Monthly Archives: March 2014

3 Ingredient Cake!

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These are the ingredients that you will need
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1 store bought box of white cake mix with pudding in the mix
1 cup of orange juice (pulp, no pulp, your choice)
6 oz container of non-fat Greek yogurt, plain

Spray with oil and remove excess with napkin
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Pour whole box of white cake into mixing bowl
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Pour 1 cup of orange juice into bowl
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Scoop out container of Greek yogurt into bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are well combined. Mixture is quite thick, don’t panic!
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Use spatula and pour mixture into dish, spread evenly. I used a 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
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Place in pre-heated 350 degree oven. Bake for 45 min until golden brown and cake pulls away slightly from the dish.
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Like this!
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I bought some store bought orange frosting, heated in the microwave for a few seconds, and drizzled over each piece of cake, pretty!
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Spray with whipped cream, VIOLA! Ready to eat! Cake is dense and moist. A small slice should do 🙂
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ENJOY! My family loved this!

Spicy Quinoa

I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food, I love it but most of the time spicy=heartburn. This dish is spicy without threatening my sensitive esophagus.

1/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can cannellini white beans, drained
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 small zucchini, sliced

Combine the raisins and craisins, place in one cup of hot water, set aside. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, add zucchini, carrot, pine nuts, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, salt, garlic. Stir constantly for a minute, making sure not to burn spices. After about 3 miniutes, turn down heat to medium low, and add remaining ingredients; drained beans, quinoa, veggie broth, craisin and raisins in water. Cover and cook for about 20 min, until quinoa is softened. Turn off heat, let stand for 5 min before serving. Serves about 4 adults. Enjoy!

Other things I’m going to try with this dish next time; green onions, garbanzo beans, 1/2 tsp curry powder and cilantro. If you’re not a vegetarian, you can use chicken stock instead of veggie broth.

Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, CA

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I took these pictures a few weeks ago when my daughter and I went to Monterey for the day. I lived on the coast for a long time and have seen jelly fish so many times, but I am always fascinated by them. There are tiny jellies and HUGE one’s! If you ever come to central California, Monterey should be one of the top 3 three places to visit!