Posts tagged ‘meatless’

January 19, 2011

Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Cake & Cake Pops

Good Morning everyone! I am extremely exhausted and running on 4 hours of sleep today but I’m starting the day with a smile 🙂

Yesterday I started my LONG day off with some pancakes… I wanted to give them a burst of Protein so I made them Cottage Cheese Pancakes. If you’re craving pancakes and in a rush…these are the way to go!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes – Serves 2 (2 pancakes each)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • Olive Oil Spray

Directions:

Place skillet on stove and lightly mist with Olive Oil Spray. Mix cottage cheese, whole wheat flour and egg whites together until combined. Pour onto skillet while on Med-High heat. Add desired toppings.

Flip after 1-2 minutes to cook the other side. Transfer to plate and add more toppings if you’d like.

I added a couple more blueberries and some Sugar Free Syrup… Scrumdiddlyumptious. It’s a word, look it up.

Good thing I made a quick breakfast this morning because I came out to my car covered in a sheet of ice.

Where is my boyfriend when I need him… This took me a good 40 minutes to scrape off AND to top it off I was completely out of gas.

It doesn’t even surprise me that I would be out of gas the day there is an ice storm and I would need to defrost my car for an hour. It’s just the way my life goes…I’m just glad my car held out until I was done with my manual labor for the day.

When I got to work I decided to make some protein bars. The luna bars are expensive, I haven’t found a Larabar I enjoy yet and the  fiber one bars give me extreme stomach pain… So i thought I’d give making my own a go!

Chewy Protein Granola Bar

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of brown rice protein powder
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup agave
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried bananas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, raisins, protein powder, chocolate chips, almonds and dried bananas. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.  Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix with a wooden spoon until uniformly moist.  The batter will be very thick like stiff cookie dough.

Dump into a 9X12 baking pan that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray and spread into an even layer.

Bake in oven for 35 minutes or so, or until lightly brown around the edges.  The dough will not change shape at all during the baking process. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into 12-14 individual bars.  Wrap each bar individually and store in the refrigerator for a quick snack anytime. The finished product should be very chewy and thick like a dense brownie.  They are very satisfying and very healthy.  The best part about them is you can customize them to your liking!

The girls liked them and so did the mom! Perfect, because I’ll need someone to help me eat 14 of these since I’m home alone this week.

We had an inside day since it was so icy cold out. We made lots of crafts out of food!

I don’t know who enjoyed it more…me or them

Last week while making the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread I burned myself on the oven (it was worth it). But I think it is starting to get infected!

Yuck… So the girls patched me up.

A princess band-aid? They sure know how to make me feel better!

Lunch was leftovers of Monday Night’s Dinner (Pumpkin Enchilada) and then I forced myself headed off to the gym. I had a sore throat all day but thought a sweat might help… I ran 3 miles and left. I need to work on toning today because I’ve been doing more cardio then weights! I stopped by Michael’s on my way home (Michael’s is like Target to me… I could spend forever in there). I picked up some supplies for my Cake Pops and went home to get them started!

First I had dinner… I used some Veggie Protein Crumbles and mixed with corn and BBQ sauce to mimic a sloppy joe. Stuffed it in half of a pita and made some zucchini “fries”.

This was my first time using the veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey for this meal but it wasn’t much of a difference. I think the BBQ sauce makes the dish!

I was contemplating what to have for dessert and then it hit me… I hadn’t had Peanut Butter in 2 days! I’m sure this is why my throat was hurting… Withdraw symptoms 😉

Freshly opened jar… I sliced up some bananas, drizzled my “medicine” on top and stirred in a lot of some mini chocolate chips. Guess what? My sore/swollen throat has disappeared! See, there is a reason why I have to eat Peanut Butter everyday. It keeps me healthy 😉

OK now to the cake pops that took over my life last night. My little cousin and his 5th grade class better enjoy these!

CAKE POPS

Ingredients:

  • Box of cake (yes i cheated) – i made two white & devils food
  • 2 containers of frosting (cheating again)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Lollipop wrappers
  • SPRINKLES
  • Candy Melts (or white/dark chocolate)
  • Ribbon
  • Styrofoam

Directions:

Prepare Cake as directed on box. Cool completely.

