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Mango Bread

I had some mangoes that needed to be used, so I decided to make mango bread. I wasn’t too fond of it (some of the mangoes had a “stringy” texture, which I could not stand!), but my family sure loved it! I think you could make this using eithe mangoes or peaches, and still end up with great results! I adapted this recipe from Baking with the Boys’ recipe.

Mango Bread

3/4 cup egg substitute
3/4  cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c (packed) light brown sugar
2 c diced mango
1 tsp lime juice

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray an 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pan with non stick spray.  Put the pan on a baking sheet to keep from over baking. Whisk the egg substitute and oil together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.  Break up brown sugar lumps, then stir it in.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, switch to a wooden spoon and mix until blended — the batter will be very thick and not easily mixed, but  it will soon come together.  Stir in the mango and lime juice.  Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top .

Bake the bread for 1.5 hours, or until it is golden brown and a thin knife inserted ino the center comes out clean.  Cover with tin foil after 45 minutes if it is getting too brown, too fast. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before inverting pan.  Cool to room temperature right side up on the rack.

June 30, 2009 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

It’s Friday!

Yay for Friday! When I get out at 4, I will have a glorious three day weekend (plus my birthday on Monday!!!).

Last night I met up with a friend who used to live here but moved to LA. We went to a Chinese restaurant that we both like. I ordered the shrimp with veggies, steamed rice, and crab ragoon. The portions were fairly small by chinese restaurant standards (we ordered the “Student Combo” which was smaller portion+smaller price). There was only about 4 shrimp in the entire meal! It was ok. We were both pretty disappointed in the taste…everything was a little bland.

Todays Eats:

Breakfast: Oatmeal (it got thick today!) with raisins and brown sugar

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Snack: The very last of my bag of cherries and a 1 oz piece of 2% Milk Cheddar Cheese

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Lunch: Chicken with rice that my mom brought over the other day and an orange pepper. (eeww… the chicken+rice sure doesn’t look very good in the pic….but it was! I only ate about 1/2 of that portion)

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Apple for dessert

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Snack: Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal

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Dinner tonight is probably going to be nacho’s for the hubby and a quesadilla (on a low carb wrap) for me!

This weekend I have a to-do list a mile long. Some things on it are getting the rest of our stuff moved, giving my puppy a (much needed!!) haircut, making homemade pizza and crust for dinner one night, and making mango bread! Have a wonderful weekend!!

June 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm 1 comment

Feeling Lazy

This heat is making me lazy. (This was what my car said ALL the way home from work last night…101*!)

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Last night for dinner I had cheese, crackers and turkey pepperoni. I had an apple ready to slice, but when I cut into it, it looked like some insect had made  a home inside…ther were little “tunnels” all the way through it! Hubby thought I should just cut around those bad spots, but I threw away the whole thing!

On a completely random note….Last February, hubby and I took a cruise which stopped in Key West. While there, we went into a shoe store that sold Vibram FiveFingers “shoes”. Since then, I have had a mild fantasy of owning a pair. I love going barefoot, and would all year if I could. Has anyone ever worn these? Opinions on them??

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast: I had planned on making oatmeal at work with blueberries and brown sugar…but it never got thick. I microwaved it for about 5 minutes total (normally it takes 2!). So, I ate the blueberries and the granola bar that I brought for my afternoon snack.

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Snack: Tropical Fruit Strip

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Lunch: Another chicken salad wrap with cheese and crackers and an apple. (I forgot to take a pic of the wrap and the apple!)

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And less than a serving of spice drops ( I finally threw the rest of the bag of these out this morning. They were too much of a distraction last night when I had the munchies while watching TV).

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Dinner tonight will be out at a Chinese restaurant. I am meeting a friend who used to live nearby but moved to LA this past winter. She is back for a quick visit so we are meetin’ up for some Chinese! I am thinking the Veggie Deluxe with steamed rice (no Chinese places around here offer brown rice…ggggrrrrr!) and maybe a crab ragoon as a treat!

