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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


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


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)


Apple for dessert


Snack: Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal


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*!)


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.




Snack: Tropical Fruit Strip


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


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).


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!!


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!)


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


(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!)


Snack: Blueberries and the rest of my red bell pepper


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

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!


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!)


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!)


Snack: Crunchy granola bar


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



Snack: Nectarine and some Oatmeal Squares



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

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