Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone had a pretty fantastic weekend. Those of you that don’t have school or work tomorrow are lucky because the perks of being a graduate student means that I get to go to my 6 hours of class tomorrow. Weeeee. Anyways this has been a pretty good weekend. On Friday, I went to this salsa dancing place with my best friend from home, Isa, and these two guys. It was interesting to say the least. I am a pretty good dancer, but even I felt like the whitest person in the room. The rest of the weekend I have been working my butt off on all these assignments for school. Yes more perks of grad life. Luckily this has given me time to make a ton of delicious recipes to share with ya’ll. I have a doughnut recipe for ya’ll today. I was so happy when my mom mailed me my doughnut pan because it means I can make some delicious treats to enjoy with my hot chocolate (and for my roommates to have with their coffee in the mornings). Since it is fall, I obviously had to go pumpkin themed!

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Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

2 cups of flour (any type – I used white all purpose)
1 1/2 tsp of baking power
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 tsp of ginger
1/4 tsp of cloves
1 1/2 c of pumpkin
1/4 cup of softened butter
3/4 c of brown sugar
2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of skim milk
3 medium eggs

Maple Glaze

1 1/4 c of powdered sugar
1/4 c of sugar free pancake syrup (use maple or regular syrup)
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp of skim milk

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1. Preheat the oven to 350. Get out your doughnut pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with some butter.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, all the spices, and salt together. Stir well with a whisk until the ingredients appear to be thoroughly mixed by making the flour appear a brown color.

3. If butter is not softened, place in microwave for about 20 seconds until soft. Then place into a mixing bowl with the brown sugar and pumpkin. If you have a kitchen aid or mixer, you can use that. However I used a whisk and did it by hand. You can add more pumpkin if you like depending on how much pumpkin flavor you want to the doughnut. Once you have mixed thoroughly, the mixture will appear to be a grainy brown texture.

4. Add in the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until the eggs are no longer seen. Then slowly pour in the flour mixture. I used a 1/4 cup to pour it in slowly while I hand mixed it. At times, it gets a little harder to stir. It will appear to be a thick mixture, so you have to spoon it into the doughnut pan and move it around with your hands because it is not liquidy enough to pour.

5. Bake in oven for 16 minutes.

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6. Let the doughnuts cool until you can remove them from the pan. This recipe made about 12 doughnuts. While the doughnuts are cooking, you can make the glaze. Just put all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix.

7. You want to set up a frosting station by placing aluminum foil down and then placing a wire rack on top. I was lucky enough that our microwave came along with a wire rack.

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8. Dip the doughnut into the bowl of frosting one at a time. Really let the doughnut soak into the frosting then flip it over and place it on the wire rack. Repeat for each doughnut.

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9. Let the doughnuts harden for about 20-30 minutes, so that the icing solidifies on the top of the icing. Eat and enjoy.

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These doughnuts are the bomb. I wish there was a never ending supply of these because they are just that good. The doughnut is really soft and moist inside, which is nice because it is baked instead of fried. The icing really soaks into the cake too. It gives a good syrupy taste inside the doughnut. The spices mix really well. At first I was worried because when I tasted the batter it was kind of over spiced. I think that baking in the oven helped mix all of it together and let it become less ginger-like. I can’t wait to enjoy these in the morning with my hot chocolate. I may even crumble one into my bowl of oatmeal. I am getting all kinds of ideas now.

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I am obsessed with doughnuts. I’m not even sure what started this obsession. Maybe Gourdoughs? Dunkin? I’m not sure, but who cares because doughnuts are so delicious. I can’t wait to start exploring with other recipes in my pan. This will definitely be a treat for my weekends every few weeks or so. I am already brainstorming delicious doughnut combinations. Ya’ll will be excited with what my brain has for you! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and try it out because you definitely won’t be disappointed.

What is your favorite flavor of doughnut?
What is the best pumpkin treat you have made this fall?

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Orange Cauliflower and Rice

Happy Halloween to everyone! I am having a pretty boring Halloween compared to my past. I’m just having a night in with the roommates doing school work. Oh the life of a graduate student. Actually I’m doing that because Carrianne and I are going to a crazy concert tomorrow, which I CAN’T WAIT FOR! So to make up for the lackluster Halloween events, I have a delicious recipe for you: Orange Cauliflower and Rice. I do love cauliflower (ya’ll know that from my cauliflower fried rice and cauliflower pizza).

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Orange Cauliflower

3 T Egg Whites
1/4 c of flour
1/2 c of water
1/4 c of corn starch
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped up
3 chopped up green onions
zest of orange + all of juice of orange
2 T of soy sauce
2 T of rice vinegar
1/4 c of orange juice
1 tsp of corn starch
1 tsp of brown sugar
1 bag of frozen cauliflower

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1. Cook frozen cauliflower to directions on bag.

