Sweet 16

Today is a most wonderful day for this family! Beauty is 16, today! Can you believe it? My beautiful beagle is sixteen years old!

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When I was turning 6, my uncle worked for a company that tested on animals. He rescued his dog and for my 6th birthday, grabbed me her half sister: The most beautiful pup I’ve ever seen! I got her when she was just 6 weeks old and I feel so blessed to have 16 years with her, now!  It seems surreal! We weren’t sure if she was going to make it to her 16th birthday with the health problems she was having earlier this year, but we were all wrong!

This was a big day in our house and I was prepared to celebrate!

Our day began with… uh, oh… where are the eggs? We opened the fridge and had to run out to the store so we could have our omelets this morning. My girlfriend Maggie was here so I made breakfast for the three of us, plus a sandwich for dad for work.

I browned up some turkey sausage links while I cooked Barry a jalapeno and spicy cheese egg, which I served with the sausage on toast. HE was ballsy enough to try out new ghost pepper hot sauce on the sandwich, too! For Maggie and myself, I used the the liquid egg substitute, salsa, spinach, and chopped turkey sausage with fat free cheese. She enjoyed hers with ketchup, and I with hot sauce. My breakfast was completed with a mug of coffee, while Barry’s ending with a glass of milk to cut some of the fiery hot sauce.

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After assembling a shopping list, and dropping off dad’s breakfast sandwich at his work, we ran our errands and arrived to see the birthday girl! She was sleeping, of course, but her loud mommy woke her with balloons and kisses!

By far, Beauty’s favorite treat is peanut butter! Duh! Isn’t it every ones? Every year, we typically get a coffee cake or sticky bun to celebrate, but this year, I made a peanut butter creme pie, compliments of Hungry Girl. It was delish! We all were in PB heaven.

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While this was firming up in the freezer, the birthday girl got to lick the spoon… and the bowl, while her mommy made dinner.

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Today, also happens to by National Cheese Pizza Day. I had left my scale at Barry’s and made this without weighing a simple thing, only measuring spoons, same with the salads that accompanied dinner and the PB Creme pie. This was a big step for me. So much so that I needed to take a walk while it was baking…

The pizza was one of the best I’ve made yet! The humans loved it and went back for seconds. The canine of the house was treated to a special meal, as well. I found in a health magazine a while back a recipe for heart healthy food patties for dogs. Both meals were cooking.

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WP_003760Salmon Patties for Pups

makes 8 cakes

  • 1 14.75 can salmon
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, or panko
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Combine the first three ingredients and form 8 patties. In a hot skillet, drizzle with half the olive oil and brown one side. Drizzle the remaining oil and flip patties until the other side is browned and patties are warmed through.

These can be frozen and refrigerated.

She, too, wanted seconds! Its her birthday, so, of course, she got them!

Cheese Pizza

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The Crust:

  • 1 medium to large cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 3/4 cup shredded fat free mozzarella, further chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp minced)
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornmeal

The Topping:

  • 1/4 cup fat free ricotta
  • basil, to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp pizza sauce
  • 1 cup fat free shredded mozzarella
  • granulated garlic, to taste

Steam the cauliflower with 1/3 cup water in a microwave safe bowl covered with plastic wrap. Microwave about 9 minutes. Carefully transfer the steamed cauli into a food processor and blend until the cauliflower is a rice consistency. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of “riced” cauliflower. Mix that with egg, cheese and spices. The mixture will form a dough like consistency. Sprinkle the cornmeal over the hot pizza stone or pizza pan. Spread the dough on a hot pizza stone and bake for about 20 min at 400 F.

Check, using a spatula, that the crust is not sticking to the pan/stone. Allow the crust to slightly cool while you lower the temperature of the over to 350 F. Once slightly cooled, top the crust with an even spread of ricotta, and sprinkle that with basil. Next, spread the pizza sauce, and, finally, the shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle the granulated garlic over the top and bake at 350 F for about 8 minutes.

Slice and serve.

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After our pizza and salads, we digested while Beauty took her full belly to Nap Time Land.

We eventually got the pup up, lit the candles, sang Happy Birthday, and dug in! She was so cute as she kept trying to lick the pan. This picture looks like she is trying to blow out the candles!

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She seriously loved her pie! We could not top watching how much she enjoyed it!

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Happy Birthday, Babygirl!

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Frittata

Frittata, in the Italian households, typically refers to sliced potatoes, browned or sauteed, cooked into eggs, along with other fixens. More rescently, in the culinary world, it has a dopted an almost quiche-like conotation. Anyway, the beautiful thing about frittatas is that the possibilities are absolutely endless! You’ve heard of people making left-over pizza by taking anything in their refridgerators and dumping it onto a crust? You can essentially do the same, here! I had a bit of left over broccoli rabe and sauteed peppers, onions, and garlic from the graduation party. BINGO!

