High Fiber, Low-Fat Chocolate Muffins

Doesn’t this chocolate muffin look delicious? What if I told you that it’s high in fiber, has under 1gram of fat, and it has a cake-like texture?  Is it too good to be true? Nope.  These puppies are my cure to my son’s need for more fiber due to his constant constipation.  What can I say, the kid was born with difficulties going to the bathroom…even when breast fed.  While there are some other high fiber bars and supplements out there,  they require lots of water for digestion.  While I am not a huge fan of things “out of the box”, I have to compromise on something. The truth is, that I have to sneak in fiber any way I can and this is the BEST way I’ve found!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box of moist chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups of water (as stated in box)
  • 1 cup of prunes + 1 cup water to soften
  • **Note that I am not following exact ingredients from box**

Directions:

Step 1: Bring 1 cup prunes + 1 cup water to boil for 3 min to soften prunes.

Step 2: Pour contents of pan and blend until everything is well mixed to puree consistency

Step 3: Mix ingredients with a fork.

Step 4: Pour into cupcake sized pans. Bake 350F for 15-18min

Serve & Enjoy!

 

 

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Homemade Pizza Pockets:Quick & Easy

We’ve all seen them in the frozen aisle.  Convenient, quick, and calorie filled.  Yes, I am talking about frozen pizza pockets.  While there are some healthier alternatives, I haven’t found any that I can put in the toaster in the morning and not have them be soggy or chewy by lunch. Since my daughter has phosphate and nitrate allergies….while her friends are eating cafeteria pizza on Fridays, she needs to bring her own.

Last week I decided to experiment with homemade pizza pockets. WOW!  They were super easy to make and delicious!  The most important thing is that they held up really well!  I warm them in the toaster in the morning and at lunch they have the perfect texture at room temperature.  I even got my almost 5 year old and avoid-cooking-at-all-costs-husband to help!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of biscuits
  • Tomato sauce
  • Grated cheese (we like Monterrey Jack)
  • Pepperoni (or turkey, ham, bacon)
  • Any other toppings you might want in your pizza like California black olives

Directions: Step-by-step pics:

Preheat oven to biscuit instructions 

  

 
 

#1: Stretch biscuit dough into a circle

#2: Fill with desired ingredients

#3: Fold over & pinch edges

#4: place on baking sheet and press edges with fork

#5 Bake according to biscuit directions -keep an eye on them, every oven is different

 

(Where the cheese is oozing out is because I didn’t pinch enough)

This is how Sofia got hers packed for lunch: with fruit, veggies, and a treat.

Enjoy!

 

 


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Simple Sesame Noodles

KISS. It’s an acronym. Anyone know what it stands for? Anyone? Buehler? Okay, okay, it stands for  “Keep it simple, Stupid.” That was a favorite of my high school Chemistry teacher, Mr. Sprankle. Here’s another one, “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten!” And last but not least, “There are a billion people in China that don’t care how you did on this test, and in five years, you won’t either!”

“Yes!” I would wail, “But I care now! How did I get these wrong, what will I do?” Then I would throw my self over my desk and cry. There would be some wailing and gnashing of teeth, calculations of what I would need to do to keep my “A” in the class, and then furitive working. Perfectionist much? Okay, so maybe not wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I was a teenage girl, for crying out loud….I wanted things my way! I wanted things perfect!

Often when entertaining or cooking, I go back to KISS though. When I find myself obsessing about the perfect app or the precise timing of dishes, or what would satisfy everyone’s culinary dream, I come back to what is simple, yet satisfying. Steamed artichokes with garlic aoili, mozarella caprese, antipasto, rustic french bread, a crisp clean pinot, a piece of dark chocolate with sea salt, a perfect steak with some gorgonzola on the side. You catch my drift….sometimes, less is better. Sometimes, you need to keep it simple. So try these noodles tonight. These noodles make me sing. Add nothing, add some chicken, add some shrimp, get crazy and add some edamame and tofu, whatever sails your ship. That’s what I say! Okay, so I just made that up, but ignore me and get cookin’. And hey, Mr. Sprankle?? Are you out there?? Maybe you actually knew what you were talking about!! BUT, I still care about that test!!

Here’s what you need:

12 0z thin noodles, cooked and drained (Udon, spaghetti, etc.)

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

2 T sugar

4 cloves garlic, minced or diced

2 T Rice Vinegar

3 T Sesame oil

1/2 t Hot Chili Oil

4 T Canola Oil

4 whole green onions, sliced thinly.

Whisk all ingredients except noodles and onions together in a bowl. Taste and adjust or add salt and pepper as needed. Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions. Delish!!

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