Thursday, May 14, 2009

Someone's In The Kitchen

I spent almost the whole day in the kitchen today. Some was cleaning, but most of it was baking! I really enjoyed it. It was fun to create and get my hands dirty!

I started off with a breakfast of an open faced smoked salmon and dill omelette. I used 3 egg whites (got a little yolk in there by accident), 1 oz. smoked salmon and a sprinkling of fresh dill. It was delish and 2 POINTS...




Then, I got right to it. I had an idea to make a "healthy" cupcake using some overripe bananas that I had. Coincidentally, I saw that the Blogger Secret Ingredient Challenge this week is bananas, so I thought I would come up with something to submit to the challenge this time. I have only read about it and have never done the BSI challenge before, so I'm not sure if it's o.k. to post my recipe before submitting it. You'll just have to hang in there til I can post it! I will tell you that I decided on making Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Glaze! They came to 2 POINTS each, 137 calories, 2 gr. fat and 2.2 gr. fiber. I had to have one for a snack. Mmmm. I really liked the flavor combo. Here's a sneak peek...


While these were setting up, I also made dough for a sweet treat for the husband. I used to make him Sticky Buns all the time, but I haven't done them in almost 2 years! So, I thought I would surprise him with this special treat.
As the dough was rising, I took a quick lunch break. My stomach has been a little off since first thing this morning. I haven't been that hungry and almost feel a bit queasy. That doesn't stop me from eating though! I decided on a Spinach Artichoke Hummus sammie. I used 2 slices of TJ's Organic Spelt Bread topped with 1/4 c. of my homemade Spinach Artichoke Hummus, a slice of Weight Watchers Pepperjack cheese and a handful of baby spinach. A side of grapes was plenty to round out this 6 POINT lunch - no chips :-0 ....


After lunch, I took half the sticky bun dough, rolled it out and filled it with cinnamon, sugar and lots of raisins. I made the syrup for the dough ( you do not even want to KNOW how much butter, sugar, etc. is in this!) and let buns rise for a little while longer. With the other half of the dough, I decided to make giant cinnamon buns. I rolled out the dough and filled it with cinnamon and sugar and put those aside to rise. When the rolls were double in size, I baked them all and let me tell ya, this house smelled AMAZING! The husband was dancing a jig around the house in anticipation for these guys! So, now I will tempt the bejesus out of you by showing you the end result! Ready.........
Sticky Buns......
Cinnamon Buns with Ridiculously Artery Clogging Frosting...



You know I had to take BLT's of everything to make sure it was "okay"! Um, it was okay ;)
It makes me feel better to know that these treats are a bazillion calories and it's just not worth spending the POINTS (not that I even have enough in one day to cover ONE of these guys!).
Then, came dinner. I was not much in the mood for anything. So, it was "kids choice" and they picked this...

I stumbled upon this Roads End Organics product when little daughter was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy. For the first 5 years of her life, I had to make almost all of her food from scratch so that I would know exactly what was in it, otherwise it would be life-threatening to her. I always had a "bag of food" for her wherever we went. When I found this product, I was thrilled that she could eat something that resembled the Kraft mac and cheese that other kids ate. What makes this "cheesy" is actually, nutritional yeast. It is delicious and a great source of protein and B vitamins.
Here are the facts (click pic for better view)...

Since I wasn't too hungry, I shared this with the daughters. I only had 1/2 c. of mac and chreese along with some broccoli for a mini 4 POINT dinner (served on my salad plates)...

But, you know I always have room for dessert - sick stomach or not! I couldn't resist anymore. I had to have ..................
another Chocolate Banana Cupcake with Peanut Butter Glaze! See, I was a good girl! No "buns" that would end up on my buns for sure!



Have a great night everyone =)

21 comments:

Herbalife Las Vegas said...

I could use you in my kitchen. Looks like some very tasty food. How did you cook the salmon? On the grill with the omelette?

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Herbalife Las Vegas - Thanks! I buy the salmon in a package - it's smoked, so it's technically not "cooked", but I don't think it's considered raw like sushi. It is really good with cream cheese on a bagel, too!

jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Those cup cakes look great!

What a fun day you had in the kitchen!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Wow, the cupcakes sound and look great! Good luck with Secret Ingredient Challenge! :o)

Kari said...

forget the cinnamon buns (though they do look great) I wanna know the recipe for those cupcakes...they look perfect and deelish!

MoraPiggy said...

I don't know how you managed to make cinnamon buns without giving into the temptation. Just the smell in the house would drive me crazy! I guess it was a good thing you made the cupcakes to have a healthier alternative.

Melissa said...

I love all the baking you did. Looks like a lot of fun!! I love baking but when I bake I eat most of it which is not a good thing!! :-)

Terri said...

What section of the store are you finding the Salmon and where (I assume TJ's!) are you buying it? It looks very thin and the only salmon I can find are thick salmon.

I stopped 3 places yesterday just to find those Gnu granola bars. I love having granola bars to carry around in my purse, just in case, and I knew I would love those. But, no luck! You are one lucky girl when it comes to finding those items!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Cinnamon buns- scarry memories of our Saturday morning breakfasts before changing out life. I would make homemade cinnabons every Saturday. House smelled wonderful, they tasted so good, but...
I Love the way your sandwich looks ! Makes me want to play some more with hummus and find a couple of different color sort of varieties. Open faced hummus sandwich portrait kind of ideas are dancing in my head.

megan said...

wow those cinnamon buns look amazing! totally a weakness of mine - probably why i've never made them! I would not have nearly as much self control as you. i'm impressed :)

Allison said...

Oh man, that smoked salmon omelet looks amazing!

I love the combo of smoked salmon and dill. :D

Kelly said...

Jeez, Marisa, you're killing me. Those cupcakes and those BUNS! I think I drooled a little.

Here's your challenge: make those buns WW friendly. Ready....set....GO!

Kelly said...

Thanks for the Starbucks heads up. I'm going today!
Guess what....a VENTI espresso frapp is only 2 pts!! 150 cal, 1 fat, 3 fiber, 160 mg caffeine. LOL

Danica's Daily said...

Wow - I don't know which one I want more - the pb banana choc muffins or those cinnamon rolls! Hope you share the recipe for the muffins - yum!

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

Look at you cooking up a storm and still staying on plan!!! That is awesome!

Those muffins look absolutely amazing!

Sharon said...

MMMM, everything looks great! I want that tasty sandwich! :P

*Bitch Cakes* said...

Marisa- Good for you having a great fun day in the kitchen (and avoiding those cinnamon buns!). I will be keeping an eye out for those cupcakes. Sounds like they have a fan base already.

PS You're beautiful and I'm so proud of you! xo

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

oh my gosh, those cupcakes look so yummy! I hope you win AND I hope you share the recipe soon!

theskinnyplate said...

Those cupcakes look awesome!! Perfect portion size!! I'm itching for some smoked salmon too!!

Thinspired said...

Thanks so much for getting the word out on BSI--and these look great!
Mmmm...mac and cheeeeeeese!

angiesappetite said...

Yum - Marisa- the chocolate banana cupcakes look amazing!! The cinnamon buns do too! The dance recital sounds fun- I remember those from years ago in my childhood! Hope you all had a great time!