I finished up my first Sweet Eats series video for my cannolis! Check it out and let me know what you think. Don’t for get to like and subscribe!
Hey guys and gals! So this week has been pretty crazy at work so I have been a bit quiet here and haven’t had time to edit any videos but I do have a shopping with and I will have a cooking with com in up soon. I did end up working from home yesterday because of the craziness and on my lunch I decided to get out of the house for a bit and went to a couple of stores. I started off at World Market where I picked up some sweets and some spices. I originally just went for some cookie called Pizzelle that someone on the IIFYM Facebook group recommended. I ended up picking up a lot more. I will show this all in the upcoming video but I wanted to talk about the Latin spice rub and that I used on some chicken today and it was GAF! I also picked up some chocolate chip coconut scone mix that took maybe 20 minutes to make and 15 of that was cooking time I’ll let yinz know how they are tomorrow when I have them for breakfast. After World Market I stopped at Sur La Table which is a kitchenware store. I picked up a Viante intellesteam and so far I am really happy with it. I have only had steamed chicken and I was excited about the new purchase so I also steamed some 94/6 ground beef for dinner tonight. Both came out awesome. I steamed tomorrows morning snack of chicken with tandoori seasoning, lunch which is some steamed MahiMahi, and dinner is Dover Sole. Check out the pictures below for some of this.
I also succeeded in making a waffle batter. They came out awesome and the volume of the meal was great! Here is the recipe:
1/2cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey
65g of Banana
3tsp baking powder
92g Egg Whites
4tbsp Coconut Flour
14g PBLean custom from Myoatmeal.com
Whip the egg whites till a peaking a bit, add the rest of the ingredients and continue to mix. Heat a waffle iron and cook on medium heat. This make about 5-6 waffles which is one serving. The macros are 41c/28f/63p. I am going to work on reducing the fat by trying to pull some of the eggs out as they add 15g and also you can reduce it by pulling out the PBlean that added 6g, or use a different type of flour. I added pictures below.
Thanks for checking out the post guys and be on the lookout for videos of all the goodies I bought and upcoming waffle and cannoli videos.
I decided to try to make some waffles this morning. I have never tired before and bought a waffle maker yesterday so I was pumped for this! Turns out that my batter was not right for waffles, but the flavor was there and I think it would have been great for pancakes. First I set the waffle make at level 3 which is what the direction recommended. I ended up pouring way to much batter in and a lot of it ran out the side. Also turned out that this was way to long and it burnt the whole thing. Once I got it all cleaned up I turned the waffle iron down to level 2 and gave it another go with much less batter. While it didn’t burn it to a crisp like last time it was still having issues over cooking as you can see in the pictures below. I ended up turning it all the way down to 1 and this seemed to be the sweet spot for not over cooking. Once issue I has was that the bottom right quarter kept sticking to the iron and was struggling to get it off. The last waffle actually came out ok still didn’t have to much thickness but tasted great. I used very little batter and poured most of it on the left side of the iron as that seemed to be the area that didn’t stick. and as you can see in the pictures the one on top looks like a real waffle. This was still a filling attempt as I did get a big plate of what ever you want to call these. I’m not giving up on this because I feel the flavor is there just need to find out how to get some volume on these. My egg whites are starting to get a liquidy texture to them so it could have had something to do with it, or maybe some additional coconut flour which was pretty old so not to confident in it. Heres what I put in the batter:
1tbsp baking powder
1/2cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
7g MyOatmeal PBlean
1 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl whey
184g egg whites
3tsp coconut flour
cinnamon, nutmeg and Splenda
The macros for the entire batter is 35c/9f/52p and with the topping its 42c/14f/53p. Going to play around with it a bit. Once I have this figured out a bit I’ll record a video.
Finally starting to make some progress on the videos! I got the Tuna Casserole video posted today. It turns out the microphone I got does’t work with my new iMac so I am going to have to go pick up a new one tomorrow to do some of the voice over work for the rest of the ones I have prepared. Let me know what you think and how you like the recipe!
I was inspired by yesterdays pork pastries to try some cannolis. Needless to say these came out amazing! This was my first time making protein fluff or cannolis. The macros for the entire dish was 39c/7f/37p. You can also cut some of that out by not using the topping which is 7c/5f/1p. Also you can try something other than milk for the liquid in the fluff.
How did I make it?
In a standing mixer combined 1 scoop of Cellucor Vanilla whey, 1.5tsp Xanthum gum, and one cup of skim milk. Blend to desired fluffiness.
For the shells:
Cut the Mountain Bread to the desired lengths and roll around your finger. I am still trying to find better ways to roll. Apply some water to the last corner to help it stick and keep the roll together. Heat in pan till crispy. Store in fridge till ready to fill.
Putting it all together:
Using a piping bag load the fluff into the bag and slowly pipe the filling while pulling out the tip slowly as it fills. Turn the cannoli around and do the say to get a full fill. Repeat for each shell. Mix the Whipped Cream Cheese and Preserves and spread on top. Thats all there is to it all thats left is to enjoy! I will be experimenting with different flavor filling and might add a little Splenda to the fluff for a bit more sweetness. One of the advantages of this was there was still a TON of fluff left so even though the cannolis alone were filling I still had a treat left after and poured a little pancake syrup in the fluff and now I am stuffed! Let me know if you guys give it a try and any recommendations. Also I am uploading my tuna casserole video now so go check that out, and subscribe to the channel so you’ll know before your read it here that I have posted new videos! Enjoy the food and the rest of your weekend!
