I celebrated a birthday yesterday, ending in “O” So in honor of this special day, I am posting a delicious brownie recipe. You can choose to make it either in the original, moderate or low fat versions. All are delicious! If you do not have apple sauce consider substituting pumpkin or Greek yogurt instead!
Serving size and frequency of eating are important factors in deciding when to change sweet baked products. This example offers the alternative of replacing margarine with applesauce.
Original Moderate Low Fat
½ cup margarine ¼ cup margarine Omit
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup sugar 1 cup sugar 1 cup sugar
1 egg 1 egg 2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup flour ¾ cup flour ¾ cup flour
¼ cup cocoa ¼ cup cocoa ¼ cup cocoa
¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped pecans ¼ cup chopped pecans Omit
Spray a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick spray coating; set aside. In mixer bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Pour into pan and bake at 350 °F for 20 to 25 minutes.
Yield: 16 servings
Approximate nutritional values per serving:
153 calories 117 calories 78 calories
9 grams fat 5 grams fat 0.2 grams fat
49% calories from fat 34% calories from fat 3% calories from fat
13 mg cholesterol 13 mg cholesterol 0 mg cholesterol
With all the heat, our vine crops are having a ball and growing like crazy. I took some pictures earlier in the week of the different plants to gauge where they are at in starting to produce. Mostly I was looking for the presence of flowers, and if flowers were present, then I was looking to see if the flowers were male (for pollen) or female (fruit producing). We need both male and female flowers to get anything off of a particular variety. Female flowers have a swollen area behind the flower that often looks like a miniature version of whatever the fruit is supposed to be.
The ‘Rocky’ cucumber is much farther along. A check of the label says 45 days to maturity, which would explain the early fruiting! These are little 3-4″ long snack cucumbers. We’ve harvested 4 of these cucumbers just this week .
The ‘Suhyo Cross’ cucumbers, another long, slicing type, are also lagging behind. I didn’t see very many flowers at all, and certainly no female flowers.
This is ‘Lil’ Pump-ke-mon’ ornamental pumpkin. you can see that it had some male blooms earlier that have died and now has some female blooms. I couldn’t tell for sure when I checked this morning if any of them have actually been pollinated.
On the other hand, the ‘Sunshine’ Kabocha squash hasn’t had tons of flowers, but I’m pretty sure that this squash is successfully pollinated and growing. We’ll be sure to keep and eye on it. This type of Kabocha squash is supposed to be a bright scarlet at maturity.
That’s what’s going on in the Vertical Garden this week. There are some other vine crops throughout the garden, but I’ll cover them in the context of “whole garden” overviews in the next couple of weeks.