WIAW- Randomness, Workouts and Recipes

Hello everyone! It’s Wednesday so you know what that means…
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

If you missed any of my last few posts, check them out here: Weekend WIAW (3 Recipes), Sunshine in My Fridays, and Holiday Hustle: Thanksgiving Workout.

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As always, thanks to the lovely Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting this awesome party. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this to look forward to every week!

Today’s WIAW will again feature some of things that I made over the weekend, as well as my some thoughts.

To start off… A new recipe!

As a food allergy gal, I seriously miss my daily serving of bread. I used to eat this one kind of lite whole wheat bread multiple times a day. Toast with peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches… heck I even topped my bread with Greek yogurt on occasion! Mostly though, I miss the convenience of bread, and the delicious sandwiches that it made.

So, when I saw this recipe over at The Brain and Body for a microwave English muffin, I knew that I had to give making sandwich bread a try. Now, my recipe looks absolutely nothing like Sarah’s, but it was the inspiration that I give her credit for. Okay, are you ready?

Microwave Sandwich Bread

High fiber, Gluten-free, vegan, high protein, sugar free, low sodium, corn-free

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop brown rice protein powder (16 grams)*
  • 1 tbsp brown rice flour (8 grams)*
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (sodium and corn-free)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (60 grams)*
  • 2 tbsp water (more or less if needed)
  • add salt or seasonings if desired

Directions:

1. Mix together all of the ingredients and spread the mixture out in a cereal bowl. Cook for 2 minutes. If moist on bottom flip over and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

2. Let cool slightly then slice carefully with a thin, sharp knife.

3. Fill with meat, veggies, tofu, nut butters, jams, etc. and enjoy!

*Substitution notes: The protein powder and rice could be replaced with any flours desired  and should yield good results (just make sure to use equivalent amount in weight). I cannot make any guarantees though because I haven’t tried any variations. The pumpkin puree could also probably be subbed with another squash puree, banana puree (for a sweet bread), or an equivalent amount in egg.

I filled my sandwich with chicken and lettuce. It was so good! I hadn’t realized how much I had missed my sandwiches…

Oh, and what’s that in the picture?

No, not the sandwich!

Why, it’s butternut squash!

But it’s not just any butter nut squash. It’s…

Microwave Butternut Squash!

That’s right, I have now done it again. First I made acorn squash in the microwave, and now butternut. My life is almost complete.

How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Microwave

Inspired by my microwave Acorn Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe butternut squash
  • 1 plate
  • 1 sharp knife (I actually used a butter knife and it worked!)
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 microwave

Directions:

1. Cut the squash in half.

2. Scoop out the seeds and place both halves on a plate.

3. Microwave the squash for 10-15 minutes and check it with a fork. Microwave for a few more minutes until soft, tender and done.

After seeing Jenn’s butternut squash fry recipe on her last WIAW, I decided that it was a must-have for my Friday Food Finds. However, time was not on my side, so instead I decided that microwaving it would just have to do for now.

I also attempted to make some mini cookie dough cakes featuring rice flour, applesauce, and apple chunks. Basically I just mixed together those ingredients with some stevia and baking powder, and Wah-La!

They turned out alright, but not exactly what I wanted. Before I post a recipe I am going to keep on experimenting!

So, that’s 3 out of 4 recipes complete for my FFF. I’d call that a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Now for some randomness from my weekend:

My mom and I made some Candy Corn Popcorn from a recipe on Fitnessista.

Basically you just melt some butter, candy corn, sugar, salt and vanilla together all in a pot on the stove. Then pour it over some freshly popped (plain) popcorn.

Let cool. Then EAT UP!

My mom said it was delicious. I mean, how could it NOT taste good?!

For those of you with allergies, this is not an allergy-free recipe, which is why I did not post it with the others. I’m sure that there are some ways to modify this if you are allergic to a few of the ingredients. Either way, it’s a really cute concept!

Random side bar:

I actually put away all of my things when I cam back to my dorm this weekend!

Last week I left a lot of my stuff still packed and lying around. Not this week though- I was proactive!

Look! I even got serious:

HAIR-IN-BUN = GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS.

Let’s see. What other randomness do I have to share with you all today?

How about the back of a Cheez-It box?

If that’s not random, I don’t know what is!

Alright. Not so random is the workout that I posted yesterday on Eating 4 Balance. It’s called Holiday Hustle: Thanksgiving Workout.