Actually today was chest and back but I hit tri’s with chest so counting it!
How’s it going guys? Today was a pretty standard meal day up until dinner and dessert when I stepped out of the box a bit. For dinner I changed the pizza game up a bit with this new Mountain Bread wraps that I found. I decided that I would try some pastries with the toppings that I was going to do a pizza with. What did I discover?
- I need to work on my wrapping ability
- I should have cut the pastry squares differently
- Mountain Bread is awesome!
So as I work on my wrapping of these I am going to hold off on making a video about making them for now but I promise I will keep trying. The macros for the dish wasn’t bad at all and ended up leaving me extra room for more fun stuff for dessert. The macros are 21c/12f/34p. The fats can be reduced by using egg whites, fat free cheese and a leaner meat. I plan on trying this with some other fillings as well maybe even go a little Asian or Mexican with it to get some different flavor profiles. Let me know what you guys think and what your thoughts on some fillings could be. Thinking also of rolling some up and making some fluff and piping it inside as a “pronoli” or protein cannoli! In all I have big plans for the Mountain Bread. End this rant!
Only using one of the wraps gave me an additional 14 carbs to play with for dessert and I had some options that included crumbles of chocolate chip cookies which might be in the cards for tomorrow, Hershey’s cookies and cream cereal, Fiber One Cereal for that extra fiber, fruit, or what I ended up going with was Reese’s puffs! I have been afraid to go to some of the sugary cereals because I tend to start to crave them but I figure the way that my weight has been going I can keep strong and that is what I am doing! I hit 171.8 yesterday which is again a new low! So I used my standard cake recipe, topped it with some Chocolate syrup and Chocolate Arctic Zero then topped that with the Reese’s puffs. I was in heaven! Macros are 24c/10f/36p.
Maybe instead of tri day I’ll call it try day because of the different foods I tried today. The weekend is tomorrow and I plan on posting up 3-4 videos including the tuna casserole and a pizza recipe. Watch for some crazy stuff coming up!
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Today I started off the morning with some pumpkin pie pancakes. To top them off I made a mix of Fage 0 Greek yogurt, orange marmalade, and some whipped and fat free cream cheese. I then used some Walden’s Farm’s pancake syrup to top it all off. I have been using this recipe for a a couple of weeks now and found that I can only eat them on rest days because of how they sit in my stomach they screw with me during my lifting. The macros are 47c/5f/52p for just the pancakes and for everything its 61c/10f/69p. Heres the recipe:
1 Scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey
1 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1tsp Baking powder
1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
4 egg whites
Combined everything in a bowl and whisk till combined. Heat a pan on medium high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes each side. Continue till out of batter.
1 tbsp Polaner Sugar Free Preserves
1/2 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Whipped Cream Cheese
28g Fat Free Cream Cheese
Mix in a small bowl and put on pancakes.
it was my brothers birthday on the 2nd and we went to a Japanese restaurant for some sushi and they had nasu dengaku which is Japanese eggplant with miso glaze. I only had some sushi and sashimi and was craving this dish. I held off eating it because I am on my cut right now and couldn’t get any idea of the macros. I found miso last night at the grocery store and the macros weren’t bad for a tablespoon it was 3c/1f/2p and I knew it would need thinned out a bit. I decided to give it a try for lunch. I ended up just guessing on the amount of water to add and i ended up making it a bit too thin. I then cut up 100g of eggplant into thin slices and spread the glaze on top and poked it with a fork to get the flavor throughout. I turned on my broiler and let them sit under it for 10 minutes. When I pulled it out they were nice and soft and the flavor was there. I think there are still a few tweaks here but wanted to at least get this out there and show you guys the pictures. If you have any thoughts on improving it let me know!
Finally I finished the day with a cake and topped it with chocolate whipped topping and it was GAF!
Thanks for checking it out guys. Don’t forgot to check out the other post and the videos that I posted up today and subscribe to the YouTube channel.
Well guys I got my new iMac 27″ setup and put together a couple of videos. Its weird using a Mac for the first time since elementary school and considering I actually work for Microsoft I have to say I like the hardware but the OS is going to take sometime. While the videos I posted are getting better I am still deciding on editing software to make them better between Adobe and Final cut.
Lets get the videos going!
First I posted up my pork and sauerkraut cooking video. This is a quick and easy way to have a large amount of meals ready to go for the week using a slow cooker.
Next I put together my Shopping2Fit series first episode. I recorded what I picked up at Whole Foods the other day and got some pretty good stuff for pizza and other foods.
Let me know what you think of the videos and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. I’ll have a few more food photos up today. With the new Adobe stuff that I am thinking about getting I will be able to do some touch ups.
