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Simple Crusty Bread

Firstly, thank you for all the kind, amazing feedback after yesterday’s post. It wasn’t easy putting myself out there. After hitting “post” yesterday morning, my heart skipped a beat and I geared up for the worst. It was a huge leap of “blog faith”, I guess you could say. So, thank you! 🙂

In food news… 🙂

If yeast and kneading and rising scare you, you’re not alone. I’ve only attempted yeast breads a time or two, but there’s really nothing to fear. Sure, you need a bit of time and patience, but there’s no rocket science or technique involved. Just read the directions 😉

 

My first recommendation is to buy loose yeast (i.e. not packets). This way yeast can easily be measured out, plus it’s more economical. Second, use a kitchen thermometer (meat or candy) to find “lukewarm” water at 100° F. While 100° sounds rather warm, it’s not, and too hot of water will kill your yeast causing a flopped bread. If you don’t have a thermometer, just caution on the side of being too cold vs. too hot. The water should be warm, but feel too cold if it were bath water, let’s say.

 

Simple Crusty Bread from My Bizzy Kitchen and “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day”

1 1/2 Tbsp yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour + more for dusting dough

Directions:

In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100° F).  Stir in flour with a wooden spoon, mixing until there are no dry patches.  Dough will be quite loose and sticky.  I covered with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam.  Let dough rise at room temperature for 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).

Bake at this point, or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks.  When ready to bake, sprinkle a little and cut into four pieces. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch the surface creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom.  Put dough on a surface sprinkled with cornmeal and rest for 40 minutes.

Place a broiler pan in the bottom of the oven.  Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450° F; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.

Dust dough with flour; slash the top with a serrated knife.  Slide onto stone (I used a pizza stone).  Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam.  Bake until well browned, about 22-28minutes. Cool completely.Yield: 4 small loaves (approx. 8 – 3/4th inch thick slices per loaf).

Nutrition Information (1/8th of loaf): 81 calories; 0 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 108 mg. sodium; 18 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 2.4 g. protein

Result: I saw this recipe on Biz’s blog long, long ago and I’ve been wanting to make it ever since. But like I said, the yeast and rising scared me…for no good reason! The secret is that this is baked at a high temperature with a water bath to steam the outside for a crunchy crust, just as Biz said. If you don’t have a broiler pan to use, just throw the water in an 8×8 pan — it will serve the same function. I halved this recipe and cooked the loaves one at a time. Mr. Prevention wishes I would’ve made the whole recipe — he ate an entire loaf in one sitting (literally)! Portion control much?! I look forward to trying some herb and whole wheat varieties of this bread. It’s delicious – enjoy! 😀

And for fun, Kjirsten tagged me to answer 10 random questions. Thanks, girl!

1.  How many days a week do you workout? I religiously workout 4-5 days a week — 3 runs, 1 elliptical workout, and 1 hockey game is a typical week.

2.  What is your favorite ab move? Reverse crunches — lay flat on your back, pull your knees to your chest and then extend your legs straight out so that they are 6″ or less from the ground, being sure to not let them touch down. Repeat in slow motion. You want to do these slowly to get a good ab workout, especially once your legs are fully extended.

3.  If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be? Ellen Degeneres. I just love her!

4.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why? I’m not sure. Hubby and I talk about this a lot, but I think Chicago (home) would be my first choice.

5.  What is your favorite beauty product you can’t go a day without? I have 2 can’t-live-without-’em products: BadGal Mascara from Benefit and smudge-proof eye-liner from Stila. Both products hold up through a long, sweaty hockey game but come off easily with face wash.

6.  Do you have any pets?  If so what kind?  If you don’t what animal would you love to have? If you read my blog, you probably know about Lily, my English Bulldog. We also have an albino corn snake named Pinky. He made an appearance on the blog once upon a time and I think it freaked people out!!