It’s fun, it’s fast, and it’s super easy to adapt to whatever fitness requirements you may have. I did 30 second intervals yesterday, and today I increased them up to 40 seconds. To keep time I used this handy little Tabata tool I found through a Yahoo! search.

And yes, I prefer Yahoo! over Google. Don’t judge.

Anyways, this workout is great at increasing your heart rate and working up a sweat in a small amount of time. And as a bonus it includes a plank, perfect for Carrots N’ Cake’s 4 Week Plank Challenge.

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Here are the details copied straight from her site:

The Plank Challenge is actually really simple. It will take place for a total of 4 weeks (October 22 – November 16) and will only require 10 minutes or less of your time on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. Monday and Friday will be time trial days when you hold a plank, time yourself, and record it. On Wednesdays, I’ll (Carrots N’ Cake ) post a plank/core workout (10 minutes or less) on CNC to help you build up your strength and stamina. Basically, the weeks will look like this:

  • Monday: Time trial
  • Wednesday: Plank/core workout
  • Friday: Time trial – try to beat Monday’s plank time!

Who’s with me? I did a 30 second plank yesterday, and a 40 second plank today as part of my Holiday Hustle. I’m sure that I could go longer, but for now I’m happy with small doses.

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Boy do I have a lot of questions for you all today!

What is your favorite thing to make in the microwave? Ever tried cooking squash?

What is your favorite type of Cheez-Its? Mine used to be Sour Cream and Onion, Mozzarella, or the Four Cheese.

Have you tried out my Holiday Hustle workout yet? It’s a perfect way to get into the Thanksgiving spirit!

Are you going to join me in Carrots N’ Cake’s 4 Week Plank Challenge?

76 Thoughts on “WIAW- Randomness, Workouts and Recipes

  1. Love the fall theme! And your microwave bread is genius!:)

  2. Haha hair in bun definitely means its time to get down to business. I donno what it is, but I swear that having hear in my face breaks my concentration or something…

  3. I’m loving your english muffin recipes. Seriously girl, that is such a genius idea! Thanks 🙂

  4. Oh that english muffin recipe looks great. I would seriously miss bread too. It’s just so easy! It’s my go to meal when I’m sick – toast and tea. I suck at planks. I really do. Not as bad as my lunges admittedly, which usually result in me falling over. I have no idea how I used to be a gymnast, and one who was good at beam at that! Have a great week Madison! x

    • It seems like every simple and quick recipe involves bread. Sandwiches, toasted cheese, TOAST, french toast… Sometimes I would eat it at seriously ever meal! HAHA.

      Don’t worry, I suck at planks too. And I almost always pull something when I do a lunge because I am simply terrible at them!

      Hope you have an awesome Wednesday!

  5. You really love your microwave, I see. I only use mine to reheat leftovers, as I have a pretty decent oven for all the other tasks.
    No cheez-its for me! I prefer plain potato or tortilla chips.

  6. The sandwich bread looks really good…what a clever idea! Thanks!

  7. Mmm candy corn popcorn! My girls will love it!

  8. I’ve never thought of melting candy corn. What a fun idea for halloween!!

  9. i am loving all of this, i can’t wait to try that microwave gluten free english muffin. i do miss my bread as well being diagnosed with celiacs and just haven’t found a good gluten free brand i like

    • I’m honestly too scared to try gluten-free bread 😀 A lot of grains still bother my stomach and I really don’t want to be disappointed! Plus, I’m trying to stay away from yeast, but I have heard that there is a good yeast-free rice bread. For now though, this will do!

  10. im really going to have to try microwaving my squash – baking it in the oven takes far too much time! gonna try it with pumpkin too as i just dont have the patience to repeatedly keep roasting and making pumpkin puree as we cant get the darn stuff in cans in the UK!

    • That is such a great idea! Homemade pumpkin puree tastes great but is such a time commitment. I need to remember to add this to my to-do list. Make pumpkin squash in the microwave and turn it into pumpkin puree. That will be awesome 🙂

  11. Love that microwave bread! Such a creative idea!

  12. I was totally thinking about joining Tina’s Plank Challenge, but I don’t know if I would really stick to it. I hate training abs…even though I know I should do it more…maybe I’ll do her challenge informally!

  13. Oeh a plank-challenge sounds great! I need to work on my abs… I just HATE doing ab-exercises… I don’t know why though… I just can’t stand them haha!

