Happy Birthday to my Mr. Prevention! He is turning the BIG 3-0 today!!! That’s a big birthday! I got him headphones and candy, haha. I’m practical! We went out to a new Mexican restaurant last night and then out to see Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps…which we both agreed, was really, really bad! And now Mr. P is sleeping in…probably his #1 birthday wish. As for today, I have no idea what we’ll do…whatever Birthday Boy wishes! 😀 And it is looking to be a stunning fall day in Mid Ohio!
Illinois has a bye week this week, so the chili contest will resume next weekend with Entry #4!
As for today’s recipe, I bring you more of fall…a recipe per Mr. P’s request: Pumpkin Bread. Have I mentioned how much I I am loving fall this year?! I opened a 6 1/2 POUND can of pumpkin to make Pumpkin Lasagna and this Pumpkin Bread used another 1/5th of the can…if that. Next is pumpkin breakfast for the week and some pumpkin butter at some point. Stay tuned!!
Pumpkin Bread by Prevention RD
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly bean
16 oz canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter and flour a 9in x 5in loaf pan. Stir together sugar and oil. Stir in eggs and pumpkin. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Blend dry ingredients into wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Pour batter into loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool. Yield: 8 slices.
Nutrition Information (per slice): 345 calories; 15.9 g. fat; 54 mg. cholesterol; 349 mg. sodium; 48 g. carbohydrate; 5.5 g. fiber; 2.5 g. protein
Result: Deeeeeeeeeeeelicious! I studied several recipes and went for it…making some healthy modifications along the way. To reduce the calories and fat more so, sub in 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup canola oil for the 1/2 cup of canola oil. I think a big’ol slice of delicious, warm pumpkin bread is well worth the 345 calories, though 😉
Miss Lily had a vet appointment yesterday. She’s going to need eye surgery for her entropion — her eye lids roll inward and rub her eye. It’s caused her eye ulcers in the past and now she’s just uncomfortable and has gunk in her eyes all the time. As for her health, the vet said he was okay with her 64-pound physique, but it’s best she maintains her weight instead of continuing any upward climb. He asked what we feed her and I shared her diet. He asked about treats and I said she gets 1/2 of a Milk Bones when she goes in her crate. He said Milk Bones are high-calorie treats for dogs…which I didn’t know. But, I should’ve known…or at least thought to research into! I AM A BAD DOGGY DIETITIAN!!! So Miss Lily will be put on a baby carrot treat diet and maybe not get quite to many bowls to lick when I’m through with them. No wonder she likes to “help” in the kitchen so much…
Trivia Question: What 5 spices make up “Pumpkin Pie Spice”?