It’s the Great Pumpkin, Chef Brown! Friday Food Porn #11

It may not actually be fall according to the calendar yet, but apparently according to food bloggers it is — there are pumpkin recipes everywhere!

Blue headings = links, by the way.

Kale Frittata
Kale Frittata

Kale Frittata
This was actually a recipe from my Weight Watchers Weekly, and it was good! There was a 2 for 1 deal on kale last week, so I had a lot of kale (hence the kale salad in last week’s Friday Food Porn)

Sautee some onion, garlic, kale, then add 4 eggs & 4 egg whites & 4 ounces feta — finish off in the oven under the broiler.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffin
Chocolate Pumpkin Muffin

Flourless Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
I was totally out of things to give my husband for breakfast!

Not to mention I had some leftover pumpkin that was almost the perfect amount for these muffins. Win-win.

They were very moist; not quite as sweet as I’d like them, despite 6 tbsp of honey — although that’s probably a good thing.

Pumpkin Pasta
Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin & Sage Pasta
I don’t know; there was just something lacking in this recipe. I’m not sure what. It’s easy, it’s healthy, but it’s kind of bland.

And it will still fuel my 11 miles tomorrow. Maybe it’s better reheated — some things are like that.

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie (single serving)
This is a must make! Seriously delicious and not too unhealthy, but they’re definitely dessert, not breakfast. If you want cookies for breakfast, see below.

Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Cookies


Breakfast Cookies
I hadn’t made these in a while, but a cool morning prompted me to bust out these breakfast cookies. I mix them up the night before, let them sit in the fridge overnight, and then pan fry them in the morning.

Mmmmmm . . . warm cookies for breakfast.

  • 1/2 cup uncooked, quick oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tsp nut butter
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut butter chips
  • Dash cinnamon (I just eyeballed it)
  • Pinch salt (I just eyeballed it)

Mix everything together and then add water until the dough sticks together. Form cookies (I get 3-4), cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Pan fry in the morning on low heat about 3-4 minutes per side.

I decided to join Pinterest. Seriously, for years I didn’t get it. I have enough ways to waste time as it is, thank you very much! But then I had an aha moment yesterday: I’m forever forgetting where that recipe I wanted to make came from.

Duh! So I’m Chocolaterunsjudy there, too (as well as on Facebook, and Instagram, and if I ever decide to join Twitter the world might just come to an end. But never say never).

Exercise snacks
Exercise snacks

Don’t forget time is running out to win some of my free home back snacks perfect for exercising too! See Fall into Fitness Hop (and there are lots of other cool prizes I really need to sign up for myself).

Something chocolate has been added. I said I’d get a picture of that up today, it might be tomorrow. But it wouldn’t be from Chocolaterunsjudy without something chocolate in there, right?

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Friday Food Porn #10: Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

Breakfast for dinner. Breakfast for lunch. Second breakfast. I really love me some breakfast! I seriously could eat it at every meal — how about you?

Blue headings = links, by the way.

smores pancakes
smores pancakes

Smores Pancakes
Yeah, I went there after my 9 mile LSD. Thank you, MCM Mama Runs, for those delicious looking smores waffles on IG to give me the idea.

I used the single serving brownie pancakes from Chocolate Covered Katie as my base. And then I just threw in mini marshmallows and some gluten free graham cracker bits (I have the GF graham crackers on hand for the smores protein cookies I now make on a regular basis — see this Friday Food Porn for a photo and the link).

The graham cracker just seemed to disappear into the pancake. I think next time (and you know there will be a next time) I’ll try putting them into the pancakes as they bake, rather than mixing them in the batter.

Still pretty awesome.

French toast rollups
French toast rollups

Blogilates French Toast Roll Ups
I had to take the dogs to the vet mid day, and I knew I’d be hungry between my run and the time I got home. I’d planned a snack, but then I decided to go a different way and make these french toast roll ups.

Really glad I did and I will most likely make them again. I subbed 1 tbsp coconut sugar for the stevia and used real cream cheese. I actually think you could lose the sugar altogether and just dust them with some cinnamon. I also think cream cheese and jelly inside would be good; nut butter would probably be fantastic; I’m not a PB&J gal, but that would be good, too. I used Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

I liked these so much I ended up making them for dinner the next day, too. With nut butter & chocolate chips. Because what isn’t better with nut butter and chocolate chips?

Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese (Cauliflower)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of cauliflower pizza crust. And yes, this is just another riff on that.

Cauliflower + cheese + getting in half a head of cauliflower at lunch — sounds good, doesn’t it?

And it is good. It’s just a lot of work for not a lot of product.

Chocolate Dessert Pizza
Chocolate Dessert Pizza

Chocolate Dessert Pizza
This dessert pizza is what I made for our Labor Day dessert. When I asked my husband what he thought he said it tasted kind of sour. He was right – the chocolate pizza base, that is. I’m not sure why. Really not much in there to go sour.

The rest was awesome and we both ate it with no problems (during or afterward).

Thin Mint Cake
Thin Mint Cake

Purely Twins Protein Thin Mint Cake
Did I want to make this recipe? I was a little scared, I admit: it sounded like a very weird combination of ingredients. I’ve shied away from psyllium powder for years. When was the last time your grandma ate pysillium?

And I’ll be the first to tell you — my husband would never like this. I wouldn’t say it was great, either. But  . . .  sometimes you need something that’s healthy and chocolate and doesn’t have a lot of sugar.

I added the frosting, which is just coconut butter thinned with some water.

