Weekend WIAW (With 3 Recipes)

It’s yet another Wednesday, and time for yet another WIAW! If you missed my other posts from last week, here they are: What I Ate/Watched Wednesday, Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread, and Things I’ll Never Know I’ll Never Know (And Another FFF!).

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So…. Notice anything different about Eating 4 Balance?

I’ve changed the header! Fall is all around and I wanted to make the blog’s header and background fit the season appropriately.

It is slowly but surely getting colder, and I am loving every second of it. Long jeans, boots, sweatshirts and fuzzy socks. I love it all!

Especially the food that comes with the cold weather. Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas cookies… My favorite part of the year!

Speaking of Fall… Halloween is coming up soon, which brings us to WIAW, themed appropriately with Spooky Snacks and Healthy Treats!

Thanks Peas and Crayons!
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

This WIAW is going to be a summary of the food I made over the weekend, inspired in part by my last Friday Food Finds #4.

First up, microwave brownies!

Microwave Brownies

Serving size: 2 brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp brown rice protein powder (8 grams)*
  • 2 tbsp carob powder (10 grams)*
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (sodium and corn-free)
  • 1 packet stevia (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (60 g)*
  • Water, if needed to thin out

Directions: Combine all ingredients and spread in a microwaveable container. Microwave for 1:30 to 2:30 minutes until cooked to desired texture.

Substitution Notes: You can replace the protein powder with regular flour, the carob powder with cocoa powder, and the pumpkin puree with any other kind of fruit puree.

The next recipe that I have for you is inspired by Chockohlawtay’s healthy cookie dough recipes.

Pumpkin Banana Bread Batter

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (120 grams)
  • 1 banana, mashed (100 grams)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes or oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp brown rice protein powder (16 grams)
  • 2 packets stevia

Directions: Combine all ingredients and refrigerate or freeze until thickened. The longer it sits, the better it tastes!

Oh man is this good! After taking a few bites I had a moment of inspiration and remembered one of my Friday Food Find recipes: zucchini muffins!

So… I just add some shredded zucchini- Instant zucchini bread batter! Shredded carrots would be great too.

Then, I had another idea. Why not add some baking powder and microwave this batter to make REAL zucchini bread muffins?

It was okay, but the batter was much better. Actually, isn’t that always the case? I remember when I younger that I would beg my mom to make chocolate chip cookies just so I could eat the dough. The cookies themselves? I usually only ate one or two. Ha!

And I saved my best recipe for last. Well,Β  actually it is more of a How-To.

Before my mom drove up on Friday to take me back for the weekend, she texted me and asked if there was anything I needed. One of the things I asked for was acorn squash! When I was still home my mom taught me her trickΒ  for making it in the microwave. And I’m going to share it here so that you can make squash super quick too!

How To Cook Acorn Squash in the Microwave

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe acorn 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 8-10 minutes and check it with a fork. Microwave for a few more minutes until soft, tender and done.

Other than food this weekend, I also visited my grandmother’s for my environmental allergy shot. Ugh.

Here’s a picture of the damage. It really doesn’t do my arm justice at all. After an allergy shot it gets really swollen and hot. Sometimes it even turns into a huge goose egg. Next time. Next time!

In more exciting news, I went to see Pitch Perfect this weekend:

The beginning was a little slow to start, but when you have Fat Amy making cracks every few seconds the film just flew by! I loved all of the songs that they sang and was amazed at how well the actors did with the acapella.

If you haven’t already seen it, YOU NEED TO.

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Do you like the batter/dough of recipes or the finished product better?

Have you ever tried making squash in the microwave?

What exciting things did you do this weekend?

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81 thoughts on “Weekend WIAW (With 3 Recipes)

  1. I am definitely going to see Pitch Perfect when it comes out over here. And I love the look of those brownies!!! We don’t really get that kind of squash here, but I might try your method with the squash we do get! πŸ™‚

    • I’m positive that you will love it!

      And thanks. The brownies were a total whim and I’m so glad that I made them!

      If you try out another squash, let me know how it works out. I would think that butternut or buttercup would work well too, but I haven’t a clue about the other kinds…

  2. I love microwave cakes! I have a similar one using applesauce that I make if I feel like a bit of a sweet treat but cant be bothered to actually bake. Coconut flour is good for that. GIves it a nice flavour as well!

  3. I’m really glad I found your blog. Anyways, the first thing I thought was wow love her background and header…LOL and you just changed it. It’s really comforting to find someone else with food issues (I’m diabetic) and their eats too.

    Anyways I love microwave cakes. Straight and too the point, and also full of nutrition! πŸ™‚ Have a great day girl and I cannot wait to continue following your blog!

