Had some ideas about tweaking recipes and today was the day to try them. First up is Spackle 2.0 . Oh yes, I do believe I love this stuff enough to add it to my recipe page. I kept thinking about how I could make it a little more cookie-dough-ish and yet not decrease its nutritional value. The missing ingredient? Eggs! You know you all eat raw eggs when you sneak that cookie dough. But I realized that if I used egg beaters or one of those other egg white products, they would be pasteurized and you wouldn’t have to worry about the raw eggs. My only criticism of this is that it is almost too filling. Maybe I could eat half a recipe with a piece of fruit and save the other half to take to work. Recipe’s over on the other blog.
Next up: the cauliflower pizza. I kept thinking about that crust. And then when I made some protein pancakes I got the idea to use the blender to mix the cauliflower, egg whites, and cheese–it might make it more dough-like. I even threw in one tablespoon of oatmeal to help it out. Looks good, doesn’t it?
This time it tasted like baked mashed cauliflower. Not a bad thing. But not pizza crust. I’m just laughing at myself, because when Wendz explained how she jazzed up the W.W. pizza, I said it was too much work. Ha. The toppings on this were fabulous–TJ’s pizza sauce, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. Next time I get the urge for pizza, I will:
- Use a flat out wrap for a crust,
- Try ‘pizza in a bowl’–just heat the toppings in a bowl, skip the crust,
- or, go out for pizza.
Next up: Fat free ginger cookies, courtesy of Roz. These are simply fabulous. Only about 50 calories each (I made 40 cookies instead of 48 like the recipe said.) The only other substitution I made was using spelt flour instead of wheat flour, and I substituted 1/4 cup of flaxseed meal for 1/4 cup of the flour. These are too sweet for me (as in, I might want to keep eating them. ) I will probably take them to work with me on Saturday. For now, they are safely in the freezer. I might experiment a bit to try to decrease the sugar. I think when you do that, though, you sacrifice a little on the texture. I could also see that this recipe might be a good base for chocolate crinkle cookies.
This little plate of cookies is waiting for me to finish writing this blog. I will have them with a cup of tea.
Dinner tonight was very satisfying, and is a good option when you are too tired to cook. Pretty low in calories too. Crabmeat cocktail (crab was frozen in serving size baggies in the freezer. Just thaw under cold running water,) corn on the cob (wrap in a wet paper towel, 3 minutes in the microwave,) and an artichoke (same wet paper towel treatment, usually 5 minutes in the microwave.) Total calories, about 300.
Noah was enjoying his landscaping efforts today. I usually put his pillow back in his ‘dog room,’ but I forgot to do that the other day.
He’s a very sweet boy. And he has taught me to become a dog whisperer! Literally. I usually talk to him in a whisper.
That’s all for now. Have a great day tomorrow.