Joy in the Kitchen Featured Recipes

Zucchini Boats
(low carb, gluten free) 

Ingredients (makes 12)

12 bacon slices
4 medium to large zucchinis
2 tbsp avocado oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Pinch of sea salt
1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 green onions or chives, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cook bacon slices and chop into small pieces.
3. Prepare zuchini by cutting off the ends and cut zuchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out most of the inside of each slice, and cut each slice into 3-4 pieces crosswise.
4. Toss slices with avocado oil and bake until tender about 7-8 minutes.
5. Remove zuchini from the oven and the boats with bacon pieces and cheese. Bake additional 8-10 minutes (do not allow to become to soft)
5. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Before serving garnish each boat with sour cream and sprinkle green onions or chives.

Valentine's Day Sangria

1 Green apple chopped
2 Blood oranges (juiced)
3 Strawberries
1 Bottle Rose Wine
1/3 cup Rum (white)
Chill and add 7up or Sprite before serving
Garnish with sliced strawberries

 Mimosa Cupcakes

1 box vanilla cake mix
1 1/4 cups champagne, divided
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 teaspoon s orange zest
1 cup (2 sticks butter) softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Gold sanding sugar
Orange wedges for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine cake mix with 1 cup of champagne, vegetable oil, eggs and 1 teaspoon orange zest.  Bake according to package directions.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Meanwhile, make Champagne Frosting-
using a hand mixer beat butter until light and fluffy.  Add 3 cups powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain.  Add remaining 1/4 cup champagne, vanilla, remaining orange zest, pinch of salt and beat until combined.  Add remaining 1 cup powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Frost cooled cupcakes , garnish with gold sanding sugar and orange wedges.