7.  If you could only eat one food for the rest of you life, what would it be? I think cereal…

8.  What does your family and friends think about your blog? My family and friends are so supportive of my blog and many of them read on a fairly regular basis. 🙂 Mr. P, however, never reads my blog. I should start dishing out the dirt on him, shouldn’t I?! 😉

9.  What is one sport you haven’t tried, but would love to get involved in? Salsa dancing. Sexy workout time with a man…I’m there!

10.  Red wine or white wine? Red (merlot or chianti, usually), however, Pinot Grigio has been a favorite lately.

Rather than tagging just a few people, I ask you:

If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be?


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treat yourself…to breakfast! + new year’s resolution results

Registered Dietitians and moms most certainly agree on one thing: breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Lately, I’ve been climbing into my car in the morning, with half of my belongings in tow, and I am realizing something very important…I have been forgetting breakfast. Whether it be eating breakfast at home in the morning, or grabbing something on the go, breakfast has simply vanished from my routine. (And because I am notoriously running late, I don’t go back inside to grab something and rough it through the morning hours.)

As a breakfast lover and someone who wakes up with a grumbling tummy, I had to ponder how and why this was happening. Day after day after day. My co-workers and patients appreciate my soul-searching, too. Hungry me = mean me!

I came to the conclusion that my breakfast options were boring and so breakfast no longer interested me. I took a few moments to peruse my plethora of “to try” recipes and found this one. Glad I did!

Pancake Truffles slightly adapted from Healthy Tipping Point

1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1/3 cup whole wheat pancake mix (I used an omega-3 mix)
1 egg white
1/4 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup almond milk (I used skim)
4 1/2 inches of banana (cut into three 1.5 inch pieces)
1/4 cup whole pecans, crushed
3 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or tin foil. Place crushed pecans in a small bowl.

Combine first five ingredients in small bowl. Separate mix into three piles. Take one segment of banana and coat in the pancake mix. Form ball around the banana segment, and then roll in the crushed pecans. Place on the cookie sheet. Repeat with other banana segments. Bake for 15 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup and sever immediately. Serves 1.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 599 calories; 24 g. fat; 1 mg. cholesterol; 492 mg. sodium; 86 g. carbohydrate; 15 g. fiber; 17 g. sugar; 19 g. protein

Result: These were excellent! And they sound more difficult than they are — I was able to whip these together in 5-6 minutes after a morning workout and I baked them while I showered. I gobbled them down while my hair dried and it was perfect! You could also make these the evening before or even whip up a few batches for the busy work week and simply store them in the fridge until ready to bake. They are higher in carbohydrate than I usually go for, especially for the morning, but following a workout, I think they are perfectly appropriate. The high fiber (15 grams!) content also makes the glycemic load less on the body, which is all the better. If you want to reduce the calories some, reduce the amount of pecans as they account for nearly 1/3rd of the calories. While I think they add a lot of taste, texture, and nutrition to the truffles, you could get by with less. Enjoy!

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And in honor of it being the last day of 2010 (crazy!), I should take a moment to review how my 2010 resolutions turned out.

2010 New Year’s Resolution Results

  • fit in exercise AT LEAST 4 days a week, every week — Almost a check. There were TWO weeks in 2010 I only worked out 3 days. So close! I still consider this a great accomplishment and I want to continue to work towards this always and forever! I really do love exercise and for that I am VERY grateful!
  • continue trying new, healthy recipes (one recipe a week!) — Check, check, check!
  • run a half marathon — Barely, but check. I finished. It wasn’t pretty, but it got done. Very humbling.
  • obtain a weight that I feel energized at — Errr no. I am the exact same weight as the start of 2010. I guess that’s not a BAD thing, but this is my focus in 2011.
  • continue blogging about nutrition — Hi! I’m here! Check!
  • earn 500 hours towards the CDE credential — Check. This is no longer surging ahead at the speed I was going in my last job, but I am still completing diabetic education and I still love it just as much as I did in 2009! 😀

    In 2011 my new year’s resolution is simply to obtain a weight I feel energized at. I would love to lose my “PCOS weight” and get back down to my “happy weight”. Here goes nothing! 😉

    Question: What’s been your favorite breakfast lately? Is it heaviest in carbohydrate, protein, or fat? And, what are YOUR new year’s resolutions?

