There was an excess of apples in my fridge and an excess of root canals going on in my mouth, so I had to find a way to soften these guys before they were too soft to eat! I think even still there were a few that will wind up going bad before I can use them up =(

Anyway, I decided to double the recipe for my Oatmeal Apple Pie and get the apples into a nice chewy form for me and Boyfriend (it was a 25%/75% arrangement). Stewing in that pot is 1 large green apple and 1 little green apple. Also added is 1.5tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and 1.5 tbsp brown sugar. Basically I just heat them on medium heat until the apples begin to soften and turn a little caramel in color. The butter will melt, combine with the sugar and the released juices from the apples to form a little broth at the bottom which adds nicely to the "pie". Actually this is more of an adaptation of my Oatmeal Breakfast Bars than anything else.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Slices)
1 large green apple (in 1" cubes)
1 small green apple (in 1" cubes)
1 cup Instant Oatmeal (300cals)
1 cup Slender Soy Vanilla Milk (70 cals)
1.5 tbsp margarine (I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is best) (75 cals)
1 tbsp brown sugar (~40cals)
1 serving Egg Beaters Egg White (25cals)
1-1.5tsp Cinnamon
0.5tsp Ginger
1 tbsp Walden Farms Caramel Sauce
2 packets Sweet N' Lo

Total Damage=660 cals (maybe round it off to 700 total)
Each slice comes out to less than 100 calories. If I had walnuts on hand, I would have thrown them in for a little extra kick.

Still, these came out YUMMY and they went fast. Who knows, maybe if I get some time tomorrow I'll be able to get to those other apples before they're gone.

FYI, by fast I mean that I started these on Monday and they were gone by Wednesday afternoon!

I also have a Savory Recipe coming up but lets first talk weekends and exercise.
_Our ski trip was amazing on the first day. We drove for 6.5 hours (ugh traffic and getting lost) and got to a snowy paradise village where we checked into our very unremarkable hotel. We froze for an hour but woke up and spent a day skiing FRESH SNOW at Killington. It was cooooold. There were times when we couldn't even feel our fingers and our toes. But it was glorious. We were warned that the second day would be colder. But we were prepared. We purchased a new pair of gloves and a face shield for Boyfriend and a new pair of Ski Socks for me. All at good deals of course.  Food for thought: a lot of places nowadays have something called a blind booking. So for a big discount, you book a place without knowing what it is or where it is (they give you stats like "stars" and "distance from your main attraction" and "type of lodging") and hope for the best. This worked out well for us since we got both the hotel and the lift tickets at discounted rates.

Unfortunately, it didn't work out well for us in the end because despite all of our new warming gear and our doubling up on the packets of hand and feet warmers, we could not tolerate the outside temperature long enough to take more than 1 consecutive run (and even THAT run was kind of miserable!). On top of all this, most of the lifts on the mountain were closed due to cold. Can you imagine, a SKI RESORT closing because it was too cold? I'd feel equally stumped if they closed because there was TOO MUCH SNOW! So the second day was a bust but we had already invested in all the cost that went with it. Fail. But we still had a nice time during our little mini ski vacation before THE BIG ONE comes up in T-1 week!!

The savory recipe is super easy. It was adapted from Skinny Taste

1 eggplant (though I think this was 1/2 of a giant one)
Panko crumbs (I poured out around 1 cup but only used half that amount)
Egg Beaters Egg Whites (I poured out 2 servings but only used half)
Black sesame seeds
Salt+Pepper (1tsp each)

Overall, this turned out to be a slightly wasteful recipe. I am pretty sure I threw away at least $1.50 worth of Panko, Black Sesame Seeds and Egg Whites. But the snack itself is very cheap overall. Especially if you already have all the ingredients on hand and just need to buy the veg!

Also I think that Italian Breadcrumbs (seasoned) would have worked better here. That's what the original recipe calls for but that's not what I had sitting in my pantry. Oh well. Next time. 

Cut the eggplant into equal-sized pieces as shown above. Leave the skin on, it's the best part (hello fiber!)
(Feel free to also salt and pepper the eggplant and let it sit for an hour if you happen to have the time)
Place the egg whites in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another.
Thoroughly soak the eggplant pieces in the egg wash then pick them up, let the excess liquid drip off and dip them into the bread crumb mixture.
Bake at 450 degrees in a Pammed baking tray for about 15-20 minutes (flip halfway through)

I served these with tomato sauce for dipping. They were yummy, like Eggplant Parm without the cheese and the guilt! Still, Italian Breadcrumbs next time!

Finally, a quick word about excersise. I think I've mentioned before that I started to do some really early morning hot yoga (6:20am class!) and it's been feeling REALLY good. I've done it three times so far. The first two times I felt that the class was a gentler version of the evening classes and the last time it was HARD. But I'll tell you what, I greatly preferred the hard class because if I want to relax in the morning, heck I'll just stay in bed for an extra 1.5hrs! If I'm up, if I have trudged through an NYC winter at 6am 1/2 mile to the studio, I'd better be getting a good workout! I think I'm going to persevere and keep doing the morning classes and hope that some of them are harder than others.

Finally, tonight we are going to a Russian Restaurant Party (better known as all you can eat, all you can drink debacle). Unfortunately I generally wind up both eating and drinking more than I should (or want to!) and feeling bad later. My goals for tonight are to understand that I will still drink and eat more than I should, but at LEAST I will seriously attempt to NOT eat anything "simple". So I will not put into my mouth the following things: breads, pastas, cheeses, cold cuts. These I can and do get anywhere. Ok, gotta go get pretty!



07/16/2012 15:06

good post

09/26/2012 06:25

THX for info


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