    • I honestly hate leg exercises way more than ab exercises. Actually, any workout not involving lunges is a-okay by me 🙂

      • I agree on lunges! I dislike them too – just because they throw me off balance… however my legs are my strongest muscle-group so I feel satisfied training them. I think I dislike shoulders the most, because I don’t have any shoulder muscles 😉 And biceps… same story 😉 What’s your best/strongest muscle-group and what’s your weakest body-part?

        • Um. That’s a toughie. I’d say that my legs are my strongest muscle-group, especially from all of the walking that I’m doing here at college. Plus, I’ve always loved doing calf raises!! 🙂 My weakest would definitely be my arms. During high school volleyball weight lifting sessions I could barely do one inclined bench press… With no added weight! Haha.

  14. Microwave cooking is a lifesaver; love it! I cook a mix of spaghetti, acorn, butternut, delicata, kabocha, etc almost every weekend in the microwave to use throughout the week. Such a time saver. And the bread, awesome!

    I like to make a big batch of overnight oats to enjoy as a dessert at night, and once there’s only a few scoops left, I’ll add baking powder and eggwhites and cook in the microwave. If you like overnight oats, I’m sure you’d love making a big batch and doing the same. Oh, and mixing in some raisins and cinnamon = instant cinnamon-rasin bread!

    For the Cheez-itz…I wouldn’t touch them now that I’ve become so strict on packaged foods, but when I was in college I would go through the Reduced Fat Cheez-itz like nothing. Those and playing Halo took up most of my college days. Man, how the times change.

    Thanks for the great post and a new microwave recipe to try. Have a great week!

    • I should make all of my squash ahead of time too. Right now I am staring at an uncooked butternut squash and acorn squash thinking- I really don’t want to take out the seeds (haha. My least favorite part!)

      It’s funny, but I can’t even remember the last time I had Cheez-Itz. My parents and brother still eat processed food though, so I still get to enjoy reading the back of snack and cereal boxes. 🙂

      Hope you like the microwave bread. Only two days left until the weekend!

  15. I need that muffin in my life! My favorite microwave treat is my protein cake… but I am totally guilty of microwaving squash. Especially spaghetti squash.

  16. The things you can do with a microwave! And I’m doing the plank challenge too:)!

  17. Happy WIAW! I love butternut squash and I have never cooked it in the microwave. Thanks for the recipe. Good luck with the Plank Challenge! 🙂

  18. candy corn popcorn!!! oh my. oh my! I can’t wait to try this. I love candy corn, and now that I’m finally old and mature enough to not eat so much of it at one time that I feel sick, I’ve started playing around with it. 2 years ago I made candy corn vodka for candy corn martinis (I was the only one who enjoyed them! oh well) and last year I deep fried candy corn on the day my husband decided to finally play around with his deep frier (they failed miserably). But melting it and adding popcorn seems wonderfully delicious.

    • WOW. You do love candy corn 🙂 I think you are onto something there with that frying. Maybe you’ll be the next big hit at the county fairs… This year fried oreos and fried butter… next year fried candy corn! Haha 😛 I hope you try it and let me know how you like it. My mom said it wasn’t overly powering, but sweet. If you are a big candy corn fan, maybe try increasing the topping, or decreasing the popcorn a little bit to make it even better!

  19. I am SO impressed by that microwavable bread. Quite a feat! And I LOVE butternut squash. Can’t believe all the yummy things you can create from the comfort of your dorm!

    Happy WIAW 🙂

    • Haha. Thanks! I just love love love my microwave. I need to come up with some other things to cook in it though, or I’m going to get bored… I’m thinking soup or something. Idk.

      Happy WIAW to you too! 🙂

  20. Ohhh I like your take on Sarah’s muffin! Your version looks awesome! And Butternut squash is my FAVORITE kind of squash 🙂

  21. Your microwave bread is pretty ingenious!

  22. That bread idea is so cool! I know it’s hard living without bread. The squash looks yummy too. I enjoyed reading your post. 🙂

  23. That English muffin looks awesome! I am so going to have to try. I miss eating them ;(

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  27. Wow! I’m so intrigued by that bread… I’ve been wanting to experiment more with brown rice flour and brown rice protein powder. On my ‘must find soon’ list!

  28. That sandwich bread looks so good!! I definitely need to try it 🙂

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  39. I just tried you microwave bread recipe & it was AWESOME!! I replaced the brown rice protein & flour with oat flour, & the pumpkin with sweet potato, but it was still a SUCCESS! Great recipe!

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