    Happy 2011 to all of my lovely readers! Thank you for your loyal readership, it means so much to me! It’s hard to believe I started this blog in June of 2009!!! Time flies when you’re having fun! Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway coming up here shortly!! 😉

    Have a safe and WONDERFUL New Year’s celebration!! I hope I am the only one stuck at work today! 😦

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    Spicy Black Bean Soup

    Happy Thursday!

    Gina and I had a blast yesterday — we shopped for Christmas gifts, went to Trader Joe’s, and ate lunch at an organic, vegan/vegetarian-focused restaurant called Northstar Cafe. It was excellent — I had a brown rice, vegetable, and tofu bowl with a tangy peanut sauce…yum! It’s always fun to meet with Gina because we have so much in common between being dietitians and bloggers. Our conversations are endless about work, nutrition, blogs, and everything in between..it’s fun! Thanks, Gina! 😀

    After a day of play, it’s hard to get back to work mid-week. Maybe a goofy Lily picture will make your Thursday a bit happier…it did mine!

    Speaking of my Lily, I stopped by to check out a new doggy daycare that’s really close to our house. It’s ADORABLE! The dogs have little houses (think tree house-sized) and they have toddler beds with bedding, pillows and all. Each little house is decorated in its own theme, and the dogs have a “living room” where there’s a TV and couches for them to lay on. Lily has a date to go play next Thursday…I know she’ll have a blast 🙂 The things we do for our pets, right?

    Ohio has been bitter cold and there is no end in sight. All I want is soup — warm, comforting soup. Mmmm for the BRRR!!

    Please note I took about 983 photos of this soup and they were all terrible. It is not pretty, but it is GOOD!

    Spicy Black Bean Soup as seen on The Novice Chef, adapted from Little Miss Foodie Two Shoes & Epicurious.com

    2 tsp olive oil
    1 medium white onion, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 2 fresh jalapeño, seeded and minced
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp dried oregano
    2 (15-ounces) cans black beans, 1 drained and rinsed, 1 with liquid
    2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
    1 bay leaf
    4 green onions, chopped, for garnish

    Directions:

    Heat oil in a 4-to 5-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat, then sauté onion, garlic, and jalapeño with chili powder, cumin, and oregano until onion is beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add beans, stock/broth, and bay leaf and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until soup has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.

    Transfer about 1 cup soup to a blender and purée (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return to pot and reheat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Discard bay leaf. Season with salt if desired. Add green onion for garnish. Yields 4 entree-sized servings.

    Nutrition Information (per serving): 244 calories; 4.1 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 495 mg. sodium; 39.7 g. carbohydrate; 13.8 g. fiber; 2 g. sugar; 14 g. protein

    Result: This soup was fabulous — if you love black beans, that is! I loved the spicy kick and am glad I opted to rev up the recipe with an additional jalapeno pepper. It was spicy, but not unbearable for those who aren’t into super spicy. It was also a dinner that can be prepped ahead of time and come together in 20 minutes or less. Even if you don’t prep ahead of time, you’re looking at 25-30 minutes — definitely reasonable, and the leftovers are perfect for lunch! I love the fiber content of the soup — 14 grams per serving!! It’s also low in calories and fat, and the sodium content is skimmed down by draining and rinsing 1 of the cans of beans and using low-sodium broth/stock. The recipe can also be made vegan and vegetarian by using vegetable broth in place of chicken. Enjoy!

    Trivia Question: What percentage cocoa solids must chocolate contain to be legally called chocolate?

    a. 99%
    b. 50%
    c. 35%
    Keep warm and eat your fiber!

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    unlucky traveler & blog search terms

    I am an unlucky traveler, and unfortunately not just because of this weekend’s events.