2. Mix flour, cornstarch, water, and egg whites into a small mixing bowl until a batter like texture if formed. Make sure that the batter isn’t super thick.

3. Heat 1/4 c of olive oil in a pan while you coat all the pieces of cauliflower until each piece is fully coated.

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4. Place cauliflower in pan until completely cooked and browned. Place cauliflower on paper towel to soak up oil and dry.

5. Heat 1 tsp of oil and the chopped up garlic in a new pan for a minute.

6. Add half of the green onions, the zest, and the juice of the orange into the pan and cook for another minute.

7. Add soy sauce and rice vinegar. Turn up the heat until it has reached a boil. Turn back down and toss in the cauliflower. Cook until it has been fully coated in sauce.

8. Remove from heat and place over brown rice (I just used Uncle Ben’s whole grain brown instant rice because I’m super lazy).

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9. Throw orange juice, brown sugar, and tsp of corn starch into the same pan. Heat to a boil for one minute, constantly stirring the dish.

10. Drizzle the sauce over the cauliflower and brown rice.

11. You can garnish the dish with the remaining green onions, orange zest, and sesame seeds.

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This dish is so delicious. It actually tastes like orange chicken minus the soft tenderness of the chicken, but the cauliflower is such a good healthy alternative. Chinese food can be packed full with calories, especially the Americanized food items like sesame chicken, orange chicken, and others. By placing a more vegetarian friendly option, you can lower the amount of calories while still enjoying the classic taste of the sauces. It was a nice warm meal to have when I was craving some greasy Chinese. I will definitely have to try this out with other popular Asian sauces. I like making healthy version of my favorite types of food because that allows me to enjoy them on a daily basis instead of just my fat day, which is Saturday.

I hope ya’ll enjoy this! Have an awesome Halloween. I’m catching up on all my missed TV shows while I make notecards, blog, and work on my review paper! Happy Halloween!

What is your favorite Chinese food item?
What are you going to be for Halloween?

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Hey ya’ll! We survived Monday. My last class was extremely painful, but I did it! We even got out 10 minutes early, which was amazing. The funny thing is that the class is so boring that at least 16 students were skipping class. I wonder if the professor knows how boring his class is. Anyways lets talk about food. I love food. Especially spaghetti squash. It is squash season right now and I am completely in my element. I have been coming up with squash recipes left and right, so I’m going to share one with ya’ll today. Let me introduce: Spaghetti Squash Carbonara.

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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

1 c of Spaghetti Squash
2 slices of turkey bacon
1/2 c of peas
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of butter/margarine
1 pinch of shredded Parmesan

Sauce:
1 egg
1/2 c of egg whites
1/2 c of skim milk
1/8 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 tsp of garlic powder
1/8 tsp of salt
1/8 tsp of pepper
1-2 tbsp of flour

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1. Preheat oven to 375. Place spaghetti squash in a pyrex baking dish. Either cut the squash in half or poke holes in the entire squash with a fork or knife. Then place in the oven for an hour or until soft.

2. Once cooked, remove, wait till cooled off, and then pull out spaghetti from the squash.

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3. Slice up the two turkey bacon pieces into fine bits. Place them in a pan that is on medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until it has become crisp.

4. Add in the garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

5. Add in the butter and peas. This will take another 2-3 minutes to cook through.

6. Remove mixture and place into a dish with 1 c of the spaghetti squash.

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7. Whisk egg and egg whites in a small bowl. Then whisk in milk, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk over medium heat for 2 minutes and then let sit for another 2 minutes. At this point add in the flour to make it thicken.

8. Pour over your bowl of prepared pasta and mix thoroughly. Top with shredded Parmesan.

This dish is so delicious and healthy for you. I love spaghetti squash. It is the best alternative to pasta. Low calorie and packed with nutrients. Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my favorite dishes at classic Italian restaurants, but it is one of the dishes that packs the most fat and calories. I obviously had to come up with my own healthy version that had just as much flavor. This was it. The smokiness of the cooked bacon with the garlic brings a nice flavor to the dish. The peas are very subtle in the dish and just provide a nice texture. The sauce is what really makes this dish. It is creamy and holds the noodles together. Topped with Parmesan it is perfect. I ended up eating this multiple times during the week. I brought it to class at night for my dinner twice, and of course everyone was staring at me yet again. Once it leaked in my backpack because my dish wasn’t sealed tight enough. Now my backpack smells like spaghetti squash carbonara. Oh well.

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Spaghetti squash contains a wide variety of vitamins. It contains a large amount of Vitamin C, which helps with immunity. Other vitamins that spaghetti squash contains is vitamin A, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and Vitamin K. Each of these vitamins plays key roles in your body. It is important to get the RDA of each one every day, so that your body is functioning properly. There are also minerals in spaghetti squash. The dominant mineral is manganese, which helps in healthy bones, tissues, and hormones. It also plays a role in metabolism, regulation of blood sugar, absorption of calcium, and functioning of nervous system. Other minerals in spaghetti squash are potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, and iron. Also this packs a ton of fiber, which helps with the digestive system and cancer. And that is just the squash! This dish packs a ton of health benefits, so please make this to enjoy it!