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serves 8

4 1/2 cups liquid egg substitute

1 egg

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup flax milk, or other low fat milk

2 cups broccoli rabe, cooked and prepared

2 cups sauteed peppers, onions, and garlic

1/2 cup fat free shredded mozzarella

1 tsp Italian seasoning

black pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp reduced fat grated parmesean cheese, more for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a skillet with a non stick cooking spray and place the prepared  sauteed peppers, onions, and garlic in it to cook away as much remaining oil, on medium heat, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside. Repeat with the prepared broccoli rabe. In a large bowl, whisk water, egg, egg substitute, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Chop the cooled peppers, onions, and broccoli rabe and whisk into the egg mix. Further chop the mozzarella into smaller pieces and whisk into egg mix.

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Spray an 9×15 pyrex with non stick spray. Pour the egg mix into the pyrex, continuing to whisk the mixture in the bowl as you pour. Sprinkle the top with the grated parmesean and bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Turn the pyrex 180 degrees and bake for another 25-30 minutes, until fully cooked.  Let rest for 5 minutes, cut and serve. Garnish with additional grated parmesean.

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I debated adding sausage to the mix to really make this pop, but instead, I made turkey sausage patties for those who wanted sausage and served it on the side. I topped mine with hot sauce!

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Calories: 162

Total fat: 5.4g

Sat. Fat: 0.8g

Cholesterol: 27mg

Sodium: 488 mg

Carbs: 10g

Fiber: 2.4g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 19.7g

It  was a hit among the family, especially my mom. I’ve never seen my mom so excited about a food. She scarfed it! “I could eat this twice a week!” It must have been good! If thats what it takes to get my mom to eat healthily, frittatas may be popping up alot more on the blog!

Bakeri Bake-Off

Yesterday, I mentioned I made one of my favorite breakfast/dessert recipes. I can’t wait to share it with you.

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When I visited Meaghen, back in December, she took me to this quaint coffee shop called Bakeri. It was small, everyone was incredibly friendly and you can watch the food being made right in front of you. They had scones, muffins, cookies, quiche, brownies, focaccia, sandwiches, and so much more! My first morning in Brooklyn I enjoyed some sort of caffeine that I let the expert order for me, a snicker doodle and lavender bar, and a delicious coffee cake!

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The back yard

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such a tiny shop

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the inspiring breakfast

This recipe is a great way to use up that fruit thats turning a little quicker than you want it to. I’m pretty proud of this recipe, too! Baking is not for everyone, its a real science and this is the first baked dish that I measured out and created solely on my own.

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serves 12

2 very ripe pears

2 medium very ripe apples

1 1/4 cup fat free sour cream

1/2 cup finely diced walnuts

1 Tbsp Brummel and Brown Yogurt spread, or butter

1 cup granulated Splenda

1/2 liquid egg whites

2 cups Presto self-rising cake flour, measure after sifting

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup whole frozen cranberries

Streusel:

1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar

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1/3 cup Fiber One bran cereal, measure then pulse in processor until fine

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1/2 Tbsp ground flax (optional)

1 Tbsp granulated Splenda

Combine sour cream through baking soda. Dough will be thick. Stir in the cranberries. Spoon a little less than half in a 9 x 9 baking dish that has been sprayed with some non stick spray. Spread the thick mixture evenly over the bottom with a spoon and ensure it reaches the corners. Let this layer settle, while roughly peeling, coring, and thinly slicing the apples and pears. Spread two-thirds of the sliced fruit over the settled layer of dough. Pour the remaining dough over top and spread evenly. Top with the remained fruit and pat fruit into dough with fingers.

Combine the ingredients for the streusel (brown sugar through flax) in a bowl and mix well. Using you hand, sprinkle to sticky mixture over the cake. Sprinkle the white Splenda evenly over top.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20-25 min at 350 F. Uncover and lightly pat down the streusel and bake for another 20-25 min.

Cut into 12 squares while still warm and enjoy!

WP_001257Facts:   1 serving (1/12 recipe)

Calories: 225

Fat: 3.3g

Sat. Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 368 mg

Carbs: 40.8g

Fiber: 3.9g

Sugar: 9.4g

I love how the tartness of the cranberries pairs with the sweetness and earthiness of the apples and pears! Its the perfect amount of sweet! This can be eaten room temp or warmed up. (I like slicing a piece in half, warming it in the microwave,  and adding a side of vanilla ice cream to make it a dessert!)

If you are ever in Brooklyn, I suggest Bakeri! Its quaint and cozy, friendly, and all their food is made with love! I can’t wait to go back!

Today, I was supposed to meet up with Katie, my sponsor to work out… but tell that to my car…

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After some more procrastination, I finally got myself to sit down and watch a bit of a  lecture.