  4. LOVING your blog. so fun! FFF is definitely a very vividly versatile acronym πŸ˜‰ did you see the story on the news about new hair salons offering natural food-based hair treatments only? future FFF perhaps?…

  5. Love the new look! Fall colors are just so gorgeous. And I’d have to say that I’m more of a ‘finished product’ kind of girl, mostly because a lot of my baked goods recipes have eggs in them and I’m kind of paranoid about getting salmonella or something 😯

    • I never even thought about it, but now with my egg allergies I can basically eat all of the dough/batter I want πŸ™‚

      My mom was really paranoid about it too. That’s why I would always volunteer to scoop out the cookie dough onto the sheet- She’d leave the room and I could take a few bites!

  6. Yumm your batter recipe looks great! I’m a batter lover myself! I made a fake cookie dough batter this week with protein powder, coconut flour, salt and enjoy life chocolate chips, it tasted SO amazing!

    I love the new fall banner, super cute!

    I’m going to have to try the microwave acorn squash, great idea! I’ve done spaghetti that way but never acorn!

  7. shut up with those microwaved brownies! OMG drooling! I saw pitch perfect and LOVED the all the singing! It made me wish I had the courage (and talent) to start an acapella group when I was in college.

    • Haha. Ya, as my friend and I were walking out of the theater we were talking about how we wished out college experience was like that. Then I said, “Of course, I’d have to be able to sing.”

      I hope you like the brownies!

  8. I’m craving acorn squash since reading about acorn squash on a couple of WIAW’s πŸ˜‰ We don’t have them anywhere close to my home 😦 I love all your food, I love eating batter type of creations πŸ˜‰ and I eat them often! πŸ˜€ haha YUM

  9. I just blogged about Pitch Perfect too! I loved it πŸ™‚ I agree – Fat Amy and the a capella songs were the best part of the movie πŸ™‚

    Also, I think those microwave treats look perfect for fall and after dinner! YUM

  10. I’m eating your microwave brownies as we speak (or as I type…)! I saw them right before I went to the gym and knew I needed to make it right when I got home. It turned out great! The only thing I had to add was a tbsp of coconut milk because my canned pumpkin is super thick for some reason! Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

    • That’s great! Thanks for making them and commenting πŸ™‚ You actually reminded me with using the coconut milk… I had to use a splash of water to combine all of the ingredients together. I just added that as part of the ingredients; I completely forgot πŸ˜€

      Hope the brownies gave you some great pre-workout fuel for the gym!

  11. Those brownies look good. Anytime you can make a desert in the microwave I am happy lol. I agree with you, I love the batter so much more. That is something I love about vegan baking, I can lick the bowl until no end and not worry lol.

  12. Hey. Happy WIAW. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I was going to reply but then I realized I never coded a way to when I redid my layout…oops. haha. Anyway, wanted to say those brownies look amazing! Been trying to cut out the sweets for a few weeks (hence the pre-planned meals which have been really helping), but as soon as I’m done with this, I need chocolate in life.

    • Oh geez. That doesn’t sound good… I hope you get it all worked out! πŸ™‚

      That’s the thing that I love about these brownies. There is nothing to feel guilty about because each ingredient is so healthy! Pumpkin (vegetable), protein powder (duh! Protein. Oh, and also amino acids!), carob powder (awesome vitamins), and stevia (it’s not sugar!). So ya, you should definitely make them when you get the chance!

  13. I’m loving all the microwave recipes! I’m such a lazy cook–if I can make it in 2 minutes rather than 30, I’m going for 2 ;D OUCH on the shot! I got a bunch of immunizations awhile ago, and yeah, I think one arm was twice the size of the other.

    And I specifically make vegan “baked goods” so I can eat the batter worry-free. I’m lucky if a few cookies actually make it into the oven.

    • Haha. I’m glad people aren’t getting bored of my microwave concoctions yet… They will probably continue all semester and only stop during my holidays at home.

      I honestly didn’t really care about the raw egg when I was able to make non-vegan baked goods, but now I look back at how stupid I was πŸ˜€

  14. I LOVE the fall leaves and colors of your header!! Fall is MY FAVORITE!!! I have never made squash in the microwave, because I actually don’t own a microwave. I am sure it’s much easier than the oven though!!

    I pretty much make cookies JUST so I can eat the dough, it’s a good thing I’m a vegan these days so I won’t get salmonella. Not that I ever worried about it before..haha.

    • I’ve personally never made acorn squash in the oven, but it was so quick and simple that it has to be easier! πŸ™‚ I don’t know how you survive without a microwave… Do you have an oven?

      I never really cared before either, and while I’m not vegan, I do make entirely vegan baked goods because of my allergies, so no worries on my end either. Haha.

  15. Oh man, that allergy shot looks painful! I hope your arm gets back to normalcy soon!~
    And I’ve been loooooooving butternut squash lately! Squash with cheese, hummus, and avocado on top is so delicious. It sounds weird but it’s one of my favorite combos.

    • It is painful. Haha. It is only swollen for about a day or two after I get my shot. At least it’s only every three weeks now. It used to be every week and just when the lump had gone away, TIME for another one! 😦

      I need to try making butternut squash in my microwave, because I love it too.!

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