    Our trip to Albuquerque started with a meltdown (tears and all) when we dropped Lily off at the kennel. And it didn’t get better from there. On our flight from Columbus to Chicago, a man on our flight had a heart attack and we made an emergency landing in Indianapolis. (The man is okay, Southwest says — how scary!). We then missed our connecting flight in Chicago to go to Albuquerque. Instead, we sat in Chicago for 3 hours to then go to Kansas City and then lastly, to Albuquerque. Columbus to Chicago to Kansas City to Albuquerque — one emergency landing, one missed connection, 2 unplanned and long lay-overs, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    Our weekend Saturday was great…we went on a gorgeous hike, ate some great, healthy food, and enjoyed the company of friends. Yesterday morning awoke me with a call from Southwest letting me know our departing flight had been canceled. Just fabulous…not like I don’t have rounds with the doctor this morning! And then everything going into Midway was canceled. Southwest could get us on a flight coming home on TUESDAY. Yeah, that wasn’t an option.

    About 2 hours of being on hold and internet itinerary searching later, we found a flight going from Albuquerque to Houston to Columbus. We got it and it left on time (hallelujah!), getting us in to Columbus just after midnight and to our house at nearly 1am. Ew, ew, ew. I am an unlucky traveler I tell you. My Facebook status was no lie, we were at nearly every airport between New Mexico and Texan and Ohio and Missouri in a 60 hour time frame.

    Ugh. Happy Monday.

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    As we near the close of 2010, I urge all of you bloggers to check out the top search terms leading web browserts to your blog this year. It’s a blast. And I need a little humor in my life right about now.

    My Favorite 2010 Search Engine Terms:

    • Thank you to 1,300+ people who searched for “Prevention RD” — I am truly flattered. Thank you!
    • To the 47 individuals searching for “vodka sauce and pregnancy” — it’s okay to eat vodka sauce while pregnant. Worry warts! Even though that post had nothing to do with vodka sauce and pregnancy together 🙂
    • 72 people searched for “OIAJ” (AKA oats in a jar). I still think it’s silly and potentially unsafe. But hey, to each their own.
    • 34 booze hounds wants to know more about “beer margaritas” and I hope they tried them – YUM! I have limeade, beer, and tequila all on hand. Dangerous that I am now realizing this. At not even 6am…
    • 17 people after my own heart wanted a “healthy blooming onion“…they came to the right place
    • 614 search engine users want to know “is 5 hour energy safe?” and Mr. P’s post probably lead them astray. Oops.
    • 114 people wanted to know how to make “crock pot Greek yogurt” — hope the tried it! Thumbs up!
    • There were 15 people using the search terms “pile of dirt” and my garden-building experience lead them to me
    • To the 11 people who searched the term “sweaty” and got my site — I sweat a lot, yep. I sweat like a man. No shame.

    Question: How was your weekend? 🙂 What’s the funniest search term that’s lead to your blog or lead you to another blog/site this year?

    T-9 hours until I can pick up my Lily Monster!!! We’re cuddling ALL night long in this snowy, cold mess!

    Monday Funday,

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    productive day #2!

    Wheeeew! Being productive is getting exhausting! I may have to slow things down a bit today 😉

    Yesterday morning started off with a strength session (go, self!) and then a quick shower before throwing dinner in the crock pot. I dashed out the door with my hair in a frizzy mess and worked until after 7pm (I didn’t get to break away from the nephrologist until 4pm — I was GROWLING for lunch!). I got in the door at 8pm and the smells of Thanksgiving infused the house. YUM! Mr. Prevention had even followed directions for our brussel’s sprouts. Impressive. The crock pot and I are officially bonding, I would say…another successful crock pot meal 😀

    8 am:

    8 pm:

    Note: You can’t judge a crock pot recipe by looks alone!! 😉

    Cranberry Pork Roast from A Year of Slow Cooking and Bean Town Baker

    1 (2.5-3 lb) pork tenderloin (I used 2 1/2#), trimmed
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp dried mustard
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    2 Tbsp cornstarch
    1 cup fresh cranberries
    1/2 1/4 cup white sugar + 1/4 cup Splenda granular
    1/2 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
    1/3 cup golden raisins
    1 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    1/3 cup diet cranberry juice made with Splenda
    1/2 small lemon, thinly sliced

    Directions:

    Use a 4 quart crockpot. In a plastic zipper bag, put dry spices and cornstarch and add meat. Shake to coat. Put contents into your slow cooker.

