Friday, December 03, 2010

Frugan: Funny Oatmeal Breakfast Cake & Lentil tostadas

Lentil Tostadas 400 Calories

I have a lot on my mind today! First, this was my delicious Mini Meal 1. As many of you know, I like savory breakfasts and this one sure hit the spot.  I marinated some collards and cilantro in the juice from canned tomatoes, balsmic vinegar, cumin and nutritional yeast. I warmed 1/2 cup of lentils,chipotle and braggs, made a quick pico from diced canned tomatoes, onion, cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes ( substituted for fresh chilies ) and a touch of balsamic. I defrosted 2 T of frozen corn and topped it with 2 t of my Southwestern Sauce ( my badly textured, but oh so yummy homemade vegenaise ). I dry fried the corn tortillas in my cast iron which created contrasting crunchy texture.

I switched things up just a bit yesterday, creating two snacks to equal 400 calories instead of a mini meal. A simple green smoothie ( banana, spinach, chia ) and this Oatmeal Breakfast Cake. 

This recipe was created with maximum nutrition for the calories. I only call it a cake because it resembles a cake. I used the microwave because I don't like turning my oven on for small baking projects. It came out pretty good, as long as you are looking at it as an energy source and not dessert or pastry. Does that make sense? I am  not someone who is really into sweets as those who have tried some of my breakfast cookies can attest! Add more of the sweet stuff if you need to.

Microwave Apple Oat Breakfast Cake
1 small apple
¼ c old fashioned oatmeal
2 T chickpea flour
2 t psyllium husk
¼ t cinnamon
Tiny pinch nutmeg
Tiny pinch salt
70 calories worth of protein powder
½ c water
1/16 t stevia powder or 1 T sweetener ( or more if you want )

  1. Pulse the apples and oat in food processor.
  2.  Scrap into bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients. 
  3. Spray a 2 cup microwave safe dish with cooking spray and cook on high for 5:55 seconds. Your microwave time may vary. 
  4. Turn cake out on a wire wrack and let it cool completely before eating. It will look gummy when you first take it out. 
270 Calories
3.2 grams fat
38.6 g carbs
8.3 g fiber
25 g protein

My dinner last night was really good. Lentils, brown rice pasta topped with  a serious veggie marinara. I used 1.5 oz of pasta.  For my last mini meal, I made Carob Banana Ice Cream. ( frozen banana, peanut butter, carob, cinnamon ). 

I had a total of 1900 calories yesterday and worked out for an hour. 

As long as I keep it under 2000 and work out for at least an hour, I should start losing weight! Or so Fitday says. 

It's interesting to me because so many people restrict their calories down to 1200-1400 a day. I KNOW I would lose weight if I did that, but I also know myself well enough to be realistic about my ability to keep that sort of lifestyle up for the long haul. 

Do any of you count calories? What would you estimate your daily intake is?


  1. Hi there. I just started using MyFitnessPal as a reality check, and eat around 1500 kc/day. I know that if I weren't trying to restrict, I would be eating more like 1800 - 2000 to try to maintain this mountainous physique.

    I followed the link from dirty duck to get to you.

  2. Those tostadas look so delish! And I'm intrigued by the oatmeal cake.

    I count calories everyday, somewhat obsessively. And I'm not even trying to lose weight. In fact, I don't need to lose weight or I'd be underweight and unhealthy. But I count because I'm terrified of gaining weight. And I'm also kinda OCD. I want to stay right where I am forever. And since I just turned 30, I'm worried about slowing metabolism.

    I use the Lose It app on the iPhone (even though my goal is not to "lose it") and it's an amazing calorie tracker/food diary. You can also subtract exercise calories from your daily intake.

    According to Lose It, I should maintain a diet of around 1600 calories a day for my weight (105-107) just to maintain. But if I work out, then I gain calories, which is cool. That means I can eat more!

    Even though I count daily, I don't stress on days that I go over. In fact, I go way over every Friday and Saturday night when I have 4 or 5 cocktails or beers. But I'm usually a little under calories after my workouts during the week, so I figure it all evens out.

    OMG...just realized I typed a novel. Sorry!

  3. The tostadas look so pretty! I think I will try to make the oatmeal cake sometime for breakfast. Yum!

  4. I think your oatmeal cake sounds really good! I will have to look for psyllum husks...


  5. The tostadas look so good sitting on all those greens. Sounds like a really satisfying day of food. I don't count calories, but I'd guess I usually hit around 2000, depending on the day. Goll, I'd starve on a 1200 calorie diet too.

  6. I love the tostadas. That's the kind of breakfast i like, too. Instead of a tostada I might sub a microwaved potato.

  7. Christine6:07 PM

    You are a GENIUS!!

  8. feaking good luck duck, taking all my friends! AND leaving better comments than me???

    well i dont know how many cal i eat in a day. i think that if i piled up everything i would be pretty amazed.

    i like the dry frying that you did. on a cast ron pan...that works? huh i will keep that in mind.

    shout out to bianca a fellow ocd'er

    what have we turned (we as in "I")your comment section into???

  9. I had much success, albeit slow success, with eating more calories, but still counting, when I was actively trying to lose weight. I was at a very physically active job at the time, and had NO energy on 1200 calories a day! Waaa! I was also a major grouch! :)

  10. I don't count calories anymore but I did for a long time and kept it to 1200. I had to keep it that low or I wouldn't lose weight.

  11. Whoa--kind of genius!

  12. The apple cake looks and sounds delish! We do the frozen banana "ice-cream" as kids don't know it isn't really ice-cream. ;)

    I'm just beginning a new weightloss journey. I'm so thankful for low-cal, vegan recipes and ideas!! THANK YOU!!!

  13. I love your stuff!

    I don't count calories though - I do best when I follow a lowfat wholefoods vegan diet as recommended by Dr McDougall ( Follow these principles and it is practically impossible to eat too many calories. See me as a star

    I just finished my Certificate of Plant Based Nutrition, and one thing I learned is that unprocessed plant foods are actually handled differently by the body (more likely to be burned as heat).

    So a calorie is not the last word on whether you will lose weight.

  14. I use and shoot for 1600- 1700 calories a day. Keeps me losing weight and has helped me create a more healthy overall diet since it tracks nutrition not just calories in.

  15. I'm with Erika - if my calories go much above 12-1400 I do not lose weight. I use LoseIt app to count every calorie, too. If I eat what Fitday says to eat for my goals, I would gain weight. It is super frustrating and even more frustrating to get conflicting advice at every turn. Keep us posted on your progress! My most success has come from the Virgin Diet and the Pink method - use the food plan from Virgin and the exercise plan from Pink.