Tag Archives: low fat

Banana-Date Cake- inspired by grandma

6 Sep

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It’s so weird to be back! Equally weird to see that many of you, whom I used to follow, are still posting regularly. I guess I’m the only one who fell off the wagon. For two years.

I still reference this blog sometimes for recipes. That’s what happened today, I looked up Cold Asian Noodle Salad because my mom requested it for dinner. I, shamefully, have not cooked much for months besides quick quesadillas and sandwiches. I bake on a monthly basis though. Baking always came easier to me than cooking. Plus, there’s that sweet tooth.

Med school has kept me busy. I didn’t have a summer. Spent 6 weeks studying for my board exam, day and night, and thankfully passed. I started my third year in July with my clinical clerkships, or rotations. I work in the hospital for free (actually my tuition goes towards paying for my experience) and learn the skills of the trade as I “rotate” through different specialties. So far I’ve finished one month of orthopedic surgery and one month of family medicine (FM). I’m starting my next month of FM on Tuesday (thank god for Labor Day holiday!). I’m loving it so far. Minus the almost 2 hours of commuting daily and the exhaustion when I come home.

Anyway, on to the reason I’m posting today. I wanted to share and catalog this recipe for a Banana-Date cake. I watched my grandma make it last month when she came to visit us, and tried to replicate it as closely as I could. I was too lazy to take notes so I had to try making it a couple times before it came out right. Essentially, free-handing it. I looked at other recipes for dense cakes like this to make sure my flour to baking power ratio and number of eggs was okay. This time it came out very well so I’ll stick to this recipe from now on! Continue reading

Chickpea and Potato Curry

16 Feb

Chickpea and Potato Curry

Dear WordPress friends, it’s been too long! I’m here today to share a recipe for an Indian vegetarian dish that I made this past Wednesday. My mom wrote the recipe and wanted me to test it out to make sure it could be followed by a cook who is new to Indian cooking (i.e. me). As it turns out, my mom forwarded my blog information to a woman at her hospital who is putting together a cookbook with recipes from employees and their family. An “Employee Recipe Book” essentially, to raise money for the March of Dimes foundation. (Just as background, my mom is a pharmacist.) I’m excited to  have my recipes be part of a cookbook! They requested an Indian recipe from us as well, and so that’s why my mom wrote this recipe and had me test it out. I was happy to have another push to learn to make some yummy Indian food. 🙂

This Chickpea and Potato Curry is vegetarian and very, very healthy. It is packed with protein and full of flavorful spices, including a nice addition of ginger and garlic. (You could always make a ginger-garlic paste to use in recipes like this. I used one that my dad had made earlier in the month.) Fat content is very minimal. This dish can be enjoyed on its own with a side of plain yogurt, over a bed of rice, or with roti. I’ve been trying to cut carbs from my diet lately, so I just had it on its own with the yogurt. It’s very tasty! Sometimes if I have mini pita pockets in the fridge, I also pack one with my lunch so I can dip it into the curry. This is a nice option if you don’t want to make roti.  Continue reading

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

11 Jan
Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

These are soooo awesome! They are moist, fluffy, and light at the same time- quite amazing. And very easy to make. I watched the movie No Reservations in the background (really fun movie complete with an awesome Italian soundtrack that’s perfect for when you’re in the kitchen) and whipped these up in a snap.

Thank you Kim for the recipe! You now have two pingbacks from me. 🙂 I will no longer have to resort to boxed baking mixes when I am craving a good ol’ chocolate cupcake.

So, my friends, give these LOW FAT cupcakes a shot- you will not regret it! Continue reading

Sweet Potato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

7 Jan

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If this sounds delectable then you are right, it is exactly that. I like to spend some time on the weekends perusing other people’s blogs, hopeful that I will be inspired or maybe find a new favorite recipe. I found this one on a blog called Naturally Ella. Maybe you have seen this blog before, it is pretty darn awesome and I’m sure to visit it again. This dish is a low fat mac and cheese that Erin from Naturally Ella created, and it has a nice helping of sweet potato in it. Can you believe that I’ve never cooked with sweet potato before? Well, it’s true, this was a first. Continue reading

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? 😉 Continue reading

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