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Quick applesauce cupcakes

“Applesauce for sale. 2 for $4.50.” In you go, into my overflowing basket, filled with unnecessary groceries. I’m a grocery store maniac, which is made even worse with the single magic word ‘SALE’. It’s horrible, I’m telling you. No self control, whatsoever.

Which explains how I ended up with 2 large jars of applesauce, and absolutely no idea what to do with them.

This recipe, which was from 500 Cupcakes book boasted that it’s ‘simple to make and low in fat, this recipe is based on the classic streusel cake.’ Right on! You got me at ‘simple’ and ‘low fat’.

Here we go!

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Vege Burger

Ever since my sister came back from India, all she could talk about was the extremely delicious veggie burger she ate there. And absolutely nothing could be compared to the Indian McDonalds’ Veggie Burger (IMVB).

Well, firstly , I have no idea what the IMVB tastes like , or even looks, but I figured, it should look like a regular burger patty.

I found the recipe here, but I didn’t have all the ingredients, so here’s my version:

Ingredients:

1 can of hummus

1 egg

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

2 cloves garlic

cayenne pepper

chilli sauce

corn kernels

Directions:

1. Chop garlic finely. Add to hummus, stir well.

2. Add egg, breadcrumb, pepper, chilli sauce, and corn, and mix well until it forms a firm paste.

3. Heat a non stick frying pan. Add 1 tsp olive oil.

4. Scoop 1 tablespoon of paste onto pan and fry each side for about 10 mins ( I like mine crispy and firm!)

5. Serve with wholemeal bread, and vegetables!

Serves 6. (depends on the size of the patties)

Taste test: The patties were reddish orange because of the chilli sauce, so each time I bit into the patties, I expected them to taste like fish or prawn burger. But nope. They tasted like spicy hummus (DUH!), on a patty, with corn. Wish there were more corn!! I liked it, my sister didn’t.

Go Italian with Frittata

Frittata, omelette, scrambled eggs.. i think they’re essentially the same.. they’re basically eggs with other ingredients.. only difference is that a frittata is baked in the oven.

im always looking for recipes for lunch.. something quick and easy and most importantly, nutritious and filling.. basic recipe for Frittata here

but i didnt bother sauteeing the onions and red pepper and i added mushrooms. you can go crazy and add all sorts of ingredients.. ive seen one with asparagus and i might try that soon since i absolutely love roasted asparagus.

anw, my Frittata was yummy.. but i think next time i’ll actually add the herbs for more flavour. it makes a good breakfast or lunch or if you make mini ones it can be an appetizer too!

Granola Snob

my name is Sya and i am a granola snob. yep. ever since i started making my own granola, the store-bought cereal just doesn’t do the trick for me. my supply ran out and i was incredibly lazy to make a new bath and hence resorted to store-bought cereal. bluek. not only are the good ones pricey some actually have quite a significant amt of sugar in them! for example, in one serving of Post’s Banana Nut Crunch, there’s 12 g of sugar!! and somehow they nvr taste as good as homemade granola.

so this wk i just had to replenish my supply of granola but i didnt wanna just make my usual Honey Vanilla Almond version.. i wanted to try something else as well. and so i attempted to make my own version of Banana Nut Crunch! here’s the recipe, adapted from here.

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup cornflakes
2/3 cup flax seed (optional)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sunflower/pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp honey (or more if u like it sweeter)
3/4 cup water
1 large ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Whizz banana, honey, vanilla, water and cinnamon in a blender or food processor
  3. In a large bowl toss the banana mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well
  4. Lay in a single layer on a baking tray and bake until oats are brown
  5. You might wanna check every 5-10 minutes to break the clumps or not if you like clumpy cereal. It’s quite soggy at first but it does crisp up eventually.

YUMMY!!! Banana Nut Crunch has got nothing on it!!

