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Crazy Cookbooks and Yummy Burgers

Friday, February 26, 2010

I check out a lot of cookbooks from the library. I search the internet for recipes. And so I read a lot of silly “tips.” The one I saw most recently was this: “If you find that you need double the amount of any recipe for your guests, simply double the amount of each ingredient. You’ll have enough food for everyone!” Seriously. Seriously? This is a “tip”? Isn’t this sort of a common sense thing?

The opposite side of this is a cookbook I checked out recently. In a lot of the recipes the actual instructions were “Do I seriously have to explain this? Well, for those who are very new to cooking…add this together and mix that in…” etc. And it wasn’t like they were just simple recipes! Some of them included items I had never heard of before! I’m sorry, I’d like some explanations please!

I wouldn’t think that it would be so easy to get published. But apparently, some publishers don’t care that their cookbooks are coming off like this!

Anyway, on to yummier topics. Aubrey and I made up some black bean burgers again. I think I have found a recipe that I truly like. I like knowing exactly what is in them.

Pretty, huh? Ok, so it starts off looking like goop, but shaped into patties and cooked up they taste good!

Black Bean Burgers

1 cup black beans
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 egg white (2 tbsp 100% egg whites)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin

I mix all of those things together in the bowl and then use our burger press to shape it into four patties.

Then we put two of the patties in the refrigerator to harden for a couple of hours and usually throw the other two in the freezer for another night.

When it is time to cook we place the two patties in a nonstick pan until they are heated through.

But before we start on the burgers we get the potato wedges going in the oven. I love topping sliced potatoes with parsley, chives, and black pepper.

And don’t they look awesome when they come out?

I used half an Ezekiel bun for my burger and topped it with a slice of green cabbage. I find that the Ezekiel buns are incredibly thick so I don’t need both halves.

And my favorite steamed veggie combination on the side; broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

Yum! I didn’t take a picture of the whole thing, but I do have this one from the last time we made it.

Did I mention that this is yummy? =) As you can probably tell, we switch out the color of our bell pepper. It all depends on what is on sale, or what just looks pretty when we're grocery shopping.

So back to the cookbooks, have you ever read one that just had weird directions or tips? Or is it just me?

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NPRJUNKIE 1/18/2011 8:00AM

    Looks great, I am going to try them.

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AUBREYINGMAN 2/27/2010 3:40PM

    What I really like about this meal is that it is not that different from our old burger meal, just cleaner.

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/26/2010 9:03PM

    Yummy that looks delicious! emoticon to answer your question, I remember a while ago I had bought a vegetarian cook book by nava atlas who is supposed to be a really famous vegetarian cook but I ended up giving it away because there was just a lot of stuff in there that I could not make. emoticon

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Portion Shocker!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

You would think that I have been doing this long enough that things wouldn't surprise me. And yet, they still do!

So today I indulged in a bit of light ice cream. I'm trying to get away from it, but my magic bullet blade was completely dirty. I didn't feel like dealing with it, so I thought "I'll just have some ice cream instead of a fruit smoothie tonight." Instead of using a 1/2 cup and slightly overfilling it like I usually do to get 3/4 cup's worth, I grabbed the actual 3/4 cup and put it on my scale. I measured out 93 grams of ice cream (supposedly what 3/4 cup should be) and it was barely 2/3 of the way full! That's a big difference!

Ever since I got my cool new scale that measures in ounces AND grams I have been using it constantly. So I'm glad I thought to try it out with the ice cream, but I think it has just convinced me even more that I need to eat less ice cream! The smoothies I have been making taste fantastic, I just need to buy another blender because I think I have really overused my magic bullet. I'm on my second one just because I use it so often! It doesn't quite work the way it used to.

The smoothie I made last night was GOOD too! I do buy some frozen fruit, but I also freeze some fresh fruit.

I started with 71 grams of frozen grapes and 85 grams of frozen banana.

Then I added the vanilla Chobani.

I also added a 1/4 cup of water and blended it together until smooth.

So good!! I like adding bananas to smoothies because they not only add a great taste, but they help with creating a great texture. No little ice chunks for this girl!

What kind of blender do you have? Would you recommend it for smoothie making purposes?

Oh, and have you had any portion shockers lately?

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*AMBER512 2/26/2010 10:56AM

    I have it as a dessert, so my tummy is already full. So I'm not sure how filling it would be for a snack, but if anyone tries it, let me know!

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PEACHPA 2/26/2010 2:50AM

    That looks yummy. And I've never considered grapes in a smoothie myself!
Never made one either actually...had some, didn't make them...