Have an awesome Tuesday, I’ll be spending the entire day studying for my Advanced Nutrition midterm.

Do you eat a lot of spaghetti squash?
What is the best dish you have made with spaghetti squash?

Chobani Blueberry Panackes

Hey ya’ll! It’s Sunday, so you know what that means. Not only do I have volleyball practice, but it is also my day of the week where I treat myself. I decided that I should treat myself with something healthy and delicious this morning. That is why I came up with the idea of pancakes using Chobani greek yogurt. What a good idea! This way I get protein, grains, fruit, and a dairy in my breakfast. Being a nutrition major, sometimes it is really hard to come up with a well balanced meal with all the necessities in it, but this time I definitely managed to do it (minus the veggies of course)!

photo(4)Chobani Blueberry Pancakes
1 package of Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. of Whole Wheat Flour
3 tbsp of egg whites
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp fat free milk

photo(6)1. First you take all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder) and mix well in a bowl.

2. You then pour your liquid egg whites into the yogurt container and stir well.

photo(7)3. Once it is mixed, add the yogurt and egg white mixture into the bowl with the flour.

4. Then add in the rest of your liquid products, such as the vanilla and milk. Stir well.

photo(5)5. You will then have a light purple mixture. Heat a pan on medium-high heat and spray it with nonstick spray.

6. Use a 1/3 measuring cup (or 1/4 or an icecream scoop) and scoop out some mixture to place on the pan (should make 4-5 large pancakes).

7. Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the wet side and flip over.

8. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.

photo(2)Ta da! Now you have a delicious batch of pancakes. You really can’t even tell that these pancakes have Greek yogurt in them. The only way I know is because of the blue color and the blueberry flavor that they have. If you wanted to make them extra-blueberrylicious you could have added fresh blueberries into the mixture. I unfortunately was using all my blueberries for another recipe (will share later on), so I had to go without them. Sad, I know.

photoSomehow my finger got in this picture. Oh well, it still looks scrumptious. I can’t go without having any fruit in my breakfast, so I decided to slice up a banana to go along with the pancakes. It also provides for a nice, pretty plate to look at. I did destroy it when I ate it though and nothing was left but a a few little crumbs.

photo(1)A plate of perfection! Well I hope everyone is having a good Sunday. The best way to start your day off is always with a good breakfast. It helps your metabolism and it keeps you from being grumpy later (the second part is just from personal experience). Now I get to go plan volleyball practice, work on my research paper, and study for an exam in Nutrition Education and Counseling!

Blueberry Donuts (Healthy/Low Cal Recipe)

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone is having a good Monday. I have been pretty busy today. So far I have run some errands with my mom, got a travel guide for my trip to Spain, did some computer stuff, and now I’m posting on the blog. Later I get to start studying for my biochemical nutrition exam (fun, but not really). I have an awesome recipe for you. I sort of based this off a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but I did some epic Lindsay changes to it.

DSCN0189Whole Wheat Blueberry Donuts

Ingredients:
1 c of Whole Wheat Flour
6 tbsp Splenda (I may have added an extra two or three to this)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c + 2 tbsp of Chobani 0% Blueberry Greek Yogurt
2-3 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp margarine (melted in microwave)
DSCN01941. Preheat the oven to around 315-330 degrees and spray your donut pan with non-stick spray.
2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and sugar).
3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter).
4. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry bowl and mix until fully combined. Make sure that you do not stir the mix too much.
5. Pour mixture into donut pan (if too thick, you can add some more milk or yogurt in order to make it more “pastry” like).
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the oven.
7. Let cool for a couple of minutes.
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For the topping:
1/2 c of fresh blueberries
1 tbsp blueberry jam
1 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
1-2 tbsp of confectioners sugar (if you want it to be an icing use 1-2 cups)

1. Mash the blueberries with jam until mainly juice and crushed skin (or use food processor to puree).
2. Add in milk.
3. Slowly add in the sugar until you reach a blue color and the right thickness for your icing (I used little to none because I wanted more of a syrup).

DSCN0188In my opinion, these were more like snack donuts. To make them more breakfast like, I would probably switch to all purpose flour. That doesn’t mean that these aren’t good because I actually thought they were quite delicious. They weren’t overwhelming in the way that donuts normally are. No sick or full stomachs. They weren’t oversweet either. It was a more natural version of a donut in my opinion. I’m definitely going to be messing with this recipe to make some crazy donut concoctions because I am a big fan of breakfast foods (in case you couldn’t tell from my many pancake posts).

Have a good rest of the day! I’ll be studying and finishing up some graduate application stuff. During my breaks I’ll probably be looking up things about Spain (yes, you can all be jealous).