    Add cranberry sauce, or your fresh cranberries and sugar. Put in raisins and garlic. Pour in cranberry juice, and top with lemon slices.

    Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (I cooked mine for 12 hours), or high for about 4. The longer you cook the meat, the more tender it will be. Serves 7 (about 5 ounces after being cooked).

    Nutrition Information (per serving): 374 calories; 7.8 g. fat; 128 mg. cholesterol; 261 mg. sodium; 28.3 g. carbohydrate; 1.1 g. fiber; 46 g. protein

    Result: It was an early Thanksgiving in the Prevention household! What a nice surprise! We loved this dish – it was so tender, and because of the low and slow cooking time with the long duration, the meat shredded with a fork. Mr. Prevention preferred this pork to the Slow Cooked Char Siu Pork I made last week. I liked both, but I definitely appreciate the leanness of the tenderloin cut – very low fat!! If you’re looking for an early T-day treat, look no further…it’s the perfect fall delight!

    And Mr. P managed to put the Brussel’s sprouts in the oven…

    1 lb Brussel’s sprouts tossed in olive oil, 1/4 cup pecans, salt, and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes at 350° F. Sprinkle with 1-2 ounces of Gorgonzola and bake another 3-4 minutes. DELISH!

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    I emailed lots of fellow RD and bloggers yesterday morning to see who would be interested in collaborating on a RD Q&A. I’ve had an amazing response and I look forward to adding a tab on my blog about becoming an RD, the schooling involved, what internships are like, job outlook for RD’s, career paths for RD’s, and our best advice for those entering the field. I get questions weekly from readers who are interested in nutrition, and I hope that joining forces with other RD’s and bloggers will help those interested! So look for that in a week or so! I’m excited!

    Question: What did you want to be when you were a little kid?

    I remember wanting to be a professional figure skater…and now I play ice-hockey. My, how things change! 😉

    Bon voyage to my parental unit who are off to the shores of Puerto Vallarta for the week. I am green with envy! Off to work I go…!

    Have a fabulous day!

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    Lily says NO to blogging!

    I wish I were kidding. If there’s such a thing as the terrible 2’s in the world of dogs…consider Lily a terrible 2. There’s no denying that Lily is bull-headed and spoiled, but lately she is on a whole other level.

    Take, for instance, my shoes. My most favorite, comfortable, and cute sling backs. Ruined.

    Or a box that was to be returned to the store…ruined.

    But worse yet, she cries when I’m on my computer. Lily wants it to be Lily time ALL the time, and here lately, she’s been insistent on getting things her way. I wish it were as simple as just bearing with the temper tantrum for a bit until she relaxes, but bulldogs tend to be very strong willed…and that she is. Needless to say, my computer time has been greatly interrupted and lesser than usual!

    Other than blogging, it was a productive weekend!

    We got a bromeliad for the bathroom and we named it Bromie! 😉

    I put together a shoe shelving unit (hammer and screw driver required!) all by myself 😀

    Finally some furniture for the theatre in the basement…just waiting on the couch!

    Had my first hockey practice in Columbus last night. I’m on a team with all guys and they seem pretty awesome…I’m excited for the season to start! Our team plays for a bar in Columbus and we get free beers after games…I liiiike it!

    Before hockey, I made the meal from last week’s menu that Mr. Prevention bumped aside for pizza.

    Chicken Souvlaki from A Lot of Love, A Lot of Hope

    4 pieces flat bread or pitas (I used TJ’s whole wheat pitas)
    2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
    1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
    3/4 cup crumbled Feta
    1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, divided
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
    1/2 cup 6 ounces plain yogurt (I used 0% Fage brand greek yogurt)
    1 small cucumber, diced
    1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

    Directions:

    Heat oven to 200° F. Wrap the bread in foil and place in oven.