But that's actually a really great point to bring up about icecream and smoothies. Cause smoothies are delicious. O_O

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ADRIENNE29 2/26/2010 12:26AM

    how filling is your smoothie??

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RAMUNOZ1 2/25/2010 11:15PM

    Excellent thanks for the insight. When I get that sweet tooth for ice cream I just grab a Popcicle light pop, only 15 calories and no fat, no carbs... but I sure do miss the ice cream...so I think I'll try a smoothie. emoticon

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THEUPS1 2/25/2010 11:15PM

    YUM!! I love making smoothies but have never thought about grapes! GREAT idea!!!

My blender is a Bosch and I LOOOOVE it!!! It can tackle any frozen fruit easily- even the huge frozen strawberries.

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GAIIAGIIRL 2/25/2010 11:12PM

    I also add frozen bananas to my smoothies... I can't have a smoothie without! :)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/25/2010 11:11PM

    sound yummy.

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Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Okay, first clean-eating muffin experiment! I have been playing around with some recipes so I can find some that are as filling as a VitaMuffin. I have made many tasty ones, before I was even worried about eating clean, but none of those stuck with me for as long as a VitaMuffin!

So I started with a pumpkin banana muffin. It sounded like an interesting enough combination.

I started with my dry ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Then mixed up my wet ingredients
1/2 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
1/2 cup 100% egg whites
200 grams (7 ounces) banana
1 teaspoon vanilla

Then of course, you mix the two together.

I portioned it out into eight servings. Although I think the picture looked better with just the muffin pan that was filled all the way up! =)

They baked in my oven at 375 for 23 minutes. I figured they would need at least 20 minutes, but when I checked they needed those few extra minutes before a toothpick came out cleanly.

Taste = yummy Texture = awesome

Filling? We’ll see. I will be having one for breakfast tomorrow morning. I didn’t want to try this morning since I work and don’t have easy access to more food if I’m still hungry!

I sometimes have to sneak bites at work because I just can’t go that long without eating again, but it’s hard when I’m with older kids (I work in a child care) because if they see me I have to deal with “Hey, what are you eating?” “When’s snack?” and/or “I want some!” So I have to be pretty sneaky….

Anyone else have muffin recipes to share?

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MDTWEETY 2/25/2010 1:12PM

    This is my favorite muffin recipe to make. I don't remember how filling they are though. I don't think they are super filling, but they are delicious for a snack. (Wonder what I could add to make them more filling.) I usually omit the nuts, and sometimes play around with the fruit. Instead of apple I might use blueberry or something else. Hubby loves them too.

Thanks for sharing your recipe. Looks delish!

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It's Peanut Butter and Jelly Time!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

So today for lunch I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I haven't eaten it like this in a LONG time. I love the flavor combination, but it has never been filling to me. But today, I decided to give it a try again.

I used all-natural, organic peanut butter and jelly and put them on Ezekiel bread.

I topped off the jam with some strawberries. Our strawberries were actually kind of scary, because they were HUGE. I wish I could have bought some organic ones, but that's all the store had!

With it I had a few FSTG chips, multigrain flavor.

Tasted great, but I was only satisfied for almost two hours. That is just not long enough for me, I prefer meals to last about three-four hours, depending on what I have to do that day. I especially wasn't impressed since the meal was very high calorie for me.

I still love the flavor combination, so I think I'm going to just stick to it on oatmeal. Because the combination of greek yogurt, whole strawberries, and oatmeal made with banana topped with jam and peanut butter (whew, took a breath in the middle of typing it all!) is truly satisfying and SOOO yummy!

Yup, I'm definitely having that again.

Has anyone else eaten anything lately that just didn't satisfy them? About how long do you go in between meals?

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*AMBER512 2/25/2010 10:28AM

    It's all yours, honey!

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AUBREYINGMAN 2/25/2010 12:18AM

    I really wanted to eat that huge strawberry. Probably the biggest one I have ever seen.

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WAZZU.REN 2/24/2010 10:39AM

    I know what you mean! I love PB&J and feel like I could probably eat at least 2 of them!!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 2/23/2010 8:57PM

    Yum yum, if you like this stuff you might like cashew butter and sunflower butter. Also for a very filling breakfast I like steel cut oats!! Thank you for the great ideas! I will be trying some of these things!

