em Does Pumpkin

This morning, I decided to finally try the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie that RunningPhierce posted last week. Sorry in advance!

I guess I should have read the part of the recipe where it says this beverage is a smoothie. Boy, this was not my cup of tea. I think it may have been the expectation of a protein shake consistency…that or the poor substitution choice of Java Flavored protein powder. Either way, not for me, but would be good for you smoothie fans.

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However, I did discover this amazeballs pumpkin cookie recipe that uses OATS and PUMPKIN PUREE. This was instant YUM. I subbed out the white sugar for Stevia, added Pumpkin Pie Spice, because, well Pumpkin Pie Spice is amazing in and of itself, and nixed the cranberries. The cookies were surprisingly moist, and deliciously yummy….and only 108 calories per dollop of perfection.

I think my next conquest might be Pumpkin Ravioli, kind of like the Healthy Choice frozen meals, although it sounds like a daunting task.

What are your favorite pumpkin flavored items?

Hope you don’t have a case of the Mondays!

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em Does Chopped (at home)

I think my first mistake was leaving the food shopping to my boyfriend. This resulted in one of those dinners where you try to use whatever you may have in the pantry (which usuallly ends up being a crusty goldfish cracker and a packet of ketchup). The goal was to stay healthy, especially since this is my pre-run snack.

I saw an almost finished bag of whole wheat tortillas in my bread box, and thus, tonight’s experiment was birthed.

Healthy Black Bean Nachos

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I took the whole wheat tortilla (170 calories), cut it into fancy shapes with my pizza cutter, brushed some lime juice on it and salted it. Then I threw this baby in the toaster oven for 12 minutes and let them crisp. (They will stick to the toaster oven pan a little)

The next step was to try to make black beans like my grandmother does, except not using anything fresh, or utilizing any of the techniques she did. Basically, I used all the Spanish seasoning I had in my house…threw it in a pot with some frozen onions and peppers, and dumped a can of black beans in afterward.

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Once that was done cooking, I took a scoop of it (about half a cup) and dumped it right on top of my chips.

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I then proceeded to desanctify it by throwing some store brought salsa in a can on top for spice.

All in all, it tasted pretty good, and only for about 300 calories which isn’t bad either.

Ted Allen should just write me a check already.