Daily Archives: March 11, 2009

No Pudge Brownies

I found this recipe online and can not remember where or from whom. Because of this, I am unable to give credit where credit is due – if this is your recipe, please let me know and I would be happy to cite you.

These brownies are perfect and I am not just saying this because there is no added fat in them! They are so easy to make and taste delicious. Needless to say they did not last long. For Valentine’s Day I decided to make Jason a special treat. So, I baked this brownie in a square pan, cut it out into a heart shape and then frosted it with “some-pudge” frosting, peppermint, and chocolate chips. 

No Pudge Brownies

Makes 16 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • nonstick cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Add yogurt and mix well. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool. 
  6. Cut into the desired shape. 
  7. If making into a heart, frost with Neufchatel cheese* frosting. I then topped it with crushed peppermint and chocolate chips.

*Neufchatel cheese is a low-fat version of cream cheese that does not have tons of fillers and additives like most low-fat cream cheese. Use this in place of cream cheese in any cream cheese frosting recipe.

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Posted by on March 11, 2009 in Desserts


Tomato Basil Steak and Roasted Potatoes

Jason is a big guy – not fat, by any means, but big. At 6’4″ and 210 pounds, he has quite an appetite. While I would love to only make the food that I like, it would mean Jason would be scavenging through the cupboards to find something more to eat. Keeping Jason well fed is definitely a priority, so I frequently make wholesome, nutritious meals that will last Jason a few days. This is the best for both of us – Jason doesn’t go hungry and I don’t come home to empty cupboards.

Steaks are a food that has gotten a bad rap over the past few years. Steak can actually be one of the healthiest entrees on a restaurant’s menu. The key is portion size (stick to 6 ounces – this is equivalent to 2 servings of meat) and choosing a lean cut. Fillet Mignon is obviously the best, and most expensive cut. If you are looking for something a little more affordable, a sirloin is good choice. This recipe used sirloin and it was perfectly tender and seasoned.

Tomato Basil Steaks and Roasted Potatoes
Serves 4

Tomato Basil Steak Ingredients
-4 5-oz sirloin steaks
Mrs. Dash’s Tomato Basil Seasoning

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Rub the steaks with Tomato Basil seasoning.
  3. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray and place the steaks on the pan. Check steaks in 5 minutes. If not done, flip and check every 2 minutes. The steaks are done when the thermometer reads 155F.
Roasted Potatoes Ingredients
-Baby red potatoes
-Italian Herb Seasoned Olive Oil (basil, garlic, oregano)

  1. Cut the red potatoes in half.
  2. Pour 1-2 TBSP olive oil into a large skillet that can fit a lid. Heat the over medium heat.
  3. Place the potatoes in the pan with the cut side down, first placing the potato in the oil and then pushing the potato to the side. Be careful since the oil is hot. If you are worried about the oil splashing, pace the potatoes into the pan before heating the oil.
  4. Place the cover on the lid and let sit for 5 minutes. If the pan seems to be getting too hot, turn the heat down to prevent burning.
  5. Flip the potatoes over once the bottoms are crispy and put the lid back on until the potatoes have little resistance when a fork is inserted.

*You can add parsley before step 4 if you’d like – I plan to try this next time.

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Posted by on March 11, 2009 in Meat, Potato