    In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, Feta, and olives.

    In a large bowl, combine the oregano, thyme, pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the vinegar, and the lemon juice. Slowly add 4 tablespoons of the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly until incorporated.

    Pour 2 1/2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the tomato mixture, toss, and set aside. Add the chicken to the remaining vinaigrette, toss, and set aside.

    Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the chicken but not the liquid to the skillet and heat, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, dill, and the remaining vinegar. Spread the bread with some of the yogurt sauce and top with the chicken. Add the tomato salad and fold. Serves 4.

    Nutrition Information (per serving): 579 calories; 31 g. fat; 100 mg. cholesterol; 957 mg. sodium; 40.5 g. carbohydrate; 7.5 g. fiber; 40.8 g. protein

    Result: I LOVED these! Between the tomato and feta salad, the savory, flavorful chicken, and the crisp cucumber yogurt it was a party in my mouth! Don’t be intimidated by the directions, it was very simple…30 minute meal, for sure! And I love all the fiber, healthy fats, and protein…excellent!

    So my hope is to catch up with blogs this week. Hopefully Miss Lily will allow me some “mommy time” to do so…lil bugger!! But isn’t she cute??? I just can’t deny those snaggle teeth!

    Begging for some chicken souvlaki last night:

    T-R-O-U-B-L-E comes in cute packages!!

    And if you didn’t see the beer margaritas I made this weekend…don’t miss’em! DELICIOUS!!!

    Question: What’s your favorite sandwich?

    Happy Monday!! 😀

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    Back to regularly scheduled blogging!

    WiFi and I (within the comforts of my own home) and now re-connected! Finally! My new DSLR camera and I, however, are no more. My beloved camera took a spill from the table to the floor in the process of moving. I am devastated. I had it only a month and it was just in the wrong place at the wrong time (and on a way too packed table). Sigh. Back to lame pictures…sorry 😦

    I really appreciate all your kind words about relocating and the “adjustment period” of settling into a new place. We are about 95% unpacked but still have about 15% of our stuff to find homes for. We’re making progress, at least! The weather here is absolutely amazing right now…I much prefer these temperatures to Tulsa’s scorching summers. The winters, however, may be a different story 😉 But, hey, I’m from Chicago…I can be a snow bunny as much as the next Ohioan!

    Anyways, this morning I did what I love to do on weekend mornings: bake! Most of you know I am on-the-go breakfast gal and I love trying out new recipes to eat in the car on my way to work or at my desk. This morning I made…Carrot Bread!

    Carrot Bread from Cooking Light

    3/4 cup sliced carrot (about 4 ounces)
    1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (about 7 ounces)
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    2/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup canola oil
    1/4 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
    1 large egg
    1 large egg white
    Cooking spray

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Cook carrot in boiling water 15 minutes or until tender; drain. Place carrot in a food processor; process until smooth.

    Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine whole wheat flour and the next 6 ingredients (through cloves) in a large bowl. Combine carrot, sugar, and the next 4 ingredients (through egg white) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add carrot mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.

    Pour batter into an 8-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bread in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut bread into 8 slices.

    Nutrition Information (per slice): 216 calories; 8 g. fat; 27 mg. cholesterol; 247 mg. sodium; 34 g. carbohydrate; 2.9 g. fiber; 4.8 g. protein

    Result: Thumbs up from both of us! For having whole wheat flour, this bread is not too dense or heavy and has a very flavorful “fall” taste of cinnamon, carrot, and cloves. Mmm! I also love the idea of veggies for breakfast! 😀

    Well, off to unpack and be productive! And I will hopefully be catching up on blogs today! 😀

    Question: Do you eat breakfast at home, or on the go?

    Swing by tomorrow for some information on my new job! I’m really excited!

    Ciao for now,

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