Mash the cake… Pretend its an ex-boyfriend and just smash it until it looks like this.

Stir in entire container of frosting and mix well. Place in fridge for 15 minutes.

Prepare two large baking sheets by covering with wax paper or parchment. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop balls out of the mixture and then roll each one into a smooth ball. Place in fridge for another 15 minutes while you melt the candy melts.

Dip lollipop stick into the melted candy and stick into cake balls (Like a glue).

Dip into candy melts and stick in styrofoam. I bought this fancy contraption that I DO NOT recommend. It was a hassle.

Very messy – Next time I will use the styrofoam! I then let these cool completely and dipped the tops in a white chocolate mixture then rolled them in sprinkles.

Can you believe I used all of these?

That’s not even half of my collection.

Last step of the process is to let them cool completely and wrap them in a lollipop wrapper and tie with a pretty ribbon!

88 cake pops DONE.

They’re terribly cute, incredibly delicious and a nice switch from cake or cupcakes. The outter shell gives way with a little snap to a moist and soft inside.

If you have some time one day and you want to make something fun definitely do these! However if you work all day and do a million other things I do not suggest staying up until 2 am to make these.

OK, one more cake recipe and then I’m off to work. The cake I made for the birthday party on Saturday…

Triple Layer Devils food w/ Vanilla Buttercream and Milk Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, scalded
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted or stirred before measuring
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Grease a 13x 9 cake pan and sprinkle bottom with wax flour. Sift the cocoa with 1/3 cup sugar; pour into the milk gradually; stir until well blended. Set aside to cool. Sift together flour, remaining 1 cup sugar, soda, and salt. Add shortening and half of the cooled cocoa and milk mixture. Beat at medium speed of an electric hand-held mixer. Add eggs, vanilla, and remaining cocoa and milk mixture. continue beating for about 2 minutes, scraping bowl with a spatula occasionally. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Completely cool. When completely cooled, stick in the freezer while you make second layer.

Don’t forget to lick your spoons 🙂

Vanilla Buttercream Icing (2nd Layer)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup 2 % milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Beat butter and slowly add milk and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and salt, beating until mixture is thick.  Spread in an even layer on top of the chocolate cake. Set in the freezer for 15 minutes while you make your last layer.

Milk Chocolate Frosting – 3rd layer

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons of water added 1 or 2 at a time

Beat butter and vanilla. Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar until combined. Add water 1-2 tablespoon at a time until mixture is smooth – Make sure the frosting does not thin out. Spread onto 2nd layer of cake.

Store in fridge until you are ready to serve.

You should end up with a beautiful 3 layer chilled cake.

I am more of a vanilla (or funfetti) cake girl… but this is definitely one of the best cakes I’ve had. All of the flavors combined in one bite are phenomenal. It’s a classic dessert and the three layers of the tender cake slathered in a vanilla buttercream AND a milk chocolate frosting make for an impressive slice.

I need to get to the gym just thinking about all of these sweets.

QUESTIONS: Do you like vanilla or chocolate cake more? Have you ever made cake pops?

 

 

 

January 9, 2011

WVU win & PPP Breakfast

Is it just me or are weekends getting shorter and shorter? I’m pretty sure I’m also getting lamer and lamer. My weekends used to be spent at 2 for 1 Happy Hours on Friday nights (that always led into early Saturday mornings), laying in bed with my girlfriends eating junk on Saturday’s until we got dolled up to do it all over again that night and then having a Sunday Funday starting out with a champagne brunch and ending with Football games all over different bars in the city of Baltimore. Now it consists of grocery shopping, menu planning, drop offs at the dry cleaner, laundry, cooking and catching up on my DVR – and I’m not even married…this shouldn’t be happening yet!

Speaking of DVR – I am watching “Craigslist Killer” that aired on Lifetime…Did anyone see it? It’s pretty sick and I’m a BIG baby…I hope I can sleep tonight!

