Muffins, Chili, Wine, and Ask Away!

Blueberry Banana Tofu Muffins adapted from Heather at Get Healthy with Heather

1 package silken tofu (I used regular, firm tofu)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/8 cup agave nectar
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 large very ripe banana
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp  baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp slivered almonds

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  In your food processor or blender add the tofu, maple syrup, agave, oil, vanilla and banana.  Puree until smooth.

In a large bowl combine the flour, oats,wheat germ, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and 2 tablespoons  slivered almonds.  Add the tofu mixture and mix until combined (it will be pretty thick).  Gently stir in the blueberries.

Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin cups, or coat with olive oil spray. Fill muffin tins to the top. Top each muffin with the remaining slivered almonds.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Yield: 17 muffins

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 128 calories; 3.9 g. fat; 35mg. sodium; 19.9 g. carbohydrate; 4.9 g. fiber; 2.9 g. protein

Review: These were really good! Even with regular tofu, I was really impressed with these muffins! Super easy, too! 🙂

Best Buffalo Chicken Chili by Biz of Biggest Diabetic Loser

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 large carrots
3 stalks celery
1 large red pepper
5 cloves of garlic
5 tablespoons of chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Moore’s Wing Sauce
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 (15 oz) chili beans in sauce (do not drain)
salt and pepper to taste

Put chicken breasts in food processor to grind up  if you can find ground chicken breast, you can use that tooI chopped the chicken as I don’t have a food processor. Heat oil and add chicken and cook about 10 minutes on medium heat until no longer pink.  Rinse out processor and add carrots, celery, garlic and red pepper and pureeAgain, I chopped the carrots, celery, and red pepper as I do not have a food processor. Add to chicken mixture and cook about 5 minutes until veggies start to soften.

Next add the rest of the ingredients, put stove on simmer and cook for 1 hour.

Nutrition Information (Per Cup): 239 calories, 3.4 fat, 29 carbs, 7.5 fiber and 23.5 protein.

Review: Spicy! This chili was really unique and husband loved it! Thumbs up!

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43 Comments

  1. lessonstolearn
    February 17, 2010 / 5:55 am

    Great muffins! I’ll be trying those. I never would have thought about using tofu in muffins.

  2. February 17, 2010 / 6:01 am

    Love the recipes! I most definitely rather go without my computer! My BB is almost attached to me! Kinda sad. Ideally, I’d be without BOTH for awhile…being constantly connected is sometimes just too much!

  3. February 17, 2010 / 6:16 am

    I’ve never tried using tofu in a recipe but it sounds interesting. I’m wondering what it does to the texture.

    I would definitely go without my cell phone. Although it’s absurd that I can’t fathom not having my computer for a day!

  4. February 17, 2010 / 6:17 am

    Those muffins look fantastic and I can’t believe the nutritional stats! I have been meaning to try baking with tofu…this is going to have to be the first recipe I try.

    Hmmm…my cell phone or my computer. I’m gonna have to say that I could live without my cell phone but definitely not my computer. How would I read all of my favorite blogs?

  5. February 17, 2010 / 7:06 am

    Ooh, those muffins look so good and moist! I made a Mardi Gras-themed dinner, so I guess that counts, right? 🙂

  6. February 17, 2010 / 7:28 am

    I like that those muffins use tofu! I don’t utilize tofu in baking nearly enough…as for your question, I’m going to have to say cell phone, although I’d like to say computer because computer mandates sitting!

  7. February 17, 2010 / 7:28 am

    I celebrated Mardi Gras with pancakes and chocolate. Does that count?

    Also, as I don’t have a cell phone, I suppose I would have to say computer.

  8. February 17, 2010 / 7:37 am

    I would rather live without my cell phone for a day. I’m a computer addict. We didn’t do anything for Mardi Gras. It’s so funny to me that the basis of that holiday is to go hog wild before having to give something up for Lent. Haha.

  9. February 17, 2010 / 8:17 am

    I would choose my cell phone over my computer! I went to only one Mardi Gras parade this year which is not a lot considering I live a few blocks away from the major parade route in New Orleans!

  10. February 17, 2010 / 8:27 am

    I flashed my boobs to people on the street, but I didn’t get any beads. Maybe I should’ve gone to New Orleans though…

  11. February 17, 2010 / 8:52 am

    I don’t think I could survive without my computer. Law school = lots of computer time.

  12. February 17, 2010 / 9:06 am

    I’d rather go without the cell as that would mean I could avoid any unexpected work for a day.

  13. February 17, 2010 / 9:09 am

    Isn’t that chili fab? And so is Biz! I think I could give up my cell phone before my computer…but it’s a tough choice!

  14. February 17, 2010 / 9:36 am

    I’d much rather go a day without my cell phone! I can’t stand talking on the phone. I couldn’t live without my computer! What ever would I do all day?

  15. February 17, 2010 / 10:09 am

    Awesome i’m so glad you liked the muffins! I still have some in the freezer I keep eyeing.

    I’d probably go without my computer because my phone kinda has both! Writing this on it now hehe.

