Carrot cake cupcake, anyone?
Lindsay, from Happy Herbivore, and I have recently discovered we are long lost BFF. She practically lives in my kitchen and I’ve been craving chickpea tacos on a daily basis since a couple weeks ago when I made her delicious recipe. Anyhoo–today I decided to make her rendition of Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Cupcakes with low fat cream cheese frosting. They were so easy to make and the frosting is soooo good. I couldn’t get my fingers out of it. This was my first time using Tofutti cream cheese (non-hydrogenated version) and I have to say—it’s pretty freakin’ good! I was never a big cream cheese fan to begin with but this stuff is yummy….especially when you make a creamy, sweet frosting out of it. The cupcakes turned out more muffin like, to me anyways, than cupcakes and that’s just fine. These things are so unbelievably healthy you could eat one for breakfast. And I just might. No oil, no refined sugar, no white flour. The only “issue” I had while baking was that Lindsay stated they only needed 17 minutes in the oven and mine were def. in the oven for about 30-35 minutes. Other than that, her recipe succeeded in producing yummy, HEALTHY, dense carroty muffins.
Here’s one that I had for a mid-afternoon snack. I couldn’t wait—straight out of the oven and drizzled with frosting.
This afternoon I stopped at my favorite place EVER, Teavana and had a cup of “To Life” tea before doing a little shopping at Whole Foods.
Now~~on to dinner
As I said before, Ryan and I decided to have pizza night tonight. We share a common love of Mexican food and pizza, as you can probably tell and when I decided to dump dairy, Ryan cried for a couple days then I showed him that we still can enjoy these things together—just in a different sort of way! One of our favorite things to do is go to Sally O’Neal’s for pizza here in Tampa. Then, I discovered it only costs $2.50 to just go there and buy the dough, already proofed, and bake it myself at the apartment. Hi, let’s save about $25.00 and tons of added fat, why don’t we?! So, tonight, I stopped at the pizza place and picked up a big ball of their special 100% whole wheat dough and brought it home with me. Once I got home, I sliced the dough ball in 2 pieces so Ryan and I could each have our own pizza.
Ryan likes a typical “guy” pizza—pepperoni and cheese. That’s it. Well, fine with me! I made it with Yve’s meatless pepperoni and low fat cheese. Ryan didn’t notice the difference in the pepperoni until I told him and then he said “it wasn’t that bad” and then proceeded to eat the whole thing. On MY pizza I decided to go with a Mexican theme, which seemed a ton more interesting!
I took some organic tomato sauce and seasoned it with chili powder, paprika and cumin and spread it over my dough. Then, I added shredded FYH monterary-jack cheese, thin sliced red onion, corn, leftover black beans from the other night and topped it off with some hot sauce! I also made some more homemade guacamole (see a pattern here?) and spread it on my pizza after it came out of the oven. And I’m telling you………………..this was the best pizza I have EVER put in my mouth. I take it all back about what I said previously that “fake cheeses taste funny”. Ummmm Follow Your Heart Monterary -Jack is flippin’ out of this world. I could have easily eaten the entire pizza myself but saved half of it to have for a quick dinner tomorrow night before Ryan and I go to an event for the foundation he is a part of. I also made us salads tonight and I drizzled mine with a little balsamic vinegar. A glass of red wine on the side.
After dinner there were cupcakes of course. Let me just say that these cupcakes are PHENOMENAL when you put them in the fridge. I mean, they were really good straight out of the oven (what isn’t?), but when I put them in the fridge for awhile they became, like, the best thing ever. It completely changed the flavor profile. My mom actually just called me to tell me my 18 year old brother ate one and said “it was the best ever”….and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t know really what the word “vegetarian” even means.
I was pretty full after eating half of my pizza. But….Ryan had a cupcake and announced how much he loved them so I was like, “well, I’ll just have half since I had a whole one this afternoon.” HAH! See how well that plan worked out! I ate half…..then about 5 minutes later just HAD to go back for the other half. Darn you, Lindsay for bringing these into my house! I have absolutely zero self-control when it comes to things like this!
Remarkably, I’m not feeling stuffed. Maybe its because all the food I ate tonight was good, real, nutrient-rich food? Just a thought. See you in the a.m!