Veggie Muffins

It's official. We struggle to get enough veggies in our day, everyday! My new favourite past time has been trialling inventive snacks that I can pass on to our lovely clients. Oh...and that I can also indulge in myself! Whilst enjoying a Friday night in recently and enjoying some 90's smash hits after a busy work week, I discovered these. Enjoy, Ash xx

Makes: 12

Ingredients

100g semidried tomatoes or grilled capsicum

2 cups wholemeal raising flour

1 large zucchini, grated

1 large carrot, grated

1/2 cup spring onions finely sliced

1/2 cup coarsely grated cheese (You're choice)

1/2 cup skim milk

3 eggs, lightly whisked

60g olive oil margarine

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp dried basil

Shake of salt

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spray 12 medium muffin pans with oil to grease. Literally throw all ingredients into a big bowl whilst dancing to Michael Jackson and combine well. 

Spoon the mixture into prepared tins and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition: 

Energy: 140 calories/588kJ, Protein 6.6g, Carbs 16.3 (1 diabetic exchange), Fat 5.4g

As a lighter snack have one of these with a cup of tea. For a bit more protein eat your muffin with a 250mL cup of coffee, glass of milk or chai for a snack worth about 220-250 calories/924-1050kJ kilojoules.

Suggestions: Heat in the microwave, especially during these cooler winter months!

Spicy Carrot Dip

Ingredients:

3 carrots (475g), grated

75g (1/4 cup) tahini

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 clove of garlic, chopped

2 medjool dates, pit removed

1.5cm piece fresh ginger, grated

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/4 cup freshly chopped coriander leaves

125ml (1/2 cup) water

Method:

Blend all in a food processor or blender.

Enjoy

1. As a snack with cut up veggie sticks or grainy crackers. 1/3 of a cup is a good portion!

2. As a spread on your wraps or sandwhiches

Nutrition

Carrots are high in Beta Carotene, an important antioxidant which plays a role in generating healthy skin and eyes. Tahini is made of sesame seeds and high in a certain natural food chemicals called lignans which have been seen to reduce cholesterol. Tahini is also a good source of calcium and magnesium, which aids in building strong bones. Ginger has been seen to reduce inflammation, assist in protective immunity and assist with digestion. What are you waiting for - eat it up!