Are you confused? Wondering if you’re in the right place? Where’s the dessert?? I promise this isn’t the twilight zone, just changing things up today. You see, the most common question I’m asked is “How do you stay in shape?” Sometimes I get the “You don’t look like a pastry chef!” Other times it’s just “What’s your secret?” Well, I can assure you there is no secret, but I do have some tips and tricks for balancing the buttercream. I also figured as long as I’m going to talk about this, I have to share one of my favorite go-to meals!
First off, I should start by saying I am not the type of gal who can just eat whatever she wants. Like everything else in life, this all takes work and moderation. I always say my diet is 90 percent healthy and 10 percent butter. I do eat dessert just about every day. I also eat lots of fruit, veggies, and seafood. I love food, am very aware of what I eat, and I do not believe in deprivation. If I want a cupcake, I eat one. I find if you deprive yourself, you’ll wind up eating three! I also eat really well, meaning I eat fresh and seasonal. I tend to stay away from stuff that comes in packages with a shelf life of 25 years…
I am constantly surrounded by sweets, so as I mentioned I am very aware of what I eat. Yesterday I tested a new cookie recipe, a new fall bar – twice, and a sinful peanut butter sauce. After a day like that I opted to skip the ice cream last night! Are there days when the ice cream sandwich wins or I end up sitting on the kitchen floor with some cake scraps thinking to hell with it all, I’m just destined to be a chubette… Why yes there are, but thankfully those days are few and far between.
My two top tips for balancing the buttercream are…-Never bake when you’re hungry -Always bake in your jeans
The first one is obvious. If you’re starving and you start making a batch of blondies, chances are blondie batter will definitely win over will power. I always have room for some batter, but if I’ve already eaten something, I’ll just have a taste and be satisfied. You may think the second one is ridiculous, but trust me here. If you roll out of bed and just start making some cookies in pajama pants, I’m gonna bet a lot of that dough finds its way into your mouth. A few spoons of cookie dough leads to a few cookies straight out of the oven, you know the ones that don’t look very pretty so you might as well just take care of them 😉 It’s a slippery slope my friends and we’ve all been there. A pair of jeans that fits you will automatically make you more aware.
The second part of this equation is working out. For me working out isn’t an option, it’s part of my daily routine. I run first thing in the morning before the oven or computer gets turned on. If I do something else first, the run will never happen. Know yourself! Running is not only important to keep me in my jeans, but the mental aspect is what keeps me going. It is my me time with no phones ringing, notifications dinging, timers going off, you get the point. It is also the one time of day I can quiet my mind, and that is very difficult for me to do! I also go through phases and change things up with the elliptical, Jillian Michaels DVDs, and P90X. For me, it’s not about a number but how I feel. When I work out I feel good, I feel strong, and that makes me a happier person.
This post took a lot longer than I expected due to the fact that I didn’t realize just how much I have to say on the topic. From dealing with weight issues as a child to where I am today has definitely been a journey. While I do not have it all figured out, I don’t think anyone really does, I hope this post gives you a pretty good overview.
And now for the good stuff! Goat cheese and avocado portobellos are a good example of a go-to meal for me. They’re super quick to throw together and full of flavor! Goat cheese, avocado, and roasted tomatoes…I could go for one right now! I love using goat cheese here because you only need half an ounce for each mushroom to get that cheesy factor. The sweetness of the roasted tomatoes balances out the tanginess of the goat cheese, and anything involving avocado gets my vote. Two of these served on a bed of spinach and I’m all set! Besides a quick meatless meal, I make these a lot when I have company. This size works great if I’m just having a few people over, I serve a few on a platter and call it a day. I’ve also done them for larger parties instead of the standard stuffed mushrooms, and they’re always a hit.
I hope you guys enjoy this little dish as much as I do. As for sweets, I promise there is a new fall dessert coming your way very soon!
- 4 portobello mushrooms
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1 avocado
- 4 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- roasted cherry tomatoes
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour half in shallow baking dish and put mushrooms on top. Pour the rest over mushrooms and let then hang out for about 15 minutes so they can get to know each other.
- Place mushrooms on a heated grill cavity side facing down, for about 5 minutes then flip.
- Once you flip the mushrooms, fill each with a half ounce of goat cheese. Grill about 4-5 minutes till cheese melts. Remove from grill.
- Mash an avocado with a pinch of salt to season. Divide it among the mushrooms and then top with roasted tomatoes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Bake on a sheet pan for 15-20 minutes.