Will I make this again? I’m not sure. It sure did keep me full for hours, though!

Skinnytaste Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp
I didn’t think to take a photo of this dish. And I just use the spice mix for the shrimp and haven’t made the Cabbage-Mango Slaw yet. But we’ve been grilling shrimp this way all summer and it’s really yummy!

I just marinate the shrimp in:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Then we grill it. Easy peasy.

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Friday Food Porn #9: Do I need a plaintain intervention?

I keep getting lost in the #purelytwins site. These women are just geniuses in the kitchen. And try out their workouts, too! I might just need a plaintain intervention right now and I’m nowhere near done with the plaintain recipes I want to try.

I teased on instagram today (@chocolaterunsjudy) with the start of the Labor Day dessert I’m making from the site.

Blue headings = links, by the way.

Plaintain Wrap
Plaintain Wrap

Purely Twins Plaintain Chia Wrap
My wrap didn’t turn out quite as pictured on the Website. How do they get it that thin?

And I’ll be honest: that hemp protein has a grassy taste. I wonder what sort of protein powder I could substitute for it? Clearly vanilla and chocolate, which is what I have, won’t cut it. I’ll have to look around because yes, I want to make this again.

It made tasty wraps. Big wraps. And it didn’t taste like cardboard like so many low carb wraps.

GF English Muffin
GF English Muffin

GF English Muffin
Again, mine didn’t come out like the photos on the Website. Of course I don’t have peanut flour. What I do have is PB2; chocolate PB2, of course.

Still, it was tasty and I like that it didn’t have any sweetener like some similar recipes I’ve made. Plus it has a little pumpkin in it.

Thin Mint Protein Cookie
Thin Mint Protein Cookie

Purely Twins Protein Thin Mint Cookie
Just not batting a thousand this week. These were good, and again, I totally plan to make them again. But they did have a slightly bitter taste. It’s:

  • The stevia
  • The fact that my carob expired in 2010?
  • It needs some honey
Oatmeal cookies for the dogs
Oatmeal cookies for the dogs


Chester’s Birthday Oatmeal Carob Cookies
Chester turned 10 this week. We seriously weren’t 100% sure he would make it. To celebrate the fact that he did, I baked him some cookies. Keep in mind my dogs will pretty literally eat anything. You can watch them scarfing these down on Instagram.

I just kind of threw this together:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 banana, smashed
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp carob chips
  • Splash of vanilla & cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 (I used a toaster oven)
  2. Mix everything together and drop onto baking sheet.
  3. Bake approximately 20 minutes

You can leave them soft, or bake them longer to get harder cookies, or even just leave them in the oven with the door slightly ajar to let them dehydrate.

Chester used to be the easiest dog in the world to medicate. He would eat his meds right from my hand. Not anymore. I just might have stuffed them in one of these cookies on his birthday. Worked, too. So far.

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Friday Food Porn #8: Cool waffle recipes

There wasn’t a whole lot of cooking/baking going on this week. Getting into the heaviest part of my HM training and a trip to my folks to continue help decluttering their house took a lot out of me.

But in the end, I put my waffle iron to good use.

Blue headings = links, by the way.

1 Minute Tiramisu Cake
1 Minute Tiramisu Cake

Healthy 1-Minute Tiramisu Cake
I really love many of Arman’s recipes but this one was just meh to me. But maybe not to you.

I preferred the Brownie Batter Breakfast Bake I made for dinner last night. Because who doesn’t love brownies breakfast for dinner?

Dark chocolate rice cakes
Dark chocolate rice cakes

Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes
No, I didn’t make these. I suppose it would be easy enough to do. I found them in a local health food store.

I’m not a big fan of rice cakes, and these were good, not great . . . but still, sometimes you want just a little chocolate. And something that won’t cause you to eat the entire package in like one sitting — like the Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers I bought last week.

Yes, I have a problem with crackers. It’s very strange, I’ve really overcome so many of my trigger foods over the years but — but somehow I have trouble stopping with crackers. Even healthy crackers. Weird.

Waffle Cookies & Grilled Cheese
I wasn’t going to bake today. Nope, 10 miles tomorrow and I’m resting up. Not to mention chocolate plaintain cookies, no bake s’mores cookies, no bake granola bars, and plaintain blondies currently reside in my refrigerator.

Could that be why I’m maintaining my weight, instead of losing like I want to? But I digress . . .

I am out of my banana oatmeal cookies, and I had ripe bananas in the fridge, and of course I remembered the post from Blogilates about unusual ways to use your waffle iron.

Waffle cookies
Waffle cookies

So I whipped up some of the cookies. Except the directions weren’t clear — they said to put the ingredients in the blender (which I did), but the photo clearly showed unblended oats. The bottom line is I got mini waffles. Kind of plain mini waffles.

And then I had an aha! moment: top them with nut butter. Much better. I think they’ll be breakfast and I’m so totally going to try it with unblended oats.

Waffle grilled cheese
Waffle grilled cheese

Then I figured I already had the waffle iron heated . . . haven’t had grilled cheese in forever . . . so I grabbed some Ezekiel bread out of the freezer. Slapped some cheese in there, into the waffle iron, pressed down really hard (I may have been a bit overgenerous with the cheese) and voila!

I didn’t actually make the caprese sandwich. Since all I had was cinnamon raisin bread I think it would have been a little weird. And I have a Belgian waffle iron, not a regular waffle iron. What I don’t have is a pannini maker . . . or do I now?

Thank you Cassey, you’re a genius!

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