Archive | March, 2012

Happy Birthday to me…

31 Mar

Yesterday my little Taz went to Doggy Heaven…although I miss him I am so glad he is not suffering anymore.

 

My coworkers had cake, fruit, a card and decor which helped me to take my mind off my loss. This morning I woke up with the intent to do Ms. Jeanette Jenkins bootcamp dvd but with little sleep and little energy I didn’t make it very far into the workout. So I decided to make myself a birthday cake. Last night I went to Sams Club and saw these..

I made a lemon pound cake with strawberry icing…

I probably shouldn’t have started the day with cake but I had to taste it lol. I am not really a cake person so I doubt I will eat any more of it. Now I am getting ready to go to brunch and whatever else the day brings:) Have a great day….

Avocado Poundcake

29 Mar

I know what you are thinking…avocado poundcake? Yup that’s right!

I purchased a new loaf pan today and had to try it out. I saw this recipe for chocolate avocado poundcake through www.tastespotting.com and thought it sounded interesting. I am not big on chocolate (unless it’s a chocolate chip cookie) so I changed the recipe a bit.

A lot of people do not like avocados simply because they are green. I love them – not only are they loaded with vitamins, omega 3’s (the good fat), protein, and also have anti-inflammatory benefits. They are great alone or on salads, sandwiches, and of course in guacamole!

This cake isn’t as sweet as I thought it may be but it is definitely moist.  It seems like a great cake for toppings such as powdered sugar, some strawberries and greek yogurt or ice cream. Yum!

 

 

 

 

Avocado Poundcake

1  1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornmeal (I used oats instead and think it would be fine to omit)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

6 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)1  1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 whole ripe avocado

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup buttermilk ( I used soy milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt).

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy. Add the avocado and beat for 2 more minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs. Beat for 2 more minutes.

Add half of the dry ingredient mixture to the bowl. Mix until just combined. Add the milk and the remainder of the ingredients. Mix on low until just combined (do not over mix).

Pour the mixture into the sprayed loaf pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 50- 60 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before attempting to remove the cake. It is best to let the cake cool before cutting.

Enjoy!

Honey Sesame Chicken

26 Mar

I really like the boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Trader Joes. They aren’t plumped up with Lord knows what and actually taste like chicken. Some of you maybe thinking huh? How can a chicken not taste like chicken? Trust me it can. Try purchasing some major brand name (I would say the name but I digress) chicken nuggets and making your own with fresh chicken that actually lived on a farm, ate grass instead of antibiotics, could breath fresh air and so on… yeah its quite a difference.

This recipe I found on www.confectionsfromthecodykitchen.com. There are so many good food blogs out there!

What I liked about this recipe was that the sauce is homemade and so easy. It reminds me of my Hawaiian Pulled Chicken (I will share that recipe soon).

Honey Sesame Chicken (crock pot recipe)

3 – 4 boneless skinless chicken breast

salt and pepper

3/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup diced onion

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp minced garlic (about two cloves)

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

4 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 6 tbsp water

sesame seeds

Combine agave, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes into a bowl. Stir well. (I added 1/4 tsp of ginger also)

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken. I cut the three chicken breasts into 12 pieces.

Place the seasoned chicken into the bottom of the pot and pour the sauce mixture on top. Cook for 3-4 hours on low or 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on high. You do not want to over cook the chicken.

After 3 1/2 hours on low I removed the chicken to a separate plate and shredded the chicken with a fork.

In the pot add the cornstarch mixture to the pot and stir. Allow the sauce to thicken, 5 minutes or so and return the chicken to the pot.

I served this over brown rice…don’t forget to top with your sesame seeds! Yum:)

Bikini Boot Camp

25 Mar

In addition to my donut pan that I recieved in the mail – I recieved this dvd!

Jeanette Jenkins / The Hollywood Trainer: Bikini Bootcamp

If you do not know who Jeanette Jenkins is, she is the Hollywood Trainer who works with celebrities such as Paula Patton, Tia Mowry, Kelly Rowland, Pink and the list goes on. You can check out her website here http://thehollywoodtrainer.com/.

I am a workout dvd junkie but lately I have been at a plateau and was searching for a dvd that would really work-me-out! So ok…wooo I am out of breath just thinking about the first time I tried this dvd. After a few days of being under the weather I was determined to work out – seriously -I was huffing and puffing after 20 minutes…dripping in sweat…I told myself that it must have been that I took a few days off from working out. Who I am kidding! This workout is no joke.

The great thing about this dvd is that it is broken down into sections – so if you are short on time or like to switch your routine up – there are lots of options. The dvd is 75 minutes in total.

Warm-up 5 minutes
Cardio Camp 28 minutes
Chisel Camp 25 minutes
Ab Camp 9 minutes
Stretch Camp 8 minutes

My progress…

1st try – Warm up, 1/2 of Cardio Camp, and Stretch

2nd try – Warm up, Cardio Camp (all of it, yay!) and Stretch

3rd try – I haven’t gotten here yet! I just got the dvd ya’ll!

I have two other of Ms. Jenkins dvds but I think I will stick with this one for a few weeks and see if my plateau lifts.  Pray for me:)

Green Juice

24 Mar

I purchased a juicer a few years ago and pull it out every now and then. To me it is quite a hassle to clean and it takes SO many vegetables to get a fair amount of juice. But after I drink the juice I feel great and have more energy and forget about what I dislike about the juicer.

Today I had some fruits and veggies that I knew I was not going to get to eat this weekend so I decided to juice them…. yum:)

I used…

spinach

apples

cucumber

carrots

grapes

ginger

celery

Donuts or Doughnuts?

23 Mar

Well whatever they are called I like them! I have given up with my fight with fried foods so every time I am offered a donut I sigh and say no thank you. This week has been very trying so I was very happy when there was a box waiting for me at home yesterday. What was in the box you ask? A donut pan! There also was a workout dvd in there too but I will tell you about that later….

 The first recipe I tried came out very ‘doughy’. The recipe below came out better.

Baked gingerbread donuts with a brown sugar glaze

adapted from http://pinchofyum.com/baked-gingerbread-mini-donuts

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup applesauce

1 tsp soy milk (or whatever milk you have)

2 tbsp butter (melted)

1 cup unbleached AP flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp each of cloves and nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine brown sugar, egg, applesauce, milk and butter together. Add dry ingredients.

Pour batter into the donut pan evenly. This recipe made 6 donuts.

Glaze

2 tbsp butter

1/4 c brown sugar

1 tbsp soy milk

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small pan over medium heat. After boiling for 2 minutes add the tbsp of milk. Once the mixture has been brought back up to a boil – add in the powdered sugar. If it is too thick add another tbsp of milk. Be careful dipping the donuts into the glaze, it is very hot.

New Kicks

19 Mar

I was looking for a lighter workout shoe but it still needed to have support! I ordered these from DSW and they are soooooo comfy! I did a BodyPump workout today in these … which by the way I needed really bad after my indulgence in chocolate chip cookies this weekend:/  

I wonder… why I haven’t I looked for this type of shoe before?  I am not really in to brand names but I hear that Ryka is pretty good? I will let you know if they are in a few weeks if I still think they are as great. The best part is that they were on clearance, oh yeah! I love a sale. Can’t wait to try to Zumba class in these and during my walk for the March of Dimes! 

http://www.marchforbabies.org/amablenina

What is your favorite workout shoe?