Healthified doughnuts

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I am not a huge doughnut fan. Or are they donuts? Either way, Brian sure does love them.

In an effort to make quick and delicious breakfasts for him, I discovered this gem of a recipe. I present to you, Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts. Clocking in at slightly 200 hundred calories a piece(with my adaptations), they afford you the luxury of eating a donut without breaking the calorie bank. Or spending the rest of the day at the gym. They are dense, moist, and most tasty when warm out of the oven. Mmm mmm mmm.

I do have a small confession. These are probably nothing more than muffins in the shape of donuts are so much more fun to eat then muffins. And they seem like such a splurge.

I adapted this recipe to make it even more healthified! What did I change?

I used half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour. I cut the amount of chocolate chips in half(big calorie saver and they had plenty of chocolatey goodness). Oh, and we had the donuts without being dipped in cinnamon and sugar. Who needs to add the extra calories? Otherwise, it’s the same process. So, lets look at some pictures.

donut1donut6donut5Donut pans! Where did I get mine? I smartly used a 50% off a single item coupon at Michael’s coupon and got 2 pans for less than $10. They are Wilton brand and worked great.

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These were super easy to a make and would be easy to make even healthier. Substitute different fruit, add cinnamon, really the possibilities are endless with this recipe. The original recipe said that it makes a dozen donuts. I came out with 14, but mine may have been a little smaller. Oh well, that’s calories saved! They also keep really well. I divided them out in single servings and sent them with Brian throughout the week for breakfast. I imagine they would freeze well, too.
I will definitely be making them again soon.

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Pinterest fails

I, like most of you have a little addiction with Pinterest. I pin far more things than I make or do and am skeptical about unrealistic claims under the pictures. I think people just write those things to get more people to pin it. There is no way that one chicken recipe is so good that you have eaten it every day for a year. No. way.

I’ve had several successes from the wide world of Pinterest, but have also had some failures.

Failure #1

Put Sharpie on a plain coffee mug and bake it at 350F for 20 minutes and it become permanent. IT DOES NOT! It scrubs right off.

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Has anyone done this and it actually worked?

Failure #2

Soak a not soft t-shirt in a ratio of 1cup salt:1 cup water for 3 days. Wash and it becomes soft. IT DOES NOT! Brian soaked his shirt for a week and it was no less soft than regular washing.

We have become obsessed with really soft t-shirts in our house. Anyone know a fail-proof way of making not soft t-shirts really soft quickly?

Failure #3

Several recipes. Oh well. Recipes don’t work all the time.

What have people found on Pinterest that have been awesome, easy and cheap projects? I love DIY.

 

A mexican fiesta and pickled onions

I’ve pickled things before. Pickled pickles. Also called pickled cucumbers. Pickled carrots. Pickled vegetables for bahn mi. They’ve all been delicious.

Sunday, there was last-minute decision to change menu plans from pork tinga to some amazing honey lime fish tacos.  Last time I made the tacos, I didn’t have the energy to run to the store, so we just made do with what we had and topped them with lettuce and avocado.

Well, this time, I did them up right. A little crunchy and tangy goes great with fish. So we had the option of more toppings this time. Red cabbage, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado, limes, and pickled onions.

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The recipes of pickled onions I have made before took time. So a quick google seach returned a Bon Appetit result that I knew wouldn’t steer me wrong. With only a little over an hour of pickling time, these were ready just in time for that tacos. Quick pickled onions, indeed!

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Mmm mm mmm. I can’t wait to throw these on sandwiches throughout the week! So tasty!

Apple cinnamon yogurt

Yep. It’s as easy at it sounds. And tastes a little bit like apple pie a la mode.

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1 cup of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt

1 apple diced

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If you use plain yogurt, you may want to add a drop or two of vanilla, but if you don’t, this is still wonderful. Mix everything together and eat! I put in tons of cinnamon. No really, like a tablespoon just for the health benefits of cinnamon, but would suggest that people start below that amount. This would also be a great post workout snack.

Beet burgers and rosemary potatoes

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After getting into roasting beets from the farmer’s market a few summers ago, I decided that I liked beets. Since then, I have had a hot and cold relationship with beets. During one of those hot streaks, I bought 2 cans of them from the grocery store. I have no idea what I was thinking. So, they’ve been in the pantry for months now and I decided that they needed to get used up.

Fortunately, Neverhomemaker posted a beet burger recipe. I substituted fresh beets for canned beets and black beans for white beans and the burgers turned out delicious!

Dare I say that it might be my new favorite veggie burger recipe? Well, it might. It holds together better than most veggie burger recipes that I’ve made and the burger was nice and crispy on the outside and flavorful on the inside. Topped with goat cheese and it was to die for!

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On the side I made some rosemary roasted red potatoes. Say that 10 times fast! Whoa, tongue twister.

These potatoes were better than usual. I tried out Gwyneth Paltrow’s method of no-fry fries, but used red potatoes, cubed them and added rosemary. Soaking them in cold water made a huge difference. They tasted much crispier and more delicious than roasted potatoes I’ve had before. I’m sold on adding in the extra step!

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So, there you go. A healthier burger and fries that you can make at home.

Lazy Saturday

At the last minute last night I met a few of my old co-workers out for drinks. As you know, I rarely go out anymore, especially on Friday nights, but was really glad I did. We had a blast and tons of laughs. Being up later than usually has made me a little tired today, coupled with some congestion, I’ve felt like an all out bum.

I was mildly productive in the kitchen, but I just can’t seem to tackle that ever growing pile of laundry.

