Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lemon - Apple Squares

It's been about a week since I last posted. And this time, words are quite necessary. I decided to try a NEW, yes a NEW, recipe from Kashi's website. You may be wondering why words are needed. Well let's just say I adapted this recipe to my own liking, higher protein, lower sugar, and lots of whole grain goodness. I have to also emphasize that this a new recipe attempt as my previous post about the Wholesome Sour Cream Apple Muffins has caused quite a stir in our house. My husband finally read the post, and let's just say he is now paying attention to ensure that his leg is not being pulled.

With this recipe, comes a warning, don't try it first thing out of the oven. You may wonder why the entire pan is empty in a few short minutes. It tastes like apple pie crossed with raisin bread. Yum.

Lemon - Apple Squares

Recipe adapted from Kashi recipes


2 cups, finely crushed Kashi GOLEAN® cereal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup organic raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free)
1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1/2 cup cane syrup or sugar free pancake syrup
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup almond milk
1/8 cup canola or olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
9 packets of sugar substitute (7 Splenda, 2 Purevia)
2 cups apples, finely diced


1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray 8"x11" or 6"x12" pyrex baking pan with Pam baking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, mix first five ingredients. Mix well, then set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, greek yogurt, sugar substitute, egg substitute, milk, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla. Then add diced apples and mix well.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix well. Spread evenly in oiled and floured 8" x 11" bake pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Cut into squares. Makes 20-24 squares.

Eat up!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Barbeque chicken and veggie frittata

On an amazing trip to Grand Cayman, I finally had time to relax, enjoy, and spend a morning having delicious breakfasts. We stayed in a condo through a timeshare ownership. I had never done that before but 7 days of relaxation was great. The opportunity to either cook or enjoy the local cuisine was fantastic. One morning, while everyone slept, I got up and made a frittata for the first time. It was super easy, especially using some quick ingredients that I had on hand, including leftover barbeque chicken from the previous evening.

Barbeque chicken and veggie frittata 


1/2 cup barbeque chicken (diced)
1/2 cup frozen mixed bell peppers (thawed)
5 egg whites
1/4 cup nonfat milk
1/4 tsp ground black pepper 
garlic powder + onion powder or everyday seasoning (Trader Joe's)
1/4 cup yellow onion (diced)
1/3 cup shredded cheese (three cheese blend)
1/4 cup shredded turkey meat (deli meat)


(1) Start by carefully oiling a pan (spray canola oil or olive oil will work great). The pan should be heat tolerant at least > 425 degrees (F). Preheat pan on medium heat on stove top. Preheat oven to 420 degrees (F).

(2) Add diced onions and bell peppers to pan to get to medium brown.

(3) Prepare egg whites by whisking with nonfat milk. Add to slightly browned onions. Swirl pan as needed to completely coat with egg mixture.

(3) Add diced barbeque chicken and shredded turkey meat uniformly amongst the pan before the eggs have fully set.

(4) Be careful not to disturb pan. Allow to cook on low-to-medium heat until there is only a slight jiggle at the top.

(5) Put the frittata in the oven to complete cooking (approximately 8-10min).

(6) Remove frittata from oven and sprinkle cheese and replace into oven for an additional 5-8 minutes until cheese has both melted and browned.

(7) At this point, the frittata is complete and should look like picture to the right. Allow to cool for 5-10min before serving. Enjoy while hot!

Believe me, this frittata is so delicious. It is a great cure for the morning following a long night out on the town. Trust me :)