Weekend re-cap time 🙂

Saturday I had the other half of my Pizzert, topped with applesauce, pears and a little chocolate peanut butter! I met up with my brothers and cousin early in the AM and we headed to DC to watch the Georgetown/WVU basketball game. Guess who won? (Pretend you did not see my Blog title)

Yay! West Virginia… It was a good game – There were a lot of ups and downs!

During half-time the boys and I were chatting about buffalo sauce and with all of the cheering we’d done we worked ourselves up a nice appetite so I suggested Hooters. They’re boys, of course they are going to agree! Wellllll BAD IDEA. Worst service, disgusting food, and a long walk in the freezing cold snow. I ordered a grilled chicken house salad with a side of buffalo sauce to use as dressing. The waitress brought me out a container of lard…No joke. Um, thanks but I wont be pouring that on my vegetables!

Yuck Yuck Yuck! I requested a vinaigrette dressing instead but never got that… So i ended up eating some of these to get my buffalo fix.

Despite the service and the food…or lack thereof. The company was great 🙂 I love my family more than anything ( i know i say that all the time…but it’s true and i’ll probably say it 1 million more times!)

I also saw this ad on an elevator on our way back to the car and thought DUH! Of course it can!!!

After the game I headed to the mall (hmm…that’s one resolution I’m not doing so well on). I only went to Nordstrom though…so that makes it KIND OF ok? I got a new pair of Hunter Boot sock liners (umm they’re $45?? ridic), a pair of Ippolita black onyx and sterling silver stud earrings and a Red v-neck staple shirt. I also spent some time at Barnes and Noble reading (see, I told you I was getting old!). I picked up a new Vegan cookbook “Skinny Bitch” and I’m excited to try some recipes!

I ended my night with some blog reading, leftover baked potato soup andddd you guessed it, vegan chocolate chips!

Today I woke up and was ready for my favorite spin class! I got their 20 minutes early…and it was booked. I could already tell it was going to be THAT kind of day…. Luckily I had an idea for a delicious breakfast to try when I got home… Pumpkin Protein Pancakes! I try to spend a littttle more time on breakfasts during the weekend because I have more time to experiment. These were perfect and hit the spot 🙂

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown rice protein
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients – protein powder, flour, oats, flax, baking soda, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
  2. Mix wet ingredients – almond milk, pumpkin, vanilla.
  3. Combine together.
  4. Heat a skillet with cooking spray to med-high heat. Drop the batter into 3 portions in skillet and heat for 3 minutes on each side. Make sure you press down after flipping the pancakes the first time.
  5. Transfer to plate and top these however you would like.

6. Digest these in 3.6 seconds.

There were really 3 of them… But the last one kind of broke so it went unpictured. The toppings I chose were a sugar-free maple syrup and a banana. This recipe is a keeper.

My friend called shortly after and asked me to attend a bridal show with her. If you don’t know…one of my dreams is to plan weddings, so I happily obliged. It was SO crowded… First thing we did was grab a glass of wine 🙂 Can you guess which section we went to next? Cake Tasting!!!

There were also two that missed picture day. We each had a bite of the first 4, our own mini cupcake and a sliver of the last two. I think my favorite was the last one (not pictured) from a local bakery. It was a Devils food double chocolate cake which is weird because I’m usually not a fan of chocolate cake (or ice cream – even though I LOVE chocolate).

A candy favor table! Isn’t that pretty? Wedding planning is so fun! I’m so glad my friend invited me – we had a great time 🙂

Next up on my Sunday to do list was head to my second home… Whole Foods! I spent a quick 2 hours, a little over $100 and enjoyed every second – until I got home.

While I was carrying in my 65 pound bags during 35 mph winds (neither of these are exaggerations) – bags ripped, the waters fell out of their package and rolled down the hill, my flats slipped off my heel and I tripped on a step scrapping up 3 of my knuckles. Go ahead and just call me grace. Good thing I have care bear band-aids to make my boo boo all better 🙂

Dinner was also a hot mess and included not one item that should’ve been entered into this body of mine. Tomorrow’s a new day 🙂

I’m going to pre-make my breakfast for tomorrow morning – My first time testing out overnight oats! Don’t forget it’s meatless monday!! Try your hardest to make it without meat and start your Monday off on a positive note.

Goodnight ♥