In the words of Michael Smith, “…I give you my heart.”  In this case my Chocolate Heart. My Valentine’s Day Share-a-Heart!

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Don’t worry, I’m not giving up my Day Job to become a sculptor since it is evident I have no talent in that area. I did try to make a heart.  A little crooked maybe, but warm chocolate…..

If you know me you know I make minor changes.  Usually in the form of subbing in some whole wheat flour and/or the sugar.  In this cookie, only the flour.  About 1/2 and 1/2 AP and WWF.

GOOD cookie!!  Nice and crispy.  Lots of great chocolate flavor.  DUH!!  Definite keeper.

I added a little butter cream frosting and some heart sprinkles to make it look pretty.  Crooked, but pretty!!

This cookie coincides with Dorie’s Cookies and Kindness Revolution.  Bake Cookies.  Share Cookies.  Basically.  How to make people happy?  Give. Them. Cookies. Then blog cookies.  Share on social media #cookiesandkindness. You can find the recipe on Everyday Dorie,

You know you really need to add Dorie’s Cookies to your bookshelf.  Then you would have ALL the recipes at your fingertips.  This one is on page 274.

For more hearts, and probably perfectly sculptured, visit Dorie’s Cookies.

 

When I think of eating ‘healthy’ I really don’t consider cake.  Especially chocolate cake but I ran across this recipe in my February Cookbook eating to beat high blood pressure.  Truth be told this is NOT a weight loss book but a path to health.

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So these little bites of chocolate delight are only 70 calories, and 1 gm fat (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ piece) each.  I cut mine a little bigger but still not bad.  I sprinkled them with a little cocoa and powered sugar but they were plenty sweet without it.

    1 1/3 cups sifted self-rising flour
    1 cup + 2 Tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
    1 Tbl instant espresso powder
    1 cup sugar {I subbed in 1/2 cup Splenda and added 18 tsp Stevia}
    1/2 up packed light brown sugar
    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 large egg whites
    1 Tbl powdered sugar

325 degree oven

Line an 8″ pan  with foil leaving an overhang.

Sift together the flour and cocoa.  Add the espresso powder into warmed buttermilk and allow to dissolve.

Mix the sugars together with the applesauce, buttermilk/espresso, and vanilla.  Add the liquids into the flour/cocoa mix and combine just until blended.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold into the batter and add in the chocolate chips.  {I found the batter to be VERY stiff so I added just a tad of water before I folded in the whites.}  

Scrape the batter into the pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until set.  Don’t over bake!  Remove from pan and cool for about 15 minutes on a rack.

SOOOO good! Definitely a keeper.

The recipe is on page 263.

 

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2)

That was the question we were asking ourselves when Kayte came up with this week’s theme – Your Hearts Desire.Tuesday was Valentine’s Day.  The day for lovers.  The day for flowers.  The day for Chocolate!!  Well not for Kayte!! 

 I thought long and hard and decided it wasn’t a food that was my Heart’s Desire.  It was The Man in my life.  HE is my heart’s desire.  We’ve been married 43+ years.  We’ve had hard times and great times.  I almost lost him once.  Do. Not. Want. To. Do. That. Again!  So because of him it was easy to choose a recipe for this week.  Why?  Because his favorite small sweet treat is Peanut Butter Cookies.  And since I deny him almost nothing when it comes to food that is what I made. 

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These were good.  Very good.  It is the first time I have made PB cookies with natural PB.  I usually use the name brand stuff.  You know the ones –  with lots of sugar.  Sugar we don’t need.  And while the recipe did call for 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup regular {for which I subbed in 1/4 cup Splenda and a dash of Stevia}  they didn’t need the extra sugar in the PB.  Don’t get me wrong, we love PB and eat it with jelly on sandwiches.  Or melted over ice cream or chocolate cake.  Or out of the jar!!! But we know the extra sugar is bad for us.

Make these cookies.  They will be your faves.  Crunchy! Full of PB flavor (DUH!).  Trust me on this one.

The recipe is on page 260 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.  130 calories in 2 cookies.  2 gm fat.  14 gm cholesterol and 14 mg of fiber.

What, or who, is the Heart’s Desire for the rest of the EwE Group? Visit Eating with Ellie and see.