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HPTEAGUE 2/23/2010 7:52PM

    I eat PB&J almost every day for lunch. But you're right that it doesn't stick 3-4 hours. But, I don't necessarily want it to stick that long. I subscribe to the eating every 2 hours philosophy. I also eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning! Oatmeal, coffee, banana, and almonds. Delicious!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/23/2010 7:51PM

    wow, i had peanut butter and banana sandwich a couple days ago because I havent had that in a long time. it was good but I probably wont have it again for at least a week or so. emoticon strangely enough the one thing i want which i did not ask for is whole grain bread. dh buys straight white bread :(

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LIVING_FREE 2/23/2010 7:25PM

    Peanut butter in oatmeal. Man, i need to try some of that. lol!!~ sounds good. I love my pb & j. We just buy the cheap kind. We can't afford organic. It's clean in God's eyes. Thats all that matters.

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SHARONGD 2/23/2010 7:24PM

    emoticonLooks really good.... I also love PB &J - I also like banana with mine! You made me want this for breakfast tomorrow... thanks for the good idea!

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Get Your Exercise On!

Monday, February 22, 2010

So Aubrey and I are taking a little bit of a break in trying new recipes. We’re just eating some of the usual suspects lately. Our cleaned up recipes and a few unclean ones as we use up some of our old food.

My favorite quick snack recently has been almonds. If it is not quite mealtime yet, but I feel the munchies coming on I find that about 50 calories worth of almonds hits the spot. (about 8.5 grams worth)

What I have been concentrating on is being more consistent with my exercise. I’m actually really good about getting my cardio in. I love my heart rate monitor telling me all of the calories I am burning. But for some reason I just don’t get the same happy feelings from strength training.

Come on, you can do it! Five more push-ups!

I mostly work out at the gym, but sometimes even leaving the house feels like too much work. During these times, I pop in one of my workout videos. Lately, my exercise of choice has been kickboxing. I don’t have a big space to work out in and I have to skip the jumps that some of them include, but it usually leaves me feeling pretty strong. One day when we can afford a house I can finally do everything they do without having to worry about angering downstairs neighbors!!

I had Aubrey take some pictures of me while exercising and I learned two things. I need to work on my inner thighs and my arms! But seriously, I learned that I can’t stand photos of myself if I am not properly posed with my “good side” to the camera. I mean, I knew I wasn’t 100% satisfied with every part of my body, but I had no clue how vain I was! I immediately deleted a couple of them because they were just BAD!

But here we go. Here's me getting into kickboxing mode!


Are we done squatting yet??

But you know what I’m really guilty of? Not stretching enough! I always feel so gross after working out that I want to just skip straight to the shower! After getting back from the gym though I actually took the time to do a few stretches since I knew I wanted a couple of pictures. I did way more stretching than I ever do!

Yeah! I have this balance thing down.

This actually felt really good. Don’t mind my bright red face!

But not as good as this feels!

Although I have been here for over three years I still feel like I have so much more to learn!

What do you like to do for cardio? Do you strength train?

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MDTWEETY 2/23/2010 7:42PM

    You look so fantastic!!! I have been doing mostly cardio lately (kicboxing is my fave). I've neglected the strength training a bit since I was pregnant and then after I had the baby but I'm slowly getting back into it. I enjoy it the most in a class at the gym. Too boring if left to my own devices. :)

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ADRIENNE29 2/23/2010 11:17AM

    What a great post! I feel the same way, sometimes its just hard to get in the car and go. BUT If I don't go, then my whole days feels rotten and a waste, not up to its potential. I think you look absolutely amazing! Good Job! I admire you! emoticon

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/23/2010 12:26AM

    when i was well i strength trained 3 to 4 times a week at home and did 30 to 60 minutes cardio either on the bike or treadmill or both. when i am better I plan to go back to doing that again. great pictures by the way.
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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/23/2010 12:26AM

    when i was well i strength trained 3 to 4 times a week at home and did 30 to 60 minutes cardio either on the bike or treadmill or both. when i am better I plan to go back to doing that again. great pictures by the way.
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AUBREYINGMAN 2/22/2010 11:48PM

    I have a much harder time doing the exercises at home then I do at the gym. I don't really know why though.

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LIVING_FREE 2/22/2010 10:52PM

    I find it pretty easy to do either cardio or strength training. I normally go to the gym and do the treadmill. I struggle with stretching. I need to invest in some kickboxing dvds. I love the kickboxing dvd I have now.

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SHERWOODCYCLER 2/22/2010 10:08PM

    I find it so easy to do cardio...and haven't yet gotten back into the swing of strength training. My bad. I really need to, too. I do spinning classes (studio cycling), elliptical, jogging, gardening, walking, hiking, biking....

So need to get that cardio in. Kickboxing sounds like a great workout.

Keep on keepin' on....

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