Healthy Cake??!!

Well, sort of.

Have you guys seen this on Pinterest or around the web?

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Well, my birthday was coming up so I figured I’d give it a try!

I had my doubts, but it actually turned out pretty good and tasted like normal cake, if not better-WITH NEARLY HALF THE CALORIES/FAT!

For one serving of cake: 180 Calories!!! (Normal way is 280 Calories)

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 Box Devil’s Food cake mix
-1 Container fat free greek yogurt
-1 Cup water

Instead of following the box instructions, simply mix all of the above ingredients together (no oil or eggs). It will be a very thick batter, and nothing like a normal cake batter.

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It almost has the consistency of mouse.  Just make sure you mix very well. Then transfer to your cake pan. You MUST  spread this with a spatula or spoon and sort of pat it down into the dish. It WILL NOT spread on its own, even while being baked…SO SPREAD!

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Follow the baking instructions and WALA-Your cake is ready!

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I hope you like it! 🙂

If you want the recipe for the amazing eggless cookie dough frosting I put as a filling for my cake CLICK HERE!

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Black Bean Tacos: Take 2

You guys remember a week or so ago when I made Black Bean Tacos and I was contemplating how to make these even healthier AKA not frying them up. I had thought about baking them on a cookie sheet and placing another cookie sheet on top until they were able to hold the “taco” shape.

Well……IT WORKED! I grabbed a cookie sheet and sprayed it with cooking spray. I plopped on 6 corn tortillas and put them in the oven while it pre-heated to 350 degrees. In the mean time I made the black bean part of the recipe. Then, after the tortillas had been in for about 5 minutes, I took them out, placed the black bean mixture on one side of each tortilla then folded the other half of the tortillas over. For the most part, they stayed, but a few I had to hold down while I placed the other cookie tray on top. Plop them in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Then take the tray(s) out. You can now take off the top tray. Flip the tacos and bake for another 10 minutes. And there you have it, baked black bean tacos!

Again, you can eat plain or top with your favorite taco item, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, hot sauce….whatever you’d like!

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Black Bean Tacos

OMG. This meal is absolutely de-freaking-licious! And pretty simple to make as well!

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WHAT YOU NEED:
-Corn tortillas
-1 Can black beans
-1 Teaspoon cumin
-1 Teaspoon paprika
-2 Tablespoons cilantro
-1/2 Cup chopped onion
-Cooking spray or cooking oil
-1 Cup shredded cheese

Start by draining and rinsing the black beans, then cook in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add the chopped onion and spices then mix up and mash the mixture lightly. Heat up a tablespoon or two of oil (or a spray of Pam) in a large skillet. Place 1 corn tortilla in the hot skillet. Place 1-2 Tablespoons of the black bean mixture on 1 side of the tortilla and top the mixture with a sprinkle of cheese. Use a spatula to fold over the empty side of the tortilla to form a taco! Hold that side there with the spatula until the taco is able to  hold its form on its own. after a few minutes, flip the taco so the other side can cook. *Try to flip the taco over on the unopened side to keep all the contents in* Once you have the folded taco, you should be able to start another one in the skillet as well!
You can serve these tacos with salsa, avocado, sour cream…whatever you like! I ate mine with avocado slices and salsa, delish!

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Some thoughts: The first round of tacos, I used cooking oil, like the original recipe called for. But I thought they looked pretty oily/greasy and wanted to try to be a little healthier. The next round I used cooking spray but found that the tacos didn’t get as crispy as the oil ones did. Anyone have any thoughts on how to avoid the oil? I thought about baking them but you’d have to place a pan or something on top of all the tacos for the tortilla to hold its shape and then also flip them…. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome! 🙂 Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

First Post! (YAY!) Along with a recipe!

Hello there!

So if you haven’t already read, I created this blog to capture the crazy adventures I have when it comes to cooking, baking, doing crafts…etc. That is where my blog name comes from as well! “Find Time To Smile” is meant to encourage me (and you!) to smile through any crazy adventures taken, no matter what the setting or how it turns out!

So now on to the recipe.
I was inspired by a friend who posted a picture on Instagram of a delicious looking meal (and healthy might I add!). It was basically a black bean “salad” with a protein (chicken or fish is best). So make your chicken or fish however you’d like. I chose Tilapia because that’s what I had in my freezer. I let it defrost in the fridge and then seasoned it with a little salt, pepper and lemon juice, then off to the toaster oven it went. In the mean time I drained a can of black beans and a can of corn (yellow). I also chopped up a tomato and a slice of onion. I heated up the beans and corn then added the onion/tomato into it along with a few sprinkles of chili powder. Disclaimer: I do NOT like spicy food. I can take a little heat, but not too much; so you may add a few more sprinkles if you’d like. 😉  Now, you can go almost carb free with this or just add some rice like I did for a base. I had a brown rice and quinoa medley “ready to go” rice cup handy so i heated that up as well. Once the rice was cooked, I poured it on the plate topped it with the bean/corn/tomato/onion mixture and then put the fish on the plate. Can I just say, IT WAS DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to have leftovers tonight!

What You Need:
-A protein (fish, chicken, tofu?)
-1 can black beans
-1 can yellow corn
-1 tomato
-1 SLICE of onion
-Rice (Optional)
-A few dashes of chili powder
-Lemon or Lime juice

Cook your protein to your preference. Drain beans and corn. Chop up tomato and slice of onion. Mix beans and corn together, heat (2 minutes). Add chopped tomato and onion and a few sprinkles of chili powder (or to taste preference). Cook rice (if desired). Layer rice, then bean mixture on plate and add protein on top. Sprinkle with some lime or lemon juice and add a little more chili powder and dig in!!

I think I was so excited to try the dish that I forgot to take a picture! When I have my leftovers I will take a picture and post it!

Hope you enjoy!