Sunday, January 26, 2014

One bowl chocolate cake

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk 
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Lightly mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl with a fork. 
Add milk, oil, vanilla and mix well with a wire wisk. Add the egg. Continue beating until it smooth and silky. Make sure there are no lumps. 

Spray a 8x8 dish with cooking spray. Pour in the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins. 

Let it cool completely. Then frost with favorite frosting or glaze. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Year New Diet

Let's talk about that New Years's resolution to lose weight. Have you given up already on that new diet?  We all do it; we all make a resolution to lose weight. I have too. In fact this is the year I've decided on several resolutions. Oh, no I don't think I've taken on too much.

There are so many diets and  programs. Low caeb, low fat, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan... On and on the list goes  Everybody has a solution. Everyone has a plan. It can be overwhelming. And not every solution is not right for everybody. 

Now it is true some people are intolerant of certain  foods, and some people make dietary choices for other reasons. 

This where I'm going to get a little boring. My solution... Eat less, move more. Find a support person, and get at least 7 hours of sleep at night. 

Make a routine of keeping a daily journal. Track how much sleep you get, what you are eating, and when, and most important-- how did it make you feel.  The point is to be conscious. Most people are going to be surprised. Just try it for a week. 

The other thing to do is to go get one of those frozen diet meals. It's just to give you an idea about what 300 calories looks like, and guess what you can do better. My point is, some of those frozen meals are loaded with salt and sugar. 


Here is my favorite chicken 4 servings. 

20 oz. lbs chicken breast no skin
1 tbls olive oil
1 Lemon 
1 tbl Butter
1 tbl Rosemary, chopped
1 tsp Salt 
1/3 tsp Pepper

Mix butter and olive oil together in a small bowl. Place chicken in a baking dish. Rub butter and oil on chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rosemary. Squeeze the lemon over the chicken. 

Bake at 375 untill chicken is done. Serve with 1 cup of roasted vegies and 1/2 cup brown rice. 
Total calories doe the meal: about 450 give or  or take.