This week’s theme for Wednesdays with Donna Hay is RICE! While here are lots of types of rice – white, brown, parboiled, wild (although it’s not really a rice), Arborio, even Black or Forbidden rice – we usually only use one or two of these regularly.  With all the rice choices it was not easy to find a recipe.

I finally settled on a rice pudding.  It was easy peasy since it used left over rice.  In my case, basmati.  The ramekins have 2 TBL of rice to which a simple custard is added.  Vanilla and cinnamon give it the flavor.

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20 minutes in the oven and you have a quick, comforting dessert.  And while it was still hot I sprinkled a little turbinado sugar over the top to melt.

I adapted this recipe for use in an Instant Pot.  The ramekins are  stacked in the pot and then cooked  on porridge for only 9 minutes.  I used quick release.

I have been a little intimidated by my new Instant Pot so haven’t used it much.  I’m trying to remedy that in small steps.

Donna’s recipe is on page 138 in new food fast

For more rice visit Rice is Nice on Wednesdays with Donna Hay.

The Man has been asking for something sweet.  The cheese cake is gone as are all the cookies.  So this morning I made some nice muffins from eating to beat high blood pressure my cookbook for February’s Cookbook Countdown.

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These came out well.  We both liked them.  They were fairly sweet and moist.  The crumble topping just added to the flavor and the apples just seemed to melt into the muffin.

    1 2/3 cup AP flour {I subbed in 1/2 with whole wheat}
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup oatmeal + 1 tsp cinnamon
    2 TBL margarine
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp apple pie spice
    salt to taste
    1 1/4 cups unsweet applesauce
    1/4 cup veggie oil
    1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute
    1 large apple peeled and diced

375 Degree oven.

Mix together the crumble topping: 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 /2 cup oatmeal/cinnamon mix, and margarine. Set aside.

Mix together the rest of the flour with the baking soda, salt, oatmeal, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl.

In another bowl stir the applesauce, oil, remaining brown sugar, and egg sub together.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix just to combine.  Add in the diced apple.

Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top.

Bake about 20 minutes or until done.

The recipe said 12 muffins but I ended up with 14.

Each muffin: 220 calories. 7 gm fat. 35 gm carb

The recipe is on page 33.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2)

Every Sunday after church I fix The Man waffles.  It has become our habit.  I don’t eat them because He likes them swimming in syrup and just plain with nothing inside. What about blueberries?  Pecans?.  Cinnamon?  Nope, not for him!

This past Sunday while he was enjoying his waffles I fixed some just for me!!

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A nice multi-grain waffle filled with whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, and ground flax cooked 10-grain cereal.  I would have used the flax seeds but mine were old and I tossed them.  Since the 10-grain has lots of other grains I figured it would be okay.  Just as healthy.

I did like these.  They were filling and nicely textured.  Instead of the apple-raspberry sauce I used some not-too-sweet Wild Huckleberry Syrup a friend brought from Montana.  It is only huckleberries so no added sugar.

The recipe is from Eat to Beat High Blood Pressure page 25.

You can find the recipe HERE. Or HERE.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Peggy picked our theme for Eating with Ellie this week – STUFFED!!  That meant we could make anything that was filled or stuffed with something else.  Ellie has quite a few recipes that fit this category but I have had one in mind for quite a while.

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These are Ellie’s Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Pockets

and they are tasty.  The filling is turkey Italian sausage browned and mixed with spinach or arugula, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.  The filling was so good I easily could have eaten it with a spoon.

I couldn’t find Italian turkey sausage so I used regular and added some Italian seasoning. That worked well.  I also made my own Whole Wheat Pizza dough because I couldn’t find that either.  Ellie said we could use any marinara sauce so I used some that I had made last summer.  

I liked these and plan to freeze the ones that are left.  They are from Ellie’s latest book – You Have it Made. {page 223}  Most of the recipes in the book are made for freezing and doing ahead.  Good plan for these.  

We all stuffed something this week.  Check out what the others made -> Stuff It!

We’d love to have you join in with Eating with Ellie.  We don’t include the recipes.  We’d rather you bought Ellie’s books.  There are some recipes on line.  This pizza pocket one is there on Ellie’s website.

The theme for this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs is also STUFFED!!  so I am going to kill two meals with one plate!!

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