Thursday, September 18, 2014

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Yesterday my neighbor walked into my house and asked where the delicious "holiday" smell was coming from.  I explained to her I was in the middle of experimenting with some Skinny Pumpkin Spice Popcorn recipes when she rang the doorbell.  I will admit the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice was quite nice!

We are in full pumpkin swing at our house.  Each and every year I can not wait for this time to experiment with all the pumpkin recipes I have been brainstorming since last fall.  I am hoping my ideas translate into some delicious fall recipes.  Hopefully I will get into the kitchen early next week to keep working!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Donuts

One of my absolute favorite breakfast foods is donuts. As a registered dietitian I rarely allow myself to consume donuts unless I make a lower calorie version myself.  Ok well I should correct myself -during this pregnancy and recent vacations I might have made a few extra trips to the donut shop.  Regardless I try to minimize the intake.

A few weeks ago I came across this recipe for Baked Funfetti Donuts over at Sally's Baking Addiction and instantly fell in love.  Not only was the recipe already relatively low in calories, but the brilliant photography had me drooling.  At first I just wanted to make this recipe exactly as is, but then decided I was craving (we'll blame this on pregnancy) chocolate chip flavored donuts instead.  Additionally I wanted to test out the recipe using partial whole wheat flour to replace some of the of enriched white flour.  My absolute favorite whole wheat flour is King Arthur's Whole Wheat Flour because of the subtle taste.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Before I talk about today's recipe I want to remember 9/11.  Today is September 11, a date in history our country will never forget. Even 13 years after the tragic event most people can remember exactly where they were on the dreadful day in 2001.

I was sitting in a college classroom at Oklahoma State University for my sophomore year of college when we first heard the news of the plane striking the building in downtown New York City.  I remember walking back from class and going to my apartment to watch the newscast broadcast in my apartment with my roommates.  At that time I was across the United States from New York (in fact had never even been to New York) and not sure I completely understood what was going on in New York City. My only direct connection to the tragedy was my older brother resided in NYC. It took hours for my family to get in touch with him, but we finally learned that both he and my sister-in-law were safe at home.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thin Crust Chicken Pesto Pizza

If you follow any of my posts you know that I am obsessed with pizza.  If I had my choice I would eat pizza for every meal.  My family would agree that it is a rarity I say no to pizza.  Despite my love for this cheesy scrumptious food I still try to eat it in moderation and find healthier preparation methods.

Recently I stumbled across a pre-prepared pesto sauce at Trader Joes.  I have to admit I am always hesitant with pre-prepared sauces, but found this one to be satisfying.  In fact my family and I have used the pesto sauce on sandwiches (paninis), pasta, and even ventured out to the pizza world.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Following My Sweet Cravings Through NYC

About a month ago I decided a trip to New York City (the city where I lived for most of my twenties) was a must before the baby arrives.  I booked a trip for two weeks later and started scheduling brunch, lunch, and dinner with some friends I hadn't seen in a while!  Unfortunately the day of the trip I started feeling like a major head cold was coming on and questioned whether I should still head to the big Apple, as I expected all I needed was a break from work and a flight to NYC to start feeling better.

**Warning: This post contains many unhealthy foods (but all foods in moderation right?!). Whats a pregnant girl to do but follow her sweet cravings through NYC?!

First stop...Chelsea Market!  I was headed over to the Meatpacking district to meet up with some old co-workers at Dos Caminos and had a few minutes to spare.  I stopped off at my favorite bakeries Fat Witch Brownies and Amy's Bread.

Challah Bread and a cinnamon bun from Amy's Bread and an assortment of brownies from Fat Which
Next stop was dinner with the the ladies from my old job and then off to bed!  Not before snapping a few pictures of the Empire State Building!

Dinner at Dos Caminos
On Saturday morning I woke up to go meet some friends for brunch at the Breslin in the Ace Hotel. Brunch was delicious, but the portion sizes were a bit small.  Small portions meant this pregnant woman would be hungry in the near future and looking for some type of food establishment.   And that is just what I did.  After brunch I headed towards Rockefeller Center and walked by the Today Show studios and hit up Bouchon Bakery (absolutely love the restaurant in Vegas).

Bouchon Bakery
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