 

Have a good afternoon/evening!

June 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

Another Hot One

It is suppose to be in the 90′s today…Blah! The heat I can handle, it’s the extreme humidity that is really kicking my butt! I was going to ride my bike from the old house to the new house tonight (about 5 miles down the rail-trail), but I’m thinking it is going to be too hot at 5pm!!

Eats:

Breakfast: Another one of my gourmet breakfast sanwhiches….egg beaters, 2% milk cheese slice, and an Arnold’s Thin. (You should probably know that when I find a food I like, I tend to want to eat it for EVERY meal…but then I will be sick of it, and most likely, I will never ever eat it again!)

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Snack: A little container of spice drops….Long meeting this morning, I needed the sugar!

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(Does that pic make anyone else want to go play “Candy Land”?)

Lunch: Chicken Salad (Canned chicken, fat free mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika, red bell pepper and strawberries) on a LaTortilla Low Carb Wrap with lettuce. I also had cherries and a small chunk of 2% Milk Cheddar Cheese with a few Reduced Fat Wheat Thins. (I got to use my new plate today!)

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Snack: Blueberries and the rest of my red bell pepper

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Dinner is going to be whatever we can find that doesn’t require using the stove/oven. I might use up the rest of my chicken salad, or have a veggie burger cooked on the George Foreman Grill.

 Hope you are able to keep cool today!!

June 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

Just Signed Up!

I just signed up for Amy’s 15 Week Challenge! Hopefully this will give me the motivation I need to get back down to my “wedding weight” by my anniversary in September! Good luck to everyone participating!

June 24, 2009 at 9:07 am 1 comment

Starting to See Blue

Blueberries are starting to pop up for a reasonable price at the grocery stores around here. One of my favorite things to make with fresh blueberries (other than sugar heavy pies!) are blueberry scones. These are a lighter/smaller version of a traditional scone, but they are still very good!

Blueberry Scones
Servings:4

2/3 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/3 cup Bisquick reduced-fat baking mix
1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/2 cup blueberries

Combine first 5 ingredients. Fold in berries. Form into 4 mounds and bake on PAM – sprayed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

I often double the recipe to make 4 large scones, and I have found that baking them on a baking stones works best!

Enjoy!!!

June 24, 2009 at 8:50 am 1 comment

Hot, hot, hot

Remember when I was complaining about the cold? Well….it has been in the upper 80′s for the last several days and is only going to get warmer the rest of the week. Yuck. And of course, the house we moved into does not have air! But it does have a couch now! I purchased one off of craigs list and went to get it last night! (We didn’t have a couch in the old house….it was too small! The house was less than 600 square feet….our new living room is about that same size!)

Eats:

Last night I made BLT’s with turkey bacon and arnold sandwhich thins. My mom and I stopped for a McDonald’s ice cream cone on our way home with the couch.

Breakfast: My favorite breakfast sandwhich (I wish we would have had some bacon left over last night, but my dad was working the field by our house, so he got the left over sandwhiches!)

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Snack: Crunchy granola bar

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Lunch: 1/2 of a red pepper and cheese and crackers

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Snack: Nectarine and some Oatmeal Squares

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Dinner will be grilled “Cheddarwurst” for the hubby and a veggie burger for me. Maybe with corn on the cob and musk melon. Anything that will keep the house cool!

June 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm 1 comment

Another one bites the dust…

Will I ever have a relaxing, laid back weekend again? I sure hope so! Friday I spent all afternoon moving stuff into the “new house”. I’m glad it’s only about 5 miles from the “old” house, so all those trips back and forth didn’t add up too much! Saturday I got up at 5:30 and went to get groceries (which involves a 30 minute each way drive) and got almost there before I realized I had not grabbed my list. Grr! This is what I saw when looking at the fresh sweet corn.

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It just takes something away from the freshness when there is permanent marker writting on it! (…and this wasn’t the only ear that had it. Crazy!) The rest of the weekend was spent moving. We are 99.9% moved in. Thank goodness! Maybe now my life can return to normal (such as it is!)

