Healthy and Sane

A super lazy Saturday

December 13th, 2008 · 9 Comments · baking, breakfast, December No Mindless Munching Streaking Challenge, dessert, eggplant, pasta, sandwich, snacks

Wow, I’ve been la-zay today!  Seriously, I hardly left the coach today.  Bad!  There was no exercise but definitely some yummy and healthy food, though 😀


I really love feta in omelets and since I had an open package of feta today’s breakfast was an obvious choice.  I sauteed some grape tomatoes with some spinach, added 1 egg and 2 egg whites and 1 oz of light feta.  Yum!  I also toasted 1/2 of a Food for Life english muffin for a side + made a large cup of coffee with skim milk and agave nectar.


Breakfast was a little low in calories so I was ready for a snack soon after I was done.  I missed my yogurt so I made a tiny bowl with 1/2 cup of nonfat TJ’s European style yogurt, a clementine and a handful of Erin Baker’s double chocolate granola.  So yummy!  I love yogurt!!


Simple: a sandwich with 2 slices of turkey, 2 tablespoons of homemade hummus and grape tomatoes and a large carrot on the side.

I <3 hummus!


When you have a banana that looks like that, what do you do?

Hehe, it looks like a monster! 😆  Well, I mashed it and made it into cookies using this recipe from Simply Recipes found on the Bread & Honey blog.  The pictures just looked so good, I couldn’t resist making a batch of my own 😀

My 1 banana produced 1/3 of a cup of mashed banana, so I made 1/3 of the recipe.

I also opted to use 1/2 pecans and 1/2 chocolate chips for my “mix-ins.”  Here are some of the progress pics so you feel like you were in my kitchen today :)

Creaming the butter and sugar:


Adding the egg and flour…

Folding in the pecans and chocolate chips…

Divide the batter into 10 cookies (30 if you make the entire recipe), and pop in the oven for ~12 minutes:

Here they are post baking, cooling on the cooling rack:


The kitchen smelled absolutely incredible at this point!!  Of course I had to make some tea and have 1 (ahem, I mean 2) cookies 😀

I didn’t photograph the second one… I grabbed one of the “uglier” ones.  These were very light and fluffy – very cake-like.  I think I realize that I prefer cookies that are more dense, but because they are light they are also lower in calories, so that’s why I could have 2 of them guilt-free.  There is definitely something to say for that.  If you like fluffy (muffin-top-like cookies) these are yummy and are a nice alternative to banana bread if you have some overripe bananas.  I probably won’t make them again, but I had fun making them and will enjoy polishing them off (hopefully with my husband’s help) over the next few days.  Oh, and they are now resting on a pretty holiday plate.  I love it!!


Since like I mentioned before I haven’t left my apartment today (meaning no grocery trip either), I had to whip something up from what we had.  I dug deep into my freezer and found this:

There were 2 little eggplant cutlets left in the box (this is from Trader Joe’s – not sure if you can see that from this pic).  So I made some baked zitti in my toaster oven.  I cooked 4oz of ww pasta for 13 minutes, while that was going baked the eggplant patties according to package directions and cooked up some diced tomatoes with garlic, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes to make a chunky tomato sauce.  Once the pasta was done, I tossed it with the diced tomatoes, divided into two bowls (1 for me and 1 for my husband), topped each pasta bowl with a slice of eggplant, 1/4 cup of part skim ricotta and 3/4 oz of 2% cheddar cheese and baked it right in the bowls in the toasted oven (for maybe 5 minutes and then turned it to broil for a few extra minutes until the cheese browned).  Yum!


Here is my first bite… cheesy goodness!

This was very delicious.  Baked zitti with eggplant used to be one of my favorite deliveries back in college, although I used to eat a huge tub of it in one sitting.  This was nicely portion controlled.  Much better!

And a little bit later I had a square of Ghirardelli 72% chocolate square.  This is just ok.  Honestly tastes slightly waxy to me.  I forgot I’m not a fan of this stuff.  I want more chocolate now but trying to resist the urge! :(

Total calorie count for now is 1567, although I have a feeling I’m going to have something a little later (hopefully not but I can’t make any promises).  I’m trying to decided whether I want to go out with my husband and his friends or stay at home and take some thing off my to-do list.  I want to stay home but I’m afraid of being alone with a house full temptations and no-one but myself to stop me from indulging.  I’ll report tomorrow on how I did.

*Edited to add* I stayed at home and I am finally caught up on all of my blog reading.  Yay!!!  I am also extremely proud to report that the only thing I had was lots of water.  I didn’t even give myself the option of having anything else… at first reading all the food blogs made me a little hungry but then I just forgot about it.  So the calorie count for the day is still the number noted above, and today was officially my Day 4 of NMSC!!  I told you I do well with streaking challenges 😀  I’m going to try to go to bed soon.  I want to take a hot vinyasa class tomorrow morning.  I haven’t done that in months and I’m actually really looking forward to it!

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9 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Sharon

    Oh wow, love the cookies!!!

  • #2 - ttfn300

    great looking eats!!

    about the yeast, you can keep it in the fridge for a little while (not sure exactly how long). You’ll notice the first step of many recipes, you add yeast, warm water, and some “food”, i you dont’ see the mix bubbling, you’ll know it’s not good anymore!

  • #3 - K

    WOOHOO you’re doing great on your challenge :)

    That omelette looks delish!

  • #4 - Amanda

    Oh I was going to make banana bread, but now I think maybe cookies instead.. I am a sucker for cookies

  • #5 - Jeena

    It was so funny to read ”what do you do?” with the banana picture then see the cookies being made, they lookd delish!

    I love the omelette too, it reminds me one I used to cook often a few years back. :-)

  • #6 - Tina

    Mmmmm… eggplant cutlets! Where are those babies from?

  • #7 - Kelly Turner

    wow- i dont think i have ever had banana cookies- but they sound great! i have a few black bananas- maybe ill give this a shot!

  • #8 - Elina

    Thanks for the info, Tiffany! I think I know why the bagels I made a while back were too small… I probably used old yeast. Damn!

    Tina, the eggplant cutlets are from TJ’s. They’ are really yummy and super convenient of course! :)

  • #9 - Michelle

    Yummy cookies! I have placemats that match your plate!! Nice choice!