I tried a couple of new recipes this weekend. I wasn’t feeling too energetic, so they had to be pretty simple. Yesterday I made some pumpkin custard oats for breakfast. Quite tasty. But that left me with 2/3 of a can of pumpkin leftover. I was thinking about how the combination of oats/cottage cheese/egg whites (Lori’s protein pancakes) was always a winner, and thought I might combine that somehow with the pumpkin to make some kind of pumpkin cake. Just wasn’t sure of the proportions. Enter Miz’s Pumpkin Protein Pancake recipe. I adapted it a little, and instead of making pancakes, just dumped the batter in a 9X9 cake pan. Here’s my version:
- 1 whole egg
- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
- 1/3 cup vanilla whey protein powder
- 2/3 can of pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 cup splenda
Pour batter into 9X9 pan sprayed with PAM, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Here it is iced with one wedge of laughing cow sweetened with some cinnamon splenda. Quite worthy, either for a snack or breakfast.
I’ve been craving chicken and rice casserole for quite a while. Not sure why. Its nothing I grew up with. Anyway, here’s my easy peasy version. Very satisfying, and REALLY easy. (Normally, I wouldn’t use the soup. I would try to figure out how to make the sauce from scratch, probably using mushrooms and yogurt. But remember, I wanted easy. And the 1/2 can of soup actually didn’t add that many calories.
Mix all ingredients together in one bowl:
- 8 oz. chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2/3 cup of wild or mixed grain rice
- 1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
- 2/3 to one cup of water
- 1/2 small can chopped chiles
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup pineapple pieces ( I used some that I had in the freezer)
- 1/2 tsp dried oregono
- 1 slice of onion, chopped
Pour all into a 9X9 pan sprayed with pam. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Four servings.
I’m off to work for a couple of days. Hope you all have a good week. Be sure to hop on over to Lori’s blog to read the report of her amazing 62 mile charity bike ride!congratulations, Lori!