I also made a batch of my Honey Vanilla Almond Granola. When i first started out, i would measure the ingredients properly but now i just mix everything together and go by gut feel. Basic recipe from here. The ingredients are basically:

  • Oats
  • Cornflakes/Rice Krispies (optional)
  • Nuts (any kind you like)
  • Seeds e.g. sunflower, pumpkin, flax (also optional)
  • Honey or Maple Syrup (this one, is really up to you. depends on how sweet you like ur granola. for me, i just add enough honey to make the dry mixture slightly moist but not soaked in honey)
  • Vanilla essence
  • Cinnamon powder

And then you just mix everything together and lay it on a baking tray and bake at 180c until oats are brown. I like mine almost burnt.

You can enjoy the granola with milk or drizzle over yoghurt, eat it as a snack all by itself or my personal favourite, granola with Isojoy! Ok. this post is making me hungry!!

so yeap, i am a granola snob and i make no apologies because my homemade granola is by far superior than what’s available on the shelves.

Oatmeal pancakes

I love pancakes! Flat, fluffy, big and small, I love them all. I love the fact that you could use the same batter to make crepes, which could be eaten either as a savoury dish or sweet dish. But not pancakes though. Pancakes are strictly reserved for sweet stuff, at least in my world.

So anyway! I found this recipe, which had oatmeal and wholemeal, which equals to more fibre = feel full for longer period of time.

I’ve tweaked it to this, after comparing several other recipes:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup wholemeal flour

1/4 cup self-raising flour

1/2 cup Quaker oats

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 egg

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:

1. Prepare buttermilk : 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + low fat milk to make 3/4 cup.

2. Use a food processor to grind oats finely. Pour into a bowl.

3. Add buttermilk to ground oats, and let it stand for a few minutes.

4. In the meantime, prepare all other ingredients. Sieve flour and baking powder into oats mixture.

5. Add egg, vanilla essence and vegetable oil, and whisk until smooth.

6. Heat a frying pan, and pour about 1/4 cup of batter. Brown both sides and serve hot.

Serving suggestion: Fresh fruits, maple syrup, margarine, chocolate syrup, yoghurt, nuts, WHATSOEVER.

Taste test: My sister said it tasted like Plasticine. Haha. But I actually liked the taste! And it didn’t taste like plasticine to me. Oh well. Back to the drawing board then.

PBJ Bread Pudding

to kick-start this project, i decided to take 2 ingredients that have a bad rep, peanut butter and egg and use it in a recipe to make a dessert that is highly comforting and traditionally sinfully delicious, bread pudding.

you can read more about the benefits of peanut butter and egg here but essentially, peanuts can lower risk for coronary heart disease and eggs, despite the fact that they are high in cholesterol, are choke full of high quality protein. but of course moderation is key!

i adapted the recipe from here.

PBJ Bread Pudding
2 slices wholemeal bread
1 egg
1/2 cup reduced sugar soy milk
Jam
Peanut Butter

(For the jam, I used St Dalfour thick cut orange marmalade which is a high fruit content spread and for the peanut butter, i used Adam’s all natural peanut butter. Got it from NTUC at almost the same price as Skippy but this has a more nutty taste and the best part; it’s no sugar added!)

1. Preheat oven to 170 c
2. Spread the jam on one side of the bread and peanut butter on the other. Cut into small cubes
3. Whisk egg and soy milk in a bowl
4. Soak the bread in the mixture
5. Pour mixture in a ramekin
6. Bake for 20-25 min.

My bro and mum said it tastes good. Not too sweet. and i like the refreshing taste of the orange marmalade and the crunch from the peanut butter. What I like about this recipe (besides that it’s incredibly easy) is the fact that you can pretty much modify it in any way u like. I might try it with Almond soy milk or skim milk and instead of using a spread, i might just mix in dried cranberries and a little cinnamon powder. see! the possibilities are endless!

it makes a good breakfast dish coz it uses all the typical breakfast food items that are good for you and it’s extremely filling which prevents the mid morning hunger pangs. it’s high in fiber from the wholemeal bread and there’s protein from the egg and soy milk. yum!

apologies for the sub-standard picture. didnt have a camera with me.