March 31, 2009 With "The Day of the Chocolate Bunny" (ie: Easter) quickly approaching, I took some time to reflect on Springtime's mythical character...The Easter Bunny. I think this guy gets gets a bad rap. C'mon, look at it this way: Delivering goodies and presents for children near and far, and what does he get? Nothin. I figure old Santa Claus at least gets some milk and cookies for all of his hard work!
This cute little icon of Spring doesn't even cast down punishment or seek revenge for naughty children in contrast to Santa's bitter threats with lumps of coal. Poor guy! So if the Easter Bunny is expected at your house this year, consider showing some love...
...what am I talking about? CARROT CAKE!
(Yes, I know I've been posting a lot of desserts...can you say NESTING??)
The use of carrots has long been a superb way to sweeten cakes and other baked goods, but I actually use them more often in savory dishes such as Enchiladas (oh don't worry...recipe coming soon), Meatloaf and Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus.
Adding shredded carrots to dishes boosts some nutritional value with their folate, vitamin A and fiber...although I have to admit the biggest benefit for me is STRETCHING A MEAL. I swear I've made two big meatloafs out of a 1/2 pound of meat just by bulking them up with shredded carrots and other veggies (note: celery does NOT work well with this...trust me).
So show some love and celebrate this gorgeous time of year!
You have to admit it, Carrot Cake tastes waaaay better than those stinkin' dyed Easter Eggs any day!
View the recipe here: CARROT CAKE with Cream Cheese Frosting