Pumpkin Apple Spiced Cake

Looking for the perfect yummy cake to make without a lot of fat? Try this recipe which was adapted from an article I found on another blog:  http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/10/spiced-applesauce-cake/

My adaptation is so tasty, you can put anything you want on top of it, but you don’t need frosting!!! My family loved it without a frosting and the cake was gone by the second day. Below is my recipe for Pumpkin Apple Spiced Cake, loosely adapted from the link above. It’s especially delicious for breakfast, with coffee..


1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon  baking soda

1/2 teaspoon  salt

1-2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon  ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups  unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup  walnuts (optional) chopped

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Beat oil, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add pumpkin and blend until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined, then stir in walnuts (if using). The batter will look a little curdly and uneven but don’t worry, it will all bake up perfectly in the end.

Spread batter evenly in pan (I used a non-stick pan with parchment paper on the bottom) and bake  in 350 degree pre-heated oven until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely.


Portuguese Bean Soup

I highly recommend a book that I have been reading, “You, the Owner’s Manual” by Dr. Oz and Michael F. Roizen, both MD’s. It’s easy and interesting reading about, well, your body and how it works and how to keep it running well. He talks about ALL subjects, things that you have always wanted to know, and what symptoms are healthy and what aren’t. It also has some really good recipes which are healthy and taste great. The first one I tried was “Portuguese Bean Soup”. It’s surprisingly easy and quick to make. I made my own spin on it by adding the ground turkey meat, a 14 oz. can of tomatoes, a full can of beans, and about 3 cups of broth instead of what’s listed below. It tastes great with some Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top and some crispy whole wheat bread along with it….

1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped white onion
1 lb ground turkey meat
1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup diced (1/2 inch pieces) unpeeled sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1/2 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups packed sliced swiss chard or collard greens
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Heat large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil, then onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add turkey meat and stir until cooked.Add broth, sweet potato, and chili garlic sauce; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Stir i tomatoes and beans; return to simmer Stir in Swiss chard. Simmer 5 more minutes or until sweet potatoes and chard are tender. Stir in vinegar and ladle into bowls.

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog! I am excited to have a place where I can write about whatever is important to me as well as sharing ideas. I love to write and often find it easier to express myself through writing. Hopefully this blog will take on a life of its own….feel free to make comments 🙂