after crisping up the bacon I found the hard boiled egg in fact was not hard boiled and we were out of mushrooms, I quickly changed tactics and decided on a tasty raspberry feta salad.