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It had to happen…

A little soy and sriracha helped balance the vinegar flavor.

After going on a new recipe spree and having so many fantastic results, it had to happen: we discovered a recipe we weren’t excited about.  Well, let me clarify that.   We were totally excited to make it, but once it was made and we were eating it, neither one of us was excited about it any more.  It wasn’t *bad*, it just wasn’t as awesome as the other things we had that week.  In case you want to give it a try, check out FoodNetwork for the sweet and sour pork recipe, after all, tastes vary, and you might really like it.  I thought it was just a little too vinegary.  Mom thought it was ok, but “not worth the points”…  in other words, the nutritional values were a bit higher than she was hoping, especially if you serve it over rice.

It turned out pretty enough, I added a little red pepper for color, and served it with brown rice, soy sauce and sriracha (or rooster sauce, as we call it around here).

So this post won’t be a total bust, let me tell you about the super tasty, super easy, decadent treat I found.  Guess where.  That’s right, Pinterest.  I swear, between that and facebook, I’m not sure how I ever manage to peel myself away from the computer.

I didn’t get a photo of it, and to be honest, it’s *not* that much to look at, but it tastes pretty darn good.  The blog author calls it 123 cake, but after sharing it with some friends, I’ve been informed it’s actually 321 cake, which makes sense, keep reading and you’ll see why.

Basically you get two boxes of cake mix. One HAS to be angelfood.  The other can be whatever you want.  You pour both boxes of mix into a storage container (like a gallon Ziploc baggie) and mix them together well.  Then you put 3 tablespoons of the mix into a coffee mug, add 2 tablespoons of water and stir.  Pop it in the microwave for 1 minute (actually, 45 seconds to a minute, depending on your microwave).  That’s it.  Fresh hot cake.  (for those tracking WWP+: my calculations show 3, but another poster on the original recipe page said 4.5, it may depend on which cake mix you use)

So quick and easy and not bad in the stats.  My biggest weakness is sweets, especially cake, so if you’re like me, keep this on hand to stave off those ruthless cravings that just won’t take no for an answer.

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What are you having for lunch today?

I just wanted to post a little reminder (mostly to myself) that eating healthy doesn’t always mean cooking.

Quick student lunch during finals- Aleve optional.

This is what I had during finals week (back in December).  It was a simple as throwing a Lean Pocket into the microwave and pouring an ounce of PopChips.   Fast and easy.   Just remember to look at the stats before you toss the box in your grocery cart- not all Lean Pockets are as healthy as some of the others.  I really enjoy the pretzel bread ones, the Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Cheddar pocket has a little kick, but it is on the high side for stats with 9 grams of fat and only 1 gram of fiber.  Its still in the range I look for, but it’s on the top end of it.  The Breakfast Quesadilla is also really good.  The Pop Chips also come in several flavors, BBQ is my favorite- but all the flavors I’ve tried are great. Now if only I could find the sweet potato flavor!

Don’t think that this means I won’t be posting recipes, because I have a few of them lined up to try this week, and I’m pretty excited about the ones I’ve picked, so check back in a few days and see how they turned out.