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My Healthy Halloween Muffins..

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), cucina, Feast Your Eyes Campaign, Holidays, and recipes

pumpkin-muffins.jpgcopyright, 2008, Maria Liberati

October is here and Halloween is lurking around the corner and so are the pumpkins.  I am working on a healthy eating campaign for the American Academy of Ophthalmologists and their upcoming cookbook. The campaign is called Feast Your Eyes. It is based  on the research that has shown that along with regular exams, eating certain foods can help to delay or control the onset of macular degeneration.   I needed a Halloween recipe for adults, one that is healthy, and can be eaten by adults, so here is my  first Halloween recipe. This is great as an appetizer or light lunch or dinner served with a slice of Prosciutto Ham  and Pecorino cheese or both. These are delicious but also healthy to eat and not your typical sugary fare.

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 packet dry yeast

½ tsp crushed, hot, red pepper

pinch of salt

pinch of sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup low fat or skim milk

2 tbsp of carrot juice

4 ounces of mashed pumpkin

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In mixing bowl place egg ,milk, carrot juice, crushed red pepper, mix with electric mixer. In separate bowl place flour ,sugar,salt and stir together. Add in, a little at a time to egg mixture. When well blended, add in pumpkin. Grease a muffin pan with butter or place in paper muffin cups instead. Add in muffin mixture, filling each muffin cup halfway. Cook for 20-25 minutes or till firm. When finished remove from oven, leave till warm in muffin cups. Serve warm with a slice of Prosciutto and a slice of Pecorino cheese.

“Mangia Bene, Vivi Bene”


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