Blue Cornbread Muffins

Before everything became about sweet yellow corn, people were all about the blue corn.  Blue corn is one of the oldest varieties of corn.  Blue corn has a high level of anthocyanins, which give it the blue (or purplish) color.  In other words, blue corn has lots of health benefits! I’m going to be honest, I also like the fact that these are purple because they’re cuter than normal cornbread muffins.  There. I said it. You should be able to find organic blue corn meal at your grocery store and that is what I recommend.  Enough about that, back to the deliciousness that is the blue cornbread muffin.  These muffins come together quickly and make a great side to soups, salads, basically anything.  Give these a try for Thanksgiving (it is November now, after all) to accompany Thanksgiving dinner. I’m picturing them making a glorious combination with some turkey and homemade mac and cheese.

Blue-Cornbread-Muffins

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Healthy Apple Breakfast Muffins

Growing up in the midwest, apple picking was a popular fall activity.  Southern California does not quite have the same apple picking appeal, but in an effort to make it feel a little like home, I like to travel to Julian, CA, and visit their apple orchards.  Julian is a cute, little mountain town that is known for their apples.  Some great cider comes out of there if you’re a fan… California is experiencing a severe drought right now, so there were only two orchards open this year.  We made the best of it and were able to come back with a bag of (fairly small) apples.  There’s no way we can eat all of the apples before they go bad without cooking them, so I used some of our haul to make a healthy breakfast muffin. These less guilt muffins are quick to throw together and you get apple in every bite.  An apple muffin a day keeps the doctor away. Buttered-Apple-Muffin Continue reading