PS. Bakeri’s cookies are to die for! Salted chocolate and cherries!

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Enjoy your Saturday!

Roasted Vegetables: Crock Pot Recipe #7

Wednesday:

I went to class this morning and while waiting, enjoyed a Muller Mousse Parfait. A girl I’m in clinical with loves these, so I gave it a try.

WP_001225I tried the peach passion fruit, figuring if I was going to try something, I might as well try the most exotic sounding. I topped it with both ground flax and chia, and it was delicious and filling! I only have one complaint: way too much sugar! Seriously, it had a whole days worth of sugar in it!

After this cardiac cram session, I hit the gym. I had a full workout planned but as I was doing it, I realized I was not going to be able to complete it, if I needed to get some sleep for night shift. I only worked out for an hour or so. I was so bummed when that I had to leave. Have you ever been so into your routine, you just didn’t want to stop. Seriously, even the shuffle on my iPod just kept giving me great songs to power up to!

I hit the sheets when I got home, unfortunately  only getting about 2 hours of sleep for my 12 hour shift. I made something that was LONG overdue: a shake. Iv’e been checking up on this blog I found and she made a shake that sounded delicious, so I gave it a go. The following was whipped up:

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handful of frozen, pitted dark cherries

1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Formula 1

1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla PDM

half a frozen banana

1 Tbsp sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

and lots of ice!

Pretty darn tasty… Actually, dad asked me to make him one for Thursday morning!

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Over the course of the long night, I did some pretty wise snacking choices, suck as graham crackers, sugar free pudding, and 94% fat free popcorn. I have to same, though, my favorite meal of the night, was the Raisin and Spice Oatmeal. I stirred in a little PB, and mmmmmm good!WP_001231

After I got home, I started preparing the crock pot. Tonight’s recipe is in preparation for tomorrow’s dinner (I can’t wait!)

Once all the ingredients were in the crock, I sat down to finish some homework and enjoyed a nice bowl of Banana Nut and Peanut Butter Cheerios, a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee with some sugar free french vanilla powdered creamer and a few dark chocolate covered espresso beans to keep me going for the day!

Katie loves crock pots too and I remembered a while back she posted about roasting vegetables in a crock pot. Being the sucker for veggies that I am, I starting thinking up ways to use these veggies. Over rice? with sausage? In a pita? The possibilities are endless! Needless to say, I hit up the discount produce shelf…

Roasted Crock Pot Veggies

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3 cloves garlic, slivered

half an onion, sliced in rings

a few baby portabellos

1 large carrot stick, sliced into very thin coins

handful of sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thin

1 small eggplant, sliced to 1/4 in thick

spices, to taste

Prepare all the vegetables, adding or subtracting vegetable that you enjoy, and toss them in the crock pot. Season, cover, and cook.

The original recipe calls for oil, but instead, I just gave the top of the veggies a quick spray with some non-stick pray and few shot a liquid aminos. I couldn’t find my Italian seasoning in the cupboard, so I used some granulated garlic, black pepper, parsley, oregano, and basil, and gave it all a nice toss.

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During class, I was starting to sense some hunger creeping up on me. I looked around the room, and wouldn’t you know like four people were chopping on protein bars! AHHHH! I knew this would be tough!

When I got home from class, the house smelled like a warm garden… fresh veggies in the air! I hustled into the kitchen to give them a stir and a try. I was so happy with how they turned out! The carrots were just the right consistency  the onions became translucent  the peppers and mushrooms cooked down, the tomatoes got soft and sweet, the eggplant absorbing all the flavors…

I had some leftover turkey sausage to I put a little in a tortilla with some veggies and I was in heaven! This most definitely will be a meal another night.WP_001237

As for tonight’s dinner, I was jonesing for a Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger, and mom was really eyeing up the chili. My creation was a chili dipped burger! YUM! I snacked on some mixed fruit for dessert!

Over all, the last 24 hours was pretty decent with food… only a few minor binges.

After meeting up with Mike to finish our assignment, I tried to squeeze in a workout before being detained in nursing labs for 3 hours. I was able to squeeze in the following workout, based off of Julie’s Beat Boredom Interval Workout:

Weights:

Sitting Crunches 15reps 4 set 53 lbs
Tricep Extensions 15reps 4 sets 20 lbs
Sitting Crunches 15reps 4 sets 53 lbs

Elliptical:

0-10 min 11 resistance
10-1230 13
1230-15 14
15-20 11

Repeat Weights

Treadmill:

1-5 minutes 4.2 speed 8 incline
5-630 7 1
630-8 5 1
8-10 4.2 1

Now, I ready to crash, wake up refreshed, workout, watch some lectures, and cook you all a wonderful Friday Lenten dinner!Even though, I was totally sleep deprived, I did not want to leave. These last two days I’ve really been in the workout zone!