Prunes Muffins

Ingredients( all the ingredients must be at room temperature ) :

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup sour cream

3 eggs

lemon juice ( from 1/2 of lemon )

lemon zest from a whole lemon

few drops of lemon extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cups all purpose flour

6 prunes divided in half

a few pieces of almonds or walnuts ( optional )

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 12 pieces muffin tray and set up the muffins cups.

Mix brown sugar with oil until creamy, add eggs one at a time.

Add sour cream , lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and lightly whisk them  until well combined.

Divide the batter in the muffin cups and add to each one a half of prune and two almonds.

Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean.

Enjoy !!!


Oven Broccoli and Asparagus with Oven Meatballs

Ingredients for the vegetables( 4 servings ):

1 head broccoli, broken in small florets

1 bunch asparagus

1 lemon

4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1  tsp of dried oregano ( optional )

salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Brake the broccoli into small florets. Cut the ends of asparagus ( about 1-1.5 cm) and than cut them in 2 cm pieces. Wash the vegetable under the running water. Drain the water. Put the vegetables in a big bowl and add the olive oil, lemon juice salt, pepper and oregano and lightly toss them together.

Pour them in a tray and bake them for about 15-20 minutes until the asparagus is done but still crisp.

Ingredients for meatballs( 4 servings) :

250-300 g lean ground pork

1 egg

2-3 tbsp bread crumbs

1/4 tsp dried ( or fresh if preferred ) garlic powder

1/4 tsp dried oregano ( optional )

salt and black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and form small balls and bake them in a greased tray for about 20 minutes.