Posts tagged ‘cucumber’

July 8, 2011

1 week of NJ

Well, my laying out didn’t go as planned… It wasn’t very sunny 😦 Whomp Whomp.

But I still had a nice view!

I snacked on lunch while laying out. Tuna mixed with greek yogurt and old bay, a fuji apple and 100 calorie pack of brownies for my sweet tooth teeth.

I haven’t been feeling well so I came home and took a nap after a 4 mile bike ride. Adam texted me he was on his way home from work so I figured I should act like I did something worthy today and made the bed and prepped dinner.

Turkey Sloppy Joes (99% fat free turkey, 1/2 white onion diced, favorite bbq sauce), sweet potato fries and some cucumber slices. The only thing that could’ve made this more summer like would’ve been a glass of lemonade and some watermelon for dessert.

Silly me, we all know I don’t count fruit as dessert! We enjoyed our respective ice creams while watching Grown Ups…Which I thought was hilarious πŸ™‚

Favorite Friday

I’ve made it an entire week of living in Jersey! Yes, we’ve had a couple of hang-ups, spent a million dollars on this move and I’ve driven endless miles only to make a u-turn because there are no left turns but all in all it’s been a great week. Here are some of my favorite things about living in Jersey!

1.) The obvious.

Waking up to this face everyday.

2.) The city is a square mile so everything is in walking/bike riding distance. I rarely have to use my car!

3. My morning runs look like this

4. I’ve found lots of free workouts outside! Yoga, Belly-dancing, Hip-Hop classes and Kickboxing.

5. There are SO many good restaurants around here!

6. I’m a hop, skip and jump away from this fancy event

7. The beach is only an hour away

Speaking of the Jersey Shore… Were headed there early in the morning so I’ve gotta get some sleep! Will you still love me if I come back looking like this?

That’s OK… I wouldn’t either.

Enjoy your weekend!

QUESTIONS: What’s your favorite thing about the city you live in?

January 25, 2011

3 brownies – 1 pan

First of all, I totally forgot to wish you all a happy national peanut butter day yesterday. Did you get your fix in? Of course I did… 3 times πŸ™‚

My morning started off a little stressful… I am still house sitting and getting a child off to school, feeding dogs and doing the rest of my morning routine was a little much for me. I forgot to pack my breakfast and after I dropped the boy off at school I was so hungry i thought my stomach was going to eat itself. Somehow I made it back and was able to make a quick breakfast.

See, I told you I was hungry (half eaten apple before bagel popped out of the toaster) Cinnamon Raisin bagel thin *new obsession* – one side with better n peanut butter and strawberry sugar-free preserves, the other side with goat cheese.

Work consisted of ballet classes, crafts and birthday party planning! We made a Β Valentine Day wreath… They love their crafts πŸ™‚

Lunch for Meatless Monday was a whole bunch of veggies stuffed in a pita and a side of cottage cheese with blueberries.

Drizzled with some hot sauce – This might be my new favorite go to lunch. I have been obsessed with pitas lately!

I skipped my workout to watch Oprah and because my back was in a lot of pain from the weekend workouts. Did anyone watch Oprah? I occasionally tune in when I have time but yesterday’s show was a good one… It was sad yet happy – Does that make sense? If you saw the episode you will know what I’m talking about.

The 16-year-old that I am watching while house sitting had a long day at school so I decided to make him some brownies πŸ™‚

Those looked kind of boring to me so I decided to try and make 3 different types of brownies in this one pan. Double Chocolate, Smores and of course Peanut Butter Chocolate.

Did you know the average brownie has almost 400 calories!? Ugh…sorry to be Debbie Downer. While browsing through Cooking Light magazine I saw this recipe and made a few changes – These brownies are about 145 calories each…Much better than 400 and still just as tasty!

Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used ghiradelli)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • All natural Peanut Butter
  • Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips
  • Graham crackers (1/2 sheet), crushed
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with whisk.

  • Place butter and chocolate (dark, chopped) in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir until smooth and set aside. Cool slightly.

  • Add 1 cup sugar, milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, egg yolks and egg; stir with a whisk to combine. Add butter mixture to flour mixture stirring just until combined.

  • Pour batter into an 8 inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray.

  • Take a knife full of peanut butter and swirl it through 1/3 of batter

  • Take crushed graham crackers and SOME of the chocolate chips and swirl through 1/3 of batter with knife.

  • Last but not least add chocolate chips to the last part of batter and mix in with knife.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  • 2 minutes before the brownies are done sprinkle marshmallows on top of graham cracker section and place under broiler to melt/brown.

Yum πŸ™‚

Peanut Butter section

Smores section

Double Chocolate

I tasted every single one but I couldn’t pick a favorite! I liked that these had a nice crunch to the top and a fudgy mid section (without giving me a pudgy mid section πŸ™‚ )

Since it WAS National Peanut Butter I had a square or two of the dark chocolate topped with some better n peanut butter.

Cheers!

QUESTIONS: Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter day? If so, with what? Have you ever made a low-fat brownie? Could you tell the difference?