  16. eaternotarunner
    February 17, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Actually I think a day without my cell phone, I’m not much of a phone person!

  17. February 17, 2010 / 11:41 am

    Cell phone I could live without, computer not so much!!! I would choose my computer over any other electronic device in my life.

  18. February 17, 2010 / 11:50 am

    I would have to say my computer because my cell phone can do almost everything my computer can lol.

    That chili looks amazing!

  19. February 17, 2010 / 12:39 pm

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m really glad it led me to yours- I love recipe reviews!! Both of the ones you posted look great- especially the buffalo chicken chili. I’m a sucker for hot sauce! Can’t wait to see more!

  20. February 17, 2010 / 12:55 pm

    those muffins look amazing! tofu in them?! I would havenever thought or guessed that there was tofu as a main ingredient! it looks soooo good, esp with the slivered almonds atop there 🙂 thank you for the recipe! I am printing ittt

  21. February 17, 2010 / 12:57 pm

    That chili sounds awesome!

    I would rather go without my computer, my blackberry is like a mini computer anyhow, so should I need the internet I have it there. Plus, if I dont have my phone on me, I feel like Im missing an arm.

  22. February 17, 2010 / 1:40 pm

    Both. This Christmas Holiday while visiting my in-law they had lost power due to Snow storm… so no power therefore no internet, no tv… and to top is all off they don’t get cell service in their house or 10 miles in each direction so no cell phone… it was AWESOME! It forced everyone to do things together.. where as normally my husband and his dad would watch some sort of TV.. the SIL would be on the phone and MIL would be on the itnernet…

  23. February 17, 2010 / 2:28 pm

    I’ve never used tofu in baking before–it is definitely on my list of things to try! Looks like the muffins turned out great 🙂 And who doesn’t love chili…especially with a giant slice of cornbread!

  24. February 17, 2010 / 4:03 pm

    The chili looks good and easy. I don’t have a food processor either, I actually enjoy chopping veggies…

  25. February 17, 2010 / 6:30 pm

    those muffins look AWEEEEEESOME!
    your husband is a lucky fella!!

  26. February 17, 2010 / 7:29 pm

    I think I would have to say go a day without my computer. I have left my cell phone at home by accident and I just felt so lost without it.
    Everyone seems to be making chili and it making me crave it so badly. Looks great!

  27. February 17, 2010 / 8:57 pm

    I would give up my cell phone before my computer, but its true with most phones today you can pretty much do exactly what you do on the comp…the screens just smaller!!
    The food all looks yummy, and last night I celebrated with some friends by going out to a concert, awesome time!

  28. February 17, 2010 / 10:51 pm

    I can go without my cell phone…but you’ll drag my laptop away from my cold, dead fingers!!!
    I love the look of that lovely chili…perfect for a chilly night! Not so sure about the TOFU muffins…but I would try it! 🙂

  29. February 18, 2010 / 7:35 am

    I would love try that chili because I heard so many good things about it.

    I hear you about busy. I am trying to use every spare minute I have to catch up as well!

  30. February 18, 2010 / 7:43 am

    I cannot imagine going a day w/out my cell or computer….even though I should. I would probably forgo the cell first as there is so much more I can do on my computer!
    Love the idea of those tofu muffins. Nice additon of the buffalo sauce to the chili.

  31. February 18, 2010 / 7:59 am

    loved the healthy muffins,looks delicious and love the healthy recipes u post..

  32. February 18, 2010 / 8:14 am

    Blueberries, banana & tofu in a muffin form??? That recipe screams my name! 😉 Thanks for sharing it!
    I’d rather go one day without the computer, which I actually often do. But one day without my cell phone doesn’t stress me either 😉
    Btw: do you know the weight of the tofu? I’m just asking because we might have smaller/bigger tofu packages over here..

  33. February 18, 2010 / 12:58 pm

    Those muffins look great. I love the idea of adding tofu to them. For Mardi Gras we actually were on the island, which celebrates with major festivals of singing and dancing until the wee morning hours, just like in brazil. It is called Carnaval here too just like in Brazil, but not nearly as crazy. Tuesday was a holiday here (can you imagine all things closed in the states for fat tuesday). As for the second question, it’s a trick question for me since I have an iphone, so if I give up the computer for the day, I have my phone which has internet. I love it.

  34. February 18, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    Those muffins look scrumptious! And i know a thing or two about muffins 😉

  35. February 18, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    Mmmm. Chili! My husband just made one for his work’s office Olympics, and he was the only one with carrots… glad to know others are making healthy, veggie-loaded chili…never used wing sauce, good idea!

  36. February 19, 2010 / 8:24 pm

    That chili looks delicious! And so do the muffins!

  37. February 20, 2010 / 4:51 pm

    Hey girl!!!!!!!

    I need to remember to come to your blog daily, you always have amazing posts and recipes, Im so far behind!!!!!!

    I love the muffin recipe and that chili recipe I know my fiance and son would love!!!! Do u know how long I would cook it if I used a slow cooker?? Thanks so much!!!! xoxo

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