Friday, March 4, 2011

Food Friday!! Chocolate Cake, Brownies, Hummus... Yumminess!

 The Not-So-Diet Chocolate Cake
This cake is awesome! It disappeared in one day around my family. It's super moist and super chocolatey.
Find the recipe on here. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream and powdered sugar instead of white chocolate. It's a hit!

 Healthy Fudge Brownies
Healthy? Really? Oh yeah! 86 calories, no sugar added and they've even got some fruit in them. I've made these brownies 4 times this month! My husband loves them, and so does his best friend(he's diabetic so these are great for him!)
I found this great blog that tells all about it, you can find the recipe here.
 Pita Chips and Hummus
(From Jillian Michael's book: The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook)
Pita Chips
4 (6 in) whole-wheat pita breads
3 Tb extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed (or garlic salt)
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400. Spray 2 rimmed sheets with olive oil.
Use kitchen scissors to cut outsides of bread. Then cut into bite size wedges or squares. Arrange pita on prepared sheets with inside of pita bread facing up.
In a small dish, combine olive oil and garlic. Lightly brush each pita chip with mixture, brush only the side that faces up. Sprinkle the pitas with salt.
Bake until chips are lightly browned. Turn pan once. 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly. Store 3-4 days.
1 serving: 54 calories, 2.9 g. fat, 1.1 g. protein, 6.2 g carbs, 89.9 mg sodium

1 (15 oz) can no-sodium chickpeas
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 Tb tahini or 1 1/2 Tb peanut butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cum
2 tsp EVOO, for garnish
sumac or paprika for garnish

Drain chickpeas, reserve 1/4 c. liquid. In food processor place lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt and cumin. Process. Add chickpeas(& liquid) and process until smooth, scraping down sides. Taste and add more lemon juice or spices if desired. Store in fridge up to 1 week.
Peanut Butter Popcorn
My friend from work recommended this, and I was skeptical at first. She said it's good for Weight Watchers (I don't actually do it though) My husband loves this. He's asked for it the past couple of nights. He started eating it with a spoon so his fingers wouldn't get all peanut-buttery. It's actually kinda fun!

I use my presto popcorn popper for the microwave. It's awesome! No oil needed to pop!
Pop 3-4 Tbs. of kernels
Warm 1-2 Tbs. peanut butter in the microwave. (about 30-45 seconds)
Drizzle over popcorn. Sprinkle on 1 tsp brown sugar. Stir or shake to coat.

 One more thing! I need advice!
I started this quilt in highschool. Should I make it bigger (5x5 squares) I have enough fabric to do it.
Or should I just make it a lap quilt- make a border and just be done with it?
I think it'd make a beautiful quilt for a bed, but I've kinda lost motivation, and finishin a quilt on a different machine isn't always the easiest thing to do to get the seams just right.

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