I made a half dozen hard boiled eggs to have as snacks throughout the week.

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A batch of slightly disappointing healthy chocolate and peanut butter granola. Oh, and I severely burnt the other tray of it. Meh granola + burnt granola= granola fail.

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And now I’m working on some beet veggie burgers.

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While I was being lazy today, Brian did the grocery shopping. Now I can make pork tinga tomorrow! That makes me very happy. Thank goodness for Brian!

A healthier enchilada

I have professed my love for Mexican food several times over. One thing I rarely order or make is enchiladas. Mostly because they aren’t that healthy. And they have such little nutritional value.

So I decided to cook them up at home to try to make them a little healthier. There is the never-ending battle between the flour and corn tortilla in our house. Brian likes the flour, I like the corn. I am still trying to limit my gluten intake and corn have way fewer calories than flour. So this is a tale of two different plates of enchiladas.

So start by making the enchilada filling. And preheat your oven to 350F.

I added about a half tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet on medium to medium-high heat. Once hot, I sautéed one small onion(diced) until it starts to soften and turn glassy. Then I added in a pound of 93% lean ground beef and a packet of fajita seasoning(or seasoning of choice). When that is almost cooked through I stirred in 1 diced zucchini and one can of drained and rinsed black beans. Cook until heated through. Then add in a few handfuls of spinach. Stir until just starting to wilt.

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Now you have a very tasty and nutritious filling. From here, you can use it to top a salad, make a taco or make enchiladas.

In the bottom of an 8×8 pan, pour a little enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan ans spread it around. I used flour tortillas for Brian. I put 3 big spoonfuls of enchilada filling in the center or a tortilla then rolled it up and placed it in the pan.

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I continued to do that until they were neatly rolled and tightly packed. Then I took pre-made enchilada sauce and generously poured it over the rolled enchiladas. Top with cheese.

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Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve.

I wanted a lower calorie meal. So I took a mini loaf pan and placed a corn tortilla at the bottom of it. Then I topped it with a good amount of filling, a healthy pour of enchilada sauce and cheese. I placed this in the oven next to the bigger pan for about 20 minutes.

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For a nice healthy side I made one avocado worth of guacamole and split it between the two of us. A perfect compliment to the hot and filling enchiladas.

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Which was a perfect meal to eat last week during the snow storm.

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The leftovers are amazing, too. I sauteed up some more onion and an orange bell pepper and topped with some more of the filler and enchilada sauce. So tasty!

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Reinventing leftovers is great! How do you reinvent your leftovers so you don’t get bored?

V Day: Part 2

Uh. I was cranky and feeling like crap this afternoon after indulging at work today.
I came right home and did a killer workout then made us a healthy dinner of oven baked mahi mahi and green beans with baby portabellas.

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Heart healthy for Valentine’s Day!

Eating crap and sweet treats at work today was a reminder that I need to reset myself and refocus. At the beginning of the year I said that I was going to give up sugar. I initially did really good. Then I was bad, then I was better and I’m back to being bad. I always regret it and feel crappy afterwards. Blah! When will I ever learn?

So, I decided today that I’m not having any sweets or treats until Easter. None. Hopefully by that time I will have lost the taste for sweets and will continue on without a problem. It’s time to get the most out of every workout. Why am I sabotaging my hard work?

Happy Valentine’s Day

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a post.

Every month at work we have Payday Potluck. When we get paid(once a month), we all bring in food. It’s always a feast. This month we moved it up a few days to celebrate a birthday and Valentine’s Day as well. I wish I would have taken a picture of the spread. It was deluxe! We had fried chicken, french fries, fried okra, tamales, pizza, Indian rice, salad and Iowa Girl Eat’s brownie truffles.

I may have gone a little nuts. So I am focused on drinking a lot of water and getting in a really good workout tonight.

After my workout, I am going to use one of my Valentine’s Day presents from Brian. We usually don’t do much but he went overboard this year and completely surprised me. He got me a really amazing at home massager which is a life saver after my workouts. I love it because it has a really long handle, so I can use it on my back. Oh, and did I mention it’s heated? It’s auh-mazing. Then I’ll probably curl up with the  new book he got me. I’m one lucky girl.

I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day! And Happy Birthday to my awesome Dad!

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Life lately

You may have noticed a lack of posting lately. That is a direct reflection on my lack of cooking lately.

Brian was sick all last week and had no appetite. None.

So, that left me with little motivation to cook. And we had a fridge full of food. So I cooked a little here and there. Mostly just enough for me to eat and have leftovers to take to work the next day.

I had just bought a nice big piece of fresh Sockeye salmon, so that was 4 meals right there with a side of veggies. I had some leftover turkey burgers to work though and a batch of avocado kale salad. I did make a little fresh hummus to keep at home. It’s so tasty.

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I also had a head of cauliflower that needed used up. I roasted it with curry powder and paprika for some nice flavor. A good change from just olive oil, salt and pepper.

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My gym replaced a lot of its older treadmills with new ones. Now we have my own personal tv right in front of me. It really distracted me into a longer workout. I loved it…after I figured out all of the fancy functions, which took me a minute. I am sure many of you already have this fancy of a treadmill at your gym, but I don’t belong to a fancy gym. It’s the little things that excite me.

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Brian and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on Monday night with a really nice sushi dinner out. It was also a little celebration that he had an appetite again! Oh, how I love sushi. It’s also really nice to celebrate on an off night so that places aren’t super crowded.

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What are everyone’s plans for the big V-Day?