Today for dinner I decided to give the Mountain bread that I found at Whole Foods a try. I used the rice version for this one and filled it with 60g of pork, 25g of mushrooms, 42g of spinach, 42g of broccoli, 1 slice of swiss, and 31g of pizza sauce. The top crisped up really nice but could have given it some more time so that the insides were a little hotter and the bottom and sides were a little more crisp. In all it was great tasting and I would definitely buy and use it again. Its got great macros too. the whole meal was 33c/10f/33p and the bread was 26c/1f/5p for two sheets. I can see this being used for a lot of different pastries, using a single sheet for a pie crust, or trying to make some dumplings. Going to start coming up with some ideas. Hopefully this is a product you can find and try out.
Another product that I wanted to talk about was MyOatmeal. This is custom flavored oatmeal that you can make some great flavor combination. I have two flavors, Key Lime, White Chocolate, and Graham Cracker Crust and Pumpkin Spice, White Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crust. I used steel cut oats for each combination and I have been soaking the oats overnight with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it comes out great! Today I had the key lime and it kept me full through my workout. They also do flavored powdered peanut butter! I highly recommend checking out http://myoatmeal.com!
Well to start off I would like to say that turning the cook forward yesterday made for a slow Monday morning. Its mornings like this that makes me happy that I handle my meal planning the night before and have my meals ready to go for the next day. Last night I recorded me making the tuna casserole that I have in this post and will get that posted in the next day or two to YouTube. I may just wait to get my new editing machine before I work on any more videos. Lets get into the fun stuff now the eating!
For breakfast I was back to a pretty standard meal for me with the cheese being the one thing that changes every so often depending on what flavors I’m craving, what macros I need to hit and of coarse most importantly what I have in the fridge. This morning I had an egg white scramble with 100g of mushrooms, 43g of spinach, and one serving on fat free cream cheese. I cooked up the mushrooms to get them soft then added the spinach and the cream cheese at the same time so that the spinach would absorb some of the flavors from the cheese. Then once the spinach was wilted I added 1.5cups of Egg Whites International. This was the first time that I tried them and once I figured out the pump and the slightly different macros everything was good and they cooked up just fine and I have 2 gallons on deck as Chris Jones would say. Once the eggs were cooked up I added 34g of Heinz Ketchup. Once I finished eating that I moved on to getting the carbs in. I like to mix up the Fiber One Bran and Fiber One Chocolate squares then add 2cups of Silk either their unsweetened vanilla or one of my new favorite things their almond coconut blend. This morning it was the blend with some WF choco for some additional flavor. I try to stick to either the Fiber One, MyOatmeal, or Puffed Kamut for morning when I lift. For some reason the way that they sit in my stomach allows me to push through better in my workout. I have a pancake recipe I got from the Macro Magic group on FaceBook, join if you haven’t already, that was is a great recipe but sat like a brick on legs day so I now just eat them on rest days.
Before I left the house I took my One a Day, 2 fish oil, and 2 CLA. On the way in I had my pre-workout shake of 5g MP creatine and 1 scoop Cellucor C4. Pushed out a beast of a push/pull day and then had 2 scoops of Cellucor Whey, one Cinnamon Swirl and one Whipped Vanilla. I usually have my prunes or other dried fruit after my lift but I forgot to grab it as I was leaving the house, that’s what I get for getting everything ready but my supplements yesterday.
As soon as I got to work I was ready to eat! I pulled out the tuna “noodle” casserole I made last night. I started making this a couple weeks ago and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Why? Its easy, tastes great, and reminds me of when I was a kid. All you need is a small ramekin or casserole dish, One egg, a can of tuna, 43g of peas, 200 grams of spaghetti squash, and cheese for on top. I mix everything but the cheese in a bowl while I preheat my oven to 375. Once I get it all mixed up good I put it in the ramekin and place the cheese onto and stick it in the oven for 15-20 minutes for the cheese to melt and the egg to cook a bit. I make this the night before and just toss it in the microwave when I get to work for 1.5 minutes and its GAF! One tip would be to make sure your squash is fairly dry or you will get a decent amount of water left. I also had 2 cups of lettuce on the side.
I had meeting this morning so my lunch got pushed back a bit but I was able to get my salad in and feel full for a bit. Todays salad was 85g of butter lettuce, 5oz of 93/7 ground turkey, 113g of Nasoya shirataki noodles, and 100g of spaghetti squash. To top this off I hit it with some WF creamy bacon dressing and a little Bragg’s Aminos.
I had an early hockey game today so I had to eat at work. I made an English muffin pizza with 1 whole wheat Orowheat muffin, 32g of Contadina, 25g of Morel mushrooms, and 50g of pork loin.
After a big win at hockey I was starving by the time I got home. I made up for missing my prunes by adding some dried papaya from nuts.com to my cake batter before I cooked it up. This was a great idea! As I would hit a piece of the papaya it was like a little piece of heaven. On top of the cake I put 74g of Arctic Zero Chocolate and some Walden’s Farm choco. The cake was pretty standard with Cellucor Strawberry, 1.5tsp Xanthum Gum, 1tsp baking powder, one egg, 30g of nuts.com papaya and some water to thin out the batter a bit. Put it in the microwave for 2.5 minutes and enjoyed!
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