Eats today:

Breakfast: Egg and 2 % milk cheese slice on an Arnold Sandwhich Thin

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Snack: Banana (which was too yellow/brown for my liking!)

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Lunch: Kashi Cocunut Lemongrass Chicken frozen dinner (I had a coupon for a freebie, and it was easy since the “new” house isn’t completely stocked yet!) and a nectarine ( I may have also had a small handful of Good and Plenty Candies, but no picture)

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Snack: Cherries and Oatmeal Squares Cereal

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Dinner: Probably a quick BLT sandwhich with Turkey Bacon. This will be easy and quick and won’t require me digging around trying to find all of my cooking supplies!

I got a cute new melamine plate and bowl at the dollar store to leave at work so I don’t have to continue to use paper/styrofoam….but I left them in the car so I didn’t get to use them today. Hopefully tomorrow I will have an excuse to use them!

Have a great Monday!

June 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm 2 comments

TGIF!

So glad it’s Friday, even if it does mean another jam packed weekend ahead!

Last night I stopped to run on my way home. Instead of running the trail like I usually do, I went to the house we are moving into and ran down the road. I have never run on gravel before….IT IS HARD!!! I only went 1.12 miles and my legs were screaming (not sure if it was the gravel or the fact that it has been a week since my last run….) and I was hot. It was about 81* out (which is about the hottest it has been so far this summer!) and I was thirsty! At least I got out there and did it!

Dinner was a quick chicken stir fry and brown rice when I got home.

Breakfast – Oatmeal with brown sugar and a Vanilla Oikos Greek Yogurt

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Snack – 2 organic fruit strips and a BIG bottle os SMART WATER! I love this stuf (but only buy it on occassion, I usually use a reusable bottle!)

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…and then my camera died, so no more pics today!

Lunch – Leftover stirfry (no rice) and watermelon

Snack – Cherries and an Arnold’s Thin with sugar free blackberry jelly

Dinner tonight will be whatever I can scrape up….maybe some scrambled Egg Beaters and toast! I really need to get groceries, but it won’t be until I am able to put them away at the “new” house! Have a great weekend!

June 19, 2009 at 10:50 am 2 comments

Need to Find My Motivation

I’m not motivated. I haven’t been running in a week. I think part of the problem is that I feel guilty about taking the time to do it, when I know there is so much stuff at home to do so that we can get moved this weekend. I also haven’t been eating that great…lots of snacking! I think that also stems from this move….I don’t want to get groceries until we have moved because I don’t want to have to pack everything up. So, it has been a month since I actually went and got groceries. The pantry is getting very empty.

I packed my running gear today, so there will be no excuses. I will take the time for me, even if it means hubby has to wait for dinner! I can’t wait for next week….we will be on summer hours at work (we take a 1/2 hour lunch instead of an hour, and then get to leave an hour early) so I will have more time in the evening to do what needs to be done!

Onto the food. Dinner last night ended up being blueberry pancakes with sugar free syrup since I left the other half of my 5 dollar foot long at work. Oh well, lunch for today!

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Breakfast- Thursday is Big Apple Bagel Day at work, so I had a multigrain bagel with a smudge of cream cheese and a strawberry fruit strip

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Snack- Sharkies (these were on clearance at Target for $0.48 per package!)

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Lunch- The other half of my Chicken Breast Subway Sub from yesterday, Sun Chips, Fruit Strip (tropical flavor)

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Snack- Watermelon and Cherries!

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June 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm 2 comments

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I'm Becci, a twenty something from a small farming community in Michigan. I grew up on a farm and still live on one...I can't imagine it any other way! Although, I do love to travel and see the amazing places the world has to offer! I have always struggled with my weight and living a healthy lifestyle, but that's about to change! This is my journey to eating healthy, traveling, and hopefully accomplishing my goal of running a marathon all while enjoying the country life!

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