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Lemon Yogurt Cake with Fruit Jam Sauce

18 Aug

Hello world, yes it is me, I am back! I am making food again, after a long hiatus. I think I’ll have to visit each of your blogs to remind you that I’m still here, as it has been quite a while since I posted an actual recipe. Enough of these random photo posts, time to get cooking and baking again!

Do I have excuses for not updating my blog? Yes. Is it worth sharing? Not really, we all lead busy lives and this is just another example of how you neglect the fun, but enriching, areas of your life to tend to other things on the never-ending to-list of life… Wow, that was quite eloquent huh?¬†ūüėČ Continue reading

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Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Muffins

29 Jun

Muffins as far as the eye can see

I’m having a super splendid Friday evening. It’s 7’o’clock in California and the sun is still shining. The patio door is open and there’s a light breeze moving into my slightly overheated house. I can see our neighbor’s apple tree and I’m hoping they reach full growth soon so I can snag a couple (shhhh).¬†¬†I have the¬†Across the Universe soundtrack¬†playing in the background while browsing the Internet, and the smell of chocolate chip muffins¬†is in the air. Just what I like, a combination of music, technology, and of course, food! Continue reading

Carrot-Pineapple Muffins

8 Jun

Stack of healthy goodness!

¬†I feel like my blog is coming full circle, because this is the first recipe I ever posted on WordPress (not to mention it’s one of my absolute favorites)! I make these muffins all the time and they always hit the spot, must be the fiber from the carrots. The best thing about them is that they are low-fat,¬†have an amazing texture, and are not too sweet. I found this recipe in my mom’s Jenny Craig cookbook from the 90s. I can’t believe that there is now more than a¬†full decade between us and the 90s!! I loved growing up in that decade.. It was a better economic time for the world, people were happy and thriving, and I feel there was less of an emphasis on accumulating stuff like new technology,¬†high-end designer¬†labels,¬†and what not. Anyone feel the same way? I think of it as simpler times, but maybe that was just because I was a kid and saw the world in a different way. Continue reading

Low-fat Banana Bread with Flaxseed Meal

19 May

Loaf of Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love banana bread? Well, I guess people who don’t like bananas, but I can’t imagine that such people exist! (I guess anything is possible since some people don’t even like chocolate.) My favorite thing to eat when I was little was a slice of banana bread from Starbucks. ¬†The lovely part about this recipe is that you only use 5 tablespoons of butter and then add some yogurt to replace any additional fat. Also, you can throw in some flaxseed meal, which gives it a nutty flavor and¬†some good ‘ol¬†omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading

Chewy Chocolate Walnut and M&Ms Oatmeal Cookies

21 Apr
 
¬†Ah what¬†a day-¬†90 degrees in the East Bay! Puzzingly hot, because just a few days ago I remember shivering in the cold during this same time in the afternoon. Is it just me or is the weather becoming increasingly bizarre? It’s raining cats and dogs one week, and the next it is sweltering. Global warming side effects? ūüė¶
 
Today was definitely NOT an ideal day for baking cookies. I had to turn my A/C on just to be able to walk around the house comfortably. Insane! But on Fridays I like to make some treats to munch on.

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Green Macaroni & Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins

4 Apr

Moist muffins browned to perfection

Creamy green (broccoli) macaroni

A quick vegetable side dish

Tonight’s meal was pretty simple to make. I learned about “green macaroni” from my mom and have loved it ever since she first made it. It’s a good way to liven up an otherwise sad boxed macaroni dish and an easy way to get your dose of broccoli without any pain or suffering involved! Continue reading

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins- Delicious, low-fat goodness!

13 Mar
 
Carrot and Pineapple Muffins
 
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
 
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/3 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pinapple in juice, undrained
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons skim milk
1 egg, lightly beaton
Vegetable cooking spray
 
Step-by-step recipe below.

Today is my day off, and it’s raining and generally miserable¬†outside, so I thought this would be the perfect time to bust out the baking gear! These muffins are one of¬†my staple, go-to recipes because they are so easy to make, taste delicious, and are low-fat. This recipe is from a Jenny Craig cookbook that my mom bought¬†during¬†the time that she used to work for them. I can’t remember her ever¬†making them for me…maybe once…she was on a health¬†kick for most of my childhood, so I have horrible memories of having flaxseed oil spoons shoved in my face and not¬†much else. ūüėČ I kid-¬†she fed me a¬†lot of¬†good stuff too, although I don’t remember much of it because I wasn’t into eating back then.¬†I know, can you imagine??¬†I didn’t even like Jello or Animal Crackers. I have a vivid memory of sitting at my kitchen table, watching my next door neighbor eat all my junk food in front of me and not caring at all. Continue reading