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Wellness with Janina Church
July 20th, 2012

Zucchini Muffins

When your summer garden pours out its bounty of zucchini love, give this recipe a try.



Nina’s Zucchini Muffins

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp ground ginger

3 eggs

1 cup olive oil

1tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 ripe mashed banana

2 cups shredded zucchini (you can also try 1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup shredded carrot instead, just to add a bit of color)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
  • In another bowl, add eggs, olive oil, vanilla, sugar, banana and zucchini.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and blend well.
  • Grease muffin pans and fill cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 12-14 muffins.

*   If you are making bread: grease 2 loaf pans and bake for 40-50 minutes.


Sometimes I prepare a simple powder sugar and milk frosting and drizzle over the muffins when they are cool. Other days I sprinkle a cinnamon and granulated sugar mix on the muffins before baking. Most of the time we eat them plain and have yet to hear any complaints about it:)

Not long ago I made a vegan version of this recipe, by using 1/2 mashed banana per egg as a replacement.





April 20th, 2012

Hibiscus Cooler to the rescue

The  weather man said it was going to be hot today. I am such a hot weather wienie, so such news sent me into my usual hot weather freak out…

First make a batch of Hibiscus cooler. Then get errands done before noon so I can retreat to my cool cave (north facing master bedroom) with a chilled glass of Hibiscus Cooler avoiding the hottest part of the day. Whew!

Hibiscus Cooler


Hibiscus is a sacred flower in India used to balance first and second chakra disorders. Hibiscus flowers help purify the blood, support the circulatory system, reproductive system and kidney function, improve complexion and promote hair growth. The flowers can be made into a refreshing drink to eliminate excess heat from the body. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, so this drink can be taken in the winter served warm with a little extra ginger to help relieve and prevent the flu.


Hibiscus Cooler Recipe

8 cups of water

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup dried hibiscus leaves

1 teaspoon -1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (use less ginger in warmer weather, use more ginger in cooler weather)

Natural sweetener of your choice-honey, agave or maple syrup

In medium saucepan boil water. Add hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and ginger. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten to taste. Serve chilled with a sprig of mint or warm in the winter with a lemon wedge.