I have also been trying to add more vegetarian meals into our family diet. (My skin-and-bones-without-a-lick-of-fat-super-active-is-an-understatement son has high cholesterol and has had it since he was 3.) I also have been counting calories for over a year now (lost 42 pounds and have kept all off but 3). So, I take a LOT of time weighing and measuring and counting everything I cook or bake and try to make sure we are getting pretty healthy stuff in our bodies that still taste good. Oh, and I LOVE cookies so, I have to make a cookie that is less than 70 calories and have one almost every day. Yup, I do that by using all of the same 'normal' ingredients, I just make them smaller. It works for me. I do not deny myself a thing and I am healthier.
All of that being said, I am always on line or digging in my binders for something new to try. So, here are a couple of yummy things we have played with.
Okay, I am not going to write out the recipe, but I can tell you I got it from a cookbook from a Bed and Breakfast I stayed at back in January of 2011. The place was called Apples B&B. Okay, this place was pretty stinking cute. The breakfasts were amazing. This is a great place to go if you need a Lumber Jack type breakfast that is jam packed with enough calories for that whole day as well as a bit of the next. She will blow you away with tastes, flavors and presentation. That being said, it is really hard on a low calorie (because I don't work off a ton of calories Mom) life style change diet. So, I got the cookbook and took her Vegetarian Quiche and remade it.
Okay, here it is. I have been tinkering with this quiche. How can I make it lower in fat, how can I lower the calories, oops I made a mistake and totally forgot the cheese one time kind of playing.
What I need to try - how to make a yummy crust that is not so calorically dense, should I try it without a crust, and so on. My kids groan when I make quiche, but I know they like it. They just get moody on me. They would gobble it up and ask for more and more, but I think I may have tried playing with it too many times.
Here are the basic ingredients: Eggs (one or two yolks, mostly whites), swiss cheese, zucchini, roma tomatoes and green onions. Add crust or not, and play. I have played with the cook time, everything, I have liked every one of them, not sure which is my favorite. It is a work in progress. One of these days when I think it is perfect, I will post it.
Here is another quick one.
I have been craving nuts with my new workout routine, and needing protein and carbs to keep me moving through the day, so I have been playing with recipes with nuts in them. This is the recipe I used. I think I did it exactly like it was written (probably less salt). Now, this was my first yeast bread I have made since I can remember. It took forever, but was totally work it. I only took 2 pictures.
Before - this was my first try at this, so I know the seam isn't pretty.
After - the seam and inside may not have been pretty but it sure did taste good!
The newest thing I just created was a Push-Up Pop.
I stumbled upon this book by reading (once again) Bakerella's site. She cited it some time ago and well, I looked it up, fell in love and decided I had to have it. Since my kids are finally out of school, I thought why not make a little something to celebrate Summer?
I only made one.
One lonely Push-Up Pop. I split it with my hubby.
I will be making more, I just wanted to see how it turned out. I need to practice more, lots more. I need to work on pushing the stuff down and I think I'd like to find a different Strawberry Sorbet, one that is a little darker to resemble more of a watermelon. I have to say though, this was delicious!
I am obsessed with Push-Up Pops, so you'll be seeing more of these. :)
At least that is my hope.
I need to not eat them all before I get a chance to take a picture of them.
Oh, and calories for this baby = 81! (Don't ask about the sugar.)