“Thank you for voting my muffins into today’s Foodbuzz Top 9!” 11.11.11
After traveling for three weeks, I’ve returned with renewed vigor, ha! What I have done, is create a Facebook page that has the same name as my website, finally. I’ve had a Facebook page all along, but it was called TopMomBlog; and I thank each and every one of you that has “Liked” TopMomBlog. This is the name I chose for my website when I started it two years ago – which is forever ago in the blogosphere. So much changes in two years – a blog is like a living and breathing entity that changes as you grow and find your niche, voice, passion, etc. My original idea was to honor moms (beginning with my mom, of course) and, in addition to the comfort food with a healthy twist and family friendly recipes that were my focus, to spotlight a mom each month with a dish that she loved as a child, or that her kids love, or that speaks to her culture.
With my girl off to college and recent developments in huz’s health, my focus began to change. I waited, and waited, and waited for Facebook to allow pages to edit their name, but that would be too easy – even with all the changes they’ve implemented, that wasn’t one of them. So, this weekend I used my extra hour to build my page and begin the task of rebuilding my fan base. To jump start this process and show my appreciation, I’m giving away a signed copy of Mario Lopez’s new book, Extra Lean Family. In his second book, Mario shows you how to apply the rules from his New York Times bestseller, Extra Lean, to broaden the spectrum of foods you and your family eat and how to enjoy food and maintain your best health.
In early October, Mario and Chef Jamie Gwen co-hosted Restaurant Rave, a welcome and tasty addition to this year’s Style Week OC at Irvine Spectrum. Once Mario took the stage, most of the hungry crowd took a break from sampling tastes and gathered around the stage to watch him make fish tacos and guacamole. Later, Mario greeted fans and signed copies of his book while chefs from new Irvine Spectrum Center restaurants Capital Seafood, Paul Martin’s American Grill (slated to open later this month) and CUCINA Enoteca (early December opening) took the stage with cooking demonstrations and food sampling, music, and dance entertainment continued under the glittering Giant Wheel.
Back to the book: I liked that the recipes are simple enough for novice cooks and use ingredients that you can find in any market. They can also be assembled in 20 minutes or less, so are great for the busy people we are! When I do a cookbook giveaway, I think it’s important to test one of the recipes and, being crazy for coconut, decided on the Banana Coconut Muffins. It took me about 30 minutes from gathering the ingredients to getting the muffin tin in the oven because my baking ingredients are not in a central place (way to organized for me) and it was 8:00 a.m. and I was still on my first cup of coffee 😉
Other than, substituting pecans for walnuts and eliminating the salt and half the baking soda (strict sodium restrictions for huz), I stuck to the recipe. The applesauce and bananas add their natural sweetness (so very little sugar is needed) and contribute to the nutritional value and moistness of this mildly coconut-y muffin. Oh, I added a few organic coconut flakes to the top for texture and a little crispy crunch with every bite.
Banana Coconut Muffins
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners, In a large bowl combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add bananas, applesauce, canola oil, milk, egg, and vanilla;mix gently to combine. Fold in walnuts and coconut. Using a 1/3 cup measure, scoop batter into muffin pans and bake 20-25 minutes until puffed and golden.
Extra Lean Family is very down-to-earth – like Mario. His interest in healthy eating and knowledge of the role that food plays in your metabolism stems from his childhood. He was a “big” baby – a sure sign of a healthy baby in his mother’s loving eyes. “My parents taught me to love food, but my Mexican upbringing meant that I didn’t necessarily eat the healthiest foods that I could.” In middle school he became active in wrestling and other sports and by high school he was a wrestling champion and “much more conscious of eating healthy foods for energy rather than devouring whatever was around” and, later, as an actor, realized that being fit was part of his profession.
He’s sharing the life style changes he made and, as one of the most famous finalists of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars which led to him being named People’s Hottest Bachelor in 2008, and now, host of Extra – it’s worked out well for him! He knows that you care about your family and you want them to be healthy, energetic, and live life to the fullest and he wants to help you achieve this with three crucial steps and a five-week meal plan in Extra Lean Family. Take charge of your food, control the quality and preparation of your meals, and consistently achieve lean results with:
* Simple, delicious recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less
* Double Duty options, offering two quick meal variations with the same ingredients
* Metabolism-boosting and nutritious snacks to combat hunger between meals
* Weekly grocery lists and easy tips for efficient meal preparation
* Practical steps to control your metabolism and maintain target weight
Now, for the GIVEAWAY!
All you have to do is “Like” the new and improved She’s Cookin’ Facebook page and leave a comment here telling me that you did and, tell me what your favorite healthy food is – if you feel like sharing No pressure. You can visit the page and see what it’s all about or just click on the Like button in the sidebar. If you’re new to She’s Cookin’, we’re about simple + seasonal recipes with a heart healthy focus, Orange County restaurant reviews that highlight healthy dining options, the occasional indulgence to drool over, and delicious Travel Eats from destinations near and far. Sound good?
The giveaway is open to residents of the world until 10:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at which time the numerical savant Random.org will pick a winner. And, guys, don’t be shy – I have quite a few male followers and we know you care about your health and family and desire abs like Mario’s, too 😉
Thanks for playing!
“Thanks again for voting my muffins into today’s Foodbuzz Top 9!” 11.11.11
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The winner is: Aubrey: littlegray88 at yahoo dot com