Friday, September 28, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate chip Bread

Another Pinterest recipe. The whole house smelled like Fall! This recipe makes 2 loaves.

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1&1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2&1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp clove
2 tsp cinnamon
1&1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray two 8*4-in loaf pans.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix eggs, oil, pumpkin puree.
Add pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips and mix well.
Pour batter into the two baking pans.
Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli

Pinterest recipe. Makes beef really tender, and there are lots of vegetables.

1 pound boneless beef top round steak
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 lb broccoli, cut
1 chopped onion
2 cups fat-free beef broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp chili paste
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
cooked brown rice

In a slow cooker, combine sesame oil, beef, mushrooms, onion, broth, garlic, chili paste, soy sauce, black pepper, and ginger. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water.
About after cooking 4 hours, add broccoli to slow cooker and stir in cornstarch mixture.
Continue to cook.
Serve with brown rice.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Single-serving Chocolate mug cake

A good and quick solution to sweet craving. Easy to make, microwave for 1 minute.

1 egg
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp peanut butter chips
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
small handful of chocolate chips (if desired)

In a small bowl, stir egg, brown sugar, peanut butter chips, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder with a fork. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased mug. Microwave for 1 minute.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Artichoke, tortellini and Tomato Soup

My dear friend Christina made this soup for a lady's baby shower. I absolutely fell in love with it. I made it tonight and it was a BLISS! Healthy to eat and easy to make.

2 tbsp olive oil
6 white mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can quartered artichoke heart, drained
4 cup chicken broth
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
9 oz cheese tortellini
1 lb fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

Heat a large soup pot over med-high heat. Heat olive oil, mushrooms, and onions, season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Add artichoke, chicken broth, and tomatoes, bring to boil. Add tortellini and return to boil, then reduce heat to simmer for about 4-5 minutes. Fold in spinach, top soup with parmesan cheese if desired.