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A Freckled Foodie Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day, or any holiday for that matter, is always an adventure for our family.  It starts at about 4:30AM, when Momma FF wakes up to put the turkey in the oven.

By the time I woke up around 8am to work out, the table had already been set, the aroma of home cooked specialties filled the air, and the cooking had already been half finished.

This year, Jarid and I ate lunch with his family & then dinner with mine.  It was a good compromise, if you ask me.  I made two new recipes for the event!  I found these healthy mini maple pecan pies over at the Dashing Dish (Katie’s blog is one of my favorites!  Not to mention, she’s SUCH a sweetheart)

 I’m a huge fan of recipes with short ingredients lists.  All I had to do was mix some sugar free maple syrup, egg beaters, and splenda in a dish, break some pecans into small pieces, and fill mini phyllo cups with the mixture.  Bake and voila!

I also made a Hungry-Girl recipe that turned out pretty stinking awesome, if I do say so myself.  You can see it on the right side of my plate…it’s called Crantastic Apple Cornbread Stuffing…which actually, I can’t name mine…because I used raisins instead of sweetened cranberries…Haha.

Ingredients:
Cornbread
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup granulated sugar (I used Splenda)
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup canned cream-style corn (I used whole kernel canned corn)
1/3 cup Egg Beaters
1/3 cup 0% Chobani

Stuffing
1 large Fuji apple, cored and chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped (I used 3/4 C.)
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 tsp. chopped garlic (I used 1.25 tsp powder)
4 slices light bread (I used Nature’s Own x2 fiber)
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries (I used organic raisins)
2 cups fat-free chicken broth
1/2 tsp. dried sage (omitted)
1/4 tsp. dried thyme (omitted)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
I added 1/4 chopped red pepper, some chopped mushrooms, and a baby chopped zucchini

Directions:
To make the cornbread, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine corn, egg substitute, and yogurt. Whisk thoroughly. Add mixture to the large bowl and stir until completely mixed.

Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow cornbread to cool completely. For speedier cooling, remove it from the pan once slightly cooled.

To make the stuffing, set oven temperature to 350 degrees. Spray a 13″ X 9″ baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add apple, onion, celery, and garlic. Stirring often, cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

Lightly toast bread slices. Meanwhile, chop cranberries and add to the large bowl. Tear toasted bread into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl as well.

Crumble cornbread into pieces and add to the bowl. Add broth and spices, and gently stir to combine. Transfer contents to the baking pan.

Bake in the oven until firm, 35 – 40 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Our first Thanksgiving together was absolutely perfect.  I really loved meeting his Dad’s side of the family, since I had only met most of his Mom’s until this point.  They were all kind and welcoming.  After lunch, we hung out for a little while, and checked out Black Friday ads.

A little while later, we headed to my house for Thanksgiving meal II with my family.  Bowman was especially glad to see Jarid…as was my Nana…she always shows him a little extra affection…which I think is hilarious.  I can’t blame her, though ;)  I mean, look at how handsome he is.

Dinner was leftover stuffing from lunch.  I’m pretty sure it’s my new favorite recipe.  Along with a whopper of a salad…complete with dill pickles, which is my new favorite salad topping…well, that and Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard.

 I think it’s only appropriate that I thank God for all of the amazing things he’s given me:

  • My health
  • My family & friends
  • My boyfriend
  • My job
  • The opportunity to play a sport I love again
  • Most of all, eternal life

I hope you all had the chance to thank God for all of the gifts in your life and spent the holiday with the ones that matter most!

 

XO.

Pie For Breakfast.

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Verse of the Day:

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”

- James 1:21

Sooooooo, this breakfast was hungry-girl inspired.  I’ve got to give Lisa Lillien the credit.  Not many people would think to ground up Fiber Bran cereal and use it for bases such as pie crust and such things.

Pie crust= 1 C. ground up Fiber Select mushed together with 2 tbsp. egg whites, 5 sprays ICBINB, and baked at 350° for about 10 minutes.

Pie filling= 1/2 C. frozen blackberries blended with a splash of water, 1 tbsp. Cool Whip Free, and a tbsp. of Organic Zero

Frozen overnight and topped with a tiny squirt of Lite Redi-Whip in the morning.

For protein, I nuked a Morningstar Farms Maple Flavored Sausage patty.

The commute to work was not a fun one.  It was raining cats & dogs, causing people to freak out and forget how to merge onto a highway, apparently. 

It is rain people, NOT snow.  Again I had a Skinny Water at my desk when I finally arrived to keep my Vitamins at an optimal level :) 

  Lemonade Passionfruit, of course.

Work was work.  End of story.  I didn’t even have CLASS to look forward to…just lunch.  Lunch is always a pick-me-up :)

1 Golden Corn Vitatop and “spaghetti & meatballs” a la Freckled Foodie (1 bag of broccoli slaw steamed and topped with 1/3 C. Light Ragu + 3 Veggie Patch Meatless Meatballs)

I DID have my first sand volleyball match since my vacation in June after work, but it wasn’t until 6:15PM, so I went to pick up a birthday gift for my Godmother.  She is an angel!  So I thought this gift was only appropriate :)

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The little box says “Because of you my heart has a place to belong” or something to that effect.  After I picked up a card, I stopped at the store to get some more Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup

I also bought an apple & a box of Cranbran Vitatops.  I needed some carbage before the game! [unpictured]  Obviously it wasn’t enough, because we lost all three games in our match.  It was kinda ugly.  Our fourth player (one of the guys) couldn’t make it and we didn’t find a sub in time.  Four weeks without playing + 3 man team vs. 4 man team = less than flattering results.  It was still fun though!

When I got home I whipped up a quick dinner and prepped for the next day’s meals.  I had FINALLY found the Forty Spices Hummus by Tribe that I fell in love with during the review at the same store I picked up the SF Torani!  :)

Nom. 

and then there were carrots, munched on while I was making this salad beast.

Shroomies, tomato, avocado, and spring mix drizzled with this dressing I received from Girard’s to try out!

Light Creamy Balsamic was pretty good!  It was nice and thick, which I loved because you don’t need a lot of it to get a big flavor punch.  For just 45 calories in each 2 tbsp. serving, it was great!  I only needed 1 tbsp.

I packed up my lunch & snacks for the next day, so I went downstairs to bike a bit while I was facebooking.  I <3 multitasking.  I feel much more productive than just sitting around on my laptop if I do it while I’m exercising!

Afterward, I made dessert.

Chunky Monkey Softserve made with 1 frozen banana & a dollop of Calorie Free Walden Farms Chocolate.

I also had a stalk of celery slathered in Better N’ PB.

LicksBites&Tastes

  • broccoli & hummus
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful of cherrios

3 Question Thursday!

1.  What do you do for a living?  Love it or hate it? I’m in a human resources department for a health & safety section.  My main duties are clerical. 

2.  What’s your biggest pet peeve?  Mine is BAD/illogical drivers!  I think the Lord was testing me this morning!  I think I passed by the skin of my teeth :)

3.  What’s your favorite hummus?  Mine is currently Forty Spices!

It’s almost Friday, loves!  Just hang in there ;)

**PS- Check out my guest post on the SeaPak blog!  Some of my favorite foods are SeaPak specialties!

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to enter to win yourself some Dr. Lucy’s baked goodies!  Gluten-free, delicious cookies are where it’s at!

XOXO.

 

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