Friday, March 4, 2011


I am pleased to announce that due to the upper body strength I have recently acquired in yoga, I now find that using the 12 lb body bar and 8 lb dumbbells is no longer excruciatingly painful! (Applause).

Yesterday, our campus newspaper featured an article about broccoli and its potential cancer-preventing properties. What a coincidence!!! It's almost as if the authors of the newspaper knew it was broccoli week at TFG.

Like I've said before. Eat your veggies. :)

Dinner today was some super simple veggies, but dessert was quite fancy!

Tangy Mushroom & Broccoli Stir Fry

  • 1 small broccoli floret
  • mushrooms (I used 8-10)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt/pepper

Chop and cook the broccoli.

Really small broccoli floret.
Chop the garlic and mushrooms and saute them in a pan with olive oil over medium heat. Cook for several minutes.

Add the cooked broccoli to the pan.

Add balsamic vinegar, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper.

Allow the mixture to simmer for several minutes. 

Serve with your favorite grain (rice, quinoa, etc). I chose bread (pumpernickel, which is my new favorite!) and salsa on the side.

Nothing wrong with a little butter on the bread.
This healthy meal definitely called for a rich dessert afterwards.

Eggless Fudgy Yogurt Brownies

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (add more if a sweeter brownie is desired)
  • optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons SunButter or peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup oil

Note: for a sweeter brownie, add less cocoa powder and more sugar. With the given proportions, these brownies have a really strong chocolate taste!

In a bowl, mix the flour and cocoa powder.

Add the yogurt.

Add the oil and sugar. Taste here to decide if more sugar is necessary.

Add the SunButter. 

Pour batter into a pan (non-stick spray first!).

Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.

To make it more interesting, I made a basic glaze with powdered sugar and milk.

Super fudgy and super decadent!

I warned you I'd be posting more sweets. :)

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